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My paper tells me that olive oil prices have gone up by  89% because of the extremely hot summer last year in the Med!  Cocoa is even worse, having risen by 132% . No more cheeky chocolate bars for me.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 14th April 2024
« on: Saturday 13 April 24 10:20 BST (UK)  »
Many years ago we went to live in an old hall which had been uninhabited for some time.  We shared the house with my brother's family and worked hard at renovating it, but we soon found traces of mice, so used to set traps for them every night, each with a blob of Mars bar on it.  During the night we would hear these traps going off with a snap and every morning my son would remove the dead mice and throw them out into the surrounding woods.

Now we live at the other end of the country and the problem is rats, not in the house, I hasten to add, but they nest under sheds and visit the compost bin, so my husband has to put rat poison down from time to time.  It's a common thing nowadays - they say you are only a few yards from a rat whether you live in the country or in a town.  Viktoria, I'm like you, and don't like the bare tails of rats and mice, though I'm OK with hamsters and gerbils.

We are having the second day in a row of warm sunshine!  The temperature is set to drop a little later, but next week is forecast to be fine every day.  It's unbelievable!  The farmers are struggling with their crops in the sodden fields, though, and there is talk of veg prices rising.

I've just received my invitation to have a Spring booster Covid jab from the surgery and will have my annual review at the same time.  We oldies who have underlying conditions are reviewed every year to see that we are on the right medication and so on.  There are blood tests, too, height and weight and a few questions about our lifestyle.  We don't get to see a doctor, of course, just a nurse, though we would be summoned back when the test results come back if anything was of concern.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 14th April 2024
« on: Thursday 11 April 24 11:15 BST (UK)  »
It's a beautiful warm and sunny Spring day here. Maybe we shall even get through the day without any rain. Have you noticed that it's a good year for dandelions?  Walking round the village today I saw them everywhere, on roadsides, pathways and in peoples' gardens.  Some of them are already turning into "clocks", so watch out if you don't want them in your garden, as they have really deep roots and are difficult to get rid of.  I pull the heads off them before they start to seed.

Viktoria
I have found that it's a false economy to have new lenses fitted into old frames, as by far the largest part of the cost seems to be in the lenses.  Still, if you like your frames, it's worth doing.  The last time I had my eyes tested the optician told me that there was no need for me to purchase new glasses, as my eyes hadn't changed, "...unless you fancy a new frames!".  I didn't fall for that one.

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The Lighter Side / Re: New genealogy novel
« on: Monday 08 April 24 15:25 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the helpful hints 🙂

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The Lighter Side / Re: New genealogy novel
« on: Monday 08 April 24 11:38 BST (UK)  »
I have a list of authors who write genealogy novels, Goodwin, Tate, etc., but somehow our library never seems to have any of them.  Maybe they are just very popular.  I don't have or want a Kindle, so I'll just keep on looking every time I'm in the library.  Because of the loss of our village mobile library we now have to go to the nearest town and carry the books around with us.  Yes, I know that  could be a reason for buying a Kindle, but I still don't want one - I want to hold the book, turn the pages back and forth (and get it free from the library), not peer at a little screen.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 31st March 2024
« on: Thursday 04 April 24 11:09 BST (UK)  »
This week a group of us visited our local food bank, not to collect goods for ourselves, but to see how it is organised.  It is very impressive and does not only give out food, but attempts to aid those calling for the food to improve their situation, so there are links with Citizens' Advice, Social Services and others.  And it's not only food (and good advice) that they give out.  There are toiletries, nappies, cleaning products, toilet rolls and even tents and sleeping bags for rough sleepers. 

We were very impressed with the whole set-up and the care which goes into dealing with their customers.  I was surprised, however, that they try to limit their food distribution to 6 weeks per person.  This is apparently because they try to help people to improve their situation and find ways out of their food poverty.  They are working in part with the Salvation Army, who we know do a great deal to improve society, but also with other distributors, supermarkets and so on.  We all left a generous cash donation, which they can put towards the stuff which they actually buy in.   This includes apparently eggs, milk and spreads.  Local allotments donate fruit and veg, too.

They say that although the amount of food being donated has stayed roughly the same, the number of people applying for it has grown considerably, including some who are in paid work.  What a sad reflection on our society!

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 7th April 2024
« on: Tuesday 02 April 24 09:15 BST (UK)  »
A beautiful Spring morning here and they say the fine weather will last till this afternoon, when rain comes back.  Our country roads are flooded, well it doesn't take long for them to flood, as there are no drains or ditches in some of them.

I am off with a group of ladies to visit the local food bank, which opens twice a week.  I always put something into the collection at my local supermarket, usually tinned stuff that can be eaten without heating - tuna, fruit, etc., because there are some people who can't even afford to use gas/electricity to heat food.  What a dreadful state we are in, when so many are needing help to provide for their families.  I hasten to add that we are not going to the food bank to pick up stuff for ourselves, but to see how it works.  I expect they will be hoping to recruit volunteers, too.

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The Common Room / Re: adoption agency in Knightsbridge (London)
« on: Sunday 31 March 24 11:51 BST (UK)  »
My brother was adopted through this agency.  When he married, my mother offered him the correspondence with the agency, but he turned it down, saying that our parents were the only parents he wanted.  Much later in life he regretted this and after our parents died he set about finding his heritage.  We had a great deal of help from various sources, including RootsChatters, and he was able to make contact with his birth mother's brother and various cousins. 
I was the miracle baby who was born to my parents later, after they had been told that they would never be able to have children.  One elderly aunt inquired whether my parents would be sending my brother back, now that they had one of their own!  We were a very close family and my brother was my hero.  I also became friends with my brothers cousins in those later years. 

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 31st March 2024
« on: Saturday 30 March 24 11:57 GMT (UK)  »
A beautiful Spring day here in Devon today.  Long may it last!

Yesterday we  spent the evening recovering from a delicious lunch with 12 family members - tasty salmon bake and chicken tagine with couscous and lots of different sauces, followed by a baked chocolate cheesecake and lemon and coconut cake.  Wine was drunk and there was lots of interesting conversation with some family members we hadn't seen for several years.  We didn't need or want any further food that day apart from a piece of fruit later on.  Good job, as we are supposed to be on a diet after a holiday which involved some really good food.  Our next eat out will be lunch at a nearby French bistro, where we will meet old friends who are holidaying in the area.  Shall we ever lose those extra pounds?  In May we will be off to Germany, just in time for the asparagus season.  As two people who in their twenties were very slim, almost skinny, we are finding it quite hard to stay that way.

Today I am generally tidying up as the week ahead promises to be rather busy.  Small portions, no cake and more exercise for the next few weeks, I think.

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