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  1. blackmagic

    March 21

    Lovely sunny day here so washing on the line. Prince Phillip has been moved to Bart's hospital for treatment for heart problems as well as ongoing infection. It doesn't sound good. Cleo was very wobbly on her back legs yesterday but seems better today. But we just had a short on lead walk. I will gie her some Loxicom and see how she goes. I have a casserole cooking on the slow cooker and it is smelling good.
  2. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    Watched Captain Tom's funeral today. A very moving service.
  3. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    That was under the communist rule which ended with a revolution in 1989 When my son started working there he said the biggest problem was the workforce would only do exactly what they were told to do. They would not use their initiative as under the communists they were not allowed to think for themselves. He tried to encourage them to think things through and find solutions. When one girl did this the rest told her she was not to do that. He had to persuade them that that was what he wanted them to do. There is still massive poverty in parts of Romania- the Roma people . Some live in tunnels or under bridges. When Romania joined the EU travel to other nations was possible. Many came to Scotland. Dana told us that the ones who travelled were the less desirable members of society as they were the people who had the courage to do so after the restrictions of a communist upbringing. They were responsible for the reputation that Romanians got for committing crime. She said these people were not liked in Romania either. She can remember being told as a child not stand at a window as it was dangerous.
  4. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    He is in Timisoara. He loves it there. His partner says that scenery in Scotland is like Romania but Scotland is greener Her parents visited a year ago and her father exclaimed about the numerous shades of green in the countryside. They only have green grass for about a month as it is either too cold or it is too hot. Their summer temperature can be 30-40 degrees but winter can go down to minus -20. Transylvania ( Dracula's home) is in Romania.
  5. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    Glad the morphine is helping. The sun is shining this morning and a nice breeze, although on the cool side. My son who lives in Romania now is selling his flat here so I spent Tuesday afternoon , with my other son, clearing the clutter before the photographer takes photos. He used the flat for holidays and when he visited the firm's head office here and a friend used to check it and spend weekends in it. Now he can stay with mum so can use the money to buy in Romania. I collected a load of washing which is now out on the line and should dry. I get my new lighter ironing table today so can test it out.
  6. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    That's good , owl. My bitch was the opposite. She was better when it was cold and worse in warm weather. My friend's lab was the same. Does Wispa have a coat for the cold weather? I used an equafleece for my Dalmatian and it kept him warm in the cold weather. if you put your hand under it you feel the warmth.
  7. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    has another good walk in the sunshine but Like Eve, we are supposed to get heavy rain tomorrow. Ah, well I will be forced to do housework. My excitement today is to order a new ironing table. The one I have was a wedding present 53 years ago and is still going strong but weighs a ton which I am less able to lift. So, I have invested in a light weight one. I also ordered some bargain wool for knitting blankets for the rescue my dogs have come from. the dogs come from Ireland so are stuck there due to Brexit and covid. When they can travel there will be lots needed as each dog gets one to take with them to their new home. That was a more pleasurable purchase.
  8. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    Ii has been a lovely spring day, if a little airy. It was nice to be able to go for a longer walk today without snow, ice and rain and freezing temperatures. I popped in to my son's while out and had lunch there before walking home again. Cleo is now stretched out on the couch recovering. It was good to see the crocuses starting to flower. Gives hopes of better weather.
  9. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    Same when I lived 'oop north'. Strangely, the only shops dogs were left tied up outside was the coop or tesco. It has always been there custom to walk the dogs to the shops. Mind you anybody stealing a dog had a 100 mile journey to get away to anywhere. There was one report of the infamous 'white van' in the area. A woman was walking from the coop up a short passage to the main shops. A main thoroughfare so not narrow or secluded. She had two dogs on leads in one hand and two bags in the other. A man came up behind and took hold of the dogs ' leads saying ' can I give you a hand?'. Fortunately, she hung on to them and said 'no'. He went away, probably because she was in a shopping area with people around. The same van was seen reported later on Orkney. The jungle drums were active and they quickly left Orkney for the mainland and disappeared down south again. I can remember when I was a child our dog went to the shops with my mum. But he was not on a lead and was not tied up. He took himself to the back door of the butcher's shop to get a bone. One day as he walked beside her there was a woman in front of her with a shopping basket. On top of the basket was balanced a bag from the bakers. The dog reached forward and neatly lifted the bag off the basket and ran off with it. The woman do not notice him doing it. My mum carried on as if nothing had happened. I bet the woman was surprised when she got home and found it missing. She probably thought it had fallen off.
