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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2012 6:40pm (Sep 14th 2012) edited
     
    Yep, save yourself a stamp! :D And, and...a book doesn't run out of electric so you can't find out whodunnit! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2012 10:52pm (Sep 15th 2012)
     
    I must admit that I thought the same CC for a long time, but hubby put all of my books (not that I have that many!) up in the loft when we moved in here and I haven't seen them since. I decided it'd be a good thing because I don't read in the bath - I take showers, I hate the smell of a 2nd hand book so prefer new and they're cheaper on the kindle, it annoys me to hell when someone borrows a book from me and doesn't return it, it's really light and slim and you can lie down and not keep having to turn over from side to side so that you have the light on the page and to stop your arm aching. It also remembers your page so when one of the kids pulls the bookmark out you don't have to spend ages trying to find your place. I remember my nan thought colour TV was an unnecessary luxury when they first came out - until mom bought her one to watch Trooping the Colour. Your points are very valid and I agree wholeheartedly, but now I've seen and used the Kindle I'm a convert!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2012 12:00am (Sep 23rd 2012)
     
    My best for today - Sam, who was the cat who had been in a pen the longest at rehoming (the 2 free-roaming girls have been there longer, but have been out of pens a long while now) finally went to a home today. He has mild kidney disease and is 12 years old so was constantly passed by. He had become very depressed and just sat with his head down. Everyone is overjoyed that he's finally got a home - I hope all goes well.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2012 7:04pm (Sep 23rd 2012)
     
    Kate that is wonderful news!!!!!:yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2012 7:24pm (Sep 23rd 2012)
     
    Brilliant, Kate; I'm so grateful that there are people who will give elferly cats a chance.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2012 11:33pm (Sep 25th 2012)
     
    Thanks Lynn, it is! The cat that escaped a while ago, Clarice, (and was then re-captured several weeks later at a local caravan park!) is also reserved. She is another one we thought would be there for a very long time because she is so scared, but it seems there is a home for everyone.

    Me too CC. We are hopeful that a couple more elderly boys might go soon if a girl that comes in holds to her word and brings her nan to meet them. As ever, fingers are well and truly crossed!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 10:42am (Oct 31st 2012)
     
    I found "Autumnwatch" on the BBC Red Button! And it stays on! No end of program. Wall to wall close up nature.

    Now I'm brushing up on my bird identification and noting the pecking order.

    So pleased to have something sensible on the screen, much better than all that junk - if the tv does get switched on...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 2:40pm (Oct 31st 2012)
     
    What an excellent tip, Ollie; there's so much rubbish on the telly now, it's nice to have the option of watching something decent!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 7:02pm (Oct 31st 2012)
     
    Well done Ollie and thanks for the tip CC is quite right there is so much rubbish on. I very rarely put it on. Just have radio on in the back ground. Now weather is getting colder I will probably want to watch it a bit now and then. Downton finishes this Sunday and I have enjoyed that. I must say.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 8:52pm (Oct 31st 2012)
     
    I'm really glad there's nothing decent on the TV - I've rediscovered reading!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2012 5:54am (Nov 3rd 2012)
     
    Posted By: nanny northDownton finishes this Sunday and I have enjoyed that. I must say.


    Is that Downton Abby season 3, NN? We get that over here and I love it!
    They have only shown season 1 and 2 here.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2012 5:34pm (Nov 3rd 2012)
     
    Yes, Shirley Maclaine is in series 3. I don't watch it, but apparently there are some wonderful spats between Maggie smith & Shirley M!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2012 8:00pm (Nov 5th 2012)
     
    Years ago Shirley Maclaine lived down the road from me here in Graham. We were all supposed to pretend that we didn't recognize her, when she came into the grocery store to do her shopping..she stood out like a sore thumb, you couldn't have missed her, even if you were blind. We all went along with it though. She's kind of a goofy person however..she has some strange beliefs.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2012 4:23pm (Nov 6th 2012)
     
