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  1. Apparently they were finally recaptured yesterday with no casualties. Presume owners got them back and will make their home more escape proof.
  2. Sounds about normal together with food poisoning next day. Enjoy!
  3. I sometimes get itchy but luckily my allergy tablets alleviate it quickly. You. Have my sympathy can’t imagine anything worse, hope the dermotology helpline can sort something out for you. Not sure about the out of date medication though, could still be a bit risky?
  4. Just got back from a lovely walk (about 4/5 miles) with my boys. Not many people/other dogs about so they were off lead quite a bit. Lots of interesting sniffs to investigate (the boys not us), rustles in the undergrowth in the woods (will have to give them a once over with the brush when they are rested) and squirrels to sort out. Finished with a romp and play in the meadow (don’t know why but my iPad changed the last two words to Rotherham, is there much romping and playing there?) Slow plod back home, both the boys and us, and now two tired but very contented dogs are stretched out on their beds fast asleep. It will be a quiet afternoon so I can get caught up on a few things and then relax listen to my podcasts, decide whether to do my crocheting or cross stitch and generally chill out. Life can be good sometimes
  5. When I lived in Doncaster and came down to Nottingham for a visit always went to chippy on Beechdale Road, best mushy peas ever. In Doncaster they were always a vivid green (no pea was ever that colour) and dry, definitely not proper mushy peas.
  6. Some of them are quite attractive, not my cup of tea though. I think there has been another stand off with the goat, it’s owners and one of the dogs which has lasted 2 hours unless it is the other days stand off being re-reported.
  7. Oh dear you are supposed to give me words of encouragement, tell me how you just stopped and never had any problems and it will get better. Feel depressed now but at least someone else is suffering.
  8. Not having a good day. Got up and really fancied a ciggie. Just got worse through the morning, the vape thingy just not cutting it. Fighting the urge to wander down to the shops on some pretence or other and get some. Think if someone walks past the house smoking they are in danger of getting mugged!
  9. I have never heard of a raccoon dog, but apparently there are 2 that have escaped in the village of Clarborough (never heard of that either). I looked up pictures of them and they do look like a cross between a raccoon and a dog surprisingly, but in the pictures of the two escapees they look more like untidy sheep with big ears who need shearing. They have tried to attack a goat but his pony friend defended him until the owners arrived to try and shoo them off (with planks of wood) which apparently made them hiss a lot (the raccoon dogs not the owners of the goat/pony). Someone was walking nearby with a puppy so the raccoon dogs then went after that only for the male owner of the goat to come to the rescue allowing dog owner and dog to escape unharmed. The news report says they are potentially dangerous, the owners say no more dangerous than a fox. (it has even made CNN news!) Whilst some of this sounds like a cartoon it raises some issues, not least how did they manage to dig out of their pen and didn’t the owners know they do this and take the necessary precautions to prevent it. I have seen a programme on a wildlife park which has a pack of wolves and they keep a check on their digging, filling in tunnels when they need to. If they are a pair, and it doesn’t specify in the articles I have seen, and they cant be caught will they end up being shot or could we end up with a breeding population here (as in the wallabies) of another foreign species. (There are breeding populations of raccoon dogs in some European countries from escaped animals apparently.) What qualifications did the owners have to keep exotic animals ( wonder this about the guy that has the puma in Strelley, liking animals isn’t a qualification). If a person/pet is injured by them who is liable, I presume it will be the owners? Lastly why why would you want to keep them, (I presume it is a private owner the articles don’t specify), they are hardly “pets” and they smell according to the RSPCA who advise people not to keep them.
  10. I checked my boys documents yesterday to see when their boosters were due, thought it was June but to my horror it was May. So this morning got up early to get them to vets (their walk in session starts at 8). Took Wolf, he enjoyed the short walk there, made a friend, even got on the scales okay which was a bonus as I normally end up having to manhandle him onto them which isn’t easy with a 40kg dog when they plant their feet. Everything okay with check up, injection given no problem and a nice walk back. I was just going to take Kai for a walk, do the vets later this week but decided I might as well take him and get it over with. Once again walk down enjoyed, lots of fussing of ladies behind reception desk and friends made. The dreaded scales again, he kept dropping one foot off of them, eventually managed to get him on them without putting my back out. Glad to say he has put 4kg on, he was a bit light last time he went for initial check up at new vet just after we moved here. Check up okay although his teeth have a bit of tartar, injection done no problem and a nice walk back. Got back, goats milk and digestives (McVities - only the best, tried Asda/Co-op ones but not up to scratch) for boys, tea and dark choc hobnobs for me. Done for another year.
