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  1. Yes the Aldi one is the only genuinely festive feel good one. I loved the JL snowman one and the one with the little boy who couldn’t wait to give his present to his parents that was lovely. I think JL one this year gives a strange message to children that it’s ok to sneak out of the house into the forest at night to meet a stranger. I know what they’re trying to say but it doesn’t sit well with me
  2. I’m so glad that this recipe is still being used. I haven’t made if for over a year since my son moved out to America. It’s his favourite cake. I’ve already made my Christmas cake but would make a lighter alternative for the two of us. I can still remember that original cake from the Three Counties show, I don’t think mine have ever been as good 😂 Wow over 11 years ago I posted the recipe for the first time. I knew I was getting on a bit but!!
  3. I’ve not been on here for so long, too long. Great news about your retirement Ali’s Girls lovely to able to dictate your pace more now. Wishing you all the best. I’ve gone the other way and have been working full time for the past 4 months probably only until Christmas then I’ll drop back a bit. Total culture shock after being furloughed for so long but nice to be needed again and get the old grey matter going again 😊
  4. We’ve just got a hybrid called an Olive Egger with legs like yours she lays a blue grey egg. A lovely compact girl with a tiny bright comb. She’s given us 3 eggs already and we’ve only had her a week! We also got a French Maran & a Welsummer but they are only young so may not lay until the spring. We get ours from Newlands Poultry near Malvern
  5. I agree there used to be so many swifts around here, I hadn’t really noticed until you said that there are much less now! we’ve had a good year generally for birds and butterflies and we have a resident hedgehog which we haven’t had for a while either. Our sparrows are cross with us though because we’ve taken the top off our beech hedge and reduced its height by about 2 feet. no plums this year, one tree fell over in a storm with a big setting which was obviously too much for it! and the other didn’t really set many and those that did just went mouldy. We have apples in the garden but they are poor quality, the ones at the allotment are ok though. We’ve spent the afternoon planting late lettuce, spring cabbage and wallflowers along with a lot of tidying up. I love September 😊
  6. We use the hanging cylinder feeders with the multiple dividers around the bottom saucer to stop them scooping it out but they do need an occasional shuffle if they eat mash to bring more down. We hang ours on a bungee cord so we can adjust the height by tying knots in it.
  7. We bought a rechargeable electric uv fly zapper from lidl but we’ve not caught any yet but there haven’t been many around with the rain over the past couple of weeks. Both if us had plantar fasciitis about 10 years ago and wearing well fitting shoes with good arch support really helps. Not had it since. I wore Sketchers trainers a lot for quite a while afterwards they were good for walking.
  8. My hubby is happy to cook, tidy and vacuum but doesn’t clean wash or iron. He will do diy but I do my fair share too. My housewifery falls between the two camps. I love clean ironed bedding preferably white cotton but my airing cupboard is a bit of a nightmare. I tend to take the sheets off the beds wash them iron them and put them back on. i have far too many clothes because I’m a charity shop rummager and my ironing pile is legendary. I love nicely ironed things but never get round to it. My family got used to nabbing their clothes back after washing because they knew if it went in the ottoman where my ironing lives it may never be seen again. My husband has a shirt collecting problem he has about 60 and they live in DS’s wardrobe since he left home waiting to be ironed, although, they couldn’t possibly all fit in the 2 wardrobes that he has 🙄
  9. We’ve got a large grape vine that has a lot of fruit on it, maybe I’ll look for a local collective because I can’t be bothered to make wine ourselves. Otherwise the blackbirds and pigeons with have a field day like last year. Happy to leave for the birds if it wasn’t for feeding the local fat pigeons ☹️
  10. Sounds like us DM. We watch the odd series of something and occasional live sport but our Telly can go for weeks without being turned on.
  11. Funny little thing, not seen them before despite being a country gal.
  12. I still love Strictly and have given up worrying if I don’t know who they are st the start because we soon become familiar with them and find our favourites. My yearly TV highlight. I watch very little TV but Strictly is a must
  13. Well done Lewis I’m so pleased for you. You followed your dream, my ED’s friend has done the same and has just started her first job as fully fledged vet too.
  14. I’ve just come into the forum for the first time in about 2 years too. Lovely to see your post. Hope everything works out for you with Brexit. Fingers crossed for us all for that matter 🙄 ive seen some of your pictures on FB looks lovely 😊
  15. Hello all, long time no speak. Glad to see that there are still plenty of familiar people still here. i still have 7 ladies ranging in age from 1-5. Only the 2 of us at home most of the time now so eating all the eggs is too much so I have a charity box at work for excess. Have raised £40 so far 😊. i will have to familiarize myself with the new layout and do some catching up on here. Any summaries of major news from the past couple of years would be most welcome. I’m done with active treatment for my Breast Cancer now and hopefully will remain well. Had a tough 18 months during which I lost my dad to cancer and had various elderly relative drama. Overall life is now good 😊🤞 hope all is well with you all xx
  16. I’m not too bothered about the new layout I’m just glad that it is still seen as an important part of the Omlet family. If it can be revitalized in some way then all well and good
  17. I rarely sell anything on bids these days I just use buy it now I find you tend to get more money because people are impatient! Hope she doesn’t get it.
  18. I list all my items now with a warning that it’s a second hand item and listed as such. I photograph and describe items carefully and don’t except returns or offer refunds. So far this has helped. I got fed up with time wasters especially on electrical items which left us in perfect working order and mysteriously developed faults on delivery. I now sell everything electrical with a warning that although working when dispatched no guarantees are given or I list them as untested. Funnily enough I had my first ever item returned to sender today. It was a shirt that I had posted in January to a flat in London and I suspect it had been taken back to the sorting office with a card left and they hadn’t got around to collecting it. I’ve received no complaints so not sure what to do with it now. Can’t see the buyer being happy to pay further postage.
  19. I like a nice single malt too, I’ll happily have one after a meal out rather than a dessert. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth. I like good gin too and my favourite cocktail is an espresso martini
  20. Not sure if I’m allowed to do this or not, if not moderators please feel free to remove this. I feel I want to give something back in gratitude for the treatment that I’ve had for my cancer so far and for the Herceptin which I’ve just started. These treatments wouldn’t be available without the years of expensive painstaking research that has gone into them. As a result of this I’m taking part in the Cancer Research Walk all over cancer challenge this March. I will be doing 10,000 steps per day every day in March. My radiotherapy starts on 26th February and I live about 2 miles from the hospital, I will walk there and back daily during the week and then take more scenic walks at the weekends. If anyone would like to donate to Cancer Research the link to my fundraising page is below. Money goes directly to Cancer Research. I will keep you posted on my progress. Thank you. https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/liz-walks-all-over-cancer-35
  21. Me too Soapdragon I am yearning for the sea haven’t seen it since July.
  22. Sad news, I remember her
  23. Sitting on a beach or cliff top for me or woodland. It might sound morbid but I also find church yards very life affirming. Sounds bizarre but they are usually very peaceful and make me thankful for what I have. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in our local one which also has far reaching countryside views during my treatment. It is somewhere that I can walk to and sit on a bench for quiet reflection when I’m in my low immunity phase and have to keep away from people. I’m a bit of a loner though so that probably explains a lot!

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