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Not as well as I would like, Chris.  Right foot lacks feeling so sometimes I hit pedal notes I didn't want to touch.  Right arm and hand are weak after stroke, so again, wrong notes.  Left hand is going a bit that way, probably arthritis.  That's why I haven't posted any video for quite a while.  I'm not proud of my efforts.  Still play for my own enjoyment just whine every time I goof.  I don't expect a call from Blackpool or Westminster abbey.  Lol.  Dogs seem to like a bit of fractured Bach anyway.

Gerrin' owd ain't for sissies.

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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Today there are indications my little friend from five years ago is back and not playing nice...  :(

Rang the GP and after listening to the Covid announcements then waiting the mandatory five minutes listening to Vivaldi a receptionist deigned to pick up and told me the doctor was only making appointments for emergencies today. The doc will phone me on Friday morning to tell me if he think I'm worthy of an actual appointment.

 

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""Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away""

Recieved follow up letter from Kings Mill Hospital for next ophthalmic app. 

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We have made an appointment for you child to see the ophthist on 8/10/2021. Now having two sons oe 45 the other 43 I ask myself which one do they wish to see. 

Phoned to confirm appointment, 

Hello Kings Mill  can you please tell me which son you wish to see. Reception !! Can I have date of birth please?  me!! yes but which one?  Told him date of appointment, Reception  may I have your post code please? Reception I can-not find appointment  Recption  can I have your date of birth please? Reception  HO!!! here it is Reception  confirmed details of appointment.  At last we seemed to be getting some were. I told him about what the letter said, Oh they must have made a misteak. OH!!! how clever of you reception to figer that out. Any way due to a few days away may I please cancell appointment, reception when do you want it rebooked for? not sure what date is when we return, as might stay loger than planned. May I contact you when I return. Sorry if you don't rearrange we have to refer you back to your GP. By this time my patients was wearing thin, OK just for get I ever phoned. Reception You mean you want me to cancel that appointment?      YES! 

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Back on my hobby horse about packaging again. Has the UK been upgraded to the "green" tags on the plastic bags that your bread comes in?  It was formerly an injection moulded plastic tag and has now been replaced with a tag made of some fibre material which is about as much use as a chocolate firescreen and totally fails in being re-useable to close the bag. I'm all for being green but the green replacement should work at least as well as what it is replacing

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You’re lucky, Brew. Fifty-six minutes waiting for West Oak surgery to pick up the other day! The “Chill” music track went round three times!

 

Err... Having made jokes about all these idiots queueing for petrol I now find myself almost empty! Anyone seen a station with any fuel?

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Today, after resting my aching knees for a few days, I decided to go for a walk.  I set off downhill to the 'Eddleston Waters'..a fishing pond, developed on land purchased by the local Eddleston Charity Trust. I was mostly intending to see if any Fungi are appearing, as there are some old trees around there. Before I'd gone more than a few hundred steps both knees were 'killing', but I reasoned they are already buggered and I can do them no more harm.. so just push on.. grin and bear it... or wince and bear it.. Can't sit in a chair forever..  At least the old ticker gets a work out.

 

There was one 'old chap' fishing the waters, who greeted me as I passed, so I stopped for a chat. He turned out to be slightly younger than me, and to have spent much of his working life as a Bricklayer, before ending up training apprentice 'Brickies', at St Helens College.  Since I too spent a lot of time associated with St H College, we had a few acquaintances in common and had a good old natter.  Turned out we are also both awaiting joint replacement surgery of some sort. A hip in his case.  He was a very decent chap to talk to, but for some reason, I didn't ask his name.

 

Also.. whilst we were talking, I saw my first ever Kingfisher.  I've been told for years that Kingfishers are about around here.. but never seen one.  Not much more than a flash of blue darting across the water.. but I'll try to go back for another look soon. Nice thing to see. 

 

On the way back home via a circular route, I also found a good sized 'Cepe'/'Boletus Edulis'/'Penny Bun'/'Porcini' mushroom.  Sadly, trodden on perhaps a day or so back and not fit for consumption.. but that means I now have two sites in the area where they grow...

 

It's amazing what you see when you look.

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On 9/29/2021 at 8:28 AM, Oztalgian said:

Back on my hobby horse about packaging again. Has the UK been upgraded to the "green" tags on the plastic bags that your bread comes in?  It was formerly an injection moulded plastic tag and has now been replaced with a tag made of some fibre material which is about as much use as a chocolate firescreen and totally fails in being re-useable to close the bag. I'm all for being green but the green replacement should work at least as well as what it is replacing

 

The sort of bread that comes in bags needing a re-seal tag, is usually either white sliced..which bears a strong resemblance to expanded putty, or some sort of 'wholemeal'...which resembles sawdust.

I must admit that over here Tesco have come up with a tolerable 'Oat and Barley' sliced loaf...which I can eat.. but the bottom line is that none of the mass produced stuff lasts long and when it comes to re-sealing it, you're as well off just folding the plastic bag, or just positioning the loaf upside down, so the bag is held sealed by the weight of the bread.

I'm unable to eat cheap bread without suffering crippling indigestion. Gawd knows what they put in it.  I'm happiest with something like a nice Olive Bread, a Panini, or one of those part baked baguettes that you bake for 10 minutes in the oven.  But mostly, I just don't eat much bread.

