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What kind of things do you remember from Childhood

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Frank Report 21 Jun 2018 08:31


Good morning my lovelies, and what a grand day it is too. Quite a bit of wind, don't know if it's cool or not as I have not been out yet.

Gill we always put our runners in pots in the greenhouse, this year the bu@@ers have got in and had a banquet on them. The birds love to go in there as well, to get the damp soil for their nests. Talk about being spoilt !!!

In our area, your fence is on the left and across the bottom of the garden. It could well be different in other parts of the Country.

I had a email from our Jane this morning. BLANK. I told her to put the wine glass down and to concentrate.

Ros is doing so well, I think I will get her to DIG THE GARDEN (JOKE) <3 <3 <3 She is a little sore but that is to be expected. She is still sleeping, so rest is good for recovery. (That's her story,and she's sticking to it) ;-) ;-) ;-)

Between us we got the Runners in yesterday afternoon, I watered them in well and fed them. The Tomato's are at the top of the greenhouse now and have loads of flowers. They were fed again yesterday. I watered all he flower beds and patio pots, I also did the front garden, without falling A over H. :-( :-( :-(

To answer your question from the other day Mel, YES she is able to knit. and has loads of wool that are in skaines (sp) I have the job of putting them on the back of a chair and winding them into balls. I so remember as a small boy, sitting with my arms out holding the wool while Mum made the balls. Happy memories.

Small white clouds have suddenly appeared from nowhere. and the wind is getting stronger. I hope thats not a bad omen. !!!

Great news for Ian Liz, and no EXPENSE. !!!.

I think I will have a bit of breakfast now, before Ros gets up. Then I can get showered and sort out a load for the washing machine. It will dry in no time if this weather holds.

Have a good day, whatever you might be doing and take care. xxxx See you later.


Magpie Report 20 Jun 2018 22:26

Gill, I think it's usually the fence on the right that's yours, the left your neighbour. As you say though, you can always get a copy of your deeds if you need to. When we bought this place (no mortgage) 7 years ago, we were given a copy of our deeds through our solicitor, but maybe OH asked for them, I can't remember!!
OH finished pressure washing the back of the bungalow this afternoon, so we can creosote it just as soon as it's dry. OH had a clean bill of health from the Optician, no new glasses needed, and no glaucoma! That's a relief :-)

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 20 Jun 2018 21:45

I used to have the shopping delivered when the shop in Holsworthy was Somerfields but then Waitrose took it over and they will deliver but they don't do half the things we like and its so much more expensive than Morrisons. They don't deliver. Its the heavy things that other shops don't sell like oh's brand of cider and I like to chose my meat. Anyway if I did'nt go out on a Tuesday to Bideford I would only see the postman and Em on a Saturday. Don't forget we live behind a 10' plus stone wall and can't see out of the garden at the front and there are tall trees out the back and a field and more trees the other way.


Gillx Report 20 Jun 2018 21:34

We don't have our deeds Anne, the land registry keep them now. I'm not sure when it changed but you no longer have your deeds once the mortgage is paid off. We can have a copy for a small charge if we want one though.

You maybe right about Mr Grumpy knowing the fence is his responsibility, which would explain why he was so quick to agree to paying half for a new fence. I'm still not convinced he's actually going to give us his share though, but like I said we'll see what happens on Friday.

We've had rain here today, but it's suppose to be sunny and dry tomorrow which OH is pleased about as he'd like to finish taking out the last plant roots so we can crack on with the paving by the front door. He's not going to dig the holes for the fence posts yet until he knows the job is going ahead as the ground is very hard to dig so he doesn't want to waste his time if next door changes his mind..


Anne Report 20 Jun 2018 19:37

Been hot again today but it's supposed to be getting cooler

Gill the deeds of your house will show who is responsible for the upkeep of the fence. We have one side that we are responsible for on the left, the right side is next doors. I thing Mr Grumpy probably knows which makes me suspect it could be his

Mel have you thought about having your shopping delivered I wouldn't have it any other way, when we go on holiday I do the same but mainly for breakfasts and Ruby's food plus a few other bits as we eat out most of the time.

