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badger Report 29 Aug 2012 10:17

Morning Mary ,and anyone else who decides to look in .
Glad you enjoyed your little escape Mary ,very important to relax whenever you can ,and i know you enjoy a little research whenever you get a chance.
I am doubly lucky ,because i can just lose myself in the garden or greenhouse ,when i need to ,both a job of work ,and an escape for me ,big time.
I managed to get all of my onions into the greenhouse this morning ,after making room by cutting out the first of the cucumber plants ,that was dying off anyway :-).
I also got the bins out front before they turned up to emply them ,lol, being Wednesday this week bewcause of the holiday ,i nearly forgot ,ooops.he he. :-0.
aI even got the fist 2 of the 9 buckets of Asparagus turned out as well ,before the threatened rain arrived ,i did try sending some your way ,but it wasn't having any ,and dumped it all over Newcastle instead :-|.
My garden is winding down now ,and many of the buckets will soon wan't getting ready for next season ,with winter just over the horizon ,but i think ,taking all the bad weather this year ,i have done well for the size of the plot :-).
Looking forward to the 9 extra buckets for the brassica next year which are going to be used for the Cauliflower seeds i ordered ,enough to do two years at least.
Going to prepare something for dinner now ,don't know what yet though he he ,pot luck i reckon ,but those Panninie's i did yesterday with the riccota ,tomato ,pesto were a big hit with the missus,and i have three weeks to use the rest of the jar ,on more of them ,or something else ,before the refrigerated Pesto goes out of date.
Wow how time fly's ,before much longer i will be looking for a piece of lean, big sized beef to corn for Christmas so i had better look see to find out whether or not ,i have the spices and salt petre i need for the processing .
Looking at the state of the worlds corn and wheat harvests ,we have got a dozen small packets of flour mixes in to do ,some loaves if we find it hard to get flour ,these packets are okay until 2013 so we will be okay either way and i will shortly buy some dried yeast ,and plain bread flour as well ,so it will be a case of getting the big mixer out ,because neither of us can knead for long periods like we used to,the mixer has turned out to be a real boon ,being used for grating ,shredding ,beating and chopping ,,i is gettin' lazy in my old age ,lol.
Catch you all later ,take care every one ,and Mary old pal ,hope you enjoy your coming spring weather ,lucky person ,as we head into our winter ,brrrrr.Fred ,Liz & hissyxxx :-D


Aussiegirl Report 28 Aug 2012 13:02

HI everyone.. Been lovely weather here and its spring..Down to about 9c at night and up to around 20c during the day.
Been busy with docs and clinics and more to come..Never ending story..

Went to the Mormons again this afternoon while John had a sleep.. Found some info but need to go back next week to finish it..Was nice to get out..

We have had no rain for ages and I have to get out and water my pots nearly every day..Do hope we get some rain soon but none in the foreseeable future.

Nothing much new here, so not much to chat about..Do hope all are ok and those that are poorly are getting good results from treatment.

Take care all and will try and get back soon..

Love MAry xx <3


badger Report 28 Aug 2012 12:17

Afternoon to all where ever you are from a cool but pretty sunny blighty ,up herew it is anyway. :-).
Spent a lovely hour last night watching The Tattoo from Edinburgh,well worth the watch ,for the first time bands and scottish dancing schools from Australia,and Canada.and have to say ,you did yourselves proud ,and us too.
Both countries had a section in the mixed pipe bands ,that had me filling up ,lol,being of scot'e extraction ,the sound always gets me going ,lol.
The Aussies sent the Home Defence Force Military band over as well .they were really good ,and seeing the hats they were wearing ,it brought back many memories of doing desert exercises with them ., and the Ghurka's in the middle east.
There was a drum band from Norway which i remember from somewhere ,but this year they were amazing ,the whole routine done with no words of command.
No doubt it will be shown over there in a few days .well worth a watch least ,i thought so ,lol,can't you tell ?.
WE are going to have a new sort of Pesto on our tea time pannini's ,riccota tomato and cheese sounds a bit of alright ,and i am going to do a few Mccains home fry chips for the first time ,to see if they are a go for the future ,if not ,it's back to the wedges ;-)Going to sign off for now ,but will be back later ,tis time to get the dinner out of the oven,so ,catch you later peoples ,take care ,Fred ,Liz <and the furry pest . :-D ;-)


