Thursday, 28 May 2015

Happy 60th Birthday Sam!!! & Sue's amazing gift!

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY
SAM
 
We all hope that you have the most amazing birthday in Mauritius,
Love from all of your friends here on the blog!
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 Good |Morning Ladies,
I want to share with you today this amazing gift, from the most amazing friend!
I spoke to Sue soon after the 'phone call' last week, with Paul being away, I felt helpless but Sue had all the time in the world to listen and reassure me, like any lifelong friend would, she just listened and made me realise how ridiculous the comments actually were!
Between Sue and Pat both listening and giving me advice, I feel a little more comfortable about the situation, thank you my lovelies!
Anyway when we got over to Sue's today, we unpacked our things and Sue came across and gave me the biggest hug and handed me this amazingly created box, inside the box was this stunning card!
The reassurance of the message inside the card will stay with me forever, I tried my hardest to hold in my tears as I didn't want the floodgates open again this week, but it was a close thing, I had that ache in my throat, Sue you have no idea how much your kind words meant, thank you so very much xx
The leaves of the Ivy looked so realistic as Sue had coated them in Pinflair Glaze, a little tip from Sue here, she originally tried Glossy Accents but that started to draw the colour from leaves, but the Pinflair Glaze didn't do it, so that's always a good alternative to have on standby, I believe it comes in a little bottle like nail varnish (including the Brush), the gloss on the leaves just lifts the die cut so much!
Sue used the Californian Dies to make the focal element of the card and finished with the new Canadian Tag, from the Creative Expressions Canadian Border, Tag & Corner set.
Sue then stamped the little sentiment in the centre of the tag.
Now the box, looked like it had been bought, it was made perfectly, very sturdy too, the ones I have made using Centura Pearl can sometimes lack stability, this one however was good and strong.
It was so lovely to receive a 'just because' card, perfectly timed, such a huge lift Sue, thank you so much once again xx


Well that's it from me today, thanks for all of your hints and tips yesterday, some fab tips shared !
Yesterday was made special in other ways yesterday too, Obviously we had the news of Milly May's
arrival, Maria's birthday and the other fantastic news was Pat's Pete's PSA levels, would amazing news, so positive, the new drugs are clearly making a difference, so you can go off to Italy on Saturday, with a little less weight on your shoulders, I couldn't be more pleased, Have an amazing holiday together, take lots of photos!!
Do you think Hazel has come across any 'Mounties' yet???? Calm now Margaret!!xx
Have a lovely day everyone, must dash, bottles to make, lambs to feed!
Love and Hugs
Sandra
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  1. Good morning Sandra & ladies,

    It's a beautiful sunny day here in my corner of Somerset and I'm feeling on top of the world. It is so lovely to have 5 generations back in our family.

    Many, many congratulations on your 60th Birthday Sam. I wish for you to have a day of peace, happiness and the love of family and friends.

    Sandra, what a beautiful gift from Sue. I'm so glad you are now out of the doldrums, we all care for you and don't like to see you unhappy or plagued with self-doubt. Forget all that has passed, don't let it cloud your enjoyment of sharing your wonderful gift of Friendship with us. If it wasn't for you , we would not have got to know each other so well or even met up on blind dates. So my young lady, relax, exhale, breathe and escape the negative remarks of the other day. You have us here walking beside you every day.
    Love & hugs
    Cheryl xxx

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  2. Good morning Sndra and the Coffee Shop Gang. Hope you are all TickeyBoo!! and happy.
    A bit later this morning, slept longer. John and I met up with old friend and working partner of John's last night. Stayed rather longer than expected as you do??
    Right Sandra how lucky are you?? Great friends are a treasure and you have loads especially having Pat & Sue so close by. Take there and others advice and just get on with things. Life is far too short to bother about petty incidents. We had lots of other great news yesterday as well as your ABSOLUTELY STUNNING card. Oh! My! Word it's a beauty, I would be getting a box frame for that one.
    PAT:- was delighted to read the great test results, have a wonderful holiday, enjoy every single moment of it.
    SAM:- Happy Birthday to you. I know you are on holiday and being spoilt rotten. You enjoy every moment of that as well.
    Actually we should all be enjoying every moment of every day ..... waking up every day is a Bonus.
    Tables all done, goodies out, (((((hugs))))) in basket by the door and I am off to have my breakfast.
    Hazel has landed but i doubt if she's had time to get that Mountie yet.
    Be good, see you all later. xxx

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  3. Morning Ladies

    Happy 60th Birthday Sam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sandra-the card Sue made for you is just beautiful and to have put so much thought into making it and what to write shows what good friends you are.

    Best get moving as we have 2 visitors today at work and were told that the kitchen + tea room are out of action as they are being painted......!!!!

    Michele

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  4. Hi Sandra and all the lovely ladies
    Sandra what a beautiful card and what a lovely gesture from a dear friend. As you say you have only known Sue and Pat for a short while but it seems a lifetime. Isn't it great when you meet people like that. Thank you for the ivy tip Sue, I know the stuff you mean- often wondered whether nail varnish would work too but not tried it! That ivy is gorgeous isn't it. Sandra it sounds like those little lambs are keeping you busy but that's good because it gives you something to focus on. Take care though and don't overdo it xxx
    Pat I did say last night what great news about Petes results but just in case you didn't see it here it is again xxxx
    Sam happy birthday lovely lady, you don't look a day over 21. Hope you have a fantastic day and you are spoilt rotten - at least the sun will be shining for you xxx
    Now Muriel and Margaret don't get too excited about the Mountie Hazel has only just arrived so she will want to look around. If she gets him too soon he will have to stay in her case and will get creased - Hazel won't like that! Also she has to get him out of the country before he's reported missing! And if she's bringing the horse too - well you wouldn't want that in your case too long!!!!
    Cheryl I can feel your happiness from here, hope you get baby cuddles soon xxx
    Brenda hope you are ok this morning after your news last night. Sending you a big hug xxxx
    Right I must get on, tea and toast was just what I needed today thank you. Money is in the pot. I've had an email to say PYO strawberries are due to start this weekend so there will be a basket of strawberries to share soon.
    Hope you all have a lovely day.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Oh yummy, I love strawberries!
      We have 3 almost ripe ones in the poly tunnel! They really are the first taste of summer, although I think I slightly prefer raspberries!
      I clearly remember as a child, going to pick strawberries with my Mum and eating so many that I got a rash all over my face and arms!
      I think that Farmers should weigh you in and out !
      But you do have to try them!
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    2. Oooh Dainty,
      If Hazel brings our Mountie and Horse back, we'll bring him to the Retreat!!!! xxx

