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Everything posted by patsylabrador

  1. Patricia W, that is very good to know. I didn't want to avoid the subject but equally I thought that maybe with someone she's not especially close to like me for example, it would be nice to talk about other normal things. We had a good text convo about Downton Abbey yesterday which was good fun. I think that's the way forward for me.
  2. Cool 😎 recent behaviour in politics have taught me that we all have a right to think what we want and we must speak out for our own views and we should guard that freedom and not get offended if other people don't agree with us. It all gets a bit 1984 otherwise. It's good to question though isn't it. I'm Tory through and through but I don't totally support everything they have done which is good I think.
  3. I know I'm swimming against the tide here and I've been sceptical about this lockdown from the start. I won't go near other people, not because I am remotely worried but because I try to respect the fact that so many people are worried still. I don't think people are worse now than before. History shows us that we've always been pretty awful. My son had to deal with being spat at by some gross male this morning, now that is bad behaviour in my book, not someone passing too close by.
  4. Thank you ♥ Great ideas. Scarves are a great thought.
  5. My sister has recently been diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma and will start chemotherapy tomorrow. I'm reading everything I can and although it's very treatable she is both in her sixties and has type 1 diabetes which I think I'm right in saying makes a grim situation worse. I thought I'd send her regular care packages. I can't visit and anyway we've become pretty estranged. I've got in touch but want to do more. The thing is that I have zero knowledge of how someone feels at this stage and what would be good things to receive in the post or even if it's a good idea in the first place. What is someone's skin or energy like. It's a minefield and I don't know where to tread. So I would be very grateful for ideas. We're very different characters, she's more like a rose to my daffodil if you know what I mean. I'd like to send her pretty, delicate kind of things.
  6. A couple of women were jogging past my bedroom window this morning and I overheard a snippet of conversation Lady 1: I think they should be able to read my mind, understand my feelings Lady 2: I don't want that, they should just listen to what I'm saying I didn't hear any more. I wonder who 'they' are though.
  7. The forum said it wouldn't save the edit so I've rewritten it in case it didn't appear Also, the RAF museum is opening on Monday. I have a tradition with two of my sons that in early August we go for a visit. The café has tables under the wings of the Sunderland and we like to have a coffee there. My FIL flew Lancasters and Sunderlands so I always like to share a thought with him there. He died far too early in his fifties so it's a sort of connection. Anyway, we've booked our arrival time and I'm very excited about the visit. 🌸 🤩 💖
  8. It was very quiet here for a Saturday night. I sleep right next to the window right next to the main road and didn't hear a peep and pubs and restaurants were packed down the road. There were no sirens, nothing. In my little bit of the world Super Saturday went well.
  9. If it makes you feel better my son's generation were nicknamed the PlayStation generation and there was general despair of their capabilities. Then Iraq and Afghanistan happened and those lads and lasses really proved their qualities. My son actually did that thing, he was already in the army, he joined at 16 and when they were told to queue up for registration to be sent over or something or other he queued up even though he was only 17. He got sent back to barracks but my point is that it's in these kids still, they just don't know it.
  10. I'm so fed up with how this release of lockdown is talked down in the press. It's been pretty bad in city centres on an almost nightly basis with illegal street parties and attacks on police. Just that nobody bothers to report that. The BBC didn't bother greatly reporting about all the beaches where people behaved beautifully much as they won't bother reporting about all the pubs where people go out for a refreshing and friendly drink and everything is cool. Main stream media in this country seems to loathe their own countrymen and culture. I think a lot of people are so excited and relieved and maybe they will lose it but that's pretty standard behaviour in normal times and not just in Britain.
  11. We see a lot of rats usually and deal with them as best we can. Strangely, although people are reporting seeing more in London during lockdown we haven't seen any this year at all. We only have the one elderly chicken now who ignores any cats who come into the garden, I recognise four big cats that regularly come through our garden and I think the cats are hunting the rats. We also get a lot of foxes but I don't know if they hunt rats.
