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Post  Mariehart11 Wed Sep 28, 2022 11:20 pm

That's  a sweet  story about  Cullens,  Celia. Being  mistaken  for a  girl was my dream although  later. Before puberty I  was neutral. But  I  loved dolls and cuddly toys.


The rest of this I deleted. I get carried away sometimes This is a fun thread. I'll start a moany self indulgent thread separately. You can all look forward to that.😖.







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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Thu Sep 29, 2022 4:26 am

This is a fun thread! I’ve so enjoyed the conversation. It’s the most dialogue I’ve had in years and I so appreciate the two of you!

A new thread for a different topic sounds great. But moany and self indulgent? I’d say an act of self care!

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Post  Celia Eriksson Thu Sep 29, 2022 12:05 pm

I guess at the time, Marie, l did not know why l was disappointed.

I recall a thought from when l was probably around the same age. I remember thinking, l am a boy and always will be, l will never be a girl. I don't have memories of hardly any thoughts from those days, oh l remember things l did and school and that... but quite strange it is, that l should remember a particular thought so vividly, for l was approaching teens before l actually realised that l was not a boy, a mistake had occurred.

There is another thought, it involves being kissed by a girl at school in front of others. I was angry afterwards for we got into trouble and l was embarassed... the thought l remember was; why did l allow it to happen? The story is longer, but l will not dwell upon it.

The point is, l did not kiss her, she kissed me. I always have had long hair and always was the smallest boy, so cuteness rather than any adult notion can only be drawn.

I have never led, l mean l have never kissed anyone. I have always been kissed. With born women, l would say that probably a rather large majority would not want to, for small and 'cute' men do not cut the mustard for born women...

I certainly would not want to kiss them. If they were quite boyish, thick set and tall too, l may, perhaps, might, might not... but anyway it would still have to be them kissing me, l do not do first moves, chat up or taking charge at any stage...

Gosh, l digress!!!

Fiddlesticks!!! The postman just knocked with a parcel and my hair is all over the place!!! Waah!

...anyway, coffee nearly finished, today is gardening and housework. I really do want to do the housework first, even though that makes no sense. I shall iron, then clean and after tend my garden.

Celia xx

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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Thu Sep 29, 2022 2:29 pm

Good morning. I’m just waking up and clearing my head of the sleepiest. I see ye have another porn spammer.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Thu Sep 29, 2022 9:15 pm

Thank you Lynn, dealt with. No new members for as long as it takes. Temporary quick new avator too, via safe hosting site... the last one was from my phone direct....

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Post  Mariehart11 Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:07 am

C, I think I had similar thoughts. I just  accepted I  was a boy although even  then it is clear now I  wasn't  like the other  boys. I was playing with  my sisters and their friends. Playing their  games. I loved playing shop with them. But it was just  playing, having  fun. You  can't read too  much into it. I  also  played lots of  boy games.

I was never kissed though. Nothing. Well  apart  from loving  parents but that  doesn't count. I was a complete  innocent.

Girls, boys and perverts avoided me. Luckily not the  latter.

I  had a short relationship with a male nurse in 1996. He told  me that he  had to  put off his female  colleagues who  were intent on having  sex with him.  This being Ireland in the early  nineties he wasn't out. I  was a bit  jealous because I  very  much considered myself bi but possibly straight and no woman  ever made  the slightest effort to  woo me.  Like  you C, I  never made the  first  move.

Besides  here I  was with a gay man. Not my first either.

That says a lot  about  my confusion at the  time. I introduced him to  Marie. He fled quite rightly.

I often  wonder what  happened to  him. He was a  lovely  man. Plus he had his own house  and a career. Bit of a catch really. Forgive  my stereotypical female cliché.

Really  looking  back I  just  wanted someone to  be with, someone to love  me. We all want  that. Human nature.

In my case being  trans, but unable to accept it at the time. I instinctively sought a man but the man I  sought probably  doesn't exist. Actually  many cis women would agree.

