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Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 10:12

Smoked eel isn't too bad Frank but not something I'd eat by choice.  Snails, whelks, winkles....yuk!

I've gone off Belgian boudin noir lately - it's very rich and they mess with it now.  Used to be seasonal additions like grapes, onions etc but now they do cream and cognac at Xmas, raspberries in summer and speculoos all year.  Much too sweet and sickly.  I like Irish black and white puddings with oatmeal and proper northern English black pud.

Just had brunch of grilled bacon, poached eggs and baked beans.   Set us up for a day of moving and building stuff.

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 09:20

You can't have all the offal Dove.  I like lamb's kidneys and chicken livers now and then.

OH always wants an Xmas cake but all that feeding is a pain so now I make Delia's Creole cake about a week before and then he forgets about it so often as not in the past it's been eaten on skiing holidays or at Easter - great snack on garden blitz days.  This year it was eaten last month after all that cold weather gardening.

I don't get appliqué.   Patchwork teacher insisting it's a skill I need.   Need to find an alternative.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 09:07

Adam Frost is good for me.   Nice chap as well as a good gardener and designer.   Wonderful.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 08:51

Bright and sunny again here and very pongy.  Muck spreading with a vengeance since yesterday pm and all the windows open when they started so no point going round closing them. Too late.   It'll bring the flies out too.

Glad the doggy biscuits worked Pat.

Enjoyed my day in the garden yesterday but it's back to packing stuff for Possum today and weeding out more stuff we don't need.

I don't think GW needs re-juvenating for younger people but it does need to be made more relevant for all gardeners.    Far too many of the more experienced gardeners here think of it as a relaxing half hour with a  glass of wine rather than a source of info and inspiration and there is little of relevance to most suburban plots in Monty's garden.   It takes a few years of experience to see how, or have the confidence, to adapt what he does for one's own plot.

One of the things I like about Bake Off is that you do get explanations of why things are done and why they work, or not, so I learn.   

Have "One of Us" recorded too.

I use WD40 for the usual stuff but also for cleaning my stainless steel cooker hood.  It's brilliant.   No scratches.

Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:25


How are you at multi taskin'?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:04

I'm a woman.  I can do multi-tasking standing on my head.   Part of the job description.

Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:02

The French have something called Andouillettes which are disgustingly smelly sausages made from tripe and other unspeakable bits of the beast.   I've had to ban him from ordering them in restaurants because I can't bear the sickening pong.

When we first moved here I got involved with twinning in order to meet people and contribute to community life.  One event was where Loughborough firemen did a charity sponsored "who can get there fastest for free?" run from there to here.   They were given breakfast of croissants - not the full English they were used to - so by lunchtime they were ravenous but not hungry enough to eat the lambs' tongue stew on offer.   Me either.  I had to accompany them all day as interpreter and got very hungry.

Poor donkeys.  I like malt loaf too.

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Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 20:55

Scon here too, whether sweet or savoury.   I usually make savoury but occasionally do the jam and cream thing for Belgians and I tell them jam first and then cream on both halves or it just gets too messy.   

Savoury scones are great as a cobbler topping for stews.

Decades since I've eaten a Cornish pasty.  Haven't missed them.

Good thread.

Need a solution please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 20:28

You need to do some renovation pruning to make fresh stems that will produce flowers lower down where you can get at them.

The RHS has good advice on pruning climbers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=189 scroll down for renovation advice.

Maybe invest in a good step ladder?

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:05

We had a bat in the living room last night!   Flew in, did a few circuits, showed no signs of leaving so off went the lights and TV till he/she'd gone.

Sedum spectabile pinking up nicely.  Physostegia just starting to flower.   Roses still going strong cos I'm dead heading regularly.   Lots of new flowers on clematis Red Ballon which is unusual but welcome. Plenty more flowers about and no leaves turning yet.

24C in the shade at 6pm.

Definitely late summer and not autumn.

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