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serabash
no just expecting you to admit the insult you threw at me was wrong. shame you cannot manage that.
Heather
What a day, sunshine then snow then sunshine.

The snow was coming down thick and fast five minute's ago, now the sun is shining again.

I had to laugh at the black dress Kate the Duchess of Cambridge was pictured wearing.
Apparently it is a designer dress and cost 450 pounds.
I usually like her style, but that dress looks like something out the bargain basement and not worth 50 never mind 450.
Dave Grieve
30c today very hot and hiding from the sun again went to the beach yesterday but kept away today, being nagged by my daughter to get dressed as she wants to take us out for dinner as a birthday , 21 again, I wish laugh.gif
angel
spent most of this morning in the kitchen , I made a batch of soda scones on the grill , I enjoy one fried with breakfast's over the weekend , also some muffins and I found a new recipe for treacle scones , will try that later, also
I made up a small batch of hamburgers now in the freezer and supper tonight will be , chicken with a stir-fry and also rice .

the weather looks nice today but there is a very cold wind and the temp. is around -4'cel. but that is much warmer than it has been , maybe it is a January thaw tongue.gif anyway I'm off now to the Pharmacy to pick up a couple of prescriptions .
Heather
Davy, A Happy Birthday to you.
Enjoy the meal and remember your as young as you feel.

I have been 35yrs old for many years. wink.gif

Hey Angel you have been very busy today with the baking.
I used to bake a lot, but I never bother now except for making some Pancakes that are nae bother and nae fuss.
gardenqueen
Been an anxious day. My daughter in law is in labour but things are moving a bit slowly. She may be induced. Heard a little while ago that she has been taken to the delivery suite, so fingers crossed. I am hoping I might have my fourth grandchild by morning.
Heather
Hi GQ, where have you been hiding, or have you just sobered up from the New Year celebrations. wink.gif

Mind and let us know about the new g'child.
toerag
been sitting in ma new robe and slippers the day thanks Wellfield!!!! lol went to a retirement dinner at my work last night a great wee night but....... it snawed all the way there and back!!! this retirement is quite good ....so far lol
gardenqueen
LOL, Heather. I've not been hiding but been really busy with grandchildren and also meeting up with lots of new "friends" for coffee and cake. We have got some local network going here that has really taken off and resulting in little groups of people meeting up in town during the day or out for meals in the evening. It's great, just spending time getting to know other people with similar interests and of similar age. I can talk for England and Scotland most of the time. I have been on here, reading mostly, if not posting as much.

Not been drinking hardly at all since before Christmas. I haven't given up, like some people who are having a dry January, it is just that I would rather eat cake than drink wine, lol.

Mind you, I have a bottle of champagne chilling, as I write, ready to celebrate this evening should we get some good news. It seems to be dragging on a bit though, poor love.
gardenqueen
Well we got to drink the champagne as my grandson was born yesterday afternoon after a long labour. He is in high dependency unit due to traumatic birth and his mum is also being kept in. Hopefully all will be fine.
Betsy2009
Many congratulations, gq. That was a long one! I hope that mum and your grandson get a good rest before they come home. They've both worked hard.
zascot
Sorry Dave missed that but a Happy Belated Birthday to you. You`re missing some great weather in Jo`burg. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Dylan
QUOTE (gardenqueen @ 18th Jan 2015, 10:32am) *
Well we got to drink the champagne as my grandson was born yesterday afternoon after a long labour. He is in high dependency unit due to traumatic birth and his mum is also being kept in. Hopefully all will be fine.



Congratulations GQ.

Hope Mother and Son improve every day .
Dave Grieve
QUOTE (zascot @ 18th Jan 2015, 12:49pm) *
Sorry Dave missed that but a Happy Belated Birthday to you. You`re missing some great weather in Jo`burg. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Believe me Alex I aint missing Joburg or its weather biggrin.gif my daughter lives one block away from Umhlanga beach next to Breakers resort so even when not on the beach its a nice walk to Grannys Pool and back with a stop halfway for a wee refreshment laugh.gif

Hope youR daughter and the baby are OK, GQ
Heather
GQ, congratulations on your new g'son. I hope both him and his mum are now doing well.

