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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 7:08 PM
    !!!8216;Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    At the Christmas party hop
    Mistletoe hung where you can see
    Every couple tries to stop

    Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    Let the Christmas spirit ring
    Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
    And we'll do some caroling!!!8217;

    Hello and welcome to the 7th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    It!!!8217;s hard to believe that another year has gone and we are almost at the big event that we have spent so long planning and preparing for! But this thread is about so much more than Christmas but about the whole year with all the ups and downs, as well as the bits in between.

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    The following posts will be made up of all the links saved from last year with new ones added as we go.
    This will hopefully make it easier in October/November when we are all looking for them.

    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list

    Thanks to all posters on the previous threads !!!8211; the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2018!

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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 31st Jul 18, 5:58 PM
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    Wow VULPIX you have crammed one heck of a lot into seven years Happy Anniversary, I wish you many more happy years together although maybe slightly less eventful ones for the future! Glad Mr V is ok and good for you having the party, wouldnít it be funny if we all came and none of us would know who the other was, weíd have to wear badges

    Canít help with the tinsel STOKIE as we didnít have a Poundworld, weíve got two Poundlands but no Poundworld. Iíll keep a lookout for white tinsel anyway.

    MRSINVIS yay to the conservatory roof, hope the weather is fine and dry but not so hot they canít work on it.

    FREE I think VULPIX is right, a good weed killer then strong black membrane (donít get the cheap one from Wilks) one that they use under paving/driveways would be good then your stones or gravel. Just be careful with small gravel if you have many local cats as they do like to use it as a toilet! Weíve got the 20mm stones and they leave those alone. I still get weeds through but theyíre really easy to spot and I just pull them out or spray them. I was the same with QVC, I liked the believe banner but didnít want the plane, Iíd have liked the banner behind the sleigh

    Been out to lunch today with the chemo girls (I use the term girls quite loosely as weíre all knocking on a bit now) which was nice, we had a good laugh and I had a smoked salmon and egg open sandwich with chips so all good, although I forgot Iím doing salmon tonight so a fishy day for me.

    Still not got going properly on my Christmas crafting but my Works order came yesterday so Iím fast running out of excuses!
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 6th Aug 18, 8:37 AM
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    Morning all!

    Yesterday I transferred all my Christmas savings pot into my separate account so it is ready to spend as I see things. I also ordered some my first main bits towards this years gifts. I have ordered personalised slate coasters as family gifts. Think that goes with most home decor so don't need to worry about colour schemes . The adults will then get a voucher for one of the coffee shop chains as we have done that previous years and they have all enjoyed going out for a treat coffee and cake after Christmas when money maybe a bit scarce for some.

    My mum has said she wants a walk in greenhouse so hopefully some of the shops will be reducing them now it is getting later in the year.

    Must try so hard this year to stick to my budget. I fail most years
    • murie
    • By murie 6th Aug 18, 9:28 AM
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    Stokie- we had a personalised slate plaque as a wedding anniversary present but the writing rubbed away very quickly. I would recommend applying a thin layer of varnish over the coaster when they come so they dont wear away while they are being used x. Also Wilkinsons sell off their garden stuff quite cheaply and I know mom has had a walk in greenhouse from there in the past for about £15.
    Mrs I- sorry about China , must have been a blow but health comes first xx.
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    • CHRISSYG
    • By CHRISSYG 6th Aug 18, 10:35 AM
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    Finally off work until Aug 25th , im taking Dd to her grans tomorrow to deliver their christmas gifts .


    After a bit of fiddling around i now have Dd's lucky dip advent completed and quite a lot of items for her and hubby so i feel like im back on track .


    Vulpix -Have you been to Denby pottery village ? It looks like it might be worth a visit hoping to go the end of September . It has factory shop , gift emporium and a farm shop among other things its just north of Derby hubby reckons about an hour from us .


    Dd's pip f2f seemed to go ok *i think * the lady was nice we were only in 20 minutes and she wasnt asked to do any exercises , just the long wait now !
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 6th Aug 18, 9:12 PM
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    Apologies again for my extended absence, still have garden / building saga ongoing, really quite upset we've missed most of this lovely summer with no garden again after the cowboy that stuffed it up last year. Still, worse things happen at sea as they say.

