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Dozey Report 26 May 2010 23:21

I sympathise Sylvia. Not something to look forward to but very sensible to have. I'm over the age when they call you automatically but I have to ring them up and book an appointment every 3 years because I had a scare in the 80s. Glad you reminded me. I should do that before the end of this month.

Agree with you - very descriptive.

Think it's time for bed now. Been a long day. Night all.



SylviaInCanada Report 27 May 2010 04:25


I have to go every year, and I gather they will not stop until I die! Or become too incapacitated to get there!!

I had breast cancer and a mastectomy in 1995. This lot know all about it



Dozey Report 27 May 2010 08:38

Well haven't you done well Sylvia. I'm very glad to hear it. Same reason why the Greyhound Rescue site hasn't been updated for so long. Seems treatments have become so much better. I'm glad all I had to do was take overdose quantities of Vitamin B6. I'm told they do not do that any more - but it worked for me.

Do hope FBG manages to pop into the party. Can tell her face to face how much I appreciate the help she has given me and we can compare doggy tales.



Kiwibird Report 27 May 2010 08:53

Hi everyone.
Winter here, after starting off deceptively mild has turned nasty with days of torrential rain and flooding in some parts of the country followed by snow. Here in wellington have got the rain and gale force freezing southerly winds.

At the moment sitting in front of my computer in what seems the coldest room in the house with multiple layers of clothing on, While OH is all toasty warm in the lounge with the heater.

We are waiting to get our Potbelly fixed. A recent inspection found some problems with the Flue.

Unlike the UK and Canada over 50% of NZ homes have no insulation or double glazing and like our house built in the 1940's can be quite damp and draughty.

Houses built after 1990 now have to be insulated by law and there are now subsidies to help homeowners insulate and install heat pumps, however our Landlord lives in Hong Kong and has done minimal maintenance on this place and is not interested in spending money.

So until our Potbelly is fixed I am dressed up like an Eskimo and am spending minimal time on my computer in the evening.

Have decided Cynthia as I love train journeys to Fly to Europe and take the Orient express to Paris then catch a train across the channel and take a further train to your place for the Party. My Historical person would have traveled to Paris by horse and carriage. however my aching bones would not stand up to that.

Hi Sylvia the 2 university's in Wellington had their graduation ceremonies last week, normally they parade through parts of the city in their caps and gowns, but the weather has been to wet for that.
So have only caught glimpses of graduates scurrying into university buildings around the city this year.

Before I turn into an icicle....Brrrrr going to join the OH in front of the heater.
Catch you all later


Robert Report 27 May 2010 12:21


I am called "Venerable" because I am the oldest, but could you be older?

I come out infrequently because I live in a Shell, but being involved with this lot I sometimes think I should live in a padded CELL.

Must dash before the flack starts to fly. Hope the shell is bulletproof!!

May come out next month.


Tabitha Report 27 May 2010 13:59

Robert - you have to be out of your Shell on Saturday - we need you to be at the party - if you ask Cynthia nicely - she may let you bring the shell with you. She is going to have a quiet room for you, not that Evelyn will need it - look what happened the last time.

Josie - sounds like an interesting journey - its a bit squashed on the Orient Express & you have to share a bathroom. Watch out for the night of the long knives on board!!!!!!!!!!!! You can do the Orient Express all the way - its the Northern Belle once you cross the channel & beautiful very 1930's.

Had a few very busy days (no lunch hour) & its so cold here some of us are sitting in coats. Had a lovely surprise a greatful customer has sent me a present from Karachi - its a lovely pale blue scarfe - 100% pure cashmere - ideal for the iceberg we sit inside. Just going to send him a thank you message.

Cynthia - promise i won't bring the iceberg with me.

Made me feel really hungry Sylvia - i do love a good fry up - How about a Barbie on Saturday Cynthia - I could do a nice brunch for us all with some of my muffins. The local Taj has some fantastic sweetcorn still wrapped in its leaves - lovely on a barbie with flavoured butter - I will make some up - we could do some BBQ bananas as well - with Evelyn's lovely Channel island cream.

