Warning – Regular Stamps Expires in January 2023

After 31st January 2023, regular stamps without a barcode* will no longer be valid and may result in a penalty fee.

Luckily the expiry date is after Christmas, so send a couple more cards or You can either use up these stamps before this deadline or swap them for the new barcoded ones.

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After January 31st 2023, stamps with the Queen’s head and ‘1st’ or ‘2nd’ class written on them (as well as first-class large letter and second-class large letter stamps. International tariff stamps and all ‘make-up-value stamps’) will no longer be usable, meaning to use them, you will have to pay a surcharge.

The only exception is ‘special’ commemorative stamps, such as the Doctor Who collection, as these will continue to work until after January 31st 2023.

Royal Mail will let you ‘swap out’ any stamps that are due to expire for free. You will be able to exchange current stamps for barcoded ones for free under Royal Mail’s new ‘Swap Out’ scheme, which opened on March 31st 2022 and will run until March 31st 2023.

This will be via a ‘Swap Out’ form on the Royal Mail website. And You’ll then have to post the no longer valid stamps back.

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Daytrip to Clacton-on-Sea

I went on a daytrip to Clacton-on Sea with my friend Hillary. The trip was organised by Stantonbury Parish Council – There were 4 coaches laid on. It was a fantastic day out the sun was beaming the whole day. We left Milton Keynes at 8:15am and arrived in Clacton by 11:30.

Meet up with Kath, who took us along the coast and parked up. She and Hillary walked along the coast and although I had the walker with me, I just parked myself by the beach, to wait for them to come back. I did though go and dip my legs in the sea, it was lovely and I regretted not bringing a costume.

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After they came back, we went to a little caff on the beach and had a drink. Then we ventured up the embankment. I had chosen a salmon (five S-lines to the top) type walkway. It was LONG trip. But at least at the top we went to a restaurant and had some lovely lunch.

We had to be back in Clacton by 5 pm, but we had enough time to swing via Frinton for Hillary to see where Kath had moved to. Kath dropped us off at the Pier in Clacton just before 5pm. And we were home by 8:30.

Thank you, Stantonbury Parish Council, for a lovely day.

Social Behaviour Patterns

I’m a big fan of making new friends. Can one have “too many friends”? I would say yes. The point that I HAVE reached is one where people are now coming out of the woodwork to use me in finding them an IT solution of sort. My question is this – why do these people insist on changing back into associates, once we’ve become friends? I believe the answer is simple; society’s addiction to the “quick reward” is now reaching into people’s lives. The syndrome of “want it fast, want it now” has a side effect of leaving friends, family, co-workers and everything else around them “out to dry”, like remnants after a new carpet install, or leftovers after a good meal. I for one, don’t enjoy feeling like a doggy-bag.

  1. An acquaintance/associate is a person you know, but who is not a close friend. It’s the person you run into in the hallway or feel comfortable meeting in a group setting, but usually not by yourself.
  2. A casual friend is a person you are more emotionally attached to. You feel comfortable meeting with this person one on one.
  3. A close friend is a person you spend time with regularly and can depend on. You feel comfortable reaching out to this person at any time.
  4. An intimate friend is someone you can share anything with.

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. It is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an “acquaintance” or an “associate”, such as a classmate, neighbour, co-worker, or colleague.

Acquaintance, on the other hand, refer to those we have met but do not know well. In general, the noun associate refers to colleagues or people we work with; in other words, those we know in a professional context.

Associate and acquaintance are two words we usually use to refer to people we have met but are not as close as friends.
In general, the noun associate refers to colleagues or people we work with; in other words, those we know in a professional context. But if we happen to run into each other again, that’s great. It would be rude not to speak with acquaintances when you see them, but it is not expected that you make plans to see them intentionally.

A casual friend can be someone from work with whom you occasionally eat lunch or attend work-related conferences.  You probably wouldn’t call on a casual friend to help you change a flat tire or pick you up at the airport.

