Sunday, 20 December 2015

Advent 20 - Viscum Album + where have they gone?

Something odd happening over on the followers pictures yesterday. It was 334 at the beginning of the day then later 9 people had un-followed  and it was down to 325 - very strange but Bye Bye - whoever you were!...........wonder what I said to upset them,surely not my mention of going to chapel?


 When we move I won't miss living near the pylons but I will miss getting Gridline through the post. It's the magazine posted out 4 times a year  by The National Grid to landowners who have pylons or wires on their land. It's free and also has some interesting articles in it.
This time there was  a piece about Mistletoe - Viscum Album. I always used to buy some each year but haven't done for several years now. When we had it I would always squidge some berries onto our oldest apple tree in the hope it would  start to grow there. Of course it never did. We rarely see any growing around here, it's probably too dry but it grows profusely in the old orchards of Herefordshire, Worcestershire,Gloucestershire and Somerset. Tenbury Wells is one of the main centres of growing and harvesting and they have a festival and auctions in early December each year. - Maybe another thing to add to the places to visit.
 Mistletoe was worshipped by the Druids as a symbol of fertility and because it was considered a pagan plant it was banned by the early Christian Church. It is poisonous if used in excess but has been used in herbal remedies for centuries and can still be bought as a herb tea - don't fancy it myself.

 Our elderly friend  was up at the second home across the fields to see the owners ( he checks the house when they are not there......... 40 weeks of the year!). It's owned by a lawyer from London. While he was there they had a Waitrose delivery for Christmas. They are staying there for 10 days before flying out to South Africa to see the cricket. The WHOLE van was their stuff!!
How the other half live!

Will You be the 1 millionth page view today?

Back tomorrow
Sue
(Hope no-one else vanishes from the followers bar) 



56 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the Good Life episode and Margo saying that Christmas doesn't come in a van from F&M (or was it Harrods?)
    Lisa x

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    1. Love that episode, we have the DVD and it's on TV again this year, I think I know it off by heart!

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  2. Yup, also had a dramatic and strange loss in followers yesterday - thought it was due to my first and only political posting. If you had the same then perhaps it's a Google Blogger "thing"...

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    1. Definitely a blogger thing going by all the other comments

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  3. I've been haemorrhaging followers the past few days....thought it was just me! Fancy having a 2nd home for just 12 weeks a year. And a whole vanful of (Waitrose!!) food for 10 days....how the other half live indeed.

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    1. We were invited for "nibbles" but Col is going with our friend and I'm keeping well out of the way!

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  4. Don't fear, yesterday my followers were dropping by the hour! I know that Frugal in Norfolk has had the same, and I don't suppose that it is just us three. I assume some blogger problem which will resolve itself, it usually does. You are not dull or anything else! Just lovely as always. The numbers will go back up I am sure. Happy Christmas! xx

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    1. Phew! wondered what had happened, very odd indeed.

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  5. I am rich, with a good family, good friends and neighbours with a roof over my head. I don't need a van load of Waitrose food to make my Christmas. { I have had a peek at their website their is some rather gorgeous looking food. LOL )

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    1. They are the top of the range supermarket, I rarely go in

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  6. Like everyone else, followers are dropping like flies, must be Google!

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  7. It was a cull day, I lost almost 10 followers, oh well we don't do this just to get followers, how much of the food will be wasted, or maybe they have a huge Christmas party there.

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    1. I do so hope they don't chuck any out. I'd love to see

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  8. Blogger was a pain all day yesterday. It's not you.

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  9. All my comments vanished yesterday....who knows

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  10. Google and Blogger were removing dead accounts so dont worry about it, I lost one as well :-)

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  11. A whole van of food? That is pretty disgusting. I just hope most of it doesn't end up in the bin.

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    1. I wondered if we should find out when they are going and then sneak across the field to check their bins!! But maybe not

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  12. Is Waitrose a grocery store in England? Maybe they are hosting a big party?? -Jenn

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    1. Waitrose are the top end supermarket, we have one locally and people come from miles to buy there. I always feel that you need posh clothes to go in! The family are having Drinks and nibbles tonight but I don't know what they have happening for the rest of the time

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  13. I lost seven followers yesterday and thought it might have been something I had said :)
    If Blogger is removing dead accounts it ain't doing a very good job for I know of 3 that are still showing?

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    1. It's all very odd, but no doubt will settle down I guess

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  14. Col is such a good friend to the elderly gentleman who looks after the cottage when the lawyer and his family are away. I rather wish that Col could get a couple of photos when he goes for a nibble.

    The chapel that you attended for the funeral is lovely. I hope you will take the opportunity to attend services over Christmas.

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    1. The chapel is across in mid-Suffolk so a bit too far to travel but a very happy place for those that are close

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  15. Ha! I best go check! I'd collected 90 of you!! I'm going nowhere! X

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  16. one million???? Makes my 60,000 seem rather puny! Very well done!

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    1. Never mind Si, I'm now adding to your numbers

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  17. You're not the only one, my followers have been up and down like a yoyo over the last few days. I just thought I'd pissed some folk off, but it would seem they are blocking trolls and fake email addresses over in Blogger HQ.

