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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Wonderful pics. PL! How exciting........have you seen any cherry blossom? Hope you get lots of cuddles from your little poppet - he'll soon get used to you!
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    Notifications, or lack thereof

    for your will power, CT!
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    Notifications, or lack thereof

    OOOps, sorry Geoid that one slipped my mind
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    Notifications, or lack thereof

    ! I don't get PMs anyway so hadn't noticed - you must be very popular, DM Seriously, when my parents first had a computer Mum used to make sure that the leads from plug to the computer were as straight as possible as she thought messages/e mails would get stuck (I suppose a bit like a hosepipe with a kink in it!) so maybe there was a bent lead along the line somewhere!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    You can always rely on chickens Sorry to hear you have had a rough few days....hope things soon improve. At least you have found a chickeny place to chill!
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    Recommendations for France?

    That's providing you can still count to two
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    Easter swap 2019

    Actually they haven't worked out well at all so it's good that I hadn't committed! Darn it! Have Christmas worked out already with something else! I am not talented so rather limited
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    Castle Sundays in Slovakia

    Lovely pic, Lewis. That sky looks a bit dark though, hope you didn't get wet!?
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    I must admit that, if we had the room, I'd have 'egg' chickens and 'meat' chickens. Whilst I buy free range everything I'd still far far prefer to know absolutely that what I am consuming has had a good and happy life and quick end. We had a friend, some years ago, who had a bit of land and bought a weaner piggy every year to raise; although she doted on each animal and treated them brilliantly she had no problem in consuming and said that, if she didn't raise her own then she wouldn't eat pork at all! I think that there is a real honesty in raising your own meat and only wish that we had the land to do it.....I have a feeling that, by the time we can actually afford to buy a small holding, we'll be to old and doddery to run it though!
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    We always make stock with the carcass - stinks the place out but very useful and ensures that nothing goes to waste. Perfect for gravy the next time roast chicken comes round!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    So fed up with the constant mad wind! And fed up with looking like Medusa on speed the minute I step out of the door! Now heavy rain forecast for tomorrow - deep joy
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    You could 'roast' just one breast - will cook very quickly though but at lest that way you get your Sunday Roast! I made up a dish one day when I couldn't think what to cook for the boys......melted some butter in a dish in the microwave and added cajun seasoning and some smoked paprika (you could add any sort of seasoning or herbs) them marinated strips of raw chicken breast in it for a while. In the meantime I cooked some pasta then tipped the chicken into a wok (could use frying pan) with sliced onion and chunked up pepper and cooked till soft. Sometimes I need to add a little oil....then chuck in the cooked pasta and mix it up and serve. Protein, carbs and veg all in one!
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    Easter swap 2019

    How late could I potentially opt in!? I have a project on the go but won't know for another 4 weeks if it's gone to plan.....work that one out Don't want to mess plans up at the last minute...otherwise will save for another time!
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    Hernia

    Sorry to hear that, Ursula. No experience here but have you Googled? I know that there is lots of conflicting info out there - some silly, some scary and some downright dangerous - but, if you looked at the NHS advice then I'm sure they'd have wise words. If I ever feel brave enough to Google anything medical it's the NHS sites that I look at! Totally agree though that ⛷️ is probably not advisable! And I think I'd have been tempted to ask for a prescription for that hot wine
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    In the kitchen

    I bought a bag of sweet potatoes today as they were all small, long and thin and o I'm planning to make sweet potato oven chips with them. I do love the taste but all the crisp type sweet potato snacks are unbelievably high in fat and calories which is such a shame. I now have a fruit cake, doused in brandy, tucked away to mature for another few weeks and a batch of tomato sauce ready for the freezer (for when I need a quick pasta sauce base!). It's been a productive day! Oh, and I also made a batch of soap at the weekend....not sure if that counts? You do have to melt the oils then whisk with a stick blender so I'll pretend that it does!
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    Recommendations for France?

    Phenergan! (Seriously, I was horrified when I started Nannying many, many years ago to find that doping small children for the long car journey to one's bolthole in Tuscany, South of France etc was common practice especially if one didn't take Nanny and - shock horror - had to cope with ones own children alone!) Seriously, AR....sticker books, I Spy books, story DVDs, Fuzzy Felt (is that even a thing now!?) start stockpiling bits and bobs now so that you have a good variety - try Poundland. You can even get little Etch a Sketch things too which are the perfect size for car journeys.
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    Recommendations for France?

    Thanks, Peeps! We are hoping to go somewhere south and all have a few years yet on our passports so hopefully no probs there! I went to Corsica about 30 years ago () as a nanny and spent most of my time with my little poppet at a 'resort' whilst parents took a hire car and explored! However, it looked like a wonderful place and I'd like to see more....hopefully a bit off the beaten track so not expensive (we NEED a new bathroom!!!!!!!)
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    Recommendations for France?

    I am looking at a few days abroad during the October half term - hopefully all this Brexit business will be over by then! Somewhere that has culture as well as scenery and def lots of history but cheap (ie; NOT Venice, Rome, etc!) We have already been to Prague and Bruges with the boys so wanted something a bit more mediteraniany. Just to make things really complicated we want to fly from one of the smaller airports like Southampton or Birmingham (hate Heathrow, Luton and Gatport Airwick.) I'm thinking possibly Corsica, Sicily or Lisbon. Anyone got any insights to offer? Sorry, Andyroo - hope you don't mind but this does seem to have turned into a travelogue; apologies!
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    Central Amsterdam

    It's a while ago since we went but we loved 'Kantjil and the Tiger' but not sure if that's spelled right! We found lots of Indonesian/Oriental type foods...which this place sort of is.....due to the influence of the Dutch East India Company - apparently. I'm sure that Cat Tails will groan and correct me (sorry CT!) but many places do what they call a ristaffel....basically 'rice table' like a Dutch/Indonesian tapas?Trip Advisor is our 'go to' when in a strange place and looking for food! It's a wonderful city; the Rikesmuseum (again, appols to CT for spelling ) is just amazing - not sure if you'll be that little bit too early for a trip out to the nearby bulb fields? If not then do go....just amazing!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Alternating between a sharp blow but sunny and heavy rain! I do worry about a cold snap after that lovely warm weather killing off the brave plant life and insects that started to make an appearance. I wonder what sort of year it will be for the flora and fauna with that almost hot week?
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    Recommendations for France?

    If they like castles what about Carcasonne? Not sure if you can get there by train though!
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    Recommendations for France?

    Are you set on France AndyRoo? We went to Bruges for three days last Feb with our two (aged 10 and 13) on Eurostar and, although you do have to change trains in Brussels, it was pretty straightforward. There's plenty of chocolate in Bruges! Also The Historium is fab and boat trips on the canals. Not sure how old you N and N are? Otherwise Paris?
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    Happy news

    What a relief that must have been, PL! Hope that you get to visit soon and maintain your friendship with her. It's hard to admit that you need help (I am going through this with my parents aged 84 and 85) but it's important that older folk are safe whilst still being as independent as possible.
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    I have finished my Kaffe Fassett cabbage! Will post pics when I can find the lead for connecting the camera to the computer and got ES out of his foetid pit long enough to transfer!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Well done, Lewis! That's a great pic....looks like one of those big canvas ones from Ikea! I can see that on the wall! Who laid the green one?

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