  12. So far so good. Lots of stuff in place. I want to plant more ferns and bamboo and make it feel really enclosed.
  13. I made my Vector robots this new home today as well. It's a gardeners /builders mixing tray and I added LED lights and stickers and a couple of tin robots. The Vectors were picking up too much dust running on the carpet and I was worried about them clogging up and overheating. I can keep this area nice and clean.
  14. I made these rainbow sombreros. They're supposed to be rainbow rolls but I was a bit over ambitious. They're OK to eat, a bit like bread sticks. I've seen the idea all over the Internet, I think it's for Pride. I made them as an odd little remembrance to the three guys murdered in Reading.
  15. In the summer when the doors are open the chicken walks into the extension and calls to be walked to bed. She runs away unless we've been to the garage fridge to collect a snack then she'll walk or demand to be carried to bed. This evening however I found her standing by the garage fridge waiting. I honestly had no idea that chickens are so thinky. 🐔 🤔
  16. Yes, I agree. I thought there would be civil disobedience at the end of lockdown but I didn't think it would be to this extent. That was horrible in Glasgow.
  17. Another night of rioting, sorry I mean partying, sorry I mean largely peaceful protests in London last night. I'm a fan of the Riot Act personally. Swift justice and harsh penalties.
  18. For only the second time in my toothy history I get an abscess. Right now, when things are difficult. Something weird happened this morning when I brushed my teeth and the dentist thought that maybe the abscess burst. It did get a lot less painful after that. Anyway I've got some amoxycillin just in case there's an infection but he can't do any surgery right now. Hopefully it will settle down nicely. However it meant I had to give in and wear a mask. This is mine. I like the idea of a mask parade. Let's see your masks! 🎭
  19. Love it 💖 🌸 🤩
  20. The thing that really bugged me about the beach was the litter they left. I never, ever leave litter, ever. I'm annoyed about all the riots and protests that are allowed to go ahead despite everything. I actually saw a Police Commander remind people of the No More than 6 rule and then go on to say but if you feel strongly about the subject of the protest that's OK. Well, no it's not actually. Despite my objections I have followed lockdown and so should they. We just drove by a grey gaggle of Climate protesters and they were not social distancing. The rule should be for everyone or no one.
  21. Thanks again for the info. That's very useful. Yes, we had our jeans rolled up like we were paddling but up top we were dressed for winter.
  22. Thanks. I'm going to have stepping stone path in what I imagine as a 'valley' with the sedum on the slopes. There are so many elements to get right. It's all in my noodle doodle and hard to describe. I took the photo while I was taking a break at a foot onsen on Hokkaido. As you can see the weather was freezing but my feet were red hot. In fact my son told me that the entire town's hot water is fed by hot springs etc. I guess it has to go through some process so not free hot water but even so they always have lots of hot water.
  23. We're in the process of making a Japanese Tea Garden. I want a large area of it to be covered by moss. I don't think it's appropriate for the area I want to cover which is sunny and dry but I did see you can buy sedum rolls much like turf. Apparently it is OK on dry poor soil and is drought proof. It sounds like a lovely substitute. I was wondering if anyone else has used it for ground cover. It seems like it's usually used for green roofs. The base for my tea house is all ready, just waiting for it to be made and delivered. Another idea I've had is for this side of it to have a simple wooden bench, a bamboo and an Australian canvas bucket shower. So a sort of crazy little onsen.
  24. Yes, we were surprised when son who is EMT came back negative. Apparently the body doesn't always make antibodies if it doesn't need to. It raises a lot of questions like is it not all that contagious after all or not that dangerous after all? There's also another way the body protects itself by neurons or something? I can't remember what. Maybe the antibodies weren't needed if the body was fighting it off successfully. I hope we get some answers soon. I looked on Amazon and you can get false bottoms and everything. A bit like a bustle but hidden in the pants.

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