  10. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    I have a rape alarm which I was given years ago, by the police, in case of assault in my customer facing job. I must look it out and see if it is working. I read advice to carry a personal alarm handy in your pocket so you can sound it if necessary. The noise will startle them and alert others around you. It is vey easy to get complacent when you think you know where you live but these low life travel around looking their chance. When I lived up north it was common for dogs to left tied up outside shops. Particularly the Coop which was frequented by the older generation. My grandson couldn't understand why I would not leave Cleo tied up outside Sainsbury's., which many do. He left his scooter tied up outside the corner shop and it was gone when he came out. he came home and told his mum, When she went back to the shop it had been returned. I pointed out to him what had happened to his scooter but he he replied 'But I got it back'. I explained I did not want to have to get Cleo back! We have 12 inches of snow so have not been out today. Cleo was a bit bewildered when she went outside this morning and sank into it.
  11. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    there are 25 stations waiting to jag people but no people. plus 25 waiting cubicles that were empty. The nurse dod say they were expecting a lot of people but many from my area couldn't go as the buses don't start running early enough on a Sunday as they have reduced the services. So, if the appointments were for my area that would explain a lot of absentees. No doubt they would be busy later. My sister had hers in Fife and had to wait an hour for her appointment.
  12. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    pressed wrong key! Was immediately directed to a desk to hand in my letter and check information. Straight down a line of empty cubicles to be beckoned by a nurse into her cubicle. Some more information and then jab. Made my way out the reverse of going in and came out the front door at 10.35am. Still no one about. It took longer to get through the building and out again than it did to actually get the vaccine. We have had flurries of snow today and a bitterly cold wind. My car is telling me the boot is open by bleeping all the time and showing a picture of the boot lid open , but the boot lid is closed. I will need to phone the garage.
  13. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    My son had a pet black slug called KIng. He kept it in the garden , in a little square made of bricks. Had my vaccination this morning. We didn't know how long it would take us to get through Edinburgh to the centre and find parking as none at teh centre itself. So we left early. My appointment was 10.40 am and we arrived at the door at 10.20am Nobody else going in and the security on the door said just go in. Wended my way through the building, down the stairs, down an escalator, along a corridor and then through in and out the dusty bluebells to reach where the vaccination was taking place. Was immediately directed to a desk to hand in my letter and check information. Straight down a line of empty cubicles to be beckoned by a nurse into her cubicle. S
  14. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    Shingles in the chickenpox virus which lies dormant after you have had chickenpox but breaks out when your immune system is low. It is contagious until the last blister has crusted over. You cannot get shingles from an infected person but you can contract chickenpox from one if you have not had chickenpox. the shingles blisters tend to follow nerve lines and are very painful because of that. The pain from shingles can past for months after the blisters clear as the nerves are affected. it is not a nice thing to have. That is why over 70 year olds get a shingles vaccination now. Take care , jazz. No snow here so far but it is bitterly cold and wet. Heavy snow has caused road closures up north. The A9 was closed overnight after an avalanche of snow blocked the road at Dalwhinnie.
  15. blackmagic

    Feb 21

    We missed the deluge we were promised this week! However, it is not looking good for Friday/Saturday. Hopefully Sunday will be okay as I have my vaccine appointment down near Waverley station. Thankfully my son is taking me. Some people have had to cancel as there are no buses early on a Sunday. In view of the forecast I went shopping today.
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