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    Rescuing Battery Hens

    There was an interesting article in last month's Country Smallholding magazine all about rescuing battery hens, and I think that there's an update in this month's edition too. There are a couple of people on this forum (kazaddress is one) who have rescued battery hens, I am sure that they will be along soon with advice. Clare
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    Wish me luck

    Hi Kate Glad to hear that it went well. I nearly ended up meeting you too (was that the event in Ardingly?)- I got back from hols on Friday to an email from Johannes asking for help at the show, but I was booked up on Saturday, which was the only day they needed help - just my luck. Spoke to the lads, and I understand that this is the last show this year, but they are planning to publish a list as next year's events shape up. I said that I would be happy to help with anything within a reasonable distance. I have my little one to consider as I am on my own, but I'm sure she would love to help - she waxes lyrical abou the Eglu and chooks to anyone who will listen! Otherwise I am sure that the ex might help out with cover
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    Rock School on Ch4

    I was Igor Crucifix! I'm not at all religious, so that's odd!
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    Piglet Gets Banned!

    I totally agree Kate. A lot of health and attitude problems would be sorted out if people spent more time wlaking and sharing time together. Our walk to school is through a lovely park, and we feed the squirrels, watch the birds and see what the gardeners are planting. let's just rant together!
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    Piglet Gets Banned!

    I know exactly what you mean! We only live half a mile from school and we always walk unless it is absolutely thrashing down. I then walk another 15 mins to work the other side of town. It gives Rosie and I a great chance to have a chat and some time together. Whe we were training for the Race for Life in the summer, Rosie used to run ahead of me all the way to school! There is a little slip road near the school, which is access for a nearby garden centre. Parents are asked time and time again not to park there, but to use the car park 200 yards down the road, which we have passes for. But they won't, they would rather block up this road than walk any further...RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT ....
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    jaffa cakes

    Our MD at work can get 4 jaffa cakes in his mouth in one go! I told him that I was deeply unimpressed but had a laugh at his expense when he choked. Rosie licks the chocolate and orange off the top and leaves the cake bit all slimy on the table, but then she's 7.
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    Worst Jokes Thread

    This one's not a joke, but an attempt to pour oil etc... Woman was born from the rib of man Not from his head to be above him Not from his feet to be beneath him But from his side to be his equal and close to his heart to be loved! Told to me by my granny, who was a great feminist, but traditional too! Me, I've given up on the men jokes - they do it fine for themselves! I've got a couple of good ones, but they're on my PC at work, so you'll have to wait until I get back from hols.
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    See you later

    We're off, The Boy and I for a few quiet days in Norfolk. Will be back on Friday, when I can catch up on all the messages. TTFN Clare
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    See you later

    That's true Lesley - got carried away in my hospitality! We won't be able to talk about Dan's strange train obsession if he comes!
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    See you later

    Too right I have Kate! Dan - are you coming to our midlands get together on 8 October? 11am at The National Herb centre nr Banbury, families welcome. Tea and homemade cakes. let me know i your coming and I'll PM you with directions. I hope that the weather's good, last time we went up it was like a monsoon! Clare
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Who remembers Grizzly Adams? I had a major crush on him.
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    [quote="dtrc1969I got all those on Region 1 DVD as soon as I got a DVD player years ago. (Multiregion DVD was ace at the time because the US catalogues were just so extensive and you could get so much cool stuff)... Don't s'pose you've got Casey Jones on DVD/video?
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    What was the loco's number? (Serious question)... Can't remember Dan, sorry! Was jsut sooo excited about actually getting to help with the driving. You should try going there if you are near (it's near Bicester) as they have at least 2 locos in steam at the weekend and they ae happy for people to get hands on.
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    You're a fab superstar! What nostalgia - have just driven everone in the office mad by playing it full volume! Big hugs for that - we'll have to do the nostalgia thing when we meet up!
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Kate - still on the quest for Casey Jones clips, but someone else is playing the same game as us... http://www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/fun_stuff/lists/kids_telly.shtml
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    yer a star bar kate, don't think I'll get any work done today!
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    First Frost!

