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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 20th October
« on: Wednesday 21 October 20 14:17 BST (UK)  »
That's a terrible thing to hear, Candleflame. I hope your friend manages to get the support he needs from now on.
Caroline you have certainly been very busy over the past few days/weeks. Roobarb, I'm finding a good book a great solace during these times. I feel very concerned about folk on their own at present and try to keep in contact with lone friends one way or another.
Mowsehowse, I also ventured into my previously favourite store Mxxxxxx's to do a small shop before 10 in the morning. It was the busiest I'd seen for a number of weeks. I don't feel comfortable there any longer. The checkouts were chaotic, few staff and nobody seemed to know where they were going. I quickly popped into the card shop which was empty and purchased a few birthday cards for the months ahead. The new Christmas card selection filled nearly half the shop. It really made me feel strange. How can people contemplate Christmas at a time like this? I had spoken to old friends at the weekend and found out it was their Diamond wedding soon so I was able to buy an anniversary card for them. I bought a plain anniversary card, which had a lovely verse inside and then tarted it up a bit with silver numerals and enclosed rose petals from the garden! OH and I decided we do our walk again after lunch, changing the route a bit, as has been suggested. Never seen such a crop of conkers before, many still beautiful and shiny lying on the floor amongst their broken cases. Fish and chips tonight! Plaice bought from our Grimsby fishmonger on Monday. It's getting difficult trying to remember what I did the day before.


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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Monday 19th October
« on: Tuesday 20 October 20 14:03 BST (UK)  »
One of my ancestors, a David Blair, shot a swan in the early 1900s and was going to have it for Christmas Dinner! He was found out and fined but I don't know what happened to the bird itself.
Monday used to be washing day so I decided to strip the bed and wash the bedlinen. Feeling quite motivated for once I felt like making a cake - knew I shouldn't  because of those extra calories. However, it turned out quite well for once as I am finally getting used to my new oven. It was a Mary Berry recipe for an easy fruit and almond cake which you shouldn't cut for 3 days!
After lunch we decided to go for a short walk just around the back of our local church and then through a few nearby streets. The autumn colours are beautiful just now but it would have been improved by some sunshine. There was quite a bit of litter on the waste land behind the church; the footpath leads to a local housing estate and industrial site. We did find a B&Q trolley amongst the acorns and conkers. Passing by the little cafe/craft shop, where I meet my friends sometimes for coffee, I noticed a small group from the local U3A litter pickers relaxing after collecting 49 bags of rubbish. Well done to them.
The afternoon walk was quite enjoyable until we  passed through a local area of traffic calming. Unfortunately a young woman had pulled up fairly sharply to allow motorists coming towards her to pass through the narrow area. A man in a van drove into the back of her vehicle, he then proceeded to get out of his van and harangued her through the driver's window with the most awful language. It must have been terrifying for her as it shook us up too. People were getting out of their cars and trying to calm the situation. The woman then got out of her car to speak to the man who then started to hit and kick her car. She had children in the car with her who starteded to get out, although other people persuaded them to get back in. Eventually the man turned his van around and drove away without any thought for what he had done. He must have been drunk or on drugs to behave in such a way. A most horrible experience.
We talked about this event quite often into the evening. Finally we watched "Who Do You Think You Are" which was most interesting and enjoyable.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Sunday, 18 October 2020
« on: Monday 19 October 20 13:51 BST (UK)  »
What a lovely birthday surprise your OH had, Caroline, and your daughter certainly pulled out all the stops.
RTL, I really admire your daily conscientious attitude to your work. Thank you and do take a break for yourself soon.
All those folk cooking up lovely mouth-watering stews and dinners I salute you.

