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  1. When was that, hasn’t it changed hands?
  2. Can’t wait! We have booked Hunters Yard’s ‘Lustre’ from 29th June. We have sailed Hunters boats the same week every year since 2015, except last year when we went to Anglesey instead. Really missed the sailing last year (though Anglesey was wonderful...right in the middle of the heat wave...account in Members Out and About section). Last time we sailed in July 2017 we hired Lustre’s sister boat Lullaby (account in this Holiday Tales section) which had been used in the BBC series of Arthur Ransome’s ‘The Coot Club’. This year we’re even more excited as Lustre has been fitted with an electric Torqeedo engine (Hunters Yard boats are a heritage 1930s fleet, so most have been kept as original as possible apart from a modern pump out sea toilet). So this year we hopefully won’t have to quant when the wind fails or trees or Potter bungalows get in the way. Eldest son Harry and our collie dog Seren are coming with us. All the positive emojis! and this... and this...
  3. So never mind ‘Where’s Wally’, do we have a new thread of ‘Where’s Maurice Mynah?’ (I bet I’ve spelt that wrongly too!)
  4. Happy birthday. Trust you are enjoying some sailing! Helen
  5. Ooh me back! Graham got allocated an allotment a week ago. It’s just at the top of our street, so a lot handier (is that a word?) than the one I had a few years back, that was in a different neighbourhood (had to give that one up when we were looking after my Mam). We have managed to clear a few of the small raised beds during the last week, but not many. Yesterday (my day off work) it was torrential. We made good use of the time though...we were looking for some veg plants, as it’s now too late to grow stuff from seed. Finally managed to find a good selection of veggie seedlings in Buckingham Garden Centre, having tried a few other places in and around MK. Rain all morning today, but we had a good spell on the allotment this afternoon. The soil on the beds that have been cultivated recently is so much better than my previous allotment, so we managed to clear a lot more than we anticipated. Way easier than my last allotment. That was heavy clay and still difficult to work after several years of feeding the soil with compost. We’ve started to plant stuff! (Sweet corn, courgettes and squashes). Feeling stiff this evening though. All that digging was a good workout! (I don’t do gyms.) We do have a problem that the plot that was free is a corner plot, so overlooked by trees, and half seems to have been neglected. However, out site rep has checked that we can tackle the trees and there are lots of friendly plot owners around keen to help, some of whom are handy (expert) with chain saws.
  6. Sorry, I’m a bit muddled. Aren’t schools half terms at the end of May? I thought May Day was the bank holiday at the beginning of May, not the one at the end of May. (Happy to be corrected.) And there was me thinking that next year we’ll avoid the early May Bank Holiday by booking for the second week of May starting 8th. Huh!
  7. Love this vlog of narrow boaters negotiating the River Ribble. Helen
  8. Really love how Graham's collie fused glass has turned out. He's now working on a design that he hopes to make into a lamp shade, based on a Mackintosh rose design. I thought it might be interesting to show some of the process involved> Cutting out the pattern. Cutting the glass. Grinding the glass to shape. I'm working on this design. Being less creative than Graham I've found a design for a daffodil suncatcher on the internet. Have been busy cutting and grinding the glass.
  9. Appreciate the notice that you've posted Alan, it needed posting. I agree with Vaughan though that we don't need a re-run of last year's debate, especially as it got so long and fractious! Helen
  10. You can make wine from other fruit too! Might try that in the summer. It will make a change from trying to use the fruit up by making jam.
  11. Yes, I'm waiting for the berries! Currently they are all green.
  12. In reply to Jays post about 11 hours ago...gave us a chance! We’ve only just taken over the flipping allotment last weekend. Have already done a few stints of digging though and hoping to get something planted this next weekend. Found some strawberry plants struggling among the weeds and cleared some space for them. Have also inherited some raspberry canes and some red/blackberries (not sure which yet).
