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Title: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Caw1 on Friday 09 October 20 23:27 BST (UK)
Well looks like me up first tonight!

Today was supposed to be a wet and windy day... looking out of the window when I got up it looked quite sunny!.... Come on weather forecasters get your acts together.....if Iíd know that the washing machine would have been set last night so quickly put it on... one lot out next lot in! ...opps that duvet cover has seen its last... great big rip in it.. already repaired once but now completely had it...sure Iíll be able to find a use for it....
Had a look at Dunelms... found a suitable one ordered and delivery going to be free...
Next up Iíve finally bitten the bullet and ordered a new vacuum 😬😭😭... got lots of JL vouchers so that takes the sting out of the ridiculous cost.... not going to be buying another  one ever this ones going to last!!! Free delivery for that too...
Had a coffee and a sit down ... should have had a stiff drink after those purchases...
Had paperwork to do took rest of the morning...
After lunch we played scrabble... I won so now weíre all square...
OH new golf clubs arrived... he really wanted to test them out but as theyíre for his birthday told him heíd have to wait!
Having spent next to nothing in the last six months weíve out done ourselves this last month! Oh well itís only money and we canít take it with us...
Thought Iíd do the ironing as both lots of washing dried well in the breeze....
Dinner was venison meatballs in pesto sauce with spaghetti and broccoli...
Watched tv ... started another blanket in pale yellow ...
Looks like things are going from bad to worse around various parts of not only UK but in Europe too... I hope the right decisions are taken but canít bear thought of being in lockdown again.... but if needs must....quite a sobering thought....

Hope others have had a better day...
Caroline
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 10 October 20 00:36 BST (UK)
Caroline, I'm sure it'll be lovely to have your new duvet cover and no doubt you'll put the old one to good use, maybe for toys or bunting. Sounds like the new cleaner is a corker of a price but at least delivery is free!

My day:

Woke to a wet day but it had cleared by ten and the sun came out.

Art class Zoom lesson this morning, I so wish it was in the afternoon. My friend L and I didn't get together today as she had been away for a week- her travelling and mixing with other people made us both think it was best to miss this week. Got some good advice from the teacher on current project and did some work on it. Doing this on Zoom is fine and much better than not having a class but I have to admit that some folks get on my nerves! Some just waffle on and of course when you do that on Zoom it focuses on that person. And then there are others who take a phone call and don't mute themselves so we're all treated to them telling the caller that they're in a Zoom meeting and will go in the other room. Or they don't mute when they get up and put the kettle on..... I could go on forever. It's new to us all but some people don't make any attempt to find out how to use it properly.

Was hungry after class finished so left all the stuff I had out until after lunch, eventually got round to tidying it up. Went for a walk mid afternoon, was bright but the wind was stronger than I expected and quite chilly.

Back home, made changes to Tesco order for tomorrow before I forgot. Then had to ring about something I'd been trying to sign into yesterday that locked me out. I know the enhanced security is necessary but this particular one is quite a challenge. After I was given access again I had to wait for a text with a new number, that proved futile so I phoned again and on and on it went. Still haven't got in.

My friend L phoned for a post mortem on the art class, seems it wasn't just me getting frustrated with people.

Couldn't decide what to have for tea, made a frittata (omelette with spuds in! ), it was tasty. Had a message from friend B, she lives in the local lockdown area but it hasn't made a lot of difference to her, she's working at home anyway and her partner is still going out to work.

Proper chilly out this evening when I went out to the bin,  brrr.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 10 October 20 09:41 BST (UK)
Yes, most of us just pootle along doing what we do most days, and lucky that nothing worse is happening I suppose.  Well done on drawing level with Scrabble Caroline, and well done on sticking with the art class Roobarb. Next week hopefully you can double up with your chum again.
Our main line telephone system (2 handsets) has let us down several times lately, (it might be 15 years old,) so we ordered a new one.
Click and collect from Sainsbury's.... spent £30 while collecting!  If every customer does that, what a good return for a small counter space in the back corner of the store!
I bought a pair of leggings for winter wear around the flat, and some other bits of groceries* on offer, plus 10% of total on one real impulse buy, which is some halloween cake toppers to post to my grandaughters in mid-Devon. :D
Stopped off at a different beach for a walk on the way back. What a lovely sunny morning and I really enjoyed the different perspective of Torbay.
Currently there are 3 Dutch cruise ships at anchor, so we postponed our evening meal, (a couple of ready meal curries*), and walked down past the pier before dark.
Surprising what a difference it seemed to make to my mood simply taking a slightly different walk!!
Hope everyone has a reasonable day.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 10 October 20 11:51 BST (UK)
Hello All

I've got a Grandson  :)  :D The Births  ;D still keep happening despite difficult times.

