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Posted: 19/01/2018 at 22:02

Evening - just signing in as you’re all signing out

Another vote for bread & butter pud here. I like it made with sliced up hot cross buns, extra candied peel, toasted flaked almonds and double cream to make the custard base instead of milk. It’s definitely a luxury pud rather than the budget ’use up stale bread’ version.

Delia’s chocolate b&b pud is pretty good too

Sunny - I like purple & green as well. I also think that a good duck egg blue can work well with rich purple.

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Posted: 18/01/2018 at 19:38

Snap Joyce

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Posted: 18/01/2018 at 19:37

That picture is so funny LB - cats really do look at you like that when they come back fromt vitnaries

Sunny - do you not fear for that lovely vase in the turn of your stairs? Looks just the right height for kitten exploration to me. “What’s this tall thing? - let’s jump up and see. Oh it’s got a hole in the middle - wonder if I can get down it?” etc etc

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Posted: 18/01/2018 at 16:23

Afties everyone

Power restored just before lunchtime thank goodness - thought we were going to have to decamp to the motorhome. We can heat it and cook, shower and otherwise live in it ‘off grid’ for a few days - so it’s a useful back up for living in the sticks where prolonged power cuts are not uncommon.

Chey - hope Luco is ok. LB is right to say that you should be careful feeding him when he gets home. Let him have some water &, if he seems to be asking for food, maybe just give him a small spoonful chopped up small. If that stays down repeat about an hour later. Keep on with small meals until you know that his tummy has fully settled.

If he wants to be quiet & sleep that’s ok too. Keep him in overnight so he can’t get into any fights etc.

If he’s anything like my boys were he’ll be gnawing your leg with hunger and climbing the walls to get out - but cruel to be kind is the way to go.

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Posted: 18/01/2018 at 08:48


Quick post from phone - no power since 6am - OH has been sent out to find the little gas stove so he can make us some tea

Stay safe everone!

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Posted: 17/01/2018 at 10:28

Morning - dry and sunny here but with a very cold wind. Quite nice for January really

SGL - hope today goes as well as it can. It will probably be emotional but good to get it done.

F'edge - enjoy your walk. I'll hold the sofa down with a nice cup of tea and think of you..

Joyce - we've been watching the news / traffic reports / weather forecast and it's not great is it?

Have decided we're definitely not going tomorrow and may well leave it until the beginning of next week. We towed the caravan in the snow in December and took 2 hours to do 2 miles because trucks & small cars were struggling to get up hills etc. Wasn't much fun. We don't need to add to the mayhem so we'll stay home till it's sorted out.

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Posted: 16/01/2018 at 21:11

Joyce - thanks for the heads up for Lily P’s posting. Not quite sure what we’ll do just yet - probably make a decision on Thursday morning.

Fortunately we have snow chains for the motorhome....

Never actually used them though...

Last edited: 16 January 2018 21:12:18

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Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:22


Had my ears 'irrigated' this morning - can hear all sorts again now

Hope all those in the snowy north are staying warm and safe - we hope to be joining you soon - having  the first little jolly of the year in the motorhome.

Originally we were planning to leave on Wednesday but with the weather and road situations it didn't seem such a smart plan. Might leave on Thursday - but we'll keep a close eye on the forecast etc.

1st stop planned for Moffat. If that's anywhere near you Joyce would appreciate a local heads up for the actual weather (opposed to the forecast weather).

Hoping to get up towards Elgin and come back via the Cairngorms where OH may have a day skiing. There was no snow last year when we went.

Re garden waste bins - ours are emptied year round (except Christmas / New Year fortnight) on alternate weeks. It's a good service and they will take the odd extra bag of stuff if you smile sweetly. Costs £50 a year though. After a free service the cost came as a shock when we moved here 7 years ago. We moved 10 miles down the road into a different LA area - they do things different down here

Chey - I'd be a bit upset about those bins - bags like that attract rats and all sorts

Last edited: 16 January 2018 17:24:39

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Posted: 14/01/2018 at 13:07

I have been a vewwy vewwy bwave ickle girl and checked the traps....

I can see 4 yellow bars which I think means there's nothing in them - and the bags of poisoned bait in the engines are also untouched.👍

Apologies if anyone is offended by our actions against the mice.

We live in the heart of the country and are surrounded by lots of wildlife. I have a fairly live and let live attitude to creatures that aren't really doing much harm beyond annoying the hell out of me (that'll be the ruddy squirrels, pigeons, roaming muntjac, rabbits, mice, voles and moles elsewhere in the garden then).

But critters chewing through vehicle cables could be both expensive and potentially dangerous. Shorting wires cause fires and brakes may fail if the hydraulics cables have been chewed. That's without the possibility of them moving into the living accommodation  Needed to take prompt action this time. M/home due for service next month so we'll get them to have a really good inspection for damage.

I also have a garden on my car Joyce

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Holly hedge help

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 12:50

I'd go with Dove's suggestion - established bushes usually respond well to a really hard prune and good feed. I'd lay the mulch to a depth of about 6" /15cm - but maybe just pull it away from the trunks by an inch or two.

If the soil gets very dry in the summer you could also give it a good soak once a week during the driest months (see what it's like about 8'' down - if still dampish it's fine).

Pretty cottage BTW - looks like an old estate cottage in the Suffolk or Essex countryside.

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