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The only advantage of a deck chair is the convenience of it folding flat for storage. The idea of it supporting the  human body in comfort was not part of the design brief.

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45 minutes ago, Brew said:

Personally I've never found deckchairs all that comfortable

 

As well as not being comfortable when you're in one, there's the ridiculous performance involved with getting in and out of it.

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Supposed to be bad for your back.

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Not today but yesterday. It was not a good day. My daughter is having a new bathroom fitted, this was arranged pre covid 19. Plumber and builder were due to start work, but obviously had to stop. They both came yesterday to start knocking tiles off etc. My husband went to collect the shower base which was needed by the builder to cut to size ( it's in resin) The tile shop should have delivered sanitarys etc last week but when he went to fetch the shower base and unwrapped it ,it was split in various places. This was delivered also with all the tiles, borders all pre covid so they've been saving them for her. He got in touch with the firm to report damage and they are replacing it but it'll take a week. Builder and plumber have to work side by side as one can't do something without the other one finishing. Complicated.

Then , as we had planted a bougainvillea next to the wall we started to smell gas. My daughter had dug down until she saw the gas pipe ( (we knew where it was) We checked and double checked to see if she had dug into it but she hadn't. We checked with washing up liquid and hand gel but there were no bubbles of any sort. Replanted the plant and again was this smell of gas. We rang the supplier and they said they would ring back. No phone call and today is bank holiday. This smell drifts and sometimes we can't smell it but then it seems that it's still around the plant. We've never smelt it before and now we're wondering if the smell stays in the soil if the meter has a valve that every now and again "breathes" 

Again yesterday I went to do a big shop , at checkout I handed over my debit card....sorry it's outdated. It expired on May 31 st 2020. Not having used it in 3 months I thought it was ok. I haven't received my new one so rang bank, they've been posted but as they come from central,office she couldn't say when they will arrive. Panicked because I had to use my cc and I thought " crikey I can't remember my PIN number"  no problem I just had to sign for it. Another panic , In Italy women keep their maiden names which means I now have two surnames. Told this to cashier and she said try one and if it doesn't work the other one will. Thank goodness it did. I didn't fancy having to put all that shopping back in place.

In the afternoon my daughter had to go back to tile shop to chose  her taps and shower cabin which is not a standard measurement. The taps she had difficulty with as she wants the same style but in different sizes. She chose them and then was asked about the wash bowl which will be free standing and the stretch of the tap might be too long or too short. Finally she got it sorted after 1 1/2 hrs. And various phone calls to firms. With that finished we went home and finall y took our masks off had a cuppa and relaxed. Don't want another day like that.

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Don't mention bathrooms, Nonna.  I'm still reeling from having mine done in November/December 2017.  Answered the door at 9pm one freezing, dark evening to find a very young plumber's mate standing outside in a blizzard, clutching a lavatory bowl!

 

I can laugh about it now!

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40 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

Don't want another day like that.

 

That was an amazing piece to read !        I can't put a 'Like' because it seems wrong, but I'm not sure if there's an alternative.

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We could put a like as it all turned out OK....in the end!!! 

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Sounds a bit like a Carry on script.

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Nonna posted a picture of herself wearing a mask. I'm growing mine !!

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That's not the end of the story. The gas smell still lingered this morning and it's practically outside my kitchen window. I kept on and on about it so my husband said he would ring again but wasn't hopeful. Soooo he dug up at the side of the bougainvillea about 20-30 cm away and found where the gas was coming from. A while ago as I had said before that we were altering the front of the house and putting grass down leaving a flower border either side of the path. We put some plastic shading sheets down to stop weeds coming through and eventually put gravel. The sheets were pegged down along the plastic border with large plastic nails. Quite a few broke but the very last one must have been forced down quite hard because it punctured the gas tube. Anyway we closed all the taps we could. We have a large underground tank so that was closed then my daughters meter was closed and finally ours was closed, gases lit to release the excess gas and we began to feel a sense of relief because we knew it wasn't our ( or my) imagination. We rang a plumber who said it would have to be soldered so now we acan wait tomorrow . Cold meals for us all or else microwave meals, good job it's summer. Part 3 of this saga will be posted tomorrow with a bit of luck.

Forgot to add that flies like the smell of gas. When I looked into this hole the bottom of it was absolutely covered in those flies that are green. I thought they were either dead, laying eggs or eating something they'd found tasty. Apparently they like the smell because it smells like rotten eggs.  Thought you all might be interested . Lol:mellow:

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Hope it all works out OK Nonna. 

For what  it's worth.. those flies seem to have taken a liking to me lately too.  I've been accused of being full of hot air but never gas.. :laugh:  Ordinary house fly type things have also been descending on me outside.  It's either a change in my shower gel, or something to do with the recent very dry weather..

