Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:19

The sound of next door's windscreen being scraped - I'm so glad I've retired - just over two years ago I'd have been out there doing that ...

Also think the roads are slippery - we're not far from a main road and the big hospital, and I've heard the sirens of emergency vehicles several times already this morning -  thoughts with everyone heading to the salt mines today ((hugs))  take lots of care.

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:15

I like the flavour of saffron in Middle Eastern dishes - there's nothing else like it. 

But you have to buy good quality saffron, and then soak it to extract the flavour.  It is a infrequent and expensive treat


Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:00

Good morning all   G'day Pat   Good news about the power

Everything is white and sparkly out in the front garden - the first frost of the year - Hosta timed his holiday just right!

The temperature in the back garden is   -0.2C  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:32

I think Jamelia has been badly served by her corsetiere - she needs much more support 'up front' - I think the rather 'unfettered bounce' is a real problem for her when she moves quickly.


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:21
chicky wrote (see)

.... . Looking forward to another evening in the Aussie Jungle



Glad I'm not the only one Chicky

Sprout harvesting

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:19


Not the big tough outside leaves but the more tender clump right at the top, a bit like a very loose-leaved cabbage. 



Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:06

Those big ones aren't winter hardy outside.  They're really houseplants.

The ones that are hardy are the little ones, e.g. Cyclamen hederafolium and Cyclamen coum



Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:46

Cheers Fairy - I've replied back  

Feet up in front of  Countryfile now - knitting on the go

Sprout harvesting

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:37

Leave them in the ground - they'll be fine, even if we get heavy snow.  Don't cut the stalks, pick the sprouts off the stalks as you need them, starting with the bigger ones at the bottom and working up to the smaller ones (which will continue to grow a bit bigger in milder spells). 

Pick by putting your thumb on top of the sprout and pushing downwards.  Fingerless gloves are good in the cold and frosty weather.

And you can take the top clump of leaves out of the top and use them as you would spring greens or cabbage leaves.  Delicious.

Very good looking sprouts by the way.  Congratulations


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:50

Oh Fairy - what fabulous views - thank you  

(By the way, you have a PM - not sure if alerts are working).

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