    You should be due series three now Lynn. We both really enjoyed it. We never watched series one so have said we will buy it as we have enjoyed it so. We are also watching a costume drama called The Paradise, and are enjoying that as well so keep an eye out for it as I am sure you will get it eventually.
    I love Dame Maggie Smith and do not care for Shirely Maclaine But CC is right about the wonderful spats between the two of them.... pure magic. We both enjoy NCIS... thats from you and season ten should start here in January so we are looking forward to that.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2012 8:12pm (Nov 6th 2012)
     
    Don and I watch NCIS too, NN..it's one of our favorites. I'll keep an watch for "The Paradise" and hope that we will get it over here. Right now they have a good one from over your way, "Call the Midwife" that we are enjoying. Makes me think of our Ollie every time I watch it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2012 9:44pm (Nov 7th 2012)
     
    Oh yes that is such a lovely series Lynn, Grandad North didnt fancy it as he dont like anything medical......daft really as he dosent mind watching Ducky at work !!!.............I watched it on catch up TV and loved every minute, and yes I also thought of Ollie. What did you think of the series Ollie or didn't you watch it?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2012 10:31pm (Nov 7th 2012)
     
    Was that the one with Miranda Hart in it? I only saw 2 episodes because the Sky box decided not to record despite setting a series link. My friends at work (all nurses but not midwives) really enjoyed it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2012 4:12pm (Nov 8th 2012)
     
    "Call the Midwife" was set in the era when I was having my babies but I was in a small village oop north.
    It was very like that though.

    When I went into midwifery in fhe early 70's things were not very different, though more medicalised and mostly in hospital. Situation has continued down that slippery slope since.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2012 6:05pm (Nov 8th 2012)
     
    Yes Kate that is the one, shame you didnt see all of the series as it was so good, but they are sure to repeat it soon.
    Hi Ollie, How have you been? Hope you are keeping well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2012 10:04pm (Nov 8th 2012) edited
     
    Do you think it's possible to get it back out into the community Ollie, or is the 'compensation culture' we live in too overriding?

    Maybe it'll be repeated again - I'll look out for it. Otherwise I'm sure the DVD is/will be out soon!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2012 11:44pm (Nov 19th 2012)
     
    Wow, long time since there was a post in here!

    My best was yesterday. Shaun was walking round with a bag (a make up bag really) I'd given to Caitlyn. It is pink, plasticky looking, with a zip around the top and a handle over the top. He looked so cute! Then his dad discovered it was leaking pop everywhere so there was a quick dash to dump it in the sink and mop up. About 10 mins later Danny came to sort it out. He opened it and inside were 2 half-full fruit shoot bottles (small drink bottle type) that were open. Also, a plastic cup drink (the cheap 10p ones you have a little red straw with) that was near enough full when it was put in the bag, but was now almost empty. And there, right at the bottom in the puddle of pop, was my ... iphone!!! After much drying and sitting it on the radiator until bed time it is working again. Phew, close call!! That'll teach me to let him play Peppa Pig games on it!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2012 6:03pm (Nov 20th 2012)
     
    Good job you found it - they're a lot of money, aren't they? You can put it in some dry rice to help pull more moisture out.
    Not sure what to do for terminal stickiness though!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2012 10:32pm (Nov 20th 2012)
     
    I've had it a few years now - its the 'old' 3GS one. I asked when I bought it if there was a new version due out. "Definitely not" said the girl "they're launching a new i-pod first". 2 weeks later out came the i-phone 4 and my phone was reduced by £70. Typical Apple. Can't afford to replace it so it's just as well it's dried out OK, otherwise I'll be back to my Nokia 3210!!! I'd heard the rice tip and have had a few other people suggest it. Don't know anyone that's used it, but it's useful to know for the future!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2012 10:50am (Nov 21st 2012)
     
    I used it when grand daughter climbed out of the holiday swim pool and swore (mildly) whenshe realised she had her phone on her. It was quite dead...
    So it was exposed to the sun with the back off for a while but then into rice once we got to shops.
    Worked a treat.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2012 11:51pm (Nov 21st 2012)
     
    Its good to hear that it has worked successfully! Will remember it for the future - with my grandkids I'll no doubt need it!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2012 3:41pm (Nov 22nd 2012) edited
     
    My "Best" - I succumbed to temptation and employed some home cleaners from "Groupon". (an internet site that offers vast amounts off various services).
    I have done scarce housework for the months I have had this leg disability (which is slowly, slowly getting better, thanks). So you can imagine how grotty things have become - still hygenic but only just!

