Obelixx


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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.

WARNING!! DANGER!!!

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".

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:25

Doh!  3/4 of an inch-ish.   We might have a pond instead of a hole tomorrow.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:18

Me too Joyce, even tho it's only just over 1/4".   It's more than we've had in ages.

moles

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:17

Moles are solitary critters.  They have a frenzy of tunneling and hill making when they head off to find a mate in late winter/early spring and then then generally go fairly quiet - apart from feeding tunnels and resulting hills - until the babies are big enough to head off and find their own territory. 


In my Belgian garden I could watch the b*stards moving from the paddock across the road, dive under the road and then pop up in our garden or the paddock next door.  Head banging does not seem to be a problem for them.  In this new French garden their tunnelling is far more limited but I guess that will change as we improve the soil to make new and better beds and thus, I trust, increase the worm population.

Random plant growing in my succulent's pot?

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:09

Probably a random seed in the compost.  Happens to me all the time.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:07

Back from 2 hours of dance class.  Knackering.  Long time since we've done that but we can now do the Bolero which is something they do here but not in Belgium.


We have had 18mm of rain today - whoopee - and highs of 12C but it should be sunny, dry and fresher tomorrow and then more wet bits over the weekend.   OH is off to La Rochelle on Sunday to see Wasps play the locals.  Looks like he'll have proper rugby weather.    Xmas market at Longeville-sur mer tomorrow evening then.


We had a call at 10am - it's raining, can the carpenters come and do your ceiling this afternoon?  Delighted!   


Glad you're home safe Busy and don't envy you that journey at all.  Would much rather drive the whole way.


Chicky - hope the jet lag isn't too hard.

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