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Huia Report 17 May 2016 08:04

Come on ladies.


Huia Report 17 May 2016 08:03

Yoo hoo!


Huia Report 17 May 2016 08:03

Wake up!


Huia Report 17 May 2016 08:03

Where is everybody?


Huia Report 13 May 2016 22:02

I am still in the land of the living. The eye clinic checked my eyes on Monday. I have lost a bit of vision in the upper right area, but the doc said I dont need to look up there anyway (hasnt he heard of magpies and other birds attacking?)

Yesterday the woman from St John came to check my alarm, it is still working fine. She said I was looking miles better than when she last saw me.

I got a statement from the power company. I had been dreading it as all of them this year have seemed very high and I have questioned them and had to read the smart (huh!) meter so they could send a corrected bill, as the meter is just sending error messages. Anyway, the new one says I am in credit!! I phoned to check that I had read it correctly and he said it is now being read manually (as I requested) and they went back over several months and found I had over-paid. Yahoo, another low bill next month. Now I just have to sort out my rates bill and find out what happened about the rates rebate I should have had this year.

I have started a new FB page, a precis of dad's album which consists of diary plus photos plus maps plus newspaper cuttings plus....... I am not looking for comments on it (they can be made on the photos or on my own page) but I dont mind 'likes'. It is going to keep me busy in my spare time (whatever that is).

Mo in Kent

Mo in Kent Report 13 May 2016 16:24

Oh Sallie, what good news re Alun and Christie, onwards and upwards now for them both, and for you my love.
Now it's time for you to relax, and concentrate on yourself sweetheart, every day gets you a little further forward, even though it may not seem like it at times, I have every faith in you beating this black dog given time and patience.

Things have not changed within the family, eldest daughter still finds it hard to speak to me, and our son and his wife are still separated.
Lilly has had to have glasses, as it was discovered at school that she has problems with both her eyes, she looks so cute in her glasses, we just hope that she keeps them on, and doesn't throw them away in one of her paddies that she is prone to.

Well it's the weekend again girls, how time seems to fly by.
Enjoy yourselves if you have anything special organised, take care girls, hugs to you all, Mo xxx


Sallie Report 12 May 2016 23:33

Hi girls,

Sorry I haven't got back to you all before now, I am so tired after all the running back and fore the hospital every day. Why do all the big hospitals seem to have the car parks so far from the department we need? And lots of corridors to walk through to get to the lifts.

Alun came home yesterday, five days after his operation. His consultant and his registrar, and all the nursing staff have been brilliant, we can't thank them enough for all the care he has been given by them all.

Christie, is feeling a lot better thank goodness, after all the tests and having a MRI, they think that it all had to do with all the stress and anxiety she has had over the last few months, with the wedding and the death of her nan that she suffered some physical symptoms and panic, so made things a lot worse. Thank you all for asking and thinking about both her and Alun.

Ann, I hope that you and T had a lovely holiday,and are feeling the benefit of your break.

Sylvia, hope that all the wildfires are now under control, it must have been so devastating for the people that lost everything.

Mo, hope that everything is okay with both you and Roly, and that the family problems
are starting to improve. Thinking about you all.

Huia, hope everything is okay with you and your family.

Jean, hope that everything is going well for both you and J and that all is well with D and family.

Marie, it seems a long time since we have spoken to you. Hope that everything is well with you and all your family. Also Happy Birthday, and hope that you had a great day.

Speak to you all again soon.

Take care everyone.

Love, Sallie. xxx <3 <3 <3

Mo in Kent

Mo in Kent Report 11 May 2016 16:05

What the heck has happened to my post that I sent yesterday, oh well, it's probably lost in space by now.

Sylvia, I do hope that your chilled foods were o.k love. I hope that the fires over there are starting to calm down a bit now.

Guess whose birthday it is today....Marie in OZ. A very happy birthday Marie, I hope you are having a wonderful day, with your family.

I send you all my very best wishes, Jean, Sallie, Huia, Ann, Sylvia and Marie our birthday girl.

Take care everyone, hugs from me to you.x


SylviaInCanada Report 9 May 2016 05:09

The power was off from about 11:30 am to 5:15 pm .............. just under 6 hours.

The fridge freezer was not opened, the standing freezer in the basement was open for a couple of minutes while OH got the lamb out.

The fridge was opened 4 or 5 times for 1 or 2 minutes a time ......... but we don't have many spoil-ables in there.

I think we're OK ...... even the ice cream in the fridge freezer had not softened when I got it out after dinner.

I think we're fine ............... they usually say 48 hours for a full freezer, 24 hours if it is half-full. Both the fridge freezer (below the fridge) and the big freezer are about 90% full.

The time for a fridge is about 4 hours according to most experts ......... but I still think we're OK. I'll smell my cold meat tomorrow before I make my lunch sandwich!


SylviaInCanada Report 9 May 2016 05:08

Mother's Day here today ......... and a bit of different one for us. We don't do anything special now ..... as OH says "I'm not his mother!!"

BUT ...............

