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Title: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 19, 2009, 11:49:18 pm
All this talk about christmas and presents has got me thinking.
What is on your christmas present list for you and family (smallholding related)?
My list has;
an incubator, some lined waterproof boots, a max min thermometer and a soil thermometer and lots of fencing and a pig arc so far
OH will be getting socks as usual (just kidding) santa will be skint by the time he's half completed my list so we'll have to share.
I hope the kids enjoy their homemade wind turbine  - we'll help them build it if they get stuck.................
Tell me what's on your wish list - I wonder what the hi tech process is for putting your list up the chimney
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on October 20, 2009, 12:02:47 am
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I wonder what the hi tech process is for putting your list up the chimney

http://www.santa.co.uk/textfromsanta.html

Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 20, 2009, 12:12:22 am
Oh dear I wish i hadn't asked....... that's horrid
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sheila on October 20, 2009, 03:13:41 pm
Somebody once said " everyday is a gift. Why does it always have to be socks?"
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Roxy on October 20, 2009, 04:44:38 pm
I have a mega list, and not much chance of getting it, unless I find a money tree in the field!!

Need a lot of new fencing stuff - that  nice horse fencing which is 4ft high with small mesh holes would be nice, but its mega expensive .....a couple of new field shelters, a small compact tractor, with trailer, which would move haylage bales, a new agricultural building ....thats just for starters.  And for me personally, two pairs of nice warm winter boots, one for the farm and one for posh, some good quality thermal clothing, new waterproofs, decent pair of wellies, and warm socks.  And a bottle of baileys please, with some chocs, and that will suit me fine.  Oh, and a couple of smallholding related books or magazine subscription.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: JulieS on October 20, 2009, 04:51:47 pm
Roxy let me know if you find that money tree in your field, and can you send me a cutting please??   :)

Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: jameslindsay on October 20, 2009, 04:55:40 pm
I am bah humbug I'm afraid and do not like Christmas time. In these days of greed and over indulgence how many kids actually know the real reason behind christmas these days? On the other hand it does make business busy. Most people just go and buy things they want these days and don't have to wait for one special day any more.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 20, 2009, 05:21:22 pm
Totally agree James. I feel very cheered by Roxy's list though. Its so nice to know that you are hankering after very similar things to me. Actually i have started thinking about christmas a bit - made the chilli vodka, about to make cake, but was struck by the genius idea to give no 2 sister membership to the heritage seed library. At least I think its genius - it may be one of those ideas that I think sh will like just because I would.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: RUSTYME on October 20, 2009, 05:23:26 pm
lol...I am 'bah humbug' too James . As you say there is absolutely no meaning at all in Christmas these days . It should be called lets just blow some more cash day ...lol I really am Bah Humbug seeee.
   At one time a smallholding would be more or less self sufficient , but not these days . Look at the list .. field shelters , agricultural buildings , horse fencing , tractors and equipment , ::) .
 I am not having a dig ... really I am not ... ;D ;D But it does go to show differing outlooks these days.
At one time a field shelter would be made from what was about in the field , stones a few branches , some straw for thatch , an agricultural building (barn) , much the same really ...stones if plentiful or wood from a very local source, and thatch grown either on farm or very nearby , or maybe wild rushes.
 Fencing would be grown in situ , from cuttings taken from other hedges on the holding , during hedging time, now onwards.
 Tractors would be called horses, and the current one would supply the next generation and a good income from the surplus foals (how many tractors have you seen give birth to a brand new one ?), rather than huge amounts of money down the drain like today . Also the fuel to run them GRASS was grown on site.
 We just take so much for granted and don't even think of it . No wonder it is nigh on impossible for a smallholding to be self sufficient !!
  Please don't think I am having one of my rants .....I am not . I am not having a dig at anyone , just thinking how times have changed . However I do hate Christmas , or what it has become
It is now about waste, greed and self indulgence, nothing more really . Such a shame, as it could be a lovely time of year , it was once . 3 lumps of coal is far too many for the fire , that bucket has to last the week !!!! BAH  HUMBUG .....
  

cheers

Russ
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 20, 2009, 07:22:59 pm
Don't mind what my pig ark is made out of as long as it keeps the pigs warm. If Santa wants to weave me one or build me a dry stone dyke one I'll be better pleased than if he stops at B +Q for it.
Mind you I don't want woven wellies thanks! Even leather ones would be too much hassle and not waterproof enough for me. Rubber please Santa with a nice polysomething lining in it. Actually a wool lining would be fine and perhaps i could felt a lining  myself. OK Santa rubber wellies with or without lining please  :D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on October 20, 2009, 07:38:39 pm
I would just like my body to be like it was before I had Cancer - but without the Cancer, if you know what I mean.