A close friend is someone who makes an effort to help when you need it and can be depended upon to keep their word. In close friendships, you are comfortable discussing the things that go on in your day-to-day life, both good and bad. You share your secrets, commiserate with one another on the bad days, and celebrate with one another on the good days.

In an intimate friendship, there are few topics that are ever off-limits. The intimate friend is one who can point out your flaws and offer suggestions for improvement, and while it may be difficult to hear, it isn’t offensive because you understand how deeply they care for you (and you’re willing to do the same for them). The difference between a close friendship and an intimate friendship is primarily time. A close friendship that withstands the ups and downs of life over an extended period of time is considered an intimate friendship.

 

Just a little detour

I was on my way home from Colchester via the A14, and the overhead warning said that the A14 was closed between Junction 37 and 39. When i got near Junction 40 I could already see the tailback not far from the sliproad exit J40, so I just turned of and followed the flow of trafic until it went onto the A11. I pulled in on a parking place and checked Google Maps on my mobile, and found a nearly straight jurney to J37. As you can see just a little d-tour of 15.6 Miles.

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Flies in the Loft

I had a bit of a fly infestation in my loft. I didn’t notice it before I was putting my Christmas decoration away, but I must admit that I had seen flies around the house and I just couldn’t think where they came from, now I know.
I went finger-shopping for pest-controllers.
The first one Rentokil was so expensive (they wanted £450), I fopped them off with “I will wait until the infestation gets worse”.
A friend of mine said that I should contact the council and get them out. I looked at the council’s website and couldn’t find it, but when I Googled “MK Council Pest Control” it gave me a link to the “Pest Control” page.

Milton Keynes residents are offered a comprehensive pest control service via our approved vendor SDK Environmental Ltd. To access the service please contact our contractor DialAPest which is part of SDK Environmental and advise them that you are a resident of Milton Keynes. A discounted rate is available for customers in receipt of certain qualifying benefits.

The site specifies the whole price you’ll have to pay, and that’s it. The man came this morning, he was in my house for 5-10 minutes, filled in a worksheet, that I signed, and he got on with it. The only restriction I have is that I am not permitted in my loft for 24 hours. All done for a mere £58.

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Hedgehogs

If you see me in your yard/garden,
please put out some food (cat croquettes…)
and some water (rain when possible).

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Don’t give me milk, I’ll drink it but I’ll feel bad.

Don’t put insecticides out, PLEASE!
I’m harmless and an opportunity for your garden
because I feed on bugs that attack vegetables.

My species is dying!

Help me stay alive!

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My 1st Online Vegetable Shopping

I have always been sceptic about purchasing fresh vegetables from the internet. How fresh is it and will it last?

During this lockdown periods I have started to do more and more online shopping. But I was still reluctant to purchase fresh vegetables that I had not inspected and selected.

OK, so the weather became rather cold and when I went on Saturday afternoon the que by my favourite veg-stall on the market was just diotically long and not everyone had a facemask on, I think it would have taken 30-60 minutes to get to the till. No way was I going to stand there for that long. So, I gave up on that idea, and shopped at Sainsbury’s but only the most essential on my shopping list.

Some friends of mine had told me that my favourite market stall did home deliveries free to some areas of MK, so I wanted to give them a go, and here is the result of my first online fruit and vegetables shopping.


All very fresh, I couldn’t have selected better myself.

Thank you, MK Online Greengrocers

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I am hooked up

This picture was taken just four days after my full left shoulder replacement. As you can see, the operation was successful and all I have to do is learning to just use one hand for everything.

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I am already starting on some basic exercises to strengthening the bruised muscles. Sleeping is a little bit problematic, as I can’t sleep on my back very well, so I have to wedge my left hand to prevent the shoulder to fall forward. I think I have now managed to find the ideal (for me) solution.

I have carers to help me change my cloth morning and evening and to have a wash. They are lovely people, the first carer was a man, and stripping to “full Monty” took some “brain blanketing”. I survived but I can’t say I loved it. Actually it doesn’t matter what sex the carers are, I still don’t like the “full Monty” strip and wash; but when one doesn’t have two hands one is grateful.

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