    I can however report that I have made progress on the Christmas front.
    I picked up 3 packs of cut little craft coloured penguin gift tags with Pom Pom noses for 30p a pack (not really needed but a future bargain). I was then passing the next day and they had reduced all Xmas items to 5 for £1! So I picked up a few bits for DN x2 including a couple of plastic beakers with twirly straws, some naughty elf pencils and a naughty elf snap game (amazingly with all cards present when I counted them later), and a couple of silly plastic mason jar things for me and OH with straws so we don't spill our Xmas Baileys
    I also picked up a table runner with grey stars that I thnk I might put over our lounge sideboard as it goes with the colour scheme.


    Then I was passing yesterday, and the store was closing, they were offering 'fill a basket for £2' well, some people had 10+ baskets! It was crazy, again I picked up a few bits for DN like decorate your own Easter eggs. The shop guy also chucked some cigarette filters into my basket...which is fine ...except I don't smoke
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 6th Aug 18, 10:58 PM
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    fab bargains Kerri Gt

    Chrissy fingers crossed now for the pip result.Thanks for that idea,might suggest it for tomorrow as we are going to Nottingham to take the borrowed van back. We went to Banbury today to move my son with the van and went past the wedgewood factory and I thought that would be somewhere to visit. I usualy try to save my Tesco vouchers to spend with Denby.Derby is about an hour away from me too.

    Stokie,budgets are only estimates!

    Today we moved my son in 30 degree heat.Up 2 flights of stairs.Some of the furniture has come back as it wasn't needed and in the case of an arm chair wouldn't fit through the door! I have had this arm chair in my kitchen now for the past year. It is though a very well travelled arm chair. His sister had it in Sheffield for a few weeks and then sent it back again. It may have to go to Nottingham to Mr V's Mum's garage.

    My house is a complete tip with all my sons stuff,he has had it in storage at his GF's parents barn since before he went to Cananda.He has also been to his Grans and got boxes of books from her loft.I think he needs to take a lot of stuff to the charity shop.

    I had my Christmas stash out the other day.I have had some ideas for people too.

    DD2 is going to Anglesy tomorrow camping with her friends family for a few days.

    I am dreading anyone calling unexpectedly whilst the house looks like steptoes yard,I am just too busy to sort it!

    Vx
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 7th Aug 18, 8:06 AM
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    Morning, my Christmas prep has also started properly now. I picked up a lovely ballet play set for my youngest dd at TK Max. I had seen it last year in Smyths and it was over £40, TK had it for £16. It's a little play set for a doll, with a ballet barre and a piano. She's going to love it.

    I also picked up a led blossom tree in bargain buys. It's closing down. It was meant to be £20 but she gave it to me for £3 because the AV adapter was missing. I found one at home to replace it. But discovered the little plastic flowers (the blossoms) that go over the lights were missing. It took me ages after I put it up to figure out what was missing lol. But it still looks nice. I'll see if I can buy spares online. But I've always wanted one so I can have a sort of Christmas tree up all year.
    I picked up some other nice decorations all with 70% off.

    Nothing much has been happening. We have been enjoying a quiet summer holidays. I have a week and a half until I go back to work and the kids go back to school. I'm starting to feel that dread creep in. But I look forward to the routine too.
    ive been spending my evenings reading and sewing dance outfits for both my daughters. Nothing very exciting but nice and relaxing.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 7th Aug 18, 8:25 AM
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    Well done on the moving stuff Vulpix I expect now DS has stuff in one place he'll find it easier to sort (or not)

    nic2075 It always seems so early for the kids going back to school in Scotland - of course they break up early but to me back to school always means the start of autumn.
    Well done on the LED tree - are all the blossom bits missing? Perhaps if it's only some you could move the others about to make it look more even, or remove them altogether? Our LED tree just has the lights (unless it was the blossom bits you specifically wanted?)

    Forgot to say I also managed to get some gift bags (deff not needed) and some snow in a can in my 5 for £1 haul. We have a little snowman that we've had for many many years (one of the first xmas decs me and OH bought) and he's starting to look a bit bare in some places so I'm hoping a touch up with snow will make him look less naked.
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    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 7th Aug 18, 10:21 AM
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    my roof is on!!!!!!! Yaaay, I have never seen 2 men work so hard for 3 days, 10 hr shifts. Now the plasterers (Steven and Peter) are working their magic on it. Hopefully done today, then carpet fitter (Ray) can relay carpet and then it is down to me. I name dropped them because l am a nosy mare and asked, so they are all in my little SOS trades book. You are all getting on with your Christmas plans and purchases, l'd better get my skates on too.

