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  1. I have had 3 deliveries today. Two of them left the parcel by the front door, knocked and retreated to the street and stood by the fence until I opened the door then took my name. The other handed it to me over the fence as I had seen him pull up, took my name and beat a hasty retreat. Glad they did it that way but did make me feel like I had the plague! Really hoping Boris closes schools in England I am really worried about a relative that is a teacher. Unfortunately words like stable door, horse and bolted do come to mind.
  2. Wouldn’t dare BK would get the German Shepherd “look” from him. Enough to freeze anyone’s blood!
  3. I had a txt earlier about my Iceland order which I do every month. Some of the stuff I usually have is out of stock this time. As I had to go and pick up my prescription decided to go to Heron/Co-op to get what I couldn’t from Iceland as I am going to self isolate from today. Wishful thinking I am afraid, the shops looked like they had been visited by gannets, lots of empty spaces on shelves and freezer. From what was being said the local Asda and Aldi had been visited by them as well. Seems the toilet roll buyers have now moved onto other things as well. I have stocked up on Kai’s food, got 2 bags of his complete arriving tomorrow from my internet pet store along with his treats (wouldn’t dare run out of these) and have a months supply of his beef and chicken to be going on with. We will be having our walks every day to get me out of the house, we don’t see many people where we go anyway, and I have got a load of projects to be going on with at home. I am going to miss my clubs/lunches at the local pub, shopping expeditions to Primark etc, but unfortunately needs must. The next step is wearing the “Darth Vader” looking mask if I do go to the shops for anything although I will try to order online for as much as possible. I was looking forward to the summer after all the terrible weather we have had this winter, had lots of things we were going to do, now it feels like it has been stolen away by this. The worst thing I think is that no one knows for certain when it will end or even if it will become a yearly thing like the flu. Whoever let this cat out of the bag had a lot to answer for!
  4. For me self isolating will be easy, just a case of not going to my Monday Club and then meal at the Holly Tree and my Friday club with meal after at the local pub. Going to miss them but needs must and I can keep in contact by phone and txt, same with relatives and can also talk via Alexa and FaceTime, won’t be the same but better than nothing. Obviously I won’t be doing the invigilating at the exams this summer, unless there is a miracle, pity I was looking forward to taking my young lady thru her exams after doing the mocks with her. Hopefully will be able to do the exams later this year possibly? I have plenty of cross stitch kits to be getting on with, going to order some wool off the internet for knitting and crocheting to keep me busy and charge up my kindle. Might even get some paint and paint my fence when the weather improves! I am a little concerned about Kai not being able to go for a walk every day (weather permitting) although we don’t really see anyone where we walk so not sure whether to get up early and take him out then or not. I will miss our walks together which help to keep us both mobile. I suppose it is technically breaking the self isolation so will have to think about it when the time comes. It is strange I never considered myself elderly and it didn’t hit home that I was included in that group until a relative pointed out that I was. I always thought of “elderly” as being older than me! I do wonder when the peak finally hits if age will become a factor in hospitalisation and treatment. I am lead to believe this is the case in Italy but am not sure, it could just be “fake news”, perhaps NonnaB will be able to confirm this or not as I heard the cut off age was 65 there. I don’t know if the governments strategy is correct. Let “nature take its course” which it seems to be sounds a bit risky. I would have thought the South Korea model would have been better than the Italian route, but with hardly any information being given out except wash your hands and sneeze into hankies it is hard to tell. Sorry to go on for so long, stay safe and healthy everyone.
  5. I have had a vaccination for pneumonia (not sure of spelling) I wonder if that will have any effect on the virus at all? I’m fairly sure that was what my husband and I had although it was a while ago or am I imagining it?
  6. I see there were 2 new cases in Nottingham/Nottinghamshire yesterday, up to 7 now. It would be nice to know which areas they are in just to know what the risk is. I know someone who had a holiday booked to China among other places, obviously this leg has been cancelled but they could still go to Moscow - then they were told that as they were from UK they would have to go into 14 days quarantine when they got there - what a good idea sounds like they have a plan! Luckily I had a supermarket order delivered last week which has stocked my freezer up, got an extra loaf and milk to put in there yesterday and another pack of soap bars. Going to go to the pet shop to get Kai’s beef today so I have a months worth in freezer just in case it gets worse in Nottingham, fingers crossed it doesn’t. Everyone stay safe and healthy especially NonnaB, hard to grasp a whole country has been put into lockdown. I hope after this has run its course that China is taken to task about the cause of this as it is the second time this has happened.
