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SuffolkVera Report 25 May 2020 22:13

Thank you for your message EoS. All good wishes to you and your family. Take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Gosh, it has been a hot day. It’s felt much hotter than the previous couple of days because the wind has dropped. I love Mel’s forget-me-not blue sky. It described the sky this morning perfectly.

That was a bit of a performance with the rat Mel – it gave me the shivers just thinking about it. I really do not like rats and I am not good near chickens. I’m a bit of a wuss really aren’t I?

I’m pleased you had a good night Frank and hope you get the same tonight. I’m still not sleeping very much but as long as I can get through the day without a migraine coming on I don’t mind too much.

No Gill, we didn’t win the quiz. Usually I do well in quizzes and have been asked to join teams because I have a fairly wide general knowledge and am quite good on history and literature but granddaughter set some really hard questions e.g. what’s the formula for the quadratic equation, or how many tanks did the UK manufacture in WW2? Our real downfall though were the rounds she set on music and TV and film, because it was all modern stuff. Still, it’s good fun and at least I get to see some of the family, even if it is only on a screen. Next week’s quiz is being organised by our youngest granddaughter – 14 next week – so goodness knows how well we will get on with that. Your neighbour has been a bit naughty with Mr Grumpy’s trees. I am sure you are not allowed to lop the tops off someone else’s trees. You are allowed to cut anything overhanging your side of the boundary but even then you have to offer anything you cut off back to the owner.

I expect you enjoyed your walk AnnG. Haven’t you been going out for exercise at all? OH goes for a short walk early every morning, usually before 8 am, and I’ve been going for a walk in the evenings, though not tonight. Most people seem to be pretty sensible, though I think Bojo was an idiot to say he could rely on the public’s common sense, as some people seem to have been born without any. I am a bit concerned about my neighbours. She has some health issues but he has serious issues and is on the government vulnerable list and is supposed to be shielding, but I don’t think they understand what it means. They go out regularly for walks and I suppose they can distance themselves fairly easily but they also go to the various supermarkets. At one point when the woman was telling me (over the phone) that they had been to Tesco, I asked if she thought that wasn’t a bit risky for her husband, and she said it was fine because he stayed in the car. She clearly didn’t understand that she shouldn’t be going to the supermarket either because of what she might pick up and pass on to him. The husband offered to bring OH back from the workshop if he took the car in for service and to take him back for it in the evening. He seemed amazed when OH thanked him for the kind offer but said he felt that was a risk the neighbour shouldn’t take. Perhaps I am being a bit over-cautious but they do worry me.

I have had a busy day today. We managed to turn the mattress on the other king size bed we have and I had forgotten how heavy that mattress is. I washed all the bedding I stripped off including the mattress protector and washed a week’s worth of clothes. I’ve done a bit in the garden. I moved one of the new troughs I bought over against a side fence and filled it with penstemons. They were cuttings I had taken but they are several inches tall now and bushing out a bit. The trough is quite big and I think tiny plants would look silly in it but the penstemons will grow tall and I think will look OK against the fence.

We also had our much anticipated trip to the recycling tip. The appointment system worked brilliantly. I said to OH that it would be good if they could keep it but I expect it will be back to a free-for-all before too long. Our tip is in quite a narrow lane. A little way into the lane, there was a chap who stopped us and checked our number plate against his list, then told us to move up the lane to the next sign and wait there. We were only there a couple of minutes before someone appeared further up the road and beckoned us forward to the entrance, asked if we were both getting out of the car and we said it would just be OH, so he was all smiles, waved us into a spot for the car and OH got rid of all our stuff, got back in the car and drove out. We got a smile and a wave from the various staff round and about as we went and it was almost a pleasant experience. We then went round to 3 friends’ houses as they all have birthdays in the next 2 or 3 days. I knew one would be on her morning walk but I know her well so I went round her side gate into her garden and popped her present into the summerhouse and then phoned her mobile and told her what I had done. I phoned another one from outside her house and she was in so I put her pressie on her doorstep and told her to pick it up after we had driven away. The third one was only getting a card and as I went to pop it through her letterbox, she opened the door and I put her card on the doormat and she put down a cheque for me. She organises a lot of the local outings and this was a refund for the one that had to be cancelled this month. We were going on trips with her in September and October but she has decided to cancel everything for this year which I think is wise.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed our little trip round and then, the cherry on the cake, I had a quick look at the Tesco site and some slots had appeared that were unavailable earlier, so I managed to book one for 9 June. I already have one this coming Thursday so I know I’ll be OK for what we need for the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Thinking of you Jane.

