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The weather is quite nice here today after a cool start which is just as well. I went out dressed in my gym gear under my coat intending to go to the nearby leisure centre for a couple of classes. Just as the door shut I realised I'd picked up the wrong keys. Had to take the train to husband's work instread to pick up his keys. Had a good walk back along the Thames path though which made up for the missed classes.

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It still doesn't seem to know what season it's supposed to be here. It was cloudy, wet and moderately miserable for most of the day today, so I donned not only socks, but ankle boots to go out for choir practice. By the time we came out (at about 9:15 p.m.) it was 15°, and it's forecast to go up to 18° tomorrow. Socks may well have to be discarded once more ...

[Confused]

meteorologically challenged piglet

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It’s my Guide Dogs coffee morning tomorrow. I’m lucky to live near the M&S factory seconds shop, so I got all the cakes (the sort they sell in their cafes) 6 big gateaux with 16 pieces each for £15! Plus some ‘emergency’ choc Swiss rolls 5 for £1.

All is ready. Lots of paw print soaps to sell and an impressive chocolate and cava raffle.

[Angel]

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Piglet
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Good luck with that, Boogie. [Smile]

Socks have indeed been (temporarily) discarded, but judging by the sound of rain hammering on the roof (O the joys of living in a bungalow!), wellies may be required ...

We've got a special Evensong incorporating a book launch on Sunday, and there's to be WINE and CHEESE afterwards, the organisation of which seems to have fallen to D. and me. This means a trip to the market tomorrow morning and probably to Costco, the dollar-store and the off-licence later this evening (in the rain).

Why do I let myself get roped into these things?

[Confused]

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£200 raised - hurrah!

Now I need feet up and a coffee!

Hope the cheese and wine evening goes well Piglet - I’d love to come.

Sunny and bright here - which will be great for weddings [Smile]

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Excellent result, Boogie!

Sounds as though the CAKE went down well...as it should do, coming from M&S... [Big Grin]

It's a Dismal Desmond of a Day here (as per Chateau Piglet), with intermittent heavy rain, so I have purchased some WHISKY, and some nice German smoked CHEESE, with which to while away the evening.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Excellent result, Boogie!

Sounds as though the CAKE went down well...as it should do, coming from M&S... [Big Grin]

I keep picturing Helen Mirren's winning Victoria Sponge from Calendar Girls.
[Biased]

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Doing my usual trick of standing at the back bedroom window watching everyone else's fireworks (we live on the top of a hill).

I suppose it's a bit mean really....

M.

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I used to do that. But tonight I went to a brilliant (and free) display at Caerphilly castle.
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Well done on the coffee-morning, Boogie! [Yipee]

I'm now at the stage of wondering what vital element of the wine & cheese I've forgotten.

Wine: ✓
Cheese: ✓
Grapes: ✓
Crackers: ✓
Bread: will go into the oven shortly
Butter: ✓
Paper plates and napkins: ✓
Disposable wineglasses:* ✓
Cheese knives, boards, serving plates etc.: ✓

We deliberately got wine in screw-top bottles, so that forgetting the corkscrew won't be an issue. [Hot and Hormonal]

What could possibly go wrong? [Paranoid]

* I know they're not exactly planet-friendly, but the washing-up facilities are in the hall, and the reception isn't.

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Curiosity killed ...

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I saw Labour of Love yesterday afternoon by my new favourite trick - standing tickets at £10. This is a new play by James Graham, starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig, the latter replacing Sarah Lancashire two weeks before the opening. Definitely worth seeing, but by the time I'd walked down from Tottenham Court Road tube station, stood for three hours, walked to the BBC in Portland Place and stood in that queue to go through the airport style checking, I did know I'd been on my feet for 4½ hours. That was to see a new Marcus Brigstocke sitcom called The Wilsons Save the World and included some very talented child actors, and a "goodness, did they really say that on Radio 4" moment. They really did.

Lots of the West End theatres release standing tickets a week or so in advance to sold out shows - I noticed it at Don Juan in Soho which starred David Tennant, although I used theatre vouchers to buy a ticket there.

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I must confess that standing for 3½ hours is not something for which I'd pay £10, no matter who I was watching (with the possible exception of old Top Gear - James May would be worth it ... [Hot and Hormonal] ).

