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  1. Champ

    Tea and biscuits

    So what is the definition of ‘stewed’? Just too strong or something more technical?
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    There was a similarly named thread a little while back but it didnt feel the appropriate place for this post (if you do a search you'll see why!) I have toyed with posting on here about this on and off over the past few months but always decided against it until now...and even as I write this I'm wondering if I'm doing the right thing. It is not about sympathy. I was diagnosed with depression a few months ago. This is my first experience of this illness and I wondered what experiences others might have/have had and what has and has not worked for them with the idea that these experiences might be helpful for others. In brief, depression crept up on me towards the end of the summer and was at its worst during August. I am so grateful to 'this place' for the distraction and company during that time when I hardly went out (except for when I went out on my bike...something, strangely, I managed to keep up) Things picked up a bit after that and in strange circumstances seemed to sort themselves out almost overnight at the beginning of October. In the weeks after that I thought I had put it behind me and then at the beginning of the month I began to feel it creeping back and this has escalated over the past week or so. I think I know some of the reasons for the onset of my depression in the first place but I cannot explain why I have had this second dip (a double dip depression I am describing it in my head) which only seems to add to the upset I feel. Like many others, when I first began to feel low I kept things to myself but in the end couldnt keep it in any longer and spoke to family and friends. I cant tell you how supportive they have been and how pleased they have been to see me getting better.......and now that I am feeling things falling apart again I just feel so awful admitting this to myself and to all those lovely people who have looked after me. I have seen my GP this week and I have started some antidepressant medication but I just wanted to hear if anyone else has had any similar experiences or any advice to offer me or others about what has/has not worked for them/people they know Thanks
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    The Foodie thread

    I would like a frying pan I can put in the oven. Any recommendations?
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    Happy Birthday Jairzinho

    Not sure I should be following that Happy Birthday mister
  5. Some of you will have seen on the FAO all those who contributed to Stevebaby's collection that I still have over a hundred quid that we didn't spend and was asking for thoughts about how we should use it. At the same time Remmie posted about his father, who has significant health issues, having lost everything in a fire in his home, in the same week that Remmie was admitted to hospital for an emergency operation. Oh, and he found out his wife is pregnant! Remmie's dad didn't have insurance so is having to start from scratch. http://www.liverpoolway.co.uk/index.php?/topic/111127-bittersweet-eventful-week/ For some time there have been collections for posters facing exceptional challenges and if this isnt one of those times I dont know what is. There is no obligation but if you would like to contribute to a collection for Remmie and his dad I am taking donations to my PayPal account cath.platts@sky.com or bank account
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    So sorry to hear that ted. Look after yourself mister
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    The Virtues

    Thanks You were doing the, I could just turn this off thing too? Let’s not go back over Line of Duty but he’s utterly convincing in these kind of roles
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    The Virtues

    I’ve sat and watched this on my own in the house. Oh, lord, I think I need a big hug
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    The Virtues

    Just put this on. I’m 15 minutes in and I’m breaking my heart here
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    Where are you watching the final?

    I’m sorry if I missed this. If it’s any consolation I had just been thinking I hadn’t seen you around much lately. Fingers and toes crossed for you...and the mighty Reds. Allez Allez Allez
  11. A site search threw up neko's Gardening thread but that's way to serious for me and I cant even dream to match his professional skills but I do love my garden. Maybe there are others out there who feel the same way or are just putting their toe in the water..... Anyway, we've had a good day today and I've been out continuing my Spring clear up but its really noticeable how far behind things are compared even to last year. I'm planning to replant the bottom of our garden and bulk out some of the other borders that are looking a bit lost at the moment. My veggies were a washout last year but if the weather brightens up in the next week or two I may put some of the more hardy things like courgettes and peas in and cross my fingers. And now I'm having a beer. What's anyone else up to?
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    Happy Birthday Tony

    I thought you might have
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    Happy Birthday Tony

    And that you’re enjoying the lovely sunshine! x
  14. What are you doing repping me after all this time, Rem? You’re dad’s ok isn’t he?
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    the banner thread

    There were all kinds of places online but in the end called in at a sign company just down the road from me and they sorted it within a week or so if I remember
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    How does your garden grow?

    Get someone round, explain the job to them, get an estimate and then you'll know. I'm not being funny in saying that. We have/have had jobs that we've wanted to do and turn them over in our minds endlessly saying it would be too much money or whatever but if you want it done, go and get that estimate and then at least you'll know what you're dealing with. And if you don't know anyone, someone you know, or more likely your wife (we tend to have better local connections, in my experience) will know someone who has had garden work done and will be able to recommend someone to at least give you an estimate
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    Shoes and boots

    Happy Birthday Mike
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    How does your garden grow?

    That is quite a lot. I’ve gone through phases when I can’t stand and rip them all out but am back to liking their woodlandy charm and am currently trying to reintroduce them to the shady part in ours.
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    Wolves (H) Premier League 12/5/2019

    Fabulous response from the crowd
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    Wolves (H) Premier League 12/5/2019

    Not cursed, blessed. Where were you on Tuesday night?
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    Farage man of the people my arse

    This, I’m pretty sure but why it was only me out of the 4 of us who got one I don’t know
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    Farage man of the people my arse

    Me too. I felt so bad about it I didn’t tell anyone else in the house I’d got it. Even the recycling seemed a bit too good for it Just us ‘girls’ then, Lizzie. Bit strange
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    Danny Baker's..

    Oh yeah, he has/had a Saturday morning slot on R5 prior to the football build up. Husband (brown sauce) loved it . He will be genuinely gutted it’s gone