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What kind of things do you remember from Childhood

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Anne Report 24 Jun 2016 19:29

Jane thank goodness Thomas is back safe and sound little rascal <3 <3


Jane Report 24 Jun 2016 18:42

Mandy I had completely forgotten Lacey and William are the same age.Is she having a Party?..William is having his at TGI Friday now with just his cousins Amelia and Finn.
I think poor little lad is totally cream crackered after his holiday and late flight home last night.I think the flight landed about 2 am !!
Wow you have had some rain .It hasn't been that bad here .I haven't seen any flooded roads,but what has been had drained away.
Max sounds like he has been a tinker today ,just like Thomas !!!. As Frank said Thomas is confined to Barracks at the moment :-D.He ain't going out again today.
I think the mouse that Thomas had was the big one I saw yesterday.It is now in Thomas's tum :-S

Frank you are good making the Raspberry Jam :-D..How has it turned out?

I see I have update signs for the computer so better do that now


MillymollyAmanda Report 24 Jun 2016 18:11

Afternoon all

We've had a dry sunny day up until about half an hour ago when the rain started, it was only a shower the suns out again now .
Last night was awful lots of local flooding in the town ,son was getting worried as his garden was filling up but luckily it had all gone this morning ,when we walked Max this morning we could see where the water had come up the sides of the bank of the small river ,the tall nettles and weeds were all down so the river must have been up at least three feet !!
You could see where the water came over the bridge and across the road ,there is a man hole there that looks as if the tarmac has been washed away and left quite a hole by the side of it .

Oh dear Jane that must have worried you seeing Thomas disappear into the hedge ,i'm glad you managed to entice him out with the smell of the chicken and hopefully he hasn't harmed his self .
I bet the mouse went down a treat .
I thought it would soon be Williams birthday as it's Lacey's tomorrow and she will be four too.

I hope you soon hear from the hospital Ann , did OH take you to your beading class today ?

Sorry you lost a fish Mel, will you get another to repace it to go in with the others ?

Max is out for the count , he was a little devil today on his walk , he pulled on the lead ,picked up all sorts and then he layed down on the long wet grass rolling and twisting the lead ,i began to think i would have to carry him home , he's quite a heavy weight now so i don't think I'd be able to carry him now.

Did the jam set ok Frank ? I use the jam sugar from Tesco's it saves buying pectin.


Jane Report 24 Jun 2016 16:36

I think 6 ands 1 & (does that count Dermot? ) also the final 'and' ..That was a good way of getting us to read your post again :-D :-D :-D.. I like lightly salted crisps best of all.Some of the other flavours ar so strong.I did have some Lamb and Mint ones and they were good.

Thomas is safe(little so and so).It took a plate of cooked roast chicken wafted up and down the length of the hedge to entice him out !!!!..I felt ill when he grabbed that mouse and it squealed :-(..Chris tried to grab Thomas but he ran under the hedge.I was o worried he may have done damage to his leg,but he seems to be walking fine on it.I still have a bit of the anti inflammatory medicine that I can give him if I think he needs something.Basically he has been a pain in the neck today.Thank goodness he is asleep now and I have some peace :-D

I need to go back over todays posts as I see there are many :-D

Anne I am sending a PM


Annx Report 24 Jun 2016 14:49

Dermot I eat those root vegetable crisps! lol I like the beetroot ones in the bag the best. Walkers crisps factory is local to me so over the years I have known of people working there. Reports were always good and of them being a good employer. My favourite crisps years ago were their cheese crisps, followed by the cheese and onion ones. They don't do the plain cheese ones anymore, but I love a cheese sandwich with a layer of their crisps on top of the cheese!!

That's good you are 'done' at the docs for now Frank and you've done well getting both your lawns mown! I have sympathy with Ros as I was doing the same at the garden centre seeing all the reduced plants. :-)

OH has gone for his MRI scan now. He hates being enclosed in those machines and I was going with him, but can't in case the hospital rings me to arrange my assessment. I know the surgery have my mobile number, but the doc only asked me to confirm our home number so I don't know whether she's given it to the hospital. Now, not only can I not drive, I have to stay inside so I can hear the phone!!!!! :-S

It's a shame about the Koi Mel. I used to find with my tropical fish that once they got swim bladder trouble they usually didn't recover.

I wonder if Jane has managed to get Thomas back inside yet?


Dermot Report 24 Jun 2016 13:04

Frank - I deliberately left out the tale of 'Golf Ball' flavoured crisps because I thought nobody would believe me.

Another day perhaps after the new PM is in situ.


Frank Report 24 Jun 2016 13:01

Afternoon already, where has my day gone. I KNOW. I sat until 3.00 am watching the results coming in. Kettering were one of the first Jane.

