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  1. Got a new dog groomer coming this morning. The original one I found when I first came down here, who was brilliant, seems to have disappeared, phone number now not available. I tried another one a few weeks ago but wasn’t very impressed with result and could hear Kai vocalising while she was grooming him which usually doesn’t happen. It isn’t easy to find someone who will do them, a lot say they don’t do large dogs. She actually came out to have a look at them before we made an appointment, had a long chat about what I wanted, trim, feet etc. She was sat on the bottom step of my stairs making a fuss of them and giving them a good look over, explained what I wanted and she made her own suggestions as well, quite impressed with her. She is a bit more expensive than my last one, but as long as they are done properly (and aren’t as smelly) it is money well spent. They had an extra long walk and run yesterday as they won’t be going out this weekend, at least they will be clean for a couple of days, it is still a bit muddy in the wood and meadow we go in and they do get grubby bellies especially when they run so my floors end up like a crunchy beach! Chicken for them tonight as a treat for being, hopefully, good.
  2. Of course you can Nonna, a guardian angel would be nice
  3. You Bk. No disrespect to meant to Nonna.
  4. Looking forward to you decorating my shed, both inside and out!
  5. That picture is beautiful BK. You are so lucky to live there I am very envious.
  6. I have read all posts with interest (never thought I would put that about a thread concerning paving slabs). Definitely not going down the block paving route, know people who have had this done and had problems. I do have a power washer will look into the “brush head thingy” fly was talking about, I presume that will stop me getting covered in gunk when cleaning it down. The paving I had down at my former home didn’t need weeding as much as the slabs that are down now, I swear the weeds now appear overnight, so occasional weeding I can cope with. Think I am veering more towards plain grey, just flat so easier to clean and, hopefully, cheaper than other options, I can always get some pots with flowers/plants in to break it up (do like butterflies and must look after the bees) and I have seen a flowerpot man on the internet which has taken my fancy as well, a bench (just have a plastic chair at the moment) or perhaps even a water feature? I have always fancied a sun dial as well. Oh dear this is taking on a life of its own, I can see visits to garden centres looming, it is going to end up like Kew Gardens!
  7. Having 2 large dogs I am going to have my back garden slabbed this year, easier to keep clean and more hygienic as I can swill it down with Jeyes fluid/dog disinfectant. At the moment there are 2 slabbed areas (both with different slabs) and (what is left of) a lawn. There is a paved area outside the conservatory which has fancy slabs which I think I will keep. The other area is where the previous owners let their dog out, it was fenced off from the lawn. I have had the fence taken down, my boys like to run around and play in garden so it was in the way. These slabs appear to have been just laid straight onto the soil, driving me mad continually needs weeding so they will have to go and be done properly. I have been looking at paving slabs and can’t decide whether to have plain or fancy. I think plain grey ones would be more practical and cheaper but would fancy look more appealing? Perhaps I could have an alternate plain and fancy one, like a chess board effect or even a row of plain and a row of fancy ones? Or even mostly plain with an occasional fancy one? Then there is the question of colour, just plain grey, multi colour or just one colour. It is only the back garden at the moment, will probably get front done next year although judging by this I still might be recovering from the trauma of having the back done. It is hard to envisage what they will look like en masses from just one slab, bit like wallpaper looks okay on the roll but you realise how awful it is when you finish the room! Perhaps if I get quotes for a couple of options things might be clearer. Think I am starting to lose the will to live or my head will explode!
  8. I went to Bilborough Grammar and after reading this thread looked the school badge online. It was (and I quote) the arms of William Peveril, first lord of the manor of Strelley and Bilborough combined with the book of learning and sword of justice! The school motto was Summa fire ac probitate (scholar of highest honour and integrity). The badge was designed by someone at Nottingham Castle Museum. Oower just about sums up the pretentious little twit who was headmaster during my time there, always felt he had delusions of grandeur, it was after all just a school on a council estate. One good thing from looking at this have found the address of a website for the school to have a look at, other than that my time there was mostly boring and at worst excruciating.
  9. It is a shame really, I have always thought comedy is a way to show prejudices for what they are, as long as it is the prejudice that is being laughed at and not the recipient. That is a bit profound for this time in the morning, will have to go and have a lie down now!
  10. I find 3D printers fascinating. Hasn’t someone done a bionic arm for his son with one? Absolutely amazing.
  11. Of course you can BK, I like loads of colour, the more cheerful the better. Whatisname could be entwined with flowers and twiddly bits
  12. Drawing pins or the proper picture hanging “thingys” (note the technical term), hate having screws & nails sticking out of walls such a pain when you decorate. Only the best for Johnny.
  13. I am still struggling with being a non-smoker. I must admit I have caved once or twice. The thing is I enjoyed it and have to give up because of a medical problem not because I wanted to. Using a vape thingy just isn’t the same, just doesnt feel right and I can’t see the point in having flavoured oil in them, I didn’t buy strawberry cigarettes. I can smell someone smoking from a long way away and, like Ben, miss it continually. I envy those who say, rightly or wrongly, that they just stopped and it didn’t bother them, never sure whether to believe them or not, perhaps it is just that I don’t have enough willpower.
