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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 01:43
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You'd think they would just build a "hotel" with a couple of floors meeting that standard onto the court house (or close by), and never have to book or worry about being refused again.
I thought that too Checkers ... especially when the new District Court building was being constructed and the opportunity was right there. It was completed and "open for business" in 2008 and it wasn't until recently that sequestering a deliberating jury ceased to be the rule. Had such a dedicated suite of rooms been built they could easily have been converted into offices ... or even more courtrooms.

Karearea, I have a pink azalea that's never had any idea what season it might be ... it flowers whenever the mood takes it. Summer, middle of winter, makes no difference! I believe it's called "spot flowering"!
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 07:51
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Have we had an alien invasion and everyone's been carried off?
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 09:06
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Alien Invasion...

We're still ok this side of the ditch Bluey. Must be the Northen clans that have been taken...
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 09:17
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Have we had an alien invasion and everyone's been carried off?
That sounds like a good idea..
Not much to report here apart from getting my flu jab this morning, This afternoon to see a lady who has a couple of odd jobs for me. She told me that she is going to Ikea today which means I might have to assemble her purchases. Not my favourite job.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 10:08
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If you're good at assembling Ikea stuff hifly, would you mind doing this for me please?

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Old 24th Oct 2020, 10:33
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No problem Bluey that would be easy, I've booked my ticket already. Once had someone who wanted Ikea coat hangers and curtain rails put up. It was in a Victorian house where plaster had blown, as soon as I touched it bits of plaster walls and ceiling fell away. After some explanation they understood that it was not my fault that their walls were falling to pieces.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 11:07
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Bluey, with the clocks going back tonight and autumnal wet and windy weather encroaching, I think we in the northern hemisphere must be hibernating. That said, I was out walking latish on the common earlier in the week and it was mild enough for the pipistrelles still be fluttering about looking for some top up insects to see them through. I did some flying in mid-November last year.

Speaking of windy, the Sword of Damocles is hanging over my front door - which opens directly onto the pavement - in the shape of fascia and iron guttering which has become detached at one end and is sagging several feet. Currently supported at that end by some nylon rope and the other by the downpipe. I contracted with a roofer a month ago to have the roof replaced with scaffolding due to have gone up on the 20th. Their scaffolder had applied for a licence to erect scaffolding, normally issued by the council fairly promptly but apparently "there is a backlog due to Covid". My friend who works for the council says that is crap as they are all working from home and, unlike other departments in the council, have not been affected by redundancies due to the council leader's financial ineptitude (also blamed on Covid, conveniently overlooking matters prior to 2020). So I've suggested that the scaffolders point out the urgency because of the dangerous structure. In the meantime, the benign forecast I saw yesterday has been replaced by one suggesting 40kt gusts this afternoon and I am keeping a nervous eye on things, though a SW wind should "support" the structure rather than pushing it down and weakening it. The rope is good though. Fingers crossed for getting through the next 12 hours and scaffolders knocking on my door inside three days...

Like the pic!

Hifly, don't talk to me about blown Victorian plaster - all replaced and I've now got some relatively fresh Elizabethan plaster which is a slightly hollow-sounding here and there - I'm putting a few wood screws in to firm it up, pollyfillering and then hanging heavy gauge lining paper. Bodgit and Scarper, still in business!
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 13:40
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Flu jab ticked, walked straight into surgery, no temperature check and out in under five minutes. No queue, one else there apart from staff. I asked whether they had been busy, yes nurse replied 272 already this morning. I knew it was wise to turn up later in the one hour slot allocated.
As soon as I arrived back home a call from the lady who I was going to see about the odd jobs about. Meeting arranged for tomorrow morning.

treaders a good lining undercoat is a heavy gauge paper called Rockwall. Hung horizontally with a thinner gauge vertically on top hides uneveness and bumps.