I was up at 7.30 am Showered Shaved, and had two COT. No breakfast. I was at the Drs by 9.30 for my blood test and waited in the surgery until 10.00 for my Testosterone injection. So that's me finished till next month.

I have down both front and back lawns, they look great even though I say it myself. I have come in now and left Ros putting in MORE Just a mo.. All reduced at the Garden Centre. Her excuse is "AT THOSE PRICES YOU COULDN'T LEAVE THEM THERE" Dennis next door even daid to her "NOT MORE PLANTS"

We had the drizzle all day yesterday, it then turned to rain by the evening. Just a Mo !!! Yes I was right, there are two "RED KITES" way up in the air overhead. As I was saying !!! The day here is breezy but dry with a lot of sunshine.

Dermot, In my childhood years, there was only SMITHS Crisps Plain flavour with the little blue salt bag in there to sprinkle over them if you so desired. My wife came in yesterday with a bag of WALKERS " Beefeater edition". Roast Beef and Horseradish sauce.. What will they think of next. I don't eat many crisps, so all these flavours mean nothing to me.

So your sister is going to be busy Jane. That'a a long distance for them to travel to clear the house. I don't envy them that job. So THE GREAT ESCAPE has taken place. I didn't think it would be long for that to happen lol I hope you have caught him now and the he is CONFINED TO BARRACKS. Little Devil. ;-) ;-) ;-)

Yes I saw the pictures Pat put on FB. Some places have had a terrible time of theses floods and storms.

Sorry to hear about your fish Mel, We lost all ours over a period of time, I put it down to natural causes, but it might have been something else, I have never replaced them. Our little pond is covered in "duck weed" again this year. It's a loosing battle trying to . get rid of it..

Mandy I think the bigger dogs don't get frightened by noises. Our poodles would run for cover when a storm broke.

Getting very overcast here now, So I will call Ros in for some lunch, and see how the weather develops.


magpie Report 24 Jun 2016 12:38

I wasn't at all surprised at the result! I think over the years a lot of people feel that their concerns from fishing to immigration have not been listened to never mind seriously discussed. We are now hearing that certain groups of people who possibly swung this result are morons, ill educated and probably racist . You treat people with this sort of distain and this inevitably will be the result. I think the educational/political elite hopefully will have learnt a thing or two about the way they regard and connect to Joe Soap public, and not just the wealthy and the chattering classes.
Teeming with rain here, hope tomorrow is better as we are going out for the day with son and partner..


Anne Report 24 Jun 2016 12:07

Good Morning all

I wasn't surprised at the referendum results, as most people I know plus the majority of Richard, Paul & David's work colleagues were voting for leave, time will tell if this is the right choice. Mark next door had a leave notice in his window, this was unexpected as his wife is Slovakian.

Hopefully Thomas is back now with no damage done Jane I expect 1st time of freedom for a while should make him tire quite quickly and he will be back for a sleep. Happy birthday to little William, 4 is a nice age to be.

Mel sorry you have lost one of your Koi fish, there are only 2 left in our top pond now we used to have 5. The existing ones are huge.

It's a lovely day here so far and quite warm, Amy had a longer walk this morning and is now fast asleep.


Annx Report 24 Jun 2016 11:51

Morning All,

Fancy that Mandy............. that makes 3 of us on this thread already. Maybe it's why we get on well here! :-) lol.

Well it's what I expected Jane......I'm disappointed but not surprised! Now for all the consequences and inevitable repercussions. It will keep the Press and cartoonists in material for ages.

OMG, Thomas has 'escaped' and taken his fresh breakfast with him!! I hope you manage to entice him back soon Jane. Things were going so well with him too!!


Dermot Report 24 Jun 2016 11:43

Last week, some kind visitors very generously brought us a hamper of goodies and buried in the middle of the basket was a large packet of crisps.

Now, as someone partial to the odd packet – albeit in a smaller size normally – I quietly sequestered the said snack and hid it from public eye for singular enjoyment at a later time. In other words I stole the crisps – but in fairness, someone else in the house took the bottle of wine, so it was honours even in the end.

Anyway, last night, the house was strangely empty - everyone else was down at the pub enjoying a pint during the referendum shenanigans. It was a good time to unveil the tasty treat – only to find that these were no ordinary crisps. They weren't even cheese and onion or salt and vinegar – the flavour I'd been hiding for myself was hand-cooked sweet potato, beetroot and parsnip crisps. For once, unfortunately, the crisps tasted exactly like it said on the airtight packet.

Suffice to say that, twelve hours later, all but about ten of these crisps are still in the packet, available to anyone else who'd like to try them. They are going slowly stale and soggy from a complete lack of interest from anyone back from the pub.