Our power went out at 11:30 am this morning (Sunday) ....... we had high winds overnight, and we obviously had a very short power outage at some point as 3 of the clocks in the house (2 radio alarms and the microwave) were flashing when I woke up this morning, but other clocks (including the oven one) were all working OK. That was very strange, because usually they all go out. The strangest was that we have 2 radio alarms on the same fuse circuit .......... one went out, the other was working. :-0

I heard on the radio that 2,000 homes were without power in our area as a tree had been blown down on to power lines.

Then ours went out ........ first estimate of getting it back was 4:00 pm. So we went ahead with our plans for dinner ........ got the lamb roast out of the freezer to thaw. We reconsidered when it was still off at 4:30 pm, and decided to BBQ, charcoal bbq, first time this season ......... meant OH had to find everything in the basement, using only a torch to see (only have small windows down there).

Then to the store to buy fresh meat to bbq, and get fire starters.

The power was back on when we entered the house at about 5:15 pm ........... but only just back because my computer was still in its turning on phase. I'd been using it when the power went off, but fortunately had just saved everything.

We had a lovely dinner of BBQ'd pork chops and salad ........... roast lambs, nugget potatoes and veggies tomorrow night:-D

It was the phone that got us ............. we don't have cell phones. The phone I have upstairs is a mobile on a base, and we have a landline still connected in the basement.

The mobile of course was useless. OH brought the landline phone upstairs and plugged it into the one and only phone jack upstairs ...... in the bedroom. The cord wasn't long enough to reach this room ..................

Daughter phoned and said the phone rang 12 times before OH finally heard it and answered. She was wondering what was wrong ............ no answer, didn't go to the answer machine, and "Mum knew she'd be calling".

It's Mother's Day here and "she'd promised" :-D


AnninGlos Report 8 May 2016 16:36

Sallie so pleased that Alun's op is over, now we need to hear that he is recovering well as I am sure he will.
I hope that Christi's problem turns out to be nothing major and that she is soon better too.

Sylvia yes, we are all thinking about the poor people affected by the horrendous fires. Awful to lose everything but good that so many have escaped with their lives.

Mo in Kent

Mo in Kent Report 7 May 2016 19:13

Oh my goodness Sylvia, I have seen the devastation over there, caused by the fires. The flames in some of the bits they showed were horrendous, it must be frightening for the people trying to escape.
I do hope and pray they can get it under control soon, whats needed is a heavy downpour to alleviate the situation a little.
Those poor people have lost their homes and all their belongings, and have nothing to go back to.
Thank the lord you are in a safe area my love.

Sallie my darling girl, thank goodness that Alun is in the road to recovery. But what a shock about Christie, hopefully she will have good results, and it's something that can be easily sorted out for her.
If she had had a mini stroke it should have shown up in blood tests, so fingers crossed that it was just an infection or something simple. Did they give her any medication to take my love ?
Stay strong sweetheart, Alun will soon be home with you. xxx


SylviaInCanada Report 7 May 2016 04:13

Good to hear that Alun's operation went well. xxx

All best wishes to you all.

And hope Christie's test are all positive.


Sallie Report 7 May 2016 02:27

Hi girls,

Hope you are all okay. Things have been a bit stressful here over the last couple of weeks,with one thing and another.

Christie was in work on Wednesday morning when she fell ill, so they sent for an ambulance that took her to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where they thought that she had suffered a mini stroke. They sent Richard a message at work to let him know, so he went to the hospital. They did quite a few tests, by which time she started to feel better, so they told her that she could go home, but she had to go for an MRI scan this morning, both her and Richard were at the hospital from 9.00 am until 1.45 p.m. She will receive the results in a few weeks time.

Alun, received a phone call from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, to confirm that he had his pre op the following day( Thursday ) and that he was having his operation the following day, which was today(Friday).

So he is in hospital and he had his operation this morning, which went well, and is now in icu,and according to the doctor and the nurse monerating him, he is going along well. Although he was still sedated ,he was starting to respond to our voices around the bed. He has started opening his eyes, squeezing both Jennie's and my hands and wriggling his toes, so hope he will be more alert tomorrow when we visit him again.

Richard and Christie came up this evening until Sunday, so that they can visit him. We didn't mention it to Alun, we thought it will be a nice surprise for him when they go and see him tomorrow.

Just hope that he will continue to improve each day now, so that he will not have to stay in too long.

I hope you are all okay, I haven't had a chance to read back,but hope I can get the time over the weekend.

Take care everyone.

Love and best wishes to you all,

Sallie. xxx <3 <3 <3 <3


SylviaInCanada Report 6 May 2016 20:11

Hi everyone

We're having lovely weather here. Gave in, and now have my summer clothes out of storage .......... don't usually do it this early, but then we don't often get 25C temperatures in April and early May!

Mo .............. don't worry, I always keep a couple of long sleeved turtlenecks out in case it turns cold, or we go for a little holiday in the mountains.

The fires in Alberta are terrible, and there are more in northeastern BC that are causing great concern .......... one has just crossed into Alberta, and BC fire fighters will continue to fight it in that province. Firefighters don't usually cross provincial borders unless they have been specifically asked to do so ....... but the Albertans have their hands full with Fort McMurray.

