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YG Report 13 Dec 2009 16:46

Wow, that's a brilliant tree Pauline!! Just what we needed to brighten the thread!

DET, Maz ensnared him and put him in the boot till she got home so that she could send him to me!!!

An early Christmas pressie!!


Mazfromnorf Report 13 Dec 2009 17:28

evening everyone
i am running out of time have not stopped today
went to church ,set up for the carol service on tuesday night ,
now writing the cards out and the decorations are downstairs ,also shopped and writing cards


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Dec 2009 17:39


Take a deep breathe

Make yourself a tea/coffee and put your feet up for 10 mins. You deserve it!

Well, we got the tree up (not as good as Pauline's) and the males did the out side string of lights. They decided on multi coloured this year but the string isn't as long as the white ones. Never mind.

And the turkey is cooked! Sprouts anyone??? lol


Mazfromnorf Report 13 Dec 2009 19:24

have been taking several lol and coffee breaks one more set and leave the rest until tomorrow


RockyMountainShy Report 13 Dec 2009 19:28

Ok why are you cooking the turkey NOW, you still have over a week to go !!!!!!!! Silly people.

I also finally got the nerve to phone my 2nd cousin in Bristol and I got the answering machine GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRR now it'll take me another two years to try again. GGRR


AuntySherlock Report 13 Dec 2009 19:51

I am a little echo. DET why do you cook the turkey now. Do you cut it up and freeze it and have it bit by bit or were you asleep when you typed that.

Beautiful Christmas tree, thank you Pauline. We really do have a very special thread.

My tree is out in the shed, resting, the cards didn't get done. I did some work, work instead so I can have the end of this week off. Also planning a trip out yonder with OH and Spot of the Shaven Paws. Waiting for a reply from a little coastal village to see if we can stay for a few days first week in January.

I've filled in my first family history card so only about 526 to go. If I do a card each time I add a person to the tree and then one more for those already on the tree it should only take me about ten years to finish them all.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Dec 2009 23:26

You are so brave, RMS. Have you spoken to your 2nd cousin, or written to them before?? Fingers crossed for a happy outcome.

Yes, you read correctly. The turkey (crown) is cooked and is now in the fridge awaiting carving. Then it will get frozen in suitable portions and defrosted Christmas Eve. The bones will be simmered up to make a stock/gravy, then frozen and the meat reheated in that on The Day. Much less hassle, jugglling timing and space in the oven. My Mum used to do it this way, and I've followed her example.

Do the needles drop off your tree Aunty? Or is it adapted for warmer climes? Fir trees have a lovely smell, but oh, the mess.

(don't forget your last posting date aunty!)


RockyMountainShy Report 14 Dec 2009 00:48

Jane & I found each other though this site about 3 years ago! WOW.

Between us we have found a whole branch of the family plus other things :_)) Every now and then she has a cry of why don't I phone you. Will I know she doesn't have a lot of money soo I phoned her weelllllll SHE WASN'T HOME !

Hopefully my nerve will last till tomorrow morning.

Fir trees are very nice and they don't loss their needles unless you forget to water them


AuntySherlock Report 14 Dec 2009 01:39

Last posting date. Oh ha ha. Our postieshave gone on strike. People are posting letters without stamps because the rumour is the post office won't be bothered checking. (No I'm not an unstamping person, looks at bottom where stamp is fading as the botty spreads).

Announcement. I just ate one chocolate. First since 1 Nov 09. Yes I'm dribbling and hoping I don't find any more lying around. Well I had to eat it. Last one in the box I've been handing around trying to get rid of.

Had to ask the cleaner to crawl into the industrial waste bin this morning to retrieve my rubbish bag from Friday's wastepaper bin. Threw out some banking papers didn't I. Oh heavens my brain is not controlled this time of the year.

My tree. It is an artificial tree. I think I wrote the story about my adventures with pine trees somewhere on these boards. I'll retrieve it and you will understand why it is artificial.

I shall return. Go back to sleep.


AuntySherlock Report 14 Dec 2009 01:51

I actually found it. Posted somewhere on 6 Nov 09. Aunty Sherlocks's true Christmas Tree story.....

Oh that question so brings back memories of "the great Christmas tree hunt".

Many, many years ago when I was a new mother and for many years after, this family had a tradition of going out to the bush finding the perfect tree and bringing it home.

About a week before Christmas off we'd set in the family car. Mum, Dad, and two kids, and Dad's little axe. Out into the Australian bush. Well as far out as you could drive without a cut lunch and a thermos.

Oh look, there's a possibility. Out of the car, then the inspection. Too tall, too wide, not symmetrical, not quite right. Back in the car, drive, drive, drive. That one, over there. Oh too bad, missed it. There's one, looks good. Out of the car. Damn barbed wire fence. Back in the car. Drive, drive. Mum I'm thirsty. Will we be there soon.

