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Everything posted by Russethouse

  1. I can never decide between autumn or winter as favourite times of year, but autumn always seems like an old lady remembering her salad days and enjoying the season of mellow fruitfulness. in reality here it seems to herald a season of jam and chutney making and hoping I have enough dried fruit for Christmas Pufding, Cakes and mincemeat ?
  2. Notifications seems to be under your name, click on it > Settings > various options come up, email notifications daily or per post ….
  3. Is that a better size ? Go to 16 under size tab Not sure how to make it a permanent change on my posts though ?
  4. That’s a shame Idun - I always enjoyed your contributions - I hope things improve for you soon.
  5. Some of us can multi task despite appearances to the contrary ? I’m just waiting for Miki , Coco and Outcast to show up ??? ( Just kidding, I’m sure the software is more discriminating )
  6. No notifications of replies - is that right or am I missing an option ? is there an email or PM option ?
  7. Well at last I’m able to log in - nice to see you all ?
  8. I'm sure she is a very bright woman....just has a weakness for older and ( insert word of choice ) men.... How long will they be together after he has served his term ? Or is it true love ?
  9. I've been a few times and hope to go again....it's good to see plant combinations, see new hybrids, talk to growers and experts, pick up catalogues wander around the gardens ( I like the Yorkshire one too) etc. It also acts as a competition for nurseries and organisations and is an enjoyable day. Since I'm an RHS member I can get tickets if I remember to apply early in the year. ( which I often don't ) The only problem is that you really do have to get there as early as possible and head straight for the bit you want to see most, ( the main marquee in my case ) otherwise it gets horribly crowded. I would like to see the show gardens have less of a fantasy aspect and more that can be translated to an average suburban garden, but there are always the small gardens for that. It's a good, but tiring, day out if you are interested. Maybe next year ?
  10. Retiring and being made a grandmother is exhausting ? From reports I saw medics were initially treating victims as sadly 'normal' casualties when non medics started shouting chemical attack and throwing water around .... In any case my feeling is Mrs May would have been as well to recall Parliament and go through the process, I suspect there isn't much appetite for 'war' among the general public.
  11. May be they should have waited for definitive proof they were chemical weapons, which seems far from clear from some witness reports.
  12. There's a difference of opinion, that's all. That's what happens in forums, people discuss things and sometimes disagree. For what it's worth I'd go via La Baule if only because there seems a large population of second home owners there and restaurants seem to remain open out of season, and there's a good choice of hotels. I love the Guerand, but not sure how much would be open. ( Although thinking about it there is a decent chain hotel just outside the village itself ) We once stayed in Blois but it was many years ago and my abiding memory is of our truculent toddler rather than a good hotel, sorry. Worth a look though I'd have thought.
  13. Five years ago today that Coops passed away..so missed.
  14. Those that remember dear Coops with fondness may like to know that Ian is still living in France and has now remarried.( an English lady I believe they both knew from long ago ) He has had a couple of health problems over the years but currently seems to be fine. Sadly Coops old horse Valerian passed away last month but she had made a very good age, due largely to Ian's tender care....he sometimes posts on FB
  15. Because yet another builder thought they would advertise on it, and at least one contributor has very sadly passed away, so not even living, dream or otherwise.
  16. Ok folks, either cut the language or we'll have to take the shears to this thread ..... Thank you
  17. Lol, I was ridiculously pleased to see a bag of spinach last week.... ! I notice the tubs of courgette spaghetti have remained available most of the time...more profitable I guess, although I have yet to try one...
  18. For a period of about 3 weeks some obscure department of 'BT' would telephone me sometimes two or three times a day. I told them it was harassment and I'd report it, ( of course that's useless in reality ) once I got them to give me their telephone number, which did not tally with the 1471 number, but hey, why would scammers tell the truth. Eventually they called twice within the hour. To the second caller I asked if they phoning to apologise, they weren't, so I told them in very unladylike language to desist, and rang off. Haven't heard a word since.....
  19. Linda has been on this forum for two and a half years, hardly new.
  20. Gluestick, some people would make different choices re having children that have a condition of some sort, that's absolutely their right and choice ....but I know my own limitations....
  21. Before I was born my mother had a little girl who had water on the brain, she had one of the very first 'shunt' operations but died just before her second birthday. My mother's continued grief effected not only my life but that of my sister, who was born 10 years after my mother's first daughter, to a great extent. ( and yes I know you never get over it ) With my first pregnancy I was very concerned it was hereditary and if a scan had shown a similar condition I would have an abortion, not without hesitation, but I wouldn't have needed much persuasion. A friend with a very much wanted pregnancy was in contact with rubella in the early stages.....she was Roman Catholic and would have continued with the pregnancy....her GP was convinced that the risks were high and cancelled the rest of his patients ( transferred to others in the practice ) while he explained the full ramifications to her.....eventually she agreed to a termination..... So your friend may have had oversight of two viable ( but damaged ) foetuses.....from very different circumstances but they wouldn't have known the full story at all. In my opinion a woman's child bearing is up to her to manage, not some politician, especially not one with Trumps reputation with women. There may be a few women who still have multiple abortions, but my guess is that they are much fewer in number than they used to be....and no one has the right to force a woman to give birth to an unwanted child.
  22. Gluestick, I wonder what you actually base your comments about abortion on ? Do you know people who behave as you suggest ? The days have gone for most when abortion is a means of contraception.... Do you know others who may be victims of crime, or mothers who know they wouldn't be able to care for yet another child, or even those with a hereditary illness who choose not to pass it on ? I find your remark in very poor taste. And I'm surprised you made it.
  23. If you really want something the thing to do is set up Auction Sniper, easy and inexpensive. It will bid up to your maximum in the last second or two thus denying the seller or other bidders the chance to play games with " bidding you up" The downside is there is no second chance so be very sure you are offering the maximum you are happy to pay. The software will only go one bid higher than the existing bid, so you won't over pay.
  24. There are few foods I dislike, but Canadian 'cheddar' is pretty high up on the list.....I find it 'soapy' somehow Of course having tried it and disliked it I haven't tried it again, maybe another variety or batch would be better. Daughter just back from Quebec, loved the Poutine....
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