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    basketcase is offline Tuber
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    Default "An English Thing" or not?

    As you may be aware I've got a plot. Went to do some work on it over the weekend and met lots of nice people.

    The bloke 'next door' was chatting. I was saying I thought I'd get a shed on the bit that had obviously already had one. There are large metal containers that you can pay £25 for and he said had one of those instead and didn't bother with a shed after his had got burned down. (Take his point).

    Thing is, when I said "Yes, but I'd like to use the shed for other things too. Maybe sit and have a cup of tea or something", he (native Aberdonian) said to me (only-been-here-25-years-Sassenach) "You see, that's an English thing, this socialising and having cups of tea. We just come in, do the work and go home".

    True or False?
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    My friend has home made wine in her shed.... i don't think that's an ENGLISH thing, just us being P..s heads, needless to say, i try and visit as much as possible

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    i have camping stove in my shed and my lottie mates know if i'm on site they can come and cadge a cuppa....then we sit on my bench outside the shed have a gab and compare crops, etc., its all part of lottie life and if i had a mate like ginger i'd be there like a shot
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    What !!
    Well, I was born and raised in Aberdeen, and I always want to bring a thermos of tea to my allotment, so that I can sit and have a restful cuppa, and swap news with whoever is there (if anyone is there, we only have 5 plots).
    But my mother is an ex-Londoner, so maybe it is in the genes...
    The mark of a truly mean Scots(wo)man - you come in during the round of weekend social visits, and the first thing they say is, "You'll have had your tea..."
    The truth of your allotment neighbour is probably just that he has yet to work out a way to fit his cuphooks to an old freight container...

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    You should take a bottle of whisky with you one day- and offer them a wee dram....and see if they turn it down!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginger ninger View Post
    My friend has home made wine in her shed.... i don't think that's an ENGLISH thing, just us being P..s heads, needless to say, i try and visit as much as possible
    Didn't realize I knew you, GN!
    Into each life some rain must fall........but this is getting ridiculous.

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    My friend has home made wine in her shed
    I'd say the future's looking Rosť for Ginger ! (Unless of course there is some bacterial contamination, when it would be a case of "sour Grapes"...)

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    For the last 8 years our local hospital has paid the fees for an allotment for people recovering from illness. Apparently gardening is number 2 after basket weaving in some sort of statistic for relaxation, recovery and rehabilitation after illness. This allotment group was effectively disbanded (almost) last year after they were 'accused' of drinking coffee by some other allotment holders ......For my sins, I'm helping to run the group this year but the only reason I don't drink too much is that I have to keep going to the loo....I don't know who these unkind people were but our neighbours have given us 8 tomato plants, 12 sprouting broccoli, some cabbages, seeds and loads of advice. Can't please all of the people all of the time!

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