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    3. Are you expecting to require Police Protection!
      George will never allow it, Muriel! Xx

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    4. Oh yes I'm sure the farmers factor in munching as you pick in their prices, it's the red stain around your mouth that gives it away!! Our local farm also has a fab craft shop so sometimes I can sneak things in with my food shopping! Haha xxx

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    5. Oh Diane! I was a little confused - only briefly! I was confusing farmers and Mountie's! Easy mistake to make! I'll put my specs on! Xxx

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    6. Hehe I must write bigger next time lol xxx

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    7. Now Now! Steady on! Ha Ha !! Xx




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  5. Janet Ecco of Sheffield28 May 2015 at 08:45

    Morning Sandra and all who call in today.
    What a beautiful and wonderful gift for you. Sue has done herself proud.
    Please as Cheryl says put last week well behind you and look forward thinking of all the fantastic things you are going to be doing this Summer. We are always there beside you every day as without you we wouldn't have this wonderful cafe or have made so many wonderful friends even though some of us haven't yet had our blind date.

    Sam even though you are sunning yourself and having that well deserved holiday have a very happy 60th birthday.
    Pat I'm so please your news was good yesterday and you and Pete can now thoroughly enjoy Italy next week.
    Hazel you'd better watch out or Muriel and Margaret will increase their order for Mounties.
    Cheryl 5 generations what an achievement.( I'm afraid ours is only 4) I can see that beautiful white cloud you're sat on thoroughly enjoying your wonderful family.

    Well we have a very dull morning at the moment and so I think I might just have a go at something I've not tried yet in the crafting world. I've wanted to try book folding for a little while now as it fascinates me so I have a simple pattern to start with. It's going to be quite traumatic as I absolutely love books and have always treat them with the utmost care and even shouted at people who turn corners down or mis-treat them. I do not let anyone borrow any of my books. But I want to see if I can achieve something reasonable. Will definitely need a strong drink after.
    Thank you for the latte - good mix as usual so money is in the pot and mug washed and dried. Hugs are in their usual place.
    Will let you know how I am later.
    xxxx

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    1. Hi Janet,
      Just an idea, go to a charity shop and ask for books that they were going to get rid of, that way you are rescuing and upcylcling the book rather than destroying it, although you do Create something beautiful, it looks far too fiddle for me!
      Remember to photograph your finished piece !
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxx

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    2. Janet, I really want to have a go at the book folding "words". I have done a few Christmas Trees but they are really easy. I feel the words will be more of a challenge.
      I will go to the Charity Shop for the books I could NOT bear to use any of mine. xxx

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    3. Hi Janet, I know what you mean, and if anyone bends the front and back covers back, so that the spine of the book cracks, I cringe. Folded corners on pages or any misuse drives me mad. (well madder than usual!!!!) xxx

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    4. I totally agree! Maybe you should note that in your notebook! That we are in agreement today , that is! Xx

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    5. Oh Janet do let us know how you get on, I fancy having a go at it too but can't bear to 'damage' books! Xxx

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    6. I started book folding last week, I went and got some books from a jumble sale , the have to be at least 20cm. high and the pattern tells you how many pages. I t is different as you do not have a table full of papers and dies etc. just a book and a ruler. I am making the word dad on mine and giving it to my step grandchildren for there dad they can decorate the cards for the back and front of the book and I will glue the cards they make on. xx

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  6. Good Morning Sandra and Friends and Allies!!
    As you can see I'm up and about quite early for me! Well, there is a reason for that! I am expecting the the burglar alarm engineer any minute! Annual Service time! Ugh! It has to be done but it 's all that noise as he tests everything!
    What a gorgeous card Sandra and a beautiful box as well! I can well imagine how you felt! What a lovely thought and a beautiful gift to treasure! I think the Just Because sentiment is so very useful.
    Got to go!
    He's here!
    Love Myra xx

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  7. Morning Sandra and all the the cafe crew,
    Sam many congratulations on your 60th birthday and what a wonderful place to be celebrating it in....have a very special day.....oh and don't forget your bus pass when you arrive back home! Lol! Enjoy your wonderful holiday.
    Sandra what a beautiful gift of a stunning card in a a box to receive from Sue and although we don't know what the words were they obviously had true meaning....you have alot of good friends in the coffee shop who will always be by your side.
    So pleased Hazel arrived safely in Canada and hope she can find a handsome mountie for Maureen....have a great holiday Hazel.
    Cheryl hope you have managed to have a cuddle with your beautiful new great-grandaughter.
    Here's to a lot more happy days for Sandra and the cafe crew. Bless each and everyone of you.
    I'm off to the hairdressers today....I have known Julie, my hairdresser, for about 15 years now and she has always had the knack of lifting my spirits so I always feel much better when I walk out of there.
    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone, I will try and pop in later...I've left plenty of those special hugs in the basket so please help yourselves.