So how I  ended up married to a woman who i love dearly despite my  singular  lack of  success with women  is an entirely unexplicable story. My two  beautiful sons would  seem to  point to  fate if I  believed in that  kind of  thing.

But it's  hard to  imagine the universe without them. A perception they  both  share. Their  sense of their  inevitability is really  quite amusing.

They're lucky to exist at all.

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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:26 am

I’m a nurse. When I was in nursing school (mid 70’s and long before I found myself) it was a standard assumption that male nurses HAD to be gay. But, during all the time in clinical rotations I only had one person refuse me being assigned to care for them. It was very evident her refusal came out of raging homophobia.

During that time I had a part time job as a psychiatric technician on an acute inpatient unit. There it was equal opportunity as I was propositioned by both men and women. On guy was admitted for a mental health evaluation and was a suspect in his sister’s murder. He was one spooky dude.

Lynn was somewhat insecure about me in the company of about 60 female classmates. She referred to them as the “vipers”. Before I met Lynn I had dated one of my classmate a couple of times which taught me that one nurse in a relationship was plenty. Try as I might, it took years for her to overcome that insecurity.

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Post  Mariehart11 Fri Sep 30, 2022 2:20 am

Liz, one day I was having lunch at Dublin Airport before a flight with a couple of pilot friends. One ATC, one a Ryanair Flight Attendant, definitely not gay. Now a Ryanair Captain.

A gaggle of Aer Lingus of trainee Flight Attendants appeared. Lots of pretty girls. Among them was a young man who greeted my ATC friend because he was a flying club member. We complimented him on his colleagues and he was very happy and not gay despite the cliché.

But it is a thing and in truth many Flight Attendants are gay and so are male Nurses.

No one ever thinks transgender though. When I came out finally to my friend, Julie in her car at lunchtime. She expected gay. She never expected Trans. No one does.

We're a tiny minority to be fair.

Of course according to J K Rowling and her conspiracy mates. We're trying to eliminate women. Didn't sign up for that to be honest.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Fri Sep 30, 2022 2:50 am

Stereotyping is such an evil.

My attraction has always been to women. I can appreciate an attractive man but as far as romantic and sexual attraction, it’s women.

Much like the two of you though, my best friends were girls when I was young and women as an adult. Guess I wasn’t born with the “Bro” gene. I hated the hyper competitive, over testosteroned years of adolescence. I was much more suited for talking, sharing myself and trusting my close girl friends with my most inner thoughts.

When I was in 1st through 4th grade, that routinely got the crap kicked out of me by older boys. As time went by I learned how to temper that and to a certain extent play the game of macho teen boy, but it always felt wrong and dishonest.

I guess I grew accustomed to the dissonance in the crush of university, marriage, family and career, but it was always there. Ten years ago I could no longer contain the pressure and it exploded into my consciousness in a moment of absolute, brilliant clarity of who and what I was. I knew from that moment that I needed to live honestly and authentically.

As I slowly grew into this new person, the sullenness, the anger that was always under the surface began to lift. It was at a point about a year and a half into transition that Lynn saw a change and told her sisters that she believed this was real because I was a different, much more pleasant person to be around. That was one of the happiest moment of my life.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Fri Sep 30, 2022 11:00 am

Well, that is two out of us three was the same profession. But l have since moved on from the NHS, l found the travelling way to stressful. The roads have got silly and the price of petrol, 20 mile round trip to my last hospital and the semi-retirement...

I now have a little part time job Monday to Thursday, 7 - 11 cleaning a gastro pub. I like it, it gets me up and in work mode and l come home with most of the day left and a little pin money...

I have only worked there for a short time, the floors were not that clean, surfaces dusty... they are spotless now. I sensed hostility at first, only a few of them turn up that early, managers and kitchen staff, it is a chain brand run place. But l am winning them round slowly. Only the chef is friendly. He is quite nice too.... though l do like Mondays, nobody there until 9. I can just get on without my floors being walked upon!!! 10.50 an hour, just to buy luxuuries really without dipping into my savings.

I really do dislike the bro gene being applied as though everyone born male has it.