Frank Glad to hear Ros is going out and meeting up with her friends again, she is doing so well. Sorry to hear your ailments have now gone into reverse. Hope you get back on track shortly,


Gillx Report 20 Jun 2018 17:15

Oh I see Mel, mind you like Liz said someone will help you if you ask. We've noticed there hasn't been any squirrels around here for weeks apart from one young one. We're now wondering if someone has killed them, I hope not as we loved having Rosie around for her peanuts :-( I saw the young one in our garden today I called Rosie as I wasn't sure who it was at first but then noticed it wasn't her as it ran off into the back of my border.

You asked about who owns the fence Mel, to be honest I haven't got a clue. The original fence was rotten when we moved in so we took it down, or should I say it fell down and it was never replaced. We had another rotten fence up by the bungalow which we've just taken down as we knew when we took the plants away it would of fell down anyway.

If Mr Grumpy pays half of the cost on Friday like he said he would then we'll put a new fence up all along, but if he doesn't then we'll put the one panel we already have up to make a corner where we've just put up the fence facing the road and then we have some pallets and wood which we'll use to make a fence for between Mr Grumpy and us against the bungalow to stop the postman cutting through.

I still have large plants near there so they will be at the end of that piece of fencing so you don't notice it doesn't go all the way along from that part of the garden, then we'll plant some tall plants in the gap between the two lots of fences. Once the evergreen plants go in you shouldn't notice there isn't a fence in the middle, as we had it like that before. Mr Grumpy won't like it but then it'd be his fault if he doesn't pay his fair share so he can't really complain, not that, that will stop him. We're putting the evergreen plants in planters so we can take them with us should we ever move.

Sorry to hear about your tummy Frank, hope the meds work and you're feeling better soon. Don't over do things if you're not feeling well. Pleased to see Ros had a good night out with the girls.

Have you thought of putting the new beans in the greenhouse that might cut the slug situation down a bit? I have my tomatoes in pots in mine and they are coming on great, some of the flowers are starting to go into tomatoes now. We also have Sandra's strawberries in there to keep them away from the birds, she's had loads this year.

Mind you talking about birds I noticed the other week when I left the greenhouse door open in the hot weather a bird must of got in, thankfully it left the strawberries alone and poked about in my climbing bluebell shrub then it must of stood on my garden chair I have in there and promptly did a poo on the seat, luckily I spotted the mess before I sat on the chair. I've never seen a bird go into a greenhouse before let alone find it's own way out without causing much damage. Thankfully it's not happened again since then.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 20 Jun 2018 14:53

Done loads of ironing this morning and then did lunch.

Its still raining inthe air today and it gets everywhere. Now it has turned rather chilly out there in the heavy breeze. My trousers feel damp too from going round to the chickens.

We have had a squirrel on the bird feeder again and the deer ran through the garden this morning and right across and out the back and jumped over the fence in the corner of the field. It was the young stag.


Frank Report 20 Jun 2018 10:38

Good morning to you all,

Lots of blue sky here but very windy. I was in bed 9.30 last night before Ros got home. I was completely shattered. From what she says she enjoyed her evening wing the girls.

I sold get by results within two weeks, so will ring the Dr. then. Mel, I have been taken off the Dentiss books, as I haven't been for such a long time. Th's why I had to pay for the breakage. Conrad tried to supper glue them, but they broke again the first time I used them.

Jane certainly looks pleased with the cottage, it can be so hit and miss, depending on the owners/agents, and the cleaners employed before the hand overs. I did Chatsworth many years ago. I was separated , and had a Sunday free so went to see what it was like. I did have a nice day, and the gardens are a treat too.

Mel, I know what you mean about those trolly's on wheels. Yesterday I filled three bags, plus two cases of beer. When Ros worked in town, she had "A little WILLY" as she called her trolly, for going on the market for the fruit and Veg on a Friday lunchtime. That's the only time it ever got used.

The Beans have been devastated by the slugs/snails. We put a line of PELLETS all along the row, but the little Bs still got to them.Ros has bought a new packet of those beans Mel, so we might try potting them and see if we can get a late cup.

Since having my dicky tummy, I have been the other way for FOUR DAYS, Took some "gunge" this morning so hope things WORK OUT later lol lol(SORRY) !!!

Shower time and a shave, this morning too. Then I will hoover and dust through, before going into the garden. Be good,see you later. xxx

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 20 Jun 2018 10:32

I got my Cook's Notebook out to start the cake I make for Christmas and read the little note thats printed on the bottom of the page and it took me back to childhood. This is what it says.