    Dan, tell your missus that I recommend ear plugs!
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Gosh, this is real nostalgia alley! I remember: The Pipkins Hector's House The Herbs The ORIGINAL Andy Pandy and Bill & Ben Clangers (there's a website with a knitting pattern for a clanger!) Magic roundabout Jackanory Play school Animal magic Take Hart The old test card.... Could go on for ever.....
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Here's a link to a site about him, unfortunately there's no links to the theme tune or a video clip! http://www.brokenwheelranch.com/caseyjones.htm Clare
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Excellent, I'll have to do a websearch and see if I can find anything on it, or even a DVD/video of some old episodes. I'll bet you're humming the theme tune now!
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    Things kids don't know anymore

    Does anyone remember the children's prgramme called 'Casey Jones'? It was about an American train driver. We went to Quainton steam railway centre yesterday, and I got to stand on the footplate, stoke the firebox and release the valves - heaven! Anyway, the theme to Casey Jones was running through my head. I think that only over 40's will remember it. C
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    Chicken webcam

    Did anyone see the article in today's Daily Mail about the couple who have a webcam on their chickens? http://www.ourchickens.com. I had a quick look just now before running off to Tesco, and it looks brill, must log on in daylight and see what they are up to. I noticed that they had the great idea of using some solar powered garden lights, the type you just stab into the ground to light their run. Thye also have a map, but not the same as ours, it acts like a guest book, when you mouse over the little people you can see their names and comments. Some of them are thinking of having chooks and are worried about the mess/time/hassle/space etc they think they might have. Perhaps we ought to negotiate to have a link to Omlet on their site..... I bet the site crashed today when everyone raced to log on! Great PR for chooks, but he has a *shhh* wooden hen house! - perhaps the lads ought to get him an Eglu so that it's on webcam worldwide -great advertising. - now there's a thought....enough clever ideas for this time of night, can feel smoke coming out of my ears!
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    Rick Stein's Sunken Chocolate Cake

    Here's the promised recipe for Rick Stein's Sunken Chocolate Cake: 20cm (8") clip sided cake tin 225g (8oz) butter 225g (8oz) good quality plain chocolate broken into pieces (don't eat it all Kate!) 50g (2oz) ground almonds 60g (2.25oz) plain flour 6 medium eggs 50g (2oz) soft brown sugar 175g (6oz) caster sugar Icing sugar for dusting Double cream to serve Heat oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4. Grease and line cake tin Put the butter and chocolate into a heat proof bowl and rest over a pan of barely simmering water. Leave until melted, then stir until smooth. Remove and leave to cool slightly. Sift together the ground lamonds and flour. Seperate the eggs into 2 large bowls. Add the brown sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale and creamy. gently fold in the melted chocolate mixture, followed by the almond and flour mixture. Whisk the egg whites into soft peaks and then whisk in the caster sugar a little at a time, to make a soft meringue. If it's too stiff you will find it difficult to fold into the rest of the cake mixture. Fold it in with a large metal spoon, pour the misture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out just a bit wet. This cake is best if slightly undercooked (a bit squidgy). Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Carefully remove from the tin and peel off the paper. Cut into wedges, dust with icing sugar and serve with cream. Delightfully sinful!
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    RANT - My Daughters School......

    Good on yer Sarah Perhaps the paper will set up a box so that the public can reply to them and they will copy you with the letters, that way your name doesn't appear in connection with the issue. It mightn't hurt to copy these letters to the education authority too. I reckon that if they get a whiff of a health and safety issue going on, they will act promptly. I hope the head doesn't send you to Coventry! I love a good issue - can you tell?
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    cake

    I'll have to look that recipe out and post it in the sticky.

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