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Thank you, Penninepetal--haven't posted lately, but have been keeping up--just not much to say.

Jean, yes--it's equal parts black and blueberries, with orange and lemon. It's very tasty, and a popular gift.

Have fixed the fence, so the deer problem is sorted. But alas, they did a lot of damage, so will wait for spring to see what comes back.

Miss Becks

Glyn, we do have a local butcher shop on the village, (which seems to change hands every 6 months) but they are no way cheaper. Probably why no-one survives there long. The Co-Op opposite it is cheaper, and that's saying something.

I have tried a couple in my nearest town of Cannock though, and one did some marinated Chinese pork steaks that were to die for!! His prices weren't too bad either. I don't go into town often, but now you've made me think of them, I will have to see if he is still there now.

Pennine Petal

Just testing to see if you were reading carefully Geoff.

OH says Eammon Andrews was What's My Line, I liked Isobel Barnet best.

Kate, one of the joys of living in a small town, although I don't think our market will last much longer, not enough people shopping locally. A new Morrisons opening not far from the market and The Co-op, it will have a big impact. Tesco 7 miles away.


Glyn I have 7 tescos within 4 miles 

Tonight I will be cooking meatballs in a tomato sauce.


I'm lucky enough to live in a small town which has quite a foody reputation. We have a butcher, fishmonger/deli, greengrocer's, health food shop, artisan baker, regular delicatessen, a take out sandwich/lunch/snack place which makes things to order, an Indian takeaway, a Chinese takeaway (latter rather nasty - seem to specialise in duck's kneecaps and pineapple) and a fish and chip shop. We also have a teeny weeny Co-op, with teeny weeny trolleys to match! Oh and a Spar shop which is open 7-11. One of the hairdresser's sells organic eggs and home made pickles, chutneys and jams. They're all about 2 minutes walk away.

There was a food festival here the other weekend, one of the main streets was full of loads of stalls - it was though this usually sleepy little town had turned into Camden, it was heaving!

The next weekend, the big British Cycle race came through, which wasn't quite as exciting (or fattening!)

Asda,Tesco's and Lidl's both about 7 miles away, and a Morrison's about 8 miles away in the other direction.



Deanos Diggin It

Fig! Although sounds very daunting! That is very much my kinda place to be! Really hoping you get rain soon! 


Hi Dean

We have had steady rain since 04.00, still tipping it down. Decamped to Bloke's for the day to watch Superbikes. His turn to cook full English!

Not daunting at all, it's a lovely town to live in, population only about 4,400. Big enough for privacy, but small enough for me to wander downtown in my slippers, forget my purse and it not to be a problem!

Your allotment haul looks fab!


Deanos Diggin It

Cheers Fig! n for god's sake! Do not mention Super Bikes!!! My bosses son is involved!!! n I take interest for obvious reasons! But get it full style!! Was asked to drive his trailor all over the world! But declined! 6 months venue only!  n I have a family!! 

Deanos Diggin It

Oop's! You didn't! Cycle race you mentionmed!  Soz!


Actually mentioned both!


Nice surprise when I came home 4ish after a boring few hours on dog rescue biz - OH had lit the wood burner! On a dank manky day like this, it's very cheering. Garden is loving the rain, though.


I've got the woodburner going too. Getting in practice for what's coming...

Pennine Petal
No wood burner, but have had the heating on today.

Leftovers tonight, I always make too much when the troops come. Catching up on Montalbano first though.
Gary Hobson

Watched the F1. Enough drama to make it interesting.

I'd never been aware of Vettel's fancy crash helmets before. I think this one is new for Singapore. It had a pattern of flashing 24 LED lights on top of the helmet, which form the star signs of his family.

"The LEDs are glued on top of the helmet and connected by wire. The result is a wild sparkling starry sky, showing the different zodiac signs of Sebastian and his family."

Techy stuff and photo:

It certainly brought him luck today.


Pennine Petal
You have to feel sorry for Lewis Hamilton, Gary, let down by the car again!
Pottie Pam

I want a helmet like that. I haven't watched the F1 for a while. Never seemed too exciting apart from putting the right tyres on or when to come in the pits.

Had a nice afternoon with my brother and SIL and her elderly aunt. Horrible weather so was lovely just to sit in and chat after lunch.

Good to hear from you Inka. I haven't seen a wasp since the spring when the queens were coming out of hibernation. There were lots of them in the conservatory.  I leave them alone then as they eat pests such as greenfly. It's only in the autumn they are a nuisance getting drunk on fallen fruit and they are going to die soon so we can't blame them for being a bit p****d off and stinging.

Pottie Pam

Geoff, your prize for flower of the day is a week in my caravan in January. That is the week that Becks won earlier on so I hope you and Mrs Geoff don't mind sharing.


Glyn-it was Dame Isobel Barnet-I just remember posh blindfolds and Gilbert Harding but that was in the days of black and white

Have been testing the heating -the timer isn't working but still under guarantee

Becks,Jess ,Cody,6 chickens,2 goldfish a strawberry and a tomato,Mr & Mrs Geoff-sounds like holiday to die for

XF on

Miss Becks

Ha ha ha Geoff. You saying that reminded me of another programme I used to watch. Holiday Showdown! Always a lively dicussion on there with them! I would sign up for that one! Another was Wife Swap! Hillarious.