I see it’s now turned 10 pm and I am beginning to feel a bit tired so I’m off to get a drink and then go to bed with a book. I hope you all have a good night. Sleep tight, sweet dreams.


Elizabethofseasons Report 25 May 2020 21:32

Dear All


I do hope you are ALL keeping well and taking as much care as possible
during these difficult times.

If you have to go out, travel safely and wear mask and gloves.

Please take gentle care of yourselves and your families
Lots of love
Elizabeth, EOS

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 25 May 2020 18:33

Your not kidding its hot out there. I had a mishap this afternoon withthe bantams and let one out by mistake. She was so quick I could'nt catch jer so oh said to let her peck around and she will go in later. When I looked in the run there was a lot of the polythene bitten off. I only had a rat in there so no wonder they were kicking up a stink. I managed to sht the bantams in their run and close the bedroom door so it was shut inthe bedroom. OPh came down with the gun and we divised a way for me to open the nest box and he would shoot the rat. He shot it and it was'nt dead so he shot it again. This time we had to wait to see if it was dead as it was behind the nest box front and we could only see the tail which looked like it was moving a bit. I shut the nest box and we went round to the front and oh possitioned himself with the gun loaded and I opened the door and it was still alive but not moving so he shot it in the head and that was the end of that. I raked it out onto my shovel and threw it over the back field for the fox or the buzzard or owls to clear away.

Then I had a look around the run bit and found that there were two holes in the wire netting which need to be mended but before I can do that I had to clear all around the back so I have now a barrow load of weeds and leaves and stuff the bantams had scratched ar0ound in and got through the wire and cut off all the weeds around there so there is nowhere for anything to hide around there now.

I am hot sticky need a shower and have to cook dinner now. We are having a chicken and broccoli plate and I am doing a light cheese sauce to stick the chicken and brocc together with. New pots and green beans.


AnninGlos Report 25 May 2020 15:03

Good afternoon all. phew it is warm out there. We have just been very brave and walked down the road of the estate to the post box. first time out in almost 10 weeks. had to cross the road a couple of times to avoind people, both cases one sitting in their car talking to somebody in their front garden. Fell as if we have waked at least 3 miles but it must be about half a mile if that.

OH was in the garden all morning and I spent half an hour out there dead heading roses. A lot of themare going over ow after the rain.

I wonder if Ancestry didn't have a free offer this time as it is so close to the last bank holiday.

Gill strange that your grumpy neighbour has not come back to his bungalow. Has nobody even been there to check if it is all OK? Having said that, if they are his trees his neighbours are in the wrong for cutting them down, he could take them to the small claims court for damages.
Sounds as though you are getting on well at the moment with your research.
good to re-pot the conifers, they will do better in good compost.

Annx I really think Cummings should resign. He has messed up, he has set a bad example, no matter that Boris has defended him he was wrong in what he did and has possibly undone all the good done by the advice of the scientific advisors.


Annx Report 25 May 2020 14:51

I can't believe Dominic Cummings got away with it either, even allowing for the newspapers exagerating things. I don't see why a relative couldn't have come to their house to help and to self isolate with them if it became necessary. He should have been self isolating with his wife anyway. Lots of other families must have been in the same position. We were always told as Civil Servants that we should set an example. I wonder what he will say in his statement this afternoon?

My Grumpy will get a shock about his trees by the sound of it Gill! I wonder when he will be home as his garden will be getting overgrown after all this time. Good luck with your tree. I haven't had any emails to say Ancestry is available, which is unusual when it is a Bank Holiday.

Frank it sounds like Conrad has been taking advantage of the lockdown to work on the garden and make some improvements! With the new shrubs too I expect it is beginning to look really good. Have they finished the inside yet? I'm glad you had a good sleep too. :-)

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 25 May 2020 13:23

Gill as its a bank holiday did'nt Ancestry have theier records open?


Gillx Report 25 May 2020 13:02

Love your description of the Sky Mel, the Sky here is lovely and blue, the weather is really warm today, I've just been sitting outside watching the birds, it's so quiet out there today after a bit of a noisy start with the neighbour's. The one over the back is building something at the bottom of his garden, he backs onto Mr Grumpy, so to the side of us, it looks like a summer house, it's very big, but luckily we can't really see it from our side. Mr Grumpy is still not at home, he's been staying with his daughter for well over six months not. We heard he wasn't very well, so whether he's still with us we don't know. If he is and comes back home he's going to have a shock when he sees what the neighbour has done to his lovely conifers, he's had someone chop off about 8 foot off the top and took all the branches away on his side, it doesn't look very nice and I'm sure Mr Grumpy will have something to say about it.