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We or more accuratley I eat crusty uncut bread and it's annoying to see a large loaf is cheaper to buy than a small one - so potentially  a lot goes to waste. Popping to a local CO-OP, a rare event, on impulse I bought a seeded sourdough half loaf. Lord knows why they sell in halves but it was bloody lovely and no waste, win win!.

 

We have a bread maker (damn you Paul Hollywood), but try as we might the result is not very good. Any realtionship between the bread we turned out and the picture on the recipe book is pure rumour.

Perhaps my memory of the crusty bread from Juvells on Glasshouse Street or the crusty ham cobs many pubs had on the bar in little glass cases is faulty but bread doesn't seem the same as in my youth when the CO-OP delivered it to your door.

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5 hours ago, DJ360 said:

'wholemeal'...which resembles sawdust.

 

4 hours ago, Brew said:

crusty ham cobs

Even our artisan bakeries put their bread in plastic bags with a clip thingy. Don't know why they can't put it in a brown paper bag?

Yes DJ mass produced 'wholemeal' is compressed sawdust, but Brew what I wouldn't give for a crusty cob, buttered, filled with chips and brown sauce. No one here knows how to make decent crusty cobs. or batter for fish for that matter.

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The bread we all had as kids bears no resemblance to the breads of today. Back then, they weren't all stuffed with additives etc. You can get a decent Spelt bread from Morrisons and Tesco sometimes come up with a Corn bread.

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There are still a number of small independent bakeries who make ‘proper’ bread. Our excellent bread is made by Atherley’s of Farnsfield who supply village shops and farm shops in their quite wide area. It’s far superior to the supermarket offerings. 

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Yes bread has changed over the years. We buy our bread almost daily, it doesn't keep, but it is good. Very crispy, wholemeal, sourdough, white, spelt or even any sort of bread and comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In all the bakeries there should be and is a list of all ingredients used. No preservatives at all. At one time my daughter and I started making sourdough bread but although good was time consuming. Any left over bread we dry and use for bread crumbs. Every now and again we find a loaf of Sicilian bread topped with sesame seeds. The loaf has a yellow inside due to the type of flour used. It is so tasty. Some supermarkets sell these loaves as sicilian because they have sesame seeds on top but they taste nothing like the real thing. If you are ever in Sicily try it.

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Bread makers, try using a bread maker for mixing the dough, then turn it out when mixed, then hand make the bread rolls, place them in a baking pan, cover them with a warm damp tea towel, allow half an hour to an hour to raise, then bake them.

I use a brand of flour that is produced from none GMO wheat, they don't "bleach it" has NO additives, but is more expensive than normal bread flour, it's called "King Arthur" brand, you can get it in the UK, Amazon and Walmarts stock it. Best bread making flour on the market, all my bread has is bread making flour, salt some olive oil, keeps the bread moist, sugar, yeast and water, sometimes I'll add a couple of spoonfuls of powdered barley malt.

Problem with todays bread is all the additives, most of which cannot be pronounced.

 

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Day started off ok. Went to get my new glasses adjusted, walked round market looking for a pair of jeans. The sun was so bright , I couldn’t see properly as all the stalls were in the sun. Oh well I’ll go to the shops this afternoon. As I was just about to change gear from reversing out of the drive my husband and daughter came running out telling me to stop. Emergency my sil was completely blocked, couldn’t move so off we went to A&E. I’m waiting for her now and she is waiting for Dr to give her an injection hopefully. Her sister is waiting outside for her. If she’s not out by 5 pm we are going home and sil will ring her companion to fetch her. Never a dull moment here.

 

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We went up to Hemswell Antiques in Lincs today. Didn’t find anything interesting to buy but we did have an excellent sausage cob with brown sauce. We also bumped into Mark Stacey from ‘The Antiques Road Trip’ TV show. We used to go every month but this was the first time in ages we’ve been any distance. I was sorry to come home empty handed but nothing appealed.

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3 hours ago, Ayupmeducks said:

Bread makers, try using a bread maker for mixing the dough, then turn it out when mixed, then hand make the bread rolls, place them in a baking pan, cover them with a warm damp tea towel, allow half an hour to an hour to raise, then bake them.

 

Done all that Ayeup and placed a tray of water in bottom of the oven. We buy strong flour freshly milled from Greens windmill in Sneinton.

We tried  proving the dough by various means, even in the fridge over night but as I said the bread still does a passable impression of Portland stone.

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We did buy a Panasonic bread maker some years ago and it did make very good bread if we carefully selected the ingredients. It was just too much fiddling around. We gave it to our daughter and I think she only used it once. We can buy good bread from the local farm shop which cuts out all the messing about. I prefer instant gratification!

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Had quite a few bread makers, but none are the same as when you make it your self.  I have tried many a time  to find flour that makes French Bread I am still looking, apart from going over to French to bye some. 

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2 hours ago, mary1947 said:

I have tried many a time  to find flour that makes French Bread

Gave up paying a fortune for "Artisan" flour. Discovered that the French bakers are only allowed to add water, salt - and vitamin c powder (ascorbic acid). Get some off Amazon (cheaper) and away you go. Tastes nice - but difficult to compare to the memory of the bread we had at Les Bessardiere!

nice with soup,though

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Started back to work today, after 20 months absence. It were very very strange at first and I felt quite nervous. But after about an hour, soon settled in. Be back in tomorrow and Sunday now the autumn colours are coming on. Colours about 2/3 weeks behind.

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