Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:31

Thanks for those good wishes dmball - I hope (fingers crossed) that it will be better tomorrow.  It has been galling to see pictures of (and hear from friends on the eastern side of the country) heatwaves, wall-to-wall sunshine etc etc.  On the plus side, I haven't had to water the garden (apart from pots) and I live in hope of better weather to come.  I've just seen the forecast for the region, and it looks as if things may just be looking up. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:13

Rain.  All morning.  Rain most of the afternoon.  Stopped about 4pm - and finally the low cloud that had hidden Exmoor lifted.  Cloudy but dry now - hoping for something more summery this coming week.  But I'm not holding my breath!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:31

SW has had the worst of it:  rain all morning.  Warm and humid - low cloud/mist hanging around in the combe until mid-afternoon.  A bit brighter by about 4pm - but it didn't last.  Cloudy again.  And the outlook is - depressing.  Enjoy (!) the heat in the east while you can.  Summer has gone into hiding for us (again). 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 10:57

It blew a real gale last night - rain spattering the windows and the wind howling - made it difficult to sleep, especially as it is warm, but opening windows with all the rain and wind was not an option.  Still raining this morning, though with far less intensity. 

Suitably dressed in waterproofs, I inspected the garden for damage - and there was surprisingly little.  The bubble wrap stored behind the summer house had been ripped from its shelf and had blown to the other end of the garden!  Must have been quite a sight to see it flapping over the lawn.

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 22:49

It had all the elements of the truly aweful makeover programme:  "stars" who interviewed the hapless and the hopeless, who, on cue, dissolved into teary thanks at the end.  Armies of locals, drummed up to do the hard graft, did their bit, and seemed pleased to have their own five minutes of TV "fame".  Saddest of all, the residents of the home seemed unable to appreciate in full the work that had been done.  (And as for the Sounds of the Seaside recording - words fail me).

Won't watch again.  What a waste of licence-payers' money. 

And did I need to mention the weather?  On cue, it tried to de-rail the project.  Plucky participants persisted against the odds.  Oh, good.  (Not).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:08

Hmmmm - reckon the heatwave is likely to pass us by.  Cool and rainy today - and when it's not actually raining, then it's drizzling!  We may get something better for the weekend - but then again, we probably won't.  Seems we're on the boundary of the weather front.  I won't lay a bet as to which side we end up!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 22:18

Seems like we sent our joined-up showers up country, since by the afternoon, the sun was out her in the SW, though everything was soggy.  Had to remember to get out and water pots and troughs - so easy to forget that they don't benefit from the rain, since the foliage prevents the water getting where it's needed!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:45

"Heavy showers" they said.  Joined up showers = heavy rain .  I think I've almost forgotten what summer is like - but even when it's overcast it's  warm, so we have to take comfort where we can!

DAMSONS

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 20:56

Wisehedgecrone - exact quantities are not strictly necessary, but the principle is 1lb damsons (or sloes), 6 oz sugar and enough gin to top up and cover the fruit.  (cheap supermarket gin, own brand, is ideal).

Normally you would prick the skins, traditionally with a darning needle which is, tbh, arduous, but a fork with sharp tines is fine.  If, however, the fruit has been frozen, the skins may have split and this process won't be necessary.  But the puncturing of the skins allows the full flavour of the fruit to be extracted, and the colour of the skins to colour the gin.

Put the prepared fruit and the sugar in a wide-necked jar and top up with gin to cover the fruit.  keep in a cool dark place, and gently shake the jar each day for a couple of weeks to ensure all the sugar is dissolved.  Leave for three months (longer if you can manage it!) and strain into clean bottles.  (I use wine vinegar bottles with the labels soaked off, of course - they're a good size and, if you're feeling generous, you can give them as Christmas presents).

Good luck!

 

 

DAMSONS

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 00:02

Well - it's good to learn something new every day!  I had always been led to believe that damsons were not sweet when eaten raw, and had to be cooked/processed to be palatable!  The only ones I've ever come across met this description - but I suppose I ought to have known that my near-namesake was sweet

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