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We've got 1 cat, at the moment it's staying in Doncaster with the mother in law to keep her company during lockdown. It loves it up there, it gets fed twice as much.

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I have no desire to get back to work. After 50 years of it, some in horrible conditions, I consider myself 'well shot of it'.   Oddly, I still frequently have dreams in which I'm wrestling with some work problem and turn to my bosses and say.. with a feeling of great relief.."That's it..  I'm off"... In the dream.. it's knowing that I'm 71 and therefore 'allowed' to retire which makes it pleasurable.  Thing is I fought tooth and nail to stay in work until I was 65.  Go figure.. as our Mericun cousins say.

 

Today.. I planted up the Tomato plants which arrived all but dead, from Dobies. a couple of weeks ago. They are now at least back in the land of the living. Dobies have still not acknowledged our complaints about the next to useless packaging.  I also got two Runner Bean plants into the ground... finally.  Dobies expensive and much vaunted bean seeds are the hardest to germinate I have ever had.  Germination rates are about 60% at best.  I gave about a third of my seeds to a neighbour and his experience is the same.

 

I also sorted out big pots into which I'm going to put bean seeds for each of my grandkids.  They are eagerly awaiting them. Also Sunflower Seeds.

 

It seems my Grandson is going to be on telly. He's asking a question on a kids prog.  More details if anybody wants them.           

 

 

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Details of Grandkids are always welcome Col if only for vicarious reasons. I could quite happily take to living like a hermit but I do miss the little blighter and no amount of whatsafacezoom time makes up for it.

 

I loved the purple shapes one... 

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Some good news my grandson, due to leave school this year, had an apprentship lined up. Due to circumstances we could not control, the apprentship was put on hold till next year.  He lost his get up and go, he also has a girl friend and at 16 he is love. Again due to systems we cant control he was stopped from seeing her, and him mum was the rottenest person that ever walked the earth, he would not speak to her. It was all her fault!! The phone rang and when he answerd it, he was surprised that it was his girl friends father,  not an apprentership, but as he was self emploed he wanted some to do the donkey work. So he offed him a job untill any thing else came along. 

The best think about it !!!!! ITS GETS HIM OUT OF HIS BED, IT GETS HIM USED TO GOING TO WORK, and yes!!! he GETS TO SEE HANNA.    OH! to be 16 again and in Love.

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At last the fence panels and timber arrived yesterday. Also a new camping stove and a replacement rim protector for the Great Grand children's trampoline next door. So a busy day. I was really pleased with myself being able to fit the 6' x 6' panels into the concrete slotted posts unaided.

It's a bit like 'Open all hours' here. Up at 6 - 7 and out in the garden and greenhouse. All day working in the two gardens and then out again every evening watering and light weeding. Shut up shop at about 8.30. Garden is doing very well and will have potatoes for our three families from about 100 plants - same with tomatoes with 9 in greenhouse and a dozen outside. Broad beans in full flower and no blackfly (yet). Loads of salad crops coming on nicely too. Visiting my mate today to look at the chickens he has raised for me. Built the coop for them but having a problem getting the wire mesh for the run. DHL say they delivered it 2 weeks ago but they didn't. So an ebay dispute in progress. DHL must be the most unreliable carriers around.

Right - back on the garden.....

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PP You are an inspiration.........ive made the effort to keep up......been out on me bike,,only a couple of miles,,Potted some Petunia's wife bought yesterday from Morrisons,,,scrounged a flower Pot man'' from lady next door,,,brilliant he is,,,her deceased husband made him,,he's about 3ft sitting in a chair with his name emblazened on his Tshirt,,,promised i'll give him a good home,,,think he'll turn out to be my best friend,,,had long chat this morning...

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PP., Are you going to get some sunglasses for your chickens? Or perhaps they are 'Hippy chicks '.

Remind Mrs.PP to sharpen her brushes and stir her paints. :rolleyes:  Don't forget, you can paint eggshells.

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Phew, hang on PP I'll just go and have a lie down and a power nap for you...

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Fitted the last fence panel then knocked off at 5. Showered and met our 2 friends on the village green for a 2m           + drink and chat. We all agreed that we were lucky living in a quite village and able to do that. Gave the garden a good watering afterwards and closed shop at 9. Great Grand daughter was delighted to have her trampoline back in service and thanked me very politely. Lovely day again. Tomorrow I will open up shop early, work on garden and then get my car packed with fishing tackle, play tent and the new camping stove for an overnight fishing session. There is nothing to beat the smell of bacon in the pan at 5 am sitting by a tranquil lake :cool:

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20 hours ago, Brew said:

Details of Grandkids are always welcome Col if only for vicarious reasons.

