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Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 10:47

Rustling is an increasing problem according to Countryfile and is bad for both animal and farers so it is important to buy meat only from proper sources where origins can be traced.

Slow roast belly pork for us tonight - bought from a supermarket that insists on proper housing for the pigs so equivalent to British pork.   Much of the European mainland has yet to implement the new standards.  Belly pork is the only cut here that has skin on for crackling.

Tomorrow I'm making Christmas muffins for my scientists - English conversation group for local boffins working on international projects.

 

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 12:24

Carrot and leek soup with a bit of chilli for lunch.  Still pondering dinner which needs to be light but warming as the dogs need a long walk this pm after being cooped up yesterday during the wild, wet gales.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 18:50

I too find it''s best to wait till spring or I spend all winter worrying abut them being frozen blown over or otherwise smashed by storms.  Given winters here it's a better bet and the spring sown ones soon catch up.

I occasionally get some blacfly but the tits and sparrows soon hoover them up for their nestlings.

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 01:21

Spent 5 hours out there today weeding and spreading compost and planting and transplanting and bulbing and got loads done but still more bulbs to plant.  The soil is cold and claggy now so I'm off to buy compost and will then put the rest of the bulbs in pots in the greenhouse.   They can then be plunged in the borders next spring.

That just leaves windbreaks to put up on the fences and the hose pipes to roll up and put away.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 18:56

I don't see why it can't be a dance competition and entertaining but if it is going to be a competition the judges have to obey the rules as well as the competitors and they shouldn't have been so lenient with earlier transgressions.  Scoring has been fat too high from the start and they now have nowhere to go after giving all those early 7s, 8s and 9s.

Len is the only one with real ballroom experience as a competitor, judge and teacher and quite rightly likes to see certain basic steps.  The others have been successful dancers and/or choreographers but that does not make them experts in ballroom although Craig does nit pick very well on technique and his scoring is usually the most pertinent.   

Ballroom includes 5 standard and 5 latin dances, all of which have strict rules for tempo, footwork, posture and lifts.  There are none allowed in the 10 ballroom dances.   There are even rules for the American Smooth with 3 lifts and so much of it having to be in hold but pretty well anything goes in the latino dances such as salsa and Argentine tango and oddballs such as the Charleston.

I'd quite like to see some Boogie and Bachata in the mix as they are great fun to dance and attractive to watch but mostly I'd like to see rues being observed and judges being dispassionate and objective.

There's plenty of entertainment provided by the dancers, the band and the guest performers and no need for any other messing about.

 

 

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 11:22

Snow and frost stopped play last week so I still have some perennials to shift and others to heel into the veggie plot for the winter till I can get their new homes cleared in spring.  Bulbs too and, silly me, I bought some more daffs yesterday on sale.......

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:50

We always used to buy potted Xmas trees but only one has ever survived.  This is because they are not usually pot grown but hacked out of the ground with a teeny bit of root with no feeding roots and plunged into too small a pot.  They then get taken from cold outisde to hot inside and stressed even more.

A better bet would be to buy one from a proper nursery and nurture it but then you have a long wait for it to reach optimum size and have to look after it all year and keep potting it on over the years and then what do you do when it's too big for the house and then the garden?

The cut ones are grown as a renewable crop and get composted at the end.  A lot less bovver.

 

west facing wall

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 00:37

I find it's best not to mix clematis from different pruning groups as it's impossible to tell which is which at pruning time and the group 2s and 3s definiely need proper pruningregimes to keep looking good.

I would have thought a rose such as Wedding Day, Kiftgsgate or Rambling Rector would do well there and would provide a great display of floers in June followed by hips in autumn.   A summer flowering clematis such as Etoile Violette whose flowers don't fade in sun or maybe a Princess Diana if you prefer that shape and colour would provide summer interest.

If you want a smaller rose that repeats, try planting a couple of Malvern Hills to cover the wall.   I have this, and Kiftsgate in my garden and both those clems and they all cope with wind.  New Dawn would be another good rose if you prefer pinks.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 00:02

OK. I've caught up now and here's my two penneth.  

Pixie's cha-cha was awful.  It was badly choreographed with unnecessay illegal lifts to boot and her legs were all over the place, like bits of her Charleston, and I thought it the poorest dance on the night and her poorest of the series.  And then the idiot pro dancer backchatted Len.  Stupid, stupid boy upset the GBP and Len.   Bad move.  Clever pro dancers show off their partner's good bits and hide the bad.  He was too cocky by half and got it wrong.   Pixie was good enough to do a great cha-cha without breaking the rules.  How could he not have noticed her legs in training?

Simon was better in the dance off and he had a better dance to do thanks to Christina.

I loved Caroline's Argentine tango, including the choice of proper music and excellent choreography and execution.   I still find Jake a bit creepy but his Charleston was very good - well choreographed and well danced.   Mark did very well with both good posture and good footwork.  Ditto Simon and some clever choreography from Christina.   I didn't much like Frankie's salsa but then what they do as a show salsa on Strictly is nothing like what we learn in class where it's all about keeping the rhythm with the feet and doing lots of armography and turns and not a shimmy in sight.

I liked One Direction too.  Must get that track but for a disco rock, not a Paso!

 

 

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 14:54

I like the Wolf system for occasional tools as you can buy assorted heads such as hoes, cultivatorsthem abou to suit the task in hand.  Makes storage easy too.  I have a board in the garage with screws pegged in to hold the heads and hang the handles from hooks next to it so everything is easy to find.  Extra heads can be added according to budget and need.

For digging spades and forks always go for stainless steel.

Then add seed trays, a cloche or two, trugs of various shapes and sizes to hold tools and plants, labels, a good marker, a decent hosepipe, preferable on a retractable reel, a good watering can or three, gloves for different jobs.

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