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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:36

Very blowy here, enough to cause a power cut for a while but I only know because my alarm was flashing to be re-set.   Sorry your sleep was disturbed Busy.

They've started naming those storms because they now come with increased force and cause a great deal more damage and flooding than in previous years - remember Carlisle, the Lakes, parts of Wales with roads, cars and caravans and even houses swept away, power cuts for days in Lancashire when a sub-station was flooded?

Anyway, dry here at the mo but grey and set to get wild and windy and wet again later on.   Good for our gardening plans, assuming it stops so we can fork and muck and plant next week.

Keep warms and safe.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 22:53

I really enjoyed the group dance this week.  Clever choreography and good dancing.

I can't help thinking that all the extra support dancers just get in the way and obscure or distract from the competitors.   Danny and Louise were amazing, Ore disappointing despite good choreopgraphy.   Judge Rinder's salsa was the first of this season with proper salsa steps and armography.

I thought both the jive and the costume made Claudia looked dumpy and lumpy.    Ed's dance had a couple of good bits but was mostly awful.  I thought Greg did well but suspect he'll be out next unless the GBP sees sense at last and votes for dancers.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 16:40

Never had bread sauce - didn't know it existed till a few years ago - but OH grew up with his mum's version and loathes it so I've never been tempted to make it.   Haven't had fish fingers since Possum was about 4 and decided Belgian croquettes de crevettes were more her style - made with North Sea little brown shrimps and delish if done properly but a bit gloopy if done badly.

I didn't know about bread and butter pudding either till Delia did it on TV.  Didn't meet chocolate mousse till I was in my 20s.   Clearly there are culinary drawbacks to being brought up by strict Methodists who ere on the side of Plymouth Brethren.....   We knew what day of the week it was by what we had for dinner.  

I have made up for it since!  I also try at least one new recipe a week - 3 or 4 just lately as there's all this fish available,

System Glitch?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 12:36

How very frustrating.  Hope it's fixed soon Ladybird.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 12:34

Loved the photo of the snowy hills Liri and yours of the white stemmed gum trees Pat.   If yo'ure planning to start sleeping earlier you'll have to put a big sign out for your favourite visitor!   Good plan though and you can always snoozle after lunch if you get tired after an early start.

Intermittent showers here but mild with a gentle breeze which is rather nice after the wild, wet and windy last few days.  Busy indoors today, cleaning and preparing for tomorrow's lunch with neighbours.  No idea of their likes and dislikes yet but one is a beef farmer so i'm playing safe with locally reared free range chicken breast stuffed with pesto and wrapped in Bayonne ham and baked with cherry toms and basil.   Simple spuds and salad.  Dessert will be bread and butter pudding made with Vendée brioche and home-made marmalade and a chocolate, pear and walnut tart with our own walnuts.  No starters but there will be nibbles of teeny blinis with locally smoked salmon trout and crème fraiche.  Not sure whether to do cheese before pud - like the French and Belgians - or after.  The Belgians always loved it that way.......

No time to do jigsaws on the PC but yesterday I unpacked a box of jigsaws.  Might start one next week now that we have a separate dining table and can leave the pices in place - unless the cat woman finally comes to do her inspection visit and we get a helpful kitten.

If it's not too late, have a great holiday Hosta with lots of sleep but do beware of burning rays coming through clouds.  It can be very painful.

Have a good weekend all, whatever you and your weather are doing.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 10:39

It's been very wet and blowy for the last few days BF.  We had clear skies for the super moon so no good photos.  Little bit of light frost a week ago but soon gone when the sun came up.

Temps are getting to 14 or 15C in the pm at the mo.  The rain is welcome as we have started clearing dead stuff and weeds form a large bed under the alizzia julibrissin in the graveled area.  It hasn't been tended for at least 3 years and had a sheet of weedproof membrane (which wasn't).   The osil is really compacted and ry so we need the moisture to get it forked over before putting on loads of compost and planting the bulbs and some of the treasures I brought with me.

Veggie gardening will have to wait till a bulldozer has cleared the intended plot and we've built the raised beds and paths that will make it easy to manage as we get older.

Have fun at the plant fair.

Garden tree wash

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:11

In France and Belgium they use a lime solution to paint the trunks of trees, especially fruit.  It serves two purposes - killing over-wintering bugs and eggs hiding in the bark and, in sunnier regions, protects against sunburn.  Apparently, on clear winter days dark bark can absorb enough heat to get the cambial tissues growing prematurely before the roots are active and that can lead to dehydration.

We will be trying it in this new garden, just as soon as OH has strimmed all the grass and weeds from around the base of the trunks.

Friday nights

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:28

Carol's series is being repeated early on Sunday mornings on BBC2.  I have it recorded.   

Would love to see Geoff H's series again or even How to be a Gardener from AT.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:04

If they have no leccy at home, how do they recharge them?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 10:43

Good morning.   Sunny spells here for the moment but showers and then proper rain later on.

I spent yesterday sorting out my new sewing room and just 3 cartons of books stash today and all the curtains we brought that should fit here.  There are non at the mo as there are shutters but I like curtains for colour, acoustics and cosiness.   They can wait though til we find some good curtain rails.

In Belgium we would often get snow during the last week of November and then it would get mild and soggy for December and then very cold for a few weeks in Jan/Feb.  One year it stayed below freezing right into the first week of April which is a shame as I had a friend from the old BBC GW boards staying with her daughter.   In 2010, the rellies came for OH's 60th at the beginning for December and we had 2' of snow which was a shock for them but very beautiful.

We have brought our winter tyres as a form of insurance on teh basis that if we'd left them behind, we'd have needed them.

Hope OH's mission is successful Chicky.

DD - your main problem with clothes may be the differences in UK and USA English - trousers/pants, jacket/vest, vest/undershirt (singlet in NZ) and so on.   Also why do we have so many words for a jumper/sweater/pullover...........   Good luck with house and café project.

Hosta - hope you're all packed up in the garden and ready to go and leave your treasures.

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