Twenty years ago, if some snack guru suggested that combining parsnips, beetroot and sweet potato was the way forward for crisps, he or she would have been led away from the deep fat fryer by serious-minded men in greasy white overcoats.

Back in my youth, we had cheese and onion, salt and vinegar or smoky bacon – and little else. In the big town, my cousins had Per and King and Rancheros and Sax and Chopsticks – a concoction so sticky that it super-glued your teeth together in a way that not even Monster Munch could match – or a big bag of Johnny Onion Rings that left you with a smell that would bring a tear to Nelson's eye.

But then Walkers and Pringles came along changing crisp culture forever; Pringles in their big tube that looked like a container of Andy Murray tennis balls, with sour cream and onion or whatever….and Walkers, with additional bizarre flavours by the week.

Ranch Racoon, Sizzling Steak Fajita, Beans on Toast, Chip Shop Chicken Curry, Chilli and Chocolate, Fish and Chips, Builder's Breakfast, Lamb Curry, Roast Turkey and Stuffing….even Irish Stew flavours. Begorrah!

Suddenly this old snack standard was a gourmet treat in a bag, with a host of specialist companies hand carving and individually frying these thinly sliced slivers of spud.

PS: When all this Referendum hoo-ha has died down & a new PM has been selected, relax a little and take a moment to count the number of times I have used the word 'and' in this short piece.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 Jun 2016 11:41

Morning all and evening Kim,

Oh no Jane how on earth are you going to get him back?? How did he slip out of the harness?? did you do it up too loose?

Sun and cloud here today but at the moment it is sunshine.

We had one of the big koi die last night it was one of the butterfly koi we had from about 4 and a half inches long. Its been off colour for a few months now but the last two days it has been on the top of the pond with its dorsil fin out of the water. Oh seems to think it had swim bladder problems. Then last night when I was watching a hog who ran off under the decking the fish were laying eggs in the pond and it got interested and swam around a lot and I thought it went down to eat the eggs, which is what they usually do, and after that it came to the top of the pond and it stayed there ages floating on its side on the top and I saw bubbles come out of its gills. I thought it was dead then but as I watched the other fish knew something was'nt right with it and they nudged up to it and nuzzled at it and it moved again. I told oh I thought it would be gone by the morning when I went to bed and I was right.......RIP Mr Butterfly fish.

Have you caught Thomas yet Jane???


Jane Report 24 Jun 2016 11:15

Oh No Thomas has slipped out of his harness and has grabbed a mouse and gone under the hedge !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.There is no way to get him out.


Jane Report 24 Jun 2016 11:10

Morning All

Yikes that was a surprise result !! :-S

Well the sun is shining and I am sitting on the patio with Thomas tethered to a chair.He is having a good wash and brush up.He ate a fair bit of grass just now and then was sick just when he got in through the door :-S :-S

I said it is sunny.But just loking up now there are some very big dark clouds coming this way ,even though I don't thnk we are forecast any rain today.

Mandy .Yes it was Williams first time flying.I think he enjoyed it. It is his Birthday today.
4 yrs old!!!!!!

I am enjoying a lovely cup of coffee that Chris has just brought me :-D.Then when I finish that Thomas will have to go back in as I am going out for a couple of bits from Holland and Barratt.


MillymollyAmanda Report 23 Jun 2016 20:19

Storm has passed now but its still raining .

Its horrible when the humidity makes things sticky ,the steering wheel on our car gets sticky like that sometimes , i washed my floors today and the kitchen floor took ages to dry even with the windows and doors wide open .

Ann i did the test too and i was Advocate too.

I bet William has had a wonderful time on holiday with his daddy , was this the first time he has flown ?


Jane Report 23 Jun 2016 19:12

I think I heard a rumble of thunder just now Mandy.That is good that Max wasn't bothered with your Thunder.Our gutters are like yours when there is a real downpour.
Thomas is crashed out at the moment.So I can't see him being freaked out with any thunderstorm if we get one.He might just lift his head like Max.He is beginning to follow me around a lot now(just hoping I will open the back door).But also he is getting more interested in 'food'.Every time I go to the fridge or if I have something in the oven.I think it is because I have been giving him more treats :-S...just to try and get him off my back lol

My Nephew and little William have been on holiday for a week on Kos in Greece.Just the two of them.They are on their way home now.My Nephew put some pics up on FB and they both look so tanned.As most of you know William is very dark skinned should see him now !!!!! I didn't think black skin could tan.I now know different LOL.I think it has been a great week for William and Daddy to have spent unbroken time together :-D


Annx Report 23 Jun 2016 19:11

I don't think it would be the most common one Anne as it said we are rare, only 1% are Advocates. Did you think it summed you up well as I could see many of my traits?OH even did it after reading mine and he is usually sceptical. He came out as Entrepreneur. When he read his through he confessed to being quite shocked how accurate it was and made him realise a lot about himself!