For though it is obvious l am feminine, alpha males do insist, (even after making comments as to how feminine l am), upon making 'phallus-measuring' remarks to me, expecting me to join in. Such as when an attractive woman walks past, for example, 'wow, did you see the **** on that!'.... l make indignant comments back, or more likely say nothing. Sometimes they realise my non interest, mostly they don't.

Shopping. Coffee done. Off to the shops, l must go ask my elderly neighbour if he wants anything.

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:12 am

Yes two of the  three in the  same profession. I  never managed to become a  professional. However I  married into the  health profession.  So does that count?  She's a  medical  scientist and in fact worked for the  NHS for many  years. Even  has an NHS pension  coming. She tells me all about the issues she faces every day. Including the possibility of  being bought out  by a certain  huge American clinic. So can I  be an  honorary member?🥲

C, a gastro pub? Wetherspoons? Oh no obviously not.

Lynn
" I guess I grew accustomed to the dissonance in the crush of university, marriage, family and career, but it was always there. Ten years ago I could no longer contain the pressure and it exploded into my consciousness in a moment of absolute, brilliant clarity of who and what I was. I knew from that moment that I needed to live honestly and authentically."

I essentially had a parallel experience without the ability to  express it as articulately as you or come to the  same  conclusion. In fact the original TGboards was material in my final acceptance of  myself. I actually knew  from that  moment that I  needed to finish my life because I  knew I'd  never  transition.
Obviously that didn't  happen but  that's  another  story.

Talking  about the bro gene C, reminds of a conversation I  had  with my  wife where I tried to  explain my sons to her. She simply  doesn't  get  boys. She worries about their  apparent lack of friends. I pointed out that they had friends but  not the way girls  have  friends. I'm  not  sure if she  gets it. She's such a girly  girl.

My younger son is away with the  scouts tonight. A competitive survivor exercise. He's 13 until the 17th. He left tonight in his uniform with  his first  aid  kit and knife strapped to his waist acutely aware of the absurdity of it. But he now sleeps in a damp  forest. No tent just
a ground sheet. Dreaming  perhaps of a high  grade.

My eldest is now a venture scout. Loving the  status and sleeping in his own  bed tonight because he did the survivor thing  earlier this year. Snowflakes they're  not.

They're  both  cheeky with me. I  encourage it but not with their  Mother who  because of  her upbringing simply  doesn't  get it. I  don't  like it  when they  patronise  her.  

Having a  foot in both  camps is I  suppose useful.

But  personally I  can't not think that my baby is sleeping in a dark  wet forest tonight. He'll  always be  my  baby.

Meanwhile in Ukraine Mothers think the  same of their  children.  Russian  Mothers too. At least I  know  my baby  will come home.


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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:44 am

By all means you belong to the club!

My clinical experience was primarily inpatient pediatrics and ambulatory care. As such I fielded many calls from family and friends with concerns about their kids. After so many years listening to me ask questions Lynn became quite adept at answering questions and concerns.

So yeah, just like basketball, football spouses, healthcare spouses become part and parcel of the career.

Lynn was the eldest of 3 girls, so never grew up with boys. She found it hard to understand our son and his friends. Boys were very much an alien culture to her.

My kids are 40 and 43 and I still worry about them. You never stop being a parent.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:57 am

No, not Wetherspoons Marie! I have been to one or two. Cheap and cheerful and always busy. This is a large, old building in the countryside, it is quite well layed out and rather swish. Most people l tell have been there, for the food is very good, though not keenly priced...

I had many positions in my career, but the main and best was working in Orthopaedic Outpatients. I loved the banter with the patients and found it to be not so depressing.

For the majority, although some were in pain, were not ill as such. All of us staff enjoyed the work, there were few dark moments, naturally we got the awkward, the moaners, some were even threatening... but the majority, by far were nice people whose life had been turned upside down, in one moment.

There were minor injuries, fingers and thumbs to people with multiple fractures, and worst, those with other complications such as diabetes.

