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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 17 Jul 2020, 13:21 
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We too are off to our village in Europe, travelling on Le Shuttle (I swore I would never go under the sea but under the circs it is the travel method of least contact with others) on Wednesday 29th July and hopefully arriving in Bavorov around 3rd August.

I am not sure whether to post this here under happiness or on the whinge thread because I really do not want to emerge from my cocoon here but needs must because we now need to push the house build forward so my daughter can be out of the UK before we exit in December with a no-deal Brexit. If she isn't there will be huge customs implications involved.

I am of course looking forward to spending time with my controllable world of dolls houses.....

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PostPosted: 17 Jul 2020, 13:45 
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Enjoy your second homes (not just literally but also being out of the UK) , annied and cestina.

I am happy because my daughter and family are visiting.

PS Pack your masks - but I suppose you already know that.


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Enjoy your second homes (not just literally but also being out of the UK) , annied and cestina.

I am happy because my daughter and family are visiting.

PS Pack your masks - but I suppose you already know that.

Oh yes, we haven't moved outside the front door without masks since the beginning of March (we locked down with the Czechs, despite being in the UK). We haven't unlocked with them though....

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 17 Jul 2020, 14:30 
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Thank you. I'll probably make a couple more masks before I leave, so I have a good supply, but I have a sewing machine and some remnants of material at the flat, so if I run out, I can always make more. Are fitting rooms in shops open? I love clothes shopping but have been stopped in my tracks by not being able to try anything on here in the UK! (Actually I just love shopping.)

Cestina, I wondered if you'd be off too! Have a good trip. And by the way, I'm now officially hooked on watching Aila and Louis and their family!


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Cestina, I wondered if you'd be off too! Have a good trip. And by the way, I'm now officially hooked on watching Aila and Louis and their family!

It easily becomes an obsession doesn't it? I am firmly fixed in Wales where there are three nests with webcams and osplets fledging all over the place at the moment. Can barely keep up. I glance in at Lock Arkaig occasionally because I just love the view there. Have any of the three fledged yet?

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The eldest, JJ6, now called Doddie, is about to fledge any time now. I half expect to see only 2 babies left in the nest each time I go to have a look. JJ8, now Vera, is only a day behind him in terms of age, but bigger. She's not really managing lift off yet, let alone helicoptering. JJ7, now Captain is 5 or 6 days younger than the other 2, so still just wing exercising.


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Annied wrote:
Thank you. I'll probably make a couple more masks before I leave, so I have a good supply, but I have a sewing machine and some remnants of material at the flat, so if I run out, I can always make more. Are fitting rooms in shops open? I love clothes shopping but have been stopped in my tracks by not being able to try anything on here in the UK! (Actually I just love shopping.)

Cestina, I wondered if you'd be off too! Have a good trip. And by the way, I'm now officially hooked on watching Aila and Louis and their family!


To answer your question about fitting rooms: they are here but Bavaria is another world (sometime the rest of us wonder if it belongs to Germany. :lol: ) Seriously, I imagine so. Lockdowns are local if there are more than 50 cases a week per 100 000. Kreis Rosenheim currently has 2.5 per week. Less than here. If you're thinking of going into Munich or any big town, just check when you get here. Cloth masks are easily available our end so probably your end too.


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Thanks for the information. C&A and Karstadt in Rosenheim here I come! (To name just two.) I may give Munich a miss this trip as it's a relatively short one, although the huge Karstadt by the Bahnhof is my favourite shop, so I may succumb. Thank goodness it's not one that's closing down.


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Our Karstadt is closing. I obviously don't spend enough there. Have fun.


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I used to love Karstadt in Hamburg way back in 1959. Am sad to hear any are closing. I particularly liked the fresh doughnut stand (Ich bin ein Berliner :wink: outside where you could buy ten jam-filled delights for very little money. The smell of them frying drifted across the Rathausplatz for the temptation of all around.

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Karstadt - radical restructuring. Sales were falling even before coronavirus.
I still have my Knirps umbrella that I bought at Karstadt, Göttingen, in 1977 on arrival in Germany. A bit battered but it still keeps me dry.
Imagining the doughnut smell wafting towards me.


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After n weeks alone (I could count but I'd prefer not to) I have been collected and transported to my daughter's home (absolutely strictly in accordance with the "rules"!).

I am hoarse from talking and my D and SIL have been very patient with my complete loss of any social skills.


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Karstadt - radical restructuring. Sales were falling even before coronavirus.
I still have my Knirps umbrella that I bought at Karstadt, Göttingen, in 1977 on arrival in Germany. A bit battered but it still keeps me dry.
Imagining the doughnut smell wafting towards me.


Like many department stores, they seem to have been in trouble for at least the last 10 years from what I've heard. I find it very sad that department stores in general are struggling these days. I'm worrying that Fenwick's in Newcastle will be in trouble. Trips to town just wouldn't be the same if it's not there.


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Our John Lewis hasn't yet reopened, but it isn't on their closure list so we're all breathing a sigh of relief. Our main shopping street was getting bad before the lockdown, JL going woud have been pretty disastrous.


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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2020, 18:46 
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Victoria wrote:
After n weeks alone (I could count but I'd prefer not to) I have been collected and transported to my daughter's home (absolutely strictly in accordance with the "rules"!).

I am hoarse from talking and my D and SIL have been very patient with my complete loss of any social skills.

Today is Day 117 according to a friend in Wales who posts one photo per day on Facebook. Presumably lockdown started the same time in all UK countries even if the restrictions are being lifted at a different. pace.

There must have been a wonderful sense of relief after all this time alone, Victoria, and I'm sure you haven't really lost all your social skills. :D


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I spent the afternoon playing board games with my best friend. It was great.


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Sneaks a mention of this here and tootles off! The Merry Month of Murder - (Fyttleton Mysteries Bk2) Publication day 10th September 2020 - pre-order on Amazon available now! :o
Lockdown proved an ideal time to find out What Happened Next - and it came as quite a surprise to me!

It was teatime on Tuesday, and nobody had died yet…
May 1918
In a world where the men are at war and the women keep the home fires burning, Christabel Fyttleton is faced with domestic crises involving lodgers, rationing, maypole dancers and Kaiser Bill (don’t ask!) – as well as her most daunting challenge ever.
Not only that! There’s a sudden death – again – as though she hasn’t enough to cope with already.
But is it murder, misadventure, or merely misfortune?

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My sister is having a baby; due February, when life may have become more normal. This will be my first niece or nephew, so I am very excited. My daughter is also delighted, but her new cousin will be 18 years younger than her.


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