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  1. Husbands? Children? Travel Agents? Dogs/Cats? Electricians? The bloke behind the deli counter in Waitrose? Goodness, I'd love to know 😏! What a teaser!!!!!!!! I have been putting out a box of books on our front wall as the charity shops have been shut and out bedroom is right above; we have had the window open in the hot weather. I have been in hysterics at some of the comments overheard. One chap was out with the dog and clearly decided to 'phone his wife as he trawled through the box and updated her on what was available.........'No nothing sexy but there is a Jilly Cooper..oh and a few Dick Francis. That sounds a bit sexy....shall I grab one? There's one on natural cleaning. OK, not your thing then. It's a very eclectic selection, they must be a funny bunch'. I really wasn't sure how to take that!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Oh yes!!!! And I can think of several people that I might approach the Assassin's Guild about!
  3. Oh PL, sorry to hear that news. How very lovely that you are researching things to brighten her day up - I wish I had a sister like you! Personally I am a great fan of L'Occitane....they have lots of lovely treats and do a selection of things in pretty bags. Lots of floral scents.....I love their lavender but they have rose, cherry etc too. If she likes flowers then I'd really shout out for Bloom and Wild and their letterbox flowers. As the name implies, they are boxed to fit through a letterbox and come with ideas on how to arrange them. I use them for OH's dotty old aunt and neurotic step mother (but don't tell anyone I said that!!!) Having said all that, she may not cope very well with strong scents as chemo can make you feel icky and sensitive to strong smells....but might not. It's very individual. Not On The High Street have some very individual things (as the name suggests!!) so may be worth a trawl? Is she a scarf person? Seasalt have some nice ones, if so. Their handybands are tube scarves that can be pulled up over the face in lieu of a mask.
  4. I am often encouraged by the 'fact' that 'million to one chances happen nine times out of ten' which I presume is perfectly possible in a parallel universe?!
  5. I do identify with Granny Weatherwax.....sad but true!
  6. We really do seem to have lost respect for our fellow humans. It fills me with horror.......I do keep stressing to my boys that you should show respect and kindness to others. That and the ability to use a loo brush are so under rated. We are in a small village so cushioned from the mega stupid city centres but we seem to have created such a Me, Me, society. At the risk of generalising, the 18/30 age group just don't seem to 'get it' . It makes me sad. During the first World War there were lads of 16 trying to sign up to fight for their country by falsifying their ages...........now many 16 year olds are just glued to electronic devices and worse! This makes me feel very old........I am desperatley hoping that my lads and their peers are on the same wavelength and, if enough of us manage to instill the same ethics, it will make a difference. Already it's clear that there is a huge divide between tho students at my boy's secondary. ES is year 10.......so 1st year GCSE, and YS is yr 7 - working online and abandoned. I am so lucky that both my lads are bright and motivated and working hard but it's increasingly obvious that many are just not bothered and have done little or no work and are prepared to 'blame' Covid for robbing them of their education. Oh dear. Sorry! Feeling upset at the whole thing when there is nothing that we can do but our best.
  7. What Cat Tails said and, as you obviously will, keep a close eye to make sure that the others are not picking on her. If she does have another prolapse, maybe it's time to consider the unconsiderable as it has clearly been an ongoing thing with the leaky bit? I know it's not quite the same but I've come to the conclusion with out hammys that quality of life is the important thing. So really do hope that she perks up. The fact that she is an ex bat means that you have given her an extra lease of enjoyable, well cared for life which she would otherwise not have had so you must not feel bad about any decisions that you make for her, going forward. X.
  8. Apparently some hairdressers were opening at midnight so you could go and have your hair done then go to the pub to celebrate! Madness. Cannot think it will be anything but anarchy in city centers later. Unlocking us at a weekend seems bonkers.
  9. Yes, I see what you mean about 'the scruffy stage'! But they are adorable. Will you keep Angelo?
  10. MB - ever thought of applying for a job at HMP 🤣
  11. Our posties, in a small village, were banned from using bikes as they were deemed 'unsafe'. The posties were mad.....they had to use trolleys instead and so, when they had finished their rounds, had to walk all the way back to the PO pushing there trolleys when they could have been back - and home - in less then half the time if they'd had bikes. At one point, when the boys were much younger, I bought a lot from E Bay (mainly Mini Boden which I took good care of then re sold - often for the same money!) Because we were in and out a lot I put a plastic bin, with lid, by our front door for deliveries; it had a 'parcels here please' notice on the lid. After a few months the postie said that they were not allowed to leave parcels but had to hand them to the resident or take them back to the PO thus meaning they had much more to carry if people were not in.
  12. Sorry; No idea how I managed to post that twice! I do wonder if it was the heat, MH? I'm sure it wasn't the birds as they are far too busy treating our cherry tree as an 'all you can eat buffet' although I have managed to pick quite a few for the freezer. They are cooking cherries so will be nice in a crumble! The courgettes are setting nicely - I have a yellow and a green. French beans are twirling their way up their support but no signs of flowers yet. The two pepper and two chilli plants are still on the sunny windowsill; I suspect that that is where they will stay!!
  13. Thanks Christian....I have been watering them well as I've heard that they like wet feet! I did wonder if it was the horrible heat last week as the plant most affected is in a very hot spot. As I do all my veggies in pots due to the appallingly heavy clay soil I have to dot the pots around the garden and patios wherever there is room, hence plants in different positions. The Victorian dwarf peas have done quite well, we've had a few but not really enough to cook. The boys just eat them from the pods! The 'surprise' Pink Fir Apple are looking good although still in flower so no touching yet! Having begged tomato plants from others in the village as mine were so droopy after planting out, they all seem to have perked up and so we'll have a bumper crop this year (she types, hopefully!). And boys and I don't even like them raw......I feel a big batch of passata coming on!!! Calabrease/broccoli stuff is looking OK but not sure it's suited to pots.....I've been picking the little green menaces off before they strip the leaves; I'm all for butterflied but their juniors are ruinous! Baby corn is looking strong and healthy - just no sign of any corn yet! I don't have the patience to garden! The slug thugs have even eaten my parsley!
  14. Thanks Christian....I have been watering them well as I've heard that they like wet feet! I did wonder if it was the horrible heat last week as the plant most affected is in a very hot spot. As I do all my veggies in pots due to the appallingly heavy clay soil I have to dot the pots around the garden and patios wherever there is room, hence plants in different positions. The Victorian dwarf peas have done quite well, we've had a few but not really enough to cook. The boys just eat them from the pods! The 'surprise' Pink Fir Apple are looking good although still in flower so no touching yet! Having begged tomato plants from others in the village as mine were so droopy after planting out, they all seem to have perked up and so we'll have a bumper crop this year (she types, hopefully!). And boys and I don't even like them raw......I feel a big batch of passata coming on!!! Calabrease/broccoli stuff is looking OK but not sure it's suited to pots.....I've been picking the little green menaces off before they strip the leaves; I'm all for butterflied but their juniors are ruinous! Baby corn is looking strong and healthy - just no sign of any corn yet! I don't have the patience to garden!

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