  7. Just been shopping locally and the girls on the tills at a Heron were wearing latex gloves. Well done Heron trying to protect their staff as much as they can in a retail environment. Local ASDA last nite had no hand sanitiser or loo rolls, luckily didn’t want either. I was going to see a friend next week, I usually travel there by bus. It is too far to walk and not far enough for a taxi, bit of a conundrum (spelling?) not sure whether to go or not. Sad to hear there have been two deaths caused by this virus. As you get to a certain age most of us have some sort of underlying health problem, it comes with the territory I suppose. I do agree the Chinese should be pressed on the origin of the virus, especially as, from what I understand, it came from the same region as SARS, although I could be wrong on that. But if so it makes you wonder what the h**l is going on there. One last thought, I found it quite English (British if you must) that that in the midst of this crisis the family of the victim in Nottingham have been “asked” to self isolate. Let us hope that they will heed this polite request and that they all remain healthy.
  8. Been told this evening first case of the virus confirmed in Nottingham. Apparently someone who has just come back from South Korea, the family has been asked to self isolate.
  9. From what I have seen reported (if it is true?)this new virus originated from the same place as the SARS virus. Does make you wonder what is going on in that region. Also heard or saw somewhere that it had skipped species (possibly from bat to person) by someone eating an infected endangered animal. Again this could be propaganda and I could have misheard\misread something. Or could it be a case of Mother Earth biting back?
  10. I can remember the Popeye presenter. He always gave me the creeps, didn’t like him at all, but then didn’t like the cartoon much either!
  11. Did you throw one of the snobs up in the air and then pick up the others or am I confusing them with jacks? Can’t believe you still have them Margie.
  12. J T Wakes post got me thinking about the “crazes” of my far distant childhood. I was very good at 2 ball and am sure I could also do 3 ball as well, took loads of practice but gave you bragging rights. Snobs was another (was it also called jacks as well or was that different?). It took me ages to master that, could always pick up one or two but after that struggled a bit. Just when I could do it we had moved onto something else. I loved skipping once I worked out the running in and out without snagging the rope. Mrs Chambers gave us her old washing line and after cutting some off to tie up Fat Michael (very un-pc but I can remember my parents calling him that as well) it was long enough to stretch right across the road. We lived in a close so we weren’t disturbed at all except for the occasional bike. I just can’t remember the chants we used to skip to at all perhaps someone else can refresh my memory? Hopscotch was another but always used to cause arguments from what I can remember about whether your foot was in the square or over the line. Of course there was marbles which regularly ended in tears when someone lost all theirs, you usually ended up having to give them back to prevent fisticuffs. Then there was statues and the one where one gave initials of pop stars and everyone else had to guess, can’t remember what that was called. There must have been more but can’t think of any more at moment, need. Cup of tea and choccy biscuit after all that remembering!
  13. As the weather is so miserable decided to have an in day, just Kai and I, do some housework and then settle down and watch some telly this afternoon. Kai has recently become an avid telly watcher and we sit on the floor together and watch all sorts of rubbish. Hoovering my kitchen and happened to glance into the conservatory and there was a lake on the floor, surprised it didn’t have a couple of ducks and some seagulls on it. Got my wellies on and ventured in. During the summer my handyman had sorted out 3 leaks, however the water was coming in different ways this time. From what I could see there are now 3 new leaks. (Funny how a lot of things in this house come in threes starting to think it is possessed!) Two of them are either end of where it adjoins the house and the other is in the front either coming from in between the panel and the floor or from the frame. I think I am getting to the stage where I want to take a sledgehammer to it and just demolish it (feel like that about the house very often as well). I don’t use it, too cold in winter and red hot in summer as I darent open the sliding door as it takes ages to get it to shut properly as it is shall we say past it’s sell by date and if you open the windows they are really hard to close and you have to slam them really hard and I have visions of the whole thing collapsing. I have also noticed that the rendering on the unsheltered corner of the house has got a bit of green what I think is algae on it. I dread to think what this could be but just hope it is cosmetic with all the rain we have had. Someone said to get a pressure washer on it once the rain has stopped, don’t think so I have visions of the rendering falling off! When I bought this house I was really excited, it was the start of a new life near my family although without my beloved husband but it has become a bit of a nightmare. It seems as soon as I get things sorted out (or so I think) something else crops up. If I had known at the time of buying what I know now I wouldn’t have touched it with a barge pole. I feel like I was conned, it looks good on the surface but has a multitude of sins beneath. I really want my old house back, it wasn’t perfect but it didn’t leak! It feels like I am in a constant battle with the house, it wouldn’t be so bad if I had money to throw at it but I don’t so it looks like the money I am saving for decorating will have to go on sorting the conservatory out/knocking it down. I think I will try and stick it out for another year then will seriously think about selling and finding something else, possibly a bungalow I think, not getting any younger. Will look into Council bungalows as well but don’t know if I would meet the criteria for them. I am really starting to hate this house Sorry this is so longwinded but feel better getting it off my chest.
