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    1. Yarmy


      Reading that, it looks like Harrow are only selling their brand to Pearson so the latter can charge a ludicrous amount of money for some online courses.

    2. weirpig


      Seems like a good idea to me.  Wont affect this country  as they will not be available.  But for those abroad wishing to seek a quality English Education sounds perfect. 

    3. Spikecollie


      It is about educational ethics not finance! I'm horrified and wouldn't take the money if it was fed to me in a year's worth of healthy food...

  1. The golden bog poo hunt goes on - in more ways than one but corporate finance silences me...

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    2. Seasonality


      Surely it's been melted down by now. I heard they got a lemon price for it though.

    3. Spikecollie


      No idea. Could have been merdé price...

    4. Seasonality


      Oh my, I forgot the filter. Yeah, it was S::H::I::T price 💩

  2. You know some people believe in a "deity" of some sort. I don't but can the universe bestow on the 11 making their minds up in London and make them see sense...

  3. Physically could probably do it. All that salt water - blahh! Some courage - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-49724851

  4. It's so hot in here even with windows open and shutters closed. Mylo has had cold shower. Me next....

  5. Summer/autmn viruses. They are right buggers.

  6. Staying cool. A week off work - went to my lovely doctor this morning as supposed cold won't depart and still feel like merde. Getting too stressed - prescribed rest and relaxation in garden and a magic bullet to get to sleep at night for three days. Still feeling merde though - lots of water and healthy food, as normal. Grim when you get sick despite doing all the right things - doctor did have a laugh with me!

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    2. Spikecollie


      Feeling guiltless reading in the shade! This sodding virus is laying many lower than me it seems...

      Nasal passages like sand paper and a cough to wake the dead. It was the inability to sleep that got to me...

    3. CreweCold


      I've been bad too Spike. Started with sore back of nose then spread to rest of throat before a mild fever and the usual aching limbs, runny nose etc. Just trying to clear it from my chest now.

    4. Spikecollie


      Sounds like the same bugger. It has put a few elderly folks in the village into hospital - can barely take Mylo for a walk, let alone run. Running is banned by doctor for 3 days but Mylo doesn't get that. Happy side is I'm otherwise extremely fit from all my sports - blood pressue 103/70 and lovely resting HR 0f 56. Mylo currently chilling in the shade after we watered the veggies. That was enough exertion for today...pup can exercise himself. No way - I'll be out throwing ball albeit staggering!

  7. Well holy merde.The gold bog is still in the news and still missing!

  8. 31c progged for today. Time to set up Mylo's play pool bucket in the garden and wait until very late for our run. It's a big builders mixing bucket that we don't mix in and he practices his diving skills, retrieving balls and anything else you care to put in, like fallen apples and pears - he loves diving and will happily spend up to two minutes under water searching for whatever. He works hard at the lake for us taking out unwanted wood and has learned to put it on our wood pile.

  9. I've got a mouse. He/she won't eat chocolate or frozen nutella (to make it stick on the hook in the humane trap). It's everywhere - poosies on the draining board, shower tray even the bed - when we are out. Any tasty mousie morsels beyond what we have tried? I trap live and humanely and move mice 2km away (10 meece so far!)

    1. Ed Stone

      Ed Stone

      Bring back the badgers?:oldgrin:

    2. Spikecollie


      I now have sticky goo to take out of two traps with the heat yet the little bugger has been dancing around them and has shat multiple times in the shower. HELP but only humanely - I'm on to hazelnuts next - but they're mine for the winter.

    3. shuggee


      Getting a cat is the only solution. Nothing else works. Nothing.

  10. A full night of thunderstorms last night culminating in an absolute whopper this morning which knocked out the power and mobile networks for a while. We were camping at the lake overnight - nothing beats a good night's storms under canvas! Not brilliantly timed though, as I had my training day for my new job with an 07h30 start...all went well despite...

    1. lassie23


      what's your new job

  11. Well, we're forecast 35c-40c for next week in what are being described by Météo France as remarkable temperatures for the month of June.

    1. karyo


      Horrid temperatures! I feel sorry for people with respiratory problems

    2. Spikecollie


      Many kinds of weather can be uncomfortable and/or dangerous for people who are unwell or infirm. I've cycled in 40c before and you do stay cooler when you're moving through the air and on hot days I leave my running until the later in the evening and do a lovely shady forest run where both dog and I often run through the streams.

      No shortage of a good pre-heatwave watering today, though. 25mm here today and it's still going out there. I've just been out on our evening dog walk (too slippery and muddy for running) through floods on the paths - third set of clothes today.

      Not looking too much forward to having to work through the heat next week but we'll probably spend the week camping at the lake.

    3. karyo


      25c would be a lot more comfortable and far less dangerous than 40c. Also still good for enjoying the outdoors and working. 

      I don't think people can be particularly productive in extreme heat hence the need for siestas.

