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LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭

Hi everyone, I hope your weeks have gone well, smoothly especially if treatment or appointments have been attended.

Here for anyone who would like a chat, about anything. Thinking of you all.

Chat soon,

Lou x


  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭


    Hi Lou

    Haha, that photo is funny.

    I’ve had a little setback inasmuch as my GCA flared up the other day and I have had to push the steroids back up again. Looks as if I will have to go onto the new biological treatment which involves self injecting every week but will hopefully allow me to cut down on the steroids and reduce the side effects.

    In the meantime I am not very mobile so it is lucky for me that I have been able to enjoy the cricket on TV. It is fantastic to see the big crowds back and they have been singing and cheering non stop all day every day. The sense of relief and joy at getting some normality back is plain to see. Let’s hope the COVID Delta strain doesn’t push everything back again.

    The football Euros are on too and England are amongst the favourites to win though I’m not holding my breath. It’s just as well that Mary likes both sports 😀.

    Another lovely day today and we have been a bit lazy to be honest. Lunch on the balcony and a relaxing afternoon in the Sun.

    Chat soon.

    Rob x

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Rob,

    Oh I am really sorry things have flared up again for you. I hope the increase in steroid brings it back into control very soon. When do you think the new treatment will start?

    Glad you are taking it easier, enjoying a peaceful afternoon, lovely to have the balcony to sit on.

    Scorching here today, sat in the garden with the gazebo up for some shade. Have finally managed to get most garden things potted up, the greenhouse is full with cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, courgette, herbs, carrots and onions. The fruits are outside. Now just got to keep them alive!

    Saw this it made me laugh!

    Have a great evening,

    Lou xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @LouiseJ @JerseyBob

    Im back in...woo hoo.


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Margy,

    Welcome back!! So glad you got it sorted and could get on here..

    I hope you have had a lovely weekend with your sister, enjoying lots of Australian wine!

    Looking forward to chatting soon,

    Lou xx


  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Oh great.Welcome back Margy, Mary and I were thinking of you yesterday. I figured out how to show our photographs on our smart 55in TV screen and we had a lovely session looking at some Australian ones from eight years ago. We know that we will probably not be able to return to Oz but we have our videos and photographs to remind us of the wonderful times we had and the lovely people we met.

    We didn’t take these particular pics in the Blue Mountains, but they show the height of the Scenic Skyway and the angle of the steepest railway in the World both of which we travelled. The Skyway has a glass floor which was rather disconcerting but Wow, what an experience.

    Haha Lou. Yes, we can still enjoy the Australian wine. We rarely drink anything else these days.Cheers 🍷🍷😉xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    Hello lou and rob, i havent been able to get on for awhile again.😢😢 thought id try before i went to bed and ofcourse it worked🤣🤣🤣 but too late tonight so i will try tomorrow morning💖💖💖its 11.30pm here so a bit tired. I have been starting work at 8am and i am not used to that early a rise🤣🤣🤣

    I hope you are all well. I loved the photos.

    I will send a photo of Jingellic in the early 1950s. Its pretty small🤣🤣 you will understand why we only had 8 to 10 children at our Primary school💖💖💖

    Our new firepit. Pete painted it and just have to move to the area we want it and off we go. Fire, wine and marshmallow 💖💖

    To the right of picture are the tiles for it to sit on💖💖



  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Good evening Margy!

    I am sorry you are still having problems with your login? That is very weird? Have you tried doing a password change? What is the error msg that appears?

    I love those photos! Wow! Jingellic looks like a tiny village in the middle of nowhere! 8-10 children! I thought the school I worked at was small with around 60 children, haha!

    Loving the firepit, that looks like a good size too. Toasting marshmallows is fun, we were doing that the other night after we had a BBQ. We had some giant ones to toast.

    It looks like a beautiful sunny winter day there too! I think you nicked our sun for a few days! Yesterday was lovely, but the previous 5 were a washout!!! The poor summer plants looked so bedraggled! Haha. Should be nice today, then I think the rain is returning, just in time for the weekend of course! Then it probably will be sunny again for Monday when everyone goes back to work! Charming!! Hahaha😂

    I hope work is going ok, it's Friday tomorrow, soon be the weekend, unless you are working it!

