Nov 22nd

The Obituary of Common Sense...

By Jackie H

You maybe already familiar with this but if not, this represents a view often taken by British people when looking at the society that they have helped create. It may also apply in other countries. Let us know.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain
  • Why the early bird gets the worm
  • Life isn't always fair
  • and maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:

  1. I Know My Rights
  2. I Want It Now
  3. Someone Else Is To Blame
  4. I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone...


Author Unknown...

Nov 22nd

The Important things in life....

By Jackie H

As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that:

Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch – – – they both tell the same time.

 Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag – – – the amount of money inside is the same.

Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine – – – the hangover is the same.

 Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft. – – – the loneliness is the same.

And we realize our true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down – – – we go down with it. Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination – – -everyone arrives at the same time.

Therefore . . . we should realize that when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth — that is true happiness!

Six Undeniable Facts of Life

1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.

2. Best wise words: “Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”

3. The one who loves you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.

4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few folks really understand that.

5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!

6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone; but, if you want to walk far, walk together!

 Six Best Doctors in the World

1. Sunlight

2. Rest

3. Exercise

4. Diet

5. Self Confidence

6. Friends

 And, finally: The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts...

Author Unknown...

Nov 21st

Getting Your Money's Worth

By Bill W

Now this is what I call 'Getting Your Money's Worth', and what a lovely couple.


I wonder if anyone on DropBy has kept their appliances as long?

Nov 15th

Autumn/Winter Hedgehog Alert



Autumn/Winter Alert!!


Keep Hedgehogs Safe in Autumn and Winter alert

As the night time temperature decreases to below 5 degrees Celsius the wild hedgehog is likely to be preparing for hibernation. Hedgehogs hibernate because their natural food supply (beetles, earthworms and caterpillars) is in short supply. If they didn’t hibernate, then without food they would almost certainly die.
There are less than 1 million hedgehogs in the UK compared to over 36 million in the 1950s. There are lots of things we can do throughout the year to keep them safe, but during autumn and winter these simple things will help prevent the wild hedgehog becoming endangered and dying out completely. This may happen before the turn of the next century unless we all take action.

Create access between gardens - Throughout the year hedgehogs need to roam between 12 and 15 medium sized gardens at night searching for food and during the breeding season (June – September) for mates. Please make a gap in or under your fence or gravel board of about 5 inches square so the hedgehog can access neighbouring gardens and find enough food to survive. You can buy hedgehog friendly gravel boards to make access easier.

Provide food and water - During Autumn and winter they need extra food and water. If they a very low weight (below 500g 600g) when they go into hibernation they may not survive They like meat based cat or dog food in jelly, meat based cat biscuits and sunflower hearts. They also need water throughout the year. Please put a large bowl of fresh water (a saucer of water is not enough) out every night to avoid dehydration. Hedgehogs can drink up to 1/3rd of a litre of water each night and dehydrated hedgehogs die very quickly. Follow this link for details of how to make a feeding station to stop cats eating the food..Please do not feed hedgehogs bread or milk as they are lactose intolerant and will be ill.

Watch out for young underweight hedgehogs - These are known as Autumn Juveniles and tend to be born in late August/September. They are at great risk of dying over winter because they will not have gained enough weight to survive. If you see any young underweight hedgehogs (weighing less that 550g) in your garden at night please call your local hedgehog rescue for advice. Do not remove them from your garden and try and care for them yourself, as often they need specialist care and a health check to rule out other health problems such as internal parasites. These, if present, are life threatening.

Take action if you see a hedgehog out during the day - If you see any hedgehog out during the day looking ill, injured or lying around and not moving in a purposeful manner call your local hedgehog rescue for advice immediately, as time is of the essence. Sick or injured hedgehogs can die within a few hours and need specialist care. A hedgehog can look well but have internal parasites or injuries or be severely dehydrated and they can die very quickly.


Other things you can do include………

Check before gardening - Hedgehogs are nocturnal and sleep during the day in leaves, compost, and bushes. PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF YOU ARE USING A STRIMMER OR DIGGING as many hedgehogs are injured or killed in this way.

Check before lighting bonfires – Hedgehogs love nesting in log piles and as bonfire night approaches it is crucial to check the wood pile before lighting the bonfire. Use the end of a broom to gently poke around at the base of the fire or if you can dismantle the fire and assemble it in another area of your garden on the day it is to be lit.

Create garden pond access - If you have a garden pond please make a sloped ramp or provide stepping stones for the hedgehog to climb out if it were to fall in, otherwise it will drown. A plank of wood covered in chicken wire is ideal

Raise garden netting above ground level – A hedgehog can lose a leg and die if it gets caught in garden or sports netting. Please put garden netting above ground level and remove sports netting at night

Cover drains and deep holes – Please make sure drains are covered as curious hedgehogs can fall in and injure themselves or die if they are unable to get out

Supervise your dog in the garden – Follow this link for tips on how to keep hedgehogs safe from dog attacks


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