* * * * *

Well, so much for the extra hour's sleep. I very rarely need an alarm to wake up: I'm almost invariably awake at least half an hour before I need to be, but when I reset the house clocks last night I must have had some sort of brain-fart when it came to the alarm clock beside the bed. It woke me up at what it said was 7:30, but when I looked at the oversized clock on the dressing-table it was saying 8:15 - oh $%!@!!!

It takes a very special sort of stupidity to get it wrong by ¾ of an hour - how the hell did I manage that??

I hate when that happens - it discombobulates me for the rest of the day. At least I had all the bits and pieces for the wine & cheese ready by the door to be taken out to the car, so the panic could have been worse.

Then, when we got to the Cathedral, we found that the early service had over-run, so we wouldn't have been late anyway ... [Roll Eyes]

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Evensnog nicely sung - D. pleased; wine & cheese v. well received - congregation pleased.

[Smile]

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Well done, Piglet and D.! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
Evensnog nicely sung

Surely you meant "Evensnog nicely snug"?

[ 06. November 2017, 09:52: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]

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[Killing me] [Killing me]

You are, of course, quite right.

The weather here still doesn't seem to know whether it's coming or going: having been about 5° yesterday, although it's seasonably dreich today, it's 17°. At least it isn't boring.

[ 06. November 2017, 15:56: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Not too bad here - a typical sunny autumnal November day, just the right weather for clearing the flower tubs/pots at Our Place....

But wait - what is this? The Garden Refuse Bin is full! It will not be emptied by a benevolent Council until Wednesday!

Nothing else to do, but to Amble Gently to the nearby café, and to imbibe TEA, and eat CHEESE (in the form of a nice cheese-and-onion toastie).

[Two face]

I like snug Evensnogs. We used to have one at Our Place every month - with Benny Diction added - but it's in abeyance until we get a new priest-in-charge.

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The temperature here has taken quite a nose-dive - 17° yesterday and 3° today. I don't think ambling will be achieved, unless I get D. to drop me off at the shopping centre while he rehearses with the band this evening.

Since the clocks went back at the weekend, it's dark by about 5 in the afternoon, which is another disincentive ...

Oh dear. [Frown]

demotivated piglet

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I discovered today that my car, purchased in the summer, goes ping when the temperature drops to 3 degrees C, as it did on the way home tonight

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Is it a Peugeot by any chance? My 207 did that.
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Mine is even more sensitive to cold, and pings at 4 degrees.

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Just as well they don't sell cars like that here - the roads would be very noisy for a large chunk of the year ... [Big Grin]

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Baptist Trainfan
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Yes ... what actually happens is that, if you switch on the engine on a cold morning, or if you're driving and the temperature drops, you get a not-very-loud beep inside the car. It's to warn you of a "potential ice hazard".

Where it an get annoying is when the temperature is exactly 3 degrees outside, as then it may peep quite often if the temperature rises or falls slightly in varying traffic conditions.

I wonder if they bother to leave out the device on cars sold in (say) Nigeria?

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It’s all computerised, if you want it switched off you can get a clever car person with a laptop to do it for you (my brother [Big Grin] )

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Be careful - unofficial tampering with car computers might invalidate the warranty (if you have one) or affect the insurance i.e. by introducing a modification not made by the manufacturer...

Not a good day for an Amble today, as (i) it is cold, windy, and damp, and (ii) I've just been to a chiropodist (aka a licensed Torturer) to have two ingrowing toenails dealt with.

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

[Help]

She assures me my mangled Toes will feel better in a day or so...

[Two face]

IJ

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quote:
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Is it a Peugeot by any chance? My 207 did that.

Nope, a Mini Cooper

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Bishops Finger
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I have yet to discover at what temperature my Ford Fiesta pings!

My late Seat Ibiza did it at 4 degrees C. Quite what I was then supposed to do, I know not.

IJ

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Watch out for ice.

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Well, yes - but ice at 4 degrees C?

[Eek!]

Seriously, I do see the point!

IJ

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My last car used to display a small snowflake when it got down to a certain temperature (can't remember what it was). Living in central Arizona, it rarely gets down below freezing, and I've seen a flake or two of snow two or three times in the 30+ years I've lived here. I don't think I need to worry about icy roads or winding up in a snow drift. But the snowflake was cute and was a nice dashboard decoration.

I've only had my current car since last spring, so I'll wait and see if I get the "Danger! Snow!" warning.