badger Report 26 Aug 2012 17:03

Afternoon all,been busy out back nearly all day picking beans ,beans and more beans,a little Calabreese,the first cabbage ,some plums off the tree ,and a few young turnips ,eased out of the three troughs to leave room for the others to fatten up. ;-).
All my onions are out ,and layed on the soil to start drying out,and i have oodles of tomatoes and cucumber for stir fry's.
The turnip we had for dinner ,topped and tailed ,after scrubbing ,steamer cooked and put on the plates with lashings of butter ,yum.
I did them with the marrow ,this time stuffed with rice ,sweated bacon pieces ,and red onion,half a chopped yellow bell pepper ,a few herbs ,and ground salt and pepper,really nice it was too.
Yes ,i know about the weight of the scooters Mary ,the three i looked at are in modules ,which come apart for putting in the car boot ,you just assemble them as you get them out ,which takes 3 minutes ,i couldn,t lift one myself ,with my hips .if it were together in one piece 30 kilo's or there about's , an ouch for both of us. :-0.
The cat didn't take much feeding this evening having munched on cabbage white butterflies nearly all day ,lol,i don't care as it saves me chasing after the critters myself ,i won't use sprays this time of year because of the bees ,thoser poor little critters are desperate with the weather and lots of the hives over here are starving with all of the rain.:-(.
Hope everyone has had a reasonable weekend And Les has managed to clean her garage out ,ready for the next load of cups and whatever he he[ducks to avoid that odd saucer . :-D.
Back tomorrow when the plurry rain will keep me indoors all day ,Fred One stuffed pusser cat ,and Liz .xxx <3


Aussiegirl Report 22 Aug 2012 23:56

Hi everyone.. We are having lovely weather at the moment.. In the 20c range at the moment and its not even spring yet..
Fred .That mobility scooter sounds great but am afraid that John is not in the mind frame for one yet. He needs one more scare before he will admit he need a chair or scooter. His legs are getting worse so don't think it will be long,,Might have another go when we go to the next clinic in a couple of weeks time..Think the doctor will have a go at him. Think he is worried it will be to heavy for me to load it into the car and take out again..I have a dickey back and it might not help lifting things in and out of the boot.. will see what happens at the clinic.
Those pics of your garden look fantastic.. OH for more sun on my carrots are coming along ok and my spinach is starting to come up..Have come to the conclusion that winter is not a time to try and grow things due to the little sun I get during the day on my patio..Summer sun is better so will make a effort then.

Les What a lovely day out you had for Normie's birthday..Sounds so enjoyable.

Edith.. Butter about losing your post..we could all resort to a group email..

Well its down to the shops again this morning as John needs more scripts filled..he got a small skin cancer taken off his nose yesterday at the skin doctor and has to go back in a week to have the stitch taken out...Today is a rest day and tomorrow its back to the clinic for another test..

Catch you all soon..

