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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Christmas carols
« on: Yesterday at 23:58 »
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been steaming concerts

Was it hot in there?  ;D

Mr Amazon certainly does know something,  do a search on Trombone Bell Cover and you'll find them from £7 odd upwards.

The Stay Safe Board / Diary > Monday 19th October
« on: Yesterday at 23:50 »
Had been thinking about going for a walk on the beach today, it was quite bright but it was windy and despite that being southerly it was quite chilly. Decided to leave it till another day and go instead to a local park for a change of scenery.

Halfway there the tyre pressure alarm sounded on my car, couldn't believe it that another one was down. I don't think it's doing it much good standing for so long. I'd deal with it after I'd been in the park.

Had a walk around, it's quite pretty with a lake, ducks, swans and a couple of noisy geese. (I read in the news that Lakeland in Florida is selling off some of the descendants of the swans given to them by the Queen in 1957 as they're costing too much to feed. $400 per swan. Bargain.  :) )

 Lots of trees in the park and apart from a rose garden, no formal flower beds. It was pleasant enough and made a change but I prefer the woods near to where I live.

Was going to put off dealing with the tyre but told myself off and went to a petrol station along the road. Realised afterwards that I could have gone to two others that are actually on my way home. Ah well, I got it sorted out anyway.

Had some of my homemade soup for lunch, it was really thick, too thick actually, I put some hot water in it. It was very filling too. Froze the rest in portions after adding water to it.

Didn't feel like doing much today, just general tidying around and emptied the dishwasher. Tesco delivery about 4.30 then everything just as usual.

Hope others have had a more interesting day,

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Sunday, 18 October 2020
« on: Yesterday at 20:29 »
Mowsehowse, perhaps the squirrels were lying on their backs wishing they hadn't scoffed so many acorns  ;D  Sounds a lovely place.

Ankerdine, unfortunately I think dull and chilly will be much more the thing for a while.  :(  Must admit it is discouraging but I've found that once I get myself out it doesn't feel half as bad. Lovely for you to have an unexpected call from your grandson.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Sunday, 18 October 2020
« on: Yesterday at 00:36 »
My day  (nearly forgot!)

It was raining this morning but cleared out later on. Had been reading for some time, decided to go for my walk after I'd put some washing in.

Very quiet around the field and woods today, was good to get out. Took a few photos of the ever changing woods, there's still a lot of green despite the path being carpeted in leaves. Everywhere slightly muddy.

Home for lunch, can't really remember what I did early afternoon but I was busy most of the time. Did some more to my painting and sent to art teacher for approval and suggestions.
Later on I ..... (drum roll) ..... made some soup! I'd picked poor Caroline's brain about what to use instead of crème fraiche then probably drove her mad with details of the lactose content of various Greek yogurts. In the end I'd actually managed to order a lactose free one.
Chopped the carrots and sweet potatoes into chunks for roasting as per the recipe. It did occur to me that sweet potatoes cook much faster than carrots. Left them for ages, eventually finished with a couple of minutes in the microwave. Cooked onions, garlic and vegetable stock as directed, put the slightly cooled veg in and blitzed with the very efficient new hand blender. It turned out great! I could have left it like that actually, it was thick enough but added the yogurt. It's now in the fridge, will have some tomorrow and freeze the rest. I expect the roasting added flavour, in future I'll probably do more veg when roasting a chicken then freeze them for when I want to make soup.

While I was doing the soup I put some cod in a dish with chopped tomatoes, peppers and some new potatoes and cooked it in the oven for tea. Forgot to add herbs but it was okay.

Watched Portrait Artist, none of this week's entries particularly grabbed me. I thought the winner had placed the sitter's finger in an unfortunate position.  ::)

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Sunday, 18 October 2020
« on: Yesterday at 00:34 »
Good to hear from you RTL, we've been thinking about you and hoping things haven't been too tough. Not surprising that you're so tired, your shift patterns sound exhausting. Good that you were cheered by the sight of the geese.

I agree that it must be so hard for the rough sleepers, reminds me to count my blessings. The news about the vaccine sounds very good, it would be great to have something to look forward to in the new year.

Hope your shifts go well and you can enjoy your days off when they come. 

Caroline,  the bit I just wrote in response to your post disappeared  :(

Sounds like you had a wonderful day, your OH must have been very touched by the thoughtful presents and all the other things that were done to make his day special. The hugs must have been worth their weight in gold.
(Thank goodness you didn't hit the deer!)

