Welcome aboard tat4tit! I am so glad this crazy thread gave you the chance to have a good, medicinal laugh. It got us all through the sh*t times. Most of us remaining Benchies are through the worst now - just annual check-ups and 'because of your history, we have to investigate' type medical scares bring back the 'demon on the shoulder' from time to time.
Feel free to vent and/or join in the madness, but a word of advice: Be careful how/who you try to explain your hilarity (to) - most 'outsiders' tend to rush for the straight jackets when you start mentioning 'panitivities (panto nativity) on ice dressed as a donkey'. Or virtual diving/synchronised swimming galas. Or indeed chariot races. We've done them all and had a b***** good laugh in the process!
Day 14 Advent Carol
Once in seaside Norecambe City (Not very Royal and Nowhere near St David’s)
Once in seaside Norecambe city,
Stood a lovely camel sled,
With a Benchy wearing lycra
And a tiara on her head
Ali was that Benchy fair,
Hump and Dink her pulling pair.
More verses to follow! 🙂
A chariot race, why not? Togas, glittery costumes, tiaras, flashign light shoes and knee high tights? Yep, all kitted out. Might even wear them to my appointment this afternoon Thanks for welcoming me, it's lovely here even if I'm a bit dizzy from lurching between so many benches. Is there a 'Bench of Requirement' a la the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts? Then I could just sit on one and it would magically alter to reflect my rapidly changing moods.. 😉
Welcome tat4tit, everyone is allowed in Benchland!!
You def have the hang of the benches and if there isn't one you need, just make it up.
We are a friendly bunch and have even managed to have some meet ups even though we all live at different ends of the country!!
We are about to embark on a "Chariot Race" , a Xmas themed, toga wearing, glittery costume type thingy and ofcourse we have our super sonic, fab chariots.
It is also a tradition to wear tiaras and have flashing light shoes, you are very welcome to join us!! Hope all goes well with your appt.
Off to make my lettuce soup now xx
Is Benchland still accepting newbies?
I can't tell you how many wry and belly laughs this thread gave me over the weekend. I read from the beginning (I like to be organised), but had to give up after about 30 pages of the nearly 500 as the forum doesn't allow us to choose random pages to dip in and out of (next or previous only ). And, let's face it, I had to get off the sofa eventually and do something useful around the house - you can only stretch this cancer patient thing so far... 😉 I'd love to know how some of the founders of Benchland are getting on - they created a wonderfully supportive community, as well as providing much needed humor around an incrediby cr@p situation.
I have great need today for the Crazy Sobbing Lady bench, the Denial bench (do I have to order that one?), the Unbelievably Scared bench and, if possible, a 'frequent flyer' pass for the F**king Furious Bench. In one of the early posts, someone put a Phantom Nipple Pain bench up and I'm on that a lot too...
After a misdiagnosis of a lump in July 2014, I received a dx of primary angiosarcoma in the breast in October 2015 and I've been on the F**king Furious bench, nipping over to the Unbelievably Scared and Denial benches ever since. A primary AS is ncredibly rare (less than 0.4% of all cancers in the breast). Surgery is the best treatment and so, although I don't have breast cancer per se, I get to join in the surgery fun and had a radical mx on 26/11 with most of the pectoral muscle removed because (nips back to the F**cking Furious bench) it was growing unchecked for 15 months....!
I have my results appointment this afternoon and need to vent in a safe place or I'll explode! Oh, that puts me on the Guilty bench too because I daren't offload to anyone in my family for fear of scaring them more than they are already... So here I am, hurtling between benches. Anyone else around today?
Five dozen???? And now you are a pie?? What's going on?
Thank you for the yummies, JCJ, was singing along to day 13, silently of course.
Wowee FF, decorated and now have cleaning supplies, happy days indeed!!
Xmas tree now up, I started it, well. removed it from box and YD has decorated, looks soooooooooo pretty,
why can't I do that? Artistic no................got an A for Art at school, was def a fluke.
Can't be bothered making lettuce soup today, it's the "CBA" bench for me, all day!