 

It seems young Ben is on CBBC 16th June 09:25 a.m.  I will set the  V6 box to record.  Most exciting thing since me and Mrs Col were barely visible at the back of the audience on an episode of Mastermind about 5 years ago..

 

20 hours ago, Brew said:

I loved the purple shapes one... 

 

You lost me there...

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Grandchild to Mama, we're making shapes... what sort.... purple ones....   made me chuckle anyway

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

There is nothing to beat the smell of bacon in the pan at 5 am sitting by a tranquil lake

 

Oh yes there is. The sort of sudden silence an alarm clock makes at that time of morning when bounces off the wall.   ;)

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Ahh yes.  Grandkids are good at that.

 

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When I worked 12 hour shifts in a Lead Refinery.. we bought a 'Big Ben Repeater' alarm clock.  I had to position it at the other side of the bedroom so that I was vaguely awake by the time  got to it.. and was able to resist the urge to launch it out of the bedroom window. Around that time, I also used to get telephone 'Alarm Calls'.  Jeez those operators must have had the patience of Saints.

And on the general theme of self discipline. I've just 'cracked' and opened a big bag of Doritos (Cool Original Flavour)  I was saving them to accompany my next batch of Hummus . but that's not happening now...

 

I'm a rebel.. me..

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5 am is probably the best time of the day when the sun is shining at this time of year. I was up at 4.45 this morning and took my coffee into the conservatory and sat looking out over the pond. At 5.10 I was startled to see someone come into the garden and then remembered that my neighbour had come to paint the back of his cottage. He was surprised to see me up and about. He assumed that he would get the painting done before we got up. He is a gentle chap. Good neighbours make life so much more pleasant.

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PP I remember well the smell of bacon early in the morning when camping. You're right you can't beat it, .....bacon I mean:laughing:

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

5 am is probably the best time of the day when the sun is shining at this time of year

Couldn't agree more. 6:12 bike ride. So peaceful. Gathered my thoughts ready for the odd jobs at the mother-in-laws. She's coping well. Her generation are stoic, but she is still fragile. Handled long 'phone calls with the hospital, Registrar and the Coop without batting an eyelid, then floods of tears when she saw "his" bench refurbished. Ken always grew tomato plants, so I'm setting some up in raised pots for her to look after, keep her busy. The worst bit is no hugs of consolation from her daughter, cremation with no attendance (we are all deemed at risk).

Still, others are suffering much worse, so best to keep plodding.

Have a good day wherever you are.

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4 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

PP I remember well the smell of bacon early in the morning when camping. You're right you can't beat it, .....bacon I mean:laughing:

I have been told by vegetarians that the smell of bacon is the one thing that can make them wistful!

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I can believe it. It's a smell like no other even roast pork. I'm not vegetarian but don't eat a lot of red meat such as steaks,  braising, roast or grilled. Not  because I'm fussy, I just don't like it, although I eat Parma ham and cooked ham, sausages and veal. So the smell of bacon is sufficient to send me back to the days when camping with my parents.

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25 minutes ago, oldphil said:

I have been told by vegetarians that the smell of bacon is the one thing that can make them wistful!

Not this vegetarian!

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3 hours ago, PeverilPeril said:

5 am is probably the best time of the day when the sun is shining at this time of year. 

 

I definitely agree with that, but it has an unfortunate side effect of making the rest of the day too long for me :)

 

If I get up at 5am, I get things done, I sort things out, and then find it's still only 8.30 (early for me) and I don't know what to do for the rest of the day.

 

Getting up late is a great way of passing the time, especially at the moment when you can't go far or do much - unless your name's Cummings.

 

 

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When at at work I often got up at 5am to be the other side of London by eight. Little Chef breakfast on the way down and back at the factory by lunchtime. No speed cameras on the A1 in those days and you could get a bat on!

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When I worked on the buses, first shift started at 04.15 and finished at 11.30 AM, very nice especially in summer.

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Similar thing for me too Phil. When I used to drive bulk coal tippers, in Bulwell, I used to start at 3 or 4 am if I had a long way to go. Remember the A1 being a 3 lane road, especially after Colsterworth crossroads. Used to go early as it could be a bit of a slot uphill, dropping down to crawler gear. Roads were quieter then and I'd be done by dinnertime, after reloading for next day.

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