We had a lie-in which is completely out of character for us so we were all behind throughout the day. We picked the remaining Bramleys which the blackbirds had left for us though it wasn't a good crop this year. The apples are badly mottled with black spots. Last year a late frost took most of the blossom leaving us with just 10 apples. This year the tree was a picture in the Spring and we were very optimitistic for our harvest. I picked a few more runner beans which have been successful this year. OH did some tidying up in the garden and filled the green bin ready for tomorrow's collection. I have decided to delay taking out the Summer bedding plants because there's no colour left when that decision is taken. Only a couple more green collections left this year.
A rather lazy Sunday but made a couple of phone calls to friends we haven't been able to meet up with. Didn't do a walk today - my excuse being that it was too dull and chilly! I was late preparing our roast dinner which was a pity but we eventually sat down at about 7.30. Tonight it was roast pork, roast potatoes, cabbage, leeks and carrots, not forgetting apples sauce!
Delight of delights our eldest grandson telephoned us out of the blue and we all had an interesting chat about his university course and life in general.
Inspector Montalbano our TV choice from previous night.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Saturday 17th October
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 13:22 BST (UK)  »
I started this, looked away for a few minutes, and now it's all disappeared!

I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday.....

There was a sudden burst of bird activity in the bushes close to the house. They must have been after insects, grubs etc. as we have no feeders up at present because we had a rat! Ugh! I hate them. There were a mixture of garden birds; blackbirds, robin, wrens, dunnock and several types of tits. Do they feed in this manner to avoid the attention of the sparrowhawk? Safety in numbers presumably. They didn't stay long - 3 minutes at the most.
I finished off my yoghurt for breakfast. OH prefers porridge. I must remember to add yoghurt to my Tesco order. Thank you Roobarb for the "heads-up" re the wine offer. I shall certainly look into it although Aldi has some of the best wines, we think, and free delivery too!
Eventually after browsing the Saturday papers and attempting Codeword, I decided to tackle the ironing. I quite enjoy ironing but it's just getting me motivated!
The doorbell rang. Hurrah, a visitor! The daughters of our neighbour,to whom we gave the dried hydrangea flowers, had left us a meat pilau and lamb kebabs in the porch. So kind and thoughtful. I put the gift in the fridge as I had prepared our evening meal already. We did try a couple of the lamb kebabs/bhaji for starters and they were delicious.
TV was another recording of Frost! We'll have to get out more!
Louisa Maud, where we live we are in Tier 2 but just up the road it's Tier 1, which is where some friends live, so it is very confusing as to what or where we can do or go.


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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Friday 16th October.
« on: Saturday 17 October 20 14:05 BST (UK)  »
That's a wonderful thing to have done for nature; a really positive activity for today.

I wonder if they are the same bumper boats? I could try and scan and post it for a laugh however not v. good at that techie stuff!
J

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Friday 16th October.
« on: Saturday 17 October 20 11:49 BST (UK)  »
Something weird is happening to my posts.
Mowsehowse, you reminded me that I have a photo somewhere in family history archive of yours truly aged 5 on a boat on the lake in Goodrington!
Caroline, I am so impressed with the efforts you and your family are making to give your OH a memorable birthday.
Roobarb, I'd love to see your artwork. It may stimulate me into doing something myself.

The heron put in an early appearance for his breakfast and stayed sometime. Not too bad a day so decided to put some washing on but, as there was no sun nor wind, the washing didn't dry.

We needed some fresh air so we both decided to walk to the butchers for our weekly order. It's funny we are getting to know lots more people who live nearby. There are the joggers, dog-walkers (most friendly), elderly couples like ourselves, relatively few youngsters (though they probably venture out later) and cyclists on the pavement which makes us cross. I kept prompting OH what to buy through the window as I had forgotten my mask.  It was quite amusing.

On the way back I remembered I'd given away the small pumpkin cutouts the night before so called into the craft shop to buy some more (had to borrow OH's mask!)

Later, whilst OH was busy cleaning the utility floor carpet tiles, I popped over to a neighbour's house and left her some dried hydrangea heads which we had prepared. Rang the bell and just left them in porch. It's a strange life we are living at the moment.

Tesco delivery arrived in late afternoon which always feels like Christmas. The delivery drivers are always so polite and friendly, keeping their distance and sorting out queries if there are any.