Love Mary xx
<3 <3 <3


badger Report 22 Aug 2012 16:13

Wow Les',i do wish i could have been a fly on the wall during that trip ,and indeed i will google the boat and have a look see.
Even the walk ashore sounds great ,with the highlight being the fish and chips,mine being at least once a fortnight at my usual spot ,Frydays ,next to Morrisons' in east denton.
Afraid mine is the more humble Cod ,or Haddock though ,you lucky so and so ,Halibut is a luxury ,Luxury here,costing nearly £20 a kilo,believe it or not,far cheaper to buy Wild red salmon here ,or even swordfish ,crazy or what. :-0 .
So long ago since tasting what used to be my favourite fish ,i can't remember what year it was,only that i was home on leave from the middle east. :-).
Sounds like a great get together for Norm's birthday.and i bet Bella was like a dog with two tails ,she will have loved all the attention.
I did see a couple of years ago that some of these big 100,000 ton oil tankers only had a crew of four in case of problems ,okay when the people in charge of the ship are fully conversant with a mainframe computer ,and okay on a lake where there are not a lot of hazards,but i wonder what will happen in a couple of years when these tankers come across one of these new radar invisible aircraft carriers ,88,000 ton of invisible ship in a fog will cause a hell of a bang ,he he.
I have sent to Marshall's for my next years seeds,a new breed of perpetual spinach ,that crops over the winter,a new calabrese that is club root resistant ,a new cabbage ditto ,and cauliflower,again ditto.
As soon as the missus has a really good morning ,it's tomato soup making time again,we have three pound in the feezer now ,and loads more in the greenhouse ,and a huuuuuuge plant that has taken over the spare urn out back,i could do with finding out what breed they are so i can grow some next year,i will have to find the packet of seed for the name [hopefully] ;-).
I will have to take the camera out back to take a few pic's of the veggie garden now it's in full flower so to speak,,i might just send Asda a picture letting them see what use their old flower buckets are being used for ,might even get a voucher off them for my trouble ,he he ,but i won't hold my breath in anticipation . :-).
The cat is at my feet here ,looking at me with those sad ,feed me eyes ,sigh ,well ,it is 4 pm ,her usual meal time ,so i will sign off and get cracking.
Take care everyone ,and have a good week,Fred Liz' & the cat ,hungry ,as ever . :-D <3 :-D.


Lesley Report 21 Aug 2012 17:03

Hi Everyone. It was Norm's 70th. birthday on Saturday and all the kids came over for the weekend. We had a great day, not too hot, lots of laughs and Bella in heaven with all those extra folks to play with. I gave Norm a trip on the Francis Barkley down the Alberni Inlet as his present. So we went yesterday. The boat leaves at 8am and we got back at 7 in the evening. The trip took us down the inlet, then west to Sechart and then on to Ucluelet where we stopped for an hour. We walked up to the main street and had fresh fish and chips (halibut). On the journey back we encountered a thick sea mist that reduced the boat to a crawl and then whales...lots and lots of whales. The captain went off course for awhile and followed the whale boats and sure enough tails and spouts all over the place even a Mom and her baby....Norm got some good pics. On the outward bound journey the crew did a delivery at sea with a small boat that had come out from one of the resorts. It was pretty cool to watch. The Barkley took back all the empty totes and then loaded the little guy up with supplies I guess enough for a week. When the small boat was loaded it headed back towards land listing at the back and we could see the two men juggling with all the packages and boxes to try and get it levelled out a bit. Too scary for me.

If you are interested you can Google the Barkley. She is a working boat which takes supplies and mail to all the remote communities up and down the inlet. She has a passenger capacity of about 100 and it was pretty full yesterday. I managed even with sunscreen to get a sunburned nose, chin and forehead....aloe time!!! We had a quick bite to eat and then, pretty tired, headed off to bed. Of interest to Fred, the boat is programmed and steered by computer even tho it has a captain and a sic. They can over ride the computer if needed which they did when we followed the whale boats for awhile. Then just head back to where they are suppposed to be and the computer takes over. They do manually leave and land tho.

Today is the start of amassing all the stuff for the yard sale. This will likely take us all week. We usually pile it all in the "library"!! and then we only have to haul it out the front door. We have three tables of our own but I think this time we will rent a couple of 8 foot tables so that we will have a lot more room to put stuff out. We have a lot od stuff. I will try and take some pics.