  14. I always felt sorry for paper boys/girls at weekends in the shop I worked in. All the supplements in the papers over the weekend, especially on sundays. Don’t know how they managed to carry them on their rounds.
  15. I can remember my dad watching that, he always seemed to have a cane in his hand, Jimmy Edwards not my dad. Don’t think it would get made now, very un-pc!
  16. Not a Wendy house BK it will be a lady cave, complete opposite of a man cave it will only have useful gadgets and gizmos in it with loads of pictures of Johnny Depp and other assorted eye candy! Beautifully decorated and not a tool, screw or nail in sight.
  17. I have had an upset stomach all this week, presumed it was an IBS flare up although I haven’t had one for a long while. Just checked the side effects of my thyroid medication and it says it is one. I have been taking them for a few weeks now and it has only just started although it seems a bit easier this morning, the “ache” has gone at the moment. I am hoping it will settle down as it does say side effects go as your body gets used to the medication and the last blood test showed it is starting to work. Hopefully this will be the case as I don’t want to have to take something to counter the side effects of the tablets I am already taking. I saw this with my late husbands mother who ended up with a plethora of tablets each counteracting side effects of other tablets she was taking. Definitely don’t want to go down that route.
  18. Just got up, made a cup of tea and opened door to let boys out. They both peered out the door, Kai immediately laid down, Wolf ventured over threshold, looked round, sighed (no walk today) and then came back in. They were back in front room stretched out before I had picked my cup up. Bet if I got the leads they would go out rain or not although they are not keen on strong winds. Looks like another day of squeaky chickens, throwing a tennis ball about and belly rubs (the boys not me!).
  19. Just had my handyman round to look at my fitted wardrobe where I am still getting a bit of condensation/black mould, it is only on one small section of the wardrobe, but I don’t want to put clothes near it. I don’t like fitted wardrobes, think they are more trouble than they are worth really. The PIV unit I had put in has cured the problem in the rest of the house but it still persists here. He is going to install insulated plasterboard on the offending bit of the outside wall and also on the adjoining wall which, hopefully, should get rid of the problem. The price is very reasonable, he really is a godsend having sorted out the many problems I had when I first moved in. Next project, save up money from stopping smoking and put it towards a new kitchen, might take a while but better than it going up in smoke! I must admit when I went into town I did treat myself to some bling with some of the money I had saved, I do like sparkly things!
  20. I have had my first blood test results since going on my thyroid tablets. Must say it was nice just to have a telephone appointment rather than having to go to QMC. It seems the tablets are starting to work, the readings have improved, although the T4 reading has gone from too high to just 2.5 into range, hopefully this will go up abit as tablets kick in more. Just continuing with 5mg dose, which I am pleased about. I really don’t like taking tablets so am glad the dose hasn’t been increased, but needs must I suppose. I can’t say I feel much different, although the heartbeat thing doesn’t feel quite as strong as it did, I am still hot but at least it saves having the heating on! I just hope I start putting some weight on now, it would be nice to wear clothes that fit and have trousers that don’t feel like they are going to fall down at any minute. Another blood test in 6 weeks which I hope will show more improvement.
  21. Never thought of that, perhaps he only lives near water possibly. You can just see some of my dragons on my mantle piece, have them all over the house. It’s the original dragons den!
  22. Afraid the colours didn’t show up, the dragon is different shades of blue but didn’t want to take him (he is definitely male look at the pose) off the wall.
  23. Hooray finally did it only taken half an hour This is my water dragon.
  24. John Fletcher, I was in the 5th form at Grammar School he was in the 6th form (it was either him or Mick Jagger). I made the mistake of letting on to my friends. One day I went home at dinner time, they stayed for school dinners when I got back they dragged me to the bike sheds and he was there, they had told him. I was so embarrassed, what did I do, I denied everything, Mick Jagger had won! Heartbroken when he started going out with another classmate. There were others after that, one called Tony who I dated for a while, thinking back he was such a p**t, put me off fair haired males after we finished. The one that got away was called Keith, about 6’ tall, dark hair and brown eyes, he was gorgeous. He worked at The Mint bar in the hotel on Maid Marion Way, is it called The Albany? Came from West Bridgford. It ended when he was transferred to another hotel think it was in Manchester. He really stole my heart. Nothing much serious after that really, just enjoyed ourselves drinking, dancing etc. until I met my husband to be. My friend and I went to see a flat, his friend and him had the ground floor one. I first saw him when we went to view it, he was decorating their front with Carly Simons “You’re So Vain” playing. Didn't like him much at first, (his flat mate was a Scouser, a real player or thought he was, he had a thing about my flat mate but she was never that interested and played the player). We became friends and things developed from there.