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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 22:08

Driving tomorrow Joyce.  Guernica for me then the coast for a fishing village and some place where they filmed bits for Game of Thrones - Possum stuff.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 21:45

Please don't mention who won GBBO.  Shan't catch up till Saturday!   Very pleased with last week's exit tho.  Irritating personage!

Feet have been thoroughly walked off today.  Bilbao is built on narrow, bendy river banks between hills and is full of interesting, people scale, architecture from townhouses to apartment blocks  from 4 to 8 storeys high and just a few skyscrapers and, of course, the Guggenheim which we have now seen in daylight and at sunset.  Might even go in on Thursday but I'm an art Philistine and know they don't have Vermeers and their ilk and modern art just skates right over my head.

Have felt very big all day.  Very few locals taller than me, including men, and, having seen the tapas and general menus, i have to wonder how Spanish women stay petite in build as well as stature.  Having researched Spanish cuisine before coming and also cooked it for years (Floyd on Spain and Rick Stein inspired plus regional dishes) am amazed at how heavy and stodgy the tapas are here.   Desperately seeking veggies tomorrow and have bought apples just in case.  

Sleepy now.  Sweet dreams everyone.   Hugs to those who need them.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 09:15

Pat - both my parents started their careers as SRNs in the 40s and we were never allowed anything other than sparklers.   Communal bonfires for us and parents in charge of the fireworks at a safe distance.  

Off to explore Bilbao on foot today.  Blue skies so should be good.   Possum slept a long long time so a  late start for us.

See you later.  Enjoy your day everyone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 21:05

I think it's more a case that Debbie has stayed fit and lithe and supple to the extent that her abilities seem extraordinary for someone half her age.   The fact that she's done some ballet 30 odd years ago just means she know about posture and rhythm but, as we saw with her cha-cha, doesn't know much about ballroom but she applies herself and learns from the judges' comments every week.

Pleased to see Molly in the dance-off.  AJ needs just such a kick up the derrière to stop him being so smug and make him think ore about his choreography and teaching.  She danced badly cos it was a poor dance, not because she can't dance.

I like the way Joe McF is tackling his dances each week and Aston and Gemma.  Feel ambivalent about Alexandra.  Some weeks good, some weeks OTT, like Daewood.   Ruth can go next and then probably Susan tho I do always enjoy her performance.  I hope Jonny will do well next week now he's got cha-cha out of the way.  Very brave attempt but practically impossible to do well with a prosthetic leg.   Same with pivots in ballroom.  Had a chap with one in our club in Belgium and he never could.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:47

Evening all.  Currently sat in the hotel in Bilbao and heading for bed early as we're both tired.  Up early for planes and long motorway slogs but at least it was sunny and the roads were clear apart from roadworks so long spells of 90kph.   I arrived just after 6 and, after unpacking, we went for a stroll before heading to a recommended tapas & eats bar.  Possum had squid croquettes - pappy - and I tried cod Vilsomething which turned out to be a cod steak with a bland tomato-ish sauce, spiceless padrano peppers and cold elvers.    I don't do eel in any shape or form.   The patatas bravas were good tho.

Tomorrow we're exploring Bilbao and seeing sights.  It's an attractive looking place with some gorgeous old buildings and reminds me of Genoa - lots of tunnels through the mountains and then driving pas people's bedroom windows on elevated sections.

DL - Never mind tax exiles!  No knighthoods for toe-rags and LH is definitely an unpleasant piece of work.

Busy - when I ordered a pork joint with the skin in Belgium they very proudly gave me the joint with the skin separate.   Stuck to slabs of belly pork after that cos they come with skin attached.  Sounds like a good day even if it didn't go to plan.

LP - sounds like you had a good day too.  FG - sorry you got soggy feet.  

Clari - a burger is minced meat!  You could be really naughty and get them to make their own burgers and tomato ketchup as a project one day.   Just buy the mince and loads of tomatoes and cook em down with some onions and spices and a bit of vinegar.  Or just get some chips from the chippy.

Pdoc - viruses, as you know, are tricky blighters so you need to be disciplined about resting and also being positive.   Don't let the b*stards get you down.  Hugs to your long suffering missus who will need lots of comfort while you work your way thru this.

Good night all.   Sweet dreams.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 20:34

I suspect you'll find quinces in farmers' markets or just a good local greengrocer's GWRS.  They're in  season now.   Quince paste is very different from the jelly.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 20:24

You don't have to be religious to be buried in a cemetery.   You just have to die.  Lots of films and especially detective series involve scenes in cemeteries but they don't work, and can offend, if badly done and not respectful.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 18:50

Didn't think much of it GWRS.  pros' dance at the start left me cold.  All that faffing with filming badly scripted vignettes of each couple is such a waste of time and money and was particularly bad this week.  Thank heavens some of the celebs danced well - almost like pros!

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 18:48

GWRS - try making some.  It's easy?   Trouble is we don't really eat much bread so I have a store cupboard full of jams and jellies I make from fruit from the garden or neighbours including quince jelly from last year.   We'll be testing the new quince preserves recipe with ice cream this evening.

That chuck looks good Dove.   Apart from pushing spiced butter under teh skin I haven't stuffed a chicken for decades.  Usually do 'm spatchcocked for speed and lots of crisped skin.   Have dusted mine with sumac for dinner tonight.

Onion, bacon and potato are heavenly Liri.  No wonder I like tariflette so much!  Wine and Reblochon and maybe some cream too.  Yummy.

Acers - help

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:48

They are deciduous so will naturally lose their leaves in autumn.   Keep them ticking over quietly for the winter and then move them to the sheltered spot again in spring and start proper watering and feeding.   If you don't have hard winters, they could go to the sheltered spot now and free up space for more tender plants in the greenhouse.

They do need protection from drying winds and hot sun especially when they are in bud and the new leaves are unfurling so remember to keep their compost moist then well drained too and not sitting in a stagnant puddle.

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