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  1. owl

    Aprils Antics

    I have no idea what the mice are doing at the reserve. The Muddy Fork project which grows veg and also raises young trees for the reserve has been closed, but I am sure that Dom the guy in charge will be going to look after the fruit and veg production as that is a necessary job. There is a firm in Retford which delivers veg boxes and they take a lot of stuff. Also the beekeeper will be going in to check the hives. As for what mice are up to, probably having a lot of fun but I expect Dom will catch and relocate a few. Very young people did extraordinary things during ww2. When my mum was 23 and expecting me, she went on working until a fortnight before I was born because no one told her to stop. She couldn't get into uniform so was wearing a porter's coat. She was sister in charge of a small high security hospital at Didcot which housed POWs who had been wounded and captured, including some Luftwaffe airmen.
  2. owl

    Aprils Antics

    That is wonderful, what your grandmother did, and lovely that the Jewish lady and child were reunited with husband and father.
  3. owl

    Aprils Antics

    Hope everyone has a peaceful night. I have been making all the people who turn up in my dreams stay 2 metres away! And they have been doing as they are told. Social distancing from your nightmares is a good move.
  4. owl

    Aprils Antics

    What a story, Suzeanna. Nothing from me tonight as very tired, but otherwise ok. Have been busy in house and garden. No clapping here as most houses close by have someone in a vital job working odd shifts, so we all gave it a miss.
  5. owl

    Aprils Antics

    I do have time and hope I can remember some! Should have recorded everything but didn't. Will try to think of some. I can certainly remember how we started.
  6. owl

    Aprils Antics

    I used to live in Llanarth, a village on the main West Wales coast road, about 10 miles south of Aberaeron. The village primary school was on this road near a busy crossroads which led down to Newquay. Typical "Show and Tell" day, with all manner of items being brought in. Then this little lad said he had something which his great great great grandpa had brought back from France where he fought in the war. Everyone was impressed and he had a brief moment of pride ... before he pulled a grenade out of his schoolbag and put in on the teacher's desk. Quick-thinking teacher cleared the school and phoned police. In minutes the bomb squad were scrambled and on their way from Hereford. Police put up blocks on main road. This caused delays throughout a large section of the road, and there are no ways to get round the Llanarth crossroads which do not entail narrow winding lanes and horrendous hills. Not good for HGVs and buses. A few hours of traffic chaos before bomb squad safely defused the thing, which was live. The British grenades contained not only explosive but pieces of metal to cause maximum damage. The incident was on the front page of the Cambrian News. Rather embarrassing for the family.
  7. owl

    Aprils Antics

    Blackmagic that is great. I think I may have told you all my story of the little lad who brought a live and highly volatile ww1 grenade to the village school in Llanarth when I lived there.
  8. owl

    March Madness

    Had a long chat with next door neighbour. He is working very hard at plastics factory, where sheeting is made for barriers and face masks. They did all the plastic walls for the Nightingale emergency hospital.
  9. owl

    March Madness

    I am afraid some senior people are being very thoughtless, and it gives the rest of us a bad reputation so people think we are a menace and should stay indoors. I had a successful trip to Tickhill. The shop was cleared out of tins but I got fresh fruit and veg, butter, milk, yogurt and a nice selection of cheeses. Plus my favourite local honey, oatcakes, rice cakes. Semi skimmed milk seems to freeze ok. I use very little and always put some into other containers and freeze. Milk alternatives are hard to come by. I like oat or hemp milk to put on porridge, but cow in tea. One of my impulse buys some time ago was a large pack of hemp protein. I thought late that I would never use it and it was a silly thing to have bought just because on offer. Now I am glad as I can make it up into hemp milk. Yorkshire police are being very tough. Yesterday there was a road block going into Tickhill. Went past the Tickhill greengrocers. They have blocked the doorway and put a table there as a counter, so people queue and ask for what they want.
  10. owl

    March Madness

    That is insane! Likewise the Sheffield man who went to Snowdonia. Yes thank you Karen, I did catch up on sleep and now feel better. Slept from 9 until 1 a.m. then Wispa and I pottered around for a bit before going back to sleep until 7.
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    March Madness

    Griff, I for one do not believe that folk from Coventry are not smart. I suspect you have to be on the ball to survive living anywhere in West Midlands. I don't think I could manage it.
  12. owl

    March Madness

    Heard back from grocer, can he postpone until tomorrow afternoon as more fresh produce in by then. Fine by me. I might have caught up on sleep by then. Birds in garden all gathering nesting material. I will put out some dog hair, always available.
  13. owl

    March Madness

    It was an electricity cut affecting our row of houses. Just coincidence that it happened just as I switched a light on. Feel shattered after hardly any sleep and too much worrying.
  14. owl

    March Madness

    The loo paper called "Who gives a cr*p" is made from bamboo. The rolls are very fat, and it is a bit more expensive but half their profits go to building village loos where people don't have any sanitation. There are 2 rolls in each pack with gold wrapping. You are meant to leave them until last so you know when to order more. I am trying to settle my nerves after a rough night. Was reading in bed then got up at 11.30 to take Wispa for last garden visit. Switched on light for stairs, it flickered then all electric went off. Thought a faulty bulb has tripped switch, couldn't find switch on new-ish meter to turn it on again. Take Wispa in garden then go back to bed and worry. Try to sleep. Lights suddenly come on for a few seconds then gone again. So not trip switch, but fault. Neighbours' lights all off anyway at this time so can't tell if supply cut. Go back to bed and panic. Need to find electrician quickly tomorrow, need to postpone shopping collection as no fridge or freezer. Remember fish tanks, whizz downstairs and put blankets over them. Eat some cold cereal. Worry that I haven't charged mobile. Back to bed and read Kindle. Loud intermittent beeping disturbs the peace. Landline is telling me the battery has lost charge. Cannot find a way to stop the racket so wrap in a woolly hat and stuff it in a drawer to muffle sound. Suddenly realise that the Kindle light is not the only one, my salt lamp is glowing. Power is back on. Get mobile on charger. Make some tea. Griff, I agree about your neighbour but sounds typical. The shop is not packing orders until midday so I may well spend morning in bed recovering. Wide awake now! Other job for tomorrow, get a recommendation for local electrician as mine has retired. Just in case.
  15. owl

    March Madness

    PS I don't think it unreasonable to report a neighbour who is just carrying on as usual, but a few people seem to be using it as an excuse to target anyone they don't like. Some older people are being very stupid and uncooperative, and that results in others thinking they have the right to be abusive to any older person walking down the road, even when social distancing.
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