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    Weather 2017

    There were studies linking use of talc with cancer (it used to be contaminated with asbestos). Talc free powders contain cornstarch (zea mays), ie cornflour. When I was researching products for reducing odour from, ahem, intimate regions after strenuous badminton matches, I discovered 'Fairy Dust' and 'Dingo Dust'. Obviously women can only buy fairy-related products, or they'll just faint away!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovelies, apologies for my protracted absence. I keep intending to post then realise I have loads of pages to catch up on. Anyway, I've finally caught up (though may not remember it all, so apologies for missing people out) Envying you your fab summer @Curlygirl, love the hat. Bearded Theory isn't too far from us, must check it out. Great news that your daughter is still doing ok @vintagelaureate, despite the odd blip. Glad that you're still managing to stay with us @Yoghurt on a Stick, despite losing your strides in a thunder storm. We had huge storms all around us that day, but never overhead. Found out later that greenhouses were smashed and cars dented by huge hailstones which fell a few miles away. Hope you have a great festivalling summer @crazyfool1 and job hunting goes well when you get round to it. I have swimming pool envy @fatyeti24. Also have a similarly milky white torso which I have no intention of showing off here. Hope life is being kind to all NFR folk. We aren't going to a festival en famille this year, but I'm off to Citadel with Mr Moo in a few weeks to see Tame Impala, and then to Bluedot with my bestie the weekend after. @carlosj I see you're going - maybe we can meet up? I've never been before but am determined to see the Chemical Brothers as I've always managed to miss them at Glastonbury. My friend's only there on the Saturday so I'll be on my own on the Sunday (which is obviously the only reason I'd want to meet you Carlos 😊). We'll probably go to Godiva as it's free but so far the only confirmed act seems to be Ronan Keating, so no compelling reason to go yet! Youngest has finished his AS exams without any apparent problems, and seems to be doing fine. A few weeks ago, he mentioned as he was leaving for the bus in the morning "The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting the school on Thursday, so I'll be home later than usual". Not a sentence I ever expected to hear from him. We went to our first festival of the summer yesterday, in the next village, entry fee £3. There were a few local bands playing and it was ok (worth the money...). At some point I got bitten by an insect, and a few hours later I noticed a red area spreading up my arm from the bite. After an emergency visit to the GP (the fourth patient he'd seen today with an infected insect bite) I now have antibiotics, which I'm hoping will actually start working soon!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovely people. Congratulations to those just married and just become parents, warm hugs to those of you who aren't well or have lost people you love. Well done for still being with us @Yoghurt on a Stick! @vintagelaureate I hope your daughter (and her amazing parents) continue to go from strength to strength. @crazyfool1 good luck with the acting jobs. Hope the festival preparations are going well @mr gumby, @Curlygirl and @lucyginger. We're failing to decide on a festival to go to en famille this year. Latitude doesn't look inspiring, and we may go to see Tame Impala at Gunnersbury that weekend. I'm trying to persuade Mr Moo that Bluedot's worth a try, but may end up going on my own. It seems a little trivial now given other people's news, but I gave evidence at the Commons Education Select Committee inquiry into alternative provision (education outside mainstream schools) a couple of weeks ago. The Head of Outreach Education, who helped my son so much, was there in February, and afterwards they asked if she knew a parent who'd be willing to go to a less formal session of the committee. She immediately thought of me! It was amazing to be listened to by people who actually might be able to make a difference. Though I disagree with the politics of some of the MPs on the committee, they genuinely seemed to want to improve things for young people who don't fit in a system driven by grades and stupidly narrow ideas of what education is for. There were 3 other parents there, and it turned out all of us had boys with autism. Shows how little understanding there is of the condition in mainstream school. Don't really have much else to report, other than I seem to have overdosed on chocolate at the weekend. I didn't think that was possible
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Really pleased, thanks Quark. Trying to get the image of you in gold hotpants out of my head... I give up. We need pics! Hope you're all safe out there - @crazyfool1 and @mr gumby are you in the red snow warning area? What a beautiful scene @fatyeti24. We've had horizontal snow all day and haven't seen much at all, apart from a collection of miserable looking fieldfares huddled in the garden. Mr Moo gave up trying to get to work on treacherous roads, and youngest is delighted that school's closed tomorrow. Hope the winter blues lift soon @Funkyfairy!. We've been to Latitude 3 times and enjoyed it even without great headliners as there's always loads going on. Had beautiful weather too. I'm wondering about Bluedot at Jodrell Bank, which has Chemical Bros and Future Islands, plus a load of nerdy science stuff which we love. Has anyone here been?
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovely peeps, sorry I've been absent for so long. Been busy with actual real paying clients, probably down to Jan/Feb malaise and the fact that it takes forever to get counselling through the NHS now. Hope your daughter's scan provides positive news @vintagelaureate, it must be hard to keep a sense of normality. @mr gumby sorry to hear about Mrs G's father - big hugs to you both. @crazyfool1 hope the job negotiations go well, and glad to hear your work situation's improved @Quark. Congrats on your Interail prize @Yoghurt on a Stick, and on forthcoming wedding @Skoo. A ribbon tower cake made of tiers of equal width would look pretty cool, and for once it would be entirely appropriate to have (models of) the bride and groom at the top of the cake. I'm sure I've missed something @lucyginger, but why six tits? Hello everyone I've missed out, hope you're all well. Youngest is not only still in school, but got A's in all his AS mocks! A long way to go but so far vindicating all the teachers who refused to give up on him. I am insufferably proud. Eldest is having a break from uni and working in the village while he considers his options. It's actually really nice to have him around, though we may be making it a bit too comfortable for him... I have lovely friends, but sometimes end up at weird social events with them. A couple of weeks ago there was an 'adult' colouring party. Here is my effort - perhaps you can guess the theme?