 

Worse still.. the first Horse Fly (Clegg) attack of the year.. One was hoveringly silently and menacingly around me so I went indoors.  The little sod followed me in.. then I lost sight of it.  Next it was seen on Mrs Col's arm as she followed me out of the house, but she 'batted it off' before it bit her.  Finally, it landed on my leg and I splattered it before it bit.  I was left with a big splodge of blood on my thigh which I suppose means the thing was already pretty well 'engorged' with blood which may be why it was a bit slow to bite.  But. whatever.. I have an itchy red patch on my lower leg today.. so something got me yesterday.

 

I'd give the little sods a bit of my blood quite freely, if they'd just agree not to make me itch for days.  Their sales pitch really isn't great..

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Try some Tea Tree oil DJ, if you can get it.  Most likely at a natural food herbal type shop.

I believe it comes  from some Ozzie tree.  Strong smell but not unpleasant.  A bit rubbed on your neck, back of hands etc.  seems to keep the little parasites away.  Plus you are not putting any nasty chemicals on your skin.

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Evening Dave.  Yep.. I've got some Tea Tree Oil and it does seem to work on some bites.  TBH, 'Cleg'.. Scandinavian 'Klaggi' bites are far from the worst. Black Flies of the Simulidae group are seriously evil...

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On the subject of aggressive insects, the hornets are very active here at present and I understand they are moving northwards - high enough to cross la Manche into Sussex and presenting a risk. I have already recited my experiences with hornets on NS. Take care hornet stings can easily be fatal.

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Jonab, I've seen just one that keeps floating past then goes away. My daughter had one in her bedroom but fortunately it landed on the curtain, she shook it and it flew away. We've had a few people killed by them working in the vineyards.

I had an experience with one years ago when my daughter was small. We lived in an apartment, she was in a walker on the balcony. I thought it was just a big wasp, got her in and went to fetch the fly spray. I'd never seen a hornet before ( calabrone) I continued to spray it from behind the semi closed door. Eventually I killed it but it wasn't until I was telling my husband about it that I realized how stupid I was. He really gave me a good telling off. Later that evening the husbands of the other 3 apartments came out and flamed the nest which was just below our balcony. We do have a lot of them during the summer as we are surrounded by vineyards.

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BK is that a Pom Pom on your cap?

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I wondered how long it would be before someone asked. The answer is no, it's a small hanging false plant ball, bought from Aldi £6.99 a few years ago. It's one of a pair. Come to think of it, I have asked 'er indoors to make me a nice red pom pom to sit on top !

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Just noticed I put "la Manche" in my earlier post. What I meant to put was English Channel. Apologies.

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For insect stings mostly mosquitoes I have always used lavender oil and aloe vera gel , it never fails to work immediately. We have these tiny flies with big wings ( in comparison to their bodies) and they bite like hell. We have mosquito nets at the windows and a curtain to prevent flys from entering at the kitchen door. We always have the front door wide open . They get in everywhere but don't really fly around they sit on anything walls, furniture and ceilings. Go to squash them or bat them away and they jump from one position to another. They are a nuisance. 

Gas saga update, plumber came this morning and repaired the damage so now we can cook. What a relief we thought we may have had to dig up part of the newly laid lawn , the concrete leading to the meters and from there lifting all the tiles surrounding the pool to get to the tank. We were lucky.

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Jonab "la manica" is the same thing just hope the hornets change direction..

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17 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

BK is that a Pom Pom on your cap?

 

Whats a plant ball? By the way your " mask" is almost the same as my husbands although he shaved it off and is now growing it again. He passed lockdown growing a beard that everyone seemed to like and I passed it baking and putting on weight.:angry:

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Again, in reply Nonna, a 'plant ball' is an artificial topiary with three chains attached so it can be hung up on a hook. As far as I'm aware, there are two sizes, 30 & 40cm. Saves growing them when lack of space dictates. Personally, I much prefer the real thing.

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ALL hornets are aggressive, we have a couple of species here, I learned a trick two old farmers told me to do if I get too close to a hornets nest and they start getting dangerously close, FREEZE, stand absolutely still...Does it work??  So far it has for me.

We also have a very aggressive ground nesting wasp, called a Yellow Jacket, not sure which is more aggressive, hornets or yellow jackets, but both have stings that are like a red hot needle on the skin.

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We've talked about yellow jackets here before, john.  They are very agressive and will even chase you down if they can.  A Good ole boy here taught me about pouring gas down the hole after dark.  You don't want to go near 'em in daylight.  They're all in the nest at night.  Pour the gas in and gerrout fast.  Works great.

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