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Posted: 22/01/2016 at 20:16

There are a few daffs out around here in Norfolk, in very sheltered sunny positions.  My guess is that these are February Gold, blooming a couple of weeks early because of the mild weather we had up until a week or so ago.  Now it's turned chillier my guess is that we won't get any others blooming for a good while yet. 


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:27
Verdun wrote (see)

Precocious or what?  My great niece asked me for a fiver today 

She's obviously inherited your jeans  Verdun

Is this chick weed?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 18:53

They look like any of hundreds of types of seedlings - as Nutcutlet has said there's no hope of an identification until they've grown a few more leaves. 


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 15:13

BL. when you come to Norwich for the day from your cottage, our local Waitrose just off the A11 will be very convenient for you - there's also one in Wymondham which may be even better for you.


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 15:07

It's too early for them - the most important ingredient in gardening is patience ... and lots of it.  When the weather was warmer some budded up, but the cooler weather has slowed things down.

Also some varieties bloom later than others.

If they're in bud you'll get flowers ... and hopefully when the weather isn't rough so the flowers won't get bashed about and damaged.

Planting bare root apple trees

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 14:13

Today is definitely too wet ... my herb garden is ankle deep in water


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 13:42

DD ((hugs)) hope they can sort you out   very soon ((hugs)).


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 13:41

That menu plan is unusually 'meaty' for us  - we usually have fish at least once a week - I often get some from the harbour when I visit Ma, and a fish van visits the farm shop on Sundays and Wednesdays - I might go down to Southwold Harbour on Tuesday when I visit Ma, in which case I'll either freeze what I get or we'll alter the planned menu.

And now I've heard that Wonky's visiting on Thursday and we'll have lunch in the city together, so I may get some fish from one of the very good fish stalls on the market, causing yet another change of plan - but things can always be popped in the freezer

LilyP - love a good organic chicken   Tonight's supper is the fourth meal from a lovely organic chicken we had from the farm shop - we had pot-roast chicken with veg and potatoes that were cooked in the pot with it, then I made some of the resulting stock into a cream sauce to serve with some of the chicken and veg re-heated and the same mix has also been made into a chicken ham and asparagus pie (with the addition of half a pack of sandwich ham and some asparagus that's been languishing in the freezer as there wasn't enough to do much with). 

Now the carcass has been stripped and is simmering with the rest of the stock and some more veg and some pearl barley - about 40 mins before serving I'll add some chunks of potatoes and 20 mins later I'll add a load of sliced leeks.  I might add some suet dumplings as well   There'll be plenty for the two of us for supper and for OH to take to work for his lunch.   

BL - you can get burgers like that in the UK - they're not all horrid flat cardboard with loads of additives.  Waitrose fresh ones are great - that being said I usually make my own from some good minced beef and seasoning.


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:11

Back from trip to farm shop - laden with food for the next week.  We have braised oriental-style brisket with noodles tomorrow, a pheasant to pot-roast for Sunday, Monday will be haggis and neeps for me and a pasty made from leftover pheasant and black pudding for OH, Tuesday we'll have sausages, bacon and cabbage cooked together in the slow cooker sort of French 'chou-croute' style, then we have pork chops with fennel, and cauliflower cheese for Thursday and Friday.  That's the week taken care of. 

Tonight's supper is Cock-a-leekie soup made with the remains of the chicken we had earlier in the week. 

Tree suggestions

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:29


Good morning and welcome ElenaP

I would go for a row of pleached hornbeam - they will mask the solidity of the metal building and compliment the traditional materials of your lovely stone barn.

What an exciting project! 

Good luck

 Pleached hornbeam

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