More later. Lesxx


badger Report 21 Aug 2012 15:44

Afternoon to all ,and a pretty nice one it is too ,nice bit of sun ,and pleasant breeze,yusssss ,time for an ice cream on the patio for tea i think.
Been attacked by 633 squadron yesterday while working among the cabbage with the hoe ,,i would never have thought i would be bitten 6 times below the knee by mosquitoes ,but there you go ,he he,bit like being back in Aden again.
I landed up at the surgery this morning getting a course of anti bi's from the doc' i have never seen bites come up as fast before,,all mattery and 'orrible ,lol, that will teach me in my old age to venture out into the garden in shorts ,the thought of being attacked in a slightly more sensitive area makes the eye's smart . ;-).The news from the hospital yesterday is not as bad as it could have been ,a short term oxygen at home trial at first to see how it goes ,before long term plans are thought of if these don't work.
The wife phoned the number they gave her this morning ,and someone is coming out on Thursday morning to make arrangements as to the delivery of the oxygen cylinders and the run down on the use of ,this ,we expect to be ,the use of before climbing the stairs at first ,and use of after getting out of the shower while her breathing settles back down again,so ,by the time we go back to Liverpool i should have an idea as to how many bottles i will need to take with us ,hopefully only the one.
She is getting a card from the hospital too ,so that if we run low ,we can get replacement bottles delivered to the Caravan park ,or hotel ,,so it isn,t so bad. :-).
Going to have a treat while down this time ,i intend tracking down a traditional Lancashire Cheese pie ,the last one we had at Fleetwood was to die for .
Hope everyone is okay ,nothing of any note happening here ,so i am going to make a couple of sarnie fillings for tea.
Catch you all later ,Fred & <3


badger Report 19 Aug 2012 15:47

Hi To all ,been a good day today ,up at 5 am to get the front garden border and rockery done before the rain started ,got that finished at 6 am and had a coffee with the gaffer ,[Hissy ] who follows me as i go ,you would think ,to make sure i have donwe it to her satisfaction,he he ,she is a poppet .
Decided to dead head the roses after i had finished coffee ,and then put all the rubbish into the waste ,garden bin ,then finished off by feeding the tomatoes after cutting off the dying leaves ,low down on the haulms.
That's it in the house for 7 am work outside finished for the day.
Doing a meat and potato pie for the dinner,with a medley of greens from the garden ,Calabreese through to beans including the first of the little Turnip.
Are their any shopping centres within a mile of you Mary ? it might ,if there is ,a good reason to be getting John a mobility scooter to give him a bit of independence ,and give him a chance to get out and about.
There are a few good ones out there that give a range of 10 to 15 mile on a single charge ,some of which can be loaded into the back of a car for transport,though not in your case ,unless you can find a very light one for you getting it out of the boot.
I have found a suitable one here ,and it's only 20 kilos ,once put together,which takes 3 minutes.
If i get the missus one of these ,i feel sure she will make good use of it,being able even to go to the local shops ,and the doctors on her own ,and even go around the Metro Centre in it once i get it out of the car for her.
Think tea today will be a chicken nibble one with frozen stuff taken out of packets ,KFC chicken nuggets ,mini breasts ,and some home made bread,a nice laid back tea.
Haveto get the cat her tea anyway ,she is making a pest of herself batting her own tail over the side of my puter stand so i can't even reach the mouse ,lol.
Catch you later all,hope all have had a good weekend despite the hassle and concerns ,Fred & Lizxxx :-D <3


Aussiegirl Report 18 Aug 2012 07:15

Hi everyone.. Been busy with the OH and just didn't have the oomph to get on and post.. been feeling very tired..
Nothing much happening here.. More tests coming up and more visits to the clinic..Skin doctor next week to fix a small skin cancer that OH has. Nothing to worry about. then another test the following week and the clinic about the week after.. its getting harder and harder to get him about and it will be a wheelchair soon..
Fred Hope Liz goes well at the hospital and tell her she will feel a lot better after the you are scoffing all those vegetables from the garden,,What a joy to have so many fresh veg. Do wish I got more sun on my back patio.. perhaps in the summer it will be better as the sun will be lower down our way..
Les and Edith.. Hope all is ok with you two.. Lovely photo Les.. What a peaceful place ..pity about the critters.. the big one that

Take care all and have a lovely weekend all..

