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ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 4, 2011 4:40 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
The last thread was very long so here is a new one for you all and I do hope you are all well.
Bonfire night tomorrow where we let of lots of fireworks in memory of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow the House of Lords up with gunpowder in 1605.
Effigy's of Guy Fawkes are burnt on bonfires then the fireworks are let off, but the nice bit is they put potatoes in the embers of the fires and you get tomato soup, jacket potatoes and sausages.
Regards to all.
Neil..
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ImageJaeRae
Nov 4, 2011 6:58 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Sounds like a good time (and happy tummy) will be had bt all!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 4, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Jamie, when we got married we went to Winchester on our four day honeymoon and Sarah was not that well with a cough so when we went in the pub I got her a Drambuie and she fell in love with it as it has honey in it. She drank a few too many and on the way back to the place we were staying in fell straight into a beautiful load of Daffodils. I was mot amused to say the least.
When we out next day her imprint was in the bed of flowers, oh dear!
Love.
Neil.
+ Phoenix.
p.s. Give Inky a stroke from me.
murielw1
Nov 4, 2011 9:55 AM CST
It is not the first time Sarah has has a skin full, and fallen in someones hedge Whistling
ImageJaeRae
Nov 4, 2011 10:26 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Like mother like........? Rolling my eyes.

Ah Drambuie! I used to drink rusty nails, then moved along to scotches of many varieties. I have found that at every level even in small amounts, they have a common effect on me. Hummmm....let me think ....it does not involve falling into daffodils (at least alone). Crying
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
murielw1
Nov 4, 2011 12:40 PM CST

Oh No Jamie, I have never fallen over with too much to drink, as I always made sure I knew what was going on around me, maybe tiddly, but not over the top with booze, and now a day do not drink more than two drinks a day.
Still I do remember us going to a BBQ once, and they had punch, and everyone that came added to what was in the punch, boy was I sick Thumbs down
Twice when I was younger the room was gooing round, after that feeling, soon put a stop to over drink.
One company christmas party I was warned to take an empty bottle with me, when I reached home, my first husband asked how it had gone, so gave hi, the bottle full of what I though was rum and coke, untill he went to have a drink and found that it was more rum with a dash of coke, he managed to get 6 drinks out of the bottle, and had to go out and buy a bottle of coke to go with it. Thumbs up
Group hug
ImageJaeRae
Nov 4, 2011 6:02 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Muriel dear: I (only) had 2 events and both were with sweet stuff. My first was in high school when I had virtually no experience with drinking. My girlfriends took me with them to a friend's house. He has a den type room in the basement, stereo, dancing friends, and all. They started giving me Southern Comfort (which I have never drunk again) and Coke.

I 'd had wine before at my grandparents' and at home during holiday dinners and tasted beer the same way (but didn't like it) so I thought I 'knew' about alcohol. The Southern Comfort and Coke really tasted good though until I began to realize the effects. Then I left for home. It was about a mile walk and about 3 blocks from home was a railroad track. I remember going over it on hands and knees, then waking up sometime later in the grassway on the other side. I made it the rest of the way and climbed into bed. I know my folks heard me come home, they always slept lightly if they'd gone to bed before I was home, but I don't think they ever knew.

The next and last time I was legal age and at a party where sweet lime vodka drinks got me. Did you know that if you eat spaghetti it can make its way back out through your nose? Never drank THAT again either (in fact, too, it was quite a while before I ate spaghetti again). Hilarious!


Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 4, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Sarah wemt to see this old military vehicle display for the weekend and decided to camp out which she had never done before, she got very drunk and behind the toilets in this field they had dug a trench to take the waste away from the toilets, as she did not take a torch with her she went straight into the trench! Rolling on the floor laughing After getting cleaned up she slept in the car all night and only put her clothes back in the car next day. Don't worry she had taken a spare pair of clothes with her and she has not lived that one down.
I keep telling her don't mix the grape with the grain for you cannot go out for a meal drink lots of wine and then start drinking Drambuie or malt whisky, then change to over proof rum which she does!
No wonder she has pruned a few hedges around here! Rolling on the floor laughing
Regards.
Neil.
ImageJaeRae
Nov 4, 2011 7:49 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Well now I don't feel so bad! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 4, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I bet Sarah did getting changed in a field at night in the freezing cold and having to wait to next morning to have a wash in the river. When I was told about this by her friend she went with I was on the floor laughing! She did not take any water with her or any toilet tissue or anything useful, no idea at all. Then she swore that she will never go camping again until I took her as I was in the Army and taught well. This time she did enjoy it as I believe in the seven ps principle we were taught and everything went perfectly!
How can you go camping without water, toilet paper, food or a cooker, she is a dork as we call them! Rolling on the floor laughing
Group hug Lovey dubby Angel
Neil.
+ Phoenix.
p.s. Love to Inky.
ImageJaeRae
Nov 4, 2011 11:24 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
In my young years we camped all the time. Camped the dating years, camped on the honeymoon, camped many times in the Keys where we shark fished and scuba dived. After EX graduated from college in environmental studies during the mid 70s there was an economic slowdown and no jobs available for him in his field. I was employed so I took a year's LOA, we bought a new truck with a topper, packed up our apt., stored furniture, and camped in every state in the continental US except one.

