12TH JULY 2005
I'll bet that goldfish costs you a bomb Kev
got to take my mother to do some christmas present shopping..one of my least favourite tasks...............i love christmas food shopping though
Hope you survived the trip Seren.
Another week bites the dust...
Nice fine day today, very calm out there; hardly a hint of a breeze.
I dislike shopping of any kind - Christmas shopping has to rate as the worst though. The entire concept of buying gifts purely for the sake of it befuddles me! Far better to exchange heartfelt wishes than material junk. - If someone acually needs something that is a different matter... I already have a Christmas present - a cattle dung scraper
Very happy I am with it too - so happy in fact that I am about to go and scrape some cattle dung now as it has finally got a bit brighter out there.
Boffin - me too, hate shopping. The weekly food shop is done as quickly as possible.
At least its Friday.
friday..............I ran and cycled yesterday...but will be in awaiting my sofas today.the last thing needed for my room....so training has to recommence
off to the beacons tomorrow for a recce again
Yup - shopping ugh. Also, I totally agree Boff, Christmas really bothers me. Just yesterday heard myself asking the children to "try and think of things they want". Pretty sure it shouldn't be this way.
On the other hand, it's a lot better than it used to be - Amazon.co.uk and Sainsbury.co.uk. At least these days it's easy for me to waste money on stuff no one needs.
I don't do cards and all the nieces and nephews get money...........I also stop when they get to 18 and then restart when the great nieces and nephews come along.we have p of those already.....
i don't get presents for any brothers or sisters and already with the kids we do a secret sant present so that the boys don't ned to think about buying for each other now they are older..........
so apart from money for the grandchildren.......I only buy for 2 mothers...........my hubby and for our 3 kids...........end of present shopping.....
Morning all first day back in work today and still got the lurgy enjoy your dung scraping Boffin
cow dung scraping sounds such an absorbing activity Boff!
I'm also a one for trying to buck the trend over the greed and avarice that Christmas has become. I've not had a present for some years now and apart from the children do a token present for the grown up kids and buy something small but nice for some close friends. In my time I've had 4 parents to buy for, but only have one left now in my step mother and she's easily pleased bless her.
I've cut back big time on the cards. I send one to the whole team at work and an email greeting to the partner agencies. As the manager I suppose I'll need to get something for the team this year, it's a tradition and I don't mind because they are such a good lot. But previous managers have bought huge tins of chocs for each department (there are around 6 in each) and they are there until well into the middle of January, then everyone goes on a diet to lose the weight that all the chocs and cakes have piled on the hips! Doesn't really make sense does it?
Same thoughts here about Christmas. For years, we have all said that we should give to charity instead of buying more 'stuff' to put with the stuff we all ready have. Never happens....
Jones - hope you have a bit of a rest planned before training for VLM.
Boffin - there is no end to the lovely tasks when living on a farm!
Didn't get the job but there till December. May be other things coming up though so not such a bad thing
Mr & Mrs Jones appear to be in to marathon running with a gusto that somehow I know I will never have.
As sue says Xmas can be an awful time for getting fat.
Nice 11 miler last night and got very wet. Loads of hills. I hate running on the flat.
I had a fabulous time scraping cow dung with my 'Christmas Present'. So much easier on the back to clear them out with the scraper than by fork or shovel... now the cattle are in the barn for the winter they produce around a barrowful of dung each day - beginning to produce rather a nice compost heap
There is satisfaction in clearing out the cattle - quite aside from making a nice area for the cattle to be in. In the summer, either I cut and bale grass or get others to do it for me, then during the winter this is fed to the cattle. The cattle munch away on all this grass and produce lovely fibrous nitrogen rich manure which ends up on the veg patch in two years time. This of course then produces lots of lovely veggies to be eaten either by us or the animals.
Recycling at work
Better to do what you enjoy Alex; you had a great time at Snowdon - after your pre event excitments - find another hilly marathon course to get your teeth into.. have you had a go at the Cornish Marathon yet? Fabulous event; low key, enter on the day, loads of challenging hills - non too big, no hassle and good organisation. - Oh, and you get a pastie at the end - now that has to be motivation for lost mojo and plenty of gusto
Sorry to hear about the job NR. What's next on the horizon?
Quiet weekend for me really. Bit of rugby and kids stuff and lots to do on my dissertation.
Will have a run tomorrow as usual.
I like pasties. They are just a pie with a handle really.
Boffin - must give Cornwall a go. Well done on the dung scraping.
JD - there may be other opportunities at the uni but at lower grades. Bit of a dilemma.
Tracey - hope your stomach is better.
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