It sounds like there's lots of work going on Frank, I should imagine lots of people are doing more gardening and DIY with being in lockdown, I know we are. I'm pleased you had a very good nights sleep last night, you must of needed it to sleep that long.

I slept quite well last night Mel, the first night in a while and feel much better for it today. Did you go up your boarder or was it to hot, it's quite hot here today so I'm not doing any gardening, not that there's much left to do after doing some re-potting yesterday, just a few weeds that can't be seen as they are right at the back of the boarder, so they can stay there for another day.

Pleased to see you had a good nights sleep to Ann and that your side is feeling a little better, let's hope your knees feel better soon to. Yes, toilet's are essential, especially with us as we only have one. I watched Boris Johnson last night and he's backing Dominic Cummings, he just wouldn't say what he did was wrong, everyone else can see it but Boris. I hope it doesn't encourage anyone else to break the rules, especially if they have Coronavirus symptoms, it's so irresponsible.

I've finally found a few people for my family tree, so I'm going to carry on with them before I lose my good luck, I've not found anyone lately and was about to give up.


Frank Report 25 May 2020 12:12

Good morning to you all, The screen is dashing around all over the place, for some unknown reason.

Anyway, had a good night last night, was in bed before 9.00 pm and only got out once in the night, then slept until 8.00 am

We have one of those folding sack barrows, which we find great. Ros uses it to move her sewing machine, from the car to the chapel, for Stitchery do. also we move sacks of compost down the garden.

Conrad and Jan rang last night just as I was going to bed. Ros said they were on the phone for over an hour, giving her a tour of the garden on their camera. It seems they have done lots of work on it, since he has been home. They have redesigned parts of the garden and planted lots of new bushes and plants. When he goes back to SPAIN in a week or two's time, he will order the tiles they want for the patio. They will be shipped over on a chaps lorry, who does regular runs between the UK nd Spain. Then MAX (Jan's BIL) will lay them. They also need new chimney pots, as the old ones are broken and falling of the roof. They won't be cheap, due to the type needed in keeping with the age of the property. MID 1800s. He has ordered them from a reclamation dealer somewhere up north, who will deliver to Devon. Max will then get the scaffolding erected, and he will fit them. So a lot of expense going on down there.

It's Harvey and Julia's wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Lewis is driving up today, to pick up their present. If he has time, and we are out of the way, I might get him to set up "ALEXIA" that Ros has bought me for our anniversary on the 3rd June. As you know I bought her that DYSON AIRWAVE with all the attachments for our Anniversary, last month. I have ordered a nice bouquet of flowers for delivery on the 3rd, and a surprise pot plant for the patio. Her card his all written, and sits on the top tray of my computer table.

Mel, with me being colour blind, I wouldn't know what a FORGET ME NOT sky would look like. But yes. we also have a lovely blue sky, with no wind, which will make it feel very warm outside. tt's where I am going after I sort out dinner for tonight, and put the bins out.

Have a great day, whatever you might be up to. BUT PLEASE STAY SAFE. xxxx


Annx Report 25 May 2020 11:50

Morning All,

I love that Mel, the forget me not blue sky! It is the same here too and no wind now.

Yes, I did sleep well last night and my side seems better but the knees start to get sore if I stand for long, so although I wanted t get the French Marigolds all planted out, I just did one tray for now and also planted a few self set Snapdragons that had seeded themselves at the edge of the gravel. I don't think they will flower till next year, but they had red tinges on the leaves which usually means the flowers will be red and we are short of red in the garden with not being able to get the geraniums. My rooting powder I ordered has come so I shall take some cuttings from the now straggly alpine pinks on the front. It isn't the best time of year to take them, but I might be able to get a bit of root with them which will help them to grow. OH has planted out the runners and watered everything and the ground is like rock, even though we have good soil. I noticed the japanese onions are growing now but I can't find the lettuce seeds that arrived last week! I moved them as they were in OH's way where I left them and now they have disappeared.........I don't seem destined to grow lettuce this year! :-(

How soon the lockdown is lifted completely depends so much on people following the rules like you say Gill. I just can't understand anyone wanted to visit beaches where there are crowds either, yet there they are with their children too and far too close together. That was good how you dealt with the plumber and I think a toilet is very essential! We are still doing without our main telly and tap in the uti as they aren't essential.

