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General Discussion / House prices on Downham
« on: May 21, 2008, 05:48:11 AM »
Just out of interest I googled Geraint Road, Downham, and there is a house for sale (looks awful) for 209,000 pounds!   EEKK!!!, when I convert that to dollars its horrifying.

General Discussion / Where is everyone?
« on: May 16, 2008, 02:30:31 AM »
Lots of nothing on the site lately.
What is everyone doing?
Here in OZ we had Mothers Day - and now that the children are grown it's much better, they invite themselves to lunch and bring lunch with them!
So much easier.  They spend too much on presents, all wrapped up beautifully - but then the little grandithings fight over which one of THEM is going to open it for me.  Makes me feel quite decrepit.
Weather turning quite chilly now - 19 deg today.  Got my parka out for the first time this year.
Plenty of rain I'm glad to say, everything is looking green and fresh.  Every morning the birds are out making such a racket, especially the parrots.

General Discussion / Easter
« on: March 19, 2008, 06:37:43 AM »
So - what is everyone doing for Easter?

We are doing nothing - staying home.

We have a sick Kelpie, I have to give her injections twice a day, so we can't leave her.
I keep telling her that she is 105 years old with a heart condition - but like all kelpies she can't sit still for long.

I hope everyone has a safe and uneventful holiday.

Where are they now? / Lost Cousin
« on: February 24, 2008, 05:16:18 AM »
Does anyone know the whereabouts of my cousin Trevor Wynne.  He would sometimes live with my Aunt (his gran) in Gareth Grove.  His Mum lived on a road off Downham Way (the name escapes me - Glen something).  He had a sister Bronwyn.  I think he went to Downham Boys.  He would now be about 63 year old.

General Discussion / Where's Bel?
« on: February 22, 2008, 06:50:42 AM »
Where are you Bel?

General Discussion / It's Raining!!!
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:54:05 AM »
Yippee - It's raining.  We've had 46 days without rain, and it's raining today.

General Discussion / Nostalgia
« on: December 06, 2007, 01:05:04 AM »
Every morning on my way to work I listen to a local radio station which just happens to be located in the grounds of the University where I work.  The reason I listen to this program is because they only play songs from 50s, 60s and 70s.  Every morning one of the presenters comes on an gives results of the overnight soccer games in England and Europe.  This morning as he gave the results, I was whisked back to see my Dad huddled by the radio taking down the football results and then checking his coupon. We never did win.  But it's strange how a sudden smell or action can act like a time machine and take us back all those years.

General Discussion / Schooltome
« on: November 20, 2007, 02:47:28 AM »
This morning I attended my grandsons school because he was presented with an award.  There are many times in the year when we are invited to one of the grandthings schools for some presentation or show. We are even asked to go and help out on occasions when there is an excursion or trip somewhere.

Made me think back to when I was at Churchdown.  I seemed to get the impression that parents attended only on Open Day, or at Christmas for the play or carol service.  At other times parents seemed to be actively discouraged from entering the school grounds.

Is this just my memory?  Or does anyone else get the same impression?

General Discussion / Christmas
« on: November 09, 2007, 01:31:40 AM »
I am wondering if Christmas is the same?

For us it has to be different, the weather for instance is warmer.  We tend to spend our time outdoors.  The kids have fun in the pool.  Then we all have a game of cricket in the garden, I am an umpire, and you would be surprised at the number of drinks breaks we get.

We will have the traditional Christmas lunch.  We have friends arriving from UK on 15 December,  They have been before and really wanted to migrate here. But they are retired, and the government wanted $500,000 bond.  They would get interest payments on that money, but would still have to buy a house and live!  So they have decided to spend 3 months of the year here with us.

We will have 17 for Christmas Lunch this year.

My daughter is the table decorator.  Last year was very formal black and silver.  This year is hippy style.  We may need our sunnies at the table.

The younger grandthings are now older so they will be more fun to watch opening their presents.  The older ones will get money, I wouldn't dream of trying to figure out what they want.

General Discussion / Wot's 'Appening then?
« on: September 07, 2007, 09:28:28 AM »
Hey everyone - where are you?
There must be some news to spread around the world.
Who's doing what and better still who's been caught? ;D

General Discussion / Flu?
« on: August 09, 2007, 04:44:39 AM »
Just checking on everyones health.  This flu/virus thingy seems to be everywhere.  Those poor little children dying, it's just terrible. I've never known it so bad.

I went home from work a week ago Monday feeling fine, but about 8pm I started coughing, coughed and sneezed all night.  Tuesday morning felt like death warmed up.  Pete decamped to another bedroom. Spent the rest of the week + weekend in bed, no betther this Monday, finally pulled myself together to get back to work today.  Only to be greeted with "you look terrible - go home".  But I am going to see it through, still coughing, but that will take a while to go.  It seems like only a few weeks ago I had this same thing.  I have the flu needle every year, but still seem to go down with something. The dogs like it, they get to spend the day indoors laying on my bed!

Still the sun is shining today although there is a bitterly cold wind.

General Discussion / Wakey! Wakey!
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:24:15 AM »
Today Pete brought me a cup of coffee in bed  yelling "Wakey! Wakey" followed by 6 bars of "Somebody stole my girl".  That started it.  Do you all remember Sunday lunchtimes listening to The Billy Cotton Show, Meet the Huggets, Round the Horn, and The Clitheroe Kid? We would first listen to Family Favourites, then one of the other comedy shows.  How we would all laugh at the sometimes stupid jokes and sketches.  But Pete's awakening this morning brought it all back. The one that really amused me was Educating Archie. Archie was a ventriloquists dummy - but on radio?  That was really strange.

General Discussion / Oranges and Lemons
« on: June 27, 2007, 07:16:11 AM »
No not the song.
I've just picked my first 'crop' of home grown oranges!!   Sadly there were only 3 on the tree, but they were the biggest most beautiful juicy sweet oranges I have tasted.  I ate one in work, and believe me I nearly flooded the place with juice. Showing off, and telling everyone "I made it myself". I shall be picking the grapefuits next week, they are pink ones, and supposed to be weeter than the usual ones.  Unfortunately the lemon tree decided not to produce this year! I whispered in its ear that it is on borrowed time, so I should get a bumper log next year!

Which reminds me that my Dad only got oranges and apples for Christmas presents.  What a difference from now when my granddaughter has asked me for a laptop!  Yeah, well good luck with that one!

What's happening to everyone?  Not too much rain I hope.  For us we cannot get too much rain - the weatherman actually apologieses if there is no rain in the offing.

General Discussion / Rain!!!????
« on: May 18, 2007, 08:13:30 AM »
Hi Brenda

Did you get any of that torrential rain we've just heard about?

General Discussion / Icons
« on: May 04, 2007, 05:55:16 AM »
Can everyone else see the emotive icons.  I just get a large red X in a square with the name beside it!

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