My Chauffeur (Mrs P) and I both went for our food shopping yesterday.

We went for an afternoon walk (despite a patch of angry looking dark grey clouds overhead), a few rain spots then dry to the village centre and back.

Distancing has seemed very odd in a sociable place where we spoke face to face previously before February.

Take care all, Mark
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 10 October 20 13:04 BST (UK)
Congratulations on the new arrival Mark.  :D
A bright spot amongst everything else.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Viktoria on Saturday 10 October 20 13:34 BST (UK)
Yes indeed, what a lovely event.

Well folks I cut my own hair today, good job I was not planning on going anywhere in the near future except Eye  Clinic at Rochdale next Monday all being well ,for laser treatment .
They are looking after me.
Daughter sent some special  seasoning she thinks I will like and a pretty mask with poppies on it ,Remembrance Sunday will not be the same this year so the masks are it is hoped ,a way of raising funds .
Flash Harryís parents had a virtual Parentsí Evening ,all is well and school are impressed with how much he can explain.
He is receptive so get all sorts of info from lots of people in his immediate circle .Remembers well too.
Sunny here after a dreadful stormy night , water water everywhere!

Chicken for tea ,new potatoes, roasties ,green beans and cabbage .
Apple sauce and stuffing .
Then boring yogurt for dessert but with a nice banana .

Got my art stuff out ,just watercolours ,but thought I might do some cards .
I have a stock of Christmas cards but like special ones for the family .
We will see,Eyes will be the determining factor !
Envelopes will be the problem.

Hungry now ,so some cream cheeses, olives, tiny tomatoes, chutney grapes, Ryvita black pepper etc.
Cheerio , Viktoria.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 10 October 20 14:12 BST (UK)
If you do any internet shopping Viktoria, you should be able to get a packet of envelopes on-line to fit your largest card.
(The W*rks or Amaz*n)
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Caw1 on Saturday 10 October 20 14:17 BST (UK)
Congratulations Mark for the birth of a new grandchild... such joy in days of gloom...

Mowsehowse looks like you had a spending spree too!
Itís always nice to do something a little out of the usual these days...canít imagine seeing three large cruise ships all at once...

Wow Viktoria cutting your own hair that was brave but well done you!
Glad to hear youíre being looked after by the eye clinic and hope your trip is successful wearing your new poppy face covering youíll look a treat.
Is there anything you canít turn your hand to.... painting your own Christmas cards now too... a lady of many hidden talents!

Roobarb- I know just what you mean with zoom calls where there are quite a few people... there were only six of us for our book club meeting the other day and have to take turns in talking or it gets impossible...sorry your experience wasnít good... wonder how it could be handled to make it a better experience for all...

I shall certainly be making use of the old duvet! Nothing goes to waste in this house!

Caroline
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 10 October 20 15:37 BST (UK)

...canít imagine seeing three large cruise ships all at once.....Caroline

There is a sea peep from about 2 miles inland we can glimpse driving into Paignton.... one of the ships is directly in that peep, above the house roof tops!!
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Annette7 on Saturday 10 October 20 15:52 BST (UK)
Dull and chilly - Asda delivery arrived a little later than usual (although still within allotted timespan) with a nice cheery driver. 

My brother in law finally got his knee op yesterday (previous 3 dates all cancelled).  He has some pretty complex health issues and last time in hospital 2/3 years ago got sepsis.   Had to be in at 7am but operation wasn't until 1.30pm.   He texted just after 5pm to say he was feeling okay but knee numb.   Not sure how exactly they did it because I know they were concerned about giving him anaesthetic but he did mention he'd had 2 epidurals!   Said he fancied a sausage roll and a cup of tea but all he could have was a little water. (Wonder how he's feeling today - will hear more about it tomorrow as dining out with my sister (saves us both cooking).

More knitting and sewing up (hate doing the latter).   

Potato skins with cheese and bacon for meal, and evening spent between knitting, sudoku and watching tv.