    Lots of love
    Sheila xxx

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    1. Hi Sheila,
      I bet you look like Claudia Schiffier when you walk out of the hairdressers! xxx

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  8. Good morning Sandra and all our lovelies,
    Sandra what a lovely thoughtful gesture, I am not surprised it moved you so much. It is a lovely card, beautifully made and given with love, what more could anyone ask for.
    I'll just help myself to my usual latte and will try one of Patricia's goodies.
    SAM, Happy Birthday, hope you have a wonderful day, but being in Mauritius I can't think of anything you could do to make it even more fantastic, but I bet there is something planned!
    Brenda (little lamb) I hope you are feeling a little better this morning and that passing on the sad news won't be too difficult for you.
    Cheryl, 5 generations, how amazing is that. Please make sure you get a really good photo and have it printed. So many photos are now only stored on electronic devices and it would be such a shame if Milly May didn't have a copy to treasure when she is grown up.
    Diane, I am not sure whether nail varnish would work but seeing as it's chemistry revision today perhaps you can look at the formula lol.
    Janet, I am just like you regarding books. Peter often makes little notes in his or underlines something he might want to refer to later. He once did it in MY dictionary when he spotted a spelling error. I can tell you this, he had to peel me down from the ceiling and he never did it to one of my books again. But good luck with your project, they are fun and the first fold is the most painful.

    I have just been insulted and I can't stop giggling. Phone rang, I didn't recognise the number so answered in my queens English ...hello. It puts the german cold callers off. Well this one spoke American English with a very strong hint of Asian
    Accent. First off him ... Good morning madam could you please speak English to me. My repy...Why? Him.... You are having a very big problems with your computer. Me...I don't have a computer. At which point I started to laugh.
    Him....madam, why are you laughing like a demented old witch. He then put the phone down on me!!! Cheeky thing, still it's given me a giggle.
    Right must get on, latte was lovely and so was Patricia's little goodie.
    Hazel have a lovely day, hope you are not too jet lagged, or does that happen when you come back, not sure, I have never done trans Atlantic.

    See you all later.
    Saba xxx

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    1. Hi Saba, I love your telephone story. We used to constantly get phone calls regarding our computer, long before I actually had one. It used to drive me made, and of course they are all scams. I don't think you are a demented old witch. I think you are a demented VERY old witch!!! xxxx

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    2. Ooh! I'm Speechless! Doesn't happen often! Believe me! Xxx

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    3. I know, I'm wearing a hard hat, flak jacket and hiding in the bunker , but Myra, I do not believe you are speechless!! xx

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    4. I've always wanted to be a dumb blonde! Well - just for half a day!
      Come out of that bunker - you'll get cramp and be up all night annoying George! Xxx

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    5. Saba thank you for thinking of me. I have spoken to my sister who also said that we hadn't been told. Tried to speak to my cousin but he was out and would call me back. The nurses were getting my Aunt ready to go to the hospice so couldn't speak to her either. Perhaps I will get some news later.

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    6. Oh Saba I'm sorry I shouldn't laugh but how funny but how rude of him! He thought he was getting some gullible old lady and instead got a young savy girl :) xxx

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    7. Guilty as charged! m'Lud! Xxx

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  9. Hello All, Just a quick quickie as I'm in a terrible hurry, and I haven't read the comments yet. Going to Lidl for card, then to meet one of my friends. See you all later, behave yourselves!!
    Sandra, Sue's card is gorgeous and so kind of her to do that for you.
    Sam, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you'll be sunning yourself by the pool, no doubt.
    Love Muriel xxx

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  10. Morning Sandra, and ladies,
    Happy birthday Sam, have a great day.
    Saba when we get these calls, we say hold on and I will transfer you to our IT department, then hang up, it works
    Will have to catch up later, hubby champing at the bit ready to go food shopping
    Take care meantime, Jess x

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  11. Helloooo
    Got up early to get to Lidl at 8.00am before everyone else woke up, only to find our branch does not have the cardstock until Monday 1st June! (Contrary to what I was told at the checkout on ), so ladies please don't buy it all up or we won't get any our end of the country..... xxx

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    1. Cheryl we are not getting the card up here in the cold and chilly North until Monday either. I actually emailed their customer services to ask and got a quick reply saying it was Monday up here so don't worry. xxx

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    2. Thank you Margaret, you saved me a trip!
      May I ask if you remember that silly song about the old grey goose which I mentioned last night! Is it only me who remembers daft songs and rhymes? Please be kind , Margaret! Xxx

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    3. Oh Margaret, why did I not listen to you last week, I checked with the shop and internet, so went today for my card - NO CARD. Was told, oh it's not in until Monday as on the new leaflet. When I said that I had been told, by an assistant in the shop that it would be in today they said it was a mistake Grrrrr. George not happy ha ha. xx

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    4. Yes Myra I do remember the old grey goose song!
      Oh Maureen poor George! But I did forward you the email reply I got from Lidl's saying it was Monday for the card xx

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    5. I know you did Margaret, but the girl in the local shop assured me it was in there today!!! xx

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    6. Thanks Margaret! I'm so pleased I'm not alone! I wonder why it got a fever from standing on it's head! It was fatal anyway! Xxx

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  12. A very good morning Sandra & All you lovely ladies
    Wow Sandra what a stunning card & box Sue has made for you it's beautiful. I'm so pleased it has lifted your sprites up. PAT I did leave a late message last night saying I'm so pleased the results of Petes test,shows the medication is working now you can both have a great holiday,
    Sandra I also said late last night that I think we should all share the Die sitting when Pat's away haha.
    SAM have the best 60th Birthday with lots of calibrations you really deserve it lovely lady.Have a great time.(((((Hug's)))) xx
    CHERYL have you had your first cuddle with your Great Granddaughter will be a magical moment. Xx
    MARIA hope your feeling better & enjoy your day in London today. XXXX
    Well must go had phone call last night, I have to make a twin baby boy's card & she wants it for tomorrow so I will have to get my mojo out of the cupboard hihi.
    Take care ladies oh & glad Hazel arrived safe hope she has a brilliant time lucky lady. Think she should bring us all a handsome Mounties back!!!!!
    Sheila enjoy your time at the hairdressers with Julie have a good natter xx
    See you later have a good day. Love Lynda xx

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    1. Ooeer Linda I didn't know you had to be recaliberated when you get to 60!!! Haha great predictive text again :) xxx

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  13. Hello Sandra and everyone who drops into the coffee shop today,
    SAM Wishing you a very happy 60th birthday enjoy all the attention and pampering, you deserve it all. LOL