So sorry about your friend grumpy, so sad, hugs flying your way xx
Re-reading earlier post. Perhaps I should clarify: we are 5 pies not 5 dozen!! (But it was a close run thing!! :p)
Hooray for the arrival of cleaning products!! 🙂 Get the next order in now, and it might be there when you need it?? (As if?) Hooray for successful decorating!
Here's the 13th of our advent carols:
Dashing through the place,
In our Chariot race today
Over the streets we race
Laughing all the way.
Belles with boobies bring
To town a wonderful sight
What fun it is to silently sing
A chariot song tonight.
We made 6 1/2 dozen mince pies yesterday. YD is taking 2 dozen home with her today, and we ate 5 between us while they were still warm......they are only small....and delicious! I've put a self-replenishing stack of them in the shed, along with clotted cream and brandy butter (warm the pie, prise the lid off, insert knob of brandy butter, replace lid, stuff into mouth. Bliss!! Help yourselves.
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Grumpy. Hugs coming your way.
Katy - when you posted, I hadn't started. But I did start...... and I finished. YAY!! Chimney breast now papered and looking good. Actually looking b***** fantastic! Only needs new cushion covers now to finish it off although I might consider new curtains and hearthrug. We shall see. Going fabric shopping on Monday for the cushions, yes, I shall make them myself, that way I get what I want.
I've not said anything about school this week but it's been a nightmare! Certain activities have taken place and overtime has had to be done. I don't mind doing the odd 15/20 mins sometimes as on other days I can leave early. Swings and roundabouts. That's fair. But this week.......well.......christmas crafts......hydrogen bombs of glue followed by a nuclear explosion of glitter and I'm fighting a losing battle.
On the other hand, I have finally got the cleaner/disinfectant that I first ordered last May, victory is mine after 7 months. Halllelujah!
<<hugs>> Grumpy (hugs button doesn't work on my tablet, despite the very helpful tech elf's advice!). I hope your friend's family, - and you! - can take comfort from the fact she's no longer suffering. What a sh***y disease this is?! xxx
Just had some very sad news - a dear friend in the village died today, secondaries in bones although no primary was ever found. Her two sons and two of her three stepsons all arrived in time. We all think she hung on until her 2 boys were there...... her husband has got plenty of support from the boys for now, and from the rest of the village in the coming months.
Grumpy (and gutted)
No not lettuce soup.................
Are the mince pies in the shed???? Is there cream?? yum yum, are they hot??? xx
Behind window number 12: a few dozen mince pies (later) and this:
Oh Benchland Belles, Benchland Belles,
Sparking all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In our chariot race today. Hey!
Oh Benchland Belles, Benchland Belles,
Sparkling all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In our chariot race today.
Verse to follow tomorrow! 🙂
Oh delly, that's a lot of appointments, hope they all go well for you.
JCJ, fabulous, fabulous, you are in the wrong profession, have a lovely day with your daughter!
Have been superly busy this week, ED has returned to work so have GS 2 days and a couple of hours on Wed. GD had to have two teeth removed because her baby teeth would not fall out, all went well, we were worried because she's a bit of a "jessie"
Bought two new rugs which I was a bit unsure about cause they didn't really match, so big surprise is they look great, woo hoo!! Was going to buy a runner for the hallway but decided on a large rug amazingly it actually makes the hall look bigger so on the "happy bunny" bench.
Have only to buy a lettuce and stuff for soup for Xmas soooooooooooooo no hopefully crazy supermarket shopping for me!!!
Have been waiting now for 2 months re appt about bad lynn, will have to phone on Mon cause am obviously lost in the system, grrrrrrrrrrrrr xx
PS, FF have you started yet?? Tee hee xx
Don't break up til next Friday. But for first time in YEARS we finish at 1pm instead of 3! 🙂
YD here this weekend. We've just put up the Christmas tree and will make a huge batch of mince pies tomorrow, so she can take some home with her. She came all the way from Norwich to supervise the placement of 'Pipe Cleaner Man' (pink pipeclener stick man with a small polystyrene ball head and tiny santa hat - she made it at Brownies many many years ago!) on the tree, and then accidently pulled his head off!! Fortunately, she managed to put it back on.
