No no, Spence, moths are not evil! They don't sting or bite, they just don't belong in the house. Just gather it gently into a light cloth, like a dishcloth, open the window and shake the cloth and it will fly away. You're happy, moth is happy, what's not to love?
Or if you are really so vicious, I could lend you Monty. He catches flies. (And eats them
(hands Nogs a cup of fresh coffee) Please, join me, Nogs. I am so with you: " I'd rather look at one work for hours than see the whole collection". Really experiencing one good piece of art idoes me for the day. Maybe it's just cos I'm too ignorant to get it all at once, but I mean, you wouldn't sit down to try to listen to the entire oeuvre of Bach all at once, would you?? Why do we do it visually?
Van Gogh, definitely. Oh, and Pippi (I think it was Pippi?) is right, don't miss the poffertjes! And here's an idea: why not come back when Mr C and I are there and we can meet up????
Spence, why fight with the moth? Can't you trap it gently in something like a dishtowel and just release it out the window?
Roger, Podds Knows. Do what she says, and you won't go wrong Congratulations on really great progress so far, BTW. And pop in here any time, we're always glad to see you! (BTW, we are not obsessed with Amsterdam, but Noggie is going for a weekend and those who have been there are 'helping' him plan his time )
Pippi, the festival sounds great, even if soggy! And for you a day with art and photography must have been brill, you know what you're looking at!
Podds, thanks for the medical info, it sounds as if the bottom line is that the DG is coming along well. Hope you get good news from the oncologist and he can start chemo quickly and get it behind him. xx
Where is the Yumbly one? She's normally in early.
Starting to feel human again now that the meds are out of the system. And it looks like summer has had a re-think and decided to come back for a little while Might try a ramble with Monty if it doesn't get too hot. WAISt well, all. xxx
Roger, welcome to the zoo. You are off to a great start---now the trick is to stick with it, slow and steady, That's where we come in. This is a great place to go for encouragement, info, general support and, well, anything really. This lot have kept me going more times than I can even remember, so come on in, pull up a chair, and make yourself at home.
Podds, that sounds like good news for the DG, tho I'm not sure what it means when something is 'heating by the 2nd intention'? At least they are keeping a good eye on him, and my understanding is that chemo is far less tough for dogs than people, so hopefully the worst is well behind him now.
You go right ahead and moan, it sounds like it's pretty full-on at work right now. Try to hang onto a little of the holiday feeling if you can---stroking a cat helps!
JFF, with a nice chug and a horrid queue that was a bit of a curate's egg start to the day! Hope most of it was more like the chug than the queue.....
Tubs, glad the eyes are relatively stable for now. How is Porky faring today after the trauma yesterday? Oh, and well done on the bucket thingy. Not my scene, but I admire any effort made for charity!
((((((Spence, nan, dad, step-mum and step-sis)))))
That sounds like a lot for you all to cope with. It must be so very frightening to be old, dependent and confused like that. As you said, it would almost be better if she could get out of it now. And how hard for your step-mum, knowing about it and being unable to help. And your dad too. Oh dear. Lots of vibes for you all. xxxx
Sluggie, sounds like errands and a sluggie and then curling up inside again was the best way to spend a day like that! Maybe you will get a nice sunset....
Nogs, Onesie is right, Leiden is a nicer city to walk around and Noordwijk has a great beach, but Amsterdam is one of those you just have to see. And you will have a fab time! DO take a boat trip on the canals, you will see the city as it was designed to be seen. The Rijksmuseum is magnificent, and has just been entirely redone. Trams are a fab way to get around. REMEMBER TO LOOK OOUT FOR BIKES IF YOU STEP OFF THE PAVEMENT! And eat. Try pannekoek (pancakes, but with 100 or more different topics, so they can be anything from a snack to a full meal), appelgebak (Dutch version of apple pie, available everywhere with coffee), and when you have a nice beer order a bittergarnituur to go with it (little deep-fried goodies, maybe some cheese with mustard to dip it in....yum!). If you have time, have a rijsttaffel for dinner: Indonesian meal with loads of tiny little dishes that you choose from. Oooh, you will have a great time!