    BRENDA, thinking of you and sending you a big hug, I was so sorry to read about your Aunty, what a shock. Now you have to pass on the news to the rest of your family. Not a pleasent task. Xxx
    Oh Sandra what a beautiful gift from Sue, her timing was perfect, she really is a true friend, as is Pat, you have been truly blessed with these special ladies coming into your life.
    This morning I am taking Ciara to a funeral Mass, she is one of the alter servers, other children from her class (yr 4) will make up the choir. It is the funeral for the
    Husband of the teaching assistant in her class.
    We have talked it all through so hope all of these children will be alright.
    NORAH it was lovely to see you pop in yesterday, even better to know you are OK . LOL
    Well better move myself, herself wants me to do her hair with a curling wand,
    That should be fun. Never used on before!!!!!
    Love and hugs to all, Brenda xxx

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      Thank you for your lovely words x
      Wow, that's a big job a such a little girl, will this be her first funeral Mass?
      I guess it's a good thing that they understand the process of life, I expect she will be asking a lot of questions!
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      Good luck with the curling wand!
      It's an art in itself, I sometimes wish I had trained as a hairdresser, the money I would have saved, Sophie & Lucy both have hair way down their backs, Lucy curls hers every morning before school! But they aren't into make up, they will wear a little concealer to cover a blemish, but they don't wear anything else, some of the girls in their year are plastered in make up!
      Hope all goes well,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. Hi Sandra,
      Pleased to say Ciara and her classmates carried out their duties extremely well, I was very proud of all of the children. The service was really moving, Glad I had put tissues in my bag!
      Managed to use the curling wand, fingers only slightly burnt !!! The hair looked quite pretty, not to over done. She must have been pleased with the result, as the comment on completion was - I wish my hair looked like this every day! So that was nice. BUT when all the servers came down the church to escort the coffin up to the altar, it was pulled back into a pony tail. When I asked later why? Oh the other girls all had their hair tied back. Children !!!!! It still fell nicely in spiral curls though. Love and Hugs Brenda xxx

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    3. Hi Brenda,
      Glad all went well today for Ciara! I loved the story about her hair! It is just so typical of little girls. I'm sure she had the nicest ponytail! Xx

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    4. Hi Brenda, Typical that, you wear your fingers to the bone with the curling wand, then she ties it back. They hate to stand out, don't they? xx

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    5. Hi Brenda. Glad all went well for Ciara. A big thing for a young girl. Thank you also for thinking of me. I tried to phone my cousin this morning but he was out and the nurses were getting my Aunt ready for the hospice. My cousins wife said she would get him to phone me bug nothing so far. No doubt he has gone go the hospice. I phoned to tell my sister who was also shocked and said she also didn't know about it. Well if one of us knew we would definitely tell the other one. You do don't you. Thank you off the big hug Brenda. I needed it.

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    6. Hi Brenda, I've been thinking of you a lot today and am glad to " see " you! You were right all along , you didn't know about your Aunt and your sister didn't either! Nevertheless it is distressing for you to think that your Aunt doesn't know these facts. I do hope you can get a message to her very soon and put your mind at rest! Did you sleep last night , or were you lying awake worrying! I do hope you managed to sleep. Sending hugs! Myra xxx

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    7. Hello Brenda,
      I am so sorry to read of your distress about your Aunt. I really don't know how I missed this but hope that you have been able to let the family know that you and your sister did not know she was ill.
      Thinking and praying for you all, Maureen xx

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    8. Sending you a big hug Brenda, I'm sure someone thought you had been told but it was an oversight, especially as your sister and by the sounds of it your cousin don't know. I hope you manage to see or speak to your aunt soon. Sounds like you make a good hair dresser though xxx

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  14. Good morning Sandra and all the coffee shop crew
    Firstly SAM wishing you a very Happy Birthday, hoping you are having the most wonderful time in your special place you love so much, have a fantastic day enjoy every minute of it.
    Sue thank you so much for making Sandra such a beautiful and wonderful card it has lifted her spirits so much.
    Sandra thank you for sharing your most wonderful and very beautiful card, but yes I know that feeling when you are trying so hard to keep the tears in. What ever Sue said inside your card keep those words close to you and keep remembering them when you need to. You are doing really well and deservedly so, after all you yourself have done for everyone else, bring so many lovely and considerate people together in such a unique way and creating such a wonderful friendship circle. Don't worry is one of the easiest things to say and one of the hardest to do, and you have done so well, but I always tell folk no matter what I am still breathing, time to worry is when I stop!! Keep that chin up, except when you're crafting that is.
    Saba I now have a picture of a seedy little greasy man, sitting in a dirty little room, telephoning people ugh!!! If we get any calls like that I just say hold on and put the phone down and just leave them waiting after five minutes check to see if they are still there and if they are say sweetly sorry to keep you waiting your call is important to us, and leave them again, they very rarely call back.
    By the way I hope the Mountie Hazel finds for Maureen does not look seedy and greasy or even smelly from his horse!!!
    Hazel have a wonderful holiday enjoy every minute of it.
    Sheila enjoy your time at the hairdressers, have a lovely day.
    Well my latte was lovely as always, help your selves to the lemon drizzle cake I have left for you all, yes Sandra you can have two slices as it is your favourite but don't make any crumbs or Patricia will be after you!
    My money is in the pot and my hugs and cuddles are over in the corner just help yourselves there are plenty more.
    Will try and pop in later.
    With love
    Margaret xxx

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    1. Margaret, I am sure Hazel will find the freshest smelling Mountie and horse in the whole of Canada. If she doesn't, you can have him ha ha. xx

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    2. Oh Maureen you really are too, too, generous! No you can keep him after all you did ask first. xx

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  15. Good morning Sandra and everyone who pops in today, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM on your 60th. Have a lovely day hope you get really spoiled. Well Sandra Sue's card really is beautiful, isn't it lovely to get something so lovely 'out of the blue', so glad it cheered you up.
    Its my card class today so its time for an early lunch, will pop in later
    don't know what we will be doing today but we are a really good group of
    ladies all round the same age and we all get on well together, bit like the 'Café'
    Jean x

