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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 07:15

Funny you say that Pat. There was a horrific ongoing fire incident I read about not long ago. The next day I tried to see how things were happening... no mention of it despite the homes of thousands only the day before looking destined for complete obliteration like hell had opened up.

All of my iris are just starting to pop up. This year I must repot a few as I've two displays that seem to be missing a side each. Monty Don put a picture up on twitter of his in full bloom. I did ask if his are sheltered / greenhouse / heated or whether that's just a true representation of how delayed our seasons are up here.

Interestingly however there are some coming up on the lawn that I'm convinced I won't have planted (they're right in the dogs flight path) and an empty pot that I've been using to dump spent compost in whilst in the greenhouse (and so has never been watered, or fertilised, or treated with an tender loving care) is currently full of very healthy green leafs. I'm curious as to what they will turn out to be!

Keep safe everyone. Time for our morning stroll (once I've w

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 20:03

Home made burger and chips scoffed. My mince beef cravings satisfied.

My concerned mothering tendencies also satisfied as his lordship didn't notice how much the burgers were padded out with healthy vegetables. If anyone ever has a fussy eater child send them my way; I am mistress of the vegetable sneaking!

I used to have to swap bedrooms with my brother as the frogs would keep him awake with their goings on. They did me too; but I found it so beautiful to watch. Fortunately back then I was an insomniac and used to reading the nights away (making up for it now!)

We have a few frogs hanging around; no sign of any activities yet though. I always feel sorry for the fish!

Hanging Baskets

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 15:50

What are you planning to grow in them? 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 15:44

Dove they look wonderful!! I must dig up some courage to try making pastries myself.

Home made burgers tonight. I have the strangest of cravings for minced beef! Can you even get cravings for minced beef? Most odd.

It feels a very odd world right now. So much happening. So little certainty.

I'm trying to find a land army girl pair of dungarees for an event in March. I hope you all have more exciting Saturdays!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 07:56

Morning all. Late night helping friends make 2,000 key rings for an event happening soon plus waking up at 03:00 because the dog (30kg) had decided he wanted to try sleeping on my pillow. I think he's forgotten just how big he is.

Then his lordship was up early so I am feeling quite depleted. If someone could keep the tea pot brimmed I'd be grateful.

Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 07:29

Hi Clare.

The main issue with planting straight into the soil would be the build up of pests / diseases in the soil (this is why you hear of crop rotation) and of course loosing the nutritional requirements. 

What type of vegetables are you wanting to grow? I only use my greenhouse for starting seeds off then growing chillies, peppers, and tomatoes; they all do fine in big tubs so that I can empty the soil into the flower beds at the end of the season.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 07:22

Punk all advice is welcome!

Lilly; I have to follow the FODMAP diet, sugar is already on the occasional treat side of life (shame because I could devour a family sized chocolate bar without realising I have no will power for chocolate and have to keep it in the freezer!)

Oak; I didn't know albinism affected the blood! I'm going to have a spot of reading at lunch to try and see if I can understand it more.

Pat; I hope you get some rain soon!

Morning Dove!

We're opening the Sheffield Blitz exhibition today. Well I say we; the museum is. I'll most likely be hiding away in my cupboard. Do shout if you hear about it on the television or radio!!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 19:33

Having read your clever comments I decided to take a peek on Google... Guess which vitamin people with my diagnosis are so very often deficient in? D. Almost others. I do take a supplement that contains vitamin D. I must remember to mention that if I am able to get an appointment.

His lordship is out tonight so I am having a quiet evening with a hot water bottle and my tablet to download a film.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 13:16

Oh Wonky! What a pain in the rump. I'm sorry to hear about the job: I hope you find something to tide you over a the least until that special job arrives.

As for the car: at least no one was hurt. We've had three car crashes out side the museum this week due to drivers not paying attention. I'm considering setting up a recovery company.

I'm feeling very tired. I seem to be always tired. I'm not sure if its because it is winter, or whether I'm not absorbing the right / enough vitamins, or whether there is a lingering bug my body can't shift. I don't feel ill. Just tired. I'm going to TRY (ha ha ha) to have a quiet weekend but I may need to start preparing myself to do battle with the doctors receptionist to see if I can get a blood test done to check what is happening. Unfortunately last time I was like this rather than check my body for physical problems (of which it has plenty) the GP wanted to slap me on anti - depressants. 

Yes yes, I know they're the experts not me. But this body doesn't come with an operating manual and certainly doesn't conform to normal so I do wonder whether after 31 years of operating it perhaps I know better! 

Farm Shops

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 13:08

It has to be local. I went to a farm shop near me a few months ago to find them selling vegetables from Spain and lamb from New Zealand. We're in Yorkshire! They didn't even have any hendos!

They were nothing more, after I looked carefully, than a small shop with more interest in decorating the shelves with straw so it looked rural and thus they could charge more than for supporting British farmers.

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