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Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:14

Cutting into the turkey was like cutting butter - it was so tender.  The sprouts, carrots sweet potato and roast potatoes were beautifully cooked, the stuffing had lots of chestnuts in and a huge Yorkshire pudding, a nice sausage, cranberry sauce and good gravy.  I did not have a starter but they looked very good with six pieces of toast.  I can recommend the apple crumble pie with caramel and custard which i chose as a way to sample a new recipe to use up some of my apples, but the Xmas pudding really tasted of brandy and it was a large portion.  The young male waiters are such fun and very attentive to elderly ladies,  Enjoy, Fruitcake.  i do hope the wind is not too horrible.


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:20

Just home from a perfectly delicious Xmas meal with ten lovely ladies at the Bristol Fashion Beefeater restaurant in central Bristol.  You never saw such clean plates.  We are going to have a wonderful year as the Green capital of Europe - no waste here!  The sun shone all the way there and back and our road was looking so clean as the road sweepers had been and swept up the last of the leaves in my absence.  I wrote and popped down to the post box a thank you card and now it is dark so no checking up the garden today.  Tibouchina is flowering in the conservatory though.  i do not get withdrawel symptoms when I go out as long  as I have blooms in my winter garden.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 11:38

I had so many I had to give lots away which brought lots of thank you presents back as very seldom do you see such fresh young enough to cook whole broad beans for sale anywhere.  My spend on food went down too as there is only so much my stomach can take.  I gave away 150 of the seed beans as well and had more thank you presents.  It is amazing how often I was having pineapple or out of season melon at my meals!  I did feel rich and am sure there is not a millionnaire anywhere who has as lovely food as I do.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:56

I grew Aquadulce in the autumn for Mr. Fothergills trials last year as did about 20 other gardeners up and dpwn the country and we all had magnificent results.  In facy i ate them at at least one meal for over six weeks and saved 200 seeds to sow this year  and they have germinated.  The quickest way to get rich is sow broad beans, i say.  I did not use any cloches as we sowed in October and they needed string round poles by the winter to support them.  However last winter was mostly mild and wet and suited them well.


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:50

Oh, my goodness, Beaus Mum.  What a responsibilty!  I can remember my mother asking my late husband if Marion ever sat down and he said No!  I did have seven children at the time!  But old habits die hard even when you are 86 and I have a friend whose work output mentally at 78 puts me to shame so I know how you feel.  His account of his week, whether it is at the theatre  for Shakespeare or a modern play or opera or a concert or ballet has me switching from an old nostalgic film on youtube to something more classical!


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 08:44

White roofs and grass as I look out the windows this morning, but there is a yellow warning out for very windy weather in Bristol Thursday and Friday so must , as soon as it is warmer, check over the garden for any broken or dead wood in my many large trees to avoid any damage.  It is very dark at the moment with low cloud but there are supposed to be brighter spots before the rain in the afternoon.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 09:33

Another dry sunny day but still very cold so will wait a bit before I go out pruning.  Forecast is frost again for tonight.  My online Xmas presents I bought on Black Friday are starting to arrive so must stay close to house anyway to take them in and signature needed for some of them.  Could write Xmas cards!  Busy time of year.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:42

Awww, Verdun.  TY.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:14

It was a lovely day for a walk.  I find in the winter I am much better for a nice walk in the sunshine when the garden is too wet or the weather too cold for gardening.  It was a chill wind today but I do enjoy the sunshine.  I came home and cooked a nice roast chicken supper which I was ready for.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 16:08

Pink clouds in a blue sky in the Bristol sunset tonight got me out in the cold to snap them.


Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 13:43

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49
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