    Chat soon, lots of love,

    Lou xxx


  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @RobertA

    Hi Lou, i got in🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Wow that was a stroke of luck.

    Pete and i had our first covid injection this afternoon. Thank heavens.

    We had 45ml of rain overnight. So good and then sunny day.

    More rain tomorrow and then sunny i think.

    Yes cant wait to get the big marshmellows for the firepit.

    We had another grandson arrive on the weekend. Charlie jack.

    Jack, our youngest.

    They are moving back to albury for 6 months. Jack will be doing 6 months at a local doctors surgery, then back to Sydney. They have lived there for 12 years , all their friends are there so wont be coming back to live permanently.

    Yes and the town of jingellin hasnt changed really. Still about the same size but the trees are now huge. Ill try and find a photo.

    Well better go and hopefully be able to get in next time too.



  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Margy,

    Congratulations on another grandchild!!! That is wonderful news!!

    So good they will be near you for six months, hopefully you will be able to see lots of Charlie Jack in this time.

    Hey, don't log out, then you won't have to sign in again!

    Speak to you soon,

    Lou 🤗🤗🧡♥️🧡❤️

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @RobertA

    Now this is the Jingellic store...the only one🤣🤣🤣it has not chaned in 50 years on the outside. They have really modernised it inside...even do real coffees💖💖when it is working🤣🤣🤣

    A recent airial view. Same amount of houses but 50 years of tree growth at least.


  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    This is our suburb of East Albury, great photo of change💖💖💖

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Margy,

    Oh wow, look at that development over 50 years! Shows how many people must have migrated into the area. It reminds me of my childhood home, when I was younger there were loads of fields around us, even when I was in my teens it had already been developed somewhat. I took the girls back there a few years ago to look around, and it has been developed even more, there is no green space around anymore.

    So Jingellic is still a very small village/town?

    Lou xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭


    Oh yes lou, it is still just a little " one horse toen" as we call tiny towns over here.

    1 general store and 1 hotel💖💖💖 no school anymore...no children..

    With the east albury photo you can see our roof.

    On the right hand side there is a 2 story white house, thats our friends Wayne and Belinda.

    Just below their house is a paler blueish grey roof...thats us..woo hoo.

    The man and his family in the double story on the left are weird !!!! He is sipposed to be a movie producer of some kind....very strange people..makes us wonder what sort of movies he makes😲😲😲

    Just picked up beau and cooked spag.bol for his dinner..9.30pm.

    Coffee and cup cake.

    Going to watch Jamie Oliver cooking series...not all of them🤣🤣🤣🤣 to help him unwind

    Love Margy 💖💖💖💖

  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2021

    @Sunshinedaff @Anneb

    Good afternoon dear friends.

    I love your pics Margy, and Jingellic looks rather nice but it is a bit small. Hopefully, the Bridge Hotel has a nice bar and restaurant for a night out. Is it near any towns? East Albury has grown quite a bit over the last 50 years. I am not surprised looking at the photos you have posted and the leisure facilities you have as it seems like a lovely place to live.

    Hi Lou. I have been watching the cricket World Champions Test play off between India and New Zealand at Southampton, which I guess is fairly close to you. It should have been played over 5 days but because of the weather, an extra day was added. I think our weather has been worse than yours as it has rained heavily day after day here and the game would never have been finished. I hope the Water Board don’t start nagging about water usage as we must have plenty of the stuff by now. By the way, New Zealand won, confirming them as the best team in the World which is incredible for a country of just 5 million people and 26 million 🐑. Not sure the Aussies will take that lying down Margy. 🤬

    According to statistics the current population of Jersey is thought to be 100,800, having reached six figures for the first time recently. That adds up to a population density of roughly 2,240 people per square mile. The population was around 62,000 in 1972 when I first came here. Around 37,000 of the current population are squashed into St Helier as the green areas are strictly preserved. In my early days, Jersey was very much a holiday island popular with young people with lots of clubs, holiday shows, coach tours and ‘kiss me quick’ hats, and it was estimated that traffic doubled in the summer due to hire cars or ‘horror’ cars as we called them. It felt as if you were on holiday all the time which is probably why I stayed. These days our visitors tend to be older and quieter and many of the old hotels have gone too.