Annette 
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Caw1 on Saturday 10 October 20 16:15 BST (UK)
Thanks Mowsehowse for the pictures... lovely blue sky there... at least theyíre quite far out...I had visions of them closer..
When we stayed in The Rocks area of Sydney we could see from our balcony the roof top pool of The Hyatt hotel... in front of that was a docking station for cruise ships.... one morning it was empty the next the whole space was filled up with a ship... so the people on the upper decks could look right down at close quarters to the Hyattís roof top and pools.... couldnít believe the space it filled... massive...

Annette - Good to hear your BiL had his knee op, Iím sure heíll make a good recovery... nice to hear that these sorts of ops are now taking place..
Well done keeping up with the knitting!

Caroline
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 10 October 20 16:36 BST (UK)
It is difficult to say how far out they are..... the beach is considered very safe as it has such a gentle slope for such a long way.
The tide sometimes goes out as far as the harbour entrance on the right.
Also, with my little camera it was hard to get all 3 ships into one photo. The 2 pictures were taken within about 30 minutes of walking, trying to get all 3 in at the same time.
What a memory of The Rocks in Sydney..... we were only there for one afternoon. Most amazing.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 10 October 20 16:43 BST (UK)
Congratulations Mark, must be a boost you and your family

Everyone sounds busy today, can't say I have been so busy,  had to return a really nice anorak type coat,  disappointed as it was hood attached,  will keep looking, lunch out and a look around a hobby shop, needed new card for a notice board, was interested to see a certain tape in really pretty designs, plus a  thinner one named after the babies of the bigger one, does make sense  but not sure if I  can advertise , also bought a glue gun, not sure what I  will do with it yet,  plenty of ideas, just got to put them into practice

I bought a new cleaner, was very disappointed as it was no better than a carpet cleaner, so still looking for a replacement.

MH, my brother will be interested in the ships in the bay, when we were there recently there were 4 in the bay.

Take care everyone , keep your chins up

Louise Maud
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 10 October 20 16:50 BST (UK)
Forgot to say for those who are interested about the saga of  my wedding ring, have been without it for 2 weeks,  have been to see the jeweller today and he has agreed to stretch my ring, 4 sizes, well I was staggered to be honest but it is my knuckle that is much larger, got to decide what to do with my engagement ring but I will be so pleased to get my ring back, I don't like being without it.

Louise Maud
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Saturday 10 October 20 17:02 BST (UK)
As Vac cleaners go, Miele's been really good after guarantee ran out on repairs, etc.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 10 October 20 17:09 BST (UK)
Had one of those for years but I want a cordless now, don't feel happy with an electric flex but it has been a good machine

LM
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Caw1 on Saturday 10 October 20 17:25 BST (UK)
Mowsehowse - yes The Rocks area and the harbour with the ferryís going hither and thither was a wonderful place to be... memories eh... all weíve got at the moment!

LM - good to hear youíll get your ring back soon, Iím sure youíve felt bereft without it I know I would....

Vacuum Iíve gone for is cordless Dyson... hope it lives up to expectations... keep you posted once I get it!

Caroline
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 10 October 20 17:30 BST (UK)

...canít imagine seeing three large cruise ships all at once.....Caroline

Paignton.... one of the ships is directly in that peep, above the house roof tops!!

Thanks, yes a bundle of joy, wore a mask just in case, he was quiet here earlier and we can hand him back too  ;D  ;D

My Great Aunt (lived to age 95) took my family, also her Sister (dec'd) and Brother (my late Grandfather) to Goodrington in the 1970s twice, for Summer holidays. The row of B & B facing the park (adjoining the Steam railway and sidings) mostly seem to be Lets a few years back.

A historic Inn I helped to save from demolition many years ago, was once owned by Mr W. F. Adams (Brewer) and he lived at Mentone, Tor Vale, Torquay (Mentone, a Listed Building since 1975 it seems).

Be a shame if any further Covid restrictions damage it. A gap in the Licences c.1712 to 1751 stop me confirming a Licensee before 1752. The building belonged to the Right Honourable Henry Lord Paget the [First] Earl of Uxbridge in 1746 and his Tenant was in Arrears earlier in the 1730s .

Annette, I hope the knee operation went well and good progress is made.

Take care all, Mark
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Mckha489 on Saturday 10 October 20 21:06 BST (UK)
Do the people on those cruise ships disembark? Or are they just cruising around looking at land from afar? 
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 10 October 20 21:24 BST (UK)
I presume because there doesn't seem to be any cruising going they are laying to with staff on board to keep things turning over, I also assume someone  is taking stock out to them, they do move on I think after a few weeks,  I know at Teignmouth they do move on from time to time and others take their place

Louise Maud
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 10 October 20 21:28 BST (UK)
Mark, congratulations to you and the parents on the little bundle of joy!  :D :D How lovely to have such a happy news during these challenging times.