Yesterday I spent a few hours clearing detritus off a valley roof. I do it every couple of years as seagulls nest on an adjoining roof. Thankfully no seagull carcasses this time. It was pleasantly warm up there, just finished before the downpour.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 16:25
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Back from Amsterdam. Sim time at last. All done and dusted. Haven't been able to get to the US for months.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 16:41
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Apparently its a ' mast' year. Lots of acorns and stuff. Went out this morning to Old Warden to collect sweet chestnuts, plenty of them too.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 17:39
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More apples off our tree this year than any other I can remember.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 20:00
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Absolutely tons of what I think are crab apples littering the local commons and woodland paths. There'll be a lovely smell of cider in a little while and I'll probably come home from me daily strolls emotional as well as tired.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 21:24
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Bodgit and Scarper, still in business!
- legal representatives: Sue, Grabbit & Run.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 21:35
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I always liked the sign on a van - "Singh and Sons, Builders - you've had the cowboys, now try the Indians"...
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Old 26th Oct 2020, 06:36
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One of the best strap lines ever seen, tready! I'd hire them on the strength of that alone!

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Old 26th Oct 2020, 14:14
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Corvid distraction.
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Old 26th Oct 2020, 22:08
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Thanks Meadowrun, I enjoyed that. It was obvious from his lines that he was expecting oncoming traffic...reminds us how brave they were.

As an aside, can I challenge the PPRuNe collective to assist in some detective work?

There is a woods I frequent, with a memorial stone to a Jo Bonham Carter, 1944 - 1998, who "spent a happy childhood in this place"

Its a small, 30 ish acre woods, a remaining remnant of an historically large estate, house long since demolished, estate sold off etc.

The woods are now in benevolent private ownership, open to the public, no horses, no alcohol, etc and have a wonderful collection of mature trees from 20M common lime to black oak to monkey puzzle etc.

I'm curious as to who Jo Bonham Carter was and what her links to this place were.

The woods are located in SE Ireland.

ps the Labrador is cracking on, I guess the Vets prediction of his imminent expiry was a false positive
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 00:22
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Originally Posted by mini View Post
Thanks Meadowrun, I enjoyed that. It was obvious from his lines that he was expecting oncoming traffic...reminds us how brave they were.

As an aside, can I challenge the PPRuNe collective to assist in some detective work?

There is a woods I frequent, with a memorial stone to a Jo Bonham Carter, 1944 - 1998, who "spent a happy childhood in this place"

Its a small, 30 ish acre woods, a remaining remnant of an historically large estate, house long since demolished, estate sold off etc.

The woods are now in benevolent private ownership, open to the public, no horses, no alcohol, etc and have a wonderful collection of mature trees from 20M common lime to black oak to monkey puzzle etc.

I'm curious as to who Jo Bonham Carter was and what her links to this place were.

The woods are located in SE Ireland.

ps the Labrador is cracking on, I guess the Vets prediction of his imminent expiry was a false positive
Google is your friend. I found a reference to Joanna Bonham-carter in Wikipedia - might be a useful lead. Happy hunting 😳
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 10:15
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I am always amused to see sea gulls in the park over the road. We couldn't be further from the sea if we tried.
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 10:27
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Originally Posted by mini View Post
Thanks Meadowrun, I enjoyed that. It was obvious from his lines that he was expecting oncoming traffic...reminds us how brave they were.

As an aside, can I challenge the PPRuNe collective to assist in some detective work?

There is a woods I frequent, with a memorial stone to a Jo Bonham Carter, 1944 - 1998, who "spent a happy childhood in this place"

Its a small, 30 ish acre woods, a remaining remnant of an historically large estate, house long since demolished, estate sold off etc.

The woods are now in benevolent private ownership, open to the public, no horses, no alcohol, etc and have a wonderful collection of mature trees from 20M common lime to black oak to monkey puzzle etc.

I'm curious as to who Jo Bonham Carter was and what her links to this place were.

The woods are located in SE Ireland.

ps the Labrador is cracking on, I guess the Vets prediction of his imminent expiry was a false positive
We have something similar in the woods near us, a little memorial with plate. Turns out this was in memory of a long time farm worker who liked that particular spot. The brass plate has long since been worn smooth but his two sisters used to come with fresh flowers. William Holt I think he was named. The opposite of famous.
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