Greetings, villagers, from cold and sunny Oxfordshire. What a beautiful full moon last night.
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!
Happy birthday, Welshteddy.
I can now open the first door in my marzipan Advent calendar - yum!
I had a restless night, finally got to sleep and then woke up with a start at half past eight, having remembered that it was Faringdon farmers' and regular Tuesday market today. We now have some more smoked eel, venison, bacon, chicken, quiche, salad dressing, pork pie, Cornish pasties, salami, curry and vegetables.
While I was putting the shopping away OH decided to go for his walk. No sooner had he left when I suddenly felt a wave of nausea sweep over me, no idea why. I tried to ignore it but had to go into the cloakroom and be sick. I hadn't eaten any breakfast so there was little to be sick on, just orange juice and tea. I still feel queasy. OH has had a Cornish pasty and salad for lunch but I couldn't face any, even though I feel hungry. What a nuisance.
OH is going to Abingdon to buy more supplies for the chickens from Pets At Home. It's turned out to be good timing because some vouchers have just arrived in today's post from them.
ED has told me that CK2 is in disgrace and is not allowed electronic games for the time being. She wandered off in Walmart on Sunday and the store had to close the doors so a search could take place. She was found in a completely different part of the shop, not near the toys which is where she usually stays while ED is shopping in the next aisle. CK2 scared herself so a lesson has been learned.
Chicken report: Lilith and Griselda have laid eggs. There was a broken Lottie egg yesterday. She's only just starting to lay again after her moult.
That marzipan sounds wonderful. Haven't had an advent calendar for decades, since I was a child. Trust you feel better now, CP.
I'm going to see a friend this morning. Normally another friend and I go every week and we crochet, chat and relax together. She has a very large kitchen (old farmhouse) and we sit round her large wooden table. Today, though, we will wrap up and sir in the garden. We'd be perfectly OK in her kitchen, but, rules is rules.
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Greetings, villagers, from cold and grey Oxfordshire.
I feel so much better today, after a good night's sleep. I only had bread and cheese yesterday evening, and kept that down ok. No idea why I felt nauseous. OH and I had eaten the same food.
I have had today's marzipan, though as there are two behind each door I did give one to YD. She has a Lindt chocolate Advent calendar but I have my own box of Lindor so will not share her chocolate.
We've had our first Christmas card today from my sister's former NDN in Kent, with a shorter than usual newsletter because as she says, what has happened this year? She is Dutch, married to an Englishman. They are not happy about B****t. I really must write a short newsletter to go in our Christmas cards.
ED has sent photos of Z, CK2 and the dog playing in the snow - yes, snow! They are in the mountains of North Carolina. ED says her OH was very careful driving home from work last night as the roads were not yet clear.
Last night I remembered to book next Tuesday's aqua class. I was a bit late but luckily there were several spaces left. I've got out of the habit of checking.
Chicken report: Lilith laid an egg. When I went to check on the hens just now the automatic door had closed with Lilith and Griselda still outside. I opened it and Griselda went in but sat in the doorway so Lilith could not pass. By the time I got a stick to gently push her and persuade her to go in all the chickens but Pearl had come out! I've left them to it. Bird brains! They'll not stay out long because it's both cold and now drizzling lightly.
Cold & wet end to December 2nd. Went into the city to order material and linings for my new curtains. I had picked out material in John Lewis but the lockdown happened before I could buy it. So excited to change my curtains which I bought in the early 90’s. Nothing much wrong with them apart that they are purples, pinks & mauves and I want a more neutral colour to brighten up my sitting room.
Hope everyone remains safe & well. So excited that we have a vaccine which will hopefully mean we all can get our lives back
ETA love the photos CP. makes me long for snow. (As long as I don’t have to go out in it😎)
A damp and dreary day here.i've been on a shopping trip to the Metro Centre. Quite busy, although nowhere near as busy as a usual December, queueing for shops, but everyone very good-humoured. More cars in the car park as I left, which is good. I'd like to go into Newcastle but don't want to take the bus, and parking charges are horrendous. Rather annoyed that although M&S had lots of slippers - OH wants some - they were all made in China, which he won't want.
Greetings, villagers, from cold and cloudy Oxfordshire. At least this morning's rain has passed over.
I booked a courier last night, but could only get one to take the larger parcel for ED in the USA. The courier arrived at lunchtime to pick it up. The small parcel contains chocolate mints, a malt loaf and two vacuum-packed pasteurised cheeses. I cannot find a courier that will take cheese now, though I've sent it before without any problems. It's not on the banned list. I checked. The companies' conditions must have changed. OH took the parcel to the post office when he went for his walk and there was no problem sending it, though of course it was the more expensive option.
I have spent a fair bit of the afternoon trying to access the medical centre's online services. I was locked out and had to re-register, but got in eventually, filled in the form with my current problems - insomnia and reflux - and one of the GPs rang me up half an hour ago to talk about them. He's prescribed Omeprazole for a month, and given me links to some websites which should help me with sleep problems. A lot of patients have been having similar problems during the pandemic. Less caffeine, less alcohol and more exercise are the recommendations. I've already cut down on alcohol and coffee (I'm more of a tea drinker anyway) and aqua starts again this evening. I am so looking forward to getting some exercise and seeing friends again. I hope to be tired enough to sleep properly.
Chicken report: Griselda and Dottie laid eggs. Dottie was the only hen locked out tonight when OH went to check. He picked her up, opened the back door of the Eglu and put her in. There was a bit of scuffling and clucking but the hens settled down.
I am now using some ear inserts at night and they do make sleep much easier. I wear others during the day to reduce tinnitus, and now have night ones. They reduce the impact of high level sounds, which is supposed to make sleep easier. And they do help the tinnitus, although that's not what they were designed for.
Greetings, villagers, from cold and cloudy Oxfordshire. The barometer went as low as we've ever seen it last night, 952, and it's hardly changed today. The central heating is now on all day.
Well, the aqua-aerobics exercise yesterday evening certainly did the trick. I slept well and for about seven hours. I did remember to book next Thursday's class before going to bed. I must get more exercise because it really helps. I'll walk round to a friend's house later with another bag of Christmas treats for the food bank.
OH is going to the medical centre after lunch to get my prescription which we couldn't pick up yesterday. Then he'll go for his walk.
Chicken report: one egg this morning, from Lottie. Avian flu is around so as of 14th we have to keep the hens away from wild birds. They will be a bit cross about being confined to their 5m covered run but better safe than sorry.