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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:35

Sorry - not been around much for the past few days:  but Saturday was lovely - very warm and breezy - perfect for doing the washing, and clearing the last of the outdoor tomatoes (the green trusses are tied in long strings, and are hung up to ripen).  Yesterday was less good, but today has been generally nice again, apart from the odd sharp shower.  Went for a walk along the beach, and, wouldn't you know it, the heavens opened when we were furthest away from any shelter.  Well - we could have dived under the cliff, but since it is crumbling and occasionally dropping large chunks we thought wet was better than squashed

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 23:09

"Panackelty" must be a local dialect term, Frank, for which we need a translation!  I'm guessing from the context that it's a term for making do with whatever is available in the larder.

Glad that you're not drowning under the deluge btw!

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:38

Rain - when my most beloved cat, Zoe, died, I was devastated.  She was 21years old - a very goodly age indeed, but that didn't make it any easier.  I buried her underneath a lovely hydrangea, and I still think of her when I am in that part of the garden.

At the cat rescue place, the kitten that I wanted was lovely;  they needed a home for her two year old mother as well, and, softie that I am, I took her on as well.

Having been ill-used by her farmer-owner, she was a difficult cat, hissing and growling when picked up.  Today, many years on, she is a mirror image of my Zoe.  She follows me down the garden path like a little dog.  She trips me up in the greenhouse, preferring to curl up near my feet when I am pricking out/seed-sowing. She likes (uniquely) to climb next-door's ornamental pear tree and seemingly "nest" in the high branches, to the amusement of  neighbours.

She doesn't replace Zoe.  But she comes pretty close! Her name is Kiri (after the opera singer) and I love her to bits.

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:55

The more I see on the news and the more I read on this board, the more I realise that we (West Somerset) have escaped relatively lightly.  I do hope that those in the worst affected areas are OK. 

Is this the price we pay for "Global Warming"?

Deformed beans

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:46

I have just cleared the Runner and French Bean supports - and had the final pickings for veg tonight.  Now I know that autumn/winter is on its way.  Sprouts soon!

Wartime Farm

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:12

Frank: yes I can now see your PM.  I don't always get the "flag" of new posts or Emails - the last time it happened, I had 26 "message alerts" in one hit!!!!  Oh, well, I keep on looking - but I must admit that I forgett to check messages.  Off there now to see what's what )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:07

A bit of this and a bit of that: rain = heavy downpours  Sun = bright interludes.  Managed to clear runner/climbing French beans, and dug over the veg patch.  (OH was dragooned into helping:  much complaining and grizzling - but all now ship-shape amd ready for winter veg .

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Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:26

Rain - that is  a lovely photo, and I understand your grief.  As Frank has said, our pets are so important, and we can never forget them.  Let the memories of the good times soothe you. 


Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:19

Murkey sounds pretty horrible - but one of the chaps (can't remember his name) liked it because it tasted like stuffing! 

I think those in the country had access to more fresh produce - a point that Ruth made when discussing gathering fruits etc from the hedgerows.  My mother was living and working in North London (father was in the Navy).  There was little opportunity for extras beyond the ration;  OH's mother was in Taunton - with many farming relatives in villages round and about.  They ensured slightly more fresh produce was available.  (I think. from listening to the tales, the odd chicken would "fall off its perch" thus necessitating its consumption )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 18:52

The rain was lashing down so hard at 5am that it woke me up.  Rained solidly all morning - but then dried out a bit.  Raining again now, though!

We've been lucky in West Somerset - other parts of the county have fared a lot worse.  More to come, it would seem.

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