Then I would be fit enough to do all the things on the farm the hard way like Rusty says it was done originally.

Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: RUSTYME on October 20, 2009, 07:43:18 pm
lol....yes ..wellies are the one thing that I would NOT want to do without either . Anything else I could get used to , but wellies are the greatest invention of man...well they are if you live in Wales !!
 Oh and asking Santa for rubber may get links from other sites... :o :o ::) ;D
 
I would like to be back as I was before my smash ...then I could do the things on the farm the hard way too .... no rubber though , thats another forum ..... :o ;D

 cheers

Russ
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 20, 2009, 07:54:17 pm
We live in strange times don't we??????
I think that you need the blue fairy for that one Snoopy. I wish I could be a blue fairy for a day and grant that wish.
My life is such a funny mixture of old and new at the moment. I am sitting on an old velvet curtain of my grandmothers that i made into a quilt typing on a laptop while the water for my bath is heating up in saucepans on top of the woodburning stove. We are living in a wooden shed built 100% by Simon and the first service to be connected was broadband. And i'm a well educated grown up talking about Santa?????????
( i do hope he's listening) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 20, 2009, 09:07:50 pm
Dear Santa,

If you have time I would love to have a Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker 9 cup as I thought I had bought one really cheaply from ebay only to find I had bought spare filters.  So I have the filters but no coffee maker!!

If the Elves can manage it a slap marker with my herd number would be brilliant too.

Thats it, that's all I am wishing for.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: RUSTYME on October 20, 2009, 09:14:29 pm
no ... your too late mate . Elvis has left the building ......bout 30 odd years ago .....

cheers

Russ



ohhh Elves ...........I see .... ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Roxy on October 20, 2009, 10:34:22 pm
My list was done tongue in cheek .....I think the moon falling from the sky is more likely than me getting that stuff.  Well except the boots maybe!!!

I think we would all swap the goodies we want if we could have good health instead, wouldn't we?
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: RUSTYME on October 21, 2009, 12:36:16 am
hello Roxy ,
             yes I took it that way too . I didn't think you were really expecting those things , I just used your list as an example of how our aspirations, I suppose ?, have changed over the years and  how, we fulfill them today .
  It was wrong of me to have used your list that way really , but it did provide a perfect base as an example ... ::) ;D
  We would indeed all swap good health for anything if we could . Just waiting for the wonder pill ..... they seem to spend more time and money on stuff that makes us ill, or worse !! though ....

