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  1. Valkyrie

    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    LOL - vomit comet! Now that's my sort of travel! I flew to Jersey, nicest plane trip ever without any ear problems that I had with British Airways - British Caledonian! Very smooth and I loved Jersey. We did get stopped (I travelled with my old school chum) by customs who stuck his hand in a bag which contained oh so many Danish pastries as we'd gone to the market before going to the airport homeward bound! He went oooh sticky goodies!
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    The first one I read was The Story of Aunt Becky's Army Life by Sarah A Palmer The one I've just started is Letters of a Family During the War for the Union Volume 1 (I also have volume 2) 1861 to 1865 by Georgiana Muirson Woolsey Bacon There is also My Heart Toward Home, from the same author but it looks different to my copies, so think it might be another branch of the family letters in addition to the above 2 volumes.
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    The mozzies would find me even at Christmas! LOL! Mozzie Magnet is my other name! Sounds like a good plan. I haven't been reading for ages (apart from on the laptop) and as the car had to be taken in for a recall - potential life threatening hazzard to other road users - running board bolts thingies to hold it on "might" corrode and fly off! I opted to wait in the showroom. Finished reading a book that I had put down a few months ago. Did enjoy. It was a diary of a nurse in the American Civil war - very interesting too. I read most of it waiting for OH to be seen to in Taunton A&E - I read him the gory bits! I have a couple more books also to do with the American Civil War nurses - letters to and from their family. I never thought I'd be so interested in relatively modern history - and non fiction too! Heaven's to Betsy I must be getting old!
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    Sounds very relaxing. Wouldn't mind a forest session - apart from the mozzies! I get big bites - out with the antihistamine!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    A little nip in the air this morning and a heavy dew. There is a breeze but nowhere near as windy as yesterday so that's a bonus. The robins are doing their winter pipping sounds (which was earlier last year in July!) and this is pretty much the norm - as I remember hearing the robins on the school holidays and thinking meh, school starts again soon! Even the sun is now visible just through the trees when I sit and have breakfast - it was too far round to see before. Which means sunsets should be easier to see without going to the far end of the field. I gather we are due for a bit of rain on Thursday - be still my beating heart, I'm so excited about that.
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    Holiday season, tourists and so on

    I guess the architecture and history plays a part. OH said that the trip home from Sunderland was very quiet. I went to Exeter again but it was still very quiet and the travelling was easy - apart from the driving rain! Nothing in Bampton and Tiverton seemed quiet - especially the roads. Where has everybody gone? Oh yeah, Oxford! LOL!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Sounds a similar day to here. We had more rain in the morning in the way of showers, some heavier than others. The last time was around 1.30 on my way home from the dentist! Has been a much nicer afternoon.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yet another storm warning issued here. Basically wet and windy, which it's definitely windy and showery. I think there was the odd lightning flash around Dartmoor, when I was looking at the lightningmaps.org site. But at the moment it's multi-tasking with wind, rain and sunshine! To say I'm a bit fed up at the moment is an understatement!
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    Clotted Cream

    His lordship went on a course a couple of years ago, loved it and carried on, but actually learnt more from an Australian fellow on Youtube! He made allsorts but discovered normal shop bought wasn't good enough, but luckily a local farm produced the perfect milk. I liked his Camembert/brie soft cheeses best. He did make Edam complete with wax. I was clearing wax out of the kitchen and cooker for many months after that! So he was banned from waxing. His Gouda was quite nice. We even had a wine fridge which is great for cheese processing. But since he had a heart attack, they told him that he wasn't allowed to eat cheese. So that was the end of that. But since he has been discharged, he is allowed cheese but in moderation - he can have more soft cheese than hard. So later this year he will start again. Heaven help the kitchen! I have noticed when I'm away, he plays in the kitchen. When he's away I clean the kitchen!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yesterday started wet but improved by mid morning. From then on it was hot! I'd had to put the blankets on the bed because it felt cold. Last night I was too hot! LOL! I need a happy medium! This morning was pleasant but the grey clouds loomed up on the horizon and we've had rain again! It looks like it's going to be a bit of everything day today - except snow!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    We had a terrible weekend with 32mm of rainfall! Emptied the water out and hey ho, Friday was also a washout with rain this morning too. Horizontal rain, continuous with no let up. I went to bed and it was still raining - although the moon was trying to peek through. Rainfall for this enjoyable session (not) was between 19 and 20mm! Not impressed!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Well since I last wrote we have had a fair few little beasties today! Including another wasp!
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    Oh sooo cute! Love them!
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    Clotted Cream

    I looooooove clotted cream - tried to make it before on the top of the hob, but I should have put it in the oven. This guy is really good - done a few of his recipes so have yet to try making my own. OH is trying to source milk for his cheese making - so we are on course for a lot more DIY goodies!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Yuk bluebottles. I am quite surprised that we haven't had more flies, considering the dairy farm at the back and sheep all around! Relieved really. When we were on holiday years ago in Croyde, the flies were terrible! I think if I had a hand zapper (well, we did once but it didn't work very well) - nowadays with aching muscles after doing silly things around here - like using the oversized hedge trimmer, and him with a frozen shoulder, I think the plug in version is less painful! I am annoyed that I read the instructions for cleaning to OH though - he never reads the instructions for anything - twit! It said to use one of those screwdrivers to earth it first to clear the static. Dang - it could have been a right laugh for me!