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Old 27th Feb 2018, 11:56
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Commiserations Pinky. Can only echo what hifly says.

Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Having anticipated little or no snow, we have 8cm (verified by the weather station at Albemarle Barracks).
T'will always be RAF Ouston as far as I'm concerned - a delightful place which was probably wrecked by the pongoes when they moved in. My ATC squadron used to do the air experience flying from there; plus I did me gliding course there and managed to go solo.

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Old 27th Feb 2018, 13:41
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Aww Pinky, commiserations for you and Mrs Pinky. RIP Whiskers. You were both richer for her being in your lives and she showed her appreciation. She may have been tiny but I bet she had the heart of a lioness. I know my lil cat did.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 14:21
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That's very sad, Pinky and I think you'll find that most of the folk here are very understanding having been through that themselves. You will miss her, there's no doubt and there will be tears ... think of those as due tribute.

Interestingly, my ginger princess, Marmalion, had to be put down nearly a year ago and she had the same cancer as Whiskers the Cat. I miss her still ... purring herself to sleep on my bed, loudly demanding her tucker, doing that nose-wipe across my shins ...

Having an animal euthanased is the last kind thing we can do for them in return for everything they give us. The last thing they know is the sound of a familiar voice and the touch of a gentle hand ... and that's not a bad way to go.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 14:29
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Pinky,
Sorry for your loss, we went through the same a couple of months ago.
Not fun.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 14:46
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Commiserations, Pinky.

Bluey - you expressed that beautifully. I hadn't thought of letting a pet go in those terms, but you're absolutely right.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 17:14
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Pinky, so sorry to hear of Whisker's departure from this life. An extremely difficult decision to take but it's the greatest gift that you can give to a well-loved pet.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 18:23
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Pinky - thoughts beaming across the world to you mate. You know you did the right thing but it doesn't make it any better.

She was lucky to have owned you both....
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 00:50
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Pinky - commiserations, very sad. Rest assured that she will be waiting for you.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 03:00
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Up and about again in the wee small hours driven from my bed by the
pestilence that is the insomnia fairies. Never mind, a couple of hours at the
keyboard and I'll be ready for sleep again. That is the joy of being retired -
it doesn't really matter. Anyway it was quite normal in Samuel Pepys time
for folk to potter about in the small hours and then back to bed for what
they called "second sleep".

According to local weather station it is currently -6C and feels like -10.5C
and I must be wary of frostbite. Not a hint of snow though. Not yet anyway.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 05:02
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Kind thoughts to Mr and Mrs Pinky.
Our cherished companion animals are very special gifts.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 06:38
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Bluey - you expressed that beautifully.
Thanks, RbG ... thinking of it that way has helped me at those times when I've had to make The Decision for one of the fur people. I've often wished that they would just shuffle off this mortal coil while curled up cosy and warm, full of tasty tucker and fast asleep. Doesn't ever seem to work that way though does it?
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 08:03
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Morning folks.

Been snowing here but the roads are clear. Apparently, in the deep south - well, at Stamford - the A1 is closed due to snow. Glad I'm not at Wittering any more.

One shall stay indoors today.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 08:03
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Excellent Dickens’ punch line reported in today’s Times.

“It is well known that Charles Dickens first published his novels in serial form. However, Richard Osman, co-host of the TV quiz show Pointless, was surprised to be told by one of his question-setters that A Tale of Two Cities was serialised in two local newspapers. “Which ones?” asked Osman, drawing the reply: “It was the Bicester Times, it was the Worcester Times.”
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 09:32
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My thanks and those of Mrs Pinky to all of you who commented upon the loss of our beloved Cat.

I had Mrs Pinky read the posts, as she does not use a computer and was not aware of just how caring total 'strangers' can be.

I left her alone to read your kind posts and returned to find her in silent tears! She wishes to make her thanks to all of you.

A few general comments;

She may have been tiny but I bet she had the heart of a lioness.
Oh my flamin' oath she did! A short story; One afternoon I was in our car shed doing something when I heard Mrs Pinky call for me to "come and look at this!"

Out the front of the house at the top of the driveway was a very large Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, and staring it down from only about three feet away was tiny little Whiskers the Cat. This standoff continued for about 20 seconds, whilst the dog's owner stood nearby, calling to it to 'come on and leave the cat alone....'

You can guess the rest!

The dog took off down the road, 'yipe yipe yiping...' in terror, Whiskers actually chasing the dog across the road with
the dog's owner in hot pursuit. Once the Dog had disappeared, she gave a contemptuous flick of her tail, returned to our property and calmly walked around to the back of the house where she hopped up onto a table where (one of) her Supper dishes were situated and looked very pointedly at it!

Whilst I was preparing something for her to eat, Mrs Pinky quietly informed me that this was the second such incident to occur, the first one being with a Staffy/Labrador cross dog, and only about half an hour previously.


She was lucky to have owned you both....
Angels; Yes she did now, didn't she!

I've often wished that they would just shuffle off this mortal coil while curled up cosy and warm, full of tasty tucker and fast asleep. Doesn't ever seem to work that way though does it?
Bluey; Em nau! But it never does though, does it.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 10:12
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Very sorry to hear that Pinky, know the feeling only too well.
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 10:41
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Saw this on BBC Breakfast this morning. Is as impressive as the poppies at The Tower of London four years ago but in a very different manner. Watch the video, it's very thought provoking.

There, but not there
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 10:42
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Who are these total strangers of whom you speak?

It may be an internet providing the intermediary - but this thread is still a personal connection IMHO. I know more about the people on this thread than I do about my next door neighbours!
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 14:25
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So very true Checkers.
Words well said.

The snows have arrived and I was planning on going to the pub tonight.
I will rephrase that: I am going to the pub tonight. The advice was to only go
out if your journey is necessary. Enough said.
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Old 1st Mar 2018, 05:08
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4mastacker - "echoes of a community sacrifice" indeed. Thank you for that link.

Around here - the days seem to be getting shorter in big chunks, sunrise and sunset closer together daily.
I hope those in the Norf are feeling the benefit.

Herds of Monarch Butterflies galumphing and flapping about here today, must have been a big emergence from chrysalids recently. Very pretty.
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Old 1st Mar 2018, 05:33
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Been handed a reprieve. Due to go across to Belgium today but company tells me that next week will be fine. Suits me Sir. To paraphrase an old newspaper headline 'Snow in Kent, Continent cut off'.

Oh, it's a bit nippy outdoors too.
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