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Episode 34 - The Tearoom moves to New England

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beanandspud Sat 22-Sep-12 23:25:15

At this time of year New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colours. The air is crisp and cool ? perfect for hiking, biking or a drive along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.

Everyone is welcome. There are tea, cakes and wine aplenty so pull up a comfortable chair and join us.

The usual rule applies - no fisticuffs please!

mistlethrush Tue 25-Sep-12 20:39:25

We've got to decide whether to put her through a biopsy or not - the downsides are that it will be painful and another day in the vets and the recovery from that. The upsides are that there might be some sort of chemo or something she could have if we knew what it was - but major surgery isn't going to work with her (she's nearly 12 and a bit arthritic) so it might just be palliative care anyway - having put her through that. I really don't know what to do.

Jacksmania Tue 25-Sep-12 20:48:56

I think it would be worth finding out what it is, at any rate. But sad at putting the poor old girl through a boopsy.

Jacksmania Tue 25-Sep-12 20:49:22


A boopsy might be more fun - whatever that is grin

mistlethrush Tue 25-Sep-12 20:56:20

I think if we don't have it done we'll possibly be thinking for ever 'I wonder' and 'what if...'.... sad

Scout19075 Tue 25-Sep-12 20:56:23

Poor dog. sad

A boopsy?! HAhahahahahah! grin

Thanks for the food suggestions. They are for adults who act like big kids. I'm struggling with what to get my siblings for their birthdays/Christmas this year (sister's b-day is 4/5 weeks before Christmas and on Thanksgiving Day this year and brother's is 3/4 weeks after). They're a lot younger than me so we've always been at different life stages and now that I live here and they live there I've realized that in a lot of ways I don't know them any more. I love them -- they're my siblings and generally good eggs -- but because I see them once a year presents can be tricky. I've been thinking I might make them a movie care package each -- a couple of DVDs and lots of British snacks, drink, etc. I just need to figure out what to put in and if I'm able to smuggle take it through customs.

beanandspud Tue 25-Sep-12 21:16:13

Poor Mistledog sad.

That sounds like a lovely idea Scout - don't forget the jelly babies please!

We have been persuaded to go on a family ice skating session in a few weeks with friends. I am far too old for skating and haven't 'skated' for about 20 years [at least not since I had a crush on a guy called Mike that went to the local ice disco on a Thursday night]. DH is even older and has never skated. Small Bean has never skated. This is going to end badly isn't it???

::waves at everyone::

Scout19075 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:21:54

bean, I think they might have "toddler" or "training" skates. At least they did at YOUT winter outdoor rink when they were still doing them. They were strap onto the shoe skates with two blades instead of one. Good luck! I take Toddler roller skating but parents are expected to put on skates, too.

I have suddenly realized my wedding anniversary is on Monday. Oh crumbles.

CMOTDibbler Tue 25-Sep-12 21:31:35

Small bean will be fine as he gets a penguin to hold onto. As an adult you don't ! Ds went whizzing off to the middle of his rink as I tottered round the edge...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Sep-12 21:41:24

At our local ice rink, you can book a teacher for parties and groups. Could that be an option? We don't, alas, have penguins.

Scout19075 Tue 25-Sep-12 21:48:26

To risk sounding stupid -- a penguin? How does a bird help you to skate?

beanandspud Tue 25-Sep-12 21:50:39

::ponders over a possible substitution for an 'adult penguin'::

::wonders whether taking the wheely bin to cling onto would work::

::considers filling wheely bin with wine to take the edge off the experience::

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Sep-12 21:54:12

Scout - The penguin is a large (compared to a child or even a real penguin) frame-y kind of thing that the child holds onto as it skates. I'm not sure that every ice rink has them, though.

Bean - I think you will find that Mellors is, amongst his many other attributes, a gifted figure-skater and will be delighted to accompany you and twirl you around the ice while MrBean (oops) gnashes his teeth.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Sep-12 21:55:59

Penguins in Brighton

CMOTDibbler Tue 25-Sep-12 21:59:21

Penguins and adult polar bears in telford.

Scout19075 Tue 25-Sep-12 22:00:32


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Sep-12 22:01:55

Fab! But I think I'd prefer Mellors.

beanandspud Tue 25-Sep-12 22:02:56

That's it... I need a Mellors and a polar bear... sorted!!! I'll pop Mellors' appointment on the Tearoom calendar.

CMOT - that brought back a few memories, that's where I learnt to ski in a manner.

Rushing past on my way to bed before huge complex special school day tomorrow, blowing kisses and leaving a trail of home-made jam and tomato sauce ....

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Sep-12 22:16:16

Jam and tomato sauce? Delicious!

Lovely to see you, LaBelleDame.

Scout19075 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:06:12

Toddler and I watched his first feature-length Disney film and it was a lovely break from train DVDs (though we did it over two days). There was drama, suspense, friendship. He clearly enjoyed himself. However, the parts I thought would scare him didn't bother him in the least and a part I thought he'd like he didn't. hmm But he was able to tell me what was happening and indicate when he didn't like something so it's all good.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 26-Sep-12 15:02:03

Aww, Scout. Which one was it?

The first film that The Girl saw in the cinema was The Incredibles. I thought we might have to leave part-way through but she was entranced by it.

Banderchang Wed 26-Sep-12 17:30:17

DS just got into Disney films when we went to stay with my parents and my mum had recorded Aristocats and Beauty and the Beast for him to watch. He loved both and seemed to understand the stories, so that was nice. Like Scout, I found it a lovely break from Thomas or Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Now I want to buy some of my favourite Disney films to watch with him, but was shocked how expensive they are on DVD. Think I will keep a look out at the TV schedules and record them!

Scout19075 Wed 26-Sep-12 21:18:49

We watched Cars -- there's no real scary characters, dark parts, etc. And it's about, well, cars. grin He didn't seem fond of the tractor-cows -- when they go "cow tipping." Other than that scene he was a happy chappy and spent the film having a cuddle and talking to me about it.

UniS Wed 26-Sep-12 21:27:39

well done scout - boy still refuses to watch Cars as its too scary. He HATES teh bit where lightning gets lost. Lightning is scared and so is boy... he has prehaps too much empathy with story characters. Thought we were in for a refusal to finish a reading book last night as teh story was " too scarey".cliffhangers.... Boy doesn't like them at all.

Scout19075 Wed 26-Sep-12 21:52:51

I know Toddler is scared or doesn't like something on television when he gets off of my lap and distracts himself. He started to do that with the cows and I asked "Do you like this bit?" and he said "Too scary." So I forwarded it past the tractor-cows and he climbed back on my lap and kept watching. I just have to make sure I don't end his viewing there but let him watch the next bit so he's calm/happy again.

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