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Don't quite know why it was any different, but Friday night I drank a little too much wine and managed to fall asleep at the PC. So I awoke at 5:00 a.m. and went to bed.  Next I knew it was 07:30 Saturday and No.2 daughter was on the phone.  She was shopping in Aldi and wanted to know what we needed. An hour later she drove over from Manchester with Flowers, Choccies and a Card for Mother's Day for Mrs Col. Also a bottle of bleach, some dishwasher tablets, a few handwipes and other things she's been assembling for the last couple of weeks.  No loo rolls ..we have enough and have purchased no extras. Also some fresh veg, drinking chocolate and a bottle of Brandy (Can't imagine who for.)

 

Above is not panic buying but prudence.  Neither me nor Mrs Col can risk shopping now.

 

She also got some Sensodyne toothpaste which I'm using to try to calm a 'grumbling' tooth.  I cancelled one dentists appointment last week because I wasn't reassured by the receptionist.  Tried to make an appt. with the other Dentist who did my root canal only to be told I  can't be seen because I'm too old.  Am OK at present and I have both Benzocaine Gel and strong pankillers in reserve, but I do hope some sort of system for emergencies can be sorted, keeping both Dentists and patients safe.

 

Daughter stayed outside and well away from us.  I so wanted to hug her both for what she's doing for us, but also because I know she is worried about her partner working on deliveries. And the poor soul takes after me so is anxious anyway.  But a hug would defeat the whole point of the exercise.

 

So..  I spent a happy half hour wiping everything.. and I mean every last thing she delivered.. with a bleachy cloth.  Including the cellophane on the flowers, the card and the choccy box.  She delivered everything in a black bin bag which went straight in the outside bin.

 

A bit later my lovely Grandkids  video called me on their Mum's phone for a bit of a natter.  Cheering to see their little smiley faces.. Their Mum.. No.1 Daughter, has had the foresight to purchase a swingball and a trampoline, so they are excited to have those once they're put together.  It was too windy today for completion.  The kids have never had a proper garden before so they are loving their new one.

 

Both their parents are now working from home so they will have a 'home school' routine to allow Mum and Dad to actually work.  School has provided all sorts of materials for them. 

 

So.. it seems we are 'in for the long haul'.  Let's all be careful out there.

 

Also, No. 1 daughter texted me saying she'd really enjoyed watching 'Aeronauts' via Amazon Prime. I'm on Prime but have never really invesatigated it properly.  A couple of minutes and I was able to link the Virgin Box to Amazon.. opening up a whole load of movies etc., streaming for free, plus lots more for a small fee. I all helps.

 

After all of that, I was completely shattered having had only 2.5 hours of proper sleep.  So... lazed about all day having the odd 'nod'.  Off to bed now for a proper kip.

 

Final point though..  We are really quite fortunate that we live in a quiet village surrounded by open country and have neighbours who mostly 'get it'.  Many don't have that luxury.  I feel for them.

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Ian Dawson 123 & Catfan remembering our mate Chulla who sadly left us all two years ago today. 

Bless yer Chulla. 

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Well remembered Catfan and Ian. I'll be thinking about Chulla today. I wonder what he would have had to say about this virus thing?

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We had our first home food delivery yesterday. The cats brought in two fresh pigeon eggs. Had one last week but it was left outside. They taste just the same as hen eggs but one does not go far. Hmm... we have a lot of doves and pigeons here - may build a Dovecote.

They used to steal steaks from the pub kitchen but that source dried up. We never cooked one but the dog would have been happy.

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Dear old Dalai Chulla! I do miss pulling his leg.

 

The saffron-robed one will no doubt be observing the antics of Bulwellians and others, shaking his head, smiling and thinking how fortunate he is to be somewhere a bit more sensible.  Enjoy your Tibetan tonic water, Chulla. Don't forget to spin a few prayer wheels for those of us in this crazy plane of existence! ;)

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One of them isn't called McCavity, is he PP? The criminal mastermind.

 

We have a cat named Sergei down at cat rescue. He will nick anything! Very intelligent moggie and always manages to look totally innocent!

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I saw Sergei this morning. He was breaking into a packet of Fox's Glacier Fruits! He'd stolen them from somewhere or someone. He won't attempt to eat them. He just likes opening packets! Bless him!