  11. The lad I am invigilating for does have issues, but then who doesn’t. Just letting him go at his own pace, stopping the clock and letting him have a break if he wants to, been told all about his various pets (he almost has a zoo!). He is taking a lot of exams, more than I can remember taking at that age (but then I am fairly old so could be wrong), so he is obviously stressed out and I am trying to lessen that if at all possible within the rules of course. It isn’t an easy balance trying to be friendly but being in charge at the same time, don’t want to be his best friend but want to make him feel comfortable. Must say it was nice to sshhhh kids being let out of exam while others were taking a longer one. They actually did with a “Sorry Miss”, a pleasing moment of power
  12. I have done my first week of exam invigilating, I was supposed to be off from today until Tuesday but they rang me yesterday and asked me to do an exam this afternoon, only for an hour so I said yes, wasn’t doing anything until later. It has been quite an experience, especially being called “Miss”! I didn’t realise just how much noise school kids generate, they are standing next to each other but still shout at the top of their voices (I am sure we didn’t make that much noise when we were that age). Also just how tall most of them are, from what I can remember most of the boys in my year were quite small and weedy with the odd exception, the girls were taller, but it was a very long time ago so I might have it wrong. The invigilating over a room full of kids taking exams is quite boring, just sitting with nothing really to do. I am usually on bag locking away and escorting to toilet duties as I am not the senior invigilator only being partially trained on this. I won’t be doing much of this thankfully as I am a scribe so I do one to ones, reading or writing or doing both for the person taking the exam. I now have a young man who I will be with through all of his exams. The first exam was a bit rocky at first, but we seemed to make a connection later on. (Had to read an extract from a Shakespeare play, I hated those at school, not the easiest thing to read.) On the second exam when I collected him I did the “eyes” thing, pointing at mine and then at his and actually got a smile out of him, this broke the ice with him and he was more relaxed with me and also me with him. It isn’t easy to sit there when they are struggling with a question, you get the urge to help but obviously you can’t. I wasn’t sure about doing it but I must say I have enjoyed it so far (apart from trying to find the exam room, the place is like a rabbit warren). I just hope I can get him through all of his exams with as little stress (to both of us) as possible. I must say my hat goes off to teachers from what I have seen so far, not a job I would like to have done.
  13. I am this afternoon finally starting my casual job as a scribe (sounds posh). It hasn’t been an easy process. Feels like I have filled in hundreds of forms (the application form was a nightmare and as soon as I filled in one form it seemed another 2, 3 or even 4 popped up, can understand why they are desperate for people to do this) making it a very stressful experience and one I do not want to go through again. In fact over the weekend I went into meltdown and nearly didn’t finish the last 4 forms, enough seemed enough. I understand they have to be careful as you are working with young people but it did seem a bit over the top to be honest. I had to do everything by email (which I hate, might be old fashioned but would rather have paper forms), a lot of the information was duplicated, think they know more about me than I do about myself. Anyway it is done now and will be on their “list” so won’t have to jump through the same hoops next year. Now on all I have to do is remember all the rules and regulations, not get writers cramp and not lose my voice (have to read as well as write for some of them or just read). Hopefully it will be an enjoyable experience after all this, if not I will have to grit my teeth and think of the money!
  14. Second leg ... SG 2 - BlackBerry Bush/Triffid 0. Overall aggregate SG 2 -Blackberry Bush/Triffid 1 Cut down to size with excellent scissor work and very thick gloves. Slight injury to jumper and jeans but will recover in a few days. Celebratory vodka or two this evening
  15. Sorry to show my ignorance but what is gender fluid? It sounds like something nasty.
  16. I got my ‘O’ level English language which was what I needed for my job in Boots offices on Station Street, they trained me to be an audio typist the “new thing” at that time, shows how long ago it was! From what I can remember if you didn’t stay on in the 6th form/go to college the girls were funnelled to Boots, not sure about the boys. I think William Sharp (as it was then) tended to end up at Players. There was a boy in my year who wanted to train as a chef, his parents had to fight to get him into the cookery class as he needed the exam qualification. I can remember a cake he did it was amazing. I think his name was Michael Bowen but could be wrong, it was a long time ago.