Gosh its all going to be fantastic - all coming together nicely - how about some Cranachan Frank with all those lovely fresh raspberries around now - its lovely with some Dalwhinnie in it - even better with Evelyn's cream - it would go nice with the bananas as well.

I miss my doggies still after all these years - we use to dog share a Greyhound - we had visiting rites - he was a very tall brindle called Charlie - i wasn't use to having a dog around who was so tall & had a long pointed nose - it managed to get everywhere. We live near a horse racing stadium & Charlie use to live with horses - so he loved walking around up there - trouble is he slipped his collar & made for the manure heap - boy did he have a good roll before we got to him.

And on that note I should go back to work.

Will try & look in tomorrow - is it clue time tomorrow as I need to get mine done? Not sure which one to chose.

Take care all - hope the squish went well


Cynthia Report 27 May 2010 14:15

Well, I'm glad we got the squishes sorted out!!

Poor Josie freezing cold as she sits there. At least our summer seems to be on the way albeit hesitantly. Sunny but chilly today.

That journey sounds interesting too - I love trains but rarely go on them these days.

Of course you may bring your shell Robert - I'll make sure it's in a nice quiet corner where you may see without being seen - is that okay?

Anne, we'll just do the clues on Saturday as and when we get on's nothing too serious, just a bit of fun but I think we will have to watch that Frank - I bet he's cooking up something too clever for words!!

Going for a browse. Cx.


Reece Report 27 May 2010 14:32

Hope all is going well for squishes, freezers (mechanical!), graduates and all.......

Dear OH not too well and back to Barts (day patient) but we hope some strong antibiotics might help. His immune system is working and fighting back so that is good news.

He urges me to pop in on Saturday, Cynthia, so I look forward to seeing you all then. May I sit quietly with Robert (and his shell) as I think we may be of a similar age! I can tell him how beautiful Teesdale looked and the wondereful falls called High Force with most interesting rock formation in the valley. Also the Bowes Museum and the Oriental Department of Durham University and the tomb of the Venerable Bede!

Will wait and see what the weather is doing before deciding on the costume, although I have picked my character (real) from history to tease you all.

The food sounds delicious so look forward to Saturday.




Robert Report 27 May 2010 15:34


Glad you enjoyed your stay in this part of the Country - it has some interesting areas.

Actually, I was coming to the Party as the Venerable Bede but since you have seen my tomb, it makes it a wee bit difficult.


Dozey Report 27 May 2010 18:25

My, what a lot of comments to catch up. That will teach me to be away from the board so long.

Kiwibird. Sorry to hear about the position of your computer. Know how you feel - mine is in my north facing bedroom. Always chilly even when the sun is blazing in on the other side of the bungalow. Take it the Potbelly is a stove - not a pig. Surprised about state of insulation & double glazing (or lack of it) in NZ. Thought you would be well sorted out there.

Sylvia. I've only attended one graduation ceremony. My daughter's - mature student she was. Wish you could attach photos to the thread. Extremely proud of her in her cap and gown.

Hi to Venerable Robert. Do not know how old you are but I'm not coy about my age. 74 in August. Probably one of the oldest on this thread I would think. Who just said bossy Leo???

Tabitha. My elderly greyhound is a brindle - been down to Southampton today to collect his special diet and meds. Beginning to get the wobbles in his back legs. He'll walk and he'll lie down but I cannot stand and talk to people for long - he starts shaking poor old boy. I know all about tall greyhounds and their long noses. Ceilidh was my first and it took me a while to realise why food was disappearing from worktops - but she was absolutely gorgeous. Lost her some years ago now but still miss her. Melody, Ceilidh's replacement, had her 7th birthday at the weekend and laugh if you will but she wore her fancy pink collar for the day.

