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I've only ever been to one once. Nice young lady who trimmed my nails, filed the hard skin round my heels finished with a nice oiled foot rub and sent me merrily on my way with ***! verrucae!  By the time I realised I had it it was well established and a bugger to get rid of.

Needless to say I've not returned.

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This morning, before I’d even opened my eyes, my husband went for his usual 10k step walk.  A gale force wind and heavy rain beating on the bedroom window woke me up.  He arrived home, wet through, put some bacon in the pan and came upstairs to get dried off.  When he got back downstairs the kitchen was full of smoke and a pan of cremated bacon on the hob.  All day we’ve had windows open and a fan on.  I’ve wiped everything in the kitchen down, sprayed air freshener and still it stinks.  

Meanwhile, the other day I suggested we get a new shower door for the guest bedroom en-suite as it was rattling a lot.  I got my way, he removed the old door and we took it to the local tip then went to B&Q and bought a new one.  Well, those Chinese are something else!    We got a 35 page  book with no written instructions, only ridiculously tiny diagrams.   Two days on and we’ve managed to put the frame up and had lots of disagreements!  Still need to work out how to insert the static panel and the sliding door.  At least we have a good reason to stay out of Nottingham.

 

Our little granddaughter has Facetimed us from Czech Republic this evening, just as we were Zooming family in Victoria BC.  The World is so small these days.   Granddaughter is there to learn the language so she can communicate with her mother’s family, and to go to school for a term.  Now their schools are closed due to Covid.  Goodness knows when and how she’ll get back home.  
 

I have no idea what time it is, this daft clock changing has to stop. 

 

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On most Sunday mornings I get up early, cook myself a full English breakfast on the BBQ with a little assistance from the microwave and weather permitting sit on the patio eating it whilst watching the sun rise over the ocean.

This Sunday's breakfast was ruined by the packaging numpties who have changed the packaging of a staple breakfast food, baked beans. For years all tinned goods have come with a ring pull tear off lid and when I came to open the tin, guess what? No ring pull top, they have gone back to the old style closure where you have to use a can opener and as we did not have a can opener I had to eat my breakfast without one of the essentials.

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Sandra Hyde Barker was the year above me.  Another nurse called Carole married Sandra’s brother so it could be one of their children!

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How's my day? Well as a matter of fact it is my Nottstalgia birthday !! It was two years today when I signed up. It only seems like yesterday. With 4,628 posts and 46? days won. Maybe it's time I cut back on the waffle and banter.  "Happy Birthday to meee".

 

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

The Hyde Barkers had a travel agency in Southwell.

There was one in Mansfield for years too.

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Don't cut back BK.........Yes you talk some shit.....but a lot of us do.........well most really........lol

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I was in Nottingham this morning doing various bits and pieces. Still not as busy as it used to be in normal times.

 

I went into Wilko and noticed that their cutlery shelves (knives, forks, spoons etc) are all completely empty, and it was like that a few weeks ago. I haven't  seen any reports of people panic-buying knives and forks, so where's everything gone ? Have the manufacturers shut down ?

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It could be construed as non essential perhaps.

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Had a little chat by PM with Nottstalgia's favourite grocer this morning.

 

Following on from our discussion about Fred and Ginger, I scribbled a little song:

 

LET'S FACE THE MUSIC!

 

There may be trouble ahead.
Ben's been two-timing,
Entwining with housewives
Who're bored.
He'll face the wrath of Big Maude! :blink:

 

Before the tear drops are shed
And she discovers 
Katrina, Davina and Lynne,
He'll find his clothes in the bin! :wacko:

 

Shame!
Not really Ben to blame.
He's like a candle flame
To dames!  :Shock:

 

So, when the shop sign says 'closed'.
Decked out in Guccis, Armani 
And Levi's and Loakes,
Ben makes the rest look like jokes! :shout:

 

'Shop with me! I want to banter with you!
Flog Fanta to you
Or Coke?'