Delly, my 'fat problems' stem from a gallstone (which could be your tummy problem from your description) which I had removed in August - along with my gallbladder. I couldn't eat any fat at all without severe pain and/or sickness. Now I can eat normally but can't seem to have too much fat, probably because without a gallbladder I have a steady trickle of bile but not a store of it to deal with large amounts of fat.
My gallstone was discovered on an ultrasound scan I had "due to my history" when I had 4 'stomach bugs' in 4 months. Try cutting all fat out of your diet (try to keep below 3%) and see if that helps?
Next verse for day 11. Final verse of Oh Holey Tights:
BC has taught us to love one another,
We live by love and our gospel is peace.
Lynn we shall thwart, for the sleeve is our brother.
And in Benchland’s name all guiltiness shall cease.
Great chunks of guilt to the grateful crocs toss we,
With all our hearts we praise BCC’s name.
Christ, is it warm? Then peeling off a fleece we,
Chomp on an alliburger, dancing round the flame.
Chomp on an alliburger, dancing round the flame
PURPLE RULES - but only to those who LIKE it !! Ok, ok, so I'm behind with YOUR and MY posts. Not been well, awwwww, diddums Delly. Now' seerious tum prob, 4 weeks now. I get through 1/3rd a meal and feel sick so have to stop, then feel even WORSE through the 1 hr after. Have had blood and poooooo tests done. Back at docs next week to get results + have appt for UltraSound Scan!! Think he's being very conscientious (am hoping that's ALL), which GIVEN my history is HUGELY appreciated by me.
Have also asked to be referred back to my previous choice of lady surgeon before my move here, to carry on my BOOB RECON-ditioning, as I like to call it !! STUFF the inconvenience of DISTANCE from me to N M/chester. She has such an amazing REPUTATION and after me meeting, I felt I'd be MORE than happy to place my Delicate, precious little body in the hands of. ??
Plus I'm ALSO having to ask for a Ref for a hand specialist. See if I can be helped as oppo to it having to run it's course, before I then have to have finger tendon release and enzyme injections to break down all the crumpled up palm muscles, tendons, connective tissue. Maybe also help me build up the "wasted hand muscles".
Also got appt next week with my knee specialist, dating back to a major, brilliant Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction 1995, followed by a "Clear Out" arthroscopy 2011. Need another arthroscopy as knee has locked again, preventing it fully extending, so having to hobble/walk with it slightly bent.
PLUS, had eye test 2 wks ago - early cataracts !!!! Have to allow to "ripen" before anything will be done. Don't have a prob with THAT at ALL, easily remedied !! Explained why I'm struggling with both daylight AND headlights. Bummer this Anno Domini biz - innit !!
I'm most "bothered about my HANDS - but, after speaking to my X neighbour, who's the head of the Physio dept. AND also a head lecturer at the MM Uni in Manchester, there may be "possibilities" for me, to help. Can't tell you how much that meant, 'cos all the I/net info was very, very -ve !! Anyway, I'll see what can happen !!
Hey Katy - why has it taken soooo long to realise BAGS are the answer to everything Xmas - "life" even!! hahaheeeee! Another company I'm gonna buy shares in !!
Ohhhhhh - JCJ - Good for you IGNORING my remarks of Salvation Army songs being sooooo INAPPROPRIATE for Xmas. I'm teeeasing you. Do you think I really give a - - - - ! That's T-O-S-S !! Whatever makes YOU and all ELSE on this 'ere GOLDEN thread Happeeeee is BUENO with MIA !! Cappische ?!
Oh Grumpy, what a gawd awfiul time you've had of it up there. whenever Keswick's been mentioned - well, it IS one of my most favourite places. They were calling for volunteers on the rad and I signed up, so should be up there now. But forgot my puddycat !! Can't leave her in the hands of anyone else at the mo' Better than was, but still not 100%, may not be again, Hope NOT. Yeah that's a very hopeful "ohhhh Yes she will". She's also taken to being very demanding of wanting attention AND giving it. when she's not been much bothered the last 3 yrs or so. Hope it's not a sign that she's sensing something !! Anyway please take it that I'm v.v. concerned ref the floods up there. Terribly upsetting for everyone and espesh at THIS time of year. Stupid bloody powers to be, NOT getting rivers dredged etc to AVOID happening AGAIN so quickly. Bloody stupid government duckheads get on my TITS and I don't even have ANY. It's a load of SNOT !!!!!!!!!! and I've had to tone down that language !!
