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I'm in the middle of a load of printing so I've started early before the heat gets too strong. Cup of tea and then one more batch of 5,000. I'll do the rest this evening. Who would believe that South Wales would be the hottest place in the country? The rest of you I gather are basking in cool breezes.

I picked up the new car yesterday and drove it home, the interior being like an oven as I couldn't find the air conditioning controls. Moreover the fans were on fast, creating a lot of noise but to no effect. I'm sure it is just a matter of exploration. This car has more buttons and dials than anything I have ever driven. It has sat nav as well, although being a French sat nav it will only allow you to enter six digits of a postcode (ours has seven). I'll get around to posting a pic shortly. Certainly the car looks very swish. I imagine it could give Camilla's Jag a run for its money.

Yesterday after supper I sat in the garden watching the sky where the contrails of the jets aiming for Heathrow were showing pink as the caught the dying rays of the sun below the horizon. The sky was a dark blue and so the effect was remarkable.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 10th Jul 2018 - 10:24AM   Posted by Fennie   Tea Anyone? Comments: 13

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Fennie's Avatar Someone sent me yesterday a petition to sign about badgers.
I dislike these petitions and I doubt they do any good apart from make one feel self righteous which is perhaps why I signed this one. Now I await a flood of junk mail. But halting the useless culling of one of our iconic animals is a worthy cause.

Here’s an extract from what Rod Liddle said writing in the Spectator on 2 June this year.

"Nor is there the slenderest tendril of evidence to suggest that murdering our badger population will reduce the incidence of bTB among dairy cattle. Trial culls have demonstrated this very clearly. Remember that the first trial cull, over a nine-year period, was overseen by Lord Krebs, who said afterwards of the whole business: ‘I can’t understand how anyone who has looked at the science would say that it is a good idea.’

"There has so far been no incidence of a reduction in bTB among dairy herds in areas where trial culls have been inexpertly carried out. The majority of badgers killed have been healthy and not vectors of the disease. At one cull, in Cumbria, it was noted that both the cattle and the few badgers infected with bTB showed a strain which originated in Northern Ireland. Badgers only rarely use ferries; they become discombobulated by the raucous behaviour of people in the top deck bar. The cause was infected cattle imported from Ulster. But mismanagement of farmyard slurry has also been suggested as a cause for the spread of bTB — and plenty of other animals (dogs, cats etc) are also susceptible to the virus and act as vectors. Nor are the testing methods much cop."

Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Jul 2018 at 10:31AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar It's wet and misty here today, more than welcome, especially with the annual rash of heath fires we've got going up here at the moment. It's a nice constant drizzle too not thunder plumps that run away without filling the reservoirs.

Happy new car Fennie, our air con need refilled so is doing sweet nothing just now, we've been driving around the old fashioned way... with the windows open! Laughing

I have yet to find someone who can answer me a simple question. Were Badgers always prone to bTB or did the Cattle give it to them in the first place? In which case surely it's the Cattle's fault!
I'd rather see us put more effort into a Cattle vaccine not culling the wildlife needlessly when so few of them have the blessed disease.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Jul 2018 at 11:09AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, FN and everyone, thank you for posting for the larks Fennie. Did not sleep well again last night so feeling a tad worse for wear this morning .

A very breezy cool day here in Winterton a grey sky and no sun,

I am an animal activiist and feel very passionate about saving animals I do sign as many petitions as I can and I think they are worthy as proof in the pudding some have been successful in saving animals . So it's worth a sign if only to save some . Sadly though after constant signing of the badger cull not to happen they are still be slaughtered that is because our PM will not sign the paper she is a hunter supporter and like FN I agree with her I would much rather see a Cattle vaccine not culling the wildlife needlessly .

if your garage where you bought the car from Fennie is quite near perhaps pop in there and ask about the air condition controls I am not saying you can't do it, my Jag took me ages to learn how to use the controls for this and now I think I have cracked it, I just turn on the auto button and press 2 switches on the left and then at the top there is another switch which you can switch round however you want and blast the cooler air out.

Have a good day everyone .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Jul 2018 at 11:40AM

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Camilla's Avatar Good to know the diver rescue team have finally been able to get the remaining boys out and their teacher from the cave.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Jul 2018 at 04:09PM

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Camilla's Avatar Very quiet here today..Very Happy just gulping down a swift half of Guinness before evening meal later. Fish cakes tonight with French fries, garden peas. Apricots and ice cream and a glass of crisp white Pinot.Very Happy


Can smell a bonfire burning outside somewhere, it's not a BBQ smell though, bit early in the year to be having a bonfire I thought.

Have a good evening everyone.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Jul 2018 at 05:21PM

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Camilla's Avatar I reckon you could give my Jag a run for the money Fennie, Jag's not slow though .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Jul 2018 at 05:24PM

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Fennie's Avatar Feeling cross! The aircon on my new car is not working and I have found there are no parking sensors to help reversing (I have come to rely on these especially as on this new car you cannot see beyond the rear window and so have to guess how far you are away from the brick wall you are reversing against. Also for a largish car there is remarkably little storage space in the cabin. Nowhere for a cup of coffee or bottle of water for instance. The door pockets are tiny!

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Jul 2018 at 06:12PM

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Fennie's Avatar Enjoy your meal and Pinot. I could just do with a glass of Pinot, myself. Throw a couple of fish cakes on the barbie for me and I'll just fetch my teleporter. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Jul 2018 at 06:15PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Oops! Perhaps the air con needs recharging like ours. HO says it's about £50... but the garage should have checked that before you bought it?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Jul 2018 at 06:20PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar We have had a huge bonfire recently and already there is a lot more to burn. At this time of year there is an awful lot of stuff to prune out, not to mention weeds, despite the drought!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 10th Jul 2018 at 06:30PM

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Camilla's Avatar Hope your car can be fixed soon Fennie especially when you have just bought it too. The Jag has quite deep door pockets front and back but bigger at back. Front ones I can pop a slim box of tissues and fold up brolley at the back usually put large road map book in and bottled water. Next to the gear stick there is two round holders for me to place small bottle of fluid other has coins or keys in. Keep the wine gum sweets and CD's in the luggage section near passenger seat.

Let us know how you get in Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Jul 2018 at 01:19PM

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Camilla's Avatar Sorry that should read let us know how you got on.

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Jul 2018 at 01:19PM

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Fennie's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jul 2018 at 07:40AM

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