We washed wherever, cooked on site mostly, and once in a while would barter prices at motels in the middle of the week when they weren't busy. We'd plan our next day (or week) with travel guide books; went down in caves, up in cliff dwellings, traveled country roads, visited national parks, ocean shores, art galleries, markets, amusement parks, toured wineries and mansions, paddled rivers, drank in jazz bars, corner taps, and country taverns and ate in local cafes and at fine restaurants. If we got someplace we liked, we'd stay longer, if something didn't meet our expectations we'd leave.

A year later we were different. Nothing better than doing it when you're young, agile, curious, and open to challenge and new experience. We came back to my job, found a new rental and went back to 'normal' life. I adored the experience but, aside from having a yard waste fire in the backyard pit now and again, that's as much camping as I want to do.
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Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
murielw1
Nov 5, 2011 7:29 AM CST
I went camping with the Girls Life Brigade, then some complained about bugs, so the next year we never went anywhere, the year after, was on a field in huts, one thing that was not thought out, girls one side of the field and a boys camp the other side, both officers of each camp was not very happy, still cooked food round the camp fire.
Midnight feast on the last night at camp, and pillow fights if you did not join in.
Back out poppy collecting, be on line later, just had lunch.
Take care. Group hug
Imageirisarian
Nov 5, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I did more camping as a girl Scout leader than I did as a Scout. then I went to camp for 2 weeks in the summer. The war was just over & no more rationing. I know that rationing in Britain lasted longer.
murielw1
Nov 5, 2011 10:19 AM CST
I think it 1953/ 54 when rationing finished here in England, I know that I was still in Junior school.
ImageJaeRae
Nov 5, 2011 11:42 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
yes, I forgot about scouts, did quite a bit of camping with them, learned lots of tricks and cooking and gathering tips. A bit young to recall rationing but I'm sure dad wasn't. He was born on 1916 and served in the war in the Phillipines. There is so much I wish I could ask him now. I'm lucky though, I have many of his letters to his mom and his service journal where he kept detailed track of his movements and army air corp 'jobs'. He also took us camping as kids, we'd swim in rapids, go on trecks to see bears, and manage our waste, never leaving a 'footprint'. He has lots to do with how I treat the world yet today.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
murielw1
Nov 5, 2011 12:29 PM CST
Hi Folks, have had a large bowl of three bean soup and a roll, and a mug of tea , boy it is was cold out.
My Mum and Dad went and spent a long weekend in a caravan, when I was in my early twenties, loos and showers were across a field, that Easter was wet, cold, and never stop't raining, to make things worse, my friend and I thought we would have a shower and wash our hair, nothing had been done with the water to make it hot, so you can imagine our shock we was washing our hair and trying to have a shower in freezing water Thumbs down
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 6, 2011 2:36 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
When I started in the Army cadets at the age of 11 and you had to do a two week annual camp and apart from the assault course it was quire nice as we camp beds and we got fed and looked after.
Then I went in the regular Army I was in for a shock big time to say the least. They sent 6 of us and 6 women to Loch Eil in Scotland in January which was a tad cold. The first thing they told us is that you are not here to enjoy yourselves you are here to survive. There were no separate rooms for the men and women you were all in one place with single hard beds and it was cold in there.
Next morning we had to put running gear on and run round this cross country course then they took us to the Loch and somebody had just broken the ice near this little pier thing, we were told to take our running gear off and obviously the men and women hesitated a bit till we got screamed at so we did and then we had to jump into this ice cold water and the shock to our systems was immense.
Then straight out running gear back on and run back to where we were staying get changed and then get breakfast.
A week later we were told they were going to drop us off at various points not far from each other in case someone got in trouble for 48 hours with limited food a poncho, a sleeping bag, some Hexe blocks which are little blocks you light and cook on, and some water, what fun! Where they dropped me off (on foot) was great for it was next to a stream and there was a nice rock I could woth the little rocks around it secure my poncho to, plus the stream had trout in. It was amazing to watch the northern lights that night before I snuggled up in my sleeping bag as it was getting windy as it does up there. Then later on I heard someone shouting my name and it wa one of the women (Linda) on the course and I lit a cigarette to show her where I was. Her Poncho was not secured properly and had ripped ans she was getting covered in snow, though I did not know it was snowing. I couldn't do anything in the pitch black by now so she had to share my bivvy with me, which she was happy about.
I can assure you nothing happened between us as it was far too cold and we were trying to survive which she was not good at. I tickled some trout and we had a trout dinner which she was amazed at. Put what was left off her Poncho on this rock and secured it and we had some extra room, until we had to go back to where we were staying.
Before the course ended and they gave us our results we were given a day out in Fort William so I treated Linda to a Bridie and a Scotch pie which she loved and then she bought me a whisky in the pub. Although we did have a few as she was worried if she would pass, but she did. We were dropped off in Fort William to get the train back, but Linda bought me a scotch and asked where did I learn to catch trout and do the other things I knew. Well it was my granddad, my dad and my uncles who taught me, plus the Army cadets as well.
Now that is what you call camping! Rolling on the floor laughing
Love.
Neil.
+ Phoenix.
murielw1
Nov 6, 2011 7:24 AM CST
It gave you something to do, and out of mischief, like some of the youngster these days who could do with some law and order in them.
Outside in a few minutes. talk later
ImageJaeRae
Nov 6, 2011 10:49 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Reminds me of almost freezing on what was supposed to be a fun day trip with a couple of canoes! It was a sunny morning in spring and my EX and I got a visit from a couple of friends. We decided to load 2 canoes on the truck and 2 would ride motorcycles. That way we could drive up north drop the canoes at the top of the route we'd planned and leave the motorcycles at the bottom so we could ride back up, get the truck, come to the bottom, load the canoes and go home.