I always asked how they suffered their injuries, many were quite ordinary slips and falls Patient confidentiality still holds sway for me. But, l will say that the home is, by far, the most dangerous place and that you will never espy my person upon an ice skating rink...

Most of course, heal and were never seen again, their lived suffering weeks or a couple of months, but a small percentage had their life changed forever, for just that one unfortunate moment.

My coffee is finished and as l write, my neighbour is moving out, she is a Widow. I will go see if the movers want tea or coffee. If not l shall paint some canal art...


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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Sat Oct 01, 2022 4:43 pm

Today I’m working on my son’s car replacing the alternator. I have the old one out, what a fob that was. With advancing age and estrogen, my skin is so thin that I have bruises all over my hands and arms. I can’t imagine getting the new one installed is going to be any easier.

As a teen I loved working on cars. I’ve rebuilt engines, replaced brakes and clutches performed a variety of minor repairs and maintenance items. That was before cars had computers, sensors and fragile electrical systems. Now so many specialized tools and knowledge is required that it’s easy to cause more damage than you fix just out of plain ignorance. These days there are other things I’d rather do with my time.

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Post  Mariehart11 Sat Oct 01, 2022 11:24 pm

I would  never even try to replace an alternator. I doubt I  could  find it. My Father never had a car so I  never really knew anything about them.

My thing was motorcycles. I had no interest but I needed transport and a  car was out of the  question so I  got a  bike. It was 125cc Honda and it  terrified me. I crashed early on and broke my thumb which is  still partially immobilised.

But I  got a  taste for it and bought a more powerful bike. Actually a sister also  bought a motorbike when  female  riders were  rare. The freedom thing is amazing. But I  also  learned about  repairing them because I  couldn't  afford to  get a  professional to do it. It finally died and I  bought a sisters' Mini. I  got a lot of  experience repairing that contraption because it was a bloody death trap. The engine mounts worked loose. The brakes failed. The radiator leaked and the steering column snapped as I was driving. Apart from that it was a fun car.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Sun Oct 02, 2022 3:46 pm

Well surprisingly rhe alternator went back in easier than I expected. And best of all it actually corrected the problems the car was experiencing. That’s a relief.

Growing up on a farm in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in eastern Montana one had to be self sufficient. Thirty miles of washboard gravel road meant trips to town were infrequent and when necessary caused a full day of lost work. So I learned to fix things. We never threw anything away. Broken parts from one machine could become a new part for a different machine with a little ingenuity, cutting, welding and grinding. We had an entire hillside where old implements, cars and trucks went to wait for a new life as something else. It was the same for girls and boys. As a farm or ranch kid you learned what was necessary to keep things moving and earn your keep. Hence my lifelong attraction to strong capable women.

We had motor bikes as well, a convenient substitute for a horse for many things. Our first was a black Yamaha 80cc bike better suited for paved streets than dirt roads or no roads. This was in the mid to late 60’s when Japaneses bikes were taking over the world. Of course Honda was the first, and most popular, so anything else was considered a cheap knock off by my obnoxious classmates. But they were obnoxious about nearly everything.

The bike I always wanted was a Yamaha twin jet 100. Like most vintage items, if they can be found, they are horrendously costly so it will stay only in my dreams.

Marie, what in the world had you in Africa doing repairs on aircraft?

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Post  Mariehart11 Sun Oct 02, 2022 10:52 pm

You might well  ask Liz. Believe me I  asked myself. My friend grew up in Zimbabwe/ Rhodesia although English born.

He asked me to  go home  with him, go flying in one of his aeroplanes which is a a homebuilt. Although quite a high performance machine.

I  could  go  on at length about  my  adventures in Africa and I'm well  able to go on at length as you  know. Suffice to  say Africa delivered and I  finally understand the absolute fascination we Europeans have for  Africa.
Yet Zimbabwe itself because of the British influence was simultaneously familiar yet exotic. We flew into Vic Falls early one  morning. It was a scary flight because we had to  race the  weather. It being the rainy  season. I  often  wondered how I'd react to  real danger. Now I  know. I'm  surprisingly stoic.