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    1. Hi Jean, enjoy your card class - you show them how it should be done!! xx

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  16. Good morning,Sandra and ladies. Now time wise - it's 5.03am here at lake Louise, 12.03 pm in Britain and 13.03 or if you want 1.03 pm Germany. We are all in Thursday ok that's that sorted. NO Mounties, not seen any so far. Early days.
    Fisrtly Sue thank you for bringing happy tears to our wonderful friend and coffee shop owner, your card is amazing and stunning. Pat for also bringing happiness and friendship along with Sue. Sandra knows you two are at hand to support her.
    SAM Happy birthday, enjoy your day.
    Ladies I haven't got through all yesterday comments yet? But seeing how it's early here and I don't want to disturb the other guess by unpacking the cases of the things we will need for the 3 days here in will lie quietly in my double bed - yes the luxury of two double beds. We have a 6ft be at home but this is even better. Folk n the room above I am sure there most be about 10 sounded like that at 10 pm last night, granted they didn't know we were sleeping. We crashed out at around 5 I think and got woken up by them but next it was 4 am we have had 11 hours sleep, I think we were tired.
    No we didn't stop at Iceland, shop or island. First stop was Calgary. Flight does go on to Vancouver another 1 hour.
    Not sure what we will do this morning we will see what the weather is like.
    Enjoyed my tea needed it. Money in the pot. Will check in later to see what going on. Yes I know we are on holiday but sitting having a cup of tea and laugh with friends is part of it. We both enjoy just having time to chill and I know he will be likely catching up on the world news any way. Hazel x

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    1. Hi Hazel,
      So lovely of you to pop in, especially as it's so early in the morning!
      How frustrating it be woken up, mind you that's the downside of Hotels,
      I hope that the Sun is shining for you today, I presume you will be having a 'quiet' day today, to let your bodies adjust! Did you get through Customs alright, I have seen a programme on Canada's Border control and they are quite strict, I hope you weren't smuggling any fruit!
      I look forward to your next visit, relax and enjoy,
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      Xxxxxxxx

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    2. Thought I'd pop in before we head off for the day, straight through customs, well got asked what we were over here for, who we were meeting or staying with, kept mouth shut as I dont think they have a sense of humour at times. Could have told her I was over getting a Mountie for Maureen!!., Did think we had gone to Germany or Bravia as the breakfast room was called the Bravian room. Any way off out for the day. Hazel x

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    3. Hi Hazel,
      Pleased you had a good flight and managed to get some sleep!
      Hope you have a lovely day out . Xx

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    4. Hi Hazel,
      Lovely to hear from you. Have a great time and don't worry about bagging a Mountie until a few days before you have to come home. It'll be such a job keeping him and his horse happy otherwise!!!! Where's Bravia?
      Just to keep you up to date, I am still sick of C&C - aren''t you glad you are away. xxx
      Think I'll send a kiss for Charlie x (how brave am I?)
      Muriel xxx

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    5. Myra, Don't want to give him nightmares xxx

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    6. Lovely to hear from you Hazel, hope you have had a lovely day out
      Jean x

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    7. Hi Hazel,you & Charlie have a brilliant time,savor every moment.
      Hug's Lynda xx

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  17. Hi Sandra
    Just love the card that Sue made for you yesterday. The Ivy looked lovely didn't it. We certainly put the world to rights didn't we.
    Happy Birthday to you Sam. I hope you have a wonderful day.
    Hope you have a fabulous holiday in Canada Hazel. It was so funny when we were in Jasper. We were waiting to crossat the side of the road, as a car was coming up to the road junction. Well it stopped, it waited, we waited and wondered what the problem. Pete went to ask if he could help. He said he didn't have a problem, but would we cross the road, which we did. We later found out that cars on the road have to give way if pedestrians are waiting to cross the road. Apparently it's against the law not to. Obviously this doesn't happen in big cities.

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    1. At, I hope Pete and you have a great holiday in Italy! I love Italy - love the food and the countryside and the people are friendly too! I hope you both feel the benefit of just being away and relaxing. We'll be on our very very best behaviour until you get back! Well - we'll try and some of us are more trying than others! Xxx

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  18. Afternoon everyone, sorry for being in a bit of a hurry earlier, but shopping is now done, lunch is past, and I can do what I want now.
    Sam have a really lovely birthday, it is one place I have always wanted to visit.
    Sandra, your card from Sue is gorgeous, you really have a lot of friends on this blog, so keep your chin up young lady and just enjoy our company.
    Regarding the Mounties, I think they only wear their red jackets and hats on special occasions, we once watched a programme on tv regarding the police in Canada and they were dressed like our police officers (shame).
    Well tea and scone finished will get on with a card for my sisters 60th birthday on Tuesday and my sons wedding anniversary on Thursday.
    Take care everyone, hope to be back later for a nightcap, Jess x

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    1. Oh Jess,
      How could you disillusion an old woman. I was looking forward to the Scarlet Tunic xxx

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    2. Muriel! Meeting you will be a truly Special Occasion! Red Jacket a dead cert! Xxx

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    3. Maureen! I've been thinking! Now when I say that , Alastair usually says "oh no!" As he says it usually costs him money!
      Just supposing Hazel can't persuade a Mountie and his trusty steed to come to the UK . Would it help if I said I 'd come to the Retreat wearing my red jacket and my trilby!! ? Xxx