It was quite warm so we packed up some sandwiches into our cooler kit (which contained a couple of odd items always) and set off in summer clothes with light jackets. We found our spots, and did all we'd planned for the initial part and had a couple of nice paddling hours. The river was high from spring melt and there were rapids so we all got wet which wasn't a worry until 2 things happened, the winds came up bringing cold and we realized that our route was much longer by river than it appeared on the map.

Soon it began to sleet and we were all soaked and shivering, then snow!!! We reached a shallow point shortly after our fork in the river, it was still full of chunks of ice that had to be broken through in order to move on. The snow and sleet alternated as it got dark; the winds roared and eventually we found ourselves unable to make headway.

We dragged the canoes through the icy water up onto a shore. By that time I was vibrating with cold, I suppose we all were. My ex stayed with the canoes and 3 of us walked out to the road. One stayed road edge so we could find them again. The 2 of us headed toward the motorcycles but were quite a distance away. No cars came by, they weren't out because the weather had turned to an ice storm by then.

We did eventually reach the bikes and had to drive them back up. The road was slick and my hands were so numb that I could hardly manipulate the accelerator but we did it. On the way to pick up the others we passed a little private motel with the no vacancy sign on. Once we got back to them, ex had managed a small fire (he did have some stick matches in a plastic bag in the cooler kit; we always did for 'camping') but the wood was too wet to do other than stand right there until we could feel our feet again.

The fire kept going out and with nearly all of the matches gone, we decided, regardless of the no vacancy sign, to try the motel we had passed. If nothing else, we could make a call from there. We built a little marker of branches by the road so we could find the canoes again so by the time we got there we were all vibrating again. We knocked and knocked on the door and finally a woman came wrapping a coat around her.

First she tried to turn us away, 1 girl and 3 guys showing up on motorcycles on a night like that. Eventually though, she believed our story and conceded that we could have rooms. We didn't have enough money amongst us to get more than one room and barely enough for that. Finally she reluctantly took us to one room (one double bed, 1 blanket, no amenities ...it was really like a hunter's spot, only open certain times of the year) but we were just happy to get out of the winds.

A bit later she came back. She had a man (son? I think) that had a roll-away bed, and a pile of extra blankets and towels. She had a plate of hot roast beef sandwiches and hot chocolate. I know she made nothing off us, but while she never asked, we did send a check up to her later.

The next day was sunny and while not warm, we were only damp. We got the truck, found the canoes, headed for the safety of home and a good time was had by all. Ha!

Lesson learned: plant lots of tulips in fall because spring can be very pretty looking through a nice sun warmed window. Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Imageirisarian
Nov 6, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Crazy, all of you.

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