John Wasn't
Sixty Years

New links on above panorama 
My other half, the computer guru who lives up in the loft, has now put a recent image and added links to the panorama at the top of this blog page. So not only can you spin round to make yourself dizzy you can also click on pictures and items in my room and learn a bit more. As you scroll across certain items a label appears click and it will open another webpage related to that item. I’ll get you started try the owl pictures hanging on the wall!

Dont forget you can zoom in and out also (Shift / Cntrl Keys or Mouse wheel)!! and the little button along the bottom makes the image fullscreen.....
Any problems do use the "Contact Me" link on the top right-hand menu, otherwise we will never know if your having a problem :hjk:

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Food Prices 
Why is it some days everything irritates? I’ve been full of grumps and groans this week. The ‘media’ inform us regularly of the inflation figures but sorry guys I don’t believe you. The BBC recently stated (I quote) ‘However, food prices rose by 1.4%, despite recent fierce competition between the main supermarket chains.’ Well I shop with two of the major supermarkets and week in week out the cost of my food bill is rocketing. Items do not increase by the odd few pence any more but 20 or 30 pence, then to add insult to injury the size of the packets is decreasing. A regular deal is three packs of meat for £10. When this deal started the pack size was 500g then it decreased to 454g now its 400g. So I end up getting 20% less meat for my money. Earlier in the week I decided to make a pork casserole (It was yummy). The pack size was 660g and 260g of this was pure fat. I weighed it when I’d removed it. I’m seriously considering becoming a vegetarian but then again who know what they spray on crops these days! Speaking of which don’t they inject pigs with antibiotics? Maybe I’ll just stop eating!

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Lancashire time 
This last week in Lancashire has absolutely shot by! But what a lovely time I have had. A couple of days ago I bumped into my youngest cousin, Andrew, in a supermarket. I cannot honestly remember the last time I even saw him. It was lovely to catch up on all the family gossip!!! I cannot honestly believe my little cousin is now a granddad!
Time is very strange indeed. The quote by Helen Van Dyke is so very true :- “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Very often I wish life had a pause button, rewind would be another useful feature! Delete, perhaps, but maybe not our trials and tribulations in life help in forming us into the people we become!
Lancashire watch out Evil Edna is again out and about!!


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Good Morning Preston 
I am sat in the student flat where my niece Wendy resides watching Preston slowly wake up. A seagull is circling outside stretching his wings and the building opposite is swallowing up the office workers for another day of tedium. Me? I’m drinking a cuppa and planning my shopping list! Early retirement is wonderful but I am slowly reaching the stage where I have more dash than cash. It could have something to do with the fact that I am becoming more high Maintenance. Glasses are more expensive when you need varifocals lenses that cure the eye sight which is deteriorating!! Dental bills – well don’t even get me going on that subject. But I suppose the screws in my jaw will prevent my teeth from EVER falling out again. I must make a mental note to myself though to make sure I have the funds for a mobility scooter with go faster stripes when my knees give way.
But in the mean time I am off to hit the shops, but please don’t tell the hubby. Poundland & Primark here I come !


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Modern Cars! Hmmph! 
Yesterday I drove the 300 miles between Worthing and Blackburn to get my ‘Lancashire Fix.’ Six miles into the journey I suddenly realise that technology is moving backwards where cars are concerned. I remember not so long ago when all cars had a little orange light on each corner that would flash whenever the driver changed direction. Not any more apparently. Whenever I left a comfortable gap between me and the vehicle in front the driver on my near side felt duty bound to fill that gap. Without the aid of these now extinct orange lights it got a bit dodgy at times.
I think there must be a new national sport developing here as the gap was usually occupied just as I was about level with the offender! I lost count of the number of tail end shunts I saw along the way. (Honest!) The best one I think was five cars in the outside lane of the M6 all damaged because they had obviously been driving too close together when someone decided to partake of this ‘national sport.’ What was reassuring though was the road designers are obviously determined to stop this by replacing all the Armco Barriers with very solid concrete barriers. One assumes this is so the said offenders bounce nicely off and hit poor innocents minding their own business driving along safely. I think it must be part of a greater plan to decrease the number of vehicles on the now busy roads.

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