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  19. Ladies, I have just had a laugh to myself, I have Create and Craft on in the Background, I just caught a glimpse of Nigel wearing a German soldier hat ( I think he is supposed to be cabin crew as it's a club class event)!
    Anyway he just introduced Mel with the Scan & cut, he introduced her as being straight and to the point and says what she truly feels about products, what makes me laugh is I have seen her selling Cricut machine, they were (at the time) the future of crafting, throw out all your punches, it would cost you thousands to have the equivalent punches to the get the same options as the machine etc etc etc, I then saw her on a Martha Stewart show selling punches, saying that they were THE tool, so much better than die cutting macine, so much cheaper, so versatile etc bla bla bla, her Cricut trimmer was the only one she would ever use, nothing comes close, then it was a Martha Stewart one and now it's something completely different, today we are back to get rid of dies this machine has thousands of options, dies can only cut one size, you can't enlarge a punch bla bla bla!
    To me that is not integrity, it's not saying it like it is or telling the truth, it's being a sales person, very fickle!
    I quite like Mel as a person, but feel a bit let down by the sales, ( as the owner of a £299 Cricut, sat in the cupboard gathering dust)! It was the future, but three years ago! Haha
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    Xxxxxxxx

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    1. Sandra, I know what you mean. She's only a saleswoman really xxx

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    2. Sandra, I totally agree! There is something about the way she tilts her nose up and grins that gets on my nerves! Now I'm getting personal.
      Do you ever use your Cricut Sandra? It's such a lot of money isn't it. Xxx

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  20. Hi everyone, Stopping in for a quick lunch and see who is in visiting.
    Sue, this is a beautiful card, my first thought when I saw it and saw Sue, was that Ms. Wilson was sending our lovely Sandra a card, but then saw it was from our own kind and talented Sue.
    Sam, if you can tear yourself away from cocktails at the pool bar and visit us mere mortals, the Happy Birthday. Enjoy yourself, but lease don't send too many postcards, we will all be jealous.
    Pat, great news about Pete. Just go now and enjoy your holiday, that will help too.
    Right I will get back to work now. If I can stay awake tonight I will look in later, I was very late last night, but I had nodded off for a time after dinner. That's not like me at all. Honestly.
    Hugs
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    1. Hi Janice,
      I was very late too as was Saba and then I had to get up early for the Service Engineer! Mind you Alastair set the burglar alarm off first thing this morning! He walked into the lounge without putting the alarm of first! When I asked why he gone in the lounge as kitchen would be his usual port of call ,I was told he was looking for rabbits!! He meant on the front lawn not in the lounge! See you later for a nightcap! Xxx

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    2. Hi Myra, Laughed when I read about the rabbits. Harvey came to mind!! xxx

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    3. Hi Maureen,
      You feel free to laugh! I have to live in what is a rabbit obsessed home at the moment! Under the field opposite our house, thanks to a gentle April climate rabbits have bred in abundance! Alastair can, just about, cope with them on the front lawn but some have ventured through the gates!! He has visions of a multi storey warren under our back lawn!
      The tactics he is using kind of remind me of Dad's Army!!
      These rabbits are real!! Xxx

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    4. Myra I do hope Alastair is not acting like Frazer the undertaker in Dad's Army all he kept saying was 'Weerree doooommmmed!
      Sorry don't know how to type in a Scottish accent.
      Poor little bunnies I hope he doesn't catch Peter Rabbit. xxx

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    5. No Margaret! He's a bit more up - beat than Frazer - well most of the time!! He has to live with me remember! Ha ha !
      He wants the bunnies to go , get lost! BUT - he's a bit of a softie really and thinks banging on windows and shouting will do the trick!
      It won't but hey ho! Xx

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    6. Run rabbit run rabbit run run run ......,xxxxx

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    7. Or! Kill the Wabbit , Kill the Wabbit! - just kidding! Xxx

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  21. Right Sandra I'm back, I'll help myself to a latter and put the money in the pot.. I've been commenting on the way down, otherwise I forget things, but I do want to say that I also thought Sue W had sent this card to you and then I realised it was our Sue, and Sue it is absolutely beautiful.
    Sandra, how are your little lambs, and I mean the sheep sort, not your children!! I hope you are in good spirits today and are happier.
    Cheryl, I met a good friend for lunch today and she has just become a grandmother. Her daughter came with the baby Charlotte, as a surprise and she is adorable. 6 weeks old but only weighs 6lbs something now (she was 5lb something when born). Well Rachel was 8lb 3oz and her daughters were both nearly 9 lb, so I am not used to very small babies. She was a bit grizzly, but as soon as I held her she sighed and went to sleep - oh how chuffed was I? If only mine had done that ha ha. There are only 3 generations in my family, but 4 in my brother's as he is a great grandfather.
    Well, that's enough waffling, I wonder what Sam is doing now, probably being waited on hand and foot.
    Coffee finished to see you later
    Love Muriel xxx

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  22. Happy Birthday SAM hope you're still being spoiled
    Good new for Peter too
    I have to agree with you SANDRA re C&C and Mel H I must be the only person in the world that ret'd a ScannCut! I ruined a huge amount of card - sticking to the mat I kept getting white shadows down one edge if a cut printed image To be honest I like the bevelled edge a die cut gives and at the time I thought I wouldn't use it enough to warrant the expense I might consider one if they brought out an A4 one
    There were some other mentions I was going to make but the goldfish brain has forgotten it all!
    No luck at Lidll today so hope my store has some in on Monday - won't be able to go until the afternoon So I hope there'll be some left!
    Just remembered what a lovely kind thought from Sue (I thought SW too at first) We're all here for you x

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    1. Sue went to get us some card from lidl in Swindon and it too says it's arriving Monday ! So frustrating ! Bit daft too as there are kits for children and they would have been better this half term week than next week! I didn't know they had new stuff on a Monday, I thought it was like Aldi on a Thursday/Sunday
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. I too went for some card to Lidl and was told it will be Monday, so back I go on Monday, most probably won't need it though after the GBCF at Bolton on Saturday but we still have to have don't we haha

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    3. I bet Aldi head office is getting worried about the demand for their card all around the country! You can imagin the comments flying up to head office can't you! We could start the Dehlia effect with card!!! Xxx

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  23. Just remembered I was going to ask you ladies about the Pinflair glaze Can it be used on printed images? I've emailed SW to ask about the C'S lacquer and she's looking into it I'd like to highlight bits like Rudolph's red nose, a monacle on a steam punk image - you get the idea I know Glossy Accents smudges the ink

