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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Tales from The Shire
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    • 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
    Tales from The Shire 19th Jul 17 at 10:11 AM
    Tales from the Shire


    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    J R R Tolkein


    After many happy years in the Garden of England we have started a new adventure in The Shire. Although still reeling from the stress and upheaval of the house move, we can see the potential for a wonderful home and life here. It's going to be amazing!

    There is much to do and, as with any great journey, company is much appreciated. So I hope my forum friends will join me on the road.

    A new chapter (and diary) has begun.


    Fortune x

    For those who are interested in how we got to be here, my previous diaries can be found at:

    Two Pennies Left - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4068401
    The New Adventures of Fortune - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5605109
    Last edited by Fortune Smiles; 04-05-2018 at 8:46 PM.
    Mortgage: 5% paid Overpayments: 592.38 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 25th Feb 18, 12:06 PM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Cheeeeeese!
    We held a cheese and wine party last night for some neighbours and new Shire friends. The wine was courtesy of Mr F's Avi0$ points and I made a Winter Pimm's punch as I already had the ingredients in. Halved the brandy though The cheese was the only big cost as I ordered some unusual ones in from a specialist company. And we finished with some chocolate florentines. So quite a manageable spend for a 'big' do. It was the first non-family social we've had here and the house worked exactly how we were hoping it would for social events. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves - we kicked the last out at 1.00 am Our guests did not come empty handed so we have gained a few bottles of wine and the house is full of flowers

    DS2 stayed over but electrician half-brother was ill and couldn't make it. FDawg seemed to remember DS2 from a previous visit and it wasn't long before he was trying to get him to go out for a walk FDawg also asked to come out of his crate towards the end of last night and seemed reasonably comfortable with lots of people in the house. He was also brave enough to ask to go out when he needed to which is a massive step forward (we have had accidents in the house before when he's been anxious about visitors).

    Mr F's garage equipment was installed on Friday so he is a happy bunny. He and DS2 are out now moving things from the annex to the barn.

    I am sitting at the kitchen table in my pj's Although I have cleared up from last night.

    A lazy day is planned today and some light snoozing is definitely on the agenda. Baying of things will start in earnest from tomorrow and I'd like to squeeze some gardening in before the big freeze arrives. I have ordered another 500 litres of oil in case the levels drop quickly over the next couple of weeks. I also need to arrange some catch up dates with friends which are long overdue

    Happy Sunday all

    Fortune x
    Mortgage: 5% paid Overpayments: 592.38 Emergency Fund: 61%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 25th Feb 18, 6:54 PM
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    Sounds like a lovely weekend Fortune FDawg is turning into a big boy

    Stay warm in the big freeze.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 25th Feb 18, 8:40 PM
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    Glad that you have had a lovely weekend.
    Top marks to FDawg
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    • katep23
    • By katep23 25th Feb 18, 8:52 PM
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    Don't worry guys - I like bats. Was even involved in a conservation project in my youth where I had to catch and ring them :cool
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    Bats have phones?

    Our old rented house had historic evidence of bats in the roof which were discovered when they wanted to redo roof. Cue a couple of strange blokes sat in our garden at dawn and dusk for a few days observing the ins and outs of our roof

    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 26th Feb 18, 9:37 AM
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    Sounds like a lovely weekend!
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    • greent
    • By greent 26th Feb 18, 5:03 PM
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    Sounds like a lovely time was had by all! And well done to FDawg!
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    • therocket
    • By therocket 1st Mar 18, 3:33 PM
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    YES Fdawg!! His adventures are quickly becoming my favourite thing to read on this website! Haha!
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    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 1st Mar 18, 4:51 PM
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    Your cheese and wine night sounds wonderful good to hear the house (& dog) were exactly how you wanted them to be
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    • cookie9
    • By cookie9 1st Mar 18, 5:03 PM
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    A wine and cheese party, what a great idea.
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 1st Mar 18, 5:19 PM
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    I admire the way you have made such an effort to make friends in your new area.

    Your doggie adventures have inspired me and I can't wait until I can have one of my own

    Love cheese and wine
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 4th Mar 18, 7:42 PM
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    Meh
    I have pneumonia

    Hoping I'm turning a corner with it now though because it's very, very, very boring

    Fortune x
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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 4th Mar 18, 8:09 PM
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    I have pneumonia

    Hoping I'm turning a corner with it now though because it's very, very, very boring

    Fortune x
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    So sorry to hear this.
    Hope you are being looked after.
    Take care of you xx
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    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 4th Mar 18, 8:14 PM
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    OH my goodness Fortune, Big big hugs and in all this weather to. Is mr F around to look after you?
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 4th Mar 18, 8:50 PM
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    Feel better soon Fortune - sorry to hear you are poorly!
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 4th Mar 18, 9:19 PM
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    Sorry to hear you are so poorly, hope you are on the mend soon.
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    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 4th Mar 18, 9:37 PM
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    Oh no Fortune! Hope you feel better soon, stay well wrapped up and warm and get lots of rest!
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    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 5th Mar 18, 6:52 AM
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    Feel better soon, but don't underestimate the time it takes to recover and try and do too much too soon. Take care.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 5th Mar 18, 8:28 AM
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    Fortune, you poor thing! Stay safe, stay warm, take it easy in recovery, though boredom is horrible, I know.

    Thinking of you x
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    • therocket
    • By therocket 5th Mar 18, 11:42 AM
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    Get better soon!
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    • muddywhitechicken
    • By muddywhitechicken 5th Mar 18, 1:39 PM
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    Get well soon Fortune - I hope FDawg is being a good nursemaid!
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