cheers

Russ
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: carl on October 21, 2009, 09:55:02 am
Good health and world peace would be what santa should bring. However, I suppose I will be grateful for new thermals, decent wellie boots and warm socks. Please santa, no more electric gadgets I neither need nor want. I have a brillaint small espresso maker that you just put coffee grounds and water in and put on the stove. so don,t get me one with a plug on it. I don't want a video camera as I am too embarassed to stand there filming stuff, that never gets watched anyway.
I want my neighbours to move away and give me their property as a parting gift, with funds to allow me to make all the suitable changes and pay the bills. I would settle for them remembering not to put things down the loo which cause the resulting overflow to flood down into my sheds.
Most of all, I want 36 hours in a day, so I can do my jobs and get some sleep.
Come on santa, I've been a very good boy, honest.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: daniellestocks on October 21, 2009, 12:10:41 pm
I will be asking santa for a polytunnel, altho usually i recieve my xmas gift of my partner when i go get it myself  ::) Beter late than never, lol, but i dont mind, now i have children its all about them  :love:
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Nisbet on October 21, 2009, 01:52:15 pm
Hey Snoopy - I am so with you on your comment about pre-cancer days. We just gotta be grateful to wake up breathing every morning. Never the same again are we - no matter how we tackle it and deal with the head-s**t - just when you're feeling good and strong and fit and back in control - that menace comes back and says "you haven't forgotten me have you now - you do remember what I did and what I am capable of doing to you - look at what I did before, look at what I have done to others that you have loved. Forget being in control of your life - I control it - I will pop in and out of it - maybe - .... just to remind you of the bastard that I am".   Snoops - no-one who hasnt been there can understand the bloody madness that comes with it and its only those that have that you can be really honest about it with.  I remember saying "Dear God - why me ? " amd He said "Why not you?!"  Heavy stuff.  But you are doing great - lovely humour and so sweet and kind in your responses to people on the forum. You up near St Andrews?  Was up there last Friday (wow - what a fab day) - popped up to see my gorgoeus laddie who's just started his 2nd year at Uni.  Be safe and happy - smiley days. Nettle x
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: HappyHippy on October 21, 2009, 03:13:08 pm
Christmas is always expensive for me  :(
Kaitlin's birthday is on Xmas day(I know, I know - terrible timing), so I've 3 lots of kids pressies and 1 lot of birthday pressies to buy  :-\
Connor is getting recycled toys from when the girls were babies - luckily I have a HUGE box of them in the loft ! Should manage to do next years too  ;)
Rebecca wants an easel and crafty stuff (that's easy enough - I'll just raid my stash) Kaitlin wants a cat  :cat: but she's not getting a real one, I've managed to get a 'fur real' kitten for 10 so that when she loses intrest I can put it in the cupboard and not be left having to feed it and protect the cockatiel from it  ;D
I suppose I'm quite lucky (or maybe sensible) our kids only ask for 1 or 2 things and they're not usually big or expensive, it's always been that way. They get their stockings with a tangerine and apple wrapped in tin foil, some books, arty stuff, a wee puzzle and a set of pj's or nighty - then their requested pressie and they are happy with that. They get so much stuff from aunties, uncles and both sets of grandparents that they don't know what to play with and end up putting it all away under their beds and forgetting about it - comes in handy during the summer holidays though  ;)
The one thing that I want for xmas is time (or breeze blocks to build my kitchen extension  :D). I just don't have enough of it - 48 hours in a day would suit just fine ;) That way I could get on and do all the things we want to do, without having to sacrifice the housework or sleep  ;)
We try to keep it all quite low key, make a big deal of spending time together and explaining why xmas is important and not all about money and toys - but it does tend to start on the 1st of december. Making decorations, cards and food for the big day, but I love getting the kids involved, because to me Christmas is about spending time with those you hold dear  :love:
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Rosemary on October 21, 2009, 03:28:06 pm
A couple of years ago, one of our friend's daughters (she was about 6 at the time) asked Santa for some vests and a waste paper bin for her bedroom.

I think she MAY have moved on from this now, though.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on October 21, 2009, 03:37:41 pm
lol, last year little t asked 'the real santa in the thistle centre' for gloves, slippers and some clothes from primark.

I have no idea for christmas this year really. Told my sister to get me 'knitting kits' but not really thought about christmas. Athough we did buy some choc tin to put away for xmas (as i worked out we gona have 7 people stay here, eeck !!!)

Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 21, 2009, 08:27:50 pm
My next sister down told me yesterday that she is coming here for christmas which is fab. I love it when we are all together. There will be 8 here for Christmas day. the best thing about living in the shed is the amount of time we all apend in the same room. When we lived in a house the girls all disappeared off to their rooms. I am so looking forward to Christmas.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 27, 2009, 09:38:14 pm
Would quite like (as well as world peace, to be left alone sometimes, love and happiness!) some good wellies, an incubator, sucessful pig-breeding (christmas is gonna be Murphy's lucky time!) a way to keep the said pig out of the goat food, a money tree to cover the bills, a dry chicken run, and snow just on Christmas day cos my dog loves it but we don't!!

(this is a list in progress, I may come back to it later!)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 27, 2009, 10:23:16 pm
The other reason I am looking forward to christmas is because I won't have to go to work for two or three weeks depending on how persuasive I can be to my boss.
What are you all giving your loved ones?
I am starting a trawl of charity shops tomorrow lunchtime for nice things that can be given as is or altered into something else.
I am looking for interesting ceramics for my mum, a good jumper for Simon and jewellery for my girls.
Think I said this before but I am really wanting a pair of short wellies. The more it rains and the darker it is I end up putting my wellies on and off loads of times a day and i would love a pair of ankle high waterproof boots to nip in and out in.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 27, 2009, 10:36:55 pm
try www.easywellies.co.uk
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on October 27, 2009, 11:10:48 pm
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jewellery for my girls
Don't forget Happy Hippy - her jewellery sets are fab - I've bought four so far. ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 27, 2009, 11:16:56 pm
Good suggestions :) :)
The wellie link is great window shopping and Happy Hippy is def on my list as a christmas present supplier.
 :)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on October 27, 2009, 11:18:08 pm
Me too, I'm wondering who I could buy a slate plaque for. ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 27, 2009, 11:29:05 pm
Your dogs? ;D ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sheila on October 28, 2009, 09:47:45 am
I am also bah! humbug! coming from a huge family Christmas was always magical.Then when everyone went their seperate ways, we went to florida for christmas for about 20 years. then my daughter left home and set up her own house. also Christmas is cancer time for me. twice I have been in hospital on christmas day (bowel cancer and breast cancer) and this year we are having to go to my daughters in laws !!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on October 28, 2009, 08:10:34 pm
Your dogs? ;D ;D

