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2 hours ago, NYCat said:

My gloves fell out of my pocket and a kind gentleman not only told me but picked them up for me. One of those small kindnesses that brighten one's day.

 

Paulette

I call them blessings. While my husband was dying in the hospital (6 days), I had quite a few perfect strangers doing things for me out of the blue. Small things. Seeing me unload a shopping cart into my car and offering to return the cart. Seeing me struggle trying to get a bundle of bottled water out of the cart & into the car and saying, “let me do that for you.” A busy nurse on her way to lunch seeing me stand outside staring at the parking lots with confusion and asked if she could help, then spent 5 minutes pointing out the lots I could park in and the ones for medical personnel only. So many more people.

The man in Walmart who saw me reach for the water and jumped over to put it in my cart for me.

Did my sorrow show that much?

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3 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

Well. Kind of like telling you there is no Santa Clause. I have seen a couple spread their ears---definitely a threat and kind of cute if it's a very young male that is just practicing. One quite serious big guy chased us out of his territory--- bellowing and everything. But, no, he did not leave the ground. When the vehicle is very near elephants you have to be ready to drop and hang on if the driver decides there is danger of a real attack and has to take off. The vehicles can't fly either though a tourist could fly out.

 

Paulette

 

I don't know, Paulette. Maybe where you were with those Big Dumbos there were no trees with fruit on them . . . so there was no reason for them to fly. Next thing you'll be telling me is that those cute fury polar bears kill and eat cute baby seals. 

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I got my police report and photographs made for the residency renewal.  The police report is the quickest thing I've ever had Nicaraguans in an official capacity complete quickly for me.   The passport photos took a bit longer.  I've got one more thing to do in Jinotega that I can't do at home and that's a medical report. 

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Why is not safe to sleep under trees in Africa?

 

Because the elephants jump down from their nests in the morning.

 

Allan

 

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Despite the rain, my helper showed up to walk my dog and fetch breakfast from a friend's hotel.  Will see about getting the photos from the photographer tomorrow unless the rain is considerably lighter this afternoon (unlikely).  And if it's not better by Thursday, I'll see about getting a ride to the clinic from my ex landlord.   If I can't get the health certificate by Friday, I'll have to reschedule the trip to Managua.

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With our stack of early autumn apples starting to go soft I decided to have my first ever go at making apple pie. 

 

Most recipes appeared complex with reference to lard or trex but the BBC website featured a simple solution using only plain flour, butter and a small quantity of water. My wife prepared the apples, actually russets, and added cinnamon, raisins and a little brown sugar. Mixing the dough was a messy business, and liberal quantities of flour were needed to prevent sticking, but I managed to produce a flat base and top. We used the lid of a pyrex casserole as a pie dish, and the Mrs demonstrated the cunning trick of transferring the dough from board to pie by wrapping it around a rolling pin.

 

Result, success, lovely pastry and a tasty, if possibly not the healthiest of pies. I do love apple pie !

 

 

 

 

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On 13/11/2020 at 20:45, gvallee said:

I just checked my Measures. So far this month, I am the only zoom for 14 zoom instances out of 34. Also quite a few 1 out of 2 only. Now bring on the sales please! Here's hoping. 

 

I'm quoting myself. As a follow up, on one search, I had 3 zooms out of 4. Result: they all sold! 3 sales! Please keep the pattern for the other zooms...

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17 hours ago, Bryan said:

With our stack of early autumn apples starting to go soft I decided to have my first ever go at making apple pie. 

 

Most recipes appeared complex with reference to lard or trex but the BBC website featured a simple solution using only plain flour, butter and a small quantity of water. My wife prepared the apples, actually russets, and added cinnamon, raisins and a little brown sugar. Mixing the dough was a messy business, and liberal quantities of flour were needed to prevent sticking, but I managed to produce a flat base and top. We used the lid of a pyrex casserole as a pie dish, and the Mrs demonstrated the cunning trick of transferring the dough from board to pie by wrapping it around a rolling pin.

 

Result, success, lovely pastry and a tasty, if possibly not the healthiest of pies. I do love apple pie !

 

 

 

 

Yes, apple pie is fantastic. For the filling, I use white and brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a couple of spoons of flour for a bit of thickening. Put into bottom crust and dot the top with two tablespoons of butter and put the top crust on. Brush on a bit of milk on to top crust and sprinkle with a bit more sugar & cinnamon.

 

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On 18/11/2020 at 05:51, Bryan said:

 

 

Result, success, lovely pastry and a tasty, if possibly not the healthiest of pies. I do love apple pie !

 

 

 

 

 

So do I! And apple crumble, and tarte tatin.. Just as well as we have at least 50 cooking apples stored! 

 

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I want pie!

 

Lovely pictures of Seville, Ian. I lived there for 8 months but never got around to doing several of the major landmarks. That was always going to happen tomorrow, then one day I was gone. 🤭

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9 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Yes, apple pie is fantastic. For the filling, I use white and brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a couple of spoons of flour for a bit of thickening. Put into bottom crust and dot the top with two tablespoons of butter and put the top crust on. Brush on a bit of milk on to top crust and sprinkle with a bit more sugar & cinnamon.

 

 

1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

 

So do I! And apple crumble, and tarte tatin.. Just as well as we have at least 50 cooking apples stored! 

 

 

Can't compete with you guys! 😉

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

I want pie!

 

Lovely pictures of Seville, Ian. I lived there for 8 months but never got around to doing several of the major landmarks. That was always going to happen tomorrow, then one day I was gone. 🤭

 

Seville was wonderful, especially Triana.  Would love to go back some time.

 

We went in March so it wasn’t hot! 

 

 

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Were you living in Oxfordshire in the late '80s?  I wonder if you ever listened to the David Freeman show on BBC Radio Oxford? I did a weekly spot there, David's pet Yank. 

 

(I must start calling you Thyrsis, not Ian.)

 

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3 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Were you living in Oxfordshire in the late '80s?  I wonder if you ever listened to the David Freeman show on BBC Radio Oxford? I did a weekly spot there, David's pet Yank. 

 

(I must start calling you Thyrsis, not Ian.)

 

 

Yes, and yes! DF interviewed Ian about commercial photography when we were running the studio in Oxford. 

You probably knew Bill Heine? He sadly passed away last year.

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I heard the interview and was in your shop (?) I remember the shark house but not Bill. 😃

 

I'm in touch with David. He does a blues show Sundays at 5 to 7 on Jazz FM.

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31 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

I recall one year being involved in that mad late-night drive from France to London. I wasn't driving or even a passenger. I was just waiting with my glass. 😎

Well we are on our way to getting NINE bottles due to a double booking........watcha gonna do🤩

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

The Beaujolais Nouveau is in.🍷We need bigger emojis.....

 

Big enough?

 

Allan

 

🍷

Or even bigger.

 

ITMA

 

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13 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Big enough?

 

Allan

 

🍷

Or even bigger.

 

ITMA

 

🍷

How did you manage THAT?!

Aah.......font size......brilliant...thanks😎

That seems to be tops, though, wouldn't last long tonight.

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