LIGHTS IN THE SKY 2013

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Re: LIGHTS IN THE SKY 2013

Post by Marilyn » 24 Dec 2017, 07:29

A warning of slight tinkle of sleigh bells far off to the East.
Not something you are likely to appreciate at your time of the morning, but you can assure your "wee ones" that those in far off Australia are certain that Santa HAS begun his long journey.

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Post by Stanley » 24 Dec 2017, 08:48

Margaret is busy cooking a Xmas dinner for some of the kids in Perth. A day early but there will be another one tomorrow! Hope you've been good Maz and get your pressies!
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Post by Marilyn » 24 Dec 2017, 09:21

We don't "do" presents.
Daves grandkids get presents, but no adult presents. So no presents under our tree...and our kids don't give us presents either.
Makes things very easy..
( we don't do presents between ourselves either)
Too many memories of crappy Christmases as a kid I suppose)

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Post by Wendyf » 24 Dec 2017, 09:34

We don't really do presents these days either Maz, but we had lovely family Christmases. I'm happy just to look at the pretty lights and enjoy a drink or two! It's the lack of small children that does it...

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Post by Marilyn » 24 Dec 2017, 09:46

Probably the lack of grandkids in my life too, Wendy, to be honest. I'm sure I would put extra effort in to keep the magic alive if I had grandkids...but otherwise...it is easier not to get involved!
We have a nice meal, pull crackers, wear the silly hats and enjoy some wine. It marks the day, but nothing terribly thrilling.

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Post by Wendyf » 24 Dec 2017, 09:53

Christmas treats for low carbers, peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs. To be kept in the fridge and eaten sparingly....

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Post by Marilyn » 24 Dec 2017, 10:10

Oh yum ! I would try those!
I still have half a container of Irish Cream Fudge in my fridge. It is very nice but I don't have a sweet tooth so don't hanker for it. Mind you, it has no added sugar ( only that already in the chocolate or Baileys); I eek it out to hubby instead...
How is your son going with his weight loss? He was doing amazingly well as I recall. ( and becoming a happier chap for it????)

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Post by Wendyf » 24 Dec 2017, 10:59

I don't think he has lost much more Maz but he hasn't put it back on either. He will be arriving later today so I'll get an up to date report. He looks so much better but is still a big lad!

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Post by Big Kev » 24 Dec 2017, 11:16

Wendyf wrote:
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Christmas treats for low carbers, peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs. To be kept in the fridge and eaten sparingly....

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I like the sound of them. Peanut butter, chocolate and a bit of double cream?
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Post by Wendyf » 24 Dec 2017, 11:30

No Kev, these are coconut oil, peanut butter and cocoa powder with a bit of Stevia for sweetness. I'm thinking about doing some with dark chocolate and cream mixed with some of Col's nut granola....

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Post by Big Kev » 24 Dec 2017, 11:42

I made some truffles with 85% cocoa solid chocolate and double cream then rolled them in cocoa, there may have been a hint of Jamesons in there too :-). They were very tasty.
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Post by Wendyf » 24 Dec 2017, 12:34

Yum!

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Post by Big Kev » 24 Dec 2017, 14:05

I like the sound of the chocolate and granola. An upmarket Rice Crispy cake :good:
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Post by Stanley » 25 Dec 2017, 04:39

I am in the Maz camp with Xmas and birthday presents. Xmas is so simple if you knock them out of the equation. Xmas is for kids and when we had them at home we were entirely traditional. But that doesn't mean I am a skinflint. I probably give more presents than most but at the time they are most needed or least expected. The same applies to helping people who are in trouble, rescuing something that is 'irreparable' is pure joy to me. Something else I have learned is that the more a present hurts you the better it is for you!
Having said that, I hope you all get your heart's desire. My best present this year has been the fact that I have a functioning finger even though I tried to chop it off!
I see from the TV that the sofa and mattress companies are (surprise surprise) advertising huge discounts..... The sales start tomorrow.....
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Post by Marilyn » 25 Dec 2017, 04:59

I am a bit of a skinflint when it comes to buying stuff for myself, because if I don't NEED a particular item, I won't buy it. There has to be a need, rather than a desire. This stems from ridding our lives of excess "junk" ( things/items) by either giving them away or donating to charity. What is the point of buying more stuff? ( best not to accumulate in the first place). Things don't end up in your home unless you bring them in the front door! I don't even allow junk mail...banned that over 20 years ago and haven't seen a catalogue since. I think it is a form of freedom not to have junk mail.