I seem to be late in catching up with everyone else, the conversation has gone ahead in leaps and bounds!

Mckha, I think from what I've read is that the ships aren't cruising as such, they just keep anchoring off various coasts as the berthing fees would be too high, I don't think they actually have passengers. I'm sure mowsehowse will correct me if I'm wrong.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Viktoria on Saturday 10 October 20 22:27 BST (UK)
I have heard that too Roobarb.

Or else they are Russian Warships in disguise!!
They do that you know ,spying on us .
They swan up and down the  Channel to  see if we have any planes yet on the big aircraft carrier The Prince of Wales .
Mind you we swan up and down too to monitor them swanning up and down
whilst they monitor  us swanning up and down monitoring them.

It is called surveillance  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Well kitchen put to bed and then warm milk and a nice read and bed .
Goodnight all,sleep well  and  a good day tomorrow.
Viktoria.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Caw1 on Saturday 10 October 20 23:11 BST (UK)
I love this idea of everyone swanning up and down checking out whose doing what thinking no one knows what theyíre swanning up and down for....
Swanning and preening... my ships bigger than your ship....
Iíve got a bigger tower than yours look at mine ....
Youíd better be scared of me swanning up and down in your water... what
Mr Mannering get that boy out there to check it out....😂😂😂

Sorry couldnít help that...
Very good Viktoria... you must have been sober to write all that swanning so beautifully...

Caroline
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: BushInn1746 on Friday 16 October 20 23:17 BST (UK)
I have heard that too Roobarb.

Or else they are Russian Warships in disguise!!
They do that you know ,spying on us .
They swan up and down the  Channel to  see if we have any planes yet on the big aircraft carrier The Prince of Wales .
Mind you we swan up and down too to monitor them swanning up and down
whilst they monitor  us swanning up and down monitoring them.

It is called surveillance  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Sounds like a pair of pensioner neighbours looking at each through the net curtains  ;D .

That Aircraft Carrier sprung a leak today.

Mark
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Friday 16 October 20 23:37 BST (UK)
I love all that swanning up and down Viktoria.  :D

As far as we know the cruise ships have only a skeleton staff on board.

They seem to stay for a very long time, or sometimes they move along the coast for a while and then return again.

Still 3 round the corner off Babbacombe, and currently 4 Dutch vessels at anchor in Torbay.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 17 October 20 09:34 BST (UK)
Mark, congratulations to you and the parents on the little bundle of joy!  :D :D How lovely to have such a happy news during these challenging times.


Thank you Roobarb, yes, what a time to be born!

Keep your chins up everyone!

Keep safe too, Mark

[Just realised looking at the Calendar and the date on my milk 26th October, the 9th October (this Diary) must be a week ago]
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Viktoria on Saturday 17 October 20 10:05 BST (UK)
Sprung a leak!!!!
They donít make things like they used to !
Now are you sure it is the ship ,what did it say,because HM is of an age for that sort   of thing to happen ,was it ďHM The Prince Of Wales  ď or ď The Prince of WalesĒ orThe  aircraft carrier óó ?
I mean- there is Victory ,all shipshape and Bristol fashion at several hundred years old and our newest and best (?) has sprung a leak!
I do not want to accuse HM of incontinence over and above his usual kind.
I am a Royalist, look at the possible alternatives - just having a laugh and when you see the one across the pond thank goodness for what we have got.
Iíll bet it was made in China you know.
Viktoria.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: BushInn1746 on Saturday 17 October 20 10:43 BST (UK)
"The weather was as expected dull and cloudy, so far weíve still not felt the need to turn our heating onto regular settings and have just had it on here and there for an hour or so... watched the news whilst having breakfast" ...

"Had a quick sandwich and off to the hairdressers" ...

"Once home got dinner sorted steak and kidney from the freezer added puff pastry and lots of vegs..."

Caroline
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Hello All

Heating been on and off here, now for a few weeks and watching the news occasionally too.

Hairdressers, I expect they'll be next to be shut, if we change to a higher Tier.

Our Doctors have been disinfecting between each patient for months, it has been send photos by email, then sent either for Blood Tests or to Hospital as an Outpatient. When Mrs P rang recently they were still playing the original "Stay Home" message unless it is for work, daily exercise or essential shopping like food.