  17. Got up this morning and my leg seemed okay. One of my boys was being taken on the full walk we usually do but thought I would take the other one to the nearby park. Waited half an hour after the first one went out and then decided to try half the usual walk just to see if everything was okay (if it was no trip to physio). Did that, sat down on bench and felt okay so have done full walk, Wolf met his brother in the woods, lots of greeting and silliness, would think they hadn’t seen each other for days. The bluebells looked amazing, glad I did it. I am back home now and so far so good, no pain or ache as yet. Just have to wait to see what tomorrow will bring. However on the way back came across dog owners with 2 yappy snappy small dogs, one of which was muzzled. They seemed to think it was okay for their dogs to run up to my two big boys who were both on short leads barking aggressively and the muzzled one would have bitten if it could. It really annoys me, if my boys had reacted and bitten they could have been badly hurt. They didn’t know how my boys were going to react and got narky when we fended them off. Dog owners like that really p**s me off.
  18. I like weeping willows, there is a magnificent one in a garden which we pass when walking my boys. I also always wanted a monkey puzzle tree, where I lived before in Doncaster we knew someone who grew them on from saplings. Very expensive though. Something else for my lottery jackpot win list.
  19. That is a beautiful tree Rog, I just love the ruby colour of the leaves. Afraid mine will have to stay about the size it is now about two & a half feet don’t have a big enough garden for anything bigger. They also had the one you have DJ, but the leaves were just green so I presumed they didn’t change, will have another look at them when I go back to supermarket. I have never bought plants for outside before, my last house had a paved back garden and my husband thought it was a waste of money buying them, the front was open plan which the Council owned and looked after (not that well) so this is a whole new experience for me. An exciting world of sheds and plants lies before me, my cup runner over. (Just a footnote I voted no in the referendum for us to join the common market as it was then called. We were told it would never become the “United States of Europe” but was just a free trading block, perhaps if we had known then what we know now we might not have joined in the first place?)
  20. Nice to see normal people having a reasonable discussion about such a touchy subject. Pity it doesnt extend to our mps in the London bubble. Windy today again can hear it whistling round the chimney. Could be a pj/watch c**p on tv day I think. At least I don’t have to brave the weather to get the dreaded ciggies (I wish). Treated myself to an acer plant yesterday, liked the red foliage, might bring in it today as it is getting battered by the wind a bit. I can kill plants off quick enough without help from the weather.
  21. Sorry had a referendum, one side won, not trying to be rude or argumentative but get over it. You can’t keep having votes until you get the result you want (which is what usually happens with other eu referendum votes). Wasn’t the result people expected but people from where I was living finally had a voice. Please don’t take offence at this none meant.
  22. Spent many happy waterlogged times there, think I caught sticklebacks there as well or that could have been the canal down the cut through to Wollaton Hall from Glaisdale Drive. Shame so many of these green places are being built over by, often quite ugly and cramped, housing developments.
  23. Bit the bullet today and went to doctor as my leg is still a bit uncomfortable (nearly put went to doctor with my leg but that sounded wrong it sounded like I was accompanying it!) Nothing nasty lurking there (blood clot) he says it is muscle damage. Must say he found exactly where it was painful nearly hit the ceiling. I am wondering if it is a muscle tear as it seems to be going on for a while. I will give it another couple of days and then a possible visit to a physio could be looming to see what they say. Bit miffed about it as the wood we visit with my boys has all the bluebells out now, like a blue carpet apparently, and I have missed them as I am stuck in the house. Oh well, will have to think up a outrageous reason why I have done it to tell my great great (that is the right amount of greats, makes me feel about 100 especially when they come running up to me calling me great great aunt) neices when they come down next week with my great niece. I know a teacher who fell off her bike in the school holidays and when back at school told the kids she did it tackling a burgular. They were well impressed for a bit..
  24. I can remember Old Park Farm We used to go to the library there and my brother went to the cubs/scouts there I think. We used to play in the grounds. Weren’t there foxes there as well? I was surprised that the Council were allowed to sell it, wasn’t it “willed” to be used for the people of Bilborough? I noticed houses are being built where Martins Pond was, went there tadpoling as well. Is the pond still there?
  25. Stavertongirl


    A couple of weeks ago my tv blew up, quite literally went out with a bang and puff of smoke. Had a ‘spare” upstairs but needed a stand for it so borrowed one (12” - bit like a postage stamp!) which only had BBC1, ITV etc on it. I don’t watch soaps or reality shows so there didn’t seem much else left so hardly had it on, reading or listening to podcasts instead. It was a relief to get my Sky up and running although I tend to record what I am interested in and watch it at my leisure. If a box set comes on that I am interested in (silent witness, waking the dead etc,) I will have an afternoon watching it, especially if the weather isn’t good. Summertime tv always seems to go downhill, most of the good series seem to be on during winter perhaps they think people are out more if we get a good summer.