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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 31 Jul 2021, 16:24 
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It seems to be an absolute performance going anywhere at the moment. I gather that the Spanish "locator form" is a nightmare, and my friend's elderly mother-in-law had to answer an inquisition on a website before being allowed to leave Israel to come to the UK (and did it wrongly and had to start again). And goodness knows when anyone will ever get to see friends and relatives in Australia and New Zealand again :cry: . Glad you made it here safely!

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 31 Jul 2021, 17:02 
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"Ah" he said, as he rounded off the conversation "then I guess you won't say yes to this last question - would you like me to repeat anything?"

:D :D :D

Well done for negotiating all the borders and paperwork, especially as the rules seem to change so often. I've given up following what is needed. Will worry about it when (if) I need to know.

I'm happy as our Bookworms group met in person for the first time since last summer. We had a mixed session. Five of us at mine and another four, UK-based, joined us via Zoom. After the Zoom session the rest of us then chatted for another two hours, including further discussion on our chosen book. One of those present is going back to England for a visit soon so your information will be useful, cestina.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2021, 23:14 
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Oh, that is very happy news, Audrey - thanks for the update. And yes, I just bet she's keeping you on your toes. What have you called her?


Just seen the above! Her name is Mirry. I actually saw it in one of the EJO books as a short for Miriam.

EBD should not feel left out though. Daughter has Eleanor (different spelling) as one of her middle names partly after EBD.

Mirry is coming up for 4.5 months old now. She has led us a merry dance but is a little saner now.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2021, 07:51 
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Thank you for the update, Audrey, and have a long and happy life, Mirry!

I have a set of young relatives who got a new young rescue dog at about the same time as Mirry arrived at yours. Mabel is thought to be a cockerpoo, and was loving but had had no training to speak of, so might as well have been a puppy - wouldn't even walk on a lead. Things are a little different now, happily...


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2021, 07:57 
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I think Nancy Wilmot calls Miriam Ashley "Mirry" at the end of Feud, so you've got an EBD link there too :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2021, 14:35 
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Noreen wrote:
Thank you for the update, Audrey, and have a long and happy life, Mirry!

I have a set of young relatives who got a new young rescue dog at about the same time as Mirry arrived at yours. Mabel is thought to be a cockerpoo, and was loving but had had no training to speak of, so might as well have been a puppy - wouldn't even walk on a lead. Things are a little different now, happily...


Thank you Noreen! Glad too your relatives rescue dog is doing well. Originally after my dear Cassie died nearly two years ago we were going to try for a rescue dog as we thought we were too old for a puppy, especially a cocker puppy!

We tried for about four dogs from the SSPCA last year but were unsuccessful. Dogs were like gold dust! Decided to go for the puppy then although that took a time as they were all over 200 miles away during the beginning of year lockdown. We were lucky - I think! - to get Mirry from about 14 miles away.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2021, 14:39 
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Alison H wrote:
I think Nancy Wilmot calls Miriam Ashley "Mirry" at the end of Feud, so you've got an EBD link there too :lol: .


Thank you for letting me know that, Alison. I am not very familiar with Feud as it features Jack Lambert quite heavily and these I try to avoid!

Lots of people have commented on the unusual name so another thing to thank the books for!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 24 Aug 2021, 16:22 
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Glad you got back safe and sound Cestina. I had a taste of locator forms when I was at the flat last summer. It wanted to know about every trip out of Germany. The village is right on the Austrian border and I'd probably crossed between the two countries 5 or 6 times in the space of the 2 weeks I was there. By the time I'd reached the end of the form, I was half expecting it to ask me for my shoe size and IQ.

My nice surprise today was browsing in a local charity shop and coming across a pristine copy of "The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School" for £1. I've never read any fill-ins before, so I'm quite curious about it.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 24 Aug 2021, 21:56 
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I was completely thrown by one question on the Locator form - having filled in that I was coming from the Czech Republic it then blithely enquired whether I had visited any of the islands belonging to this country.

Since the CR is land-locked slap in the centre of Europe I balked at this until I realised it was going on to ask the same of every country I filled in.....

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2021, 11:16 
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Must have a lake or two surely?

Seriously, I can see why you were thrown by that question. I am putting off foreign travel at the moment, too complicated to bother with.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2021, 12:50 
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I'm travelling locally only nowadays. I'm not going further than Cambridge, feeling that I really don't want to become a medical statistic, and I'm generally quite happy all by myself, with no-one to raise their eyebrows when I buy myself a new pair of shoes.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2021, 19:34 
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The forms are standard. The computer doesn't know whether or not every country does or doesn't have islands.

Having given up hope of going abroad this year, I've booked a short coach trip to Scotland, and the travel company sent me - I was supposed to be going on their trip to Japan :roll: - a standard form which helpfully informed me that I should make sure if I needed any visas for my destination and that it might be useful to learn a few words of the local language :D . All forms seem to come as standard these days!

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2021, 22:13 
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You may find some of shesings Scottish over on LGM useful, so I think you will be OK with a few phrases of the local language. :D :D Hope you have a lovely time when you get there, Alison.

I'm off to France for a week in September. No locator forms needed for me, thank goodness.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2021, 22:43 
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Alison H wrote:
The forms are standard. The computer doesn't know whether or not every country does or doesn't have islands.

Having given up hope of going abroad this year, I've booked a short coach trip to Scotland, and the travel company sent me - I was supposed to be going on their trip to Japan :roll: - a standard form which helpfully informed me that I should make sure if I needed any visas for my destination and that it might be useful to learn a few words of the local language :D . All forms seem to come as standard these days!


Alison, hope you enjoy Scotland. I live in Inverness but love Edinburgh. Husband and I were in Skye for a few days in May which we loved. We came back via Applecross and scenery fantastic. I should be interested to know where you go.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 04 Jan 2022, 21:14 
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It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?!
We managed to do that when we moved here.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 06 Jan 2022, 21:12 
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This thread has just reminded me to make the final payment on our mortgage!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2022, 14:51 
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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 17 Mar 2022, 23:11 
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This is a bit like the Fortunately Unfortunately topic...
We were cooking some apples the other day and unfortunately got them well burnt to the pan because we were trying to do too many things at once. Fortunately, a friend posted on Facebook that she'd got the burnt stuff off a pan by putting a dishwasher capsule and some water in the pan and cooking it for a while on the hob. I thought I'd try this, and even more fortunately it worked. Even better, you don't need to go anywhere with 'cooking' it - I left a dishwasher tablet in hand-hot water in the burnt pan to sit overnight, and the burnt residue all came off easily next morning!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 18 Mar 2022, 16:37 
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Useful to know.

I am happy because I am abroad for the first time in two years, specifically in Andalusia enjoying spring.


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