  14. I have always hated net curtains, they are just dust gatherers. Did have them though as everyone seemed to. Hated having to take them down as getting them back up you needed arms like Arnold thingymebob (not attempting to spell his last name). I can remember soaking them in glo white as they used to go a dingy grey if you weren’t careful. I got the impression you were judged on the whiteness of your nets!
  15. On Friday evening coming back from Bulwell about 5 in the evening we decided to nip into the cemetery to check on the hyacinths (?) which we had put there a week or so ago. My companion had her phone with a light so we lit our way to the graves, they aren’t too far inside the gates so it wasn’t very far to go as it is a bit spooky. Some of the things left obviously have solar panels as they are lit when it’s dark which doesn’t help really. Anyway we checked the plants, which are starting to open up, and then after a few minutes started back to the gate. (I should mention my companion was wearing a high vis jacket.) As we got near the gate a youngish bloke came through it on a bike (I believe there is a shortcut through the cemetery although why you would take it when it is dark is beyond me especially when you don’t appear to have lights on your bike). We obviously startled him, two dimly lit figures emerging from the direction of the graves, as he nearly fell off his bike and I must admit he made us jump a bit. He then got back on the seat of his bike and disappeared, very quickly I might add, across the graveyard before we could say anything. I must say if it had been me I don’t think I would have continued over the graveyard, he was just inside the gates and I would have turned tail and gone the long way round. After we composed ourselves and got over a fit of laughter we got back to the car and went on our way.
  16. I can remember having candy tobacco, loved it. When I visited Matlock Bath last summer found some in a sweet shop, obviously not called tobacco but still tasted as good!
  17. Treated myself to a box of Black Magic at Christmas. Totally disappointed with them, no marzipan, or the one with the three nuts in or the whole brazil. Won’t be buying them again.
  18. My dad once told me him and my mum were in a queue and he heard a voice behind him that seemed familiar. When he looked round it was Henry Cooper and his wife. Dad was tickled pink to meet him, he always watched him when his matches were on telly.
  19. I have been invigilating, or is it invigalating, again this morning. Engineering exam - nice to see a lot of young ladies taking the exam as well as males. Go Ladies!! I had time to go to my Friday club afterwards for an hour and then onto the pub for lunch. Very nice beef lasagna with chips and salad but passed on the garlic bread. Noticed the puddings, one section was school puddings which consisted of treacle pudding or spotted dick (sorry it is spotted dick not Spotted Richard not bothered how un-pc it is). There was another one, jam possibly can’t remember, was too busy thinking of spotted dick. So had some with ice cream, I know it should have really been custard but just can’t eat it possibly a throwback to school dinners and all the lumps! I must say it was very good, not as good as my mums was, but I really enjoyed it, could have eaten another one easily. Real comfort food. Think I might have a little nap now
  20. I am pleased to say that Kai has started eating properly over the past few days. Before that he was eating very little and I was starting to get worried about him. Hopefully he is now going to continue. He is a lot more settled, enjoying his walks, cuddles and playtime. The only thing he is still doing is when we get back from a walk he has to check all over the house and back garden still, possibly checking to see if Wolf has come back? He has also started barking when the postman/delivery driver knocks at the door, he didn’t do it before as Wolf was the one who did the barking not him. I still miss my handsome boy, especially on walks when they used to play together, chasing and stalking each other. It won’t be the same when we eventually go to the woods and meadow when the weather has settled down a bit. But it seems we are both coming to terms with it and life must go on without my Wolf.
  21. Best thing seen this morning a dauchshund (?spelling) dressed as a snowman.
  22. Everyone have a happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
  23. Where I lived in Rossington there was only one row of houses behind us and then open farmland, woods and a river (not the Don can’t remember its name). There was a service road between the two rows of houses. Every night about 11 o’clock a barn owl used to fly from the field and down the service road. I very often used to go into the back garden to see it, it used to make the boys jump as it made no noise as it was flying just suddenly appeared overhead. There were also a pair bustards (is that the right spelling) which were released, into the wood possibly, we used to see them flying about and they nested and had offspring. There were kestrels there as well. Used to love to see them hovering and then hurtling to the ground when they saw something. The pit also had a pair of nesting kestrels/sparrow hawks, can’t remember which, that came back every year. It was always in the newsletter when they arrived and when they had young ones. Don’t know what happened to them as the pit was demolished and there is now a housing estate where it used to be.
  24. I once had a cat that would let you fuss it but once it had enough it would bite my nose, not hard but just to let you know you were ruining his street cred!