I only own one handbag for example. When it gets tatty, I happily spend money on a new one. Can't see the point of having a wardrobe full of handbags. I don't own many pairs of shoes either...

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Post by Nolic » 25 Dec 2017, 06:49

Merry Christmas Stanley and all at One Guy. Nolic :elf: :elf:
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Post by Tizer » 25 Dec 2017, 11:01

As I write, the official NASA NORAD Santa Tracker shows him 2 minutes away from reaching the North Pole, having delivered over 7 billion presents.

And he's arrived home....number of presents delivered this year: 7,281,439,471 :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 25 Dec 2017, 11:04

Thanks Comrade, I hope you are all having a good day.
Tiz, he may be back home but he didn't call in here....
Funny the number of cars drawing into the C-op car park, noting that the doors are closed and going away again. I wonder what it was they forgot to buy......
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Post by PanBiker » 25 Dec 2017, 11:28

Thanks Nolic, same to you and a Merry Christmas to everyone else on the site. :smile:
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Stanley wrote:
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Funny the number of cars drawing into the C-op car park, noting that the doors are closed and going away again. I wonder what it was they forgot to buy......
For those in need of a shop, Spar on Skipton Rd is open today...
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Post by Wendyf » 25 Dec 2017, 14:59

Delicious low carb dinner just finished, who needs roast potatoes anyway? :smile: Col's chocolate pud with rum soaked berries will have to wait till later. Hic.🍾🍾🍷

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Post by PanBiker » 25 Dec 2017, 21:23

We have left Sally's double chocolate chip brownie and red cherry trifle at our Carla's we had the same thought to have it later but didn't feel the need. A pleasant time was had by all and we were treated to a few of Isla's renditions of her piano practice numbers, She's not doing bad for 3 or 4 lessons in, she got a full size keyboard to encourage her practice. :smile:
We have mooted plans for an Imax visit for the latest Star Wars episode in the not to distant future and Sally and I have been given tickets to an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes in February.
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Re: LIGHTS IN THE SKY 2013

Post by Gloria » 25 Dec 2017, 21:40

Big Kev wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 11:42
I made some truffles with 85% cocoa solid chocolate and double cream then rolled them in cocoa, there may have been a hint of Jamesons in there too :-). They were very tasty.
They sound absolutely gorgeous.
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Post by Tripps » 25 Dec 2017, 23:16

PanBiker wrote:
25 Dec 2017, 21:23
have been given tickets to an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes in February.
I've taken an interest in this chap for a long time - Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.

First saw him in a BBC programme about an expedition to Canada somewhere, looking for Bigfoot' as I recall. The whole thing sounded contrived, to get an expedition for him to lead - I'm amazed to find it was in the early 70's. I think I recall that he abandoned his men, and looked after himself. At the end, one of his troopers, (SAS) asked what he would do if he met him again said without hesitation - 'I'd kill him'. Sir Ranulph wrote a book about it - Available here

The Headless Valley

He has been described as 'The World's Greatest Living Explorer'. I could think of several words to substitute for explorer. :smile:

I found this on the Guardian's website. and offer it as supporting evidence.

"1993 Achieved the longest unsupported polar journey across the Antarctic. Fiennes and his companion, Michael Stroud, completed 1,350 miles in 95 days. The expedition was abandoned when Fiennes developed crotch rot (he wore the same underpants for 50 days), frostbite and piles. Entered the Guinness Book of Records as 'the World's Greatest Living Explorer'. "

That could well be a Guinness record for consecutive days wearing underpants though.

He's World Class alright - up there with Jeffrey Archer in the pantheon. There is another reason I don't like him - but I think I'll keep that to myself. However don't let me colour your judgment - do your own research. :smile:

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Post by Big Kev » 25 Dec 2017, 23:38

Gloria wrote:
25 Dec 2017, 21:40
Big Kev wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 11:42
I made some truffles with 85% cocoa solid chocolate and double cream then rolled them in cocoa, there may have been a hint of Jamesons in there too :-). They were very tasty.
They sound absolutely gorgeous.
They did go down rather well :good:
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