    The two girls were trojans, despite being under severe time constraints. I had to phone their office and get extra time (not charged for!) so they could tackle my beloved, small and plain, conservatory.
    What a good job they made of that too.

    I was especially pleased when I went into the bathroom and saw the beautiful dark blue restored onto the suite - liberal amounts of "Mr Sheene" did that. I had forgotten the depth of that colour...
    Lovely to have the place all dust free again.

    Resolved to keep up to it now I'm getting much more mobile.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2012 7:03pm (Nov 22nd 2012)
     
    Well done, Ollie - it's lovely to have a sparkly house and even better when you haven't had to do it yourself!
    How is the hip doing now?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2012 11:40pm (Nov 22nd 2012)
     
    Its amazing how much better a clean house can make you feel so money well spent! My son paid for my oven to be cleaned last year and it was great - need it doing again now though, as it's one of those jobs I just don't get round to.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2012 5:33pm (Nov 23rd 2012)
     
    No, have it done after Christmas - when it'll REALLY need it!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2012 10:47am (Nov 25th 2012)
     
    Now having my daughter's oven cleaned would make a novel Christmas present.
    How much does it cost please?
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2012 11:41pm (Nov 25th 2012)
     
    My son paid - it was my birthday/christmas pressie from him! It was around the £50-£60 mark I think, but the poor man was here for about 4 hours and it didn't half sparkle afterwards. Best present I had last year!! He used Oven U but there are other companies around too.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2012 10:48am (Nov 26th 2012)
     
    That seems an awful lot of money!
    But I'm sure well worth it, ovens can be such terrible beasts when they get all caked up.
    Mine has "self cleaning" insides. It must be the stuff its made of. Though it still needs a little silicone liner in the bottom, and the glass door has to be cleaned.
    I had one previously with a high heat setting that burnt it all off. That was fun!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2012 10:53pm (Nov 26th 2012)
     
    Mine is supposed to have those self-cleaning sides, and I buy one of those liner things from Lakeland that go on the bottom of the oven, but it still gets in a right mess. I blame hubby - he will insist on putting the heat up too high so that whatever is cooking spits fat everywhere. I could be wrong on the price - if you google them there's a 'get a quote' option on there, and I'm sure there are cheaper companies too that'll do just as good a job. Most of them are franchisees so are keen to do a good job and get repeat business.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2012 11:04pm (Nov 26th 2012)
     
    We have had a bad week - Shaun (2 yr old grandson) was rushed into hospital on Thursday with suspected meningitis. The childminder had called Rachael to say she couldn't get his temp down, so Rach came out of work, stripped him off, sponged him down etc. But he was still hot (39.8 degrees which I'm told is high for a child),listless, fretful, wouldn't eat or drink, and a rash he already had on his chest (which we think was a heat/allergy rash) suddenly got bigger and darker (I think it was under the other rash if that makes sense), so Rachael called an ambulance. The ambulance got him straight on intravenous antibiotics, and the hospital forced another dose straight in through a second needle in his hand. They won't do a lumbar puncture to confirm diagnosis as it doesn't make a difference to the treatment, but are pretty sure that's what it is.

    He is doing really well - they discharged him on Friday evening (just over a day after admission!) and are coming to the house to give him the IV antibiotics twice a day. He was a bit up and down at first, but is a lot better now and has had the needle out of his arm that the paramedics put in (they were using one for antibiotics and the other for fluids) and they are just using the one in his right hand that the hospital put in.

