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The Common Room / Re: Salmon For Apprentices
« on: Yesterday at 19:55 »
Oysters were the food of the poor at one time.
Plentiful food is cheap, scarcity sends prices up.
Viktoria.

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Yes,the vaccine needs the big arm muscle so injection high ,almost the shoulder.
Had a laugh today, have posted this once but nowhere to be seen?
Went to nice neighbour with a tea cake from a newly opened pack.
To be brief — she could not open the little vestibule door ,but shouted to me through the window, trying with the wrong key, eventually got both doors open.I had a try and oh heck, we were both locked in!
What complicated locks , little click,levers that muck things up.
We laughed so much she needed to use her stair lift to the bathroom!
I was getting anxious myself!
After a few choruses of “ Oh dear what can the matter be?
Two old ladies locked in the vestibule —- “
It got serious, my front door was wide open !
Anyway I sorted it but messaged her daughter as it is dangerous .
We vowed we would die in each other’s arms!.
For those not familiar with a vestibule it is a small room just behind the front door ,a door separates it from the lobby ,- the long narrow hall in terraced houses.They are a bit posh!
Had call from grandson - thought oooooh THE NEW BABY is here ,but no, they were making treacle toffee with Flash Harry but it was not setting

 Did a big clean up in  the  kitchen today ,polished all the black shiny doors on the units ,moved out everything ,including my boards.
Bread,pastry  and  huge ones I had for rolling out icing for three tier wedding cakes etc .
As F,H, would say it was disgustipating ,a spider was behind the last big one .
Narrow body ,ling thin legs and fangs!
All washed and back in place.
I polish the black unit doors with ammonia ,very shiny then .
I picked the spider up with that cloth ,and shook it outside ,perhaps it was overcome with ammonia fumes.

Well daughter phones this evening ,so clear away  from evening  meal ,a cuppa and relax.
Cheerio. Look after yourselves everyone
Thanks for the news .
Viktoria.

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Children as young as six worked in the cotton Mills of Lancashire and the coal mines too.
In the mills the children scrabbled about under moving machines,gathering the loose cotton which was drawn in by the to and fro of the spinning machines especially .It was highly combustible, and a spark from anything ,such as a tool  doing an on the spot minor repair would have set off an inferno!
The spinning sheds were full of flying fibres too so any fire would have roared through on the currents of air caused by the advancing and retreating spinning frames.Operatives went bare foot ,clog irons could cause sparks on the metal rails the spinning frames travelled to and fro on.The operatives used to say they “ trod the wheelgate.”
They must have walked miles each day to and fro.
The injuries the little children often sustained were horrendous ,scalpings etc.

The machines needed constant oiling so with an oil soaked floor, sparks and cotton dust and fibres floating about which could spontaneously combust, those weaving sheds ( they weren’t sheds but the big mills,) several floors high were very dangerous.
We do not know we are born!
Viktoria.

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If it would interest you, try to get a copy if Charles Kingsley’s “The Water
Babies”.
All about the little children,mostly boys ,who went up the chimneys of big houses especially , and swept them.
There were rung ladders in the chimneys so they could climb right to the top.
It had to be children as the flues were not big enough for an adult .
A dreadful dangerous job and they died young.
The book  is about their lives and then where they go when they are dead.
It was a political statement of the time, 1800’s.
I think my memory serves me pretty correctly.
Worth a read to “ flesh out “ your ancestors.
Viktoria.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Shall we be able to spend Christmas with our families?
« on: Sunday 24 October 21 18:58 BST (UK)  »
Not seen one son since Christmas 2018.
We phone but not the same is it.
Was hoping to see latest great grandchild ,due to arrive on Nov 2nd.
But safety first.
I should say great grand daughter ,,it is known the baby is a girl.

I was supposed to travel tomorrow ,but have cancelled ,the invalid I was to visit has carers attending and one has tested positive,so no sense going.
Grand daughter due to come on her Birthday,30. th,
Not sure about that now either.

People are genuinely confused , one thing seems to laugh at another.
Not making plans for Christmas ,was,by choice , alone last year - perhaps that will be best this year too.
Viktoria.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary week ending 24th October
« on: Sunday 24 October 21 01:07 BST (UK)  »
They pass the gable wall of my house along an unadopted lane.
Can’t leave anything alone!
I have to make sure any washing of a personal nature is not still on the line,nighties ,underslips ,undies etc ,the comments!
The girls’ language as bad as the boys’.
 If no washing the language is still dreadful and no shame about saying  loudly and openly what they get up to!
I try not to be outside..
The Primary school children are very naughty about messing with other peoples’ property.
I dream of a big ,loud , but harmless dog jumping over the fence ,but there is a not busy,but nevertheless a road where few cars do go along it at the end of the lane .
Could be an accident if the children scattered .
They have no healthy respect for anyone it seems ,not parents,school, head teacher, Police ,so there is no discipline or control .

They are brought up to believe they are important.
Self confidence is good but not the levels of arrogance many display.
We won’t  change  it I am afraid.
Not all are like that but many are ,sadly.
So I have to bring in off the line before 3-15 my black lace stuff!
Likewise my winter coms and flannelette  nighties.
 Honestly!
Viktoria.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary week ending 24th October
« on: Sunday 24 October 21 00:26 BST (UK)  »
Such lovely pics of the twins Annette, they’re so sweet…
Sounds like your trip to York was enjoyable despite the biting wind. It’s such a wonderful place to visit… we went many years ago when our children were younger so 35yrs + I should think.. the Jorvik hadn’t been up and running for too long and our two were intrigued with the smells and sounds! Wonder if that’s still the case…

That’s Roobarb for your commiserations… they’re still waiting to hear the PCR results….
Well almost finished knitting a very simple teddy for new baby .
I will do a pink dress etc,
Did one for FH.
Was looking at photos as I dusted the other day ,a frame with multi places for photographs in one big frame.
One of FH with his teddy.

