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Definitely too early for toms in an unheated greenhouse, this time of year is always a should I, shouldn’t I situation as you also have to bear in mind the length of the ripening season too. Very similar problem with beans too as they really only take 7-10 days to germinate inside and need to go out in a covered space to stop them going “leggy” If you put them in the soil too early though and you have a late frost in May like last year they will suffer. My advice would be to sow more seed than you need and wait to see what the weather does and react accordingly. If you end up with too many you can always give some away or swap them. Not of course if you only have 5 seeds in a packet and only one germinates which is really annoying. 

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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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I don't have a greenhouse.  I have three 'Crimson Crush' and three 'Bella' on order from Suttons. They will take their chances up against the back wall of the house. If anything like last year I'll be hawking the little ones around the street trying to get rid...

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Just got rid of all the snow the garden is just starting to come to life now we have another blizzard dropping 25cm of snow Thursday and Friday i will probably see my daffodils in June.

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I saw these this morning ,only a couple of hundred yards from Hucknall Market place. Spring has arrived and new life begins again, with all the new colours appearing all around us isnt it great to be alive.

 

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Ian, why don't you have your snow at the proper time like the rest of us. Our daffodils have been out since first week of January. 

Cheers Cocker !

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Just been out and shovelled the snow i might have to fire the snow blower up if it does not stop soon,just enjoy the flowers still looking forward to mine have a great day mate.

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I must thank @DJ360 for a long list of suggestions for our visit to Liverpool this week.  He gave me so many ideas of how to spend our time in the city and we had a brilliant time, including time at the Albert Docks, a trip along the Mersey on ‘Snowdrop’, the Peter Blake inspired ferry, a couple of hours in the Liverpool Museum, a fantastic evening spent in The Cavern which included a really fun few hours in the Live Lounge watching and spending time with an American group called The Falling Doves (who seemed to think we were influential promoters and gave us 3 of their CDs).  We took a 30 second ride in a lift up an observation tower 450 ft high and had the most amazing 360 degree view over the city.  We stayed in Hard Day’s Night Hotel but wouldn’t recommend it, it was tired and a bit scruffy but in a handy location.  They certainly like Greggs in Liverpool, we counted at least half a dozen outlets ……. but then their sausage rolls are to die for!   All in all an eye-opener, Liverpool puts Nottingham to shame, that City Council hasn’t demolished beautiful historic buildings and they look grand and clean.  We’re definitely going back again soon.  

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Glad you enjoyed your Liverpool trip Lizzie and sorry I couldn't get down to meet you in the Cavern.

 

I think the 450 foot tower you describe is St John's Beacon.  Something of a coincidence, since the first and last time I went up there was to show my brother and his mate around Liverpool on the morning of my wedding... 50 years ago today.:)

 

Meanwhile.. in other news...

 

Thursday afternoon I did a sesh on the weights. Thursday evening I went for a swim between 9 and 10 p.m. Did about 25 lengths.
Came home and had about 1/3rd bottle of wine and nodded off.
Woke up after an hour or so with crippling indigestion and a lot of wind. Took a swig of Gaviscon and sat about for a bit.
No improvement so had another swig of Gaviscon and an Esomeprazole and went to bed.
Couldn't sleep due to violent palpitations/irregular heart rhythm.
Got out of bed and back downstairs. Checked BP. All fine. Pulse rate raised and still very erratic heart rhythm.
Put it down to exercise and indigestion/wind. Swallowed a couple of Mg Diazepam, arranged pillows for a 'propped up' sleep and slept solidly from 4 :00.am to 8:30 a.m.

Got up. Still getting palpitations and irregular heart rhythm. Thinking these symptoms after exercise, or with indigestion are not unusual, but they are if still there 12 hours later...maybe not so much. Still happening at 12:00 noon so called 111 for advice.
After the interrogation I was advised to await an ambulance but it could be up to six hours so to call 999 if things got worse.

Things improved slowly throughout the afternoon until my heart rhythm was pretty much normal. After waiting 7 hours for an ambulance which never came, I received a call from a Paramedic, who, after further questioning strongly urged me to go to A&E and ask for an ECG and 'bloods'.

