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Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:52

Hi Pat

We're having ours grilled with garlic butter and a green salad and celeriac remoulade and a bottle of Macon Villages.

We'll start the meal with some prosciutto and melon.  After the lobster we'll have some wonderful local cheese and eventually get around to finishing with a Limoncello and raspberry semi-freddo.  Don't think we'll need a dessert wine with that

We may find room for some mince pies and brandy later in the evening. 

This'll be the first Christmas in a while when I've not had to stay off the booze as there was always a chance that Pa would be rushed into hospital - in fact I've spent two Christmas Day nights in the past five years in hospital with him.  Now we no longer have him, and Ma is in reasonable health so hopefully I've every excuse to take a drink or two this year, even if it is just the two of us at our rather exclusive party

black bamboo

Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:41


I think Denise is looking for this sort of bamboo

unlikely to spread no matter where 'planted'




Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:25

Good morning all   G'day Pat

Glad Hosta and OH have found themselves a holiday - I hope they have a fantastic time - it's not where I'd choose to go, but then the UK can be a little warm for me on occasion!

Just a bit of h**s*w**k to do, then the last-minute shopping list to write before we pick up the lobsters and other perishables on Wednesday. 

It'll be hectic for OH this week as all the turkeys, geese and cockerels arrive at the farm shop this morning and over the next few days each one will have to be matched up with the right customer  

Cutting old hellebore leaves

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:40

And a Very Happy Christmas to you and yours Nut


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:29

Hello folks - I'm back from being Mrs Christmas - all presents except Ma's safely delivered -  I'll deliver hers a bit closer to the Big Day

Now I'm on the sofa - feet up - knitting out and the Olympia International Horse Show on the telly.  That means it really must be Christmas now 

Callicarpa profusion vs Viburnum Bodnantense

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:10

I have Vib. Bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' - it flowers on and off from autumn through the winter and well into spring. 

In my experience Viburnum grows into a substantial shrub more quickly than Callicarpa and the leaves colour up attractively in the autumn.

Callicarpa is a more vivid colour than Viburnum, but Viburnum has that wonderful scent. 


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 06:26

It will be fun Pat  


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 06:23
valerieroberts wrote (see)
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So how do you think Exacta Weather's forecast has done so far? 

I know there's a long while to go yet, but ............

Cats in the vegetable beds!

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 06:12

Oh Phillipa   - hope you're not still barrowing broken concrete

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