    Nic, if you cant get the blossoms, collect some plastic bottles and cut out the 'bobbles' on the base, flute the edges, put a hole in the centre and use them. Because they are led lights they wont get hot so not dangerous. (If you cut a cross rather than a hole in the bottom of the bobbles they will cling to the wire better).

    Fave cos is coming for coffee and cake in 10 mins, maybe we can empty one of the Christmas cupboards and decide what is for whom and see if l need anything else,
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 8th Aug 18, 6:40 PM
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    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="2"]Afternoon everyone, thought I would just pop on, I am waiting for my shop to arrive it was due 12.30 - 1.30, the guy rang me to say he was about an hour behind, its now 3.00 and still no sign

    VULPIX yes I don't want anything to grow through it, it was a wooded area before it was built and it is so fertile, but we get brambles and nettles, so its better if I just keep it simple (also because I am just too lazy). Where would I get really strong weedkiller from?Congratulations on your anniversary, wow that was a lot to pack in those 7 years, I hope the next 7 years aren't as full on! I hope MrV is ok now, is his breathing back to normal now? My kids have got so much as well, all that seemed a good idea at the time or while it was en vogue! That will be exciting planning your 60th party, do you have a theme in mind?

    PEPPAPIG that is the thing I don't know what is good and what is not so good with the black weed control, was wondering about pond liner but I think that will be too expensive, its a big garden. Thanks for the gravel size tip. Its bad enough having a dog let alone everyone elses cats! Glad you had a lovely lunch with your chemo girls, its lovely that you all still get together. Yes I was the same I would have loved the sleigh with the banner

    STOKIEBECKS the slate coasters are a lovely idea, I love getting coffee shop gift cards as well!

    CHRISSY glad DDs pip interview went well for her

    KERRIGT wow some good bargains had there, the cigarette filters were a bit random lol

    NIC aww the ballet play set sounds really cute. I love my led tree and have it on most of the year, I cant help it I just love fairy lights

    MRSINVISIBLE oh that is fab that your roof is on, I bet you are so chuffed with it! Are you painting it when the plaster is dry?
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 8th Aug 18, 6:53 PM
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    Free I think the difference with pond liner and weed suppressant is that the latter still allows water permeation for drainage - otherwise you're going to end up with a big....err...pond when it rains as by default pond liner doesn't allow water to drain.

    Do you have a garden centre near you that you could ask - even just to get some information / insight to mull over?
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 8th Aug 18, 10:44 PM
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    Hi,

    Free,I haven't used much weed supressant in my time but some I did put down about 5 years ago with large pebbles now has a few weeds coming through.It was a decorative bed so large stones,too big for walking comfortably on,chosen to put cats off.Peppa is right,choose larger gravel because of cats.
    I would imagine the cost of weed supressant membrane would be a good indicator of quality.
    I sent Mr V to a farming supplier for the very strong weed killer,he had to sign the poisons book.If you paid a landscape gardener to spray the area that would perhaps be easier.It is easy enough to lay the membrane and gravel but you need a good depth of gravel to be effective.As Kerri says an alternative would be a giant swimming pool!

    Mr V is ok but still coughing.

    Nic enjoy the rest of your holiday,did you decide not to move in the end?

    Mrs I yay for conservatory roof.I hope your health is on the up now.x

    RL has been insane here the last week.Hope things calm down now for a while.

    We had a little bit of rain earlier.4th since April.

    Vx
    Last edited by vulpix; 09-08-2018 at 9:52 PM.
    • murie
    • By murie 9th Aug 18, 9:12 AM
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    We had bouts of torrential rain yesterday, the ground is still bone dry today though.
    lovin' this site!
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 9th Aug 18, 9:55 AM
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    Well done on the moving stuff Vulpix I expect now DS has stuff in one place he'll find it easier to sort (or not)

    nic2075 It always seems so early for the kids going back to school in Scotland - of course they break up early but to me back to school always means the start of autumn.
    Well done on the LED tree - are all the blossom bits missing? Perhaps if it's only some you could move the others about to make it look more even, or remove them altogether? Our LED tree just has the lights (unless it was the blossom bits you specifically wanted?)

