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pet companions

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 22:36

None here either.  We had rain nearly all yesterday and the elder of the two kitties was sorely affronted.   17 months of drought so she's never really seen a proper rainy day and is not used to getting wet. 

Cosmos kitty has a wounded paw pad and has been wearing a sock since the beginning of November to protect it while it heals.   He has become a luxurious indoor pussycat for now.

The two dogs have clearly forgotten about all their years of cold, wet, muddy winter walkies in Belgium followed by a hose down, foot bath and a jolly good rub down and got very giddy when they came in from wet walkies yesterday.

rose pruning

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 22:17

The advice is to reduce long stems by a third to half to reduce wind resistance and possible root rock.  You then do the full prune in late Feb to early April depending on whereabouts you are and how cold and frosty it is.  Never a good idea to prune frozen wood or when frost is expected as it can lead to damaged tissues and infection and/or die back.


Posted: 08/12/2017 at 22:14

I agree Liri except for liking my egg whites cooked for a pav!   Only ever by organic free range eggs cos  I care about hen welfare.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 20:54

Fingers crossed you get your wish Liri.

Furniture moving day for us tomorrow, now the annex floor has settled and had a wash.    It's going t be great fun and try our collective patience as we have bits stashed in the near annex, the dining room and the hall and I also need to shuffle bits in the living room to get the Xmas tree in..............

It is very cold out there now with clear skies.  We trotted off to the Xmas market at Longeville to find it well set out with chalets and stalls artfully placed round the church square which was well lit and decorated.  All looked great as we toured round looking for tartiflette which we found in a local brasserie doing a special weekend menu.  Very nice but, by the time we came out the entre market had shut down!  9pm curfew.

Next year we'll stay at home!

Fire lit now.  Just one log so we don't suffocate.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 16:35

That must e a relief Bob.   Is the company providing Scottish dance classes so you can all do the Gay Gordons and so on?

I need help with my research!

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 16:32

When I learned about doing surveys and market research - many moons ago - it was drummed into us that we had to survey a representative public group or the results would be way off kilter.  I can't see that that has changed so I fail to see why all these people coming here to do surveys don't first establish the audience of this forum - ie UK based with a few offshoots - and the fact that we are gardeners of varying experience and abilities and not complete fools.


Posted: 08/12/2017 at 14:28

I just used the unbleached bread flour and normal yeast and a recipe in one of my books, probably Madhur Jaffrey but maybe Good Housekeeping or the Curry Club.   I cooked them on a metal tray in a fan oven that heats to 250C.  

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 14:23

Many moons ago I went to the company Xmas do, organised for the first time by the new staff sports and social club committee.  300 eligible employees plus their partners and 120 went - bad meal, bad live band, pretty dire.  " You organise it then!"   So I did.  This involved co-opting a pal and doing teh rounds of Heathrow hotels to see who had a) kitchens with enough ovens to do 300 live meals rather than re-heated and b) a decent dance floor.   I spent the budget on food and wine and  DJ rather than a band and conscripted colleagues to do a quick comedy show during coffee.  it was a blast.

So successful in fact that they decided to organise a company wide one in Bloomsbury for 1000 the following year and opted for a Caribbean theme with limbo dancers and fire eaters.  I did warn them not to put prawns on the menu but they ignored me.  Can't tell you how bad the loos were as people queued up with instant food poisoning..............  

Snoozle for me now.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 13:52

Hope you get that fixed soonest Bob.    Hosta - know what you mean bout Xmas parties.  I find you either have to organise it - so it's reasonably entertaining and well managed - or avoid like the plague.

Shopping done.   OH's birthday lunch had - excellent - and my birthday lemon tree bought.  3 huge ripe fruits on it and 4 on the way and it's hardy here.   Academic today as it's 14C and sunny.  Won't last tho.as they're promising another 20mm or so of rain tomorrow and Sunday.  We'll see.

LP - forgot to tell you, sorry - I wear pants or skirts and a top to dance class with sleeve lengths varying according to season.  When It's warm I'm more likely to wear a skirt or a frock with a flippy skirt.   Others wear jeans, "office" skirts and occasionally frocks.   For soirées/balls, I have a range of swirly skirts and evening pants and tops and a few special frocks but these are social occasions so none of the boned/netted/sequinned/layered structures you see on Strictly.  Those are more like competition dresses with built-in bras, bodies and leotards.  I have a selection of suede soled dance shoes in different colours and all with one inch heels as I can't do higher with my new feet.  In fact, they're so comfy I'm thinking of ordering a new set and getting rubber soles fitted for day wear.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 08:55

Good morning.  Bright and sunny here.  OH and I are off to do a raid on the SM and fetch a parcel he's ordered and then his birthday lunch.  Restaurants round here tend to close for a month's holiday between Halloween weekend and the beginning of December.  Hope the chef has had a good break and is on form!

Xmas market this evening and curtains in between.   More rain promised this weekend so next week I should, with a bit of luck, be able to plant some bulbs without breaking my wrist.  Even the sneeboer has found it hard.

Very bored with Brexit news - not the fact that they're reporting but the manner, constant repetition and the endless playing with words and terminology.   Give me facts and not speculation!

I'm off to inspect the hole.

Have a good day everyone and "love the one you're with".

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