Ham, chicken and pasta ready meals for our lunch today with fruit after. OH is chuffed we can eat outside again today as he loves sitting watching the garden with the insects and birds.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 25 May 2020 10:32

Morning Gill and all,

Beautiful morning here with clear forget me not blue sky as far as the eye can see.

Must go down the freezer and see what we can have for dinner tonight then the rest of the day I can do as I like apart from getting lunch. It may be up the border but if its too hot it will be down here in my shed and pottering on the patio.

How did you all sleep last night? Hope Ann's side is better today after a nights rest.


Gillx Report 25 May 2020 09:42

Morning all

Lovely and sunny with no more of the high wind, it's quite warm out there to. I didn't see Mercury last night, by the time it went dark enough to see it, it had gone behind the neighbour's tall trees. I did see the crescent moon, but it wasn't the same. I was quite disappointed as I'd been looking forward to it all day.

I bet you slept well last night Ann, I hope your knees aren't sore today.

I thought that was the case and no one was allowed to visit people in their homes. We have three neighbours who aren't listening to the rules and frequently have people around. One is next door, the new people and the other two are over the back. It's people like that who are making lockdown last even longer than it needs to be.

I wasn't sure if we were allowed to have a plumber here, but the last time I heard the rules you were allowed to do essential things and I think not having a toilet and needing it fixed is essential. We all kept our distance from each other and I gave him a cup we don't use when I made him a cuppa. He wasn't here very long, but we were all very good and kept apart from each other. I wiped everything down after he'd left and now we have a working loo. He even changed the isolator valve as that was leaking a bit.

I see you and your OH are still busy Mel, did you go up the boarder in the end? I should image you'd need a few sack barrows with the size of garden you have and now you have one of your own to.

How did you get on with your quiz last night Vera, did you win?

I wonder how Jane is, I've been thinking of her a lot lately and hope she's feeling okay.

Going to have a drink outside now. The weather is lovely so I want to enjoy it while I can. No sign of any rain, so I'll be watering the plants in the greenhouse again later, while OH does all the pots.

Enjoy your day everyone and keep safe <3


Annx Report 24 May 2020 20:08

You are right Gill we aren't supposed to have people visit our homes, we can meet just one person in a public place while keeping the social distance. I imagine it is to lower any risk of the virus being brought to our houses by anyone else.

I had a look Mel and the sack barrow looks aideal for moving heavy things around. I think we have something similar that was FIL's 'somewhere' in the garage, but without the folding handle which is useful to have. I bet it is a light weight too.

Well the delivery for between 4.00pm - 5.00pm arrived at 3.45pm so that was good. OH said it took 1 and three quarter hours to wipe and put away, but he donned gloves too and lifted the bags up for me as I wanted them. We do start with the frozen stuff Gill and we couldn't have squeezed another thing in the freezers! My knees were really sore by the time we had done so we had a shower and put our night things on after and sat and ate our egg custards with a cuppa. Your lamb was just how I like it so it falls off the bone.

I pruned the Camelias now they have finished flowering and trimmed a few other bits but feel really tired now so will have an early night.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 May 2020 17:48

Gill I meant to say we have two large sack barrows for the garden but this one was for me.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 May 2020 17:47

I don't think we are aloud visits yet but I suppose if they stay away from each other thats alright???

We have blazing sun and oh is still working on this mower deck. Its one that came with the old mower he bought a few years ago and its lain in the garden for allthat time and it would cost about £700 to buy one so he has mended all the holes in it and lined the whole inside where the blades go as there were hole in the top.

Just made sausage rolls for tea and now I am going out in the garden to potter...........may go up the border may not. May repot my diasia for the patio and clear the other spent pots away with the bulbs in.


Gillx Report 24 May 2020 16:57

The sun's out and we have clear blue sky, I hope the clouds stay away as I'd like to see Mercury tonight, it's near Venus (which is easy to find in the night sky) and has been for the past few days but it's been to cloudy to see it. Tonight is the last chance, so I hope we can see it later.

The lamb was lovely, it just fell off the bone. We don't have lamb very often because it's to expensive, but because OH hasn't been home on a Sunday for ages, so I don't bother with a roast, I thought it would be nice as a treat.

It sounds like you're meeting yourself coming back Frank, I'd rest up this afternoon and relax. I should imagine you'll sleep well tonight.

We have one of those trucks Mel, but ours is all metal and doesn't fold down, it's great for moving our large pots around, we swear by it and wouldn't be without one.

