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Preposterous question....

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 22:27

That orange cake recipe that Edd sent from Tom Kerridge is a Spanish recipe that I've made several times in the last three years. We had it for a Spanish evening in the village hall. Great thing about it is there is no fat (as such) or flour, mostly oranges, eggs and ground almonds. But it's not Tom's recipe as that page says.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 18:13

What a lovely Christmas present, Matty

What a rotten thing to happen to your daughter, Susan. Two of my childrens' bags were stolen from my car a few years ago when we were on holiday. They broke the lock of my car too. Spent so long in the police station that the hotel had re-allocated our rooms, although I warned them. The whole thing was a horrible shock.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 18:04

What lovely cats you all have. My Alexa was a rescue cat too. She can still be a bit nervous.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:06

Morning all. Love to Matty if she looks in.

Going to a meeting this morning, haven't time to chat.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:04


He's lovely Tootles. Haven't seen this thread before. What a difference from all the threads about people complaining about cats. Here is my Alexa, but I wish she'd keep out of my pots!



Posted: 18/12/2014 at 07:58

I buy inexpensive wellies from the local supermarket (Dordogne, France). I put insoles in them which cushions them, stops them getting smelly (charcoal) and makes them a lot warmer to wear. They last 5 or 6 years (boots not insoles). One year my OH wanted to get me a good pair when we were in England. Can't remember the make though, but they were about 6 times the price of my supermarket ones. They lasted 1 season and then split along the top of the toes. 

I need proper waterproof wellies that you can rinse under a tap as I have the field shelter to muck out for 4 horses. I also use them for walking my dog in winter, the paths in the woods can get very wet.

My feet are the opposite of Dove's - large and flat and I have slim calves.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 23:11


I wondered if no. 2 could be betony (Stachys officinalis). I have some in my garden and the leaves are like that.

Could No.3 be a Michaelmas Daisy or even a campanula persicifolia? Two very different plants I know but leaves can be similar and it's hard to tell at the end of the growing season.

I would agree with 5 being a mallow. The ones after that are too out of focus.


Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:01


Alliums are not so dense and have bobbles on the end.

This is a burdock. But the photos may turn up in the wrong order, they often do when I post photos.


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 16:50

Haven't done HW after all. Have finished my Christmas cards to French people. They think I'm very early as they don't often do them for Christmas, they are more likely to send them for New Year, if at all. Took them to the Post Office, took the bin bags to the big bin, saw the pizza man was open so we had pizza for lunch. Been wrapping presents this afternoon.

Only 4 days before the evenings start getting lighter! Is your OH busy with Christmas stuff, punkdoc? Does she ask you to help?

Looking forward to "The Apprentice" tonight.

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 14:50


I found these with the help of Google. The title read -

The sharp spiky seed heads of Purple Coneflower are very thistle-like"


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