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    1. Hi Karen
      I am sure you can as it is designed for glazing decoupage! So you should be fine xx

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    2. There is something about it lurking at the back of my brain Karen. I can see the pinflair man talking about it but can't remember what he said! I'm sure if you email Christine at pin flare she will get back to you. She has always been very helpful when I've spoken to her at shows. Xxx

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  24. Hi Sandra and all in the cafe today.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM. I hope you are having a wonderful time and that youn are being spoilt rotten on this special birthday : ))
    I did have a shock when I saw the card that I had made for Sandra staring back at me! Thank you my lovely for your kind words, and to everyone else too. I jut wanted to show you rather than just tell you that your friendship means so much to me and that I am here for you through thick and thin, happy and sad times...in other words you 'aint getting rid of me : ))
    Hazel, I am glad that you have arrived in Canada safely. I hope you have more luck finding a Mountie than my Mum did. It took her 5 visits to her cousin to see one in full uniform! Once they even went to the "Head Office", (can't think what it is called at the moment) they passed lots of coaches and horse boxes heading the other way on the long driveway only to find that all of the Mounties had just left on a tour the other end of Canada! She finally got to see them last year and got to chat for about 20 mins and had pictures taken with a Mountie and his horse after her cousins husband secretly went and had a word with them : ) I do hope you are as lucky, and managed to smuggle one back without having to pay excess luggage fees : )
    Must fly now, it's one of those days, got a Scouting meeting to go to.
    Take care everyone. xx

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  25. SUE your card is beautiful that you gave to Sandra. She sounded very pleased with it and it was a very kind gesture and something you would expect from a friend
    PAT so pleased to hear about Pete's result. Have a lovely holiday.
    No card in our Lidl either today. Had email that it is Monday. Hope that's right.
    SAM. Happy 60th birthday. Hope you are having a lovely time on your holiday.

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  26. Just a quick visit, I need a cuppa and maybe a bit cake. Will help myself, and sit over in the corner, see who comes in.
    Got my haircut this afternoon, feel human again. I have very thick hair (as well as thick head) trying to get a good hairdresser who can deal with it is very difficult. I like to wear my hair short, it's much easier, shower and towel dry, run my hands through it ... job done. Also got her to tidy my eyebrows, they are very fair (ok white if I am honest) I get them tinted but she did it have time to do that today. Will just have to carry on with the pencil. She did actually suggest Tatooing them, not sure on that one.
    Off to read back through the comments xxx

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    1. Oh Patricia I am told that tattooing is really painful and must be done in very clean and sterile conditions or you risk getting infection the pencil is the safer option.
      My hair is also very thick just like me, but I have a very good hairdresser who has worked wonder with my hair so if you are ever going to be in our neck of the woods let me know. xx

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    2. Mine is very fine and I'm not jealous at all! Boo hoo! Xx

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    3. Oh dear never mind at least you can remember plenty of songs! xx

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    4. Thanks, Margaret, you are such a comfort!! Xx

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    5. Hi Margaret I have a tattoo on my left ankle can you guess yes it's a butterfly it did hurt a bit but not too bad,but it did get infected that was more painful.i had it done in Spain not a good idea.
      Xx

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  27. Hello Sandra and everyone
    Can anyone help please, I think it was in April Hazel got a new ipad and she did say where she got it from somewhere that had very good prices, I have looked back but cannot find the name of the company can anyone remember?
    Also can anyone suggest where to get boxes for putting cards in especially for 6inch cards I do know Anna Marie Designs have them but only for 7 & 8 inch cards?
    Thank you xx

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    1. Sorry Margaret, can't remember, I'm lucky if I can remember my name!
      Muriel xxx

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    2. Oh so you cannot remember your name but you can remember Hazel's husbands name and even sending him kisses I am beginning to wonder about you Muriel, just wait until Saba finds out!!! xx

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    3. Chill Auntie Margaret! I can't remember either but Hazel did get it for her birthday which was May 5th so that narrows it down a wee bit! Best help I can be in this matter. Sorry. Xxx

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    4. Margaret, thank you for alerting me to Muriel's penchant for switching her affiliations. Firstl she wants a Mountie, now she wants to kiss hazels husband, where will it all end.
      She called me a very old witch earlier! It's one thing being called a crazy old witch but Very old, now that's going too far.
      I am going to trawl the comments from April and see if I can find it for you my dear. It's the least I can do as your rice bag is permanently attached to my back!!
      Be back about a week on Tuesday depending upon how many times Hazel commented in April.
      Xxx

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    5. Margaret, first mention I have so far is the1st May but not where she bought it. Will go back another week and see. Xxx

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  28. Hello Margaret,
    I have found it, Hazel posted on the 24th April at 22.49 about where she bought her new I pad quote " got me an new I Pad ( the big one) for £339, also from Very. Hazel x"
    Hope that helps I have never heard of Very but it might mean something to you.
    XXXX

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    1. Well done , young lady!! I'd never heard of Very either. That's my excuse for not remembering where it was purchased! Wonder if it's a Scottish Company? Xxx

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    2. Don't think so Myra, if it was it would be called Verra.
      Sorry, my Scottish accent is as bad as Margeret's , although hers was quite good and made me laugh imagining Alastair in the role of Fraser. Xxx

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    3. Sehr Gut!
      I'm going to look for Very !!, I hate mysteries! Xxx

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    4. I've found it Saba!
      This is my second try to post it!
      They sell everything from furniture to clothes to beauty products and electricals, You learn something every day. Especially on this blog!! Xxx

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    5. Bless you you're a saint, I will ask Patricia to polish your halo xx

