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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 12:05

Decaf for me as it's after midday.   Really need my sleep at the mo.

Haven't had brisket since before we left the UK so more than 25 years.   Prefer my beef rare but wouldn't mind a go at salted beef for pastrami butties.    Roast chuck for us tomorrow and sausages today.  S'pose I ought to think of something for lunch but I'm busy with boxes and wardrobes.......

Last night's Atul mullet was delish!   Recommended

Last edited: 15 October 2016 12:08:44

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:53


Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:00

I left all mine behind Yvie and gave my layerings of cornus alba sibirica to Marie-Christine because there's a nursery here that stocks them.  I shall be buying some for my new winter bed - much stronger in growth and fabulous bright red stems and they can take being cut back low every year to maintain size and colour.

I do like the flame effect of the Midwinter Fire but find it's a pest - either weak or too happy and suckery.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:55

That's because I don't have a problem, being fairly direct myself - except for your endless quoting which I've mentioned before - but others clearly do.   It's your prerogative to adapt, or not.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 10:55:39

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:35

The problem is that your posts often come across as arrogant and/or aggressive and/or unpleasant.   Maybe the problem is the way they're read but maybe you could tone down your rhetoric a bit.   Nothing wrong with having strong opinions or sharing knowledge but try a softer delivery.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 10:35:51

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:32

Possum nicked our pot of marmite!  Heaven knows when I'll find new supplies.  I don't eat it often but sometimes I just need a hit.

Love the smell of frying onions.    I don't do rides of any sort anymore FB but I did find that the way to deal with OH's seasickness on a cross channel ferry was to make him eat well.  Great in the days of Sally Line and smorgasbord but not too bad with P&O and a cooked breakfast.  Nowadays we both get seasick doing a Viennese waltz until we remember the technique.

I've let OH loose with a drill to make 2 holes for screw to support his shoe cabinet.  Dangerous stuff as I am chief hole driller and this is a plasterboard wall that needs special rawl plugs.  We had solid brick and thick plaster in Belgium so there may be tears before bedtime.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 09:32

So exhausted yesterday I nodded off in the middle of SCD2!   Catch up later before tonight's show.   Did see that cake tho.   Hope I'm that fit at 71!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 09:28

Our forecast has changed too.  First dry, then expect a downpour or two and now expect feeble showers, maybe.    Doesn't matter as I have to get on with wardrobes today and get some clothes organised.  Been so busy on pantry and kitchen and downstairs I'm on my last available jeans and fleece.    We have our first guests arriving for a sleepover on Tuesday so on a mission - our horsey farm neighbours who are thinking of retiring here too.

Enjoy the garage sale DD.  Hope you find some tools.  Hold your nerves for the Chateau de gateaux and don't forget you'll need to check out the local competition as well as places in the surrounding area to see what you can offer that they don't.  I expect Charlie would love to help with the research.

Busy - thanks.  Plastic cups may be the way to go but, just n case, I'll check out a couple of places at La Roche-sur-Yon - essential local research.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 09:29:29

Lily bulbs

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 17:52

I agree.  I usually plant mine in groups pf 3 or 5 or 7 in pots at least 30" wide.  That's so I can take them in to shelter over winter and protect from frosts as, in the garden I've just left, they wouldn't have survived the cold, wet winter.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 17:47

Don't you just love finding new babies and sharing.   Some more of the autumn daffs have appeared at the foot of our gate wall.   You can see why I thought they were crocuses.


This pm has been spent re-building a wardrobe - old style oak with 4 sections but we got there.  It has now been thoroughly fed with a beeswax based product and is sat purring.   Polish and fill tomorrow.  

Forgot to say, serious dance class went well last night.  She says we clearly have a good base of steps and technique.  Christophe (Belgian champion with his dance partner a mere 30 times in his career) will be so pleased.

SGV - good to see you around.   Catnap - lovely communal gardens which must give loads of pleasure to residents.

Jigsaws - very absorbing!   Far too busy at the mo but will have a look in winter when things have calmed down and it's dark outside. 

Chili sounds good Dove.  We're having grey mullet from the market and I'm going to try an Atul Kochar recipe on BBC Food.  Friday always used to be a quick spag bol before going to manage 3 hours of dance class so it's rather nice to have a proper dinner.

Last edited: 14 October 2016 17:48:20

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