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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Tuesday 13th October
« on: Wednesday 14 October 20 08:55 BST (UK)  »
Bad backs are terrible so I sympathise with you.

Interesting diary entry again Caroline. Sounded a peaceful day.

Awoke refreshed so made early morning tea which is unusual for me. No nightmares and disturbed sleep. OH repaired under-sink waste bin so it now works properly. I vacuumed bathroom, toilet, bedroom and hall and inside wardrobes! Never done that before. Enjoyed 30 mins phone call with sister-in-law ended up laughing which felt good. Prepared lunch of pizza from Tesco's which was delicious not at all junk food.

Afternoon was lazy I admit. I didn't walk which I felt bad about but tried to do Sudoku from weekend paper. Failed!

Chicken casserole with cauliflower and broccoli and Tuscan potatoes for tea.

Must strive to do better tomorrow.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Monday 12th October
« on: Tuesday 13 October 20 15:13 BST (UK)  »
Roobarb, thanks for the tip concerning squirrels. I have delayed buying bulbs because we have two or maybe three little blighters taking turns entertaining us. No need to worry about the earth becoming deforested, there will be an oak forest where I live in 50 to 100 years time and, has anyone noticed how large acorns and chestnuts are this year?

We visited Lucca 20 years ago whilst staying in Tuscany. It was an amazing place with all those black and white churches and surrounded by the city walls around which I am sure you walked. We ate at a restaurant in the main square and someone overhead poured the contents of a bottle or glass over us! We thought it was water or white wine. Hopefully? Maybe they took objection to us for some reason.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Sunday 11th October
« on: Tuesday 13 October 20 13:37 BST (UK)  »
I always wanted to be Queen Victoria when we were allowed to play with the dressing-up box at primary school, aged 5, I think! :o  I am sure I've mentioned it before somewhere on RC and I adore Victoria Sponge just with jam. Happy now? xx.


The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Monday 12th October
« on: Tuesday 13 October 20 10:19 BST (UK)  »
Oh I'm all out of sync too. Mowsehowse, I love oyster-catchers  indeed they are my favourite seabird. We first noticed them on holiday on the Mull of Galloway a few years back. My OH and I disturbed one nesting whilst walking along a deserted beach - we were looking for seals. The oyster-catcher cleverly led us away from its nesting area making quite a din so we hurriedly left it in peace. We later saw them flying above the beach near Cullean Castle, pretty as a picture, and making a really pleasant sound.

We made an early start for a quick trip to M&S on the edge of a nearby town and then to a rural garden centre/nursery which, it being Monday, was closed! Woops I'd forgotten to check but, surprisingly OH was not upset. Home for coffee with pain au raisin purchased in afore-mentioned store.

Spoke across the lane to opposite neighbour for a couple of minutes. We are both feeling cutoff and unsettled with regards to family visits or rather lack of. :'(

Evening meal was a joint teamwork effort of home-cooked fish & chips, bread and butter, cup of tea and not forgetting Garners pickled onions.

Joy of joys - we've just opened our email and learned that some friends got married secretly after 40 years! Wow, would that be a record? Made us smile as it's brightened our day and the sun is out.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Sunday 11th October
« on: Monday 12 October 20 17:03 BST (UK)  »
Hello, she says hesitantly. I did pop in a week or so ago just to see what's happening.

I wanted to thank you all again for allowing me to read your diaries (was that a spelling from schooldays?).

OH and I did our 30 min walk this morning very early on and the weather was beautiful but a bit parky. Someone suggested that to change your walk can be beneficial and it was. In the porch of an old Georgian house nearby someone had created an Autumn/Halloween basket complete with pumpkin, leaves and dried flowers. I thought it would be a nice thing to do.

We do tend to read a lot and spend too much time on tablets, tv, etc but I can't seem to get motivated these days. I used to belong to an art group/class but there again, I haven't picked up a pencil or paint brush since before March.

My OH is also waiting to have laser treatment on his eyes too and he is not at all patient. He was told in August it would be Christmas at the earliest.

Both sons telephoned which was a pleasant surprise but it's strange that our d-i-l's never phone to chat. Maybe they just think it's their husband's family so it's up to them.

I currently find the TV programmes  are not interesting enough, however, through my local library I am able to access FindMyPast and Ancestry through their free library membership service.

I made a Victoria sponge in my new oven but I haven't quite grasped its slightly different symbols. The cooking temperature was obviously too high so it cooked too fast so came out slightly undercooked, if that makes sense?

Mowsehowse, when I was a child, aged about 6, together with my grannie, my aunt and my mum we stayed at The Redcliffe Hotel which I believe is on the edge of Preston Sands. I understand it is now for sale? The end of an era!

Good evening folks. It's lovely "talking" to you.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: DIARY MONDAY 5TH
« on: Tuesday 06 October 20 11:47 BST (UK)  »
I've not been on Rootschat for a while but.....just wanted to say a quick "Thank You" to all who post on here. It's just nice to know that there are others doing exactly the same as my OH and me and having the same thoughts.

I read that someone thought their son or daughter would ring but didn't. My art interest has stalled - not picked up a pencil or brush since before March. Always enjoyed cooking but we are putting on weight even though we are attempting to walk more often. Knitting project still in wardrobe along with cross-stitch bought before lockdown.

I felt so positive this morning, after reading your interesting and amusing comments, that I decided to go to local M's supermarket (where an unfortunate lady had her car stolen last week). Some folk still not wearing masks though.

I hope to be back and sincere thanks again.


The Common Room / Re: HS2 and Cemeteries
« on: Monday 05 October 20 08:08 BST (UK)  »
Good morning.
Just not sure if this is the right thread or not.
Has anyone been watching The Big Dig with Alice Roberts? We are finding it fascinating TV.
I'd be interested to hear other viewers in-put.


The Lighter Side / Re: A house through time TV
« on: Wednesday 03 June 20 12:30 BST (UK)  »
I am so enjoying this series again. The information discovered is so interesting. Mr. Olusoga explains things clearly and carefully so that even amateurs into family history can follow the story. Sadly, my OH did fall asleep but that is not unusual. The programme has been assembled in a very professional manner and I do so enjoy the historic documents and supporting photographs.


The Stay Safe Board / Re: Party thread - All welcome
« on: Saturday 21 March 20 18:52 GMT (UK)  »
I am so enjoying myself already. Maybe we could all perform something we've always wanted to do but not done for various reasons. Could I try a karioke (sp?) please as I was told I couldn't sing when I was 10 years old. Bit older now!


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