I was hoping that it would rain during the night and wash the snow away, but no such luck, instead it snowed again.

My husband put snowgrips on my boots for me when going down to Mass and they fell off. His stayed on. rolleyes.gif
It was ok comig home as my niece and her husband gave us a run home.
gardenqueen
Thanks all. Was out to lunch (raising a small glass to my new grandson), when I got a call from my son to say that I am able to visit this evening. He is coming to pick me up. I am so excited!!!
angel


Congratulations GQ.. on the happy news ,
hope you have a lovely visit with mother and grandchild smile.gif
toerag
Congratulations to all! enjoy your visit with your new grandson!!! biggrin.gif
norrie123
Congratulations gardenqueen, enjoy your visit to see your new grandson

Bye for now, norrie
jakka13
Congratulations GG.Nothing better to lift your spirits than a new wean .God Bless the new family. thumbup.gif
gardenqueen
Thanks, all. I got to see him and he is lovely (as are all little babies). Both he and my daughter in law seem to be fine but they are keeping them in for a few days to keep an eye on little Jake Andras (it suits him already!) after his difficult birth.

My daughter can't wait to go and see him and she is already broody so I think I might be busy for the next five years, lol.
Heather
GQ, that is nice you got to see your new g'son. smile.gif

We are snowed in here. Every night I keep hoping it rains to wash the snow away, but it just snows again.

I think I will just need to use a tray to slide down the road tomorrow, if I go out. laugh.gif
norrie123
Hi heather, I walked from Partick today, via Hillhead, Kelvinbridge,through Kelvingrove Park, Finnieston, right into Argyle st Station, the pavements are lethal
Managed to keep my feet biggrin.gif

Bye for now, norrie
Heather
Norrie, you should have pinched a tray from your mammy then you could have slid around on the pavement.
No sledge's in days gone by, mammy always gave us a tray to slide down the hill beside us.

The pavements are bad here also and I will not be going out as I am always in fear of falling.

I checked our stock of food and there is enough to feed us for the rest of the week.

gardenqueen
Pretty cold but lovely and sunny here in Herts. Just been to the dentist and they didn't open their doors till just gone 9 and there was a queue to get in!!

On the way back (luckily I live just round the corner from dentist/doctor/hospital/chemist/town centre) I picked up a re-test of my blood form which I have to fast for tomorrow. Diabetes test again as my result wasn't good last week, so fingers crossed that the fasting one will be better.

Waiting in for a few online deliveries this morning and also some chairs I bought from the local charity furniture shop for my "summerhouse" aka hut.

Off to meet up with a couple of women I met through this local network thing, a bit of lunch, a good old natter then home to relax, hopefully.

Have a good day, everyone. I hope you have as much sunshine as we do.
Heather
GQ, enjoy your lunch and chat.

As I am bored stuck indoors I went out side to see what the weather was like and it was very cold. So I stayed home.

The TV was not very good, so I have spent the day watching The Jolson Story and Jolson Sings Again.
I was so busy watching it I forgot about the series ' When Calls the Heart' that I watch every day.

Last night we watched a programme about ' Britain's Secret Slave's'.
It was dreadful to hear how badly those people are treated getting paid 50pence an hour and some getting paid nothing and made to work long hours every day and treated very badly.
Even worse for the one's who are trafficked into Britain.
zascot
QUOTE (Heather @ 20th Jan 2015, 05:17pm) *
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Last night we watched a programme about ' Britain's Secret Slave's'.
paid 50pence an hour and some getting paid nothing and made to work long hours every day and treated very badly.

It`s tough being a husband Heather biggrin.gif
gardenqueen
Spent the day looking after my three year old grandson, at their house. His dad and I took him into the village (Wheathampstead) to have his hair cut, a short back and sides, sort of. He was as good as gold, sat nice and still even though he doesn't like having it done. I was amazed when my son in law was charged 11 for the lad's haircut. My husband doesn't even pay that to have his done!!

Anyway, my drive home was not too pleasant as it is getting very cold here and I reckon it will freeze overnight.

