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  1. We used a small local independent shop when we had our kitchen done. They came round and did a complete suggested layout with a plan free of charge which was brilliant. I went for glossy cream units which I love, ceramic floor tiles which I also love, black worktops, sink and taps, which were a mistake. Black worktops look lovely but show every speck, similarly the sink and taps. I would recommend a double sink so that you have somewhere to empty liquids when your main sink is being used. We have a very small kitchen so not really an issue for us but remember your work triangle - cooker, fridge, sink - don't make them too far apart. As everything is in our kitchen - washing machine, dishwasher etc, the units had to be at the standard height to fit over them. I am short and they are really a bit too high for comfort (when kneading or pastry rolling). My OH recently built me a pull up worktop hinged to the wall which is lower and is a brilliant solution as I just set it up when I need it. If I had the space I would have a table or island at a lower height.
  2. I find that if I use my ipad within an hour or so before going to bed I can't fall asleep so I am quite strict with myself. I think it is the backlighting that is the problem. I have the old original Kindle which does not have a light and it is fine as it is just like reading a book
  3. Fab-u-lous Thoroughly enjoyed this series and didn't mind who won the final as they were all good. Lovely atmosphere all series and so much better without Bruce
  4. I am a pretty good sleeper except for odd nights when my mind whirls. I am sure a tip was on here a while ago which I use when that happens and it really seems to work. You need to stop your mind going at breakneck speed thinking of (usually) needless worries and thoughts. Concentrate just on your toes and making them relax and work your way up each little bit of your body doing the same. I don't think I have ever got past my knees before I fall asleep again.
  5. There are some fantastic dvd box sets around - I have asked for one from a choice of a Fred Astaire Collection, Powell &Pressburger (1950's) films, Ealing Comedies, Gene Kelly
  6. I was very irritated by the waltzathon as it seemed to be just a way for the judges to manipulate the scores. I can't see how they could place 6 couples in a proper order after 90 seconds of dancing and no discussion time afterwards. As soon as it started I said to my OH that Pixie would be first as it would shoot her up the scoreboard. Let us not forget that she was quite low down after her dance, second from bottom I think, which makes her being in the dance off unsurprising. Her dance was not as good as Simon's and I was very surprised at Craig saving her as he didn't seem to be judging her on that dance but her overall ability. They are all so good that anyone could have gone this week. I would like Caroline to win, she puts so much heart into her dances.
  7. Off to get some lime cordial! Love the sound of it with both soda and tonic water.
  8. Sounds great - probably silly question. Is that with fresh lime juice squeezed in (how much?) or just a slice of lime ?
  9. I am finding that as I get older I can tolerate very little alcohol so I rarely have any. It is really tough though to find anything decent and non alcololic to drink that is not overly sweet. I like ginger beer and ginger ale (and water) but struggle to find much else that is interesting. I am really not a lover of shloer, J20 etc. I quite like appletise but one is enough as it is very sweet. Fruit juice for me is a morning drink and not one to have with lunch. Anyone got any suggestions of non alcololic drinks that are actually nice and that you could drink more than one of?
  10. I am so sorry. What a lovely end though, to have had a long life, the latter part in a loving home and to drift away while being cuddled.
  11. You have my sympathy. I had a cat who was 17 when she died - towards the end she used to try to run away all the time and neighbours would bring her back, usually finding her sleeping in a hedge somewhere. She eventually died in her sleep but I think she was running away to die. In hindsight it would have been kinder to have had her pts. Your cat might be at the same stage and her instinct is to stop eating so that she just fades away. You can do no more than you are doing. Plenty of cuddles and treats when she wants them.
  12. I would say try your local auction room. We have been along a few times and you can pick up amazing bargains (full sized ercol dining table and 6 chairs went for £50!!!) You can go along to the auction room the day before the sale to have a look at the stuff. People seem to go to auctions mainly for the more quirky stuff and furniture gets ignored. Catalogues are usually online - our local one does fortnightly sales.
  13. Not sure if I can face it again. I have put the wool away for the time being as I am making something else and will see how I feel in a few weeks.
