Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 16:03

A brief respite today and the sun has helped to dry things out a bit.  Managed to get into the garden, and plant up some tubs with tulip bulbs.  Now that felt quite therapeutic - but, oh dear, there's more rain on the way, and it's clouding up right now.

(Mario Lanza, Frank - was one of my mother's favourites.  Such a shame that his career was short, and his voice was never fully exploited.  But his recording of some Christmas Carols is still a delight every year!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 17:08

West Somerset:  wet.  Very.     windy.  Very.  Roads flooded, garden sodden.  For once the weather forecast was spot on. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 23:16

It was even worse today - thick fog in places that didn't lift all day.  Tonight it's raining.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 20:02

Dark, damp, dank, misty, murky. 

No sun.  No warmth.  No let-up in the misery.  November!

(with apologies to Thomas Hood who penned the much better, November poem!).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:28

A bit distracted for the past few days - but latest update from the West country (ie West Somerset) is - grey, cloudy but -  "hold the front page!" - dry!!! 

Grass grows longer (still) but is too wet to cut.  Toadstools pop up all over the place - oh, well, it is autumn!

What's for tea?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:37

Roast Exmoor lamb with plenty of garlic stuffed into slits in the skin, with onions, rosemary and cider to sit it on (makes a wonderful gravy).  Usual roast potatoes and parsnips with lots of green veg to accompany it, with mint sauce, of course.  Apple pie and custard for dessert.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:29

Heavy showers both yesterday and today - and pretty cold, too.  Danced in and out of the showers and managed to get my dahlias lifted (they're now upside-down to dry off a bit) and planted my garlic in modules.

Garden is a quagmire, so nothing possible in the borders etc.  My brussels and winter cabbages look very sorry for themselves.  I may have to resort to buying greens for Christmas!  And it's our normal tradition to go down the garden on Christmas morning to pick fresh for lunch.  No wonder farmers are so fed up with the weather.

What's for tea?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:47

Rainbow trout with chestnut mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and peas.  Yummy!

Trying to think for a non-dried-fruit Christmas pudding - is it just the vine fruits that are the problem?  If so, other fruits could be substituted eg apricots, prunes, dates (which I put in my pudding with vine fruits anyway) and lots of glace fruits - pineapple, peaches, cherries, ginger, angelica.  You used to be able to get the mixed glace fruits from Julian Graves, but I don't know of a reliable source now.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:37

Thunder, lightning and rainbows at dawn!  Lots of heavy showers.  Lots of rainbows all day.  At least they're pretty!  For the rest - it's pretty dire!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:07

Bright sunshine occasionally.  Lots of very sharp showers - sleety and hail!

I was lucky yesterday visiting Wells - managed to avoid the showers, and thoroughly enjoyed the market etc.  Bought some superb garlic, since my own crop this year was a dismal failure.

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