There is good dripping toast by the fire in the evening. Good jelly dripping and crusty, home baked breas, with the mealy savour of ripe wheat roundly in your mouth and under your teeth, roasted sweet and crisp and deep brown, and covered with little pockets where dripping will hide and melt and shine in the light, deep down inside, ready to run when your teeth bite in. Butter is good too, mind. But I will have my butter with plain bread and butter, cut in the long slice, and I will say of its kind, there is nothing you will have better, especially if the butter is an hour out of the churn and spread tidy.

Richard Llewellyn

I wonder how long ago that was written?


Magpie Report 20 Jun 2018 10:21

Not a bad morning here, cloudy and warm but no rain. OH has an eye test at 10.45, he has one once a year as his mother had glaucoma, then he's off to Waitrose to get some shopping; we've got M to supper tomorrow so will need some beer for him and some other bits and bobs. I must make a list!
Mel, perhaps you could ask one of the chaps at Morrisons to help you lift your bags into your car? I know at our Waitrose you only have to ask and someone will certainly come out and help.
Gill, if you're worried about any medical problems you can always go onto the NHS web site. Its really helpful in explaining just about everything! I've found it invaluable over the years for all sorts of niggly worries as you get correct information which you don't always on other medical sites.
Better get on with that list as OH is just off and I don't want him forgetting anything!!

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 20 Jun 2018 09:54

Gill can you imagine me getting my weeks shopping in a trolley on wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I come out of Morrisons with a small trolly with eight bags piled in it and only have to lift them from the trolley into the car. I can only put two bottles f cider in one bag and the eight pints of milk on top of that in carrier bag then another Morrisons bag on top of that and so on.

I was just wondering if the fence that side is yours or his?


Gillx Report 20 Jun 2018 09:32

Morning Mel morning all

Not sure what the weather is doing here, it's quite cloudy but the sun is trying to come out, it was forecast to rain, but so far it hasn't.

Sorry to hear your hands are giving you jip Mel, have you thought of buying one of those shopping bags on wheels it would save you having to carry so many heavy bags?

I slept much better last night and feel the benefit of it today. OH is at his mates for the day so I might catch up with some programmes I've recorded with Sandra and also have another look at my family tree.

I took the quote round to Mr Grumpy next door and he said he couldn't give us his half of the money until Friday so there's nothing we can do at the moment regarding the new fence. Plenty of other jobs that need doing though in the front and back gardens so we won't be bored. I hope he keeps to his word and does pay half as all the plants have been removed from the boundary and it looks very open and bare between the two gardens.

We've decided to put some flag stones down by the front door, along the path instead of the loose stones we have now as they are getting kicked all over the place. I think it's the postman as he's now cutting through to next door instead of walking round. I suppose it makes sense for him to do it but it's making a right mess in our garden.

We were lucky as one of our neighbours was having a new drive done so has given us almost 60 flags. Once the front is done we've decided to put a pathway in the secret part of our back garden as it's just soil and gets very muddy and slippy there. So plenty for us to do while we wait for Mr Grumpy's half of the money.

We daren't buy the fencing and do the job in the front incase he changes his mind and doesn't pay us. (I wouldn't put it past him) The materials come to over £200 so it's only fair he pays half when it covers his side too and he's not doing any of the hard work himself, we're doing it all, so he's getting a good deal, I think. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what happens on Friday.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 20 Jun 2018 08:55

Morning all,

Guess what? Its raining again this morning so I suppose that rules out gardening for today. I hope it clears up like it did yesterday but if not I have a few jobs I can do in my shed. The windows need cleaning for a start. I did sweep the cobwebs down yesterday and one spider got quite cross and hid under a flower pot saucer but when I moved that I grabbed it with the cloth and threw it out of the door. I expect its back in there today and it was a big one too. Big juicey body and legs!

How did you all sleep last night? I went out like a light what with shopping and doing stuff int he garden when I got home I was absolutely worn out. This morning my hands are giving me a bit of jip. I think its lifting the heavy bags of shopping from the trolley to the boot as this happens most weeks.

How's Ros this morning Frank? Did she enjoy her night out with the girls?

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 19 Jun 2018 21:28

What a lovely picture from Jane and nice to hear from her too. It sounds like they are enjoying their time away already.