Take it easy with your wiping down Ann, you don't want to make your back worse. Maybe you could do the frozen stuff first then you can have a little rest if you need one before doing the rest.

I'm so pleased I re-potted the conifers this morning, it's gone really warm out there now. I think next door have people around and are having a BBQ. I thought you weren't allowed visitors yet, or have I got that wrong.

I haven't watched the Coronavirus updates for a while, so I'm going to watch it now, I've lost track of what we're allowed to do and what we're not.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 May 2020 15:38

That was quick I have found it and it is on Amazon.

Einhell 2260112 BT-HT 90 Multi-Colour Folding Truck, 90 kg Capacity


Adjustment for extendable handle
Extendable transport handle
Aluminium frame
Foldaway supporting blade
Rubber wheels with metal bushing

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 May 2020 15:36

Its been sunny here all day and not much of a breeze either. When I looked at he barometer at lunch time it had moved an inch to the right so thats a good sign.

Oh bought me a little sack barrow that folds up flat and even the handle goes down and it was'nt that expensive and I would highly recommend it to both Ann and Frank. I can move sacks of chicken food and the shopping when it comes as we have it put into big plactic boxes on the step. I think he bought it from Amazon so I will go and have a look and see if I can find it and send the link.


Annx Report 24 May 2020 14:18

That's good you are ok Mel!! :-D We wondered where you were. I hope your OH can fix the problem for you. It would be no good asking my OH as he is more likely to ask me! I see you have been busy sprucing and tidying in the garden.

Oh Vera I hope you get some easier questions this week! Mind you I would probably still be stumped with music from your granddaughter's era. :-( I'm not even brilliant with my own era! Your pork loin and Gill's slow cooked lamb both sound delicious.

They were suggesting there will be a lot of bargains in clothing due to the lockdown so I must have a google. I always seem to need a neutral cardie that will go with everything and OH needs more pairs of jimjams.

Yes the troughs on wheels do sound good. I wish they had better things for wheeling the ceramic pots around too. I resorted to some plastic tall ones to save the weight, but the terracotta ones look best. On the subject of wheels I wish I could put some on my oak dining table. :-S

I better get the wiping gear put in place now ready for the delivery. Then I might go in the garden for a while as the sun has appeared.


Frank Report 24 May 2020 13:47

Will start again. Good afternoon to you lovely ladies. (post just disappeared)

Plenty going on for me at the moment. Yesterday afternoon I sat watching MORSE, when the screen went blank. I tried the table light, NOTHING. Got the dtrps out, to check the trip switch, which is housed above the kitchen units. No way could I get it to stay on, so I went round every electric socket on the property. Starting in the sheds, garage, conservatory and all rooms in the bungalow. I then commenced to plug in an appliance and see if the Trip would work. You can imagine me going in and out of the bungalow, getting up the steps and checking the trip. Eventually I found that the tumble dryer in the garage was the culprit. After disconnecting that. all the electrics stayed on as I turned each plug on. In total it must have taken me two hours. I would hate to estimate how many paces it had taken, walking in and out and climbing the steps.

We finally settled down to order our Takeaway. To my amazement the Chinese in Towcester (our favourite) answered the phone when I rang the number, to check if they were open. They have been closed for some weeks due to the COVID 19. Great, we went down to pick it up. There was a few customers waiting, trying to keep the TWO METRE space. The counter was screened of from ceiling to counter top. As your order was ready, they would open a small section for you to pay and collect your food.

This morning I decided to prepare the Sunday LUNCH/DINNER, before my shower and shave. I was doing a bit and sitting a bit. (not good on my pins today). Finally I got in the shower, only to find it wouldn't come on. Unbeknown to me Ros had pulled the cut of cord beside the light cord. Having sussed that out, I got showered.

Ros decided to do her roots this morning. She was fine doing the top, but not the sides and back of the head. SO GOOD OLD FRANKIE BOY, changed into HAIRDRESSING MODE. and did that. I am finally free to pop on here for a break before getting dressed and cooking dinner. I am sitting here in my underpants. !!!!

The wind is quite fresh today, with hardly any sunshine. It is suppose to get warmer tomorrow and Tuesday, not that I am bothered, as we won't be going anywhere. I get so cross, when I see these silly crowds of people, fighting get a place on the beach or in the park. Why oh Why, do they think it is safe to do this. Perhaps they will realise what a DANGER it is, when one of their close family catch the Coronavirus. MOAN OVER for today.

Stay safe my friends, See you all later. xxxx

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 24 May 2020 13:30

I think it could be this one.

Cicindela scutellaris scutellaris