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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 07:16

Thank you on behalf of not so young Master Dove - I shall ring him and sing Happy Birthday at him in a while. He says he doesn't want to be reminded - he's reached the grand old age of 44! 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 06:56

Good morning all   OH is on his way to work - hundreds of geese and turkeys arrive at the farm shop this morning ready to be matched with customers orders. the next three days are what he calls his annual 'turkey hell'. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 16:20

Mince pies with orange pastry - cream or brandy butter? 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 15:58

Love roast goose!!!

Prick the skin all over with a sharp fork, but don't penetrate the flesh.  This will allow the fat to flow out rather than be absorbed by the meat.  Drain the fat out of the roasting tin a couple of times during cooking, and save for roasting the potatoes in.

Stuff the body cavity with chopped apple and rub the skin with salt before roasting at 180C -

I find 2 to 2 hours 30 mins about right for a 10lb bird.  Prick the thigh and when the juices run clear it's done.  Rest in a warm place for at least half an hour while you cook the roast potatoes. 

Enjoy!  What time are you serving and where do you live?

I'll bring dessert ...

Avocado Tree

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 15:31

The way I do it is to add compost to the container full of water that the roots are in, a bit at a time, to gradually change the proportion of water/soil/oxygen. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 15:02

Happy birthday to Mr Topbird

We now have a kitchen full of sausage rolls and mince pies - no touching - they're fresh out of the oven - aloe vera plant is on the windowsill

The potting shed

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 13:23

Thanks for the update Pentillie. Good to know your son got a degree of satisfaction, but it shouldn't have had to come to that. 

Good to 'see' you. Merry Christmas 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 10:42

Good to see you Pdoc

Happy Solstice Hosta

Congratulations LG .... whatever lies ahead, change is always interesting

I spoke to Wonky last evening, she was very chipper ... and looking forward to the end of the week and the start of the Christmas break. 

I had a stroll around the garden yesterday afternoon - H. ericsmithii Snow Love is in full bloom, so are the Prim. vulgaris, but not much else.  H x hybridus Tutu has loads of fat buds but I don't think they'll be out for New Year's Day, and I can't see any snowdrops yet - 2017's count is going to be well down on 2016.

Edited to add:  Clematis cirrhosa Freckles is covered with buds, opening nicely - they should be ready for New Year's Day.

Last edited: 21 December 2016 10:43:22

Blooming bellis!

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 08:35

Bellis often feature in the annual New Years Day flower count. They seem happy to bloom throughout the year if they're growing well. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 08:08

Good morning all 

Today I shall be baking and OH has volunteered to give the bathroom a going over with the steam cleaner 

Last edited: 21 December 2016 08:08:47

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