Max sounds quite a laid back boy Mandy and it bodes well if he wasn't fussed about the thunder rumbles. Now he's heard them he might bother even less next time if they aren't too loud. The rain hasn't arrived here today, but it was very humid and took all day for the washing to dry. :-S

I hope your jam set ok Frank. When I used to make it I often thought it was too runny when I did the drop on a cold saucer test and would boil more water off, making it a bit too thick sometimes!

Oh dear, Fitz foresaw the problem with Podge not arriving at injection time didn't he. I suppose the vet will be be able to tell whether his health is improving or not when he next goes. I don't envy Larry having a house to clear! :-S It will give him peace of mind though knowing his mum is being looked after, especially as he doesn't live close by.

Mel that was handy just having to walk up your drive to vote! Graham mustn't be fretting about work things he can't do right now as it won't be good for him. It sounds like it won't be easy to keep him away though.


MillymollyAmanda Report 23 Jun 2016 18:39

Stormy here now and you should have seen the rain we have just had it was coming over the guttering like a water fall.
Max didn't seem bothered at all by the thunder overhead ,he just lifted his head as if to say what the devil was that and then went back to sleep LOL

No tele as there is no satellite signal.


Jane Report 23 Jun 2016 17:29

Afternoon All
It is really quite dark here and muggy muggy muggy.Everything I touch (like the wooden banisters ) feels all tacky.It must be to do with the humidity.

I did my vote this morning and Chris has just been down to do his. Frank it is in the village hall in Cranford.James will do his vote on the way home from work tonight.

I hope your blood tests show what your problem is Frank.Then something can be done about whatever it is that is causing you trouble.Hopefully it can be dealt with before you have to go for your new knee.

It is drizzling again here.It has been like that on and off all day.But so far we have had no dreadful rain like down in the south east.I think Pat must have had it bad.She put some pics omn FB of the storm coming in from the sea.

Well I think the wild life here in the garden are taking the mickey now that Thomas is not out and about.I just saw the biggest mouse outside the patio door.I bet it looks in the window at Thomas who likes to sit there and it probably gives a rude sign LOL
The Rabbits are still down the bottom of the garden.
There was a humungous Rabbit dead on the road just out the front of our drive this morning.I had to get Chris to shovel it up and take it over to the verge on the other side.I see the Crows have been very busy there since.

Ann I do hope you hear from the hospital soon .You will go nuts having to rely on OH to take you anywhere.

Our overflow from the hot tank is still causing problems :-S.Our Plumber is now going to contact the Manufacturers as he can't get into the actual tank as it is sealed.He has come out so many times now and it still chucks a load of water out on the patio.A couple of the paving slabs are looking all green now :-S

Ann you asked how Fitz is coping with doing Podges Injections. He is managing them fine.But the problem is doing them at the right times as Podge is often not about.He says Podge is not really a happy cat and is just not his normal self.I think it is a couple of weeks before Fitz takes Podge back for the next visit to the Vet.I think it is just a wait and see how things go :-S

It is my Sister and BILs turn now to do house clearing !!Larrys Mum has decided she will stay in the home and not go back to her Sheltered Bungalow.So next week they will have to hire a van and take it up to Leeds and sort things.Some furniture etc will be collected by a Catholic Charity,other things like washing machine,tumble drier,fridge freezer and some furniture will go back and go into my Sisters garage.What with my Nephews things and now MIL's things they won't be able to move in there.

Better crack on with dinner.It is Chicken Breasts with Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto .Cubes of Garlic and herb potatoes and Mushrooms and Peppers.Maybe Broccoli too.


Frank Report 23 Jun 2016 14:53

Afternoon all,

So some of you have been voting. As I said we will do it later.

Still home alone. I have prepared dinner for tonight. Pork loin steaks, new potato's and onion and mushroom sauce with garlic and cream. I will see if Ros wants veg with it, if and when she gets home !!! HOSPITALS take up a lot of her time.

I see on the lunchtime news that the South East had it bad last night. A months rain in a few hours. Floods everywhere, even the railway lines.

Still very overcast here, and I was going to try to dothe lawns again. The Forecasters got it completely wrong. Where is the sunshine they promised ??? I tried the lawn at the back but it's atill to wet. My lounger is till in it's case . :-( :-( :-(

My back is a bugg## today. If I cough or yaurn, I get a horrible pain. I hope the blood test tomorrow will see if it is my kidneys, as I suspect, but the doctor thinks it could be my bladder. We will see if Doctor Frank is right !!!

I think I will try to get 40 winks, so see you later.