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Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Good morning – Hopefully, by the time I have finished this mornings Chapter of these gripping episodes, I have managed to disconnect myself from Chapter 16. Fingers crossed, but I must say I have started this twice now and have switched myself off before I have reached this point in the exercise. So, press on as they used to say in the NAAFI queue – oh! Happy Days that they were.

It is not a very good morning for new enterprises by the looks of it ‘out there’. We have a south south easterly wind pushing out at 12 mph. That, connected with a forecast of light cloud to start then followed by heavy rain from about 10am onwards, with temperatures around 3c to 10c. doesn’t look like the start of the summer to me! However, Sylvia came back from town on Friday with a lovely bunch of daffodils that started to open very nearly as soon as she got them home. By Saturday the were looking really lovely. We also have plants doing likewise in the garden.

I have spent some time during the week ‘playing’ with my new Tablet computer. It is taking me some time to get it trained as my eyesight at the moment leaves a lot to be desired, and after a couple of hours playing with it they decide they have has enough. But I am pleased with what I have achieved so far

Life in the garden is going to plan, as much as garden plans go at this time of the year. I must say (yet again!) that Sylvia is doing a grand job. Elsewhere things have been rather busy on the social front. We have had a few visitors dropping in on one pretext or another, yesterday my sister and her daughter dropped in for a couple of hours land caught me on my own, Sylvia had just gone out to visit an elderly neighbour who in in a care home about a mile away. Tuesday, I had my blood test, it came out a nice deep red colour. Next one in 8 week’s time. Tuesday my new wireless keyboard and mouse combo arrived, it settled down very easily I am glad to report. Friday night I had a meeting up in Denbigh which finished late and it was gone 10pm and my bed=time bu the time I got home. To finish the week off we have two of our friends down for lunch to-day, and it is fingers crossed this morning’s preacher does not go on too long in the pulpit!

And that reminds me to close this morning’s wanderings and get myself ready to face the day. Have a good week, and remember to keep a close eye on the weather! I will now press the magic button and hope to find that I have managed to open Chapter 17 in its own place.


Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Dave, in your diatribe this weekend, you mention that you had a blood test and it came out nice and red. I had to go for a check-up on the 16th. They are keeping tabs on me since my last heart attack last July. Left-arm, I queried? Twill do, she said. BUT, apparently, all the blood vessels in my left arm HAD VANISHED! Strangest thing ever. Right arm was OK and two small vials of nice dark red blood flowed down. But, normally, the blood vessels in my left arm are truly visible and available. I'll have to keep an eye on the arm to see what's happening.

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Good Morning to you Larry - How strange! No doubt if you pop along to your doctors shop he will tell you not to worry - it's 'armless'!!
Sorry mate - I think it is too early for me to try and make jokes this morning.

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Dave, you really must bring yourself into the modern world! POP along to the doctors? Might have done 40 years ago, but nowadays? Lucky if you can get in to see a doctor within a fortnight. And there are 12 doctors in the surgery. And NO, I do not live in the middle of a town. I'm a suburban dweller. No wonder the A&E departments are overworked! If you are lucky you might get an appointment in a week from phoning. Phoning? One number. You spend up to 20 minutes waiting for a reply only to be told you cannot see anybody for a week or ten days. Wonderful NHS service we have now. Join BUPA or some such org and you can get an appointment in a couple of days and then you find you see one of the doctors from your local surgery!! Boom Boom. And have you seen the wages they get?

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Good morning all - Now this is a far more reasonable time of the day to be doing this sort of thing, quite civilised in fact. Yes, we are excused chapel parade this morning and we are making the most of it.

It has been a week of minor frustrations really. Nothing too dramatic, just little things here and there going awry, the TV has developed indigestion and the picture breaks up continuously. Yesterday afternoon I spent an hour checking the more obvious things, and after plugging our small bedroom TV on to the aerial and found that that was behaving normally decided that the fault lay within the TV. I have a note on my desk now to remind me to phone the insurance company for a job number and the phone number of their local TV repair firm so that I can get the set checked over and, hopefully, repaired. Friday, two of our vertical blinds (Roman blinds I believe is the trade name for what I always think of as vertical Venetian blinds) started to jam. The main lounge section I freed without too much bother, but the other culprit in the bathroom was more difficult, but it is now working with one strip still playing up and refusing to align with the rest of his mates, but it is hardly noticeable now. Our luncheon party went off very well on the Sunday, it is always a real pleasure to entertain two gents who have healthy appetites and really enjoy their food. It was gone 4pm before they left us.

The weather has been rather changeable and not to be relied on, despite that Sylvia was out there any time it was fit, either hanging out her washing or putting in a few more plants. She had her seeds delivered a couple of days ago, with a note to say the seed potatoes would be along later.