That one looks OK. Where, over there. I'm not walking half a mile to chop down that tree and drag it back to the car. Well why didn't you just buy one from the shop. Because you wanted a proper one. Alright the next proper pine tree we come to that is the right size, that's it.

Drive, drive, drive. There, look, it's perfect. Yes that will just about fit. Chop, chop, chop. OK put it into the boot. It won't fit. Yes it will, I'll make it fit. Leave that bit hanging out.

Drive, drive drive. Home. Drag tree out of car boot into house. Put tree in bucket with water and sand. Decorate tree. Ahhhhhhh. Five days later the lounge room carpet is covered with pine needles. Drag tree outside.

Do you know it took ten years of this annual expedition for me to buy an artificial tree. But just before that decision was made I bought a pine tree planted in a container. A living Christmas tree. We used that for about two years, until it became too large to drag inside the house. About twelve months ago the tree, which we replanted into the garden had reached a height of about 20 feet. The tree man had to remove it because it was digging up the foundations.

I still have my artificial tree.


Mazfromnorf Report 14 Dec 2009 06:27

morning all it has taken a while to get on here i keep getting a blank page saying I have no threads lol


LaGooner Report 14 Dec 2009 09:03

Morning all, what a weekend !!!!!!! I am exhausted.
Aunty I have index cards for my rellies too. Made a good start by entering all the Derbyshire lot by name. Have never got all their deatils on yet so not a lot of good. One Day !!!! Sigh. Then of course I have got the Wiltshire and Yorkshire lot. Oh heck they are a prolific lot and could fill 6 boxes on their own LOL.

Oh Maz no firemen for me !!!! Hangs head and bawls loudly. :-(((


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 14 Dec 2009 10:38

Awww, poor LG. Ask YG nicely, and perhaps she will send them over once she has finished with them. Mind you they might be...ahem...too tired to be of much use lol!

Most of the details for my rellies are on my off line tree, but I haven't saved the census images, just the references. Well, some of them. Most of the BMD cert, parish records and photos which have been acquired are attached as well. All the links are on a memory stick and must be getting full as it takes ages to save. It's going to be a right nuisance when it does! I went a bit potty and ended up with twigs on twigs and saplings all over the place.

We have a plastic tree as well, but that is shedding - lol! Love the proper tree story aunty. Must have missed it when you first posted it.

Hope you manage to get through to your cousin RMS. If she's out again, why not email her and fix a time? If you really wanted to make her Christmas, and the cost is acceptable to you, you could buy and send her a webcam and microphone and as long as you have one as weill, you can both see and chat for free at a pre arranged time. We do this with daughter overseas, and have what they call a 'head in the box' tour of their latest rented house. They carry their laptop from room to room. Better than the TV, lol


AuntySherlock Report 14 Dec 2009 10:55

DET. This is a warning!!

Ah ha I see I have your attention.

What was I going to say. Oh yes. Gee I'm hungry. Must go and forage for some food. Be back in a minute.

Let me see where was I. Oh yes warning.

Do Not Let Your Memory Stick Become Full. You know how to check how much space is left on it don't you?? Right mouse click, properties.

If you fill it up you will not be able to access what is on it. And don't ask me why, or how long is a piece of string, or when it happens. All I know is that we have had a few at work which when filled up will not work at all.

There you go. Aunty's No 27 handy hint to save going crazy because your flash drive/memory stick/thumb drive/ thingy won't work.


AuntySherlock Report 14 Dec 2009 11:28

Oh, I do apologise. We haven't had a weather update for quite a while.

Let me see. About 10 ish at night. Current temperature 25.8 degrees C. Maximum today was 30 degrees, hmmm bit on the coolish side.

Minimum tonight will be 19 degrees C. Definitely will need the flannelette PJs.

Tomorrow aaaahhhhh. Tomorrow a delightful 36 degrees C.

Runs away very fast!!! Whoo hoo hoooooooo!!

Pauline $(*-*)$

Pauline $(*-*)$ Report 14 Dec 2009 11:47

Cold, wet and dark here!!

I didn't know that about a memory stick. I've got them lying all over the place but I don't think any of them are full. Better make sure none of them get full.


Mazfromnorf Report 14 Dec 2009 14:10

LG i sent you some too but the picture wouldnt go i tried all the way back ,I am sure frog thinks i am a nutter lol trying to explain why I had to get the pictures lol
wet dark here too off to maths class later but might get a lift from frog before he goes home from work


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 14 Dec 2009 18:17

Well, it has been sunny but a little on the chilly side. Didn't get above 5C all day.

Yes, I keep looking at the available space, but it is divided into 2 parts and we can't work out what is stored where. There is loads supposed to be available, but.......?


YG Report 14 Dec 2009 18:26

Snow forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!! I'm going into hiding!!


YG Report 14 Dec 2009 18:33

Don't tell Aunty everyone, cos she'll be sooooooo disappointed, but that flight we all arranged to spend Christmas with her is off ...........................

BA cabin crew are going on strike!!

Is the ark ready, and could we get there in time for the Christmas turkey!!