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General Discussion / Re: New Members
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:44:47 PM »
I have a friend who visits me and still lives in Arcus Road.  A gang of girls were making her life a misery last summer , playing in her front garden and breaking her fence much in fact that the police were involved.  She is planning on moving as most of the people she knew have moved away now.  Bel

General Discussion / Re: Doggies and Vets
« on: November 03, 2008, 05:02:49 PM »
little Sapphie has to go to the vet every week to have her blood checked. The high dose of medication she is on makes her very very hungry and she has been getting me up in the night for an extra dinner (already has sometimes 3 a day).The vet says that she cant help this and I must get up and feed her .  He is a lovely young man and to see her eating once again it is worth it. The funny thing is her coat (which is very thick) is changing colour, and is showing through in patches of grey (she is a black dog with a white bib) and he cannot explain this.  What with the scabs on her ears, a funny coat, and a rather plump tummy she is truly a dog only a mother could love.   We took her to Greenwich park today (her favourite park to chase the squirrels ) and I have never known her to have such energy, how long it will last I dont know but we just take every day as it comes with her. Thank you all for your interest ..these little animals are so precious..\bel

General Discussion / Re: Old Age - how it creeps up - This is me!!!
« on: October 30, 2008, 05:03:47 PM »
oh dear,  I have finally lost the plot.  On washing up the other day, the handle of a saucepan snapped in two . As it was a large one, and one that is rarely used I thought I would take it back to the shop and complain.  This I did and was told there were no simiiar ones left (I had no receipt and couldnt remember how long I had had it) but they would keep  the saucepan and wait until the buyer came in the next day as he would definitely know and then would phone me.  However a few days later I had a "flash back" and realized that I had bought the saucepan from another shop which had closed down!!!!  never did receive the phone call but the men in white coats are on their way.  Bel

General Discussion / Doggies and Vets
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:31:39 PM »
My dear little crossbred (collie/lab) five years old and from a rescue centre - she had five places of abode before she was 14 weeks old - has just been diagnosed with Addisons Disease which is apparently  very rare (my vet has only had one more case in 10 years). This means she will be on medication for the rest of her life and in two weeks has already cost me 600. having to stay at the vets overnight as well as being on a drip. Unfortunately I have not got her insured .However her drugs will be affordable once she is stabilized. We all love her dearly and are lucky that we can afford this.   On talking to the vet however, I was dismayed to hear that people are bringing in their pets to be put down as they cannot afford the vets fees. Rescue centres have a waiting list of 6 weeks to 3 months and although there are centres to take sick animals (a small charge is asked for) such as R.S.P.C.A. and P.D.S.A. you have to be on certain benefits .There is a waiting list for appointments as well.  Bel

General Discussion / Re: THE CIRCUS IS BACK
« on: October 13, 2008, 07:23:32 PM »
oh  just to   mention we had a really glorious sunny day yesterday, really hot in the 70s so we paid our last visit of the season to Minster on the Isle of Sheppy .Folk were in swimming and windsurfing and it was like mid summer.  As if to give lie to that the trees are really beautiful all different shades of Autumn. We actually found the old Minster but unfortunately it was closed as it is only open when they have a service.

General Discussion / Re: THE CIRCUS IS BACK
« on: October 13, 2008, 12:40:40 PM »
All wild animals should be free.I remember going to the zoo with the school and many years later taking my children to the same zoo, and the same lions were still there in the very same cages, I felt so sad for them.

General Discussion / Re: THE CIRCUS IS BACK
« on: October 11, 2008, 01:42:05 PM »
yes.  I used to feel so sad to see the elephants when they were tied up together at the back of the big top, still swaying their trunks as if in time to some music that only they could hear.  It is so much nicer now and I just love the high wire artists, what skill they have.

