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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:23

It's been dank, damp, dark and miserable all week.  Monday - the top of Exmoor disappeared in fog, and the combe was full of the wet blanketing stuff.  Tuesday the mist was low cloud at tree-top height.  Today was a repeat of Monday.  It may be mild, but it's depressing, without the merest hint of a ray of sunshine.  Doom and gloom all around.  It may turn cold at the weekend, but if it brightens up, I'll be happy.

What's for tea?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:16

My ability to get onto this MB let alone post on it is becoming more hit 'n' miss by the day!  My posting yesterday disappeared without trace!

Oh, well - it wasn't that exciting.  But I did report that, a first for this household, we had haggis yesterday.  Admittedly it wasn't home-made but was bought from local supermarket. General concensus was that it was edible.  Just.  Home-made meatloaf would be far preferable.  (So that's New Year's Eve dinner sorted insofar as we know what we won't be having )

Good old-fashioned Toad-in-the-Hole tonight, with local butcher's "chorizo flavoured" sausages.  That's his description, which basically means that he added lots of paprika.  Actually rather nice, and with a thick onion gravy, it was  heart-warming! Not quite so sure about the heart-healthiness, however - but lots of veg to compensate, so my conscience is (almost) clear. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 21:32

We had a lovely sunset over Exmoor - which presages good weather tomorrow.  Yes, Caroline, I was up there waving like mad, and the air was so clear that we could pick out individual buildings.  btw I've never been to Swansea, but have been to Laugharne (sp)  a few times, which is beautiful.  Dylan Thomas' house was amazing, and the countryside all around is lovely.  Hope to re-visit before too long. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 21:00

Once again I've had the problem of being unable to post for a few days.  Fingers crossed that the powers that be are able to sort out these irritating gremlins (not the Hollywood ones!  There would be millions of them by now, given the amount of water falling out of the sky recently )

Lovely day today - perfect autumn weather - clear blue skies, sunshine and fabulous views across the channel to Wales.  I hardly dare whisper it - but the weather buffs reckon we could have more of this next week.  Yes please - we've been starved of decent spells of sunshine for far too long!

What's for tea?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 20:49

Good idea for a foodie thread (I look forward to lots of festive fare in due course )

Had turkey and vegetable stir-fry tonight - made a spicy sauce for it with own chillies, fresh from GH.  Funny old year for peppers with varied results, but these chillies are unusually small, but blimey!  they are HOT!  Lip tingling, tongue tingling, thirst-making chilli sauce!  (But very, very good).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 16:44

After a truly miserably week, today has been perfect autumnal sunshine.  Got a lot done in the GH - re-potted loads of cuttings that have rooted well. Also potted up perlargoniums to overwinter, ditto fuchsias and cannas.  

Bit of a touch and go frost last night - by the time I looked out, it was a very heavy dew, but OH says that there was a bit of a white glaze at something silly o'clock.  Most unusual for us here - usually first frost is late November  - but it did concentrate the mind wonderfully on getting the tender bits under cover!

Evening meal is roast pork today - Gloucester Old Spot from the local butcher.  (Pig raised by the local college students studying agriculture.)  Delicious with apple sauce (may even be as good as Frank's ham ). 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:27

It rained yesterday.  Disturbed night's sleep because of the noise of heavy rain accompanied by intense thunderstorms.  Lashed it down this morning .  Thought it had set in for another day - but by the afternoon, the sun had come out - and they're predicting a good day tomorrow

Driving out today, there was ample evidence of localised flooding - fortunately subsided by the time I was there ulike Frank's experience!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 22:18

Thanks Caroline - tea and cake = perfect comfort recipe.  I'm glad,in a way, that it's not just my laptop that has misbehaved - sometimes this MB seems to get a bit slow and/or twizzled up!

The rain has finally eased up.  If you saw on the news the pictures of the river that was Clovelly main street, then think of us a few miles further up the coast!  I may have moaned about our weather - but it could have been so very much worse!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 17:14

What a horrible week so far - and I haven't been able to get on to the MB - or rather, when I did, everything froze and even the PM I sent didn't go anywhere!

It has been grey all week - fog at tree-top level, rain, fog, more rain, and today it is chucking it down.  To ad to my woes (sorry if I dump it all here) OH was in hospital - fortunately, a minor op and out after a couple of days.  But it's a 2hour+ round trip to Taunton (the downside of rural living, I suppose) an driving each day through vile weather was no fun at all.  Yesterday, when I thought it was a bit less grey, I drove "over the top road" ie Exmoor.  Bad judgement call - thick, thick fog aka low cloud. 

It's depressing - but I shall batten down the hatches today.  OH is home, and it's warmer and drier indoors, that's for sure!

(Rant over.) 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 23:16

Nice day of sunshine with a bit more cloud than yesterday.  Got a lot done - cleared and cleaned GH and am nearly done with getting things battened down for winter in there.  There's still a lot of colour in the garden, and I must harden my heart and really get it sorted.  Trouble is, the verbena bonariensis still has lots of flowers giving late butterflies a much-needed boost (and I know their seeds will sustain the birds - but, oh the seedlings!  Everywhere!).  And the Michaelmas daisies are very late this year - but are dripping with butterflies, so they will just have to wait until they are well and truly finished before I cut them down. 

Badger (I presume) has rolled in the Miscanthus by the leat - so I'm in two minds whether or not to prop it back up or cut it down.  Roses are still blooming and in fine fettle. Hebes still in flower.  Verbascum has sent up yet more flowers. 

On second thoughts, perhaps I'll give it all just a couple more weeks . . . . .

(Caroline - if the weather sets in as they are suggesting it will this week, we'll be lucky to see the shore, let alone wave/do semaphore! 

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