How are your EARS - dear ??!! Both from my above deluge, plus whatever's upsetting them ??
Katy - by "Snowballs" me thinks you mean the DRINK variety yes?? I think I prefer the sound of them so I need an invite. I'm an orphan you know. I got the contact for the local Sally Army to volunteer meal duties for Xmas day. Promised myself I would NEVER have an Xmas or NY like last year. Have since had invite from my last boyfriend and his "Husband" !! for Xmas dindins to make up a four. Am in a bit of a quandry cos I'd geared mesen up to doing something "worthwhile" with it being such an ffffflippin awful day for me with family losses, espesh Mum, as we'd got into the habit of going up to the Lakes for Crimbo's after Dad died.
Listen - I've come up with a poem called "Why Is a PRAWN a PRAWN and Not a Shrimp" ?? What happened to the word "SHRIMP" ?? Such is my most imaginative mind at ALL hours of the morning. I can't give you more details at the mo', because of of potential "copyright" issues. No seriously !! It's all about the diff between SHRIMPS and PRAWNS. Come on, you have to trust me in that it's GOOD witty stuff. Only prob is, I have to keep gettin back to the SEMI conscious state in my 'ED, in order to access IT. It's to do with the diff between shrimps/prawns and what they feed on - sewage pipe detritrous of BLACKPOOL and NORTH WALES, as oppo to the sweet, clean food of ACTUAL "prawns" in other seas !!!!!. It's all based on childhood knowledge of SEWAGE PIPES on the beaches of the afore mentioned areas and "shrimping" with nets !! So I'm NOT making ANYthing up. Have to write it down and then keep it from you all 'cos it's MOMENTOUS in it's importance and significance !! and don't want ANone else pinching my idea !!
JCJ - Hope you get your boiler sorted. Sounds like its a diaphragm that's gone, If it's a COMBI, there are TWO, one between hot water ONLY and Heating ONLY. And then the other that in the Winter, gives BOTH Hot water AND heating TOGETHER, OR just hot water, OR just heating.A three way "DIVERTER" 'I' know what I'm talking about, whether anyone else DOES is a different matter. I HAVE to get my own sorted, in that, if the heating's clicked off on the timer - I can't get HOT water full stop!! .Unless I click heating ON. You understandy ?? 'I' DO.
Don't give up the day job with ref to Carol verses !! But seriously - they're GOOD !! Take no notice of my alter-ego. It has a different coloured SHELL - hows THAT for being "Obscure" ?? !!
Your Xmas school show brings shades of "Love Always" school scenes to me - awwww nice !! So your tums sensitive to fat too. Why's that then in your case.
Back to opticians this morning for a "Dry eye sesh" and advivce + pair of expensive frames that weren't my choice. Lens labs sent me the wrong pair and someone else mine. I'm blond and pale complexion so would I spend two hours in the shop choosing 3 prs of specs, all that have to look bloody brill at what I'm spending on them?? and ONE pair of them NOT to suit me at all. NOT the sage green metallic frames I had sent. Hope they can do something, otherwise I'm gonna blow my top and stomp in the shop. I knew I shudav gone to "SpecSavers" rather than a private little op that's 3 mins walk from me.
I've just absolutely let rip at T*sc*'s, after receiving an email from their bank saying due to my usage . . . Haven't even used thei card for the last 2 years, so told them where to stick their card and that I'm never gonna step foot in ANY of their stores again. Continuing with " I no longer have ANY need to EVER use a T*sc*'s AGAIN when I have other far more superior choices that are also cheaper such as *ldi, Lid*, FrozenwaterLand. You've become too big for your boots. AND if I EVER receive an email from you again, I'll SUE you for breach of my privacy rights "!!!! If you ever used to watch "Grumpy Old Women", that's how I now AM, shuckersofferbaggerflips (that's me mutter cuttering under my breath!!) steam's coming out of my ears.