24 hours off antiB's and I'm starting to have some energy again---hooray. Mr C took me to this place this morning, really beautiful, right half is a medieval fortress, left half is a Renaissance palace:
Excellent questions from her Meldiness---to which I would add, are you going for just one day to Amsterdam, Nogs???Well, after your splendid performance in the Welsh mountains, if you want a day in Amsterdam, you're entitled to it, that was a most noble effort----101 miles up and down! Bliddy well done, sir!
Melds, glad to know you dragooned someone into moving the cupboard for you. Does this mean you are entirely moved into the new place now?
Onesie, your court curtseys (I guess that's what they were?) sound like a more than adequate substitute for squats And I luuurve your autumn nest-building approach. My fave season too, and I know exactly the sort of instinctive reactions you describe Although even I can see that August is a tad early for this to be starting....
Hope it's been adequately fettled now and is good for lots more miles.
Tubs, I cannot believe they are letting people do motorcycle racing with the weather we've all had. Mad, quite mad. LOL at your description of Porky, but of course it's not funny at all if the poor thing is really frightened. Sounds like knocking him out while the vet does the necessary will be best for everyone. BTW, how are your eyes now ,after your dash to the doctor last week?
Podds, 'in a moment of technological genius I managed to get my mother's laptop to talk to my wifi................. ' That really is technical genius of a VERY high order!! And I second Sluggie's questions, how's the DG now?
Sluggie, going to a funeral is not an ideal way to spend your birthday, but SB and gf will both have really appreciated your support. Hope there will be more coffee and cakes to come in the next few days.
Oh dear, sounds like the holiday feeling didn't last much past the office threshold Hope the problems sort out quickly and you can settled into something more rewarding.
The 2 year old was very precocious and very charming. Kept a good eye on Monty: he was very gentle, but he's a big boy so I kept him out of the way part of the time. That was our last social duty for about 2 weeks, will be lovely to be hermits for a little while Took my last antiB, hooray, hoping some energy will now return. Off to bed now, a good sleep always helps, right? Sleep tight all xxxxx
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLUGGIE!!! Hope it's a brilliant day---how nice that SB can stay on for it, even if the ostensible reason for his stay is sad. And I hope the 'Friend' smartens up so poor Slugmummy feels a bit better. As you said, at her age she really deserves to be happy and cared for. xxx
Westie, what a marvellous idea for you to present Scott's medal! Must have been a great moment of triumph for you both. And those photos of Ballater were fantastic. Hope you have a brilliant time up there.
Yums, belated congratulations on the GCSE successes! You should BOTH be very well pleased with that! I note what you have been saying about rain: 10 k in the rain....seems to be raining now.... hmmm, maybe I won't go live in Essex after all... (not that I need to, it's raining here too!!!)
DL, I am appalled at the way your FC's are treated. They seem to be picked up and put down without warning and without introduction or explanation: no wonder they give up trying to form any kind of stable attachment, and lose all sense of who they are! Their time with you, even if it's short, is probably one of the few happy and supportive periods they have in such sadly cut-up lives. I am so glad to think of you and OH doing this. Oh, and I hope a little tent of sunshine appears above your head this weekend to reward your goodness!
WB Coco, it's good to have you home. And obviously the kitty is immensely gratified to have the full complement of servants in the house again Sounded like a great holiday, but nice that you were ready to come home. That's just the right kind of break.
Melds, thanks for mentioning the Tattoo----it's an all-time fave of mine, went with my parents a few times and always try to attend by telly or YouTube. I love the finale: in my mis-spent youth I was a piper, and Scotland the Brave was always my dad's favourite march. We played him out with that at his memorial service, so much more sensible than a lament for a gent of 94 who was delighted to be moving on.
I've been trying to write a condolence letter to the sister of a colleague and friend of 30 years standing who died last week. Take nothing for granted, eh?
But despite the rain, things will be cheery here today. Last day of antiB's (hooray) AND friends with a 2 year old are coming for lunch. Must look around the house to see what a 2 year old might find to 'play' with ....!