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Wed 29-Jan-14
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Aly
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Sort of feels like Ho Hum

just back from tax office.....thought it would be fun to share the first bit........enter office, wait behind yellow line which is markec out as allowing confidentiality....when you get to the counter the staff speak very loudly so that all can hear!

Result of visit? ..... They are now chargIng tax in advance... For 2013 normally tax is paid in September the next year but now it is divided into three payments, paid in February, May and September so the bulk is paid in advance. Would have been helpful if a letter was included with the demand explaining this. They don't make it easy to like living here and explains why the French look so miserable.

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Thu 30-Jan-14
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We must be very lucky, Aly, as I don't have that feeling. Our friends and neighbours here are always fun, friendly and helpful.

When we asked one of them what he thought of Francois Hollande, he said "Oh, it's just another Francois!"

They just enjoy getting on with life, never mind the politics!

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Wed 12-Feb-14
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A bit of a long shot .......

Does anyone have an old (but reasonable condition) pram that they could loan to our knitting exhibition? (We already have a doll's pram, but preferably looking for an older type, regular baby size).

As you can imagine, we need props for some of the knitting and crochet items that have been made for children and babies.

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Wed 12-Feb-14
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sorry only have a modern buggy

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Thu 13-Feb-14
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I contacted one place, and I do believe she was prepared to loan us one - she asked me if I was local whistle - then I discovered she was in East Riding (Yorkshire) - we're in Wiltshire ..... er no, we're not local. Drat!

Her prams are loaned out to period TV dramas (Downton, for example).

Shame, ay?

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Thu 13-Feb-14
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val try and find a site that has people making these reborn baby dolls, and see if there is anyone local on there, some of these people have prams to showcase their dolls and they always seem to be the old silvercross type. Just maybe there might be someone their who would be willing to lend a pram.

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Fri 14-Feb-14
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Sorry Val, can't help,  could have loaned you a 1920s potato riddle until a couple of moths ago, but got rid of it at the local farm auctions.

Fri 14-Feb-14
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Jan, I haven't a clue what a potato riddle is - is it for getting rid of the mud on potatoes, or sorting them into sizes?

 

Eileen, I have had a look at some sites, and there are indeed lots of prams, BUT all asking ridiculous money and only to buy. I have written to one to ask her if she would consider loaning it, but no response yet.

I have also put an ad into the local Freecycle. We'll see. Thanks for the connection, though - very useful.

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Fri 14-Feb-14
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Has anyone played with the Google doodle today?  It is a bit of fun, if you click on the down/up arrows on the ingredient tray, the ingredients change...

I'll try that again!

Sat 15-Feb-14
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Have spent the morning working out the electrics as they stand in our house. OH had to do it today! This is in preparation to him re wiring our house. We have it mostly mapped out now but have two lights that only go off when mains go off! This means they are connected directly to the mains. Well, this was an old farm!

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Sat 15-Feb-14
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A Potato Riddle is just a big Sieve, for separating Stones, and big bits of dirt from Potatoes, Val.   Senior moment, blaming it on my Cataracts, on my order, I thought it said Chicken, £2-48, so thought, that's cheap, must be a boiling Fowl, will have one, make some nice Stock. This massive Chicken came, can't even get it in the Pressure Cooker, nor do I have a Roasting Tin it fits, will have to cook it on a Tray, of course it was £2-48 per Kilo, or whatever the thing that used to say pounds means!eeekaargh

Sat 15-Feb-14
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Tina, perhaps you could cut it up - if it hasn't already found itself being roasted! laugh

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Sat 15-Feb-14
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Have just got in from picking up glass from the greenhouse that collapsed like a pack of cards last night.  Husband and I have spent since about 10 am clearing the debris and dismantling the frame which had bent and twisted during the gales.  We did stop for lunch but think it was quicker to put the thing up than taking it down.  Hey ho.  We will not be replacing it.  As the severity of storms in this neck of the woods is increasing we have decided to cut down on our work outside.  Don't have the energy to battle with it now.

Sat 15-Feb-14
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Sorry to hear that Iris.  I think we got off very lightly yesterday, with just 1 tile off the roof and half a dozen others dislodged and things thrown around the garden.  If our polytunnel had still been standing, it wouldn't have been by this morning, that's for sure!  Most of the bird feeders were on the ground this morning.....not that it mattered much to the birds, as the seed had been scattered all over the ground.

Few heavy showers today, but sunny now and the wind has dropped quite a lot.  A dry day is forecast tomorrow!

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Sat 15-Feb-14
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Sorry you lost your greenhouse Iris, I must admit it is the weather that has put me off buying one.

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