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

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 16:51

Paul it sounds as if you are in Enfield/Hertfordshire, since you refer to Capel Manor.  They are an excellent source of information  and would have good knowledge of the local area - always a help!

It sounds as if you have a massive job on your hands.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained - so how about publicity to recruit volunteers?  Anyone with a spare fork or spade would probably be only to willing to help.

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.

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