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Well, just phoned my son in law, had his Spitfire flight today.
We must have phoned at the same moment things were all mixed up.
Was absolutely ecstatic , emotional and excited.
Clear sky - just a little cloud for the experience.

Flew over the franchise where the crew had marked out in the gravel drive
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ——-they all wanted to contribute to the cost so that was most generous of them.
They got a wing waggle .
The airfield at Duxford is reasonably near .

The plane had seen active service ,not exactly sure of its full history.
He was overwhelmed at the power 19 year olds had in their hands and also the women pilots who delivered the planes to theRAF airfields.

So a lovely present all round.

Viktoria.

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World War Two / Re: Meenen/Menen/Menin Belgium in 1944
« on: Yesterday at 19:12 »
It was a strategic place in WW1, The Menen Road was an area of heavy fighting as the Germans tried to surround Ypres in a pincer movement, early in the war, then in 1917 when The Battle of Passendale was so bitterly fought.
Main railway lines which could be used by the Germans to transport heavy artillery ran to the East of the road .
which was already in German hands.
The battle of The Menen Road ,20-25 September,when the emphasis on Gough’s Fifth Army shifted to Plumer’sSecond .Better weather helped to ensure the desired objectives.

Menin in French ,Menen in Flemish ,pronounced somewhere between Mainen and Meenen ,nothing quite the same in English .
Spellings changed too in a language revival.
We rented a house for nine years from a man who had lived in nearby Gheluvelt before WW1 , until his home was demolished by shells etc .
Viktoria.

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That was only one report L.M.
No doubt there will be others giving different results ,but I only heard the one
which said the brain needed cholesterol.
 Statins were not selective, so would take it from wherever.
Do I die from another heart attack or do I sink into Dementia ?
I will think about it tomorrow!———if  I remember !
Viktoria.

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Yes I too am on Pravastatin 40mg and Ezetimibe10 mg.
Been on them many years.
My main worry is that the blanket prescribing of statins has contributed to the rise in dementia etc.
They strip cholesterol from everywhere despite our brains needing some .
There seems no way to control where they take it from.Brains lose more than they ought to in some cases.
Well according to a Radio programme some time ago.

Legs do ache ,but I can cope with that, it was the localised new ache that bothered me.
All OK though,well not serious.

My Dad’s roses are opening ,a sharp pinky red.
He tried for years to train a rose into a cascading shape ,training the twigs round a hoop from a barrel that had contained grapes,  we had a green grocery shop.
The little wooden barrels were filled with cork nibbles ,hence the breakfast cereal called “ Grape Nuts.”

The sun has just come out ,surprisingly.

With all the taradiddle re bins from last Friday to Tuesday,once again they have not been emptied .
 Today ought to have been paper and card collection .
Only one person has put their’s out ,what do they know that others don’t.?
The lorry has not been ,no idea why.

Oooh isn’t life exciting -bins not  emptied.!
Hope everyone is alright ,getting better and coping with life’s vississitudes - or something like that!
Cheerio.Viktoria.








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How is your foot MH?Getting better I hope.
Your sense of taste Roobarb?Is any type of food tastier you you than another?

Nice to read of gatherings ,music, etc.

My son in law has his 60th birthday Spitfire flight today from RAF Duxford , we all clubbed together ,the staff at the franchise too wished to join in.
Wonder what FH has said at school .
Hope it is a clear fine day ,when we visited a few weeks back there was a flight up in the clear blue sky ,amazing aerobatics ,and sad too as you could not help but remember the young pilots,some only 19 in The Battle of Britain
over the fields in that same area.

Well a cheeky squirrel was sitting by the little pond this morning ,no idea why as no food out in the garden at all since the rat episode .
Grey of course.
My Bramleys are getting a bit rosy and the odd one has fallen.
Need a week or two more yet,not so big as usual .
Got a dogwood to prune and a flowering currant .

At Drs. Yesterday.
Been having a pain in my Rt.  calf .
On blood thinning tablets but I also thought my calf was a little larger than my left .
Anyway Dr. saw me as urgent ,measured my calves ( calfs?) with a gadget and poked around a bit ,both the same , said ut seemed like a slight case of
Phlebitis ,not a DVT .I said how comparitively sedentary I had been since no dog and lockdown and eye treatment .
She had no worries and said to raise  my feet when I can to relax the veins and get some elasticity  back in them.
So no real worries there.

A dull day ,has rained , coolish.
The Geraniums are lovely, not touched by slugs at all and still in full bloom -a bright stunning red.