    Our traffic is awesome and it is a shame that the railway was closed down in 1936. That was the same year that flights from England to Jersey commenced. There was no airport and the planes landed and took off from the beach at St Aubin’s Bay.

    The first photos show a train going along the coast at St Aubin in around 1930 and the same place as it is now. The second is an archive pic of planes on the beach with some rather cool characters lounging against the wings. It was taken in 1936.

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @RobertA

    Now this is a fire 💖💖💖💖

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Margy,

    Hahaha, you are right!That is a fire! Impressive fire pit 😂🔥🔥

    Lou xx

  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Wow Margy

    That IS a fire. Trust the wine and marshmallow went well with it. We enjoyed a steak in a local restaurant last night. It was pretty good but would have been even better if it had been grilled over a proper fire.

    The weather here is still a bit iffy and we haven’t been out today which we don’t really like. If I was more mobile, we would have gone for a walk whatever the weather but I am still struggling a bit. On the plus side though, my latest blood tests show that the steroids have significantly reduced the inflammation in my arteries and so I have been able to reduce the daily dosage a little. Hopefully, that will reduce the side effects and improve my mobility. 👍

    In the event, I have spent some time working on my new 🎅 song. I started it a while ago, but it always takes me ages to write a song and 🎄 is closer than you think. 😊😉

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @RobertA @Sunshinedaff

    Hello lovely friends

    I have not been ignoring you, tonight is the first time i have been able to sign in since the 25th June😢😢😢😢😢

    I hope you are all well and your families are all keeping safe.

    We are back into lockdown. This will give you a giggle...Queensland went into a Snap lockdown today...the whole state...they had 6 cases of covid🤣

    Oh well they are keeping us safe.

    How is it going over there, any better.

    Yes Rob, jingellic is a very very small town. Maybe 60 people all toether anf maybe 150 people within a 100 klm radius.

    We all know each other

    Well beau and i start our new full time permanent jobs on monday...8.30 am to 4.45pm everyday all week😲😲😲 not sure how i will fair but i will give it a go.

    Jack ( the doctor) from Sydney is back in town. He is doing a 6 month country sabbatical. Samantha and the children as well of course, so we will have all the boys in one town again💖💖

    Elain and graeme are coming for 4 days on the 12th August. They are allowed as Graeme has to go to the ere specialist.

    Matthew is very happy as he is in rehabilitation, learning to walk, drive, go up and down steps ectect as he has his new leg...woo hoo.

    Jusr watching the Olympic. For such a small population, we are doing well but not too strong in track and field. Much better in the water🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️

    Well i hope you are going great

    Hopefully ill be able to get in again

    Love to you both



    To make you smile xxxx💖💖💖

  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2021

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Hello dear friends

    Lovely to hear from you down under Margy.🙃 Wow, six cases of COVID. We have about 2000 here in Jersey where our overall population is around 100,000 people. Most of our population has had both jabs now and the one person who has died this year was a 47 year old man who had refused the vaccination. The experts say that people who have been fully vaccinated tend to get a relatively mild version and that seems to be the case here.

    Generally speaking we are pretty free though masks have to be worn in shops etc. which is not really a problem as we are used to it by now.

    Jingellic sounds rather nice. I love a happy community spirit where everyone knows each other. Wow, only 60 people. There are 46 people in our apartment block and we are all over 55 years old. Some of us a LOT older.👨🏻‍🦳 😉 Everyone is lovely though and when I stopped going out with Mary due to my walking difficulties, nearly everyone noticed I was missing and offered lifts, shopping etc. Fabulous. By the way, things are improving and I can walk up to a mile now and getting better slowly but surely.

    A full time permanent job! Oh Margy I wasn’t expecting that. If I remember rightly you and Beau work together which must be nice.

    Your news all sounds good and that is lovely to hear.

    Things are pretty quiet on our little island and Mary and I are getting a bit frustrated as it is nearly two years since we last got away. As I am still on treatments which affect my immune system, we are reluctant to fly just yet but we do live in a lovely place so we can’t complain.

    Chat soon.