Hmmm, not a bad idea - a kennel plaque - ABERDON HPR's and a picture of a Brittany - how about it Karen?
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 28, 2009, 08:32:51 pm
Yes Cancer and christmas sounds like the pits.
One of the difficulties with Christmas is that its very difficult to ignore and even if you would like to just get on and have a normal day cos you're not generally having a great time - it's very difficult to shut it out completely.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 28, 2009, 08:40:46 pm
I love Christmas, watching it unfold through my children's eyes, but for me I always feel a bit flat and by Boxing Day want to pack all decorations away and get back to normal.  The build up goes on for so long that the boys are whipped up into a complete frenzy long before Christmas arrives!  Thankfully they are always really appreciative of what they get!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 28, 2009, 08:55:01 pm
Went to the health food shop today and bought the fruit for our christmas cake. Sian (13) found a lovely recipe on line with prunes and chocolate in it. Its so nice that they are helping plan things now. I would probably forgotten about making a cake without her.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 28, 2009, 08:55:51 pm
What you getting them Miri?
Was going to make some suggestions I think they'd like.... but dont want to be misunderstood and cause offence to other TASers!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 28, 2009, 09:06:19 pm
Suggestions would be great Ruth.  They have a long list that they have created.  They are allowed to mention three in their letter to Santa on the understanding that they won't necessarily get all three.

I'm thinking of getting Oliver a cheap MP3 player, they would love a trampoline,  Harry is desperate for a miniture poodle puppy, which he's not getting!  Lego always goes down well.  So far I haven't thought too hard about it - its always the stockings I get worried about - trying to fill it with stuff that is cheap, but isn't tat.  The problem with my two is that they don't really play with their toys all that much, which is great on a day-to-day basis, but doesn't present buying very easy!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 28, 2009, 09:16:27 pm
  The problem with my two is that they don't really play with their toys all that much, which is great on a day-to-day basis, but doesn't present buying very easy!

I was thinking along the lines of home butchery kits, horrible science, dissection sets, eyeballs in a jar.... things like that!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 28, 2009, 09:21:06 pm
OH YEAH!!!! ;D ;D ;D More detail please - you've got my attention now.  Harry would probably like a skeleton/anatomy kit where you build the body.  Ruth, you are definitely tuned into what my boys like.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 28, 2009, 09:26:28 pm
 ;D ;D
Most of the places I'd get them are 'trade' ie what I'd use at work (spending somebody elses money!)
I'll have to think and get back to you.... though loads of toy shops, argos etc have Horrible science - beating hearts, eyeballs, stuff like that! :censored:
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 28, 2009, 09:47:44 pm
Oh yes please do.  I'll have a look at the Horrible Science stuff as the boys will be old enough.  Oliver also loves illusion kits so may try to find him something in that line.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on October 28, 2009, 09:55:06 pm
Hiya Mirimaran
just thinking about your boys, a couple of years ago Tara was into collecting
bugs and butterflies.

We got her a Bog Barn, I think it was by National Geographic - a great toy with
magnifying panels in the barn, and tweezers and bottles for water for the bugs and a book on what to feed different things you find in the garden - we didn't see her for days, collecting snails, butterflies moths etc.

Another thing that I had as a 12 year old, and you can get toy versions is a microscope- its really fun looking at flys wings, spiders legs and blue bottle eyes and stuff, even liquids can be quite interesting, and a human piece of skin, or a hair.

Most of these are available in Argos, but you may get them at car boots too.

Julie
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on October 29, 2009, 07:53:19 am
My eldest had a microscope and a globe, now shes a Scientist in Australia ;D the middle daughter loved her cabbage patch dolls and horse or animal toys and now has a cabbage patch and few babies and animals herself and is on this forum ;D  and the youngest liked her dressing up stuff , music and Nurse kit, she did performing arts and media, used to do some performing and singing and is a support worker at a day center  ;D Tara may turn out to be a botanist, or biologist or maybe a farmer ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 29, 2009, 07:54:05 pm
I had been thinking about a microscope - I think Oliver would love it.  Oliver had a globe as a night light so that box is already ticked.  This is great having all you guys thinking of ideas - thank you.  I find it so hard because I've often found that I'm certain a present will be a huge success and then they play with it for a few days and then set aside and its not picked up again.  Mind you that's quite often presents that they've asked for.  Sounds like you did well with your children Sandy.  Oliver has always wanted to be a policeman like his Dad.  Harry wants to wash people for a living!!!!!!!!! ;D :o
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 29, 2009, 07:57:40 pm
  Harry wants to wash people for a living!!!!!!!!! ;D :o

??!!