Love Mary xxx <3 <3


badger Report 7 Aug 2012 16:49

wahey ,nothing wrong with stinky cheese tell Norm ,lol,outstanding ,spread on crumpets instead of butter,and on tatties too [i might just try it on the new ones ,and put the mix of Parmasan and breadcrumbs on Liz's.
Had to chuckle at the mention of Ollie and his protests at being carted back indoors ,a true Tom That's for sure .
The pic's are great by the way ,you can see that Bella is having a great time in the water,and probably dosn't want to come out.
Hissy likes to play with the knitted balls which are filled with cat nip and spends hours holding them in her front paws ,and kicking at them with her back legs,apart from these balls ,she only plays with her little duck ,which she wraggles by it's neck,cat instinct i Guess ,he he.
We have been having really funny weather here these last few days ,floods around the town again ,roads and rail services closed all around us but as yet ,we are still getting away with it,one place down in Yorkshire was hit by a Tornado ,more and more in this country now ,but unheard of when i was a lad [somewhere in the middle ages ] he he.
It has come to light that many so called [thought] black death out breaks in the middle ages in Britain ,were in fact after carbon dating and dna tests were found to be the result of volcanic activity ,the people starving to death in the volcanic winters ,where not enough light was produced to let crops grow ,makes you wonder if we are now heading back that way.
Don't know what to do for the tea today ,but have a Kedgeree lined up for tomorrow ,after finding a lovely big bit of smoked Haddock for sale at the fishmongers ,a treat for us with the price of fish here.
Hope all are having a good week,catch you all later ,Fred Liz ,& :


Lesley Report 6 Aug 2012 17:06

Well it was as hot yesterday and perhaps a degree or so hotter on the patio. In the morning I did persuade Bella to come with me in the pool and gave her a quick bath. She loved it, guess the water cooled her off a treat. I also clipped all of her "pretties" as we call them, all the curls that cluster around her ears and the back of her legs. So now she is trule a pretty girl....and she knows it! !!

Ollie escaped into the front garden while Norm was out there watering and so has howled for the rest of the night and even this morning in disgust at being dragged back into the house. He has to be a house cat. He was a stray in a former life and was 3 when we got him, so likely that life style is a bit ingrained. Anyway I will give him cat nip today, that will cheer him up. I grow it in the greenhouse and then take it back there to recuperate after Ollie has ravaged it to!!

It is cooler this morning only supposed to go to about 28 today. Now thats a nice summer day for me. I think I will be able to sit outside with a book and we will be able to bbq tonight....yippee!!

Fred I have made those spuds before. If you put the handle of a wooden spoon next to the spud when cutting it makes it easier so that you cannot cut all the way thru. They do not take long to bake and tend to dry out quickly....guess that would be my only comment. Since trying those I now take a medium spud and make three equal cuts in the same manner, not all the way thru. In the middle cut I place a thin slice of onion and in the other two a thin slice of cheese. Norm likes his with gorgonzola (yuk!!) and I like mine with either feta or parmesan. I wrap them in foill and bake until cooked. Pretty yummy also.