Well I am not going to Shropshire ,not heard from friend’s son re Covid testing results but will phone tomorrow ,after cancelling the hotel.
I think it best I don’t  go.
Daughter trying to organise Christmas,we would like us all to be together .
The way things are going that might not be possible .
I feel it would be wrong to travel to my daughter’s on a train.
A young fairly recently delivered mum might be very vulnerable.
Daughter will drive up I know but five hours in the depths of winter !
We will just have to wait and see.

Nice to read all the news, but so sorry some are having a tough time .        We   have all been careful  yet take Roobarb as example , so careful but still became ill.That really flabbergasted me!

Well I look as if I have visited the nit Nurse !
The hairdresser really scalped me, it is a nice cut but shorter than I wanted .
Ah well, next visit in late November but I can see it not needing to be done again so soon.

Waiting at the bus stop for a bus which was due but in fact was ten mins late.A group of young teenagers came to the stop.
The pavement is a bit narrow at that point and a big  waste bin is there also .
Well these kids were all over the place, so rude to passers by - Ramsbottom is busy on Saturdays - they blocked the pavement and one lad messing about, not looking bumped into a passing child who was pushed off the edge of the pavement .
The small boy’s father remonstrated ,the offender did not apologise but at least did not answer back but the whole group sniggered and laughed when the family had passed by.
Whatever is happening to some children!
One person on the bus made a comment , the group wanted “Child Day Savers” ,OK they were young enough, but boy oh boy—— !the way the girls were dressed. ,not children in that way.
One old lady- not me!- Said they were “ asking for trouble” ::)
Shorts so short and tops so low.

Oh dear I must be getting old or something .
Well time for bed ,Tesco delivery tomorrow so first job in the morning is  the   fridge  washed out etc,.
Such trouble getting into the Tesco site, kept refusing my password, then said unusual activity !
Have had to register a new password !

Re M&S Yes in Leeds I seem to remember.
So Goodnight and take care.
Viktoria.


I’ve had trouble with Tesco’s site too today as I wanted to book a slot for next week… I should think it’s causing utter chaos!
Wasn’t it M&S who started off as a penny bazzar….

Caroline

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary week ending 24th October
« on: Sunday 24 October 21 00:22 BST (UK)  »
Well almost finished knitting a very simple teddy for new baby .
I will do a pink dress etc,
Did one for FH.
Was looking at photos as I dusted the other day ,a frame with multi places for photographs in one big frame.
One of FH with his teddy.

Well I am not going to Shropshire ,not heard from friend’s son re Covid testing results but will phone tomorrow ,after cancelling the hotel.
I think it best I don’t  go.
Daughter trying to organise Christmas,we would like us all to be together .
The way things are going that might not be possible .
I feel it would be wrong to travel to my daughter’s on a train.
A young fairly recently delivered mum might be very vulnerable.
Daughter will drive up I know but five hours in the depths of winter !
We will just have to wait and see.

Nice to read all the news, but so sorry some are having a tough time .        We   have all been careful  yet take Roobarb as example , so careful but still became ill.That really flabbergasted me!

Well I look as if I have visited the nit Nurse !
The hairdresser really scalped me, it is a nice cut but shorter than I wanted .
Ah well, next visit in late November but I can see it not needing to be done again so soon.

Waiting at the bus stop for a bus which was due but in fact was ten mins late.A group of young teenagers came to the stop.
The pavement is a bit narrow at that point and a big  waste bin is there also .
Well these kids were all over the place, so rude to passers by - Ramsbottom is busy on Saturdays - they blocked the pavement and one lad messing about, not looking bumped into a passing child who was pushed off the edge of the pavement .
The small boy’s father remonstrated ,the offender did not apologise but at least did not answer back but the whole group sniggered and laughed when the family had passed by.
Whatever is happening to some children!
One person on the bus made a comment , the group wanted “Child Day Savers” ,OK they were young enough, but boy oh boy—— !the way the girls were dressed. ,not children in that way.
One old lady- not me!- Said they were “ asking for trouble” ::)
Shorts so short and tops so low.

Oh dear I must be getting old or something .
Well time for bed ,Tesco delivery tomorrow so first job in the morning is  the   fridge  washed out etc,
So Goodnight and take care.
Viktoria.


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The Lighter Side / Re: 1929 Civil War veterans interview in colour
« on: Thursday 21 October 21 19:39 BST (UK)  »

I also found some other recordings where there seem to be three parts to the yell.
 High  scream, low bark and full scream ,but I think those veterans would know better than anyone else.
I have a full set of the recorded programmes,Ken Burns and Shelby Foote which were on TV quite a few years  ago .
My son on a trip to The States, for work visited some battle sites, round shot littering the fields ,just lying in the surface .
Abraham Lincoln sent a letter to the people of Manchester or maybe itvwas Lancashire as a whole ,thanking them for refusing to work with slave produced cotton ,thus depriving the Confederates of much needed funds,and shortening the war .
However the cost to the people of Lancashire was truly heavy.
Fascinating history.
Viktoria.

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