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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 06:27

Happy birthday Ob!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 08:21
punkdoc says:

Hi all.

Just thought i would pop in to say hello.

managed a couple of hours very gentle gardening this morning and was then in bed till I had to get up to cook dinner, OH now being back at work.

No real progress, but I am doing stuff and feeling positive, some of the time.

Hope fairy is well.

Love to all.

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 Quoting Punk in case anyone missed this last night! :)

Glad you're pottering around; and feeling more positive. It takes a while to adjust but once you stop fighting what you used to be able to do hopefully each day you'll learn to surprise yourself with what you can do each day.

Well that's what the motivational posts says anyway. As for me - I say don't do anything too silly (or be prepared to spend the next day recovering if you do).

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 08:17

Lily - fortunately the tripe isn't cooked everything is raw but I buy it frozen.  That much meat will seriously lower the temperature in your kitchen!

Then I semi defrost it: cut it up and portion it out into tubs (10% offal 10% heart 15% bone 65% mixed meat) and refrozen- he even has his own freezer!

As a treat he sometimes gets it warmed slightly - but you can imagine the smell in the microwave! He loves it though!

Such a waste....

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 08:10

I was watching wartime farm last night  (thank you iplayer) and it occurred to me that during the war the WI formed preserving parties where they'd go full bore on the jam making / preserving and put the finished products straight into the rationing system with no personal gain.

I wonder, if we will ever see the likes of this again. Or whether health an safety and food hygiene scare mongering will put people off from doing things like this for their local community.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 08:02


Back at work tomorrow so want to make the most of my last "holiday" ...  for this week at least. I won't be working a full week til the new year.

Unsurprisingly it's grim out so walks along the hills aren't happening. I don't mind the rain or wind but the damp dog smell in the car does linger!

I might put my fruit in to soak - if the rum hasn't been used for medicinal purposes.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 07:41
Nanny Beach says:

They are really cut clari, er whats a felt cutting machine, I always use scissors?

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 Nanny - it's the best invention ever! If you can throw money at things.

You collect templates of what you might want- put the felt on them (like a sandwich) then roll it through a machine and perfectly cut pieces! For something like my thirteen robin's or rather

26 body pieces

26 wing hearts

13 breast hearts

everyone starts off identical and you can cut them out in a few minutes without thumb ache from the scissors.

My mother really likes her craft so has loads of gadgets.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 07:34
Dovefromabove says:

Lyn   you have to do it on Stir up Sunday morning while listening to Jill Archer doing hers ... it's the law!!!  Whatever is the world coming to ... Christmas puds in September indeed ... 

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 It's the law Lyn!

Admittedly mine will be done on Monday using podcast as we're out on Sunday 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 07:33
raisingirl says:

GWRS says:

There is also a new Ikea there , double enjoyment 

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Do you find yourself wandering round it going 'baaa' as you have to follow the arrows (and the crowds) inexorably towards the bags of nightlight candles? Just me then.

Finally managed to get the garlic in and the dahlias up this weekend. With storms and rain forecast this week I thought I'd better stop prevaricating around the bush, as Wallace would say.

Busy L - glad your cat's come home 

Clari, you're so organised. I rarely manage to get more than 4 days dog food all sorted ahead of time. Reggie is very handsome. But you know that, of course.

My broken dog had to miss his chemo yesterday because his white cell count is still too low - back to try again next week. He seems happy in himself though and he's put on a kg in 3 weeks - building up muscle basically, now he's walking regularly again. I on the other hand am hoping to lose a kg (or several) having been on enforced rest while the dog's been laid up, now that I am also walking regularly again. The month before Christmas is not the best time to diet, of course.

Christmas shopping all done - don't have many presents to buy anyway and do it all online these days. Now I just have to hope the delivery drivers actually turn up (rather than dumping things at a random neighbour in the same postcode, as they often do).

Need to get the Christmas pudding made too. I'm so disorganised this year 

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 Raisin - Reggie is raw fed and I prepare his meals because of course being spoilt he wouldn't eat the pre made frozen minces. 

It means I can cater for his allergies easily though but as it involves tripe... Well let's just say it's best to get it over and done with monthly rather than have to repeat the experience too often! 

Hope your broken hound is back on form soon. It is worrying when they're not well - have you ever noticed that they can gain muscle / loose weight so easily yet somehow we struggle? 

You must have the same delivery driver as us! I've not even started the list of things for Christmas yet much less brought anyone anything. It'll be socks and gloves at this rate.

Such a waste....

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 14:07




I offered my neighbour some of my glut of blackberries - she declined as she had no idea what to do with them and didn't realise you could just... eat them.

Is it too late to scarifying this year?

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 08:32

I'd aerate it now but hold back 

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