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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:38

Rain, rain and more rain. Pretty windy too, not warm. Feeling sorry for those on holiday in Dordogne. Feeling happy for my plants. Bet the courgettes are swelling like mad, but don't feel like going out to the veg garden in the rain to find out.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:34

Amazing lilies!

I haven't had email notifications today.

We went to Leclerc this morning and then the Wok place for lunch. It's been raining on and off all day. I hope it's dry tomorrow as we are going to see Richard III in the open air tomorrow evening, a visiting English Shakespeare company. I think we had summer in June, it seems to be over now.

Chris on Beechgrove

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 22:29

I think Chris is great  We saw him at the Sandringham Flower Show in July.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 17:22

Too churchy for me too, think of the cost of maintenance! Don't care for the renovations already done either. Wonder who will buy it.

Has rained on and off all day. We've been to the tip with an old lawnmower and an ancient gas BBQ. Also been clearing up outside between the rain, putting back garden chairs and sun loungers. Washed a load of tablecloths but they aren't on the line yet.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 10:24

Morning all.

Don't think Dordogne is the place to come on holiday now, rained in the night, 15° at the moment.

Son 1 and family have left, peace! Not a scrap of bread left, don't feel like going out so the bread maker is on. Today will be quiet and restful. Wonder if there is any daytime TV not involving sport.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 22:39

2 daughters have gone. Son 1 still here, going tomorrow. Son 2, DIL and 3 small grandsons came to join us for dinner.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 22:36

What a great thread!

Here is another lemon and courgette cake.

Lemon Courgette Cake


200g (7oz) grated courgette (no need to peel beforehand, and can be green or yellow courgettes)

150g (5oz) caster sugar

1 egg

125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil

200g (7oz) plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons lemon zest (about 1 lemon's worth) and the juice for the drizzle, sweetened with extra caster sugar.


Preheat oven to 160C, Gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin.

 In one bowl mix together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the lemon zest. Fold the flour mixture into the courgette mixture until just blended.  Pour into the prepared tin.

 Bake for 45 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. If its still a bit gooey in the middle, another 10 mins should do the trick. Remove from the oven, Prick all over and pour over the lemon juice and sugar mixture and leave to cool.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 15:56

Rain and thunderstorms in the night, cool and windy now, with some sunshine.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 15:50

I really liked that Italy Unpacked series.

The families have gone off to visit a local chateau then daughters are going back home and son will be leaving tomorrow. Cool and windy today. We lunched in the dining room and the children were in the kitchen.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 09:02

Morning all.
Storm and rain in the night, it actually woke OH up, not me, which is unusual. I slept until 5am, woke up for the loo to find the lights weren't working. Trip metre had gone again. Must get OH to reset the water heater, I keep forgetting how to do it.

Weather is a shame for the family though as they (3 children, OHs, 8 grandchildren) are staying and they'd planned to do outdoor things and swimming. June was so hot and dry, just when it was school time.

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