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Everything posted by patsylabrador

  1. Have you tried Saltrock Surfwear or Joe Browns?
  2. Husband is working so kids are going to cook roast meal and they've bought me Endless ocean 2, so I shall play that, have wine and hopefully watch some rugby.
  3. Goth Juice from Lush or L'oreal out of bed fibre putty. Both turn my potential frizz into gentle curls which on a good day stay there all day. I always bend over so I can put it underneath my hair, then you get volume without the greasy look on top as you need less on top of hair.
  4. I think it's good though to make sure people don't think keeping chickens is easy. I read lots that said how simple it was. I also read a lot of this forum before getting them to know to expect the unexpected. Keeping chickens is no easier than keeping any animal, and it's good for people to have a touch of the seconds before leaping blindly in. I love my chickens and I'm really glad I got them, but I do worry all the time that I'm looking after them properly. I think the article is a little bit of a reality check.
  5. Brilliant, I love them. Nice contents too.
  6. Just read that according to a dossier released by Natural England, big cat sightings have been confirmed. I wondered if anyone has seen anything interesting. I've seen a big cat in my garden, but that might have just been fat!
  7. Can anyone tell me if they moult in springtime. I'm pretty confident that they are all healthy, they're quite sweet together and I've seen no evidence of pecking but there are lots of feathers. When I stroke them one or two feathers slide out. They're eating well, although I've been a bit lax with cabbage leaves etc recently. They have potted herbs in their run to peck at.
  8. They're lovely chickens and I love your view. All that space - wow!
  9. 40 years of marriage ... A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.' The wife answered, 'Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband. The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands. The husband thought for a moment: 'Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me. The wife and the fairy were deeply disappointed but a wish is a wish. So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!........the husband became 92 years old. The moral of this story: Men who are ungrateful should remember fairies are female......
  10. North west along the Met line. Do you come from London?
  11. It's particulars - if you know what I mean - were pretty much out there!
  12. She might be ready for some of the classics, like Emma or Pride and Prejudice. They're pretty good for young girls who are good readers.
  13. We have been having problems with rats for last few weeks, I've cleaned up everything, disturbed the garden, all the things I have read to discourage them, but eventually bought a rentokil rat killer box. I put it down yesterday and now two cats have arrived and I think they're rat hunting. They dig and prowl along where I've seen the rats. I don't want to poison them so should I remove the bait box for a while? The rats appeared very suddenly and I think they came from next door where a lot of work has been going on, so hopefully they don't have an established nest. One hour later - I'm really pleased, managed to hit a big male rat with the rake. Sadly forgot to use pointy side, it was jumping at hedge sparrows. I was so cross!
  14. Thank you for the walks and info for Sussex and Norfolk. I'm making a folder of places to visit and those are definitely going in it.
  15. I'm nor surprised. I've lived here for 30 years and I still get lost, especially on the tube and especially the Hammersmith & City line.
  16. We have a camper van that we've hardly used, so want to visit places all over. If you have a favourite town or walk, please let me know. I don't always trust brochures, the one of my bit of suburbia makes it look gorgeous, but it's not.
  17. At the weekends we like to visit new places but don't always know where to go, so spend too much time asking each other, 'Where shall we go?'. I thought I would share my favourite place with you that maybe you can use and would like to read of your favourite places. Mine is the South Bank in London, it is an interesting, lively and sometimes beautiful walk. I set off from Westminster tube station, cross the bridge to the Aquarium and wheel. This is my least favourite part, it feels chaotic and silly. Immediately you get past the wheel, the atmosphere changes and you feel the river, there are still crowds and a carnival atmosphere with all the street entertainers, but it's fun.I won't bore you with all the places you can see on regular guides, but these are the bits I love. Near the BFI there is often an outside book market, and further along under the festival hall, you will see kids skateboarding like crazy. They are very athletic and take some spectacular tumbles. It's become bit of a tourist attraction despite some fuddy-duddies trying to stop them. It's coluorful and brash but more fun than just badly designed concrete. A little beach has been created for sand sculptures and by the Oxo tower, if the tide is out, you can go down onto the beach. Quite a lot of artifacts have been found along there. In between the Tate and the Globe are some little Georgian houses, it is said that Christopher Wren lived in one, but I'm not sure that's true, apparently the dates don't quite tie up. I love walking between the warehouses and visiting the Clink museum, if you look up there is a rotting body in a cage, and you just come across things like a Tudor ship. If you're there on the right days, Borough Market is open. There is so much more to this walk, but I would have to write a book. I like to cross Tower Bridge and stand over the gap to see the river below, and then go to the station to catch the tube home. If you think you hate London, try this, I'm sure you will change your mind. Try this site -http://www.southbanklondon.com/walkthisway/
  18. I used to help with a scout group and I remember one young girl coming in one evening, so excited about her first period. She was always an upbeat little thing and just told everyone. We thought we should give her a being jolly badge!
  19. Dorling Kindersley books were very good for one when he was younger who is dyslexic. Lots of informative pictures and the text is in manageable chunks. He absorbed lots of facts that they were trying to teach him at school without much success. Since then he read more and more text and now as an adult reads some very challenging books that I wouldn't tackle. I think some boys like reading facts rather than fiction - just my opinion based on my own experience.
  20. I think the tank driving, crawling around in mud type ideas are good. Tire them out and then give them plenty of beer and curry. I've never seen a burlesque show and assumed it was just stripping with a posh name. I thought it was just men being tricksy as in 'No dear, it's art', or 'I'm just reading the articles'.
  21. My daughter put a bar of Galaxy bubbles chocolate in the fridge last night. So, there it was and I thought I'd pinch the end off (we share our chocolate - I'm not just mean!). Now of course it's all gone, possibly in less than a minute, and I have to replace it. But it was yummy.
  22. Sorry, this person has completely slipped under my radar. Sounds as though he was nice, what was he? Sorry if he meant something to you.
  23. How about the adventure books by Willard Price? I recommend these because they inspire boys to have their own great adventures. They're not great works of literature, but they drag boys out of their bedrooms and see the world. If you read reviews on Amazon, for example you will see many that say they led young boys to yearn for adventure. One of my boys read these and now has an amazing life.

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