Speak to you's soon. Keep it up JCJ. Have you broken up now, or Friday should I say??
25 on Christmas Day then? Think I'll plan a barbeque!!
Fantastic JCJ. You should consider a career change.........quite obviously you should be a songwriter
I'm cracking up. I've just checked the weather for the week ahead, it's nice and mild girls, gets a degree warmer everyday....10 today, 11 tomorrow, 12 on Saturday.... Eventually the penny dropped. Oh dear....
Just back from school after a ridiculously long day. Christmas performances all done now though.
Fortunately, I wrote this before today. Here is the verse of Oh Holey Tights that's behind the 10th window!
Led by the light of Katy’s chariot beaming,
With thumping hearts by Eric’s statue we stand.
O'er the girls the sweat is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the women from out of the Benchland.
To The Kings pub we shall make our way
In all our trials BC made us friends.
We know our needs, whose turn is it to pay?
Behold The Kings! Inside there’s cups of tea!
Behold The Kings! Inside there’s cups of tea!
I saw the hugs button and the one next to it (??) but they don't seem to work on my (Hudl2) tablet! 😞
With sincere apologies, of course, to the original composers/lyricists. Here we have the first verse of Oh holey tights:
Oh holey tights
O holey tights! The shoes are brightly shining,
It is the night of our great chariot race.
Long sat the girls in The Station Hotel dining.
Till the dogs appeared and the camels increased their pace.
A thrill of hope the dreary prom rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious form
Tights to your knees! Oh, hear the Benchland voices!
On off with the fleece, “Oh christ, Oh Christ it’s warm!”;
O tights, O holey tights , O tights, o tights knee high
I sincerely hope that no one is offended by my irreverent nonsense. No offence meant. Just trying to amuse! 🙂
Shouted with laughter at "O holey tights"! JCJ, you crack me up! Can't wait for tomorrow now.
Glad you can eat everything now, enjoy your Xmas meal.
Katy - decorating...........well............thought about it.........thought about it some more........and no I haven't done it yet
WILL do it at the weekend. Have to or it's going to look awful over Christmas.
Ahha.................JCJ you do have a secret weapon, who needs an extra super, duper exhaust added to your chariot when your bottom obviously will do the job.............thought you would fool us?????? with just your reindeer???? Not a chance! Have still got some marbles left, caught you out!!
Have a lovely night xx
Home briefly before going to nearby pub for staff Christmas meal. I don't have to limit myslef to the most boring thing on the menu this time! 🙂 Yes, Katy, I can eat normally now, but I get "indigestion" (terrible flatulence ) if I eat a lot of fat. We had a really fatty piece of lamb on Sunday and I suffered all night. No nausea or severe pain, just very very windy!
Final verse of Onward:
Chorus (see previous posts)
Onward, Norecambe people;
Join our happy throng.
Blend with ours your voices
In the Benchland song:
Tinsel, lycra, knee highs
Utterly covered in bling.
This through countless flushes
We all silently sing.
Final rousing chorus.
Tomorrow: 1st verse of new Carol, especially for FF: "Oh holey tights" 🙂
Today I have been mostly sewing tinsel back on to angel sleeves, (should never have given the angel parts to boys!!) stapling angel wings (ditto) and stopping a full on fight between Roman soldiers during the finale song. The joys of Primary School Christmas performances?!
Hahahaha, JCJ, you are funny
Have been miming, the chorus non stop................
grumpy it makes you very dizzy for a long time, first symptoms are sickness and dizziness.
Pouring again here, when will it stop?
Bought snowballs today, forgot how yummy they are so have left some in the shed.
JCJ, can you eat anything now?
FF, have you decorated?
delly, wake up xx
Behind window number 7:
Onward Benchland Chariots
Racing up the prom
Felling Norecambe pensioners
Going like a bomb
Like a Roman army
Faces glowing red
Sisters, we are racing
Where those camels led.
Although we have been frightened;
With damaged boobies we:
Live in hope and friendship
Thanks to BCC!