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovely people, sorry for my absence but we've had interesting times, hopefully back on track now. Youngest seemed more than fine, then 2 days after half term he said he was struggling to cope with school again, especially at breaks when there are so many students in the corridors and the social areas. It looked like history was going to repeat itself, but the fantastic head of sixth form sorted out a meeting for the next day, by which time he'd spoken to all my son's teachers and come up with lots of strategies for reducing the stress. Most importantly he took time to listen, and didn't try to impose any solution. Youngest was back in school after 3 days, and so far hasn't needed to make use of any special arrangements; just knowing the measures are in place seems to be enough at the moment. He went to the area heat of the UK team maths championship yesterday, working with other students he barely knows. So I'm back to cautious hope rather than taking anything for granted. Still, life's immeasurably better than it was. It does make me realise how trouble-free eldest's school career was, and makes me feel rather guilty that we just expected him to get on with it. Glad you all seem to be doing ok. Enjoy (if that's the right word) the new Morrissey @lucyginger, new found connection with the neighbours @Yoghurt on a Stick, and adventures with playmobil @guypjfreak . Hope the business is taking off @fatyeti24 and @H.M.V, and @vintagelaureate I hope your daughter is continuing to do well. Sorry missed loads of you out, have a lovely weekend y'all.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Stay safe @crazyfool1 and any others in Ophelia's path. Never seen the sky looking like this before Great to hear you got the job @mr gumby, what will you be doing? Loved the fruit and veg animals. I believe a tomato is indeed a fruit; it might even be a berry, like a banana. @guypjfreak I really hope your friend's chemo isn't too tough and helps control his illness, also sending lots of love to you and your daughter @vintagelaureate . @carlosj sorry to hear that lack of support for AS has stopped your eldest from going to uni. It seems to be very inconsistent between institutions. My eldest doesn't have a diagnosis but he does have a lot of 'aspie' traits, and I think his inability to find people on the same wavelength at uni (even on a maths course!) contributed to his decision not to continue. I hope your eldest is able to find a niche - that's all any of us need really, despite all the exhortations to 'be the best you can be'. I hope everyone's ok; I haven't been posting because I'm stupidly busy and by the time I sit down to look on efests I'm falling asleep. I fell asleep today during a mindfulness exercise at work... Still, there are good reasons for the tiredness. There's been a marked increase in my paid work (well I suppose that's good for me, even though it's not good that more people need therapy). And I have to get up early because of the everyday miracle of my youngest still going to school, still enjoying 6th form. He got a great report last week, something of a contrast to the previous one which was issued shortly after he stopped going to school in yr 10. Then, some teachers who'd been falling over themselves at the beginning of term to say how brilliant his GCSE grades were going to be, decided that he was going to fail them because he'd missed 5 weeks of school. After nearly 2 years out of school he passed them all (and was in the top 5% of his year for maths). The teachers he has for A levels are those who refused to write him off, and they made all the difference. I'll be baking a lot of cakes to take into school this week, as well as special cake for Mr Moo, whose birthday is today Warm hugs to all xx
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Thanks Dottie, I think it will be some time before I can believe it! Hope all is well with you?
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Thanks Brunette, and do feel free to pm me. None of the cognitive approaches worked for my son as he couldn't identify what he was anxious about, and most of the time has no idea what he's thinking. The beauty of EMDR is that you don't need to know those things. It uses simple physical exercises which are effective even when your anxiety is sky high. My colleague has a great rapport with my son, which certainly helped (as it does with any therapy), but the techniques she taught him were what made the difference.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Sending you and your family big warm hugs VL, and all the very best for your daughter. xx
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Wow, just wow. Who worked this magic?
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Love the bunting! Have a wonderful wedding day.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    No pressure at all H, the important thing is that you're married by the end of the day. To Yeti, obvs Greetings lovelies, hope you're all calm and recovered from rum/gin/wine tasting/festival shenanigans. I am happily in a routine of getting up early (never thought I'd write that) and waving youngest off to the school bus. A week into yr 12 and it's going better than I dared hope; he seems to have found a niche with similarly nerdy friends, and is genuinely enjoying 6th form. He's even added another subject (having sworn he wouldn't do 4). After the isolation of the last couple of years it's amazing how good the prospect of parents' evenings feels. I'm so impressed by what EMDR therapy has done for my son I'm looking into doing some training so I can offer it to my clients, and free of charge to other students who are struggling with school. I can never adequately repay my colleague who provided free, life-changing therapy, but I can try to pay it forward.
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    A little ramble

    What a fantastic life-affirming post @vintagelaureate. I hope your daughter continues to defy the odds; it sounds like she couldn't wish for better parents. Warm hugs to you and your family.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Good for Mrs G! What does she want to do instead?
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