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  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,764
    Hi all,

    I've just dropped the key for the broken down car at the garage that I dumped it outside in the wee small hours. Needs a new EGR valve according the RAC chap. The car belongs to the OH @Ladybird4. She only bought it recently :( She just took another of our fleet and went off to work for the week ;) 

    I've got running around a field duties in a couple of hours, but I may well fall asleep mid-game!

    Is anybody else getting irritated by the increasing use of "Freedom Day"? I think we all know that large swathes of the population are going to take that "Freedom" too far, too soon. Sends out completely the wrong message IMO. I watched the Panorama programme on long covid last night and found it quite worrying.
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,043
    Agree with you @Biglad about 'Freedom day,' still too early IMO  Lots of people aren't wearing masks properly at the moment anyway.   Things won't change really  for myself and OH,  he's too vulnerable. 
    I can see us in another lockdown in a couple of months  
    Hope all goes well with the car.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,166
    edited July 2021
    Hello folks  :)  a busy morning here so far ... strong sunshine so even more watering than usual, bread dough made and on its first prove and bedlinen on the line ... lots more to do before I settle down to unpick the last row of that lacy pattern ... at the moment it's two steps forward and one back  :|  It'll be easier when I've done a whole 'repeat' of the panel ... then I can see what is supposed to happen and correct any mistakes as I go ... meanwhile, the next job is ............... weeding!  :p
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,490
    Hello all. Back from the shearers. It was very quiet in town though the pavement bistros were doing good trade. The coffee shops that introduced those long before the dreaded Covid was ever mentioned must have been delighted that they were already set up for outside eating and drinking.
    Debs, I just want to pick up gorgeous little Thomas and give him a big squeeze. Cannot believe where that time has gone.
    SGL, have a lovely afternoon with the Poppets.
    Ante, I absolutely love your unusual vine. I would really like one of those in my garden. I cannot believe that you missed the final
    Biglad, will it be an expensive repair? I have to 'fess up that until you mentioned it I had never heard the expression 'Freedom Day'.
    I am not sure I'll be able to get into the garden this afternoon as its looking a wee bit threatening outside. Time will tell. It must be time for a cuppa.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • LB a lovely picture to start the day.  Chive, we could all wish for such a garden😁.  Debs Thomas looks gorgeous at 5 months.  Enjoy today at home.  Ante congratulations on the final.  I missed the penalties.   I hope you, your cats and dog are doing well.  I see your cat on the vine.  Lily have a lovely visit with poppets this afternoon.    I’m having poached eggs on toast for lunch.  I bought the free range golden yolks.  Have a good day everyone.
  • TopbirdTopbird Mid SuffolkPosts: 7,580
    Hello all - a warm and sunny intervals sort of day here - may get out in the garden later. Didn't get any of the heavy rain forecast for yesterday so some watering will be required.

    Hope the car repair isn't too costly Big Lad - such a pain when they go wrong.

    Debs - lovely pic.

    Ante - your pic made me laugh. Cats get everywhere don't they? One of them looks most uncomfortable straddling the support but (s)he seems quite content🙂

    I'm another one uncomfortable with the full lifting of restrictions. I accept the need to get away from social distancing and for hospitality to be allowed to operate much more normally - but I definitely think that mask wearing should continue to be mandatory until we at least come out the other side of this third wave. It's a minor inconvenience that people have become accustomed to - and IMO even a poorly worn mask is better than no mask at all.

    It's all very well saying it's for individual shops and companies to decide whether to insist on masks being worn - but we all know it's the poor individual bus drivers, shop workers etc etc are the ones who will actually have to police it. Which poor bu$$er on minimum wage is going to want to get into a confrontational conversation with a potentially aggressive 'customer' about mask wearing? It's very, very unfair of the government to shift the onus  onto them. 

    As for Freedom Day.... There are so many people who are still highly vulnerable. For some it will actually be 'Going Back to Being a Hermit Day'.
    Of course we need to move on and get back to some sort of normality and, of course, that means some people will need to go back to being extra careful about social contact. But for the politicians and the press to actually refer to it as "Freedom Day" is highly insensitive and rubbing salt into the wounds of those whose recent tastes of normality are about to be severely curtailed.

    That's my rant for the day over - sorry ....

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,399
    Hello all.

    I'll carry on wearing a mask too. President Macron spoke to the French on TV last night. He encouraged them to get vaccinated, wear masks and take care.

    Thomas is adorable @debs64.

    I've been helping with the vicarage garden again this morning. I finished the bed I was doing. One of the church wardens had finished the patio I couldn't quite finish the other day. The whole place had been 2ft high in grass which had gone into the flower beds. You could hardly see plants for weeds, or the paving in the patio. Here is what I did.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,490
    I wouldn't call that a rant T'Bird, you were just expressing your views so no need to apologise. Respect to you Busy. You have done an excellent job there. Are all your new plants settling well in your own garden?
    I am joining the ladies from the Flower Club this evening as we do the final tweaks to the bottles that will be used to decorate the 50th Anniversary dining tables later this year - only one year late but we all know what happened last year.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,764
    Well said @Topbird.

    Did my game in glorious sunshine this afternoon - too warm for that running around nonsense. I think I will be in the comfy armchair dozing all evening ;) 

    Hoping to get into this week's "To Do" list in the morning. It's been a slow start this week mainly due to the car trouble :o 
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,601
    Thank you for kind comments re Thomas, it makes me so happy to see he has the olive skin tones and dark eyes of my Dad, whose mother was a proper Romany gypsy who had jet black hair until the day she died. My daughter has that colouring too and it’s lovely to see Thomas has a little bit of his great grandad about him. A happy reminder of a special man, who would have been so proud of his little great grandson. 
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