    I am once again more grateful than I can express to the NHS for what they have done for him. We are so lucky to have it as a country, and we are very lucky as a family to still have Shaun. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2012 10:08am (Nov 27th 2012)
     
    What a terrible fright for you all. I do hope the little chap is coming on well.
    Get lots of real yogurt down him to help his friendly tummy bacteria that the antibiotics will stamp out.
    Some folks believe in avoiding all other dairy products too. I tried this once, using soy instead.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2012 4:01pm (Nov 27th 2012)
     
    Poor little chap - and poor you, what a scare you've all had. I do hope he's doing well now, Kate. :heart: Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    And you're so right re the NHS; without them I would either be broke or dead. Or possibly both!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2012 11:38pm (Nov 27th 2012)
     
    He loves Munch Bunch yoghurts but don't know if he eats the real stuff. He is a very picky eater (like his dad!) and just because he eats something today doesn't mean he'll eat it tomorrow or ever again!

    I'm looking forward to seeing him at the weekend - Danny and Rachael are now trying to sort out childcare as the childminder is refusing to have him back until she's got a letter saying its safe to do so! (Bet she isn't refusing the money until then though). :mad: Which means Rachael might have to take more time off work. You would think that being a HCA on an infectious diseases ward would mean the ward manager would be sympathetic - but you'd be wrong. She only gets an apprentice wage (£3.33 an hour) and they're saying any time she has off she has to work back, which means she will have to pay for extra child care for the extra days, but won't be getting any extra money. Its a shame the £40k ward manager hasn't been a bit more caring towards her low paid staff member. :cursing: Sorry, ranting in the wrong thread now!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2012 4:21pm (Nov 28th 2012)
     
    My best; got our heating back!! Had to have a whole system fitted (hot air heating). The electrician said 'I think that unit's older than me...' (he's about twelve. Well alright then, 25) and i said 'Ihate to tell you Mark, but i think it's older than ME'! We were 3 weeks with no heating, so it's nice to be toasty now. Good job we have a proper fire!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2012 10:59pm (Nov 28th 2012) edited
     
    So it was about 27 years old then CC?! :whistle: Just in time too - the cold weather is arriving tonight!! :weather_snowing:

    We had a warm air system in our first house, but it was condemned after we'd been there about 3 years (leaking small amounts of carbon monoxide). It was as old as the house so about 30 odd years. The engineer said "you don't see many of these nowadays" but then went on to tell us he'd just condemned an identical system elsewhere on our estate which would've poisoned the occupiers by the end of the week. We had it replaced with the usual boiler/radiators etc. but it was a lovely system and I loved sitting in front of it when I got up. Glad to hear you will now be toasty warm.

    Have never had a proper fire - the thought of it scares me a little with those open flames and such like!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2012 2:07pm (Nov 29th 2012) edited
     
    I had a radiator type heat system with a combi-boiler put in nearly ten years ago. As the plumber left he remarked that it would be the last of that type he would be fitting - implying that it was out of date already! Nice man...

    Only problem I've had is the thermostat is not sensitive enough and takes ages to realise it needs to boost up. Found that I need an air sensitive thermostat instead.

    We kept the gas fire in as well, sometimes you just need a little direct warmth instead.

    Before that it was an open fire. Oh dear, every morning cleaning out the ashes.... getting the fuel to light.... keeping it stoked up... thank you for the time switch on today's auto system!

    At my previous home we had a range. Fire with oven on one side and a cooking ring on the other.
    Mum's was more up to date and also had a water boiler with a tap. They had to be black-leaded frequently. Type you now see in museums and very old cottages on tv.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2012 5:58pm (Nov 29th 2012)
     
    Kate, I'm so sorry to hear that your little grandson Shaun has been so sick, meningitis VERY scary. I hope the little guy is feeling better now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2012 6:22pm (Nov 29th 2012)
     
    Posted By: KatebHave never had a proper fire - the thought of it scares me a little with those open flames and such like!

    I was brought up with a real fire; wouldn't be without one now! My friend's kid was fascinated, but just before he left, tiptoed up to Eric and whispered 'Make sure you blow that out before you go to bed, won't you?'

    Posted By: ollie in UK every morning cleaning out the ashes.... getting the fuel to light.... keeping it stoked up... thank you for the time switch on today's auto system!


