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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 13:30

Sweet dreams Pat.

Reggie and I went out to make the most of the sunny weather this morning. Beautiful sunshine, calm breezes, pleasant people, to take some time in the peace and quiet to remember those who fight to keep us safe (and who get caught up in conflict with no way of escape)....

... imagine the hell on earth when I decide to nip in to a garden centre on my way home and find this 

No sign of the garlic I went in for but floor to ceiling of Christmas tat. They even had cut trees for sale.

What a contrast to the beautiful images of those choosing to spend today remembering.

It was a complete sensory overload. I can't begin to imagine trying to go inside with a child who might struggle with the noise, lights, the crowds...

... thank dog for Internet shopping. As awful as it is not to support local shops I'm afraid til March I will happily stay away.

Didn't get my garlic.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 09:24

Does anyone here make and freeze mince pies? I'm tempted to make some mince pies and am wondering if I could freeze a few too. Would they taste as good? Or am I better off actually waiting until we're closer to Christmas.

Desire for mince pies not at all helping the fact that I need to severely cut my sugar intake.

It's just occurred to me that I haven't seen neighbours young child on top of the out house recently. Must be getting slippery up there!! 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 08:35

Morning all!

Bright but chilly here. I need to bath the dog and then his lordship is off out for the day with a friend. He's just asked if he can take my truck. I'd best rethink my plans; I was going to go to Eyam; but the views are always so much better when you can see over the hedges! 

Compost Corner

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 20:20

Oh my! 

the super vet

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 08:44

I wish the super vet could operate on me and sort out even a fifth of the pain. 

But like you I do wonder which animals could be treated so aggressively, and whether perhaps a long course of pain killers and cuddles might be better for the older ones.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 08:40


You need about 4 - 6 weeks before you'll notice a real difference with FODMAP, your body needs to recover and start healing, and of course it all becomes habit so is much easier. Please stick with it! 

Gluten free breads are... well most of them taste awful. I'll find out the names of the ones I like. Genius is a good brand but the bread falls to bits. Avoid all rolls too; you could use them as a weapon if you throw them at someone.

I've got to go back on a strict regime, all I crave right now is sugar and sweet things and more sugar. Not ideal with Christmas looming but when you look six months pregnant with bloat you need to sort it out before people start rubbing your belly for good luck ( I've put on 5kg in the past two weeks; if this continues I'm growing a beard and playing santa!)

All I can recommend is make sure you drink plenty of water. It'll help flush  through, and of course all that peeing helps distract you from concentrating on all the things in the kitchen that you can't eat.

Wonky: we got up, made tea, went back to bed, not one of us is keen to get up; it's grim out there!

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 17:09

that sounds fascinating Dove. I'll pm you when this lump releases my other hand.

Came home and needed to lay down. he thinks he is ever so light.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 14:50

Good lord! There is certainly some money about somewhere.

Not here however. Definitely not here. But imagine the fun we could have if we did have that much money to throw around. For starts I'd be starting up after school cookery classes for all children in my area. Not only is it an after school (for parents who have to work but can't afford child care) a whole generation who could prepare a real meal that they could take home OR for lunch at school the next day with cheap ingredients would surely change society, at least this little area, no end. Each child would be sent home with an apron, be loaned a basic cooking equipment box that they could take home, and would have access to the Kitchen Cupboard to take home ingredients so that they could make something during the weekend. They'd make their own recipe books to take home with them.

Run it over school holidays and suddenly that stomach curning thought that eats me up in side about what happens to children who have breakfast club and lunch provided by schools would be gone.

Then I'd go on holiday. Just a little one, I'm not for throwing myself off cliffs or spending months trekking across the wilderness.

To be truthful a long weekend in Cornwall every so often and I'd be happily contented.

We can all dream.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 12:07

They look wonderful Dove! I do miss my baking efforts. Saturday will involve filling the house with brick dust as we cut in for the electrical channels. Sunday his lordship is having a man day with a friend so will no doubt see me once again spending the day trying to remove said dust.

I'm trying to find something that the dog and I can do away from the house. This rather restricts me to walkies. I could desperately do with getting some more clothes (I'm down to having to very carefully monitor the washing to avoid running out). Wont be Meadowhell that's for sure! Where I used to live there was a wonderful farmers store that I got all my clothes from. Hard wearing and able to without the punishment my clothes take. Alas I haven't found one up here! :( I mean... who designs jeans that don't withstand engine oil / paint / mucky fingers ?? 

Looks like I'm alone in the museum on Monday: think I'll bring the dog with me to protect me from any muppets. I've also a brownie group coming over in the evening (and thankfully some volunteers) so it will save me having to rush back to take him out for a walk before battling the traffic back into the city centre.

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 11:55

Thanks for telling us!

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