A&E was rammed full. I explained why I was there and, honestly but possibly foolishly said I had no chest pain. I need to re-think that because I didn't even have chest pain during a heart attack,, but..whatever, I was told they would 'ping' for an ECG.

3 hours later.... an ECG and the advice "you really should have come earlier..". (WT actual F??? ) Also told ECG needed to be seen by a Doctor.
Instructed to wait for Triage.

An hour later 2 minutes explaining stuff to Triage then instructed to wait for bloods.

One more hour later a woman totally failed to get any blood out of either arm. In a lifetime of having bloods taken, this has NEVER happened before. This woman was clearly incompetent and caused me considerable pain. Some guff about me being dehydrated, which caused me to wonder how my blood was circulating at all... She told me to wait to see the Doc, who would take the bloods, and confirmed I'd then have to wait for the blood results and the see Doc again. Wait for the Doc? 4 hours.

So realistically about 8 more hours to get to see Doc first time, then wait for bloods results,then see Doc again.

Sod that. I politely informed reception that having waited several hours for an ECG, two minutes with Triage and a failed attempt to extract blood, I would go home and take my chances.

Just had a bit of toast.
Going to bed..

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Col you really need to come to the meeting.... so we can bollock you properly.

 

A heart problem, problems with your shoulder and knees, and whilst still suffering from the effects of sinusitis - you decide to lift weights then swim 600 odd metres? See where I'm going with this yet?

 

Dr Col then self diagnoses and  self medicates before  finally admitting something is not right and seeks professional help - well good for you... but wait there's more.

 

After spending sometime in A&E learning the results are enough of a concern to warrant seeing a doctor, decides the wait is far worse than the risk of ignoring the advice, and goes home!

 

Col for an intelligent bloke you amaze me...

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What can one say Col you should get back and sort this problem out. (like Brew says.

Just one more thing  1/3 of  bottleof wine now come on? Master went for a blood test and mot due to Heart problems, nurse did all bits needed ( It hink for test)master said she seemed as though she could not get him out the door fast enough,  Now he is getting very tired each day but his heart attack was in 2000 and his meds have never been changed, he is still on the same meds that he stared on, the only ones gone down are the statins which after reading about aches with people taking two higher dose he self madicated. He did ask GP later if it was OK and at he time we lived at the coast and had a great GP. also when we live there each tie he went for a check up the nurse would due an EGC,  Opppss sorry getting of subject any way DJ back to the wine ? when master came out of seeing his nurse he had a big grin on his face ""the nurse say's I must drink plenty of liquid's so in stead  of one bottle of wine I had better drink 2 bottles" Any way if ever any members go to the coast ad need a doctor the

Dr Baxrter  and Nurse Rita are at Beacon Medical Practice Skeg!! also at Chapel / Ingoldmells. Just a plug for really good GPs Not many around now days.

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14 hours ago, trogg said:

I saw these this morning ,only a couple of hundred yards from Hucknall Market place. Spring has arrived and new life begins again, with all the new colours appearing all around us isnt it great to be alive.

 

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Morning Trogg Doe's that mean that the Baker St brook is still there? Do they still have Friday markets? When we lived on Long Hill Rise we had a overy running brook at the end of our garden, then they built the by-pass (to take pit lorries out of the town center) (by the time it had been built most of the pits had gone) any way due to the by-pass our brook dried up. Don't know if it ever came back as we left a short time after.

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Mary Baker Street Brook has been cleaned out and opened up in a few places. As you walk along the brook you can now see more and more wildlife, the water is now clear and you can often see fish.   Friday and now Saturday markets are still going , but now held on the pedestrianised High Street, But as other Towns the market is a shadow of its former self. No longer is it used by young ladies looking for a new outfit for Friday night fun at the Welfare.

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Sorry to learn of your hours spent in discomfort and sitting around A & E Col and hope a good night’s  rest has worked wonders on your ticker.  
You casually dropped it in your post that you have a very significant anniversary today …….. 

