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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2020, 20:17 
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Glad you've found an alternative to the hostel, it was all sounding pretty grim.

Thanks, Annied. Tis still a bit grim given the restrictions make it difficult to settle and meet people, so I may end up giving up and leaving but I'm surviving for the moment! :-) Cestina, hope Alison make it on the plane and gets there ok! Seems wise to stay in a safe spot!


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As far as I can gather, Ryanair are continuing to operate some flights, so that they can get out of having to give refunds :roll: . Rather annoying for those who are unable to travel due to lockdown, but hopefully it should mean that your Alison is able to go!

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Goodness, what a bargain Cestina. My fingers are crossed for Alison too.

Don't give up Roversgirl. Settling somewhere completely new is never easy and in the north a lot of us go out as little as possible this time of year, even when there's no Covid, but I can understand it must be frustrating for you.


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Thanks, Annied, I'm trying and will definitely give it a bit longer! :)


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Been there and done it myself Roversgirl. In my case the move was one January, so I can empathise. It just takes a bit of time.


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I am doing, thanks, Annied! I now have a broken boiler (and possibly mice!) and the plumber may not be able to make it until Tuesday! I think I'm going to have some good luck soon after this run! :D


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Oh that's no fun roversgirl! I don't mind mice but no heating is bad news if it's as chilly at night as here in the Czech Republic. I had the same situation a couple of weeks ago but didn't find out till I was standing under the shower :(

Hope plumber comes pronto!

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We have both heating and a mouse. It scared the crap out of me earlier


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Thanks, both! Any tips on how to handle mice welcome! Plubmer scheduled for Thursday. With a broken windowsill and 4 degrees last night, my bedroom is an ice box! But such is life in Covid times! Cestina, that doesn't sound fun, and exile, hope you're doing okay!


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Mice: if you don't want to put down a conventional mouse trap (my parents never let me see what happened when the metal went down and I still don't want to see it), buy a humane trap, put a bit of cheese or similar in it. Mouse still alive but trapped. Warning: don't release it near your flat or it will find its way back "home". I used to release the ones I caught about a kilometre from home in the woods by our garden rubbish dump. Alternatively get a cat, if you are allowed one and aren't allergic to them (I am). Good company too until you make new human friends.

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We've been putting down cotton wool balls drenched in peppermint oil. That seems to send them off somewhere else, no idea where though. You can't do it if you have a cat though since they react very badly to the oil.

But if you have a cat you probably don't have mice anyway....

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There seems to be some sort of law that things never go wrong singly! I hope the plumber fixes your heating quickly.

As for the mice, are they house mice or field mice? (Field mice are the big eared ones who take the food back to their "larders" rather than staying and eating it on the spot.) One winter I had field mice who'd found a hole in an outside wall that allowed them into the foundations of my house. I realised because they had left a beaten track through the snow hunting for any left over raisins I'd thrown out for the birds. I did some research and discovered that field mice only look for shelter during the winter and that, once the weather improves, they leave again. I also read that they're not prolific breeders and only have a couple of litters a year. Once I'd established I wasn't going to be overrun or have permanent lodgers, I would wait until dark and then leave out some grated cheese and raisins for them under a garden table where they'd be able to find it easily. I got to know them quite well, there were 4 or 5 and my neighbour and I became quite fond of them.


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The cat brought it in but then failed to kill it and subsequently lost all interest. :dontknow:

We have planted a humane mousetrap inside a loaf of bread as this seems to be the mouse's favourite food. I doubt it'll work but more conventional methods have failed.


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We were told mice prefer salami or pastrami to cheese.
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Mice are also said to like chocolate, and peanut butter - presumably Rees's Pieces are mouse heaven! We've not found either of the last two mice that were brought in and lost, unfortunately, and they resolutely ignore the humane mouse trap... but we've not seen them recently either, so I just have to hope that they either died quietly or got away. Any rodent in our house has probably been imported by the felines, despite none of them having been taught to hunt by their mothers.


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This one doesn't like chocolate or peanut butter.


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So far I think i've heard them in the walls. I have ordered cotton wool, peppermint and some of the wool to stop them coming through. I shall stuff the holes and see what that does. Many thanks for all the tips and sorry so many CBBers have mouse acquaintances!


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There are devices which you plug in and they emit a noise which only the mouse or other rodents can hear. We used them sucessfully when we discovered signs of a rat......


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Just before lockdown, my laptop stopped working.

Now normally that's not a big deal. I'd have taken it to the repair shop and managed with visits to the library while it was sorted out or it became obvious that I needed a new one.

Of course, the library's not an option and being without any Internet access for at least 4 weeks and possibly longer did not seem like a good idea in lockdown! So...off I hurried to my computer-provider-of-choice (ie John Lewis). Naturally, anything I'd normally buy was out-of-stock so I ended up with something small and, fortunately, comparatively cheap.

Cheap laptop is noticeably slower but does do everything I want - except run Netflix (which appears to be a problem with the latest Windows 10 update - why can they not release updates that aren't already broken???)


I have tried switching on the "old" laptop on a couple of occasions with no result. Until today when it started up normally...

I think the fan is not working but the laptop doesn't appear to be any warmer than it used to be. I will still take it to the repair shop when lockdown is over (the fan is something that is comparatively easy to fix) but I can't help feeling that lockdown has left me £200 out-of-pocket and that I have better uses for that money...


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That's rough luck, Victoria - odd how we managed without pcs, laptops etc until we had them, but no consolation when they play up. Technology is wonderful when it works! Glad you've got an interim solution, and I think I'd look at it as having a backup, even if it has hurt your wallet's feelings a bit...


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