Ok off to make some brekkie. More later. Lesxx


badger Report 6 Aug 2012 10:08

Morning to all ,sounds like two mirrors set under the B B q grill Les' and you won't need to light it ,just use the sun ,lol.hard for Liz and i to imagine heat like that it being dull and damp here yet again :-),but at least i scored putting the grass feeder on yesterday morning ,in time for the 2 hour thunderstorm and heavy rain ,to take it straight into the soil :-D.
Your meal sounded a bit of all right ,and we did enjoy ours quite a lot and today i am doing a stuffed Marrow after buying a lovely one for £1 at Morrison's two days ago,i made it up this morning after clearing up the kitchen,before setting the washing away.
I made up a packet of savoury rice ,mixed in with half a red onion ,and a tad of Garlic, added a few drops of Hendersons sauce ,,coarse ground pepper,a 130 gramme tin of Tuna ,finely diced radish ,and red pepper,mixed it all well together and whacked the whole lot in the scooped out marrow halves ,fixing them back together by putting them in foil wrapping well to stop it coming apart.
This will go into the top oven on 195c at the same time as the roast tatties,while the rest of the veggies go into the steamer. ;-).
Found a new recipe too for jackets ,which i am going to try this week,four jacket tatties which are sliced fery finely ,about as thin as potato crisps ,leaving the cuts a little short of completely through so the potatoes look a little like a fan,this is drizzled with a little olive oil ,and then covered with a mix of breadcrumb ,chopped onion ,salt .pepper and parmesan cheese before putting it in the oven,wrapped in foil for half an hour ,,removing from the foil for the last 15 should taste a bit of all right .and is called Hastleback Potato.,and i have put the recipe on my computer for future reference [providing it tastes fine ,of course ] lol.
We have our next weeks holiday booked back at Liverpool ,at the same place as well ,so we can cover more places ,and fill in some gaps ,4 more museums to syart with ,another Ferry trip ,but this time including the Submarine centre,and a few more visits to Southport ,where i hope this time ,it will be a little sunnier :-).
Hope you enjoy your trip Les ,and it would be nice to be able to meet up with Edith for a short while ,her Being a very early bird ,like me ,i think both of us in an earlier existence were nocternal he he ;-).
I think i have twigged your Chinese greens Mary think we call them Chinese lettuce over here,we have had one once in a while ,and have used them in a salad ,and had them cooked , i won't grow them though ,preffering Pak choi which is half the size and grows far quicker,,when yours is half grown at 8 inches ,mine are in the pot he he .
We are doing well now ,i have broad beans on the plants ,the other two sorts of beans are flowering well ,and we have finished the main heads on the calabrese and are starting on the cabbage.
The greenhouse is going like a bomb at last cucumbers coming out of our ears ,oodles of green tomatoes ,and even the peppers are starting to flower.
All we are waiting for now ,are the turnips and beetroot to fatten up,and for our onions and leeks to do ditto.
Time to go peeps ,i have to hoover upstairs before we slide out to the COOP to collect a few offers ,he he ,back later,Fred ,Liz and The furry pest who is doing her usual washing day trick he he ,in through the window ,which is open for the drier hose ,and out the back door ,over the gate ,and in through the window again ,little bu**er is making us dizzy,lol. :-D <3xxx


Lesley Report 5 Aug 2012 16:59

At 7 last night it was 42 degrees in our sunroom and about the same on the patio. Norm put the fan on at full speed when we went to bed and even Bella and Ollie got up to enjoy the "breeze". Norm got up early this morning and opened all the windows to cool the house off. It is supposed to be more of the same today, maybe even hotter!

Edith they say that the train now has high speed connections all across Canada so I may even to be able to email you. I know the outward journey will be a bust as we roll into Sioux after midnight and I will be asleep hopefully. But the homeward journey is calling for about 5 am and if it is running late we may get lucky!! I will try phone and let you know.

Sounds like you had a good supper Fred. We went to the deli and picked some goodies for cooking for us yesterday. We had assorted cold cuts, potato salad, thai salad, broccoli and grape salad, and coleslaw. Today I have taken ribs out of the freezer and I am hoping that Norm will be able to bbq them. Perhaps we will have to haul the bbq under the plum tree to get some shade. Not that I am really complaining because soon enough we will be heading into our rainy, misty, cold winter.

Ok it is not too hot at the moment and I am going to try and bath Bella in her pool. We left the water in all day yesterday so it should be warmish. I have some pics to send you....will try and get at that today.
More later. Lesxx