    If I was lucky enough to own a second home I would be there at every opportunity or if I couldn't get there it would be occupied by family and friends needing a break. To let a house stand empty for 40 weeks of the year is pretty immoral :-(

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    1. It's a lovely house, up a track off the road tucked away with an orchard full of fruit that doesn't get eaten and a tennis court that doesn't get played on. There are 2 other similar second homes not far both have swimming pools that are never used! They all know each other and seem to be forever building and extending!

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  18. Several bloggers have been commenting on losing/gaining followers.
    I rarely look so I never know.
    I am sure it is blogger fault, not you wonderful blog.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you parsnip. I keep a check on numbers to say hello to new followers and to see if they have blogs that I might like to read

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  19. Love your blog and am staying put.....happy Christmas from Vancouver Island.

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  20. Gridline sounds like one of those obscure magazines they feature at the end of I've Got News For You!
    I suppose much depends on how many are staying for 10 days and how large the van was? But yes, how the other half live!!! I've not done any food shopping yet, but I'm not worried - it's one day and a meal for 8 plus grandson, hardly onerous, and certainly not an event to bankrupt ourselves over. The more Christmas is hyped on TV and in shops and even on blogs (not yours, I might add) the less inclined I feel to do anything about it! so many people are buying ingredients to make various foods (the actual ingredients often look better than the finished article, I might add). I have a friend who makes 160 biscuits for her son-in-law to give away to the teachers under him (he's a dept head) ... she bags them up in something attractive and no doubt ties the bags with pretty ribbons. Maybe I'm just Mrs Scrooge, but I do find all this rather unnecessary. As I mentioned, I saw loads of women lined up in a card shop, choosing cards, not a man among them, all rather like Stepford Wives! We make work for ourselves, we really do!
    Margaret P

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    1. I shall pop out Wednesday, we have to buy parsnips -shock horror - ours have all rotted in the ground and most of our Brussels sprouts have gone rotten too.

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  21. I don't blog myself but follow quite a few via Bloglovin and for some reason i' ve lost the blogs I follow!! One by I'm having to log in and re-follow.

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    1. Something very odd going on........maybe Big Brother is watching!

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  22. Looks like you have gained another one now it's gone up to 326

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  23. Congratulations Sue, love dipping in every now and then. Xx

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  24. Some of my followers have gone too. Looks like a sweep clean in Blogger land. I must look at how many page views I've had.
    xx

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  25. I lost a few of my followers too. Must be clean up time.

    While I am not on your follower bar, I always drop by for a read.

    God bless.

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  26. I don;t know how many followers I have. I don't follow anybody, I just read all the blogs already on my side bar.

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  27. You are not the only one who has noticed the change in follower numbers, I have read several bloggers mentioning the same, strange...Is blogger having a tidy up? xx

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  28. I've lost six followers off two of my blogs since two days ago too.
    I'm also not getting notifications either. Changes are afoot, obviously, and we mere mortals can't do a thing about it.
    I do find it confusing and half the time I don't know why there are so many ways to follow blogs or who follows me via which option.
    How the other half live eh? Part time neighbours of similar ilk here.

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    1. Well, I just looked at my blog reading list and you have disappeared from it. Assure you I did not unfollow you so am going to try and put that right immediately! Something is up, isn't it?

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  29. I hope you get your millionth view today. Wow! I must say I am totally impressed.
    I stopped paying much attention to the numbers. It's SO depressing, particularly when you feel you've put so much into a post.
    Looking at the comments, I must say, you've got a lot of faithful folks...so, let's just assume it's some cyberland glitch and I hope you don't take it personally!

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  30. What is the difference between reading your blog every day, which I do occasionally commenting now I've been brave enough to register with Google, or being a follower? I love your blog. It's one of a select few I "follow"every day.
    We hoped to visit you as we have a camper van but fully understand your reasons for moving.
    I suppose Col has been checked for obvious things like B12 deficiency?
    In the meantime have a very happy Christmas and I hope you are not kept waiting too long for the next batch of results from the hospital.
    Sue
    ps I'd be very tempted to look in the bins after the second homers have departed! There's bound to have been some over ordering!

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  31. That's strange, you are the third blog I read to lose followers and I am included in that loosing four followers
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  32. 1000000 page views - the mind boggles hey!?

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  33. It might be a blogger glitch. I can't believe so many people would think 'how dare she mention the Chapel' and march off!
    Twitter forever has little glitches, it will often decide you want to unfollow someone when you absolutely did not. And they do this stupid Activity thing on there now, saying 'your tweets made over 6,000 impressions in the last week', the next time I look it's gone down to 5 thousand and something, so I pay no attention to it, it's rubbish. I say this only to say don't take much notice of the unfollowing, sounds like some blogger mess up.

    A whole van seems a bit excessive, but each to their own.

    I like mistletoe but don't buy it any more. B&Q had some and it was something like £3 for a teeny little bunch!
    x

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  34. I was never interested in the history of Mistletoe. It was really interesting to read some things you wrote about this plant. Thanks a lot!

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