    Rob xxx

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb , @JerseyBob ,

    Good morning/evening everyone,

    Margy, yes we read NSW is in full lockdown as Covid cases rise. That’s such bad news especially as Australia had managed to keep it out for a long time. I hope you and the family manage to stay clear of it. Have you had any vaccinations yet?

    Great news about Matthew and his rehabilitation going well, that must be so promising and hopeful for him.

    I think it is lovely you will be having the family closer to you for a while, even better if travel restrictions get worse.

    Enjoy your few days with Elaine and Graeme, is the weather beginning to change season yet?

    How is your new role at work going?

    Sorry to hear you are having problems accessing the site, I will try and find out what that’s about. Perhaps you are not the only one who is finding this.

    Rob I hope you and Mary have had a good weekend. Do you have any plans this week? I am hoping the better weather will return, so I can get in the garden, although I am not very well at the moment.

    Have a great day, evening,

    Chat soon,

    Lou xx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 323 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you all keeping safe.

    It’s been a long time! I had several attempts to get in and was unsuccessful but just managed to change my password and it worked this time!

    It’s early and not quite with it yet but will write later and look forward to catching up!

    Have a good day or night depending on where you are! 🌎

    Love Jackie xx 🌸

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Blanka_C @Anneb @jacksprat_x1

    Hello Jackie,

    It is lovely to hear from you, I am sorry you have also had problems accessing the forum, Margy has also had difficulties and I wonder if there is some glitch or change to the system that has caused that? Blanka I have tagged you on this as you may be able to find out?

    I hope you and the family are keeping well and Jasper too! I look forward to chatting more soon.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Lou xx

  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2021

    @jacksprat_x1 @Sunshinedaff @Anneb

    Hi Jackie

    Its great to hear from you. I hope that you and the boys are keeping well.

    How is the music going? It would be good to hear that your band is performing again.

    I see that Beth Hart is coming to England in the Autumn and we would love to go to one of her concerts. Unfortunately, I am on treatments which compromise my immune system and we are not yet comfortable about flying so we will have to wait a bit longer. Well, at least I have lots of her music in my collection so I can enjoy it at home.

    Rob x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    I am in...wow...taken awhile again to log in.

    I hope you are all going really well.

    Getting late here

    I will try again when I'm not going to bed




  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    The boys have been busy

    Before and after,

    Only 1/3 finished

    Our beautiful elk stag.

    It is over 40 years old💞💘




  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb , @Blanka_C

    Good afternoon Margy! The decking looks great, love the colour. Getting ready for spring and summer! 😎

    Is the elk stag the wooden carving or the name for the plant? Sorry, excuse my ignorance!😁

    It's not good you are still having problems accessing the forum!! Very frustrating! I don't know what is going on! I tagged Blanka, hopefully she may have an answer.

    It is a lovely sunny warm day here, which is great. The garden is nagging me to go out and tidy it, the pots which have now gone over and need changing! But I have loads to do indoors which is taking my time!

    What is happening in your area re lockdown, are you still going to work etc?

    I hope you are having a great evening, chat soon,

    Lou xx😊🧡

  • JerseyBobJerseyBob Posts: 156 ✭✭✭

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Good morning ladies.

    Oh Margy, Your terrace looks amazing - your menfolk are really clever. Mary is so jealous as I am hopeless at DIY. The duck feeding is hilarious and gave us a good laugh.

    We are having really nice weather here too, Lou. We have quite a few tourists as I believe Jersey is on the green list from the UK. Mary’s sister is planning a visit next month and we are really excited as we haven’t seen any of the family for nearly two years now.

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    Hi everyone,

    Well got in 1st try...woo hoo.

    Lou the fern is called either a Stagfern or Elkfern.

    They are beautiful. They grow big pads that the leaves grow from. Very sort over here.

    If we sold this it would be over $2000.00

    Yes rob, the boys are so clever. Ill send some more photos this weekend


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good morning Margy,

    Ohh, that is great you were able to get in ok. I hope that stays the same now.

    Wow that is an expensive plant!! Does it require special care? Is it classed as an indoor plant? I am not good at keeping those, they have a short life in our house, hahaha.

    I hope you are having a good weekend,

    Chat soon,

    Lou xx

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