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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 09:27

Morning All 

Another sunny day here - if rather cool and slightly misty - all very autumnal - I nearly need to have a bonfire...

Garden is coming on a pace - but always a fine line between leaving the landscapers to get on with it (and perhaps ending up with things not quite as I want them) and constantly interrupting them (and probably telling grandmother how to suck eggs).

Fortunately they are really nice guys and I've asked for 15 mins later today to just go over the final plans and make sure we're all singing from the same hymn sheet. Symmetry is incredibly important for my brain's well being - 6" out will natter away at me for ever. How sad...

Pat - your reaction to snakes is the same as mine to rats. I know your snakes are dangerous and your fear is therefore well founded. My slight phobia about rats is deeply rooted and sometimes there are bits of the garden or rubbishy piles at the back of the shed which I can't deal with until OH has been and had a good poke round.

Thank you (not!) for pointing us to the jigsaw site. I've spent more time than I should playing on there. I can do up to 200 pieces on my iPad mini but it's a bit of a strain on the eyes. 300 rotating pieces is only possible on the desktop. The Nottingham Goose Fair took me forever

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 15:43

Afternoon all.

Had a lovely day yesterday (27 - again!!) even if we were busy moving things around for the landscapers. Just as well we did. Between 8am and 10am today we had 2 loads of pea shingle, 1 load of hoggin and 3 loads of topsoil delivered. No room on driveway anymore so I took the car and went out....

Obelixx - we have a quince tree. I make a lot of quince jelly because it goes so well with pork, chicken and cheese and I often stir it into stews if I want a little hit of sweetness. Also makes a nice alternative to jam on toast. I never bother with peeling and coring the quinces when making jelly (they're very hard and quite tricksy). I just chop them up (about into eighths) and boil everything up - skin, pips and all - and then strain the pulp through a jelly bag to get the juice. 

I keep back a few fruit which I peel, core and slice fairly thinly before freezing. A couple of slices in an apple crumble or pie or apple sauce gives a real perfumed lift.

Doc - Sorry to hear the news about your colleagues. The world can be a very sad, bad place at times. I still believe the goodness and kindness outweighs the evil though.

Clari - we have been at the stage you are at with the house but we only did one or two rooms at a time. You seem to have been camping in your house forever. Hope you can get heating and lighting sorted  before winter really starts to bite 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:09

Morning  - lovely day out there.

Nice to 'see' you Wonky - hope the new job goes well - it will be nice to get paid for 'doing' your hobby won't it?

Doc - Hope things settle down for you soon - your brain is obviously in sift and sort mode after your recent experiences.

Today, I shall be movings things and getting on top of the shredding while the landscapers take their weekend break. Have 2 barrow loads of foxgloves to rehome which were dug out of the raised bed yesterday before it was dismantled. Can you have too many foxgloves in a woodland border? - hope not because I can't think where else to put them.

All the turf was stripped from the back garden on Wed so it's bare earth with a few piles of topsoil dotted about. The wrens, robins and blue tits are all over it - must be lots of worms and insects - good to see 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 19:29

Big one for me too next year Fairy  - shall we have a joint cake-in next October? 

It is lovely when somebody says nice things about your garden - they sound like good new neighbours

Last edited: 21 October 2016 19:33:37

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:41
Dovefromabove says:

Good to see you Topbird - thought it'd seemed quiet around here!    glad you've had a lovely time 

I must say, get yourself over to Bressingham if you possibly can and if the weather holds - OH and I went last weekend and the colours were wonderful - better than I've ever seen it 

Hmm - I shall be 27 again this weekend - maybe that's an idea for a day out. On the other hand I could go to the tip with a load of rotten fence posts and then onto Homebase to buy a new spike for my washing whirly-gig-thingy.... Decisions, decisions 

Very funny re the senior-moment with the red shoes - I, of course, have never looked for the specs perched on top of my head.. or the book I'm carrying around... 

Results, results indeed  Hosta - weight loss, bargain trees, bargain car and a solution for the rock problem. Now could you turn your attention to Brexit and the US election please? 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:04

Hello All  Been AWOL again....

Last week we were in Wiltshire - lots of architecture, archaeology and cycling and the weather to make the most of it all. Went to some lovely places.

Then this Monday the landscapers arrived to start a big project in the garden. Lots being done and my garden will look like a building site for the next 3 weeks - but I'm sure it will be worth it. Hope we don't have too much rain though or it will be a real mud bath.

I can see that you've all been busy and chatty. Must add my congratulations for Steve and Hosta on the weight loss - I could really do to shift some but my willpower takes a real nose dive when the cold weather starts kicking in.

Also hats off to P'doc - that was a quite amazing thing to do. I hope it's been a rewarding experience for you. 

Finally - all the talk of superfast broadband - grrr. 6Mbps on the best days and no hope of fibre coming anywhere near our lane anytime soon. Still - 6Mbps allows me to do everything I need to - just a little slower than some. And I wouldn't trade the lifestyle of country living just so a TV programme downloaded in 2 mins instead of 15. Swings and roundabouts 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:37


Love your barn dance story Runny - it all sounds very romantic. Can't remember where, when or who was my first kiss - and they say you never forget. Probably RH - and he was a right muppet!

Hope you enjoy your evening Lizzie - swing your partner by the hand etc etc

New house & garden sounds good Obelixx.

Watched the first bit of the rock moving video. Am I the only one who thought it all looked a bit dangerous? Didn't like it when the guy walked up the slope and stood in front of the boulder (need a squished smiley here). Hope you have more sense Hosta.

We're away again tomorrow so I've had to cut the grass and water the pots in the (rather heavy) drizzle. I'm sure the neighbours all think I'm bonkers - they could be right 

Must crack on - SYL 

Last edited: 07 October 2016 14:39:17

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 10:34

I know OH's shoulder is playing him up. He loves karting (I'm married to a 15 year old)  and he's just cancelled a racing meeting he was going to because it puts a lot of strain on the upper body.

Instead he will use the weekend to cycle to his parents - that's about 187 miles - which should help the condition enormously ... 

Men just don't get it sometimes do they??

Morning All BTW 

Last edited: 06 October 2016 10:34:17

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:30

Wow DD!

You really have a vision and very clear idea of what you want to achieve. I'm sure you could carry this on your enthusiasm alone but clearly extra pennies could help it along.

I think it's a brilliant idea to have a social side for the locals. Visitors might spend more pennies on a single visit but a regular and steady income would be invaluable. Perhaps you could consider hosting something like a regular book and / or sewing club as well.

Really hope it works out for you

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 16:12

Nice day but the breeze has really picked up now and it's a chilly one. Picked a bit of fruit and edged the grass and decided that was enough. Will need to do more tomorrow or Friday but I'll make sure I'm dressed a bit more warmly!

We've been affected by the Brexit vote because OH spends a lot of time in Europe and the poor exchange rate is quite noticeable on our credit card statement. I think it's the waiting and not knowing that is the real killer at the moment. Nobody is making any major decisions so things tend to stagnate - which is not good for business or much else.

I do, however, have confidence in Mrs May and her team who seem to be going about things quietly and sensibly. Not rushing headlong into silly decisions - but trying to get things in order and in place ready to invoke Article 50 next year.

She and her team seem to be determined to build bridges in Europe (but on our terms) and the rest of the world.

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