Like a carer, or like a 'hand carwash' type of thing, with a hose pipe and a big squeegy?!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on October 29, 2009, 08:12:01 pm
MIrimaran... some places for xmas shopping?!    Did you take the boys to Hawkins Bazaar in Westfield?

http://curiousminds.co.uk

http://www.voga.co.uk

http://www.brightminds.co.uk
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 29, 2009, 08:13:04 pm
Oh no much more personal than that - he wants to scrub people in the bath!  He loves having a bath with me and so thought it might be an enjoyable career move - I haven't burst his bubble yet, but prehaps I should!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 29, 2009, 08:15:34 pm
Hi Ruth,  we walked past it, I wanted to go in, but thought it would be a nightmare getting them out again empty handed!  They went into the Croc shop and as we were leaving I caught Oliver grabbing a handful of jibbets to put in his pocket! :o :-[

Will have a look at the websites you suggested.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on October 31, 2009, 11:29:28 am
My eldest had a microscope and a globe, now shes a Scientist in Australia ;D the middle daughter loved her cabbage patch dolls and horse or animal toys and now has a cabbage patch and few babies and animals herself and is on this forum ;D  and the youngest liked her dressing up stuff , music and Nurse kit, she did performing arts and media, used to do some performing and singing and is a support worker at a day center  ;D Tara may turn out to be a botanist, or biologist or maybe a farmer ;D
Sandy its lovely to hear how your four have developed, I have four girls too and I have just been thinking the same sorts of things about how they showed their interests really early on.  :)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on October 31, 2009, 12:59:27 pm
How true, they are born with a lot of their charactor and, oh, I only have 3 girls, Tara belongs to Snoopy (Julie).
 As my girls got older they all had obviously differing tastes, Girls adventure books, sciency stuff, sports wear, bright coloured clothing and aromatherapy things for my eldest . Sophisticated mostly grey, white or black clothing, arty things, nicely drawn books, (love Black Beauty) pictures or animals, Sylvania families, designer toiletries etc and my youngest, Latest trends in clothing, makeup and toiletries. Jewelry,anything with  music or theatre in it, books and glamorous jewelry, me....I like a mix of things, very Indian and Moroccan tastes in Nick nacs and furnishings and I wear anything comfy and it now tends to be Black or Brown!!!!! Although I would love to dress in rich colours and opulant jewels but not suitable for mucking out chickens....thats where I am off now as the sun is out!!!!!! Wounder if Bella has given birth????
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on October 31, 2009, 03:29:10 pm
When i was younger i had a minature greenhouse with 'floating frogs and toads' saucers which you place seeds on to it and grow things, i also got plant pots and soil to pput the plants onced they where grown in to seedlings.

I also loved doing things (still do) like make it kits. Hobby craft normal have big ranges of them for around 10.00 plus

Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on October 31, 2009, 07:38:25 pm
FWS My children would make me do it and then claim all the credit!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on November 05, 2009, 09:36:04 pm
OK, I've done it, I've bought Oliver a microscope.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Geographic-1200X-Diecast-Microscope/dp/B000X5V588/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1257456465&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Geographic-1200X-Diecast-Microscope/dp/B000X5V588/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1257456465&sr=8-1)

Harry a skeleton

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Resources-LER3333-Simply-Skeletons/dp/B000ENW5VU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=kids&qid=1257456536&sr=1-4 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Resources-LER3333-Simply-Skeletons/dp/B000ENW5VU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=kids&qid=1257456536&sr=1-4)

And an anatomy puzzle

http://www.amazon.co.uk/QUAY-Human-Body-4D-Puzzle/dp/B000KN23FW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=kids&qid=1257456648&sr=1-7 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/QUAY-Human-Body-4D-Puzzle/dp/B000KN23FW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=kids&qid=1257456648&sr=1-7)

I've also got them some brilliant Encycolpaedias

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10051_172994_100_48113__category_ (http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10051_172994_100_48113__category_)

So I think thats them done except from their present from Santa and stocking fillers.  Thanks for the help everyone.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on November 05, 2009, 10:26:40 pm
:) online shopping is great no annoying people stopping in the middle of the paths straight in front of you for no reason. lol