I'll have to stay away from the Channel Island cream. Wonderful I know but I'm on a low fat diet (high cholesterol you see). Clothes are hanging on me now.

Cynthia. Remembered to ask my sister. She said "The area is Middle Hulton, but she might know Daubhill better which is just over the lights" and she says there is a nickname for it - which I will not repeat here.

I hope there isn't going to be some clever clogs at the party who will guess who we are before we can drop all our hints.



Robert Report 27 May 2010 18:53


You are but a mere youngster and I am a staid old Capricornian!!


Dozey Report 27 May 2010 19:01

I bow to your superior age then - - but do not keep butting in at the party will you:-)))



Robert Report 27 May 2010 19:43


What are you trying to say?

Gone back into my shell. Will come out in about 4 weeks time.


Cynthia Report 27 May 2010 20:36

You're coming out before then m'lad - Saturday - we want you there!

Daubhill? Believe it or not I used to live in Daubhill when I was very small - unfortunately my memories are dim so not much use I am afraid. I tend only to go into the town centre these days - not a bad shopping area really.

Went to our local 'outlet' garden centre yesterday to the shoe part so that OH could look to see if there was anything he wanted. Ended up with new duvet cover and curtains! Not bad eh? No shoes. Spent all afternoon ironing them and putting them up - they look very nice too.

Has Frank gone walkabout then? Maybe taken the sporran for a stroll.



FRANK06 Report 27 May 2010 22:35

Make way for a middle aged Virgin!

Now then Cynthia,

Just because you are wearing your new duvet cover with matching curtains doesn't give you the right to throw your weight around here although I'm sure they fit perfectly......
Mind you I'd thought that a small dim one from Daubhill, would have tried to lead a quiet life ;))

Don't worry Robert, I'll give you safe passage to your shell.


Dozey Report 27 May 2010 23:19

Hi Folks.

Cynthia - I'll tell my sister tomorrow when we exchange mail. Small world isn't it?

As I've been so immersed in genealogy of late took it into my head to look up Melody's ancestry. Had already found out date of birth and that her parenthood was three quarters Australian bred and one quarter Irish. Have been on the Greyhound Breed Database which shows her line right back to 1820 on her father's branch to a dog called Pilot. All done in a couple of secs! Wouldn't give you searchers much of a chase would it - no thrill there.

So we've got a Virgin in the party! That's a bit of a surprise I must say. Don't die guessing.

Dim! You're not referring to my sister there are you? She's 5 ft nothing!



FRANK06 Report 27 May 2010 23:53

No, no Jeanie,

I was actually talking about our Cynthia but I'm not sure how short she is, so it could have been a single, a double, or even a king size duvet...................perhaps made to measure ;)


SylviaInCanada Report 28 May 2010 00:25


I'm also a Capricornian

must get my thinking cap on for Saturday!

decisions decisions decisions


Susan Report 28 May 2010 04:53

Hi Everyone

Been missing for a few days sorry.darn Migrain again.

I just cannot look at the Puter screen when I have one I feel so sick with it,I am on the mend again but I am off to the optomistrist today to get him to check my eyes again .
I did not drink any Red wine or eat any cheese so I can rule them out.

I do have a person in mind for Cynthias party,must think of the clues now to give everyone but thinking is a problem at present .

It is really nice to see Robert out of his shell,he is quite funny at times and that is what everyone needs is a good laugh every now and then !!makes for a happy world !!.

Better go and get ready to go out it is also payday so off to the Bank .

I will check in later

Josie I would not be without my Pot belly it is burning away at present as we have some really cold days and nights.


Dozey Report 28 May 2010 08:18

Morning chaps & chapesses. Do hope I didn't offend any of you Capricorns with my butting in jest. I know you are supposed to be goats butt it takes all sorts to make a world. Roar.

Sorry about your migraine Susan. If it's not completely gone by tomorrow you'll probably be best off in the quiet room.