Did the hsopping and got back quite early today as I only went to Morrisons and left earlier so was home before 4pm. Then I had a fiddle in my shed and swept the cobwebs down and swept the shelf off.

So the moniter did'nt really stop oh sleeping then Gill. I bet he is pleased he has'nt got to do another night though. Sleep well tonight Gill to make up for last night.

Oh has gone off to bed . He has been mowing most of the day. It cleared up here just after I went out and was sunny in Bideford when I got there and still sunny here when I got home, in fact I was quite hot and had to take my shirt off and went out in the garden in just my vest t shirt without my arms covered. I have to keep them covered because of the midges and horse flies.

O dear Frank does that mean you won't have any of the beans I grew last year? You should have put some slug pellets down. X ray all over now then? when will you get the results? You only had those teeth this year Frank they should have mended them for nothing they did mine when they broke. Oh said you should have stuck them with super glue. Thats what he did once!!


Gillx Report 19 Jun 2018 20:33

Evening all

Sunny here after a dull cloudy start to the day, it's still pretty warm though so can't complain.

Thanks everyone for letting me know about BP tablets and that's it's nothing to worry about. OH's never been through anything like this before so it's all new to us. He said he has to phone the surgery in a week for the results but the doctor will ring before then if it's urgent and he needs to see Hubby. OH took the monitor back around 5pm today.

Mum came round today with my sister and told us that only six family members went to my cousin's wedding and that the wedding was very weird, I'm glad I wasn't invited now. I thought it was just OH, Sandra and I that weren't invited, but now know that wasn't the case.

OH slept okay last night, I kept waking up but that's not unusual for me so I kept an eye on OH who happily slept right through the night. He said he didn't feel his BP being taken apart from 7am this morning because he was starting to wake up. He got up to the loo then went back to sleep for a further 2 hours. So all in all not a bad night for him. I'm shattered so think it'll be an early night for me tonight.

Nice to hear from you Jane, I wasn't expecting it with you being away, it sounds like you're having a great time. Love the picture you sent.

Pleased to see you had a good nights sleep Frank, you must feel so much better for it. You were quick with your X-ray, it makes such a change, normally if you have an appointment you vary rarely go in on time, well, we don't anyway, they're always running late.

That was nice of your son to do a few jobs for you Mandy. I know what you mean about the birds throwing the moss all over the patio, they do it here too. OH cleaned some away above our kitchen door today. The nurse told him not to do anything heavy while he had the monitor on so he's been doing some small jobs that needed doing today. I think he'll be glad to be back to normal tomorrow though.


Anne Report 19 Jun 2018 19:19

Jane lovely to hear from you but didn't expect to see you on here just yet but pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Chatsworth and Bakewell both lovely places.
Good photo of Bakewell's weir brings back many happy memories

I would imagine some people are taking advantage of Royal Ascot to let out spare rooms but I don't know anyone that does. The weather here has come out hot and sunny after a dull start ideal for the Fashion at the race course.

Enjoy the rest of your break :-D


Jane Report 19 Jun 2018 17:52

Well Surprise Surprise ..It's only me :-D :-D :-D I did decide to bring my laptop in the end,but will not be using it much as I don't want to be glued to it (I do enough of that at home :-D).

Glad you and Ian made ot choice to beging his Radotherapy sooner Liz. Hopefully it will all be done and dusted in time for your trip to Austria for the wedding.

I hope the bleeps from the BP moniter weren't too disturbing Gill. Fingers crossed OH's BP isnt too high .Mine has crept up a little the last few years but not by much.
Ros seems to be doing ok which is really great Frank, and your house must seem like a florists LOL

Anne to people around you make loads of money by letting out spare rooms when it is Ascot? I know my Sister says that happens down there for the Cheltenham Gold Cup .She says she could have made a bomb if she had been able to do that. But with children and then Grandchildren taking up all the beds she missed out :-S

Oh Mel I would have hated to see that bird dragged off like that :-( I hope it didn't have babies left behind to feed !.