That's not to say that BC fire people are not busy .......... we have so many fires in this province that we couldn't lend people to help out there.

The latest news (literally just listening to it on the radio) is that the Alaska Highway has been closed in north-eastern BC, and 1000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. That's caused by a separate fire from the one that has crossed into western Alberta.

It's bad, and likely to get even worse .......... there are bone dry conditions, and high temperatures, causing high to extreme fire risks in all the provinces west of Ontario, and moderate to high conditions from Ontario east to New Brunswick.

El Nino once again :-(

But don't worry about me ................. we're on the coast in the southern part of BC, nowhere near the extreme danger areas.

There are a few members of GR in BC and Alberta ....... but none, I think, in the danger areas.

We buried our friend's ashes with her husband's yesterday afternoon. Just 4 people there, a glorious sunny day, we were very quiet but had a few laughs. Nothing "service-y" about it, as she had forbidden that!

Sunday is Mother's Day over here :-(

Take care everyone


AnninGlos Report 6 May 2016 16:06

Lol Mo, yes lots of sea food, and 'see food and eat it' too!

A few photos of Madeira on the photo blog, not really got time to put more on at the moment but will do in a couple of weeks (I took over 600!)

Mo in Kent

Mo in Kent Report 3 May 2016 17:45

Ann, you were very good only putting on one pound, all that lovely food that you HAD to eat. LOL
Such a nuisance being held up at the airport though.It's a good job your daughter was prepared, otherwise you could have had an emergency on your hands.
When we go away, we make sure we take something for Roly, just in case it's needed.
Don't talk about the washing, good grief, how could the two of us make as much washing as we did, when we were only away for the four days.

Sylvia, don't get to many summer clothes out just yet, it would be just your luck for the weather to worsen as soon as you did.
6 to 12 months is quite a long time to wait for your endoscopy, but lets hope they fit you in pretty soon. No matter how much people say to us "Don't worry about it, it will be fine" worry still does creep in. At least you have a good specialist, who you know and trust, not like us here, we have to take pot luck, and could well up with the butchers mate, instead of the butcher himself. LOL

If our weather forecasters are correct, they seem to believe that our temperatures should be up to the early 20c by the weekend. Perhaps I will leave my liberty bodice off for a change.
Take care girls, hugs to you all, Mo xxx


AnninGlos Report 3 May 2016 09:02

Hi all, just to say we got home at 10.45 last night, roads very busy but thankfully no rain. Tired today but lots to do before the weekend. First wash load in. Holiday was good, liked madeira a lot and ,despite all the eating only put on a pound (all those hills I guess).

Airport was horrific due to early morning winds that meant some couldn't land. several flights, including all easy Jet flights were cancelled. we had to wait in the downstairs part, couldn't go to departures/security until our flight landed which was difficult, hundreds of people and not able to get food, which daughter needed being diabetic2. Luckily she always carried emergency food. Jet2, we couldn't fault, aborted first landing so was a bit late landing but took off more or less on time and landed Manchester on time. Now gearing up for the next one, better get some toast (no cooked breakie this morning!). :-D :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 1 May 2016 20:04

Hi all ..............

the weather has been so good here that I am seriously thinking of changing all my winter clothes into summer :-0 I did go downstairs and pull half-a-dozen short-sleeved tops out of one of the boxes 2 weeks ago because it was so hot back then.

It seems really strange to be doing this os early in the year ................. "ne'er cast a clout fore May be out", as my mother and grandmother always used to say!!!

Sallie ........... the wedding sounds lovely, and Christie's dress sounds beautiful. I am so glad that all went well.

All is well here .......... I do eventually have to have an endoscopy (camera down the throat), but it's a 6-12 month wait as I asked to go to a guy who turns out to be one of the top men in Vancouver. OH has been going to him since he had his bout with colon cancer back in 2005, so we trust him ........... that's why I asked to see him. I take the wait to mean that they are not worried, and that I am not a crit8ical case .................. so I refuse to worry!

Sallie ....... hope that all goes well for Alun on the 5th and then the 11th xxx

Huia ..... glad that you navigated to the church OK. Funerals have always been the place for family to meet up .............. they uses to be classified as good, bad or indifferent based on the amount and type of after refreshments / dinners / lunches provided. That was both back home in Lancashire for me and for OH in Yorkshire and Cheshire

I remember hearing people say ........ "eee, he had a reet good send-of. There were a reet good ham salad at t'lunch" :-D

Mo in Kent

Mo in Kent Report 1 May 2016 18:46

It's always the same isn't it Huia, we seem to only meet our relations, at either weddings or funerals, and sometimes christenings.
You are brave using a map, we use our satnav if going somewhere strange to us. Mind you, even that has got us lost before now, so perhaps you have the right idea love.

We have had a simply glorious day today, bright sunshine and temperatures up to 19c, now that's quite warm for this country, considering how wet and cold it was last week.

We were thinking about going down the coast tomorrow, but we shall wait and see what it's like in the morning.

See you all later girls, love and hugs, Mo xxx