Now I was able to prepare Lasagne for tea and then watched Australian film, which was very thought provoking.
Judy

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Thursday 15th October
« on: Friday 16 October 20 14:04 BST (UK)  »
Oh for something that can lift the black sock bits off the bedroom carpet! Caroline your machine does sound just what I want. Thank you for the tip about rose prunings to deter squirrels I think that's a good idea. It's my job to prune the roses so I'll make sure they don't get put in the green bin!

Now what day is it yesterday?
OH made porridge for breakfast which he enjoys doing and it was just right. (Says Goldilocks!). Mum would have put salt on because of her Scots ancestry but I have it natural and he has sugar, or honey, or whatever we have at the time.

Looked at the shower again from a distance - will have to get one of those sprays - are they any good?

Walked the long way round to meet my friend at the local craft shop/coffee shop where we sit European-style outside on the pavement but well spaced out. This morning however we were unfortunately smoked out by a family group seated next to us (close). It's a pity to see young women smoking with babies in pushchairs.  I remember giving up smoking when I became pregnant but did have the odd one now and again occasionally. Maybe next week we will meet at a different place or go on a different day. My friend told me she'd made soup so off I went home and did the same! We inspire each other I think which is a laugh really. I bought some craft pumpkins from the shop to decorate for my Autumn/Halloween themed basket.

Soup bubbling whilst OH repaired kitchen wastebin which I had knocked off the back of undersink cupboard door.  ;)

Mushroom omelette, Tuscan potatoes and salad for tea followed by stewed apples and custard.

Son who lives in Swansea posted family pics on FB for us to see. Grandchildren playing on a beach and video of the tide coming in over the sand. What a lovely sound it was.

Neighbour called later with sunflower cards made by her two little boys for me. How sweet! They went off happily with the pumpkins which I hadn't yet painted so now they have another project to do.

OH watched the Trump documentary which he said was the best thing he'd watched on TV for ages. Finalised my last-minute Tesco order in time.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Wednesday 14th October
« on: Thursday 15 October 20 15:31 BST (UK)  »
Victoria,
That sounds like a poem in itself:
"Oh, To walk along the seashore, smell the salty air and with a dog - heaven"
Lovely - I couldn't agree more.

We hade some unexpected visitors yesterday which I forgot to mention. Firstly, the heron flew down to investigate our pond which has finally got some water in it at long last. He didn't find anything 'cause his ancestors took all our fish some years back! There are frogs and newts in the early part of the year but haven't seen anything in there lately. Secondly, after lunch,  we were sitting looking out at the garden when a sparrowhawk flew swiftly at the fatballs which were hanging in the hedge. I don't think he/she caught a bluetit or Robin as he then flew to the birdtable and stayed there a while, finally giving up and with a very low swooping flight continued into the apple tree. Phew, talk about nature in the raw.

Judy

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Wednesday 14th October
« on: Thursday 15 October 20 14:18 BST (UK)  »
So sorry to hear about your mishap, Lisa. Hope you recover very soon. Also Carol too. It can't be pleasant feeling ill during these already worrying times. I am looking forward to hearing about your new vacuum cleaner/stick, Caroline, I've always wanted one but OH isn't keen. We do have a Henry but it's really far too heavy for me. Please bring back my Hoover Junior -it sweeps, as it beats as it cleans?

Busy morning. I finally decided to take some bags to the charity shop. Inside were my walking boots - have decided that rugged cliff walking is finished for me now preferring a gentle field ramble wherever possible. Wellington boots have also gone as they were rather tight around the calf. Said goodbye to a load of posh plastic cookware which I never got on with - hope someone else can use them. Quick drop into chemists for staples like Ibuprofen, Savlon, etc. A short drive to local garden nursery where I bought violas, wallflowers and bulbs which I intend to plant on the next sunny day.

Can someone advise me how to stop squirrels digging in my pots and flower beds please? I've tried mothballs which didn't work but someone on here mentioned grated soap! Was this a joke or true?

Afternoon was a rather lazy time though I did try to start cleaning the shower. It's always a challenge and I try to put it off for as long as I can.

Sausages, baked beans and jacket spud for tea followed by the old film  "The 39 Steps" which was a complete change from the usual.

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