badger Report 5 Aug 2012 13:00

afternoon peeps time for a few lines before i go for my afternoon snooze ,lol ;-).
Had a very early morning start ,both lawn edges done ,and ditto to both front lawn cut outs ,one being the rockery of course.
watered the main stuff in the greenhouse ,and then decided to mow the lawn so that i could put the feeder on,made it too with a few minutes to spare as it's now drizzling.
Believe it or not Edith ,i am already planning my seeds for next year,as regards the calabrese ,not to thrilled with either of the breeds i had in this year,so i am on the lookout for some older seeds like ,Trixie ,or Comet ,both good growers ,but i would prefer Trixie ,it being a club root resistant breed.
Been lucky again with the rain ,missing the heavy downpour that hit the south west,but we are supposed to have thunderstorms later doday ,which is why i decided to put the feeder on the front lawn ,the best sort of rain to take it straight down to the roots.
We had an early ,light dinner ,stir fry ,and will be having a posh tea later than usual ,,KFC chicken bits some mini pies from Morrisons and A little ham ,cheese & onion flan.and starting it all off with open bun sarnies topped with egg ,cress and onion in a little Mayo. :-).
Think i had better shut down ,it is getting very heavy out to the west ,and is getting blacker by the minute.
Hope all are getting a rest today ,specially in the heat over in Canada,but spare a thought for all in New Zealand where it looks as though White island is going to cop it ,with a threatened volcanic eruption ,not looking good over there.
Take care all ,and have a good evening,Fred Liz & :-D <3

edith clace

edith clace Report 5 Aug 2012 12:28

Morning, As usual the first post has gone into cyberspace.!!!!
I have a few free minutes between running out again to another event so here goes. We are now into the Blueberry Festival as well as the Anniversary so it adds to the race :-) Yesterday we had a Blueberry Cheesecake tea and served over 200 folks in 2 hrs. They came from all over the world, some from New Zealand, Australia. Britain, Norway, China and of course the U.S and Canada.
A lot of our former residents came home and they really are a global lot of people.
The "girl" helping to organize the School reunion lives in Port Alberni Les.
Fred I think I will head over there to do the gardening. I have lost most of my herbs to that D---n worm. They are not coming back at all. The thyme is just sticks
in the pot, no sign of life.
I will have to go to the Farmers market and buy what I need :-P not happy but I do need the herbs.
Wishing all the best for Liz and John hope the treatments work for both of them and you caregivers are staying well.
Les, if you phone here in the early a.m I should be home and as you know I can get to the station in about 3 minutes.
Time to start running again, so will see you soon. Edith <3


Lesley Report 5 Aug 2012 01:18

Just a quick post. It is Port Alberni's 100th. anniversary today. We did a tour of several venues but had to head home...just too hot. 37 degrees here today that would 98 farenheit!!! I am thinking about plunging my body into Bella's pool....mmmm!
More later. Lesxx