We went for  breakfast in the 'camp' were we were staying. Both Celia I and  I are very  familiar with that Zimbabwe breakfast. Sausage, bacon, egg, toast. Tea. An English  breakfast or an  Irish  breakfast although we have white  pudding or black pudding. The influences are obvious.

Later that night we were drinking there  after dinner chatting to my friend's friend who had served in the  bush war when  some  elephants passed by in the dark just outside the  fence. The elephants don't  pay any attention to the town. They  just  march through.

It was surreal.

I  can't wait to go back. But if you ever wondered at the concept of white privilege. You'll understand it the first time you're waved through a police checkpoint because you're white and when you see how the whites and frankly how the Asians, Chinese and Indians live compared to the Africans.

I really felt uncomfortable with that.
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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Mon Oct 03, 2022 1:59 am

What an adventure!

For the majority of Americans Africa is a far off land many dream of visiting but few have the opportunity. Distance and associated cost are significant barriers, but I think even more influential is our very peculiar take on how we use our time especially time spent on one’s self. It’s really not very healthy. We have no concept of “holiday” as the term is used in much of the rest of the world. Our “vacation” is the equivalent for time spent away from work. In many work settings taking vacation at all, but certainly more than one week at a time is viewed as an extravagance inferring one is not as committed to the job as those who take less time off. In some firms that view is a stated value of the company and variance can have a material negative impact on employment.

It is my belief that another common factor is fear of the unknown. Things that drag us out of our safe secure zone of comfortable, safe and secure familiarity is avoided by many.

My dad is a good example. When I was stationed in Crete Greece, try as I might to convince him to visit, I was unsuccessful. My mom and mother in law on the other hand jumped at the opportunity. I tried to get my dad to talk about his reluctance and though he offered few concrete reasons his vagueness spoke volumes. It came down to his fear of the unknown.

Elephants in the streets!!!!! We have elk, moose, bears and mountain lions (cougars) that visit residential areas, but elephants are an entirely different proposition. If one extrapolates from the actions of tourist bent on getting that great photo of them petting a bison bull in Yellowstone National Park, there certainly would be at least one idiot run into the street and try to pet a wild elephant. And if they survived, be incredulous that the animal didn’t appreciate their friendly advance. And there, you’ve seen the cynic in me!

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Post  Celia Eriksson Mon Oct 03, 2022 1:09 pm

I do like an English breakfast, but only once a week. Either Saturday or Sunday, depending upon what l may be doing. As l always have a roast, usually on Sunday, at the weekend, my tum tum can be feeling quite podgified by early evening!!!

I have tried black pudding, white pudding, (Irish, if l remember correctly Marie?), and even Scottish square sausage.

They were all quite tasty, but none are generally available down here, perhaps black pudding could be found if l searched.

All sausages should be square anyway, rolling around my baking tin... yes, sausage and bacon both get cooked in my oven!!!

But l find a plain pork sausage, an egg and two rashers of bacon. A slice of bread, all followed with a slice of toast and marmalade... plenty enough!!!

I know not much of Africa, sub-Saharan is quite a long way from Europe too... but it is quite varied when you think of it.

There are the northern lands, islamic with quite advanced societies that were further advanced than Europe, in the years after the Roman empire.

Then there are the admirable Zulus, way down south, an empire was forged in relatively recent times, the mid 19th century and history of it is recorded.

The east has Ethiopians, the West the Guineas, Senegalese and the like. Central Africa was quite unknown to Europe until Livingstone and such explorers went there, again relatively recently...

...ancient tribal empires came and went, sadly, with no written history of most, if not all of them. All quite different cultures.

Elephant are amazing, they have big hearts too. They mourn their dead and are the only animal, apart from Man, to help another species in trouble.

They are recorded, filmed, pulling other ruminants, particularly young, from being fatally engulfed in mud. They will also see off Lion.