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Saturday 17th October
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 21:28 BST (UK)  »
Oh Roobarb, enjoy your 6 bottles, sounds like your summer clothes are over for now and it is boot weather. Lack of sympathy for choc abusers (jealousy?) because you forgot to add a pack on the shopping?

Not quite Mark, the chocolate wasn't forgotten in my haste to add six bottles of wine.  ;D  Could be a bit of jealousy though, due to lactose intolerance I can no longer eat more than three squares at a time.  :'(  A whole advent calendar would leave me..... well I won't go into that! I promise I won't drink all of the six bottles of wine at once.  :)

Mrs P's chicken dinner sounds great, I do have chicken dinner envy.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: NHS Contact Tracing App
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 15:45 BST (UK)  »
I completely agree Guy and I've no doubt that there will be many people who delete the app due to this.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Saturday 17th October
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 15:27 BST (UK)  »
Annette, feel free to use the word 'lovely' as often as you like  :) It does sound like you had a very lovely day!

Caroline, lots of worthwhile work done in the garden and in the kitchen too. It depends where your friends have gone in North Yorkshire as to whether I'd consider them bonkers - although York itself is under restrictions there are some parts of the county that have very low rates. Hope they are safe wherever they are.

I like your style Roobarb, 6 bargain bottles of wine and opened all the doors of your advent calendar because you knew what was in them. :D 
Sooooo....... I'm thinking, if I treat myself to a dark chocolate advent calendar, do the same rules apply as I shall know what is behind every door???  ;)

If you want to eat all the chocolate from an advent calendar MH, feel free, but don't come crying to me if you're sick!  ;D
In my defence, I haven't used all of the products in my calendar, I'll be using the creams and makeup over a long period of time. So to use the same analogy, you could have a very small nibble of a couple of the chocolates each day (the face creams) and an occasional tiny nibble of other chocolates (lipsick, nail varnish).  ;D

Last night I used the peel off skincare mask (a whole chocolate!), it looked like molten gold, when I put it on my face I looked like I'd had an encounter with Goldfinger!

The Shining is enough to give anyone sleepless nights ......

LM - who do you pay your council tax to? That defines which tier you are in. Part of the large town near me has a similar split, I have two friends who live on the outskirts of it in what used to be a village but is now a suburb. Until things changed on Wednesday they were in two different areas as far as tiers go.

Ankerdine, I used to shop at Aldi but I have all my groceries delivered now, I don't think they do delivery in my area. How kind of your neighbour's daughter to bring the food, sounds lovely.

The Stay Safe Board / Diary > Saturday 17th October
« on: Saturday 17 October 20 21:40 BST (UK)  »
Starting early, I doubt that I'll cross posts with anyone else and events for Saturday the 17th can be added.  :)

Woke to a bright day although again it had obviously rained earlier. Was expecting a parcel from Amazon, the shoe storage thing I ordered yesterday. Original delivery time was late morning so although I wanted to go out for a walk I decided to wait until the parcel had been delivered. As usual they kept altering the delivery time so I did some things around the house and changed my Tesco order. The wine offer is on again so ordered six bottles to get the 25% off. Two of the bottles were already reduced by £1, bargain!

I was about to make something for lunch when I got the message that the driver was eight stops away, in the event he put the parcel through the letterbox. I should have just gone out but hindsight is a great thing. I was hungry but couldn't wait to rearrange my footwear, in the process I found a pair of sandals that I really don't remember buying and a pair of shoe boots that I bought and only had the chance to wear once before I was confined to barracks, had forgotten I had them. Put some belts in the bottom pockets of the organiser, had to keep rearranging as the cupboard door wouldn't quite shut.

Finally had some lunch, I was also waiting for a parcel from Boots, to be delivered by Royal Mail, it arrived about 2.30. It was a Christmas present I'd bought as a treat for myself. The No 7 beauty advent calendar, 25 items in all, creams, make-up etc. I opened all of the doors, no point in waiting, I already knew what was in it. The box it was in, including lots of smaller parts inside, the outer box and the box containing other everyday things I'd ordered as well, along with the cardboard envelope from Amazon -  just about filled my recycling bin.

Finally got out for my walk at about 3pm. It was quite mild out, usual area for my walk, did it in a different order again.

Back home, did some more sorting out of things in the cupboards. Will have to put my summer things away, don't know why I even bothered putting them in the wardrobe, I didn't get to wear most of them.

Nothing unusual about this evening, TV and a glass or two of wine. I've noticed since Wednesday when the Tier 2 lockdown was imposed here that some of my neighbours seem to be taking no notice of the restrictions or thinking that it doesn't include visits from family members. Oh dear.  ::)

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