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  1. We give our ladies porridge made with oats and water and they really like it.

    I don't know about using it as a replacement for layers pellets, we just give it as a treat on cold mornings (even though they don't really need it!) but if it's just for a couple of days I don't suppose it will do any harm and you can't have them going hungry - especially in this weather.

  2. They look lovely, I am sorely tempted 8)


    They do say that the outdoor ones are only guaranteed for 2 years though, not sure I'd want to spend that amount of money for only 2 years.


    But, if they work as well as everyone says then they'll be worth it, my kitchen floor looks like the Somme at this time of year - no matter how often I mop it :roll:

  3. We tend to watch BBC Breakfast and then I check the BBC website during the day.


    One thing that really irritates me about the BBC though, is the number of times they will present a news feature about some topic or other and then say "to find out more, watch our full report on Panorama (or similar) on BBC 1 at 7pm tonight" - so what they've given us is a glorified trailer for one of their own shows! :wall:

  4. Sleety rain here, windy and very cold.


    Just half frozen to death going out and cleaning hen house - ladies not in the least bit bothered by weather.


    And my back door is leaking so there's a puddle of water on the kitchen floor! Joy!

  5. Wow! This is amazing!


    If this had existed when I was little I think I would have spontaneously combusted with excitement :lol::lol::lol:


    I think I'm going to keep this logged in and see how he's getting on - just for my own amusement of course :whistle:

  6. I'm going to break ranks and say I'm bored with the whole thing already and I don't think that girl has got the faintest idea what she's got herself into.


    And if you listen very carefully you will hear the sound of the Queen Mother turning in her grave - and most likely Princess Margaret and Queen Mary will be too!



  7. I like the Christmas ads too :)


    A friend and I have this sort of a thing every year where we say it's not Christmas until we have seen the Famous Grouse turkey advert - I saw him last week, he's curling this year it seems, so that means it's Christmas. (and yes, I know he's a grouse not a turkey, but I call him a turkey to wind up hubby :wink: )


    We both like the Waitrose one where everyone is snowed in a pub and they all create a wonderful meal together using Waitrose stuff from the freezer - it feels really festive despite being in black and white.


    But what annoys me is all the "order now and have it delivered in time for Christmas" ads for new sofas, beds, carpets, fitted kitchens etc, etc. And the catalogue companies which pretty much encourage people to get themselves in debt. Buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend because your Christmas can't possibly be perfect unless you've got yourself into more debt than the average Third World country!



  8. It is pricey isn't it?


    And if you want popcorn or other sweeties or drinks as well, then it gets even more expensive.


    We have a Showcase near us and full price for adults is over £10 a head which is ridiculous. We either use "Insider" cards which is a sort of free membership thingy that gets you cheaper rates on Sunday evenings and all day Monday and Tuesday, or we do 2 for 1 on Meerkat movies on Wednesdays.


    Even so, we only go now for something we really want to see on the big screen, everything else we wait for the DVD.

  9. I don't think they should charge VAT on school uniform at all, no matter what size or age.


    Youngsters have to stay at school until they are 18 now don't they? So in that case they should be considered as "children" in terms of uniform and not charged - especially if you have to get the stuff from one supplier and can't shop around.


    What a swizz.

  10. £100 a month? Seriously? What on earth is she having done, or is it a really, really exclusive salon?


    I usually tip a couple of quid each time - I go roughly every 8 weeks for a cut and blow dry which costs £23 so I hand over £25 and tell the girl to keep the change. Next month I'm having festive highlights put in and as it will cost more and as it's Christmas, I will tip more.


    To be honest, if I were paying £100 at the hairdresser, I'd consider they'd got enough of my hard earned cash as it was, and I wouldn't tip at all :)


    It's down to choice though I think, but I've always tipped hairdressers, apart from when my hair was being done by the person who owned the salon - I figured he probably didn't need it :)


    We usually tip around 10% in restaurants too, unless the service was poor.

  11. Ali, so sorry to hear about your little cat :( I do think the worst part of having pets is having to say goodbye to them. But it's the price we pay for having them in our lives and I wouldn't want to be without any of my animals, they bring such fun and joy into our lives don't they?


