Shrinking Violet


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Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 23:53

There will be lots of creatures there, and you could do with some professional advice before clearing - some animals are protected.  I know when a small building site was prepared near where I used to live they had to re-locate all the slow-worms first.  Apparently they laid corrugated sheets down, and each morning, there would be slow-worms curled up in the relative warmth.  Easy to catch them - but you have to know where to take them once you've caught them!  First port of call would, I think, be your local council for help and advice?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 22:39

Liriodendron - not sure if it would work for Clementines, but there is a recipe for Tangerine marmalade www.certo.co.uk.  (It's a liquid pectin, which is useful in all jam making, since the set is virtually guaranteed, and you don't have boil the fruit to death.  I've used it successfully for years).

I also googled Clementines and there are lots of recipes for marmalade and preserves using them.

Hope this helps.

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 13:59

We moved in November, and most of our time has been taken up with getting the house sorted/Christmas etc.  But yesterday, in what has been a rare break in the rain, I managed to get into the garden.  Discovered an overgrown path, pruned a neglected rose and severely pruned a butchered shrub of unknown provenance!  It had had some branches partly cut through and then ripped down, and another part half-sawn through and then just left.

I guess previous owners weren't much into gardening! 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 20:52

Hello - may I have a few random memories here as well?

The only time I was ever smacked at school was by a Miss Ward, because I was talking as we lined up to go to assembly.  The humiliation was worse than the pain.  And I can still picture her to this day.  Just goes to show that memories can run deep (this happened in year 2 infants).

Re toys in the attic:  son will not let me get rid of lots of his stuff, but since we moved house recently, I had to be a bit brutal.  But even I got a bit dewy-eyed with some of his soft toys - Peter Rabbit, Gund the Polar Bear and many others.  Stickle Bricks, Duplo, Lego :  all boxed and awaiting grandchildren who will, I hope, be enthralled.

 I still have a couple of things from my own youth, though very few.  (Well, we children of the fifties didn;t have much to begin with, so not a lot to save, I guess).  But Teddy, Peggy and Margaret (favourite dolls) are still boxed in the loft.  And my very own china dolls' tea set.  I told son it was his inheritance - just look at some of the silly prices on Antiques Road Show!

And the cocoa project - I sort of remember doing that, but wasn't aware that it may have been allied to Cadbury's.  (Probably because I didn't get a certificate or any chocs ). 

FRANK IS COMING

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:46

Or Zebedee (Boing!) - this for readers of a certain age

FRANK IS COMING

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:37

Oh, dear - Frank, whatever have you done to deserve this?  (At least with a name that is near the end of the alphabet, I hope they don't get to me  . . . )

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:57

There you go, Mollis - even if people can't remember who they are/were, there's not a problem in referring back to the old Beeb stuff.  After all, some of it was very, very amusing.  Christmas fairies on an upside-down Christmas tree springs to mind!

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:23

mollis - you could never go into oblivion (see, I have a bit of inside knowledge here!!!).  But I took the decision to change my persona on here, and I think one or two others did as well.  Not to "hide" but rather to put all the old beeb stuff behind us, and have a fresh start.  Thus far it seems to be working (tho' I hesitate to mention the G**d name just in case ...)

Occasionally I recognise a style of posting or a hint of a previous "life" but overall I reckon the anonymity is what keeps us going.  Rather like the occasional dianthus. Or Rhodo.  Or . . .  well, you get the gist!

Downton vs Eastenders

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 23:55

Crumbs!  I feel as if I should touch me forelock and curtsey (or something like that).  Actually, I have enjoyed Downton, and loved the prog tonight.  I have been given the box set as a present, and the accompanying book.  I don't feel patronised or downtrodden (see the near-play-on-words there? ).  The drama, the costumes etc have all been pretty good, even if a bit sanitised.  But it is entertainment pure and simple.  If I want to think a bit more about the class system and its implications, then I suspect that one J. Corbyn Esq will give me a masterclass. 

Each to their own.  One man's meat is another man's poison - and I have loved the escapism of Downton.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 21:43

Petula Clark: Downtown sets my nerves on edge.  Likewise anything by Ella Fitzgerald (or jazz in general, come to think of it).  And don't get me started on all versions (and there are far too many imo) of Hello Dolly. 

 

 

 

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