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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

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

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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21 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

, Bulwell seems to be some kind of time-warp where no-one gets older and the past is always there.

Thats certainly true cliff ton in my case...........I've lived and lodged all over our pleasant land....but never found anywhere else like it............probably because all my larger family and friends originate there......

              It still holds surprises for me in the people i ''Bump into''....and their sense of humour is unique........even most of the old buildings are still there......which cause many lovely memories..of work and play.......

            Me and my favourite cousin are now the oldest in our bloodline........she still lives in Bulwell..........and over coffee a few weeks ago both said we want to finish up in Bulwell cemetery.......in about 50 years time.........:)

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So what's wrong with Brut ? Its quite a palatable drink with petit fours. Or a cheese and onion roll.

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Don't drink a lot Phil., I spill most of it. Especially when drinking out of camping stoves. :cheers:

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It dunna look like anybody else is on @ 11.00pm. So....

Good Night Readers, Sweet Dreams. B.

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Jill,

My dad always splashed on the Old Spice at Christmas. Certainly one of those aromas that takes me back.

Avon's Blue Blazer and Occur do the same for me.

Put on the right music and perfume/aftershave, close your eyes and  it's the nearest thing you'll get to a time machine.

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Yes, Mess, that's true. At too concentrated a strength, Old Spice can literally take your breath away and the same goes for Avon's Occur!  In the late 60s, my sister was an Avon lady for a couple of years. Occur was Avon's equivalent of Marmite. People either loved it or detested it! It's not one of my favourites.

 

Mum used to wear Helena Rubinstein's Apple Blossom, which is very pleasant. I was a fan of Mary Quant's Havoc which had a very distinctive aroma. No longer produced. Better than carbolic soap! Smells of school!

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My daughter bought me Old Spice a few years ago, it was so rank I think it's fake, it's still in the cupboard. Any perfume or fragrance used in excess is a no, no, yet some seem oblivious to the noxious cloud around them.

Perfume should be subtle, not a punch between the eyes.

 

Back in the day I had Aramis and Givenchy, still in the cabinet, but almost never wear it now. I think like many fashions wearing aftershave has had its day.

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My girlfriend in the 60s (who I dearly loved) wore Avon "Wishing"!!!!!

I remember it well.

Why Oh Why did we part ways?

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My sister had quite a lucrative Avon round in her late teens. In those days, reps were provided with a blue tweedy sample case, full of samples of perfumes, lipsticks, etc, at no cost. I think that's changed now!  When the order arrived, I used to help her sort it out. All the presentation boxes came flat-packed and had to be assembled. That was my job!  Then, I'd go with her on her delivery rounds. Avon was very popular at Christmas. Pretty Peach for children was a frequent gift.  Over the years, I've ordered Avon from various colleagues at work but most of them eventually gave it up due to grumbles about being sent the wrong products and being unable to make any profit for all the time and effort they put in. Avon is now available on the internet which must make it more difficult for those who have a part time round.

 

Over the years, the perfume range has changed but, to my amazement,Occur has always been retained so someone must like it! To me, it was the equivalent of Devon Violets. Guaranteed to trigger a migraine!  I find it difficult to wear perfume as the fragrance has usually vanished within minutes of putting it on but one Avon product I did like was Soft Musk.

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I was a Sarah Coventry jewellery demonstrator in the 70’s doing house sales parties. There’s quite a lot of their stock on sale on eBay now I see. I remember it being quite tricky as there was always a lot of people at the parties (free food and entertainment)  but no one was really eager to book a party themselves. 

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It looks like there's only me, Annswabey and Buckrats. So goodnight cockers. B.

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Last week the weather was beautiful, plenty of sun and warm evenings. We bought a gazebo for eating outside ( we face south so we get the sun all day) the gazebo was erected by my husband and 2 friends. We invited them and their wives and 2 in-laws for dinner Sunday night. Around the time when we were getting everything sorted we saw a menacing black cloud and heard the farmers shooting into the clouds because of a threatened storm . As our guests were arriving it looked a bit brighter but as we all sat down( the precise minute) it started to rain quite heavily. It didn’t last long but it had turned cold and although not windy there was a breeze that was cold. Fortunately the women had brought cardigans and I only had a thin blouse on and got wet had to fetch a jacket. Anyway we all enjoyed the evening and the gazebo had been christened.

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Why were farmers shooting at clouds?

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Sounds unlikley to be effective, but who am I to argue...

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As far as I can remember seeding is suppose to encourage rain.  Cloud cannons are supposed to prevent hail stones growing to a size whereby they cause damage. Seeding I'd heard of, cannons I hadn't. Neither seems particularly effective, I suspect it's more a mix of tradition and old wives tales than any real benefit.

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Brew not sure if these are cannons we hear but thats what the farmers call them. They use them when theres a great chance of heavy hailstones. In this area every spare piece of land is a vineyard and to have a heavy hail storm at this point will be disastrous as well as reducing the quality of the following years wine. We are famous for Barbera wine so to us its important . Barbera d'Asti. We have quite a few producers in the village and surrounding areas and they get very upset when the storms threaten.

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This practice has been in force for a long time many more years that the 2 years in the article ( which i saw after i replied to Brew) It does work, we hear thunder rolls a couple of times, hear the cannons and then we dont hear any more thunder. It just rains.

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The theory is a small gas generated explosion creates a shockwave directed towards the clouds. The energy in such a shockwave will be tiny compared to the  level created by a thunderclap, but no doubt many will swear by the practice and say it's the cannons not the thunder that are effective.

 

I looked it up and the journal Meteorologische Zeitschrift (2006) concluded they were a waste of time and money. French vineyards have used church bells, rockets and gunfire for the same purpose.

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-hail-canon-have-an-inglorious-history-l2sjwxspt

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Just dropped my daughter off at work. She has to prepare a cheese sauce for the gnocchi she will serve at the wine festival this weekend. She has to take the rind off the cheese and cook it into a creamy sauce. Seems straight forward but she has 32 x 3 kg cheese forms to do. Adding also 120 liters of cream. She has made this dish every year for the festival apart from last year and it’s very popular. All the nearby exhibits exchange dishes because from morning til midnight they have to eat:rolleyes:

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