 

And while they dance cheek to cheek,
There's tuppence off packs of Oxydol,
Lux, Daz, Colgate
And crisps.
She'll find it tough to resist! :Shock:

 

Love!
Over the butter tub.
Next to the Snowfire rub
And Zubes.:blink:

 

Before the housekeeping's spent.
Before Ben asks her to pay the bill
And while going's still good, 
Slips her a Fray Bentos pud! :Kiss:

 

Drene, OMO and Germalene
Not like the other teens,
Our Ben. :P

 

Behind the counter he's sauve.
Adept with bacon, salami, Brain's Faggots and lard.
Ben wants to sell you romance!
Dance?
Go on! Just give him the chance! ;)
 

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Did our shop in the new Lidl on the old Beechdale Baths site Sunday morning, as we entered the automatic one way in door a bloke ran out carrying 2 boxed cordless drills & nipped under that subway onto Ainsley est, told a member staff, he did not seem to bothered, had a look how much these drills retail at £69.99 each  :Shock: 

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Caught the number 2 into town yesterday afternoon around 2:30pm only Mrs & me on it, most of the shops & streets where empty, witnessed a lad filling his big Primark bag in JD Sports with a Adidas sweatshirts £60 each & he had a good 8 or 9! Had 2 drinks in Cross Keys, empty, dinner in Bistrot Pierre only 2 other tables taken, jumped the 28 home, empty. 

I can’t see this virus or things improving anytime soon, this is going to go on for years & years, or just becomes the new normal & we learn to live with it :Shock: 

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My day or afternoon seemed to be like a quick tour before arriving at the clinic for my injection. Leaving the house we travelled along the Motorway towards Barolo ( yes it's wine but also a town ) then passing through Santa Margherita where the film " The secret of Santa Margherita" was made starring Anthony Quinn and seeing the hills at Cinzano where the locals hid their wine from the Germans during WW 2. From there we entered Pollenzo and the walled property which belonged to the famous King of Italy. Tour more or less over before we passed through flat areas and arrived at our destination at Savigliano. Waited for a while before I was called in and dr gave me the injection into my wrist. Did you hear me scream? Well not quite but I'm glad it was the last one. Paid my € 60 and went downstairs where my husband was waiting in the car as he wasn't allowed in with me. " I'm waiting for the breakdown service they'll be here in 1/2 hr." Apparently he'd been trying to fix the car radio as the radio and CD player weren't working and the time etc was anything to what it should be. But he must have touched something as he couldn't get the car started. Anyway the car was started with jump leads and we had no more problems with it and got back home in reverse order so it wasn't quite so nice to look at. 

Might be boring to some but we do live in a lovely area with a lot of history and I enjoyed the 3/4 hr drive more than waiting at home wondering what I could do next. 

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I trust you took a camera with you Nonna.

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No but I always have my phone with me. It was where I saw the hot air balloon 2 weeks ago .These places are close to home and I've seen them many times. Especially Cinzano, there used to be a small zoo there so it was always a place to go to when the children were small when we were on holiday. The walled property of the King of Italy seems to go on forever and all you can see is the wall and gatehouse. But thinking about it yesterday whilst traveling although there were too many lorries on one lane it gave me a chance to think as a tourist. There are so many places here of interest as it's the area for truffles and well known wines. The thing that spoilt  it was travelling in one part before we got to Cinzano, was a factory that makes Gelatine. The smell for what seems a long time in reality is just a few seconds. It's really disgusting and smells like rotting cabbage. I feel sorry for the few residents around there and goodness knows what the employees clothes smell like. They make stock cubes and due to the smell I don't use them anymore. But they were handy.

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Is a gelatine factory actually a glue factory... boiling animal

bones?

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Maybe , I don't know . I passed this factory many times passing very quickly and always known it as them making stock cubes. I can do a search on it to find out a bit more.

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A bit like Bitterlings on Trent Ln then...

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I think it was Nottingham Hide, Skin and Fat on Trent Lane and Bitterlings on nearby Freeth St. off Meadow Lane. They emitted a disgusting characteristic smell. I believe Bitterlings moved to Stoke Lane and the smell went with them. There’s no smell emanating from that region now, even the nearby sewage works doesn’t pong. Here in the Trent Valley we do get an occasional whiff from the Newark sugar beet factory if the wind’s blowing this way but it’s not grossly offensive. There is often a smell from the Newark sewage works when driving on the bypass towards Lincoln and there are regular complaints from nearby residents about this.

 

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When I were a Park ranger at Holme Pierrpont, I recall a terrible smell emanating from across the Trent in the Colwick area. I mentioned it to the other ranger who was with me and he said, " Oh that's coming from the maggot farm. They're cleaning out the pens".

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Poo, that brings back memories of break times at Carlton Le Willows when very often the stink from Stoke Bardolf was unbearable for us outside in the playground.  

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A maggot factory used to be at Elston Hall near Syerston, just off the old Fosse. It became a restaurant, The Coeur de Lion, and is now a heath and beauty spa but we still know it as the the maggot factory. If some of the ladies having a massage there knew the history they might go elsewhere!

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