    I always think these gorgeous table decorations look amazing until everyone sits down to eat, and then within minutes the whole thing is ruined because things get moved, fiddled with, broken. And then someone knocks over a glass of red wine on the pristine white table cloth, and then someone else drips gravy, or cranberry sauce. And by the time you've done with the pudding, what was once a beautiful and festive scene looks more like a war zone and you wonder why you went to all that effort and spent all that money :roll:


    I do like the idea of sitting unpopular rellies behind huge flower arrangement and foliage though, I should have thought of that when the in-laws were still alive......................... :wink:

  12. While I am very Bah Humbug about a lot of the festive season, I do love Christmas decorations, especially fairy lights :dance:


    I've got so many sets it's ridiculous and right now I'm having to be very strict with myself and avoiding The Range and John Lewis etc because I know if I venture in, I will come away with another set, or two. :roll:


    When I was little (a long time ago!), we only had one set of lights on the tree and that was it and I always wanted more. I was very envious of one of my aunties who had 2 sets on her tree and another one round the front window. My mother thought it was a ridiculous extravagance and wouldn't hear of such a thing.


    I used to love it that as we got closer to Christmas, more and more houses would have their decorations up and trees in the window and I could compare them all as I was walking past. I still like having a nose at what everyone else does although gawping at people's xmas decorations while driving is not to be recommended!

  13. This evening I have the place to myself for a few hours so I have treated myself to a couple of Christmas food and lifestyle magazines which I am going to enjoy reading with a healthy dose of cynicism. (And Pinot :wink: )


    I love to look at all the ideas for recipes I'll never cook and decorations I'll never put up. Every year I think I must "Do Something Interesting With Sprouts" but every year all I do is steam them!


    While I like reading these mags at this time of year, I do think they help perpetuate the myth of the "perfect Christmas" where all the crockery, cutlery, glassware, table linen and curtains match and that your happiness at Christmas can only be judged on how much money you have spent buying tat for people you don't like and receiving an equal amount of tat you have no use for in return.


    Bah Humbug to it all :roll:

  14. One of the things that really annoys me about Christmas is this whole idea that everyone has to have a wonderful, happy, joyous time, with a house full of friends and family and every one getting along and lots of gorgeous food and a tree stuffed with presents.


    The reality for an awful lot of people is something a lot different and there's never any acknowledgement that for many, Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time of year.


    After such a stressful few years I think it's time you looked after yourself and just do what you want to do, spend it where you want to, with whom you want and anyone else can either like it or lump it.


    I think if we all stopped expecting too much of the festive season and stepped back and chilled out a bit we'd all be a lot happier.


    Sorry to hear about your little cat, there's never a good time to lose a pet but this close to Christmas and on top of everything else, you could do without it couldn't you? :(


    All said, roll on 2018 and let's hope it's a vast improvement on 2017 :roll:

  15. Yes, everything is in writing and all communication has been by email so no worries on that front.


    And yes, it is a total disaster! :evil:


    I did look up how to go about taking someone to court and all the information I found said it is better to seek some sort of resolution first or to come to a compromise before you resort to the court and I guess moving the fitting to February to accommodate everyone would be classed as such so if it does come down to the legal eagles then I think it can be said that we have done everything we can and have been reasonable.


    I hope it doesn't come to that though. :pray:

  16. No. They have been postponed till February :roll:


    Basically, he gave me a fitting date of November which I said was not acceptable (I'd already said Mid-October was the latest I would accept).


    I did tell him to cancel the order and give my deposit back but he'd already put the order in with his supplier who were refusing to refund him and so after a lot of argy bargy we decided that we could either take him to court to get our money back or stick with it and set a date that worked for us and we've decided (rightly or wrongly) to stick with him and have told him to do it at the end of February. I always have a week off work then anyway and I can handle the disruption then, but not in November because it's too close to the Festive season. At least in February we will have all spring and summer to get the house re-decorated.


    I've told him it's that week or not at all, and he's accepted this.


    So we shall see what happens. He's in Last Chance Saloon now and if he fails us again then we will be going down the legal route which we don't really want to do. He's a sole trader and even if the court found in our favour we may not get the money back anyway.


    All this because we did the sensible thing of using someone we'd used before and who we trusted to go a good job! I hear on the grapevine that a lot of folk round here who know him say he's a good workman but a terrible businessman!


    I'm not entirely happy, well actually I'm livid but now it's a case of trying to make the best of a bad situation.

  17. You're really going through the mill at the moment aren't you. :(


    So sorry to hear you have been so poorly and I hope the cold clears up soon.


    Clearing out a house like that can be really tough emotionally, my husband had to clear his parents house a few years ago and he found it very difficult as there were so many memories.


    We did find some funny things to help lighten the mood though - a book entitled "better sex for men" and 3 copies of the Kama Sutra :shock::shock::shock: - both of which put thoughts into our head that we really didn't want there!


    Please make sure you look after yourself and get plenty of rest and also allow yourself to wallow when you need to as well, it's been a rotten year for you and it will take time to get back on an even keel.


    Take care.

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