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dianefairhall

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Oh, dear, Marigold, I'm afraid I had to smile! Very pleased that you weren't too badly hurt, except maybe pride! I don't wear glasses apart from reading but most masks are too deep for me and ride up poking me in the eyes. I expect I'd have gone down those steps, too.

Thanks, BYM. My OH hasn't been offered the pneumonia jab yet (he's 68) so I'll get him to make enquiries. If Covid isn't going away any time soon best get everything you can.
 

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She went for her flu jab, and the nurse said she was eligible for the pneumonia jab, which OH said "that's the worse buy one get one free offer going".
The nurse said that quip made her day.

Then it's shingles vaccine when you get to 70.

OH has been reading a tome about London etc during plague times, and there was a recipe for a plague cure, as follows, Vipers fat blended with honey, to which you add 24 roasted woodlice baked until crisp and crushed into a fine powder, an ounce of dried hen's dung, rue and rosemary, yolk of an egg mixed with a quarter of a pint of old ale and quarter pint of salt water two pinches of pepper, mix well together and drink.

to deal with the boils, vitriol and mercury made into a paste with lambs fat and horses dung and applied to boil as a poultice
 

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Well, I could supply most of those ingredients, but am a bit short on vipers’ fat, vitriol and mercury at the moment. Even Waitrose doesn’t seem to have them in stock. Must be another of those Brexit shortages.
 

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Isn't vitriol basically sulfuric acid?? [emoji33][emoji33]

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Waitrose has really gone downhill lately, no vipers fat, or vitriol.

Vitriol is one of the sulphates, either sulphuric acid or green or white copper compounds I believe.

It also said if the patient vomits, it means the evil plague humour is deep within them, keep repeating the treatment until the patient stops vomiting or dies. I would imagine the latter happened quite quickly.

Bit of a bind though Marigold, catching, roasting and grinding up woodlice for your muesli in the morning. unless you do a big batch and store in a jar. There are always dried mealworms I suppose, ready roasted so to speak
 

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Ugh! Dried mealworms have the most horrible feel. I bred mealworms to give my hens as treats and was quite happy to handle the live ones and the beetles but those horrible slippery hard things - no way!
 

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Can you imagine trying to order that lot for home delivery, then leaving a cauldron and broomstick by the door
 

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Here is a plague cure that us chicken owners can do.
You pluck the feathers from a chickens bum, then tie the chicken to you with it's naked bum pressed against one of the plague boils. As chickens breathe through their backsides (so they thought) they will draw the evil plague humours out of the body. Most people seemed to contract other infections from the chickens excrement, " no shit Sherlock" as they say
Could cause quite a stir down the supermarket, wandering around with a chicken strapped to you.

The only thing she has read with an element of practicality, was rubbing yourself with 4 types of vinegar, as vinegar is a natural insect repellant which may have helped some people avoid flea bites
 

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That's a picture stuck in my head now for the day!

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Another one was cut onions in half, boil them and attach them to the boils. makes you grateful to be born now and not in the days of wacky remedies and copious blood letting.
 

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Finally had my left eye done today. The surgeon assured me all was well and although I look like an extra in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' the patch can come off tomorrow and I look forward to getting my life back when my eye has healed. Good old NHS!
 
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