About a dozen cases confirmed in our locality so we and all the other middle aged to elderly have been crossing the road, like we are all Lepers since March and not going out now after dark anyway.

I think only the Leper mentality will work currently and give us a chance socially of staying safe.

That Steak & Kidney Pie with puff pastry and lots of vegetables sounds like a winner  :P

My Mrs P is a very good Cook  :P  :P

Take care all and keep safe, Mark

Added, Viktoria re the Aircraft Carrier if you Google the ship's name (in commas) it was yesterday's news that part was flooded.

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/royal-navys-ps32bn-aircraft-carrier-hms-prince-wales-hit-flood-3005579
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12946842/sailors-bail-britains-newest-aircraft-carrier-another-leak/
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: mowsehowse on Saturday 17 October 20 11:12 BST (UK)
This diary is for 9th October ......
I am getting all mixed up.  :'(
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Gibel on Saturday 17 October 20 11:25 BST (UK)
Iím in a Tier 3 Borough and yesterday I got the dreaded ď extremely vulnerableĒ text. Instead of stating all the the things you mustnít do as I t did in March it states all those as shouldnít do except you can go out for walks.

Alfter a lot of thought and consultation with our minister I decided I ought to suspend our Sunday Club held during the service at my church. Having fought to restart I felt bad about it but thought I better think of myself for once.

After sending texts or emails to the families I had my hair cut. Over the last months my hairís become mainly silver (Hairdresser insists it not white but silver) all over with very little black hair left. Then walked up to Poundland for envelopes need to get stamps at some point.

After chicken curry for tea I rang a friend  in the evening to see how they and the family are and discussed how little motivation we have to get on with our family history. It was bedtime then and hoped I would sleep better than the previous night.

Itís all so depressing when you followed all the rules and now your back almost to the same scenario as in March.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 17 October 20 13:37 BST (UK)
Gibel, I'm sorry to hear you're in Tier 3, that must be so frustrating. I'm quite surprised that hairdressers are still allowed to work, I suppose the government wants to keep businesses going as far as possible without posing a risk to people.
I agree, it is depressing, I'm only in Tier 2 and am feeling like I've come full circle. Take care, hope things change for the better soon.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Gibel on Saturday 17 October 20 16:28 BST (UK)
The hairdressers seems very safe, the hairdresser wears a mask and a face shield and you, the customer have to wear a mask the whole time. Everywhere is sanitised after each customer.  Iím only there about 15 minutes I should think.

Monday itís the dentist, a temporary filling put in about 5 weeks ago has come out so pretty useless so I have to go back on Monday for another to be put in. Itís very sore. Eventually itíll have to come out but that has to be done in hospital so goodness knows when thatíll be.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Viktoria on Saturday 17 October 20 19:38 BST (UK)
Went for a nice little walk today,only twice around the cemetery.
Dull but fairly mild ,met a little dog ,all while but for a black patch round itís tail.
Then a Patterdale ,but it was very big. I thought it was a small Labrador.

Sister phoned ,but no real news ,all about the glut of beans in her garden.

Just doing a big tidy and washing so I can just be quiet if needs be after laser
treatment,
A posh Retirement/ Nursing home ( Masons and Masons widows) has thirty cases ,I think I have remembered correctly.
This is not far from where I live.

Ambulance helicopter circling the motorway whilst I was walking ,no doubt an accident , the M66.

Granddaughter making plans for me to go down to Suffolk  for Christmas,
I said forget about it just for now ,it is most unlikely it will be possible .
It is not  the end of the world , we just have to be patient.

Well going for a bath then a nice cuppa and struggle with Dickensí verbosity .

Sleep well everyone and a good day tomorrow.
Viktoria.
Nothing really to report ,hope everyone has a good nightís sleep.
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 17 October 20 19:51 BST (UK)
Viktoria
I understand what you say about  your granddaughter wanting to see you, my lovely granddaughter is coming home from university for my birthday, I don't want her to come, for her sake as well as ours , I want her parents to impress upon her not to come, it won't matter if I don't see her this year, I will still be here next year ( everything crossed and God willing), I can WhatsApp her and have a laugh
It really is a worry now,  I am finding having done all the right things the first time round, here we go again

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Diary - Friday 9th October
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 17 October 20 20:56 BST (UK)
This diary is for 9th October ......
I am getting all mixed up.  :'(

Me too. At least I think I am.  ??? ??? Have had trouble remembering what day it is these last seven months. Or is it seventeen?  ??? ???   ;D ;D

Still good to read about everyone's day.  :)