General Discussion / THE CIRCUS IS BACK
« on: October 10, 2008, 03:04:04 PM »
The Moscow State Circus is on Blackheath next week. When my son was little (he is 53 now) it was part of his birthday treat every year  to attend and a circus still arrives on Blackheath on his birthday to this day.  Of course you had the elephants, lions and tigers  etc., then but now it is just trapeze artists, clowns etc.On mothers day this year my youngest son took me to a circus and I was thrilled to bits and thoroughly enjoyed it (just a big kid at heart). The candyfloss went down a treat and the smell of the big top and the sawdust brought back many happy memories.  Belx ;D

General Discussion / Re: chickens
« on: October 05, 2008, 09:01:29 PM »
ahhhh  yes I remember my pet rabbit Queenie (who came from Haircuts of course and cost ten shillings} Meat was scarce during the war and she duly ended up in the stewpot. I hated school dinners but had them until the last of my pets bones were boiled up and made into soup. 

General Discussion / chickens
« on: October 05, 2008, 02:13:17 PM »
 ::)I  dont know why, but suddenly I was thinking about how most people who had gardens on the Downham Estate where I lived kept chickens in their garden. My dad used to go "up the lane" and purchase these day old chicks which were kept warm in a box by the side of the fire. A few of them died (and I shed a few tears for them) and as the remaining ones grew they were put in a pen in the garden and eventually we had new laid eggs for breakfast and a fresh chicken for Christmas dinner. Both my grandmothers kept chickens as well (no foxes about then as I can recall).Next door to us they had two turkeys running around the garden (one of them got out and got run over).The remaining turkey made a lovely Christmas dinner for them.

General Discussion / Re: Everyone's gone missing again!!!!!
« on: September 27, 2008, 11:38:42 PM »
well at least you can have the last word.

General Discussion / Re: Old Age - how it creeps up - This is me!!!
« on: September 27, 2008, 11:34:44 PM »
well.......I went into the paper shop to pay the weekly paper bill, and gave the address that I used to live at five years ago.!  Reminds me of the time I took an old lady home from the hospital for a visit to her home to arrange for some external rails to be fitted.  She gave me her address (which I should have checked)  and when I got there and tried her key in the lock it wouldn't work so I knocked on the door which was opened by a very attractive young man with a very scanty bath towell around him (I had apparently got him out of the bath as he thought somebody was trying to break in).  Yes you have guessed right, she used to live there before she got married twenty odd years ago,  and there was I standing on the step with this old lady telling him that I had bought her home for him to took after.   He was not impressed..    Belx         

General Discussion / Re: Everyone's gone missing again!!!!!
« on: September 25, 2008, 02:08:50 PM »
sounds like you had a good result Pauline.  I tried talking to my apple tree and my runner beans, but I dont think they liked the tone of voice I used. We have had a few good days here and my son has hired a "tower" to paint the outside of the house ( having   3 stories being a town house) but he is finding it very difficult as he has found out he doesnt like heights. The nights are drawing in and the shops are full of Halloween gear, fireworks and Christmas cards already which i find very depressing as I feel we havnt had a summer yet.I must have blinked and missed it.  Love Belx

General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:21:24 PM »
oh  Brenda how very nasty finding a worm in the roe.  We used to have roes regularly from our local Morrisons fish counter till one hot day I saw a couple of bluebottles hovering over them which quite turned me off of buying them . I used to cook herrings in vinegar in the oven for my Dad and could never get rid of the smell which lingered for a couple of days. Never tried faggots but you can still buy them locally in the butchers.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: August 16, 2008, 09:41:38 PM »
well I used to cook tripe and onions for my dad, and I must say that I enjoyed this as well, but could never quite make it like my mum. There is a sweet shop on Sheppy that sells all the old fashion sweets and I must call in next time and have a look round.  Golly bars were my favourite a farthing each ( small solid toffy bar) and my halfpenny milk money often got spent this way.  I found two little honey bees indoors today, and carefully put them on the flowers on my runner beans (for ever hopeful thats me). To date I have a fair amount of flower and about 5 beans. Bel

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