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Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:21

Love the cupboard MU.

We have a long 50s base unit with a red formica top which has cupboards, drawers and a pull out, fold out table which I absolutely love but it needs a serious paint job and won't fit in the new house so is staying behind.  I have a 30s dresser thingy I painted plain cream which is coming with us.  It holds OH's collection of Belgian beer glasses.

Have to make a chocolate beetroot cake now for Possum.  It's her last day at her student job tomorrow - counting takings at Walibi, a theme park.   She's shattered and looking forward to a lie in on Sunday.

Clari - impressive!

No magnums here but I may just have a wee bowl of proper ice cream with hot chocolate sauce later while I wait for the cake to cool for its ganache topping.......

Last edited: 29 July 2016 20:22:33

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:07

Kitty - I don't watch soaps or X-factor or the Voice either.   Documentaries, news and current events, some thrillers plus Strictly, gardening (not Love your garden) and cooking for me (no more HBs either cos Myers is a pirrock).   Like Si tho.

I have all of this series to watch yet except yesterday's which I enjoyed because it had features I like and was a good design and I suspect this couple will keep it maintained so it has sustainability.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:00

I bake too PP but have had to stop making biscuits and cakes for us.   Did them for dance club gatherings instead so we just got a small portion and also for my weekly stint of English conversation with local scientists I used as guinea pigs for new recipes.

Limousins are gorgeous but the Belgian BBs are only pretty about the face.  The rest is just too much.

Share your produce recipes with us

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:49

Lots of things to do with beetroot - chocolate cake is delish and moist; curried with onions, tomatoes, cumin and a bit of chilli; baked with butterbeans, cream and horseradish with a cheese gratin topping; roast in tin foil with garlic, thyme and olive oil; as one of the ingredients in sweet and sour red salad -



250g / 8oz red cabbage, shredded
430g / 15oz tin         red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
125g / 4oz radishes, sliced
1              small red onion, sliced thinly
1              red bell pepper, cored and diced
250g / 8oz beetroot, cooked and cut into strips
1              red apple, cored and cut into chunks

4 tbs        red wine vinegar
4 tbs        soft brown sugar
2 tbs        light soy sauce
2 tbs        sunflower, safflower, rapeseed or grapeseed oil

Cover the cabbage with boiling water and leave for 5 minutes without further heat.  Drain well.
Combine all the salad ingredients.
Combine all the dressing ingredients and taste for seasoning.   Some people find it more sweet than sour so you may want to adjust the vinegar levels.

Toss the salad in the dressing and serve.   The salad benefits from being left to marinate an hour or two before serving and keeps well for at least a week.   

imrpoving soil for the rose bushes.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:42

Improving clay is a long process unless you can go in deep and dig out the whole lot and mix it with pea gravel and manure as Dave suggests.   It will be back breaking and possibly spade and/or fork breaking hence my suggestion that you try the multiple applications of generous layers of compost and manure every autumn.

Adding similar organic matter and pea gravel will also help in your badly drained areas.

Unexpected advice re fuchsias

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:39

I just pot mine up in baskets or pots or troughs using a good quality compost with food for 100 days and then keep them out of full sun and make sure they are watered regularly.   If they stay in the same pot or trough for another season, I top dress with pelleted chicken manure and occasionally add tomato feed to the water.   Works for me.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:35

Could fancy a Magnum too but trying to be good for a while.   Never have crisps in the house.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:31

We have Belgian Blanc Bleu cattle in the pasture next door - one bull and about 12 wives which arrive every April/May and go away again at the end of October.   They are huge, in every sense.  In 2006, the bull was very unfriendly and showed his disapproval every time we went out in the garden.   Bit disconcerting being given the evil eye, the snorts, the stomping and more unpleasant behaviours.    He only lasted one year so must have been a bovver for the farmers too.

Cool and feeling damp here after a wet night.   I am home alone while himself plays golf and Possum does her next to last day at her student job counting money at Walibi theme park.    Dishwasher man has been to fix a leak and I have cleaned floors and made my sweet and sour red salad and a frittata for lunches.   

Next job is painting kitchen chairs for Possum's student flat whilst working out what furniture will go where when we move and whether or not I can dig up another couple of clems and a rose in September......

First to set off a copy of all the dance club's music to an external disk - 38 days' worth of assorted rhythms according to i-tunes so that'll take a while! 

Glad you have your boiler maintenance sorted Dove.   Must remember to book ours for a service - local chappy who's been doing it for 20 years and is very reliable if I can pin him down with his appointment diary to hand.......

imrpoving soil for the rose bushes.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:47

If you can't dig, wait until the soil has had a good soaking from a decent period of rain, pull out those weeds and put on a very thick layer of well rotted manure which you can but in bags from good DIY's and garden centre if you haven't got a handy stables nearby.   You'll need several inches to make a difference but the worms will work it in for you over winter.

Next spring, give a generous handful or two of slow release rose or tomato fertiliser to each rose and then repeat the mulching process but mixing the manure with some cheap potting compost.   Then you can plant something like hardy geraniums between your roses to add interest and cover the ground to reduce weeds and moisture loss.    

Add more layers of manure and compost every autumn and the soil will gradually improve.   Clay is naturally fertile so you just need to help it to release those nutrients by improving its texture and the manure will bring in other beneficial organisms to help fertility.

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:38

Feeding has slowed down here.   The farmers are harvesting the winter wheat and barley and the birds are scoffing the spillage which leaves me with the ones that like peanuts and fat balls.   Found a load of huge slugs eating leftover ground food this morning so reduced rations till harvesting is done.

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