    Forgot to say I also managed to get some gift bags (deff not needed) and some snow in a can in my 5 for £1 haul. We have a little snowman that we've had for many many years (one of the first xmas decs me and OH bought) and he's starting to look a bit bare in some places so I'm hoping a touch up with snow will make him look less naked.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    I always feel ready for our holidays at the end of June, I don't think I could cope another month
    There is no blossoms at all. I think they must be in a bag seperate. The box had been opened, that's how the adapter was missing I think. I suppose it looks OK as it is, but it looked nice on the box with all he blossoms. It looked slightly less Christmassy with the flowers, which is nice for it to sit the full year.
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 9th Aug 18, 10:11 AM
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    Nic, if you cant get the blossoms, collect some plastic bottles and cut out the 'bobbles' on the base, flute the edges, put a hole in the centre and use them. Because they are led lights they wont get hot so not dangerous. (If you cut a cross rather than a hole in the bottom of the bobbles they will cling to the wire better). ,
    Originally posted by mrsinvisible
    What a great idea,I'll try this if i can't find any


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    NIC aww the ballet play set sounds really cute. I love my led tree and have it on most of the year, I cant help it I just love fairy lights
    Originally posted by freespirit66
    me too. I usually have silver sticks with lights on at the door. But they aren't bright enough in the summer, and I'm usually in bed before its dark the tree should be brighter.

    Nic enjoy the rest of your holiday,did you decide not to move in the end?
    Vx
    Originally posted by vulpix
    thanks, trying to get all the last bits of school stuff organised and last minute visiting that we didn't manage to get in. No I decided to stay where I was for now. The house was nice, but just not the area I wanted to move to and felt it wasn't worth all the upheaval for the kids and their schools etc.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Aug 18, 10:21 AM
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    There is no blossoms at all. I think they must be in a bag seperate. The box had been opened, that's how the adapter was missing I think. I suppose it looks OK as it is, but it looked nice on the box with all he blossoms. It looked slightly less Christmassy with the flowers, which is nice for it to sit the full year.
    Originally posted by nic2075
    Ahh yes, sounds like that they might have been removed from the box then - they're prob in a corner in the stock room somewhere.

    Are these any good? If not it might be worth a nose on there.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-50PCs-Lot-High-Quality-Made-Cherry-Tree-Use-34-18mm-Soft-Transpent-PVC-Cherry/32710258082.html

    My SIL has an LED tree up all year (largely part to not taking it down in time one xmas and thus it has remained a permanent fixture) It is lovely and she changes it up a bit by hanging different things on it during the year - she has some lovely clear crystal type ornaments she hangs which look fab all year round, but you could also do things for easter (eggs / birds), fruits in the autumn etc. TK Maxx and Homesense often have lots of lovely seasonal items like that.
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    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 9th Aug 18, 4:43 PM
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    Kerri a massive massive thank you for my tinsel!! It has arrived today and now I am excited for December and doing my tree as know I will have enough now.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Aug 18, 6:21 PM
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    Kerri a massive massive thank you for my tinsel!! It has arrived today and now I am excited for December and doing my tree as know I will have enough now.
    Originally posted by StokieBecks
    Glad I could help out, and it was looking for the tinsel that meant I also got some fab bargains so thank you too. Photos please come Dec
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    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 9th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
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    Also pleased to say I managed to get a cheap walk in greenhouse for my mum today. I had asked lady in the garden centre at work if she had any at start of week and she hadnt got any but yesterday she came to me and said the night crew had cleared lots of stock from warehouse and one had appeared in her section so she had put it to one side for me to see if was right size. Luckily it was and was half price so with staff discount was only £18. Woohoo
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 10th Aug 18, 8:19 AM
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    Ahh yes, sounds like that they might have been removed from the box then - they're prob in a corner in the stock room somewhere.

    Are these any good? If not it might be worth a nose on there.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-50PCs-Lot-High-Quality-Made-Cherry-Tree-Use-34-18mm-Soft-Transpent-PVC-Cherry/32710258082.html

    My SIL has an LED tree up all year (largely part to not taking it down in time one xmas and thus it has remained a permanent fixture) It is lovely and she changes it up a bit by hanging different things on it during the year - she has some lovely clear crystal type ornaments she hangs which look fab all year round, but you could also do things for easter (eggs / birds), fruits in the autumn etc. TK Maxx and Homesense often have lots of lovely seasonal items like that.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Thank you, they look perfect. Says they are not available. But at least I know it's possible to buy them. I'll measure the led to make sure I get the right thing and have a good look.
    I like the idea of the Easter decorations etc to make it an all year round thing. My kids would love that.
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