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Regarding the Track and Trace for Covid-19, my grandson came in after school and helped me to get this, so all is now well.  By the way it is an i-phone 6S, and whilst I rarely go out, I have to occasionally for things like hydrotherapy and also chiropody, and next week a flu jab.  I am not really ready and willing yet to go into any shops, but due to my past history with pneumonia I need to be really careful.  Oh at times I get so frustrated with this phone as I cannot fathom how to use certain parts and the youngsters make it look so easy.  I said to my grandson if I was in a class with him and we were being taught how to use a modern phone I would be the duffer and he thought that was funny - apparently it is rather nice that Grandma does not know everything, and that he can actually teach me something - he is nearly 15.

So thank you all who have tried to help me - Twopence will be glad she has been let off the hook this time round.

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I only managed to catch up with this programme last night and they showed Dominic dealing with the cutest little Wilcox and Gibbs machine - even my husband was amazed - and wondered whether I would like one - now that is unusual for him.  Sadly though these little beauties fetch an eye watering price when they are available.  I must say I was rather taken aback when Dominic actually immersed parts of the machine in a bowl of soapy water - how on earth did he then ensure that these parts were totally dry inside.  Once clean and re assembled the machine did sew although it was only a chain stitch and from what we could see this worked, but I know that chain stitch can easily miss a stitch and thus unravel so very quickly.

For those interested in this programme but didn't see it, it was shown on BBC1  Tuesday 15th September so probably availabe on i-player.

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Lowena thanks for the reply, but immediately ran into trouble - firstly I have an i-phone, went to the App Store and found something to do with the NHS Covid-19 Official NHS contact tracing  and alongside it said GET, and then when instructed to 'touch ID to install' it did not work - so now I am at a loss until I can get some help either from my Grandson after school if he is around, my daughter if I can persuade her to give me some time - she works from home and works all odd hours in a very stressful job at the moment, or wait until Twopence is back from her holiday.

By the way I am very new to this type of phone, there is so much I do not know what to do or how to do it, but so far I am enjoying using this phone - one of my Grandson's cast offs!!  My husband still uses an old type phone, and would be totally at sea with a more modern one but perhaps one day in the future.  Last time the battery failed, he went into a phone shop and asked for the cheapest old style one and that is what he has.  Only used for calls, and texting and sometimes answering the phone when he feels like it which is not often which I find really frustrating - he says he does not hear it, but surely the phone can be set to vibrate as well - just a stubborn old man.

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Maybe this is a silly question but those of you who have downloaded the Track and Trace App how have you done this?  Is it to your mobile or your laptop?

My go to friend for helping me on this is Twopence and as she is away on holiday I cannot ask her directly for her help - bet she is reading this too!!!  I always seem to get into such a muddle whenever I have tried downloading something or other, and this particular one I think is essential.  I suppose I could also wait until she returns from her hols, and I am not going out anywhere in between times.  I fall into the vulnerable group being both Diabetic and rather prone to pneumonia and again age is against me!!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday September 23rd
« on: Yesterday at 14:26:14 »
Congratulations on your new grand-daughter Greybird, do hope that the mother and new baby are both well and comfortable after such an ordeal.  Do hope that you can get up to see them both soon and enjoy all those cuddles.

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Wishing you both a very happy birthday, hope you have a wonderful day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 20th September
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:03:36 AM »
Acorn you lucky lass, now go and have fun playing with this is you have the time.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday, September 19th
« on: September 19, 2020, 19:10:24 PM »
Greybird if you do manage to see Twopence that would be nice.  I have known her for over 40 years, she used to live just up the road from me in my village.  It is Twopence that has moved away.  However our friendship has lasted all this time - we have been through many things.

I visited Avebury about 9 years ago.  My family roots abound in Wiltshire and just over the border into Somerset.  I have quite a few relatives from long ago buried in Broughton Gifford, Corsham - they have some chest/table tombs still standing and readable and some go back into 1770ish, thus my relatives were scattered around your part of Wiltshire.  I have visited a few times.

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A Good Yarn / Re: What do you think this was for then?
« on: September 18, 2020, 18:03:47 PM »
Leila May, a long time ago Knitmaster knitting machines had a silver tool a bit like half of your instrument but the other end to the hook it was deliberately bent, and I must say this has been the most useful tool ever for getting into something and wiggling it about to loosen say a knot, or to aid in the unpicking of stitches.  For some reason Knitmaster stopped including this silver tool in the box of accessories and including a double end crochet hook tool similar to the one linked to on Amazon.  Incidentally I have often referred to my silver tool as my probe as in Dentist's probe.

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Wishing you all a very happy birthday, hope you all have a wonderful day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday, September 16th
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:44:40 AM »
Manuela congratulations on achieving your distinction in your Masters.  You have worked so hard for this you deserve the accolade.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday's super triple birthday wishes
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:28:02 AM »
Wishing all three of you a very happy birthday hope you all have a wonderful day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th September
« on: September 14, 2020, 20:26:28 PM »
Wrenkins when I said you were near to finishing your P&Q I meant the Block of the Month that you have been doing, the Rug Mug, and the Quilt you are making for the lad going off to Uni - which I thought was near to being finished.
Now that you are no longer going 'out to work', and having retired, I was sort of hoping that you would be able to fit your rather special project into your day to day schedule - but I have obviously got this wrong.  So glad to read that the pattern has been found and that the piece of cotton lawn is just waiting for you to iron and get started.  I know absolutely nothing about the 'sewing sisters', but I do hope that you can follow their way, and of course look forward to seeing and hearing about the results.

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Technical Help / Re: Shirts
« on: September 14, 2020, 16:31:32 PM »
Badgermat there is a super book by David Page Coffin -think it is called Shirt Making,  and he prides himself on making a shirt to wear as good as those in Savile Row.  This book may help you on some of the more intricate parts of shirt making.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th September
« on: September 14, 2020, 16:26:53 PM »
Oh Wrenny wrenkins I have just read your post, - congratulations on the new job, I am sure you will do a superb job here on TSP - we all love you, really we do.

Now as you seem to be getting near to the end of your P&Q projects, how about you know what, when can we fit this in, and have you found the wandering pattern yet????  Autumn seems perhaps a good time to get started on something new.

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