    Ashes every 3rd day, firelihters...no probs!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2012 6:23pm (Nov 29th 2012)
     
    Sorry Kate, forgot to ask; how's your grandson doing today?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2012 10:34pm (Nov 29th 2012)
     
    Danny says Shaun is doing fine! He's finished the antibiotics now and has had both needles removed so I am sure is much happier about that! He is apparently being very naughty, but after what he's been through that's no surprise, and he is into the 'terrible 2s' age bracket now so it's to be expected. I haven't had chance to sit down and talk to Dan about it yet, but am assuming he has no lasting damage (hearing problems are common). Thank you all for thinking about him. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2012 5:32am (Nov 30th 2012)
     
    Such good news. He'll be back on form in no time...especially if someone gives him an Argos catalogue to do a list for Father Christmas!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2012 6:20pm (Nov 30th 2012)
     
    Kate, I'm so glad to hear he doesn't seem to have any lasting effects from his illness. GREAT NEWS!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2012 2:57pm (Dec 2nd 2012)
     
    Best for today. . . . . . . :face-smile: treated myself to a iPod. Woooooooo:face-monkey:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2012 10:59pm (Dec 2nd 2012)
     
    Kids were here this weekend and looked great - Shaun has had a haircut (his first!)

    Enjoy your iPod Shobhna - takes ages to fill it!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2012 4:39pm (Dec 3rd 2012)
     
    ...and pay attention on zebra crossings - nearly got some pillock today who was too engrossed in his trendy deaf-aid to pay any attention to oncoming traffic.
    My best; my best friend came over from Florida to stay for a few days and I hadn't seen her for 6 years.:face-smile: My worst - she's gone home...:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2012 8:31pm (Dec 3rd 2012)
     
    Oh Kate how scary for you all. Thank God he is ok.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2012 11:23pm (Dec 3rd 2012)
     
    Thanks NN. They have also decided to move them to a nursery that will have Shaun in the day and do a before/after school pick up and drop off, rather than the childminder. Don't suppose I should post why on a public forum, but they had good reason.

    Sorry your friend has gone NN. Have you ever been to visit her in Florida?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2012 11:40pm (Dec 3rd 2012)
     
    OK.
    Now this was two weeks ago but I needed to bide my time and make sure it really was happening for real..

    My daughter has take 15 year old grand daughter out of school and is home educating her.

    This has all come as after years of bullying and the school (claims to have an anti bullying policy) repeatedly take no notice of open physical bullying in class, just ignoring what is going on.

    It all came to a head with phone call from G'daughter to her parents "Come and get me out of here, NOW"

    The best bit is of course how very, very much happier she is.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2012 4:53pm (Dec 4th 2012)
     
    It's my mate who came from Florida, Kate, not NN's! :D And no, I would never go to america - she'll have to come back to civilisation!
    Ollie, sad that the bullying got so bad, but I have customers who home educate and their kids are so much happier it's a joy to see. There are wonderful support groups available for home educators as well, and the groups get together so the kids don't miss out on the social side and mixing with other kids.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2012 11:25pm (Dec 4th 2012)
     
    Ah yes, sorry CC, it was a slip of the finger. I had to go back and look at what I'd typed because I knew that - brain and fingers don't connect late at night!

    So pleased your granddaughter is so much happier Ollie. I would find it quite daunting to home educate, but if it meant my child was happy I'd give it a damn good go! Bullying has become a huge problem in all walks of life nowadays, and it seems to be accepted and ignored by so many people, whether that is through fear or ignorance I don't know.

    Good luck and I am sure it will all work out well! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2012 3:30am (Dec 8th 2012)
     
    Ollie, I'm so glad to hear that your Granddaughter is now away from the bulling at school. I know she will be much happier with home schooling. If it had been an option when my daughter was in school, I would have done the same thing.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2012 6:26pm (Dec 9th 2012)
     
    So pleased that Georgia is not being bullied anymore Ollie and that she is happy now. I remember when she came on Hen cam and had a chat with us all. A lovely girl with a delightful way about her xxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2012 5:40pm (Dec 11th 2012) edited
     