badger Report 2 Aug 2012 08:34

Morning troops ,better day for us ,sunny but with a chance of the odd shower ,better than normal these days .
We don't know if this hospital visit is for setting up Liz's exercises ,or if it is to see if her saturation oxygen level is so low that they are going to put her on oxygen for a couple of hours a day ,this being at home of course ,we aRN'T SURE BECAUSE HER APPOINTMENT WITH THE CONSULTANT IS STILL ON FOR THE 15TH OF THIS MONTH ,LOL, IT SEEMS THINGS ARE THE SAME THE WORLD OVER ,HOSPITALS KEEPING THEIr patients quessing ,lol, a bit like a game for them :-).
Edith may be out of luck as regards the internet at the moment ,but it may be that she is ultra busy ,her town having a 100 year from birth celebration this month ,and all the women are running round like headless chickens organising parties ,get togethers ,and baking cakes and what ever ,he he ,the very thought makes me tired ,lol :-).
You have reached the stage Mary where you need to put your boss on the puter in the afternoons while you go for a lie down ,for a couple of hours ,no matter if you snooze for a while ,or just relax ,the point being you need the extra rest,and i'm not ashamed to admit ,i do this very thing most days.
In case it interfears with night trime sleep i use camomile tewa to take to bed ,last thing at night ,and luckily ,with this bedtime drink with no milk or sugar works like a dream :-.
Les ,hope the sale goes well ,and you get a load more room in your garage for the growing hoard of cups and saucers he he ,,but no way will i be following your lead and getting rid of any of my little bears ,perish the thought,we have even ,now got a little white rabbit mascot that goes out in the car with us ,i use the excuse that it keeps the young grankids quiet in the car ,but seeing as the youngest is now 7 years old ,that excuse is getting a bit thin. :-(.
Hope the train trip goes fine for you too ,maybe the scenery on the way will relax both of you ,sounds as though we all need a little R & R,at the moment.
Well Edith ,iif you do manage to get on the thread to at least read it ,we have started to harvest our herbs ready for winter ,and as it is so damp in the greenhouse ,the kitchen ,and little dining area are being pressed into service for the drying of ,at the moment i have dill, chives ,sage ,and the mints everywhere ,leading to many interesting aromas in the air ,okay for now he he ,but when it gets to the stage of dying onions ,both white and red ,and garlic bulbs ,the wife won't be too chuffed ,he he ,but if she complains i will threaten here with henbane too ,that will keep her quiet ,lol. ;-).
My climbing french bean are at last showing flower ,a lot later than normal ,but at least we should get some beans to make the growing of worthwhile,and the runners are now doing very well.
You may be doing a lot better than us with the broads this year Les ,but with the extra row next year ,we may just do as well as you next year :-P.
The fig is growing fast ,so we should have a more diverse fruit crop next year with any luck ,the new Rhubarb roots are going well ,and hopefully we will have apples again ,and our first pears ,should be a good year [he says hopefully] ;-).
Have to do a shoot now ,we are due at the hospital at ten this morning ,and it takes an age to find a parking place.
Take care all ,be safe ,and take it easy ,we none of us are getting any younger ,if you get my drift.
Catch you later when i know what is going on as regards the missus .Fredxx <3 :-D


Lesley Report 1 Aug 2012 17:07

Sorry guys for not being on here much. Life is just not a bowl of cherries at the mo. Like you Mary, we are faced with tests and more tests and many of them a long drive away. The weather however is looking up and supposed to be back at about 30 degs by the weekend. My broad beans have lots of beans on them but they only grew to about 2 feet this year rather than the lofty4 feet they usually end up at. My zukes however are healthier than all get up and have masses of flowers and
squash on them....lucky neighbours!!!

Busy going thru the house sorting out stuff for our annual garage sale. Really trying to downsize this time. Sorry Fred, I am going get rid of some of my bears for sure.
Sure hope that Liz's tests go OK and I agree with Mary, perhaps you could have oxygen at home?? My Mom had that. We had to put stickers all over the place outside so that folks would know not to smoke x amount of feet close to the house.

Mary, we leave on Sept 11th. Am looking forward to this break a lot. I am a little sad that we are not going to take the trailer but there is no way this year we could have driven the distance. Norm just isn't up to it. Hope when you are feeling tired that you puts yer feet up, gal.

Edith hope all is OK with you. Don't hear much about your neck of the woods on the news so I am guessing that there are no forest fires etc??

OK that's me for today. Lesxx


Aussiegirl Report 1 Aug 2012 07:59

Hi everyone.. Sorry haven't been in but get so tired these days..
We had another trip[ to the specialist today and one more test now ordered and then the physio and then the clinic..All these things to look forward to..
Fred Do hope Lizz goes ok at the hospital.. make enquiries re oxygen at you tripping into the hospital.
Your garden is looking so good..makes mine look puny..LOL.. but cant do much with so little sun..
I don't go onto Facebook much ..only to see what the kids are doing..They all arrived home this weekend from Spain..The 3 girls via a Contiki bus trip around Europe then home and daughter and husband on a trip home via the States and Hawaii..not a bad holiday if you ask me..

Les That train trip sounds fantastic..

Edith Hope the puta is not playing up any more..

Made a breakthrough on my fathers part of my tree.. the second time one of my ancestors has changed a surname ggggfffff
..The mob that I found in the north of England in the 1911 census living in that 4 room house were also living another son and his wife and child..16 living in that must have been dreadful..but I am making a little headway with this clan..and finding them slowly..crazy mob...

Well better go cook some dinner for tonight..Keep well all..

Love Mary xxx <3 <3