Things to look forward to (apart from family things): Just booked to see Casablanca at our local tiny cinema on Valentine's night, followed by a meal at the local Greek restaurant.

My friend rang and she has got us tickets to see Blake http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/ in early March. We have been to see them before and enjoyed it.

Same friend told me she now has the tickets through for us to see Justin Hayward in July at the St Albans Arena.

All is well with the world.
Heather
Sascot, I know that is not how you spell your name, but my Laptop won't type the first letter of your name. rolleyes.gif

Aye it's a hard life being a Husband, but honestly that programme was shocking, and even more was that this type of slavery can happen in modern day Britain.

GQ, you really have a lot of good nights to look forward to. Enjoy them.

11 to get a wee boy's hair cut, that is almost as much as I pay to get a cut and blow dry.

I had to walk on the road in the wee Estate where I live when I went out shopping today.
The pavements where I live are like ice rinks, I was slipping all over the place and was glad to get to the Main Street where the pavements are quite clear of snow.
Heather
From snow to pouring rain. At least it washed all the snow away.

I did my good turn today, I went out and got my husband' newspapers and the rain was so heavy my trousers and jacket were soaking. I had to change into a dry pair of trousers.
gardenqueen
I'm glad the snow has gone now, Heather. Let's hope that's it for the year now.

Getting soaked through is no joke though. A nice hot bath, maybe?

-3degrees here this morning and colder still in other parts of Hertfordshire. I had to scrape ice off the inside of my car windscreen before I could move it for my daughter to park her car on my drive. I put little Eddie in the pushchair and took him into town to pick up some shopping and it was really freezing on the way down the hill. But it warmed up and was actually warm in the sun on the way back. Tomorrow is meant to be 5 degrees and sunny here so I might get out to paint the shed. I have ordered a nice, round pedestal table to go with the four chairs I bought for my shed/summerhouse so looking forward to getting that, to the weather improving so that I can move down there, lol.

I've got a chicken meal cooking in my new tagine so looking forward to a nice evening indoors in the warm, a glass or two of wine and a bit of tv. Bliss!!
Heather
GQ, what is a Tagine, I have never heard of it.

I was going through an old jewellery box and found a florin dated 1919, a one penny dated 1916, a half crown dated 1960 and a two shilling dated 1961.

I wonder if they are of any value. laugh.gif
bilbo.s
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajine
Dave Grieve
Sitting with the front and back doors open, two ceiling fans on full blast and it is still to hot and humid, never went to the beach until two o'clock because it was far to hot at 36c
Now at almost 10 at nIght it's still 25c
norrie123
Thanks Dave, we really needed to hear that biggrin.gif
Enjoy
Bye for now, norrie
gardenqueen
QUOTE (Heather @ 25th Jan 2015, 04:31pm) *
GQ, what is a Tagine, I have never heard of it.

I was going through an old jewellery box and found a florin dated 1919, a one penny dated 1916, a half crown dated 1960 and a two shilling dated 1961.

I wonder if they are of any value. laugh.gif


Bilbo.s has put a link to what a Tagine is, Heather. It is just another kind of cooking pot really. I like to experiment and am working my way through a cookbook.

I love seeing the old money, it brings back such memories. I remember my next door neighbour used to give me a thrupenny bit for getting the evening paper for him. If you had a sixpence, you really thought you had something. A shilling or more was very rare indeed when I was a child. I remember my mum used to save "bun pennies" and they used to say that one of the pennies (can't remember the date) was rare and worth something but I never did find out. I also remember my sister going to see the last trams in Glasgow and people put coins down and they got bent.

Whilst I would love to have more of it, lol, today's money just doesn't feel as solid as the old money.
gardenqueen
It is my son's 37th birthday today and he popped in with my daughter in law, their six year old daughter and their one week old baby boy, Jake.

My day was made!
bilbo.s
QUOTE (Dave Grieve @ 25th Jan 2015, 09:01pm) *
Sitting with the front and back doors open, two ceiling fans on full blast and it is still to hot and humid, never went to the beach until two o'clock because it was far to hot at 36c
Now at almost 10 at nIght it's still 25c


Och, it's your summer. We had 23C today and still 12C at midnight, and it's our winter !
Dave Grieve
QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 26th Jan 2015, 01:00am) *
Och, it's your summer. We had 23C today and still 12C at midnight, and it's our winter !