Linz
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on November 05, 2009, 10:39:42 pm
I love on line shopping...I go brain dead in the big shops dddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! I usually have a budget and sit with a drink and a nice big fire of check things out with my partner and just get buying.....I then have loads of time to just window shop, go to get trivial stuff and little extras!!!! The power of tinternet!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: northfifeduckling on November 06, 2009, 02:49:34 pm
I had a real aversion to Christmas time, for when my kids had to change schools the new head was soooo into it that it came out of my ears. As everything shuts down in this part of the world, we agreed on having nice food and go to Solstice parties, exchange a few presents, because it is winter  and we all need comfort  ;D . My girls are easy these days, they only want money, mobile phones, vouchers, clothes, dvds, gameboy games, new consoles, in that order!  I'll throw a few books in, not sure if I can afford any of the other stuff ( I can see >:( :'(), I don't care!)
For myself, I just asked for a book (Andrea Camilleri's Sicilian Kitchen, I've only read his thrillers so far and that inspector is eating mouthwatering stuff all the time!) and from the kids I'd be happy with a cinema ticket for us all and a voucher for "I do anything you want for a day, week, month"  ;D ;D :&>
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on November 06, 2009, 03:36:51 pm
I love on line shopping...I go brain dead in the big shops dddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! I usually have a budget and sit with a drink and a nice big fire of check things out with my partner and just get buying.....I then have loads of time to just window shop, go to get trivial stuff and little extras!!!! The power of tinternet!!

We could do a Stirling shop and give each other inspiration like last year
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on November 06, 2009, 08:41:28 pm
I haven't done Christmas shopping in shops since I was a teenager.  Always used mail order catalogues and then the internet.  I get far less bamboozled if I can do it slowly in my own time.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on November 07, 2009, 07:54:52 pm
Can do that, although I shall be buying most on line, just bits of decorations etc and wrapping paper...BUT a nice refreshment break would be great too....Look forward to it.....
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on November 08, 2009, 07:11:06 pm
I love Christmas Shopping - but end up buying too much, so this year, I am holding back.

Tara now knows its us and not you know who, so that takes the pressure off, but also the fun away  :'(

Well we did really well to have her believe until she was 10 ::)

Shes a good kid and hasnt asked for much - a Nintendo Game and a book, and a DVD.

I have already got her a load of books and wool and crafy stuff, so she's taken care of, never know what to get Joe, he's not into clothes, used to get him animals, but we have far too many, he has all the tools you could wish for, and so its difficult what to get him.

I have a wish list - I would love a Magimix 5200 stainless steel - which is a lot of money, but would help me with my chutneys and bread, would probably be best to wait until they have the January sales or bring out a newer model to get one.

The only other thing I have wanted for years, is a Kopykake Kobra Artists Projector, which again is a lot of money, but would help me to concentrate on colours and paintings instead of getting the basic drawings down, which would speed up my work, but, again I have lived without it for years, so do I really need it???

I give my family and friends home made jams and chutneys, or a Christmas Ham or meat hamper, which is great for me and for them too.

Just made a big batch of Christmas Chutney to go with cheese and ham buffets, and Onion Chutney too. 

We will have a nice quiet Christmas this year, and we will need the break as December is a mad month business wise for us.

Looking forward to trimming up the tree etc.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 19, 2009, 09:22:55 pm
..... Got home from work to find the husband on the phone...
Turned out he'd ordered my Christmas present from a well known catalogue and they'd sent a lovely glow in the dark, silent tick alarm clock.

But... my brand new (in the sale!)  Sat-Nav was nowhere to be seen!  So cos I can get lost in my own back yard, I'll be going nowhere far til they find it!    I mean... wheres the similarity?!  Tick tock, follow the road ahead for 3 miles!          As a 'new' driver (ie not long passed) I have enough to think about without having to remember where to turn left or... whats the other one?... right?!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on November 19, 2009, 09:36:21 pm
Ok, now you know what you are getting for Christmas but do you know how to use it? (http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Confused/3d-paranoid.gif)  You have to pass a test for that too, you know. 
 1. You must learn how to totally ignore what tomtom says because you know exactly where you are going, and that can't possibly be the right way
 2. You must learn how to shout at tomtom because there is NO WAY that can be the right way to turn
 3. You must learn to swear at tomtom because the effing thing has gone dead.
 4. You must learn that he needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket all the time or it runs out of juice
 5. You must learn that 'in 400 yards turn right' means in 400 yards, NOT at the next turn off 15 yards away
 6. You must learn that sometimes he needs his maps updating and that costs 40 a time
 7. You must learn that it's a waste of time updating the maps because it's only London that's ever updated anyway.
 8. You must learn that sometimes tomtom take you across rivers and down dark country lanes.
 9. You must learn to sometimes believe tomtom implicitly
10. You must learn that tomtom is not human and is totally deaf

Bat all in all you must trust tomtom to always get you home - no matter how long it takes him to do it.

