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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 18:53

Dove - glad you're pretty sure about your diagnosis - hope you didn't mind me suggesting an alternative. Hope you (& all the others feel a lot better soon).


Fire lit, G&T poured, prawn salad ready to serve - nearly time to watch Monty. Really enjoyed the previous Big Dreams series - so high hopes for this one! Wonder if he'll end up nissed at someone's "See the Garden" party again this series?

Last edited: 06 January 2017 18:54:29

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 16:58

Afternoon - sounds like some of you are really suffering out there. Take care of yourselves all poorly people.


Note to Dove - especially bearing in mind her OH works with food. Are you sure you've got a flu-type lurgy and not a noro-virus thingy? I've had the NV but without the up-chucking symptoms  - just pretty bad down-chucking ones - if you get my rather crude drift? Certainly feels very flu-like with aches, pains, lethargy etc.  


Hope you all feel much better soon.


Went to town today and was coughed & spluttered on by some eejit bloke who clearly had no idea that it is polite (not to mention hygienic) to put one's hand (or better still a hanky) over one's mouth  when coughing and sneezing And why is it always men who do that????


Thermometer says it's milder here today but grey skies and a touch of drizzle in the air is making it feel much colder. Will light fire after I've used the sewing machine to turn a king-size duvet cover into a double size. Needed 2 doubles but they only had 1 double and 1 king. But the price in the sale made me decide I could spend 15 minutes doing the alterations

Last edited: 06 January 2017 16:58:59

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 14:48

My snowdrops are all in shady spots. Means they won't be appearing for a while yet 


Might have to plant some in a sunnier spot to prolong the season.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 12:47

Joyce - I think mine was nearly 40 years old when I decided I should have a new one! It originally  belonged to my mum and I acquired it when she died. Was still working & used regularly - but there was always a slightly worrying  ffiiizzz sound when you connected it to the electrics  and no removable liner - so washing up could be a bit a bit tricksy.


Decided to get one that I could remove the metal liner to sear the meat in on the hob to save using a separate prepping pan. But that no longer works because the liner is (rather flimsy) aluminium & can't be heated on the new induction hob. I suspect the metal liner is also the reason it gets a bit too hot. Washing up is easier though....


Edit to add: Hello Fairy - did you see the programme from Orkney about the archaeology there? - it was on Tues night perhaps? very good programme and, of course, beautiful scenery. First in a short series I think.

Last edited: 05 January 2017 12:50:51

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 12:23

Oh no! Dove's got the lurgy!


My OH had it over the Christmas period and I also thought I'd got away with it. Maybe I shouldn't be celebrating quite so soon . Sounds like a nasty little virus - take care Dove - stay warm and hydrated I'm told that chocolate is considered quite medicinal these days. 


Kitten shenanigans sound like fun Obx - been there - got that T-shirt My 15 year old 'kitten' still thinks gently biting noses and ears is a good way to start the day and human heads were made for sitting on!


Lesley I have a slow cooker but I don't use it very often. This newer one is a bit spluttery and I find it gets too hot even when on lowest power setting. Much preferred the ancient ceramic one I used for many years - much better behaved.


I used the old one quite a lot when I was out at work - but I wouldn't want to leave the new one unattended for more than 3 - 4 hrs - which nearly defeats the object. I also struggle as bit as liquid doesn't evaporate in the same way it does from a normal casserole so food often seem a bit watery. I think it tastes a bit different too. Probably just need to practise more but - for me - it's easier to shove a pot in the oven - and I can use the same pot for searing, cooking and serving.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 22:54

I'm away too - night everybody - sweet dreams 😴💤

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:57

Trip to Norwich today to buy duvets, covers and towels from John Lewis. Some very good deals to be had and the roads and car parks were nice and quiet for a change. W/rose on the way back so supplies bought for making hot pot / cottage pie / chilli and some fish dishes. Good cook-in forecast for tomorrow or Friday! All in all a good day


Roads were quite damp and it looks set to freeze hard tonight - hope OH is ok on his bike Dove. Mine has been told to take care when he's on the country roads at 4am tomorrow morning


Glad you're feeling a bit better BL - not as cold here as central France but should still be a bit wintery for you

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 10:32

DD - very warmest wishes to you and Charlie. This is a dark time of year for many people - so you do whatever helps to get you through it. That includes going to see your doctor if you still feel this low after a couple of weeks. Does going for a run lift the spirits? - even if only for a couple of hours.


You don't have to be bright & breezy on here. Keep looking in even if you don't feel up to posting - we'll be waiting when you're ready to come back

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:41

Hi everyone


Did a Hosta last night - still awake when the alarm went off for OH to go to work at 4am. Managed a couple of  hours after he left but have spent all day feeling a bit like a wrung out dish rag. 


Did a few jobs but sat down now. Determined to stay awake until proper bedtime and then hopefully a better night.


Clari your 'shed' looks like a proper potential utility room. Make sure it happens. Love the air raid shelter sign and the stone bottles - have a few bits & pieces like that myself. They make things homey - although a warm house is top of the list for that!


Hope Chicky had a good day with Dad & the rest of you are keeping warm - gonna be a cold one tonight - brrrr 


Edit: You snuck home while I was posting Dove. Love to WW - hope she is happy with earlier start date

Last edited: 02 January 2017 17:47:46

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 16:16
nutcutlet says:

Binoculars Topbird? We were out there in the persistence. I suggested postponing til tomorrow but was over-ruled. Probably best, another frost tonite would have wiped out even more flowers. 


about a third of last year's count.


See original post

 I know Nut - I'm just a pathetic excuse for a gardener


Happy New Year to you & yours - hope we can manage some more trips this year

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