I think you have lived there long enough bill to know it's not the temp that's the killer but the humidity
RonD
QUOTE (gardenqueen @ 25th Jan 2015, 11:51pm) *
Whilst I would love to have more of it, lol, today's money just doesn't feel as solid as the old money.


I remember when I thought my Mum was rich because she had a purse full of shillings and half crowns ( well not exactly full) but like you say heavy with coins rather than notes. Even as a kid if you six pennies in your pocket it weighed you down. We have are reverting to that same feeling here in Canada as the one dollar and two dollar bill became coins. There was even talk of the five dollar bill going the same route but it has morphed in in the new paper bills with a slice of clinging film through it with a halograph of the queen on it. The one dollar coin has a loon on the reverse and quickly became know as the a loonie and nine years alter when the two dollar coin came out it became a two-nie. When the two-nie came out it had a picture of the queen on the head and polar bear on the reverse. The running joke in the description of the coin was a picture of the queen with a bear (bare) behind!
Heather
laugh.gif laugh.gif

Funny weather today, rain, snow, rain, snow then finally the rain washed all the snow away.

I was nearly blown away waiting for a taxi home from the Health Centre this morning.

I have had a bad cold for weeks I can't get rid of and the Doctor said I had a bad chest infection, no wonder I was feelng so bad. Hopefully the anti-biotics will clear everything up.
angel


I have been house bound since last Wednesday
and will be so until I have , which I hope will be my last
medical test , it's an " Angiogram " , Doctors Orders ,
but as I am now suffering from Cabin Fever , I am going
out tonight for dinner . smile.gif
norrie123
Hi Angel, enjoy your dinner, hope all will be well

Bye for now, norrie
angel



Thanks Norrie ,
for your kind wishes , smile.gif
RonD
Just realized that on January 2nd, I will have been a member of GG for nine years. reemmber when nine years was eternity?
Melody
Congratulations Ron, remember when a day was an eternity. laugh.gif
ashfield
QUOTE (Melody @ 29th Jan 2015, 08:45am) *
Congratulations Ron, remember when a day was an eternity. laugh.gif


Aye Melody, I used to have days at work like that huh.gif .
RonD
Thanks Melody. Yes Ash there were days like that at work, but there was a mantra that used to get me through sometimes and that ¨50 years from now it won´t matter!¨ and now I know I was right! Except they didn´t make me president of the company!
angel
QUOTE (norrie123 @ 28th Jan 2015, 04:47pm) *
Hi Angel, enjoy your dinner, hope all will be well

Bye for now, norrie


Hi Norrie we went to a
British pub for dinner last night ,
it was a very nice place and
I ordered ,Bombay Butter Chicken
a typical British meal biggrin.gif it was very
nice and not to spicy, also a small
glass of Pinot Grigio , biggrin.gif


gardenqueen
I was taken out to lunch today to a pub in my daughter's village. It was really crowded, mostly with pensioners and a huge group of ramblers. The ramblers were wearing those little shoe protectors that you wear at the swimming pool. There were a couple of old ladies sitting at tables, wanting to interact with my little grandson and they were obviously regulars. One had to be helped on with her coat and escorted to the car park (I do hope she wasn't driving! Not because she was drinking but she was so frail she could hardly walk). I know it is quite a well to do village and it was good to see people getting out and about instead of watching tv indoors, as it was so cold. The food was not cheap, no concessions or anything. We eat there almost every week and it is always this busy. I had one of their "specials", a steak and Guiness pie which was quite nice but it contained a lot of kidney which I do think they should have mentioned in the description as not everyone likes kidney.

What I find interesting is that all of the restaurants, pubs and cafes in this area are crowded, at all times. Mostly by older people but also with young mums, chatting to their friends while the babies sit in their buggies. I don't ever remember there being so many people eating out before, just in the past couple of years. Do people not cook any more, I wonder?
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