Sorry I have been out of touch, but with nursing Paul back to health after he broke BOTH his heels and building two houses - I'm sort of tired.
Anyway Paul is walking a lot steadier now and will have another operation to remove all his screws and plates this summer.
I'm afraid my garden got very little attention last year and will be a big struggle. This spring I had about a dozen crocus only - the wild boar ate the rest last year. And of course we have lots of deer in the garden too - I love them and they are not as destructive as the Boar!!!!!!
Margaret - this is a no go area for you - we have Frogs everywhere - and the noise phew!!!!!!!!!!!
The "pleased to meet you" bird is back from Africa (I don't know what it is but it's mating call is a short whistle and then it says "pleased to meet you"). Unfortuneatly at 5am it gets into your head and you could murder it.
We are awaiting the HooPoo which is very beautiful - looks like a cross between a Zebra and a Punk!!!
Our two cats have taken all this in their stride - the wildest animals we had in the UK were the neighbours HORRIBLE children!!!!!
And as for summer in the UK - why do you think we moved to France!!!!!!
I am not a "serious" collector like lots of the members here, I started just buying pieces that meant something special to me eg. the Roulette Wheel from Las Vegas, The Piano because ONE DAY I will start playing again !!!!
The book about the EL products is generally available on Ebay - I had mine given at the EL shop in Vegas. However be careful - if you get the book and see all the gorgeous perfumes and compacts your bank balance could take a serious battering!!!
All I can say is just enjoy whatever you buy, and if you get them from the retail outlets, Ebay or flea markets it really doesn't matter.