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Posted: 13/12/2014 at 16:52

I often get calls from people saying they are doing an energy survey in my village and do I own my house and am I over 60. I find them really irritating, usually just when I'm dishing up a meal. I'm not always nice like you, Dove.

I've made 112 mince pies. 100 for the Carol Service and 12 for us. And cheese straws with left over pastry.

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:31

I have tried this, difficult to walk and the spiky shoes get getting stuck and coming off.


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:20

Even if there are any calories I don't care!

I missed this thread as we were away when it started.

We always used to decorate the tree on the 13th (today) as it was my late 1st OH's birthday. If it was a school and work day we did it in the evening but I always arranged the lights first.

We had roast fillet steak with Yorkshire pudding on Christmas Day because it's so expensive we never had it otherwise so it was a treat. My lovely late mother would send me a cheque for it. Now the children are grown up I buy the beef and they all contribute with wine and other food.

This year is my turn to have the family, 4 children and spouses and 8 grandchildren. For the grown ups stockings each couple buys each person a stocking present, under £4. The parents do their own children's stockings. When someone mentioned stopping grown up stockings, my youngest son, who was in his late 20s, was quite upset! 


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:06

Morning all. Today is my big day for making mince pies for the Carol Service tomorrow.

Yesterday I bought another bird feeder for fat balls to hang on the lilac on the kitchen terrace. It was ignored yesterday but this morning there is a blue tit on it.

winter pansies and violas

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:58

Thank you Mark. Your post reminded me to look through last Spring's photos, now that it is so cold and grey. I have planted lots this autumn in pots, troughs and the ground.

Naughty cats!

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:13

There have been various threads about cats, here is one, don't know if something mentioned in it might help.

At the very top of this page there is a box saying "search this site" with a magnifying glass. Click on that. New page with search facility pops up.

winter pansies and violas

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:07


Are they in pots or in the ground? I find the ones in pots need feeding as all the goodness washes out of the compost over winter. But if you feed too much they will grow lots of leaves and fewer flowers. I use slow release fertiliser granules, such as Osmocote, when I plant them in the autumn. I don't feed them again.

End of April in photo.




Posted: 12/12/2014 at 13:43

Yvie, does your Italian massage chappie fancy a holiday in France?


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:47

Morning all.

That sounds lovely Susan. I hope too that it doesn't rain for you all. OH is singing in a Carol Service in Riberac tonight with the choir. Then again at the Service I am helping to organise on Sunday in Chancelade Abbey.

Off to hypermarket to buy groceries.

DD, if you want a dog, get a puppy. Then you can train it not to dig up plants or poo on the best bit of lawn. My Border Collie is very good about the garden. He doesn't even walk on the best bit of lawn without permission. I applied for a rescue dog before I got him and was refused as my garden isn't securely fenced all around. I've had dogs since I was in my 20s, the males, if not castrated can be a problem when they smell a bitch in season.



Posted: 11/12/2014 at 12:29

Friend came this morning and we made about 40 bunches to decorate the pews in the Abbey for Sunday's Carol Service. She's a new friend, lives in town but has been here about 11 years, only met her recently. She's an artist and English.

Must make 100 mince pies, shall cheat and use bought puff pastry and Robertson's mincemeat. Sunday morning I will be making 15L mulled wine, another friend will make another 15L. Then next week, Friday, there will be another English Carol Service in a local church. We'll have a cheap bubbly for that as local priest doesn't want wine stains on the stone floor.

The Gardening Club nearest me stopped for the winter. Think I will have to suggest a Christmas meal next year, Dordogne Damsel. Sounds fun.

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