Well here we are . Chatsworth House today .Wow what a place that is . The house it self is quite overwhelming really and difficult to take everything in properly.It was so hot in there though I was glad to get out in the end for some fresh air. (glad I took my hand flappy fan) . We then sat out and had a cold drink before I got on one of these buggy things for a ride around the gardens.( I would not have been able to walk) Chris had a wander around the gardens on his own for the 40 mins I was 'on tour' :-D. The girl driving the buggy was excellent in describing everything and telling the history of the various things in the grounds. Lunch there and then a visit to the Chatsworth Farm Shop . OMG what a farm shop that is. Going back again on Saturday on the way home :-DI think I am going to make space in my freezer for the lovely meats I will be buying :-)
Yesterday was Market Day in Bakewell(LIvestock Market too). It was absolutely heaving there. We managed get a table outside at a Pub in the town and had the biggest plate of Fish and Chips I have ever seen. It was so good. But I felt really sick afterwards.I think I had just eaten too much :-S. We will go back and have another visit to Bakewell as it wont be as crazy as it was yesterday. Must find the Bakewell Pudding Shop :-D We did pass it .

Our cottage is blooming marvellous. I love it but it is a bit too modern and blingy for Chris's taste. He says it is like a New York Chic Apartment !!!! Has he ever seen one?
We have Hugo Boss Bath Towels !!(I brought my own bath towel :-D) Not a cobweb to be seen here !!!!!. The date on one of the cottages says 1553 . It was a farm which was then sold off, then it was a craft centre that didnt do so well ,and now it is holiday accommodation . ~I love the ancient outside but also love the really up to date and modern interior . I have spent holidays in rather musty smelling old cottages with uncomfortable settees ,cobwebs so this for me is heaven :-D :-D..
It is looking a little back over the way now so don't know if we might be in for some rain this evening. We won't be going out again now as I have done enough walking for today.
Will send a couple of pics.


Frank Report 19 Jun 2018 15:04

Afternoon to all my ladies.

Had n excellent nights sleep last night. I got out once during the night, and at 7,00 this morning. I felt so tired I went back to bed, and slept until the phone rang, and Ros bought me a COT that was 9.15. I got straight in the shower and got dressed. Carolyn came and picked us up at 10.30.

X ray was in and out within 30 minutes, the waiting room was very quiet for a change. I then stood outside for 30 minutes waiting for the girls to pick me up. We then went to Tesco's Ros sat in the coffee shop, while I did the shopping. I then joined them, and had a bottle of water. When we got back to the car I was as sick as a pig. Just water I am pleased to say.

Tony has bought my plate back, £25.00 for the repair I gave him an extra £5.00 for petrol and he is taking me to the hospital again for my eye appointment later this month.

Ros is being picked up this evening for Mother's Club. They are going to a Canal side pub at Stoke Bruerne. She will be able to sit outside while the main group go on a Treasure Hunt. I Will have a nice quiet night in doors.

Martine has just come over to see Ros, and bought two MASSIVE Bouquetes (sp) of flowers. I am not sure if we have enough vases to put them in.At the moment there are 5 vases full of flowers, around the bungalow.

No rain here even though it's very overcast.

Your tea/dinner sounds nice Mandy, I think I might roast a chicken tomorrow.

I put the lunchtime news on at 1.00 pm. and notices that on the min stations there is Football, Tennis, and Racing. thank goodness for Nat.Geo.

I expect Jane and Chris will be finding a lot of places to visit while they are away. Lets hope the weather stays fine.

I too take tablets for high BP and cholesterol. I just pop them in my mouth every morning with my others.

Ros has bought a dozen Runner bean plants, I will get those in tomorrow. The slugs and snails have eaten most of the ones we put in.

Time for a cuppa, so see you all soon.


MillymollyAmanda Report 19 Jun 2018 13:25

Afternoon all,

Try not to worry Gill i too take tablets for high blood pressure and so does Colin I'm sure your OH will be fine .

I see OH has decided to have Radiotherapy Liz ,get that over and you will be able to go away and have a nice holiday ,i hope all goes well for him.

Nice and bright here this morning ,son came and cleaned out the back gutters and also cleaned the facia boards and the upstairs windows for us ,after they went home i cleaned the bottom windows ,there was lots of moss in the gutters and the birds keep chucking it out onto the patio ,Max keeps bringing it in doors making a mess.

I have a chicken in cooking we will have that cold later with salad and new potatoes.

Hope Ros had another good night and managed to get in the shower .

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 19 Jun 2018 12:49

I too take pills for blood pressure as does oh and for cholesterol. I think most of us on here do Gill so don't worry.

I'm off now so be back later this afternoon.