As for messing with them... it reminds me of when l visited either Birdworld or it could have been Chessington Zoo, l cannot remember.... anyway, in a field behind three bar wood fencing, a man with his family were watching several Ostrich, as l and a friend watched too.

He said, 'If you put your hand up behind your head and clench your fist and turn it like this, it will attract the Ostriches'. It worked, they all walked over, quite curious. But the Ostrich then proceeded to peck at him, over snd through the fence! He ran back and everyone laughed....

It would be nice to see such wildlife in their natural place, but l have to admit, Africa is a little way down my list...

Coffee over!

Celia xx

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Post  Celia Eriksson Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:51 pm

... my 3rd best jeans... covered in red paint... painting canal art... just rubbed them with white spirit... silly me did not change into my painty jeans... waaah! More coffee...

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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Mon Oct 03, 2022 6:10 pm

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Very much like both of you described I like a big breakfast. The biggest difference between the two menus (UK and American) is the black and/or white pudding. That particular culinary specialty. Apparently didn’t immigrate successfully.

My breakfast menu list includes fried or scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage and ham (one or the other, generally not all at the same meal!), toast, I prefer multi whole grain bread, and coffee, milk or orange juice. I also enjoy sourdough pancakes some mornings and have been making them for most of my adult life. These are topped with butter and maple syrup, though some prefer fruit syrups or jams. My son and his daughter like to sprinkle powdered sugar on theirs. Fried potatoes are frequent addition and may be prepared in several variations such as sliced, diced or shredded.

During my brief stay in Britain, we had our meals at a British Army dining facility. The first breakfast there was quite a shock for our troops. Beans and bangers with stewed tomatoes and fried toast. Not something the American palate was prepared for! After a few mornings of that fare, ther was a great hue and cry from the masses for more familiar breakfast items. They were able to secure a selection of cereals that were received well. Though I didn’t care for the stewed tomatoes, I liked the beans and bangers and was ok with the fried toast.

The Greeks don’t really have a breakfast meal similar to either of ours. The have a mid-morning snack of yogurt with perhaps some muesli mixed in, and coffee to drink. And that is Greek coffee, thick, strong and foamy. There was one hotel on the island that was managed by a German hospitality management company and the advertised there “American breakfast directly to the AFBase population. Lynn and I tried it once and it was decadent with all sort of sausages, bacon, ham and pastries piled high along with the standard egg and bread selections.

So that’s my ramblings about breakfast!

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Post  Celia Eriksson Tue Oct 04, 2022 12:23 pm

I don't think l would have liked the stewed tomatos either Liz. Over here, l wager they were tinned. Not to bad in a stew, or added to bolognese or the like... but brekky? No way!!!!

Bangers and beans though? Well they are natural allies and quite acceptable.

Muesli is my summer brekky. I have not quite switched to porridge, as l always do, as we traverse the long, cold, dark road into the season of death and decay,... (ahem!), quite yet.

I add a small handful of California Sun Maid raisons to my muesli, for the most famous manufacturers of European muesli skimp a bit on them, real muesli has plenty...

... for porridgy season, l add chopped bananias and a teaspoon of Lyles Golden Syrup, one of my very, very few homages to the poison that is refined sugar.

It is my auction night tonight, l am taking some things up there to sell about 1 o'clock, an easel, l never use an easel, l prefer a table, a box of bits and bobs, a wooden magazine rack... l found a really nice ornate one instead and a box of china.

China cannot be given away these days, well Chinese china, even republic china , is in.... and the Cliffe and Moorcroft fad is still on.... Meisson, Delft and the like holding ground....

....but the majority is only good for ship ballast at the moment. Yes, Grannys old Spode, Doulton and Staffordshire is not quite the heirloom she imagines any more....

I am not expecting much, for it is likely it will only pay my commision on something l may buy... for my expectancy of finding something lovely is most of the fun... l am almost childlike with excitement every week!!!! I rarely miss it.

There are two others on a Sunday, quite nearby. I tell myself not to, for it took a while getting 'accepted' at this one...

Coffee done!