  12. Why are there some people's status messages that I can respomd to and other ones I can't?

    1. Dami


      hey spike. I had this and people had me blocked i believe. :(

    2. Paul


      It was locked, as political debate isn't allowed on here any longer. 

    3. Spikecollie


      Thanks Paul - at least I know now.

  13. For those of you who might remember (Dami, Lassie) I just did the "rabbit run" cycle ride! No rabbits yet but I met a man with a young female Border Collie who just might be interested in a potential visit from a young male Border Collie of exquisite pedigree!

  14. I finally resolved to take the time say hello to NW folks after a very long absence. I dragged myself in from the garden where it's still 25c, put my food on to cook and decided it's catch up time.

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    2. Dami


      I'm not so bad, just here for the thunder season till the snow, glad you are ok :)

    3. matt111


      25°C? Oh for those giddy heights

    4. Daniel*


      The forum has gone to dogs very censored and it’s sad as all intresting folk have dispersed.. 

  15. Still harvesting and preserving fruit - it just keeps coming! Some nice convection clouds developing here this afternoon where it's still over 30c and has been for days 😁 A little warm for bottling juice and preserving pears!

    1. Katrine Basso

      Katrine Basso

      I remember making blackcurrant jam in the 80's and sometimes it was success and the other times it was a total failure. My Dad made quince jelly.   Congratulations on your bumper harvest and your great successin harvesting and preserving fruit.👏😊

    2. lassie23


      hi spikecollie

  16. I'm nearly up to 100 jars of preserved fruit since the beginning of the week. Last night's storm brought down a lot of pears and applesso in addition to what we had picked there was a serious amount of fruit to get to work on. Lots more on the way too. The peaches are amazing, but they never see the inside of a jar!

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    2. Snipper


      Love the harvest but not the frustrations. Freeze some, bottle others and eat a lot. 

      Got a lot of plums. A few with Mr Maggot in but not too many. 

      Nice easy recipe

      Clean and halve plums. Gently fry with butter. Turn gently.  Quite a lot of liquid comes out. Sweeten to taste with a brown sugar. Fry so that liquid thickens. Then shove a slug of brandy in. Stir and eat with cream or ice cream. Yum!

    3. karyo


      Preserved figs and fig jam are the best! 

    4. Snipper


      So when do you start eating your preserves?  Can’t eat them right away but do you end up with 99 just as the new crop is ripening next year. 

      I give a lot away. 

  17. An excellent little storm here just now. We all stood out in the garden and got soaked to the skin. Now we're taking turns at inside showers!

  18. Back in Yorkshire for 2 weeks and it looks like we picked a fine time to be here. I'm enjoying the building convection clouds and the humidity is just like home! A nice evening/night time storm would be nice...

  19. Thunderstorms forecast here for this afternoon/evening - could be an interesting backdrop to the WC Final party. Loads of fireworks last night after a beautiful afternoon walk in the hills with OH and Mylo.

    Mylo and I love our runs in the warm rain, so bring it on...

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    2. lassie23


      you won spikey:shok:

    3. NUT


      How spot on was spikey!

    4. Spikecollie


      We're all sharing a big BBQ with the neighbours - I've provided the courgettes! Could be a long night 😁

      No storms yet, but nice Cumulonimbus backdrop...deadly hot today, too hot to run so we took a nice shady walk instead 😊

  20. Nothing nicer than to to wait until it cools down a little bit and go out for a run with Mylo dog. A nice stream half way round that he can go into and probably drag me in as well.

    The slightly blustery wind is actually quite welcome but I guess this is what we are sharing with the UK and what is such a factor in the Saddleworth Moor fire.

  21. Better late than never, as many others are saying, but we got our first 30c here today in Limousin. Happy days, still sitting outside watching the sun gently setting. The mosquitoes are being a literal pain though 😬

    1. lassie23


      hi spikey, hope you are well

  22. A nice thunderstorm here yesterday afternoon just to start the season off. The non-electrified showers are annoying me, though, as they're stopping me getting on with the gardening - I tried continuing in a wet t-shirt and shorts job but I just ended up looking like mud woman and had to go into the shower 😁

  23. Nice and warm and humid here in Haute Vienne, 26c the maximum today. Just wondering whether we'll see any storms this evening/tonight. On with the gardening for now...☺️

  24. Mylo dog and I have just come back in from a run - the lad is showing quite a talent for Canicross and we're entering our first little event in a short while. We got soaked and hailed on but it was good as it was our first run after me (and hubby) having just got over a flu which rather ruined our Easter. Still, storm and warm season is upon us even if no T&L yet and that Limousin sunshine is waiting for us in May - by then we'll have finally got the rendering done on the house over here and the new kitchen in and it'll be ready to let :)

    1. lassie23


      get well soon

    2. Ed Stone

      Ed Stone

      Welcome back, Spike!:good:

    3. Mokidugway


      Hellooooo spike :)

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