Katy if labrynth-whatsit is caused by bits floating round in the inner ears, then yes, it's either that or something to do with trapped nerves in my neck.... gruesome.
Water all gone now, but roads still blocked in places, so the village is like a ghost town.
Yesterday I did a humongous pile of ironing, repaired the roof of the bird table and got all the Christmas stuff out, so there's GLITTER all over the carpet. At least the dog hairs look pretty now!!!!
Day 6: next verse of "Onward" (and nah boo shucks to Delly, who cares if it's a Christmas Carol or not? It's a Benchland Carol! :p)
Onward Benchland Chariots
Racing up the prom
Felling Norecambe pensioners
Going like a bomb
At the statue of Eric,
Circling one, two, three
On then Benchland Chariots
On to victory
The King’s foundations quiver
At the shout of “Please
Barman lift your finger
And bring us 5 large teas!”
I save bottle & gift bags, Katy and reuse them with new gift tags (Scrooge?! :)) I had a foil one covered in colourful Christmas trees, last year, - that one has been recycled into about 8 Christmas cards!
Our central heating is playing silly b***ers. Boiler fine. Thermostat clicks as expected when you turn it up above the room temperature, but it doesn't seem to be communicating with the boiler. We have to keep running the hot tap to make the boiler heat the water and then the heating will come on too! Terrible waste of water, but at least we're not freezing to death!
Guffawed with laughter JCJ!! Need a laugh cause have been wrapping presents for the last 3 hours, now I don't do anything fancy, just wrap them sooooooooooo either I'm pathetically sloooooooooow or I have bought too much..........think it's the former. YD went past and said "Mum, Why don't you just buy bags?" Too true my dear...................Why don't I?
delly, hope your tummy is getting better, there was a very nasty bug doing the rounds. Being a really, really wicked witch will take your mind off bad tums.
grumpy, it's not labyrinthitis is it??? cause that lasts for months.
FF, hope decorating is going well, you won't need your heating on if you are busy girl xx
Oh Grumpy - what's up with the drain clearing service these days ??? I can remember when they used to come round every 6 months with the big noisy, slurpy, SUCKY lorry (!!) to make sure they were clear whether they were blocked or NOT !!! Forget Tra'ors (that's a Dorset accent), I wanna drive one of those!!! Slurrrrrpy sluuurrrp (I ought to be writing kiddies books ! hee). I've got to get on to the council for two that have been blocked near me for over 2 years. This time of year, they're treacherous, because the water doesn't drain away and diverts itself down an area of "sunken" pavement (lower than the level of the road with a shallow wall between it and road) so becomes entrapped into a pavement RIVER. This gets FROZEN when icy temps prevail, hence treacherous. I need to do something about it don't I ?? Need to get my printer sorted out (may be easier to buy a NEW one at £40 !!) and write a snotty, THREATENING letter to the council, that if I "should" slip and fall - I'll immediately be sueing, especially as I've PRE-warned you, and a copy of prior said letter has been "lodged" with my solicitors!! Note readers, how I'm getting into the legal jargon that NO-one can ever understand.
Just heard the weather news on you up there. EckyPecky lovey - drastic for you and espesh around my beloved Keswick.
JCJ - I HATE to be a "Kill Joy", but guess what, I'm going to be - heeha. Since when did "Onward Christian Soldiers" become used as a Carol tune near Christmas??? AND, Errhumm, you need to stand up because I've put tacks on your chariot seat - thought you needed the exercise !! (cue whip crack noise - kickowww!!). You see, what none of you have yet realised, is that I am the panto equivalent of, YAHAHAHAHAA, King Rat (Dick Whittington or is it Aladdin??), the Wicked Witch (Oz), the Wicked Queen (snow White), the Wicked Stepmother (Cinderella) MWAHAHAHAHAAAA !!!!.Said with gleeful, over dramatic WRINGING of hands.(That must be worth £5 worth of royalties !!). Ohhhhhh, yes I AM. You won't get any sweeties thrown at you from MEEEEEEE, you miserable load of TOADS, hissssssss!! More MWAHAHAHAHAA
To totally change the subject. Have recently had to give in to specs - what a difference !! But, have just realised one of the pairs I ordered are black instead of green frames. Hummmmm, have to take back, and a very expensive mistake by someone. Ohhh dear, not my or the dispensers mistake. Having spent nearly a £1,000 on 3 prs, I'm not prepared to "make do" with something I didn't order. Have to be bloomin perfect at that cost, wouldn't ya say.
