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Posted: 23/11/2016 at 17:12

Thank you everyone.  Lovely messages.    It's been a good day so far despite the first really miserable weather day since we got here.

Lovely walk with the dogs to start off - got soaked in the last 500 metres so a good rub down for them and showers for us then a lovely lunch in a bistro on the coast.

Maybe a bottle of fizz this evening so glasses at the ready.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 17:06

It was, thanks Dove, and so good to see so many folk enjoying a good lunch too.   Might go back for that 14€ menu when I don't have a yen for mussels.  It looked very good from what I could see.

Currently busy trying to fathom the IKEA kitchen planner to see if it's worth re-doing this one but it's in inches and my measuring tape only does cms!    Might just go for plan A and leave it as it is with the real electric ovens and our own dishwasher in the annex.  The one they left behind can't cope with our dinner plates and it thinks our wine glasses are a bit tall too.  Ours won't fit under the worktop.   Lots of faff and fiddlesticks.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 15:20

Thanks everyone.  Lunch has been had and much enjoyed.  We got our moues frites plus starters and desserts in the Bistro du Port at La Faute-sur-Mer where they just happen to grow a lot of France's mussels on wooden posts (bouchot).  Lots of folk in there from local workers in their working gear to OAPs in their Sunday best and others just out for a good lunch.  3 course menu of the day for 14€ with steak, capon, gammon or squid for the main course.

Miserable weather today so we went for a drive down to the point opposite La Rochelle but did not venture out for a walk.  We'll go back with the dogs on a sunny day and with wellies.

Pat - why limit yourself to 3 good things?  

Busy - sorry you're feeling glum and hope it passes.  My UK state pension has taken a hit too but then I've only been claiming it since July as we deferred it for a year.  They offer 10% extra if you do and then they ask if you want that as a fixed lump sum or a monthly top up for life so you have to gamble again.  OH's ambition is to play golf when he's 100 and I'm not planning to leave him on his own so we've gambled.   

Lesley - what are you baking?   

Landscape photographer of the year

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 09:14

Thanks for this link.  Some stunning photos but I wouldn't want the winner on my wall either.  You'd get bored after just a few minutes.   I like images with layers of interest or a particular connection so I love the rainbow at Wast Water but then I love the place too so am biased.   The "classic" scene of Scottish coast is fabulous and the Young photographer's pic is clever and interesting too.  

Those flats in Glasgow look drunk and are amusing but the picture speaks of so much more and I love those zig zag groins and the shifting sands of Lancashire.  In fact the only one I don't like is the winner.

Clearly a Philistine.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 08:59

Good morning everyone.

Congrats Clari.  Maybe contact the local press yourself if you're in today?

P'Doc, maybe some gabions to reinforce your stream edge if flooding is likely to happen again?  So sad to lose plants like that.

Pat E - looks like you have your 3 things in the bag but they don't all have t be major.  Small things like a cup of tea at the right moment count too.

27 again today so we're off to walk the dogs and then head out to the coast in search of moules frites or crab for lunch.   I have a shiny new weather station to install to record temps, wind and rain.   Grey and drizzly this morning but we're still getting into the teens by mid afternoon so very mild still.

Have a good day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 09:59

Dry here today but it won't last.  Set to be soggy again tomorrow.   We are assured by our neighbours plus the official survey that has to be done for house sales here that we don't get flooded, ever, but it seems a chap round the corner has water running through his home in bad weather after the local agency "improved" the flow of surface water nearby but carefully left his escape drain blocked.

Things seem pretty bad in several parts of the country with local flooding and transport problems.  I hoep everyone is OK.

No oven cleaning here but I will be calling in an doctor and an electrician.  I've decided I can't cope with a bottle gas oven except for family stuff so we're getting an electrician to supply a cable so I can use my trusty Rangemaster and a doctor to re-calibrate its gas hobs and check the fan in the oven.  Then I can do proper baking again and crispy roast potatoes.

Lantana - tell him if he wants his Xmas feast he has to clean the oven first............

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 22:31

Glad you're home in one piece Busy.  It's wild out there and you must be tired from the distance even without the hazards.  Must order some wood for here but the one time we lit the wood burner we were almost flattened by the wall of heat and had to retreat.

Chicky I hope you got home safely too and any other travelers and commuters too.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 17:05

If you want to vote for a Strictly contestant you need to check this site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1X4ySd2Dzmg00cg4ZDc8DmC/voting-info 

The public viewing figures are never released but that doesn't stop anyone voting on the Spoiler site too.  It just won't affect the results.   All the previous winners have been worthy winners, but not always who I wanted to win.   Still makes for a good show tho.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 16:43

The local radio has just announced a ban on caravans on the roads in this region.  Seems sensible to me as it's blowing a hooly again.   We must have managed doggy walkies in the best 2 hour period of the day - dry and slightly sunny - but seriously miserable now.

OH says he likes the sound of the wind howling in the eaves and down the chimney but it's a different key and tone form our old house and I find it quite intrusive.   At least Rasta no longer thinks it's a bird in the fireplace.

Pusscat preferred to stay indoors except for brief sorties.  She was very good at catchig meeces in the attic tho.  They'd climb up there for winter.   Our other cats caught mice, field voles, moles, rabbits and one rounded up a group of 6 pheasants and had them all dancing up and down on one spot like the "where-the-F-are-we" birds of the old joke.  I had to go and clap my hands to remind them they had wings.  Stoopid birds.  In Harrow we also had legless frogs and slightly chewed grass snakes deposited indoors for my delectation.  The grass snakes played dead and then unwound and scarpered when I took them outside and let them go.   Bit unnerving the first time.

Hibernating sort of an evening coming up.  Keep safe and warm everyone.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:56

Very wet and windy all morning but dry now and sun appearing.  Supposed to stay dry this pm but who knows?

I hope everyone in the path of Angus has their hatches battened down.

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