Celia xx

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Post  Mariehart11 Tue Oct 04, 2022 5:40 pm

Did the layout of the boards change???

Anyway too bad Celia. I'm always wearing the wrong clothes painting. I always splash. A female writer wrote once that the only thing she wore for painting was her knickers, on her head😁

You mentioned sub saharan Africa. As it happens we had a layover in Addis Ababa on the way back which was fascinating. Me and my friend went looking for lunch. We found a nice looking restaurant clearly frequented by locals. At least the more affluent. The menu had dishes I never heard of. So on recommendation we had a sampler platter
. Exotic isn't the word. Ethiopian cuisine is different to anything I ever came across. I can hardly even describe it but it tasted amazing.
Liz, I can relate to your experience of British army food. Back in Ireland in 1922 when the British army marched home with flags flying and bands playing they left the catering staff behind so when the Irish army marched in, not much changed food wise.

We suffered the same food choice when we marched into the same old British barracks back in the eighties. But we had scrambled eggs as well. We had normal toast though. I did have fried bread/toast at home though. Not very healthy.

I suspect it's all changed now in both armies. Healthy options galore. Probably thanks to the entry of women to the ranks. The civilising effect of women again.

Speaking of which I have dinner to buy and cook. I spent the afternoon in a cafe chatting away over coffee and cinnamon buns with my friend Mary instead of attending to my housewifely duties.








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Post  Elizabeth Lynn Wed Oct 05, 2022 3:41 pm

I don’t go to auctions anymore. I was accumulating too much stuff. Plus, auctions here are nearly all on line anymore and that takes the immediate gratification and all the fun out of the event.

We don’t really have the same type of auctions here as you do. No regularly scheduled auction house events where people bring items to sell. Those would be fun, but again, dangerous for me as I come from a long line of relatives that accumulate “stuff” and I have no more room for accumulating anything.

I have ruined so many clothing items with paint, grease and oil or catching the on something and ripping holes. Though I’ve gotten better with experience, I horrible with knit items and snagging them. I have learned some new skills for repairing snags, and I can effect decent repairs sewing rips and tears or sewing on patches. And darning socks.

I’ve eaten at two very authentic Ethiopian restaurants here in the states. One in Denver Colorado and one here in Boise. I liked both, but the one here in Boise just received a bunch of food safety citations after their most recent health department inspection.

It’s looking to be a beautiful fall day, so I will be working outside to prepare my yard and garden for winter slumber. I am anxious for the first frost so I can harvest horseradish root and make fresh condiment.

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Post  Celia Eriksson Wed Oct 05, 2022 6:46 pm

I have never eaten Ethiopian... but l have eaten some strange things in my time. Now l like good English fare, bangers and mash, roasts, fish and chips, stews, casseroles etc.. l am still only just over 8 stone, l really do not know where it goes!

The danger of buying stuff applies equally to me, l do tend to keep it, but one good(?) thing about me in that regard is l do tire of looking at something and then l sell it....

I believe the US deserve a gentle Autumn after Storm Ian. It is very windy here, we tend to get the tail end after the USA has a storm, it crosses the Atlantic, but lessens greatly along the way, not nearly as damaging as Ian that bashed the poor old USA...

I remember what we call the Great Storm, also October, l think it was in the eighties, about '87 if my memory serves.... l had been out that night and as l got home the winds were very fierce. I had left a window open and it's bracket had broken, luckily the glass was intact...

I was woken about 4 o'clock in the morning to a huge swish and thump... l went downstairs as the howling wind was quite loud. I opened the door, nearly got blown over and in the gloom l could just make out an old tree had fallen down the road.

I then saw an older neighbour who lived further down the road looking at it with a torch and thought l would too when from the other way another loud thump! The neighbour said go back in and he left....

In the morning there were five trees down and branches, boughs, withys and twigs everywhere in my old road and l missed work that day, a very rare event. It was quite a storm, Sevenoaks in Kent, for example lost six of its famous old Oaks and had in effect became Oneoak!

Oh, and Horseradish! Who can eat beef without it?... yummy.

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