  13. Thanks Jay. Loved the Weatherspoons rant. I so much agree with you about their anti dog policy. Have ‘voted with my feet’ the last few years and avoid their pubs like the plague. Sorry, I meant to have posted about our early May County Durham holiday in the members section before now. Have got slightly distracted as we’ve gained an allotment! Helen
  14. Brilliant, can’t wait for more! In a word...heartwarming! Helen
  15. I don’t think you’ll have any problems...sounds like you’ve had a lot more experience of river navigation than we had before our first visit. The thing about ‘being a nuisance ‘ applies everywhere. Some people are considerate, others don’t seem to care. Sounds to me like you’re on the ‘caring’ side. Enjoy the Broads! Helen
  16. Great tale...more please! Love the Felties
  17. Thanks Bryan. Will look out for your video. Your account of ‘the grumpy swan’ did make me chuckle. 😁 Helen
  18. Good to hear from you again Alan, and thanks for posting the account of your weekend. Sounds like you made the most of the wonderful Easter weather. Helen
  19. I've finally got around to finishing off the cross panel I started off last term. Classes started off again this last Thursday, and both Graham and I have signed up again. This is what the panel looked like at the end of last term: and my progress on Thursday: Finished off the soldering. Here's the completed panel, but without the 'patina' applied to the solder... Here's the finished cross with the patina... ...and with the light behind it... Meanwhile, Graham has been working on his first piece for fusing: When it's finished, he's hoping it will turn out looking like a collie.
  20. I've been very lazy about posting up about how our Stained Glass classes are going this term. The cross panel that I started off early in the term has taken ages - lots of smallish pieces to first cut, and then the edges needed grinding to make sure each piece fits fairly well, then I had to put copper foil around each piece. I also got distracted by starting to try out a few fused glass pieces. This is how far I've got with the cross: two pics from last Thursday, one with just the copper foil around the pieces and a second showing what it looked like at the end of the session when I'd started to put some solder on it to join the pieces together. Also some pics of a few of my experiments with fusing. I started off trying to make some jewellery. I can buy some silver plate 'bails' to stick on the back of these to run a chain or leather thong through. I've shown a before and after of the first couple of pieces that I did (green and blue), which shows how the full-fuse in the kiln slumps the layers together and rounds off the edges. And also a couple of pieces with clear glass that I layered together with some fine 'confetti' glass between. They look cloudy in the 'before' picture because I stuck them together with PVA glue. It's exciting seeing the pieces that have been in the kiln - you never know how they will turn out. I'm hoping to buy some dichroic glass before next term. It's multicoloured and gives an iridescent effect. Good for making jewellery. Graham made a copper foil butterfly, very similar to the one that I made (but better, as he takes more time and care than I do). He's spent the last couple of weeks meticulously cutting out patterns to make a collie dog picture using fused glass. It looks very ambitious, so I will take some photos if it turns out well. We have both signed up for next terms again. What fun! Helen
  21. Just catching up on your week Jean. Love the photos, it looks idyllic...lovely and quiet! Glad to see that you had some sun and that the rain and wind have keep away. Glad to see also that you managed to moor at Irstead for the first time, that is a lovely mooring. I've been mulling over the possibility of booking a boat the for Easter week. Besides wondering if we can afford it, there are lots of overdue DIY jobs waiting to be done. I can dream though. It'll probably be pretty busy over Easter too. NDB seem to have most of their boats out, Ferry Marina though still seem to have a fair number of boats available. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your reflections on your week. Helen
  22. YnysMon


    Ugh! I don’t know who to console, you or the rat! Guess it died a lavish death.
  23. Yep, we got here (Anglesey) eventually. A longer journey than normal, but that’s Friday madness I guess. Will start adding to the Plas Bach thread in the members section soon!
  24. The Wherry in Geldeston is worth a visit though. I expect that would be open being a village pub. Very good it was too the last couple of times we visited, and on the second visit it was clear that they had successfully attracted local custom. In fact the last time we were up that end of the river we had abandoned The Locks in favour of The Wherry (before The Locks management changed hands I should add).
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