CONGRATULATIONS MR AND MRS COL ON YOUR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, HAVE A SMASHING DAY X

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Happy anniversary Mr &Mrs Col.  Hope you’ll manage to enjoy the day.  
Sorry to  read about all your health troubles - i think A & E s all over the country are struggling, but that doesn’t detract from your experience… you must be very tired after waiting for so long.

I do agree with Brew in many ways, though….. perhaps you should have waited a bit longer at the hospital?

Anyway, please take care x

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Add my congratulations too Col, hope you enjoy the occasion and a good few more to come.. 

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Thanks for the congratulations all. A quiet day so far but we've been invited to our best friend's for a meal later. We were also invited to oldest daughter's on Sunday for a barbeque, but Daughter has gone down with Covid so that's on hold.

 

As for health.. after a long night's sleep I am now feeling as close to my version of normal as ever.

 

@ Brew.. and in my defence, I have been encouraged by all Docs, Cardiologists and Anaesthetists.. to get as much exercise as possible, firstly to speed up recovery from knee surgery and secondly because exercise is the best way of keeping a failing heart going.

Maybe I didn't make clear that I waited for 7 hours for an ambulance ordered by 111 and then on the instructions of a Paramedic, went to a rammed A&E where we were largely surrounded by idiots to whom the concept of wearing a mask is still alien after 2 years, despite boxes of the bloody things everywhere, accompanied by clear signs.

I clearly stated to Reception that I had already waited 7 hours for an ambulance not to appear and then , despite my symptoms largely resolving, been told by a Paramedic, to attend A&E. I waited two hours for an ECG only to be told I should have come earlier., then a further hour for a 2 minute 'Triage' and another hour for an incompetent to fail to get blood out of either arm, despite very clearly visible veins all over the place.

The prospect of a futher 4-8 hours, most likely to be told that whatever event I had experienced had passed before the ECG could pick it up..was just too much, after having only 4 hours sleep in 24 , no dinner and being in something resembling a super spreader event.

 

Anyway.  I'm home and all's well.  I'm going to enquire whether my GP has ECG facilities so that if this happens again, I don't have to bother the Emergency Services.  Of course, anything worse and I'll call 999.

 

Of course I'm not blaming the NHS for this. Obviously COVID is having a big impact, but the main problem seems to me to be the fact that the NHS wasa already weakened by neglect, sneaky privatisation, and chronic underfunding for at least 12 years by a Govt. which is fundamentally opposed to its existence.

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Glad your'e feeling better Col, and I do understand the frustration of waiting in A&E. As my beloved is fond of pointing out, I'm not the most patient of people, I can't stand queuing more than a few minutes...

 

Having said that you have a series of problems far more serious than anything I've had to deal with so in your place I just might have been inclined to grin and bear it, not assume I'd be "most likely be told" anything.

 

When the medicine man suggested exercise I'm reasonably confident he meant something a tad less strenuous than weight lifting and marathon swim sessions. He would "most likely tell " you it's overdoing it.

 

The lack of sleep, food and uncomfortable surroundings you describe would, I'm sure, make a vicar swear, but you must be feeling better, you couldn't resist a bit of a political dig at the Tories...   thumbsup

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Congratulations on your 'Golden Wedding Anniversary' Mr and Mrs DJ. I hope you have enjoyed your special day, and I hope you get sorted with your treatment at the hospital soon. :).

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Bit late in the day but, Heartiest Congratulations to you both, Mr & Mrs. DJ360. Hope you've had a great day. (My 57th this year).

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Sorry DJ360  I send all my Congratulations to you and Mrs DJ360  Like one or two of us members a bit late. but I send it with best wishers. 

Its looks like we all married n the same year !!!!!

GOOD YEAR 1965 

Maybe one year we can all have a """PARTY""""":Friends:

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Been to Leighton Buzzard Golf Club today ……not to have a round you understand,  I’ve always found golf very boring …… but we were helping good friends celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.  So that’s two couples I know who tied the knot on 15th April 1972 and I wasn’t at either of the weddings.  A really lovely afternoon once we got there, the M1 was the usual Bank Holiday nightmare made worse by the FA Cup semi between Man City and Liverpool being played at Wembley when there were no trains from up there to London. 

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