  14. I found that sage capsules really helped, although after a while the smell made me want to . Also, and most of this is going to sound very tedious but in combination it worked for me: Increased excercise Reduced (almost reduced to Nil) alcohol Having 2 single duvets rather than a double and changing to a natural wool duvet and pillows(see previous threads on this) Wearing natural fibre clothing and layering items Adding linseeds to food - breakfast cereal is good Plenty of fruit, vegetables and fresh air I can honestly say that after the first few months having hot flushes they reduced significantly and I don't get any at all now (age 55 and 3 years into menopause) I feel much better now than in the years leading up to menopause - found that time really unsettling
  15. Finally got it sorted - Debbie Bliss are sending me 2 packs of wool (20 balls) - apologised profusely and said they weren't aware I was unhappy! Didn't take a lot of imagination on their part. Happy with the result but they should have done it in the first place
  16. Well so far all Debbie Bliss have offered to do is replace the wool. I am not normnally a person who makes a fuss but I really don't think that is good enough. If I hadn't used the wool that would have been fine but I had worked for 2 weeks on the pattern. At the moment my local shop are speaking to Debbie Bliss about it. None of this is the shop's fault and I have told them I am happy to take it on myself if they don't get anywhere. I am not after the moon, I would be quite happy with a refund for the faulty wool and a replacement set of wool. I don't think that is unreasonable. Will wait a bit them maybe post something choice on their f/b page
  17. Having 2nd thoughts now after reading your comments. I think I will keep it inside as well. My son in law is an amazing woodturner and I will ask him to make me a either a vase or something solid to insert the stem into. I can then maybe put a little plaque on it.
  18. I don't think there will ever be a way of scoring that will please everyone. I preferred it when the judges didn't have the final say. I personally wouldn't vote for Judy but I can fully understand why people are - she is very likeable, tries hard and is entertaining. It is after all firstly an entertainment show, not just a dancing competition and she is obviously striking a chord with a lot of people Some of the comments on the SCD Facebook page are really vitriolic against her; quite unecessary. After saying that, I hope that she doesn't go beyond next week. The problem I have with the judges is that they always keep the person in with the best dancing ability (obvious I know) but towards the end of the competition this means that someone generally stays in who can dance brilliantly but is not necessarily very popular. I have a problem with Pixie this year. Yes I accept that she can dance but I can't warm to her. In a dance off however she would probably always get the judges vote
  19. Oh thanks for that, I was wondering about frost. As we are on the coast it is not too much of a problem but I will make sure to take it in if the weather turns
  20. We went to see the poppies - stupidly picked half term week but it was so worth it. Very moving, and the poppies spilling out of the window were beautiful. I think it is that bit and the display near the entrance which are being kept as the poppies are on metal structures so presumably could not be sold. I didn't know anything about my great grandfather until I researched my family history. He died from shrapnel wounds 3 weeks after the start of the war leaving a widow with 3 children under 4 and another on the way. She never remarried. I don't remember my great grandmother as I was 3 when she died but my sister does. I have a nice safe spot in the garden for my poppy (away from the dogs) and plan to raise a glass to g/grandfather Herbert when we "plant" it. Not forgotten any more. It really does feel as though the poppy is him. I agree it is very distasteful to try to profit from them.
  21. I am lucky enough to have purchased one of the poppies from the Towef Of London display. I am number 10900 out of around 900,000 so I guess I will receive mine quite soon. My great grandfather died in WW1 and we are going to put the poppy in our garden as a memorial. My YD has beautiful writing and I want her to put his name and dates on the poppy (can't decide yet whether to put it on the underside or topside of the petals) My question is what can I use that will permanently mark on ceramic and be weather resistant? Any suggestions gratefully received
  22. Beautiful, they have surpassed themselves this year
  23. Her are a couple of views of the jumper back - the top quarter is lighter And the next 2 balls of wool, which don't look the same It was the first time I had used a chart for cabling and I was so pleased with myself. 2 weeks work Sorry if the photos are too big, I have made them the smallest size possible in protobucket (I think)
  24. I bought 16 balls of a lovely jade colour in Debbie Bliss dk wool to knit myself a jumper - at considerable cost as it is very expensive wool ! Finished the back of a very complicated cable pattern and spread it out to look at in and horror of horrors the dye on the last ball was considerably lighter. The wool was ordered via my local shop as they did not have enough in stock so it came direct from the warehouse. All the dye lots were the same and I started knitting it within a week of it arriving. The next 2 balls I looked at were also different shades from each other. I nearly cried! I took lots of photos (will try to post later) and took the whole lot into the shop on Saturday. They were also horrified and decided the best thing to do was to fedex the whole lot to Debbie Bliss - including my knitted piece. Will be interesting to hear what they have to say. I have been knitting since I was a child - 50 years or so - and this is the first time I have ever come across this in the same dye lot. I am just glad that I started knitting it so quickly as I have a wool cupboard with lots of different projects lined up so it could have been there for months. As it was I still had the receipt in the bag and the shop remembered the order anyway
  25. It's always the same at this point in the show, the worst ones are kept in at the expense of better ones. It is usually a wake up call and hopefully will right itself soon. Steve Backshall is pretty amazing I think. He had a broken back fairly recently (I remember seeing him on The One Show in a full body brace - must have been 3-4 years ago)). He had 12 operations and the same accident caused a serious injury to his ankle - won't go into details here as it is gruesome but it can be googled - and as a result his ankle and foot bone have been fused together so he cant bend one of his feet at all. Never a mention of it and not going for the sympathy vote. Very commendable

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