    My word it is perishing today. My feet just dont seem to have got warm all day. I made the wild birds some homemade fat balls today. Poor little things were dodging the hens desperate for any scrap of food. They were so pleased to have their own safe supplies. Sootz was a tad miffed as he had been eyeing up a hen blackbird and a collared dove all morning. Of course they knew where he was..... poor cat was thinking he was as stealthy as a ninja as well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2012 11:22pm (Dec 11th 2012)
     
    It's been really cold down here too - never got above freezing. I felt terribly guilty putting Jenson (the stray that lives in the kennel outside) out in the cold, but I really can't take on another cat (I've got 5 now), and Meow Meow dislikes the other 4 and hates Jenson with a passion! I am still waiting for a pen to become available at rehoming, but I heard the receptionist tell someone the waiting list is now 3 months. It'll get longer and longer if people keep turning up at the desk unannounced with kittens they've 'found' as strays which we just can't turn away. (Funny how they always seem to 'stray' in groups of 3 or 4!)

    I've put various fleece blankets in the kennel, and am feeding him regularly to try to get a bit of body weight on him. He's such a lovely boy, once he gets to rehoming (and gets neutered!) I don't think he'll be there long.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2012 4:12pm (Dec 12th 2012)
     
    What about some hay in there too, Kate? Holds the heat wonderfully; my chickens are up to their ears in it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 12:02am (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    Hmm, don't know what a cat would think of that. Don't think I fancy the mess outside the front door! Poor Jenson was attacked by Long-leg Jim yesterday, the resident stray tom that patrols the area. If I'd been here I'd have intervened buy hubby and sons take the "they've got to get on with it" stance. Pah!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 6:31pm (Dec 13th 2012) edited
     
    I noticed these last few roses in the garden this morning whilst seeing to the girls. I managed to get a couple of pictures for you even though my fingers were frozen.
      rose.jpg
      bud.jpg
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 6:42pm (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    Wow, NN those are beautiful pictures of your roses!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 6:47pm (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    Thank you Lynn I am glad I didn't get around to pruning then now.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2012 9:21pm (Dec 16th 2012)
     
    My best is when I opened my front door to visitors and noticed my front steps had been gritted.
    Now which neighbour had done that I cannot possibly guess, they have never done anything like this before, in fact are very stand-off-ish.
    The sad thing is that I don't normally use that door but hey they didn't know that!
    A beautiful thought. Thank you
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2012 5:44pm (Dec 21st 2012)
     
    How nice, Ollie. A mystery gift!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2012 2:16pm (Dec 24th 2012)
     
    My best is having a rest today knowing every thing is done ready for Christmas. Yay
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2012 3:44pm (Dec 24th 2012)
     
    After all these years I seem to have simplified my Christmas.

    I give everyone a cheque so they may stash it away or buy what they really wanted.
    I do know it lacks the demonstration of having carefully selected a gift and the element of surprise.

    My parents would each send us money, I hadn't to let on to the other... but I bet they knew.
    I really did appreciate it as we were strugglingly poor.

    For Christmas Day I am at daughter's home a few staggering-back yards away.

    That's all quite enough for me.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2012 11:22pm (Dec 24th 2012) edited
     
    Have done all my housework, the place looks great! Had one visitor today, expecting the in-laws tomorrow so won't be embarrassed at the mess this year!! Am putting tree up in the morning (decided against it because of the cats and idleness!) so that the grandkids have a nice time when they get here for dinner.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2013 11:00am (Jan 3rd 2013)
     
    Lovely sitting up in bed this morning using my new electric bed which daughter spotted in IKEA.
    My old Adjustamatic died and I did miss it (spoilt old brat).
    New one is So-o-o-o quiet, wonderful....
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2013 2:25pm (Jan 3rd 2013)
     
    How Lovely Ollie, you deserve a bit of spoiling so you enjoy it. Our adjustamatic died years ago but Hubby wouldnt get rid of it though we just got a new matteress for it so I will have to get him to have a look in Ikea and cross my fingers !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2013 6:01pm (Jan 5th 2013)
     
    Missed your post, Ollie, sorry. How lovely - it's a wonderful thing, having a bed you love! Wishing you many happy years together!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2013 11:58am (Apr 16th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    the best best: got my first book published on Amazon kindle yesterday! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2013 4:48pm (Apr 16th 2013)
     
    HOORAY!!!! :flowers:Details please, Mrs Author! :clap::cheer:And will it be a real book soon? I haven't got an electric thing, but I'd love to read it... Well done you!!:bow_flowers:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2013 5:17pm (Apr 16th 2013) edited
     
    At last you have made it into the world of publishing.