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See if you can persuade him to nick you a couple of bog rolls, lil' sis. 

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Lovely sentiments, Catfan, Ian and the rest.

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Had a gentle stroll in to Woodthorpe Park  this morning with Mrs C, plenty of dog owners throwing balls for the dogs, enjoyed "dog watching" !

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Sergei loves loo and kitchen rolls, as do many of the other Moggies but you wouldn't find the rolls of much use when their claws had finished with them!

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So does my rotten Beagle if he gets half a chance.  :biggrin:.  Have to watch him at night.  Leave a bathroom door open and he'll go and pull Kleenex out of the trash.  Gross!  I'm afraid he'll get plugged up one of these days. He's his own worst enemy.

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I'm sure Bailey would never dream of doing anything like that. He's a good boy. I'm so glad you adopted him. Bet he is, too!

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Yes, he's doing great, Jill.  we have to be careful we don't show him more favour than Jake.  Don't want to make Jake feel inferior.  We love 'em both.  Jake is just more of a handfull,  (translation.....Pain in the rear  ;))  Wouldn't swap him though.

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On 3/20/2020 at 10:50 PM, Oztalgian said:

That brought back many memories of climbing on Curbar and Froggat Edge and finishing the day with several pints at the Devonshire Arms in Baslow before heading home.

 

Did you ever do Chequers Buttress on Froggat, Oz? Think it was my favourite climb. Also loved Catwalk at Wildcat as it was my first climb and the view was amazing.

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Had the two pigeon eggs fried on a slice of fresh bagette for lunch. Hope the cats bring in a few more this evening.

Out on the garden all day and watching our 2 great grandchildren on the trampolene in the sunshine - brilliant :biggrin:

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Wouldn't they have been better in an omelette PP., or maybe a scrambled with cheese. :rolleyes:

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2 hours ago, AfferGorritt said:

Did you ever do Chequers Buttress on Froggat

Very few climb names come to mind after all these years Affer but two that do are the right hand impossible? on Stanage Edge, I tried this on a climbing course with the great climber Joe Brown. It was my first climb in my new Cletts Masters climbing shoes, thought I was the bees knees but the climb was a real struggle and I came off a number of times. Then Joe climbed it, he looked like he had a ladder propped up against the rock face, made it look so easy. The other was at Black Rocks Cromford, the Railway Slab, the challenge there was to climb it in normal hiking boots, it was a doodle in Cletts but a bit of a bugger in hiking boots.

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No pigeon eggs delivered by the cats today - just one mouse but I won't be eating that!

Thank goodness for this nice weather - back on the garden all day.

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11 hours ago, Oztalgian said:

I tried this on a climbing course with the great climber Joe Brown.

 

You met Brown! Brown and Whillans were my heroes.

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Just come to me Oz. Right Hand Unconquerable?

 

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That's it Affer "Right Hand Unconquerable"

Never met Don Whillans but he, Joe Brown and Chris Bonnington were among the finest rock climbers in the world. Unfortunately Don died relatively young.

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We've just done a bit of gardening together - only about an hour - but it was really good and it's sunny as well.  I told Paul this is what retirement SHOULD be like - no rushing  and not having to go out anywhere.  Wonder if I'll still be saying that in 12 weeks time .......   

Anyway, even if 'it' gets us when we emerge from our isolation, at least  we'll  have had a few months of proper retirement with each other. :Friends: Love it...

We get regular communication from our kids and the youngest grandchildren.  The latter are being kept inside for a sort-of home schooling, which they are really enjoying at the moment.  They started the day with a keep fit session on the internet, which looked fun ...Their mum filmed them and forwarded it to us.  After that they were doing some work sent home from school, a bit of model making, then lunch.  I think it was going to be baking a cake after lunch.    

Luckily their mum can work at home for some of the time...  and dad gets home  around 4pm so he can take over the primary childcare.  They are really sensible children most of the time and there's always their tablets to keep them amused!   Usually we go over to their house for some days in school holidays, but of course we can't do that now as we are staying at home.  I'm missing that .....

 

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Hiya Margie, just noticed your post. I realise it's not the correct thread, but thought I'd let you know, Wroxham holiday is off ! The company sent me an email to say as of 10.00am today, they were closing until at least April 30th. So I'll  have to give you a rain check on the coffee. :sorry: Maybe next time. Take care.x

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