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Yes, my Seat showed me the neat little snowflake (much more common even in this relatively-sheltered part of the UK than in Arizona!)

IJ

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Well, yes - but ice at 4 degrees C?

[Eek!]

The road surface is usually colder than the air, especially early in the morning. The air might be 4 degrees, but there could well be ice on the road.

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True enough.

I shall Conduct the new Episcopal Carriage with due Circumspection this coming Winter.

Mangled Toes permitting, of course. You may not have noticed, you lot, but I'm angling for a Sympathy Vote here.

[Disappointed]

IJ

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There, there. You poor thing! Is that enough sympathy? Nasty thing ingrown toenail.

Yes, it is nasty so I hope it is fixed soon.

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*sniff*

Thank you.....!

[Tear]

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There, there, BF. [Biased]

**proffers tea, CAKE and GIN**

I haven't ambled for several days (unless you count being on my feet for most of Sunday and a spot of light ambling round a shopping-centre yesterday). I'm not ill or anything; I just don't seem to have much get-up-and-go.

As it was a nice day, we took an early-evening drive out of town and had a cup of tea and a piece of PIE at a wee cafe that we rather like.

Must really do more than absolutely-essential housework - that'll burn a calorie or two, won't it?

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Perhaps ... but will it burn up enough to compensate for the aforessaid PIE?
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You appear to be injecting an unwarranted dose of reality there, Baptist Trainfan.

Personally, I think discretionary housework cancels out any amount of PIE.

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The alternative, of course, would be to rootle around in the biscuit tin and look for any that are broken. It is a well-known fact that all the calories leak out through the break, thus rendering them enjoyably harmless.

P.S. Not sure if this applies to CHOCOLATEY ones.

P.P.S. We have a cherry pie in the fridge waiting (little does it suspect!) to be eaten for dinner.

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Thanks for the good wishes, CAKE, GIN, etc. I'm pleased to report that Toes are feeling better this morning.

I shall go for an Amble later, despite the mist and drizzle, and have been inspired by others to purchase a PIE (probably Kate and Sidney) for lunch.

Speaking of PIES, a new family pub that has just opened in our parish does a wonderful Chicken, Gammon, and Mustard PIE.....mmm.....

[Big Grin]

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Drools ... Is it independent or part of a chain? I usually prefer the former, but if it's the latter ... there might be a pub near here which sells them!

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It's a Marston's, so, yes - there's probably one not too far away from you!

Enjoying a post-amble WHISKY now, and looking forward to tea-time. I didn't have PIE for lunch, after all, as I wasn't feeling all that hungry, but there's chicken hot-pot for later.

[Big Grin]

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P.S. I love the eminently sensible theory that breaking a biscuit automatically allows the calories to leak harmlessly out.

Surely, though, this must also apply to CAKE, CHOCOLATE, PIE, CHEESE, etc. etc., as all those indispensable and necessary-to-wellbeing foodstuffs have to be broken in some way before being consumed.

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Around here the postulate is that anything you eat standing up has no calories. As is only logical, the calories are heavier than air, and consuming them while standing allows them to fall down into your shoes. It is why losing weight in summer is easier, when your shoes are likely to be looser or open toed, and you aren't wearing heavy socks.

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But, if you eat whilst sitting down, do not the calories then gravitate shoe-wards when you eventually stand up?

[Razz]

I take the point that calory dispersal is easier if heavy shoes and socks are not being worn.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
I love the eminently sensible theory that breaking a biscuit automatically allows the calories to leak harmlessly out.

It's not a theory, it's Scientific Fact. Look, here it is on the Interweb. But it only works if the biscuits get broken accidentally, in the tin. It won't work if you deliberately break the biscuits in your hand.

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Surely, though, this must also apply to CAKE, CHOCOLATE, PIE, CHEESE, etc. etc., as all those indispensable and necessary-to-wellbeing foodstuffs have to be broken in some way before being consumed.
Sadly not. Otherwise where would we be?

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As can clearly be demonstrated by experience, if you eat while sitting down, the calories accumulate in your bottom.

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Too true!
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Oh. Rats.

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Wait a minute, though.

Brenda said:
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As can clearly be demonstrated by experience, if you eat while sitting down, the calories accumulate in your bottom.
Butt...butt...when you eventually stand up, gravity must surely send the calories further down, no?

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