    That's something to be really proud of.

    Many congratulations.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2013 7:31pm (Apr 16th 2013)
     
    AUTHOR! AUTHOR!

    Well done! I have a kindle and will buy it. Don't read very often but will make an effort to read it and report back. The home page says its teen fiction which I'm a long way away from nowadays, but I might learn a thing or two!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2013 8:30pm (Apr 16th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you very much everybody, it means a lot! :bigsmile:

    Kate, please don't read it!!! :gasp: My parents are reading it which is bad enough hahahaha! I'm trying to get a dog book published about the correct way to behave around dogs - I will let you know what that is called!! ;) Thank you for saying you would read it though :smile:
    CC, they're just kindle books for now I'm afraid, but thank you :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2013 8:02pm (Apr 17th 2013)
     
    LOL! You are so funny!! I've never come across an author that said dont read my book before!! I'm sure I'll cope with a bit of naughty language and sauciness!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2013 5:22pm (Apr 18th 2013)
     
    Noooooo,Kate; don't you know bad language & sauciness has only just been invented...?:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2013 6:33pm (Apr 18th 2013)
     
    Tut tut silly me. I'm sure it has lines like "oh bother, he looked at me amorously and I felt my cheeks blush".
    (I hope that didn't offend anyone, such foul language and smut!)
    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2013 7:54pm (Apr 18th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahah I've been trying to stop everyone I know reading it...I've always hated people reading my stories :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2013 6:09pm (Apr 19th 2013)
     
    Get used to it,kid; you're going to be famous! :flowers:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2013 7:46am (Apr 26th 2013)
     
    he he Red you are so funny, I have an e reader but it's not a Kindle, botheration!:face-sad: well done though.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2013 3:05pm (Apr 26th 2013)
     
    Can't you read ANYTHING on one of those gizmos, whether or not they're a kindle? Bit like saying you can only download iTunes onto an iPod... Listen to me, I haven't a clue! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2013 5:48pm (May 2nd 2013)
     
    Best thing yesterday was Don's doctor appointment. They are letting him take off the awful neck brace, that he has had to wear for the last 6 weeks. They were really amazed at how fast he was able to heal. I told them he was a tough old bird. He has another appointment today with some of the other doctors that were working on him, to see how his ribs and shoulders are doing. I hope they will say it's ok for him to start doing the regular chores he use to do...cause I'm sooo tired by the end of the day, I can't see straight. These have been the hardest 6 weeks I've spent in a long time.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2013 6:35pm (May 2nd 2013)
     
    And how are you? Are you healed up now? That's such good news about Don. I hope it lifts his mood too.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2013 7:33pm (May 2nd 2013)
     
    This all sounds very encouraging Lynn.
    I do hope you are getting better just as fast - if not faster - we women have to, anyway!
    You've certainly put in a lot of devotion.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2013 12:44am (May 3rd 2013)
     
    Don passed his appointment again today with flying colors. They couldn't believe a 68 yr. old could heal up like he did...so he doesn't have to go back again for any more appointments.

    I didn't have time to go back to the doctor to see about my shoulder and ribs, I had too much to do, but my ribs don't hurt anymore, so they must have healed up alright, my shoulder is still sore and one bruise is still there down my arm, but it's better..it was black. I never have had a bruise that started off black before, but then I was never run over by a simi truck and trailer before either. :face-smile: I'll be alright again someday.(I hope)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2013 5:03am (May 3rd 2013)
     
    Oh Lynne :face-angel:I am glad you are both progressing so well but do still take care, it has been a difficult road for you both but you have been a wonderful support despite your own injuries, go girl!!!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2013 6:08pm (May 3rd 2013)
     
    Yes, keep up the good work - but take time for yourself as well,Lynn...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2013 10:21pm (May 7th 2013)
     
    My best of the day is a recurring event....