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  29. Hi everyone
    Well I survived the chemistry revision today, didn't fall asleep mid sentence so that's a bonus, even went on to do a bit of maths afterwards! Nope didn't understand a word of it! Wonder what I've got in store for tomorrow! Sorry Lynda just realised I spelt your name wrong when I replied earlier xxx
    Hope everyone has had a good day. Saw the weather forcast on spring watch tonight and they said autumn is back next week but summer arrives by the end of the week! Winter Woolies out again I think.
    Oh no I got Aldi and lidle muddled up, good thing I didn't go to get card today!
    I'm off to bed now, sleep tight everyone( have a lovely afternoon Hazel!) sweet dreams of Mounties in red uniforms girls !!
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Night Night Diane!
      Sweet Dreams ! Xxx

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    2. Night God bless Diane,
      the exams will soon be over and just think how much you will have learned!!
      Xxx

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    3. Hi Diane don't worry most people spell my name wrong you see I Have the posh spelling haha I'm not at all posh. Xx LYNDA XX

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  30. Well, I've posted on tomorrow's blog - how clever am I, and I'll be first for the one and only time.
    Myra, I think you have forgotten your meds today, I have laughed and laughed at your comments, some of which are very cheeky but good hearted, and I would love you to come to the Retreat in your red jacket and trilby. My hair is very fine and thinning by the minute. Are you going to make Alistair a Wabbit Pie?? (only kidding).
    Saba, did you used to work for the FBI or CID, because you should have if you didn't, your powers of detection are amazing. You've got the patience of a saint as well, trawling back over the posts. (Am I forgiven, have I crawled enough??)
    Dainty, I don't think Aldi will worry about a rush on card, because it's Lidl that's selling it lol. xxx
    Well, George is settling down for the night, so I'm going to sign out. See you all tomorrow.
    Love Muriel xxx

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    1. Nah! He'll get by without his rabbit pie !
      I may have heard that before?
      I'm cheeky but I don't mean it ! honest Injun! Xxx

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  31. Night God bless sweetie,
    Yes you are forgiven, love you to bits. I was going to post on tomorrow's but you've beaten me to it.
    Xxx

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  32. Myra you imp, you have beaten me to the post as well. I thought I was the only one with a crystal ball.
    Hazel, if you pop in hope you are having a lovely time. I keep imagining you having pan cakes with maple syrup for some reason.
    I am going to love you and leave you now,
    Goodnight God bless all
    Be back tomorrow again. Lol.
    Saba xxx

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    1. Night Night,
      Your Imp! Xx

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    2. PS! I said I'd behave tomorrow! Xxx

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  33. I feel very chastened following Muriel's last words - not literally!
    I am writing my Lines!
    I will be a good girl tomorrow and not be cheeky! X 100.
    Myra xxx

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  34. I have e-mailed Margaret ref I pad. Been out all day looking for that Mountie, found a Mounties car no Mountie, there is a police station across the road from here but no Mountie in his proper uniform!!! Charlie, I don't think fancy looking after a horse for the next two weeks he gave that up 44 years ago. Have photos of him in full Kings Troop kit sitting on his horse, in Hong Kong in the height of summer. No the other thing is we don't have Towbar on the Rav 4 that we have, it would likely tow a small horse box.
    Saba, I feel for you between that rude cold caller and now this lot, never mind time to get them back.
    Sue, I am so glad your mum got her Mountie and has the photo too,
    Brenda( littlelamb) so sorry to read about your auntie and the problem with having not been told before now. At least your not the only member of the family.
    Brenda. (L) so glad everything went well with the service, oh yes children are all the same, they ask you to do something then they change their minds?
    You lot will be in bed likely by now, maybe not its only 11.02 with you only 4.02 here but I am lying on my bed just chilly out. Hazel x

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    1. Hi Hazel!
      I'm still here and I'm going to be good tomorrow so I'd better not comment at all!
      You still have dinner to look forward to!
      I'm about to have my bedtime drink which does not involve any alcohol .
      It's been a chilly day here today - dry, sunny but chilly!
      Enjoy the rest of your day. Lots of love, Myra xxx

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    2. Hi Sandra and all,
      well you might all gone to bed except for you Hazel hihi great you can still pop in and say hi and keep us informed about the mountie or the lack of it. Hope you are having a fabulous time ! hugs
      Happy birthday Sam ! Hope you also have a wonderful time .
      Littlelamb- I feel so sorry about what happened about your Auntie, sending lots of hugs !
      Pat- good news,yay. Not sure when you are off but wish you and Pete a lovely holiday so I won't forget Lol very likely with my brain.
      Jean- hope you had a nice time at your card class (so wish I could find one near me again)
      Janet - how did your book folding go today ? I'm the same reg. folded corners or other damage to books. Tried to teach the children at school always to look after their books but some didn't get it at all.
      Margaret- not sure what box you are after but would something like the ones for cd's work ?
      Sorry Janice- but are you living in the same building as your work when you say you only got 4 flight of stairs to get to it ?
      You have me in stitches reading of annoying phone calls, flights to Canada through Iceland hihi and Rabbits who are skipping around everywhere, aaah who can anyone eat those little cutie's but saying that I do like some lamb/mutton from time to time.
      I'm very late for my posting but wanted to say that you are a amazing woman and now someone I count as a good friend to us all so for Mrs B to make you a special card for you is very nice. Lovely card Mrs B and good tips about the glaze instead for glossy accent, thanks.
      I have been with family and friends in London today for a meal out, we went to a place called 'Harry Morgan' and it was superb. Salt beef on Rye with English mustard and gherkin and coleslaw plus a lot of other bites hihi I could not finish it all so have for a nice lunch again tomorrow. Just having a hot tea before bed, we had a great day with sun but now I'm tired and body shutting down and getting cold. funny when I got so much padding but no goose feathers in sight, probably could kill OH if we had that (allergies) so I wish you all a good night and see you tomorrow after swim and shopping,
      Love and Hugs Maria xxx

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    3. Well I have already commented on Tomorrow's blog and now have just finished on here. Cousin rang. Not good news. The cancer has spread. No good ringing as her hearing has gone. My sister and I hope to go in Sunday to see her. Depends how she is on the day. Neither of us live near and we don't live near one another. It's about 80 miles for me. Probably not much less for my sister. Must go to sleep now or won't be able to get up in the morning. Night if anyone is still up.

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