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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:09

Joyce - no, it's dry sherry which I don't like but it's good for cooking. 

Pat - we always have cotton sheets but change the weight of the duvet to non, spring or autumn weights and sometimes a patchwork quilt depending on season and temps.    

Chicky - I guess offers will depend on her choice of subject.  What does she want to study?

We are just back from walking the dogs.  Cold and grey turned into deceptively warm and sunny so didn't even get through the gate before needing to remove jackets and scarves.   Lovely walk round the neighbouring lanes and fields.    No potatoes or sugar beet here, just pastures and sweetcorn for fodder so far but some well tended and productive looking veggie plots in gardens.

Lunch next, then wardrobe sorting.   The pile of cartons is slowly diminishing and OH found my missing spices used as ballast in teh otherwise heavy jams and chutney carton.   That's a relief as I've seen no cardamom or Sechuan peppercorns or tamarind and so on here yet and we've done 3 big and 2 smaller SMs.   Markets used to be a good source in Belgium but the reputed biggest and best is at Challans, the other side of La Roche, and we've not yet had time to go and explore it.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 10:55

RB - why not?  Yoga is on my list of things to do to keep me flexible and keep the arthritic bits quiet so I can keep on gardening and dancing for years to come.  Would love to find a Pilates class too.

I like Naga on Breakfast but do so wish she'd realx and just enjoy herself on SCD instead of over thinking it and getting tense.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 10:51

Good to see you Wonky.  Enjoy your days off.  Sounds like you've earned them.

Just done the SM raid - Carrefour in the next village - and they don't do sherry!  I use it instead of oil or butter for softening onions and starting sauces.  Will just have to do a raid on a proper Leclerc tomorrow.    

OH is busy sorting out 4 cartons of home-made jams and chutneys then dog walking for both of us.  Got to get fit again after weeks of staying in and packing or unpacking while OH took them out. 

Spotted a solitary bat last night but still haven't identified the local birds.  Anyone recommend a good book of European birds?  My old Collins guide doesn't really fit the bill.

Pat E - you should be warming up soon and enjoying lighter evenings.   Hope so.

Chicky - sounds like fun.  Has she a preference yet?  

Bare root roses

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 10:42

IN that case, add some bonemeal to the slit trench but work it in a bit and use it when you do plant them out next spring.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:10

Lesley J is just amazing and wasn't Ore's jive a delight?   Clever girl that Johanna.    For such a tall, leggy girl, Daisy did a very graceful rumba and Louis Rednap did a gorgeous foxtrot but Ed Balls was atrocious and full of errors this week so he can go.  

Didn't like Claudia's foxtrot - poor choreography I thought and she pointed her toes far too high in some of those heel turns.  The balls of the feet should glide over the floor, not turn up.  Oti is a clever girl too and gave Danny some really good steps to keep him on toes.   I like Naga too and have slender leg envy..

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:03

Cool and grey to the west but brighter to the east.  We have had some rain overnight, the first since a light shower on the 2nd and the ground is parched.

No outings for us today apart from dog walking and a mini SM raid.  Unpacking again to reduce obstacles before friends arrive on Tuesday and we need time for a rawl plug excursion tomorrow!

Busy - congrats to you and son and DIL.  Great news.

Loved SCD last night tho we missed the first 3 dances after Sky record got its knickers in a twist.  Humph.  Need to fix that PDQ..   

Farmyard manure & dogs

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:24

I rather expect our terrier (Wheaten type but unknown cos she's a rescue) would roll in it and the Labrador would eat it.  I shall find out soon enough as new neighbours on one side have 500 beef cattle and on the other 2 horses and a pony.  The latter want to use our paddock for their horses and the rent will be manure for our veggie plot.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:21

That's the kind of question mine would ask too!

Lesley - OH doesn't like supervision so I left him to it.  Keep hoping he'll learn and yes, I will be in charge of rawl plug selection on Monday and some new drill bits for when we do hit stone.

Hosta - OH has very carefully laid a pile of bonfire stuff on one of several concrete squares that seem to have been bases for former sheds and playhouses.  I want to pave this one and use it as a BBQ area with a paved seating area on the bigger one nearby.   I shall use hogs as an excuse to make him shift it before he sets light to it.

Off to cook dinner now so we can eat and then watch Strictly.   Limousin beef sausages with a gratin of root veg - both an experiment - and some lovely green cabbage.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:12

BIt too easy Hosta!

No favourites yet so no preferences for the dance off - waiting to see how they all cope now the film bells and whistles have gone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:38

I hope we'll get some glorious dancing and choreographies too and that the judges will continue with their largely constructive comments.   We tried a new dance school here on Thursday after 15 years of classes in Belgium, the last 6 with Christophe Dradin who was Belgian champ 30 times from when he started competing at about 12 years old.  

The new teacher observed our jive and tango and then said that we clearly have a good base of steps and technique!  OK to join her class then.  Christophe will be pleased.

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