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spring bulbs

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:15

Don't worry they'll be fine.  As soon as the weather cools down they'll slow down and hardly grow at all until the spring.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:10

Joyce -

Suffolk Rusks

8 ozs SR flour

4 ozs butter

one beaten egg

a dash of milk

pinch salt

Add salt to flour and rub in butter.  Add beaten egg and combine, adding a little milk if necessary. 

Roll out gently to about 3/4" thick and cut into rounds using smallest cutter.

Bake in hot oven until risen and beginning to brown.

Split each rusk into two (they should pull apart easily) and put back in hot oven to crisp (about 5 mins).

Every Suffolk farm worker would take some rusks and cheese in his pack up.  They're also served with butter and cheese (and a dash of mustard pickle) as part of Sunday tea.  My ex mother in law taught me how to make them before I married (my family weren't from Suffolk and Ma never made rusks). 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:12

Not sure how fast ours is, but it's Virgin Cable and pretty good 

Supper of beef shin casserole in the oven - OH has put in a request for parsley dumplings so I've been out into the weather and picked a big handful of parsley.  

The kitchen's all clean and tidy again and now I really am going to sit down and get the knitting out ... 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:02

Well, I've been in and out like a yo-yo with the washing - have given up trying to catch the sunny bits and the towels and tea towels are draped on a rack in front of the studio window. 

I've also baked a batch of Suffolk Rusks and there's a pan of home-made vegetable soup (carrots, onions, leeks, celery, potato and parsley in some Marigold vegetable stock) simmering on the hob for my lunch .... it's nearly ready 

Clari - you mean even if he didn't tell you, no one else did either???????????????? 

Charlotte Pots CHITS

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 11:32

Hi Edgar 

Charlottes don't really make good chips - they're good boiled/steamed hot or in potato salad.

Or one of my OH's favourites - boil them in their skins until almost cooked then drain, tip into a greased roasting tin, crush them gently with the back of a fork so that they're partly broken up, then sprinkle seasalt and olive oil over them and roast in a hot oven until they've got lovely crispy crunchy bits all over them .... delicious!!!   He eats twice as many potatoes when they're cooked that way!

This may be helpful 

Last edited: 20 October 2016 11:33:19

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:31

Hosta - there'll be hardly anything left of you to ((hug))!!! 

Creeper on walnut tree

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:27

As I said, just keep an eye on it at the top - maybe get some longhandled loppers to stop it taking over the canopy and it'll be fine.  

I used to have big trees and ivy when I lived in the countryside.  Deeply envious here 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:10

Hold onto your hat Hosta 

Creeper on walnut tree

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:02

And they will be followed by black berries for the blackbirds and thrushes to feed on throughout the winter 

And of course, ivy covered tree trunks are favourite places for robins and wrens to nest 

Last edited: 20 October 2016 10:04:59

Wrapping Banana Plant for Winter

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:00


I don't think plastic is a good idea - the usual way is to use straw - the info you need is here 

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