I love mine to bits, would never have got to the places I've seen without it, and wouldn't be without it, and always feel safe that it will get me home from wherever I am, and I'll never get lost again.
HAve fun! ;D ;D.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on November 20, 2009, 10:07:45 am
..... Got home from work to find the husband on the phone...
Turned out he'd ordered my Christmas present from a well known catalogue and they'd sent a lovely glow in the dark, silent tick alarm clock.

But... my brand new (in the sale!)  Sat-Nav was nowhere to be seen!  So cos I can get lost in my own back yard, I'll be going nowhere far til they find it!    I mean... wheres the similarity?!  Tick tock, follow the road ahead for 3 miles!          As a 'new' driver (ie not long passed) I have enough to think about without having to remember where to turn left or... whats the other one?... right?!

LOVE your sense of humour - hope your sat nav turns up soon  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on November 20, 2009, 10:11:40 am
Ok, now you know what you are getting for Christmas but do you know how to use it? (http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Confused/3d-paranoid.gif)  You have to pass a test for that too, you know. 
 1. You must learn how to totally ignore what tomtom says because you know exactly where you are going, and that can't possibly be the right way
 2. You must learn how to shout at tomtom because there is NO WAY that can be the right way to turn
 3. You must learn to swear at tomtom because the effing thing has gone dead.
 4. You must learn that he needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket all the time or it runs out of juice
 5. You must learn that 'in 400 yards turn right' means in 400 yards, NOT at the next turn off 15 yards away
 6. You must learn that sometimes he needs his maps updating and that costs 40 a time
 7. You must learn that it's a waste of time updating the maps because it's only London that's ever updated anyway.
 8. You must learn that sometimes tomtom take you across rivers and down dark country lanes.
 9. You must learn to sometimes believe tomtom implicitly
10. You must learn that tomtom is not human and is totally deaf

Bat all in all you must trust tomtom to always get you home - no matter how long it takes him to do it.

I love mine to bits, would never have got to the places I've seen without it, and wouldn't be without it, and always feel safe that it will get me home from wherever I am, and I'll never get lost again.
HAve fun! ;D ;D.

YOU MEAN ITS NO GOOD CHANGING MY GARMIN WITH THE LOVELY SAMANTHA GETTING ME LOST FOR A TOM TOM THEN  ;D ;D ;D

We call her Samantha because we feel that she is a dumb blonde - and may also be a big tit as she makes a lot of boobies  ;D ;D

We were once up north in the middle of the country, and she told us to go left twice, then said - IMPOSSIBLE, IMPOSSIBLE, Turn around.

AND YES Irish Map Updates are a long way down the list too ::) ::)  :o
 ;D

But instead of arguing with your passenger, or yourself and the map - you can shout at TOM or SAMANTHA  ;D

Great for getting rid of all that pent up anger from being justled around in the shops at Christmas.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Sylvia on November 20, 2009, 11:11:14 am
Where have they hidden you, Child of the manger
Child of my childhood and Seal of my soul?
They have wrapped me in tinsel
And sold me at counters,
Tuning My song to the ring of their tills.
Sing high with the holly and low with the berry,
All will be gathered around my green tree.

Where will I find you then Child of the manger,
Child of my childhood and Seal of my soul?
You will find me, as ever,
With blind and with beggar,
The lame and the prisoner,
The broken in heart.
At home with the homeless
I dine with the outcast,
And if you receive him then there shall I be.
Sing high with the holly
And low with the berry,
All will be gathered around My green tree.

I want a smallholding outside the door instead of driving six miles there and back in a dodgy old Landrover. I want an all singing ,all dancing, state of the art, incubator. I want lots of fencing, a new Rayburn and all sorts of other greedy things.
I do try though to count my many blessings and think of the above poem instead of the fact that the starter motor has gone on the Landy after an engine re-build, new drive-shafts, a thingy box on the gears etc. And how many people would swap their problems for mine!!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Sylvia on November 20, 2009, 11:16:52 am
I think sat. navs. are the best invention of all time!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on November 20, 2009, 11:42:36 am
Thanks for the poem Sylvia  ;D

One of my favourite books is Sophies World by Jostein Gaarder.