Hope you're all okay and doing well. Have a lovely weekend.
Oy, FF - get on with yer wallpapering woman !! Kickowww (thats the sound of a whip in letters !!)
SmellyDelly, yeehahahahaaaaarrrr xx
Right. Day 5. New carols. You will be rationed to 1 verse a day (because I can't write them fast enough!)
Onward Benchland Soldiers
Onward Benchland Chariots
Racing up the prom
Felling Norecambe pensioners
Going like a bomb
Grumpy's royal Meg dog
Leads along with Joe
Round and round the Madlands
See those Benchies go
To be continued.
School Christmas Fair today, and I made £45 selling knitted toys & cushions and homemade jam. Half to school fund and half to Macmillan Cancer. Not bad. I've still got a cushion, a donkey and a horse left. They can join in the chariot race (well, maybe not the cushion - though it will come in handy for seat padding?! - though I seem to remember I'm standing up, but can't for the life of me remember why!! :p)
We're cut off - all roads out of the village due to flooding. Bottom of our road almost impassable due to blocked drains.
So no trip to hospital for scan........ so still no idea what's the matter with my ears...... balance all peculiar and falling over sometimes! And no it's not excess glitterberry juice.
FF - Flippin 'eck with your ongoing heating probs. Yeh, I'm with Katy, awful day yesterday after a beautiful CLEAR night and morning sunshine. Where abouts in the SW are you ?? Have I asked before.
Just woken up on the sofa, last I knew it was about 10.30 !! Am on antisickness tabs for a gippy stomach that I've had for 3 1/2 weeks. Lost 4 lbs which I can't afford to. I've a fridge and freezer full of tempting food but it keeps getting thrown away. The tablets make you sleepy but tum more settled already. Just had some crackers and humous. Having a "sample" and blood tests done.
Put my door wreath up yesterday, that's as much as I've done crimbo wise so far. Needs a bit of tweeking and a few colourful additions so will have to have a root in the decs box - which is in the attic !! but will do. Needs a bit of a sort out up there as the tennant before last left a load of stuff. I didn't know at the time, so had no forwarding address to contact to have them pick it up. Took a huge bag of beautiful soft toys to the charity shop so somebody's going to enjoy them this Xmas. Need to organise an extra set of muscles to move other stuff down.
Am rabbitting so I'll go to bo-bies now. Nighty-nite
Delly - Yeah to the poem, I really want to age disgracefully!! I don't WEAR purple - it doesn't suit me either- but I love it and I will surround myself with it if I want to! I was suggesting that you all you move to the south west but last nights weather was awful so perhaps not. Roasted ostrich? Not sure about that........
Head scan Grumpy? Will it show if you have a brain? Seriously I hope all is well.
Not been to school today had to wait in for plumber, heating is not behaving itself and won't work as I want it to. Plumber and I have agreed that it would be best to swap remote controller for a thermostat and he will be back to fit that next week. Hopefully then the heating will do what I want it to do. So now have to work tomorrow and the wallpapering (no, it didn't get done this week) wiill be done on Sunday. Yes, it will, it really will! I promise it will!!
Today - sunshine and mild weather again, Sorry Katy, it's lovely down here. Don't need the heating on, which is just as well as it's not working properly, it has a mind of it's own at the moment, to be fixed next week I hope.
Oooh JCJ, you shall be honoured in Benchland, a special award for super, duper making up fabulous tunes, you shall be advanced from tiara to crown asap, woo hoo!!
Just love them!
Have had the worst day EVER, been battered by gale force winds and horrific rain and ofcourse I had to go out, not once but 3 times boo hoo........................grrrrrrrr!! Had to hold onto my chariot for dear life and am aching all over! Off to bed soon, tomorrows another day, so they say xx
Oh knickers, just looked at hospital letter, and it's Barrow not Lancaster........ so it's up at 7am to get there for 8am, in time to take diazepam before head scan!!!! I expect to do a recce at Walney, just in case Norcambe isn't suitable for the Chariot race........
