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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 18:15

Daughter in law brought us a poularde once, present from her mother. The family told her it was very good, but I actually thought it was a bit dry and tough compared with ordinary chicken. Supposed to be fattier to keep it moist and tasty but, of course, it needs longer to cook which doesn't really improve the breast. But I have had chapon here (capon) and I preferred that though it's the same sort of thing, but a castrated male bird. In the old days they used to remove the ovaries of the hen (dread to think!), but they don't now, just overfed with rich food.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 15:40

After a yummy stir fried lunch at the WOK place, you can choose your own ingredients and sauce, we did some Christmas shopping. Feel a bit more up to date on it now, but need to go into town proper for the rest.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 11:00

Maybe add a glass or two of red to that for Punkdoc! The snowdrops will be out soon. That always cheers me up, means winter is on the turn.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 10:56

I think the right 3 are in the final. Was shocked that Danny was in the dance off, I think he has been consistently in the top 3 so he should be in the final. Hard to tell with Ore because sometimes he's brilliant and other times he isn't.

I'm glad Claudia went too. Perfect movements but not enough expression.

pet companions

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 10:51

No, Scroggin, I love seeing photos of Floss, she's beautiful.

I meant 28th, not 18th. Typo.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 10:47

Morning all.

The car is still full of empty mulled wine thermoses (will need washing) leftover mince pies and empty boxes and the leafy decorations. Must clear it out before I do more Christmas shopping and posting of Christmas cards, which I still need to write. I like doing them, good way to keep in touch with all the friends and relations we left behind when we moved to France. There are friends I only see every few years but I don't want to lose touch.

No frost this morning and the sun is coming out after a misty start. I wonder if it's getting warmer?

Christmas decorations

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 10:28

Here's another thread I've missed through being too busy!

I've been planting bulbs, especially tulips, Christmas shopping (not finished yet), writing Christmas cards (not finished yet) and helping to organise 2 English Carol Services in Dordogne. One was yesterday. I made 105 mince pies for it and 10L mulled wine. A friend helped me to make 24 bunches of greenery to tie on the pews.

Now that's over I'm having a look around the forum. Thought I must post on here so that when all the photos are sent in of decorations and trees I won't miss them!

My tree is still in the garage, bought it on Friday. We used to decorate in on 13th December as it was first OH's birthday, but we do it a bit later now. I will hang lots of bling from the ceilings. My turn to have the family, 9 grandchildren. Hard to squeeze them all, although this is a big old farmhouse. There are usually babies in cots in bathrooms! 2 more due in May!

pet companions

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 22:52

Lovely photo, Scroggin. Border Collies are so beautiful. I miss my Tigger, he would have been 14 on the 18th.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 18:59

I haven't caught up here either.

Back from the Carol Service. So many people away or moved back to England. One year there were 225, more English than French. Today there were 105, possibly more French than English. I made 10 litres mulled wine this morning, so did my friend, most was drunk but there are quite a lot of mince pies left. Most of mine were eaten though, I'm glad, didn't really want them back. The Abbey looked pretty with the bouquets on the pews but it was freezing, no heating The singing was lovely and the organist is really good.

Now shall make a quick stir fry and watch the Strictly results.

Tips and advice for burning garden waste

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 09:43

Garden bonfires are now forbidden in France, not that people take much notice.

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