Well some curtains  to make .
I like net curtains still,I can see out but no one can see in .
The window is a way from the pavement,garden in between  but people could see in if they wanted to.
I keep thinking about blinds but they look such a fiddle to keep clean and so forth.
Well must get on- post just arrived ,my premium bond might have won . ::)
Viktoria.





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Well, it stands to sense I suppose, that The Orthodox way as described in the TV documentary could not provide enough meat for even the Orthodox community of North Manchester  so New York!
No idea what ,the compromise would be .
Did not watch the video Erato,I chickened out,( no pun intended)but thanks for the link.
Viktoria.

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Just in interest ,the Orthodox manner of slaughter is very kind .
The animal, according the televised programme about the Orthodox Jews of North Manchester ,is kept in a dim stall.
It is fed from a hay holder above its head that is higher than its head.
It is raised a little each day.
On the day of slaughter it’s head is very high.
The Rabbi or official slaughterer hones a knife so sharp he can take off one layer of his own skin without pain .Like a sheet of tissue paper.
This was all demonstrated in the programme.
Because its head has been raised for a good while the animal is quite woozy yet calm.
It’s throat is bent ,presented almost, as it’s head is already raised and with just one swift movement it is dispatched.
It seemed as merciful as possible .
Not possible on a big scale sadly.
The kosher chickens were killed in the part of Manchester where the first Jews settled, there is an account in a lovely book “Sunrise to Sunset  “ about life in Angel Meadow,a very short distance away,by Mary Bertenshaw.Born 1894.
She lived in Crown Square opposite St Michael’s Church.
 
Even salt used in cooking has to be Kosher for an Orthodox Jew.
I can remember girls at school telling us the kitchen at their home was being taken out ,put in storage and a new one put in for I think Passover.
After the specified time the Passover kitchen is taken out ,put in storage and the original one put back ,observing the rules of one side meat,the other side dairy and the two never mixed up. Different  utensils ,cloths ,sink etc.
It is insulting to cows if their offsprings’ birthright of milk is mixed in the slightest way with beef.
Fascinating , and must be very hard to be completely Orthodox in a country where yours is a minority religion .
Viktoria.



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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Summary - Week ending 26th September
« on: Wednesday 22 September 21 17:39 BST (UK)  »
Well, the day has turned out well, sunshine mostly .
Went to Bury, a bit of shopping ,stopped at the fish market, got some smoked haddock, enough for two fish pies for one or two portions of smoked haddock 
chowder .A steak of Hake and a pair of kippers and it was £12.
I also decided I would have a lovely Haddiock from a very nice chip shop
That was a staggering £4-90. and sadly the usual frier was not there ,and it was not as good as usual.
Got some roses from M&S for my Dad, two big tins of ham for the famine cupboard and some quinoa biscuits that are very low in sugar, 4g.per bar.
Some lovely strawberries .

Glad to get home for a cuppa though ,people not keeping any distance.,few wearing masks.
Fell asleep !
Now time for Pointless ,which I like.
Not hungry of course but must have a drink, tablets to take ,whenever are there not tablets to take or eye drops to put in!

Changed bed today and sorted out some new ,as in unused, double cellular blankets I have had for years .
I like them with a low tog quilt at this time of year.
Too big for my single bed so some I will make smaller and the offcuts will make snuggle blankets for  the new baby .
Due the first week in November .
Mum is much better following transfusions for her extreme anaemia following extreme hyperemesis.
Well ,no real news.
Cheerio.
Viktoria.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Summary - Week ending 26th September
« on: Wednesday 22 September 21 10:01 BST (UK)  »
Good to hear people’s health is improving , but it must  seem like a long slog to them.
I had to laugh,Roobarb -you have regained your senses,- I knew exactly what Jo1962 meant ,taste etc ,but at first it read as if you had “lost your senses”—-
when nothing could be further from the truth.
 Nothing much happening here ,must go out today,a bit of shopping ,including flowers for my Dad’s Birthday on 24th.
Born 1897, so would be 124 ,I think .
He wished his ashes  to be scattered in
 a WW1 Battlefield memorial park at Hill 60.Near Ypres.
So we did that .

Had some lovely weather and got lots done ,but dull today with rain forecast.
Going to organise flu jab ,etc then try to get to Shropshire before the really bad weather comes.
It will be lovely in the Autumn.

No news really Flash Harry settled in well back at school .He is usuallyO.K.,but was sad last time as his friend was very upset and would not play ,so some play dates towards the end of the holidays and re- connection seems to have worked well.
New baby due the beginning of November, a little girl.
He is fed up, wanted a boy.
But has seen the scans etc ,talks to mummy’s tummy .
Tells stories but always gets Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood intertwined - ;D ;D ;D,interesting !
Well must get on, look after yourselves and take care.
Viktoria.
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