Grumpy (and confused)
Day 4: Another reprise
Onward Chillow* Soldiers (other temperature regulating devises are probably available) I think the tune is obvious?!
Onward Chillow soldiers, marching up to bed
With the hope of sleeping firmly in our head
Sweaty nightime waking is our only foe
Forward into battle with the quilt we go!
Onward, Chillow soldiers, marching up to bed,
with the hope of sleeping firmly in our head
At the sign of truimph sleep fairies do flee;
On then, Chillow soldiers, on to the settee!
Hell's foundations quiver as we shout again;
Bother and blast this ruddy Tapoxyfen!
Onward then, ye ladies, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honour unto Hokey Poken
Due to countless flushes, women have awoken
New special edition of this Carol, for the chariot races will follow shortly! 🙂
I had posted a few days ago, but went into the ether somewhere UP and BEEEEYOND!! Was probably a load of rubbish anyway. The timer dinger's just gone off for my tea/dinner - 11 pm !. Having, wait for it, roasted ostrich steak on a bed of roasted beetroot anf goats cheese. Tell you what it's like, need to take it out to allow the meat to "rest", before I demolish it.Had it - Ostrich - very good, tasty, like a good sirloin but cheaper !! Found in Ic*la*d, a place I only discovered laast week. Wow, fantastic prices, well impressed with the range.Plus there's something about RED veges that lend them selves to compliment RED meat, Beetroot and red cabbage. Plus with horseraddish sauce
FF - just what part or where are you suggesting we move to??
It's been very weirdly mild today. Not complaining as I spent most of it diond some garden tidying for my 83yr old neighbour at the back of me. Plus cutting back other neighbours overgrown trees down that had invaded her trellis and fence - totally wrecked it. I'm gunning for these people now. They've wrecked a fence panel because they took it out before I moved here, WITHOUT my permission even though they had my contact no's. And it never got put back in 17 months, despite my asking and the wife saying "Must get your fence panel Adele", back a number of times. Darn thing kept moving in position but never actually put back, causing a breach in my security + fed up with looking at the gap. Whole bottom rotted away and was then replaced with a light "kack" coloured panel of different style without them even notifying or consulting with me. They've allowed a tree that was planted close to my wall, to grow so big that it's now cracked my wall and the end fence panel is now crooked so the said fence panel won't even stay in, currently being propped by long privet branches. P**d off, and now I'm better head wise, It's now WAR!! and will get legal if necessary. I don't care about it causing a fall out, can't be doing with disrespectful people and UNnecessary aggravation and damage. This is the second RANT I've had about it today. Grrrrrrrr. .Come and sort 'em out you lot will yers.
Purple - naaaaa, not me. Lilac, grape, magenta, any of them etc. make me look yuckishly insipid, drains all the colour from my face. You lot, espesh FF, remind me of that brilliant poem about wearing purple and aging DISGRACEFULLY !!
I can see, I'll have to don my poet laureat hat to join in the Xmas carol writing contest. Will give it some thought.
Hope you're all doing ok.
One verse at a time/day is fine. Had forgotten silent night/icy tonight but it will be icy tonight for me this year just will not hear it as silent night now I've been reminded.
What can you do with my favourite carol, O Holy Night, JCJ??
22 days to go and I've almost run out. Will have to write some more. I think you will only get the new ones one verse at a time!! 🙂
And behind window number 3: This from our Benchland Pantivity on Ice:
Some Hay in A Manger (not quite Away in a Manger)
Some hay in a manger, a doll in it's bed
A massive black spider is guarding the shed
The stars in the bright sky shine down on us today
As we all perform in the Benchland panto-play
The camels are skating on the new Benchland rink
We've all lost our marbles, so our Other Halves think.
I love all the dog sheep, cats, camels and goats
And the soldiers all dancing: on, off with their coats.
Be kind to us oh BC, we beg you to go
Leave us forever, as we play in the snow
Bless all the dear wimin and man in our play
And fill us with laughter throughout the long d