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Hello from Lincolnshire
Sun 28-Aug-16
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Hi everyone.  Thanks for adding me to the forum!  My name is Ann, and I have lived near Boston in Lincs for 14 years with my partner Brian and our labxspringer Penny who is nearly 15 years old.  I would like to go back down south though as I miss my family and friends down there, more than I would miss living here! smile

We retired 5 years ago, but before that we bred, reared and sold our meat and egg chickens and turkeys for Christmas.  Only on a small scale though as we only have half an acre, but it went well

I have arthritis now, so gave up the poultry, it was getting too much in the winter, but I still try to grow what I can veg wise, and a bit of fruit, and I love to cook.  I bake my own bread and cakes (but trying to keep the weight down, so have to be careful!) jams etc.

I also like to read (a lot!), cross stitch, crochet and I make my own greetings cards.  I don't belong to many forums, but am looking forward to getting to know you all and learning new things.  May be even helping out a bit on here if I can.smile

Sun 28-Aug-16
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Hi Ann and you are very welcome, you sound like you will fit right in here!

Most of us like to grow our own produce, some have chickens, some have had other livestock.  And we have several enthusiastic knitters and crocheters here, me included - well, I crochet, I couldn't knit to save my life!  There are also a couple of members who make cards, Tina (who goes by the name of Ambersparkle on here) being the most prolific at that.

We are all fond of baking.....I think Val (Brightspark) and Iris do the most.

We look forward to hearing more from you, I hope you will become an active member of our small but very friendly community.

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

Sun 28-Aug-16
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Hello, Grannieannie.  Welcome and good to have your on board.

Sun 28-Aug-16
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Hi Ann, lovely to have a new Member.    I lived near quite near Boston, many years ago, when my late Husband was stationed at Coningsby.  Those Miles and Miles of Flat Landscape, where the Snow lay for Months.      I also do Cross Stitch, and make Cards which I sell to raise Funds to help Animals. I cannot do much Stitching now, just small Projects on 11 Count Aida, as have Cataracts, but not giving up.  Have done enough Stitching in the past to fill the V and  A. Hope to hear more from you soon. Welcome. x

Mon 29-Aug-16
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Warm welcome grannieannie - Ann - as has been said already, you sound like you'll fit in easily with us all. 

I knit and crochet, and have recently started quilting - very much an amateur at the moment!

Baking, yes, I love cooking and also having young people around us - at the moment I'm in France with OH, and our son and his friends are here, plus our daughter and family arrived yesterday. A very happy bunny here!

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Mon 29-Aug-16
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Aww thank you for the lovely welcome everyone.  I don't get online as much as I would like to, as I get moaned at by the OH for spending too much time on my laptop!  We are both retired and he gets more bored than I do as he doesn't have many hobbies.

Unlike me, there are so many things I'd like to do, but I always feel guilty when I do things and he is sitting there moaning about the rubbish on TV.

He was a carpenter many years ago, and is very handy around the house when he is in the mood, but gets bored when there isn't much to do.  I keep trying to get him out in his workshop to make things, perhaps to sell and earn himself a little bit of pocket money, but it falls on deaf ears most of the time!

We do go to the gym 3 times a week.  nearly 4 years ago I decided that enough was enough when I stood on the new scales I bought and it said I was 19st 4lbs, so I did a bit of googling after a friend on a gardening forum I've been a member of since 2006, mentioned the GP's referral scheme.

I got in touch with a lovely young lady who I found on the internet, who was a voluntary Health trainer.  Brian came along with me to meet her in town and she was telling us that if we were serious about losing weight, then we could get our doctor to sign a form and we could get 12 weeks free at our localish participating gym.  Brian wasn't too sure, but we met Kathrine at the gym and she took us around.  So we signed up for it.  It took us 2 years, but with better portion control and the help of the gym, I lost 7½ stone and Brian lost over 4 stone.

After the free 12 weeks, we decided to join the gym properly.  There are loads of people out age and over, and everyone is really nice.  Unfortunately, we have both slipped rather with the portion control, so I've got 2 stone to lose again, and Brian needs to get rid of over a stone to get back to where he was.  (He could still do with losing another 3 stone though!)

But I go to 2 of their 50+ classes while he is in the gym and its nice seeing other women and having a laugh. Brian isn't very sociable, so we don't get out much.  I enjoy my classes I do an aerobics class on Mondays and circuit training on Fridays.

Oh, he's getting up.  I'll pop back later, he doesn't like me talking about him to other people!  I do enjoy a little private time when he has an afternoon nap! Just me and Pennydog! LOL

Talk later everyone.  Looking forward to getting to know you all! xxx

Mon 29-Aug-16
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Your husband sounds the complete opposite of mine, Ann....mine is SO sociable he always finds someone to talk to wherever we go, sometimes I have to practically drag him away or butt in and say "yes well we really have to get going now dear!".  He pops outside saying he's going to water the garden and will be 10 minutes, and promptly vanishes for an hour.....although if I stick my head outside the door I can generally hear his voice, chatting to a neighbour, even if I can't see him.  Bless him!

Good on you for going to the gym.  I used to go regularly when we lived in the Midlands 6 or 7 years ago, unfortunately there isn't one nearby now (there's nothing much nearby seeing as we live in the back of beyond now!).

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

Mon 29-Aug-16
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People are strange are they Sooliz?  Yes, Brian isn't very sociable at all.  He gets on okay with a few people at the gym, and we are friends with an old couple in the village.  He does have a friend who lives near Clacton, who comes over to see us maybe once a year, but Brian always moans about him, and we never go to see him, even if we are in the area!

Mind you, when I worked in London, if I dragged him along to a works social 'do', he would always say afterwards that he enjoyed it!  

 

Most of the time I don't mind as I enjoy my own company, but I don't get to be on my own very much either.  If he decides to go to bed early, he sometimes says, are you sure you'll be okay if I go up now?   Yes, I say, just go to bed!  whistlesmug

Mind you, I suppose I might get fed up if he was like your hubby too!  You can have too much of a good thing can't you?  LOL

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