    Evening, sitting in the conservatory, wrapped in a duvet, glass of sherry, laptop on knee viewing the relaxing picture of three chucks snoozing, listening to all the night sounds here - the late birds, the distant ambulance wizzing down the back road as a short cut, a child laughing in a nearby home, watching for the fox coming through my garden for the tit bits.

    Need I go on?

    My own little heaven....
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2013 11:36pm (May 7th 2013)
     
    It does sound heavenly, Ollie. I love the evenings after I've gotten all my chores done and Don has gone to bed. I sit on the edge of my pond with a cup of coffee, listening to all the little birds singing and the frogs croaking.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2013 8:48am (May 16th 2013)
     
    My best is that I feel happy and peaceful from inside out. Things make me laugh and giggle all the time. :face-smile::face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2013 10:46am (May 16th 2013)
     
    Shobhna, this is so wonderful, a lovely state to reach.
    If only every one could be in that state of mind, what a better world it would be.

    Now what has brought about this beautiful condition?

    You've had a rough time in the past but got your nose down and immersed yourself in achieving new targets. So busy, you lost touch with us on Hencam! We have thought about you and now here you are!

    :swingin:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2013 9:17am (Jun 6th 2013) edited
     
    :sun:This lovely weather we have had for the last few days has been such a contrast to the previous weeks.
    I have my tan now for this year, though I didn't get my legs out, I have the sort of legs that are best kept tucked away inside the long skirts I wear.

    Lynn, how are you and Don getting on now? Your country has been having some extreme weather lately, hope you weren't involved.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2013 7:22pm (Jun 8th 2013)
     
    The weather here has been nice, Ollie. It was the middle section of the USA that has been getting the bad weather. Oklahoma City was hit pretty hard, my granddaughter lives there, but she lives on the other side of the city from where all the damage was, so she is fairly save. Tornados don't happen here in Washington, we just have to worry about earthquakes.:face-smile:

    We are almost caught up with the chores that had to be put off, since Don was hurt, he is doing great except he has very little endurance, so has to sit down and rest alot. My shoulder still is giving me problems, but nothing I can't learn to live with.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2013 1:02pm (Jun 11th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was going to say my best was catching up on the list of stuff everyone had put here but then realised I'd missed some horrendous times (apologies). Kate - so glad Shaun is ok - must have been terrifying. Lynn - great that Don is on the mend, make sure he looks after you too. :)

    CC - Helen said the same about Kindles as you did - I wanted one (as it's a gizmo, right up my street), she 'borrowed' it when she was bored and I have since had chance to use it about twice since! She's read dozens of books on it, and grudgingly accepts it. I just think it's a great idea - carry all your books on you in a light and thin device that you actually forget isn't a book (and most of the books still have cover illustrations so it's only the paper feel you miss), and you can buy a book and have it to read immediately whilst sat on the beach! Obligatory link to Kindles at the Amazon Store The only thing Helen didn't like was that you couldn't read in the dark (as it doesn't have a backlight), but then I pointed out neither do books!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2013 2:25pm (Jun 11th 2013)
     
    I sent Kate a special Tiny Light to clip on her placcybook. You'll have to ask her if it works!
    Another two cons; you can't get an author to sign a Kindling for you, and it's very difficult to lose 30 books by accident...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2013 6:56pm (Jun 11th 2013)
     
    Yes it does CC! You can now also buy a version that lights the whole page but I can't think what they call it (Christmas pressie hint for Helen!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2013 9:44pm (Jun 12th 2013)
     
    Amazon has a free Kindle app. that lets you read books without buying a Kindle, I've got it on my laptop (I can read it in the dark) it works great. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2013 10:19pm (Jun 13th 2013)
     
    This sounds amazing Lyn.

    I will look into it.

    I do wonder about what books are on there. I don't like fiction. Auto/biographies aren't bad when I am desparate but most of my book reading is for information and such.