Well, there we are, I think that is just about all the news of the week. It is time now to see what my better half is up too. I could hear her on the phone to our daughter up in Birmingham area earlier. She is moving to a new house any time now, and yesterday she and her daughter were going to their intended house to do some measuring up and have a chat with the lady who is living there at the moment. Have a good week, and do keep warm.

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Dave, for a long time now there have been adverts on-line, on TV and in the papers about a TV antenna which apparently allows the possesser to tune into most of the Satellite stations with HD reception and not have to pay a penny in subscriptions. I have finally fallen for this and have sent off for one of these aerials. I hope I can paste here the address of the company and the e-mail address which, should you be interested, you can contact to find out about it. Anything to save you money seems to be a good idea. Here we go with the pastings:

Hello Thomas Southgate,

Thanks for your TVFox Antenna purchase! Your order is currently being processed. Once your package is on its way, we’ll send you an email with all the shipping details within 48 hours.
Hello Thomas Southgate,

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Ooops, made a little booby there, Dave. Anyway, hereunder should be the address details of the company with their e-mail address, should you be interested in finding out about this antenna from FOX.

Phone: 1-716-330-1335

Address: Strong Current Enterprises Limited: 19-21 Crawford Street, Dept 706, London, England, W1H 1PJ

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Morning to you Larry. Thank you for the address, I shall have to chase it up and see what it is all about. Though I must confess Sylvia and I watch very little in the way of TV program mes these days, we mainly watch some of the old favourite shows via our DVD.Currently we are just coming to the end of "New Tricks".

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Good morning all – I have just checked up on our local area weather forecast pkf of the BBC and was sorely tempted to go back to bed for the day! Most of the day we shall be having strong winds and sleet showers with the temperature wandering around the -3c mark. Ugh!!

My apologies for no rambling thoughts for last week, and what is more I cannot remember quite why that was. I think it was ‘just one of those things’ somehow. There is not a lot of news from this week just closed either. The weather has seriously curtailed any thoughts of gardening, even Sylvia has spent more time indoors catching up on her knitting and other suchlike activities. She has been saved by her seed potatoes, onions setts and various other seeds, which arrived in a smart little parcel the other day. Chitting is now in full spate in the little bedroom, and planting of seeds in the greenhouse is on the cards for any day now! She arrived home from town the other day with a large plant pot to re-pot one of the holly ‘trees’ which hasn’t been looking very happy in its old pot. I think my high light of the week was managing to get myself to the barbers for a beard trim and haircut.

Time to close on this morning’s effort, with the temperature out there set at -3c I can see it taking me longer than usual to get dressed up for chapel – got to remember that it may be a little on the cooler side in there this morning!

Have a safe week and do keep warm!!

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Dave, if you want to keep warm, do what I did. About six weeks ago I popped in to Marks and Sparks and bought a couple of pairs of 'long-johns'. Should have done this years ago. They really keep your legs warm and with warm legs it seems the rest of your body copies. But I also use winter-type undervests and have discovered you can buy Flannel shirts with a fleece liining and boy, do they keep you warm. They cost anything from 19 to 28 quid but are really worth the expense. I also found on Hoggs website a fleece type shirt jacket. So I'm really well wrapped up for the winter. But the long johns I would now recommend to anyone including ladies. Just thought you might like to know!

Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :

Good morning all - And it is a beautiful morning here to-day. Mind you, I am only going by looking out of the window here in my ‘office’. But it is good enough for me!

The sharper eyed of you out there will have realised that once again I seem to be writing this episode rather later than I usually do. Quite right, due to some cruel streak of fate I have ‘cricked’ my neck and twisted a tendon here or there, or whatever it was, and now I am moving rather gingerly, not the right frame of mind – or body – to be attending chapel. So, this morning my fate has been to be left behind and carve the chicken in time for lunch! Alas, wicked fate.

Apart from that it has been a generally quiet and uneventful sort of week. The highlights would appear to be the electricians visit on Wednesday morning to repair the bathroom heater fan, our fish delivery and finishing off with a meeting at night. That ran on a bit longer than it should have done due to some members love of hearing their own voices! No doubt most of you have run across them from time to time! Friday’s highlight was also an evening meeting, with more or less the same type of people.

Sylvia continues to battle it out with encroaching weeds, soil fouling cats, and applying her compost etc. to the various parts that need it. Fair play to her, the garden looks ready and eager to receive plants! Her daffs and other spring flowers are poking their heads out into the world and cheers us up in the bargain.

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself! And if I don’t get onto that chicken in the kitchen it will be MY head that is on the block. If I am lucky they will have had a longish sermon in chapel which should give me just about enough time to save my neck!

I saw your message about the ‘long john’s’ and so on at M & S Larry. But I have to confess I have been using them for a few years. Quite right though, they are well worth the cash! I used to be a Damart fan at one time.