Is other books - The Christmas Mystery - is very good and similar to the poem, the opening pages are classic! Its about the jingling of tills rather than bells and has a great take on our Christmasses, it reads like an advent calendat - very appropriate for this time of year and might even be in your libraries.   

I also enjoyed his book " Through a Glass, Darkly"  It is about a little girl dying of Cancer, and an Angel visits her
in bed, and they have conversations, the angel tells her that humans view of things is like looking through a glass,
Darkly.

A brilliant book - all three are really good.   ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 20, 2009, 06:50:52 pm
Thanks for the positives of Sat-nav ladies!  It was absolutely not-in-a-million years my idea, but I can appreciate my husband's concerns at letting me out on my own in the car!  So Tom, or Samantha, or whoever will be good company (though who'd trust a Sat nav that cant even get to my house in the first place!!)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Snoopy on November 20, 2009, 06:57:52 pm
( though who would trust a sat nav that cannot get to my house in the first place )

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

VERY GOOD POINT

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

LOVE IT  :love:
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: doganjo on November 20, 2009, 09:15:14 pm
Mine doesn't get me right home either - that's not because of the satnav, it's because of how the Post Code system works.  But tomtom gets me close enough to see across the bridge to my house  ;D ;D ;D  You'll wonder how you managed without it soon.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: MiriMaran on November 20, 2009, 09:22:43 pm
Sorry guys, but its only paper maps for me.  Can't stand Satnavs as I can't make myself trust them!  I'm a Luddite when it comes to certain technology! ;D
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 20, 2009, 09:36:57 pm
I'm not that good with paper maps either......


(no hope for me really is there?!)
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on November 20, 2009, 09:40:09 pm
Ok I have to come clean, I really really really want an incubator..........
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 20, 2009, 09:51:20 pm
Me too!  Intended to use piglet/goat kid sale money but dont think I can wait that long...
Already decided which one I'm having
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on November 20, 2009, 10:10:28 pm
(http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Cool/cool09.gif)4 Eucalyptus trees please!+*^**!"$&!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on November 20, 2009, 11:35:49 pm
Me too!  Intended to use piglet/goat kid sale money but dont think I can wait that long...
Already decided which one I'm having

Go on ..... indulge me ........which one?
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 21, 2009, 05:20:42 pm
http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/184.html

Got to be fully auto, and don't want a huge one.  And I think Brinsea and Romcom are too expensive for the number of eggs they hold!

What do you think?
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: Daisys Mum on November 21, 2009, 05:37:46 pm

I have had a lot of success with the R-COM 20, have had it a couple of years and I have 2 complaints one is that the humidity sponges were quite expensive but I think that the new ones don't need them.The other complaint is that when hatching ducks I have to put wet kitchen roll or an extra sponge in with the eggs to keep the humidity up. I have 11 eggs hatching as I write.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on November 21, 2009, 06:16:52 pm
This is the one I've been stroking in the farmsupplies shop
http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/167.html (http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/167.html)
The girls (i'm sure they are all under 15) in the shop had hatched a dozen cream legbars in the shop.
I am not clear about how it measures up with regards to the tech spec but its really shiny!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for the link to the shop - i'll leave it showing on laptop and hope someone notices.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: sandy on November 22, 2009, 09:57:22 am
That looks very stylish...mmmmmmmm, like the look of that!!!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: jameslindsay on November 22, 2009, 10:54:00 am
This is the one I've been stroking in the farmsupplies shop
http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/167.html (http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/167.html)
The girls (i'm sure they are all under 15) in the shop had hatched a dozen cream legbars in the shop.
I am not clear about how it measures up with regards to the tech spec but its really shiny!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for the link to the shop - i'll leave it showing on laptop and hope someone notices.


Kirsty, this is the incubator that I have and think it is great. The only piece of advice I would give you is do not put water in at any time. I had a poor success rate the first time I tried and I had followed the instructions. Some one who had been using incubators for years told me that in Scotland we should not add water and since I followed that advice I had great success.
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: little blue on November 22, 2009, 02:11:13 pm
Yes, I like that one too!
Also like your idea of leaving it on the laptop... Santa sometimes needs a big shove in the right direction!!
Title: Re: Christmas present list
Post by: marigold on November 22, 2009, 06:46:26 pm
Thank you all. You've done it now James, a personal recommendation is just what I needed.
Next thing is to alter the settings on my computer so that it doesn't go to sleep and the pretty picture can stay there blinking in the middle of the room all day............
I am going to be soooooooooo disappointed on Christmas day.!!!!!!
Oh well, it may help me commiserate with my youngest daughter who is not getting an iphone.