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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 08:59

Morning  - and what a cold, crisp, sunny one it is too. A lovely winter's day.

30C too hot for me - but hope you enjoy your hols Hosta.

Think I will get outside this morning and sort out the log stores. Two of the three are now just about empty so I can move them & clear out all the leaves trapped under & behind. And then I might have a coffee made using a Christmas present. Haven't had a coffee for days (tea girl) - so first chance to try it.

At some stage I need to do my tax return ....

Last edited: 29 December 2016 09:04:08

Dog - ruined garden

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 17:45

Hi Dan - welcome

Any lawn which has been laid over uneven building rubble is never going to perform well. Any lawn which doesn't get sun for nearly half the year isn't going to perform well and will become very muddy in a wet winter.

I think you have 2 options: If you're determined to have grass you need to think about lifting the old turf, getting rid of bricks and other large bits of rubble and then putting down a level surface of topsoil before returfing.

Option 2 (my favoured option - especially if it's a small garden) is to do without grass altogether. A courtyard-style, hard landscaping and borders garden can be most attractive and does away with the need to cut & edge grass every week, own a lawnmower, store a lawnmower and feed and weed the grass. It doesn't need to be particularly expensive if you use sleepers, shingle and pebbles.

Whatever you decide to do - a dedicated dog latrine sounds like a good plan. I would opt for something which can be regularly hosed down (pebbles? / bark) for hygiene reasons.

Edited to add: I think that's nearly a "Snap" Tetley!

Last edited: 28 December 2016 17:48:21

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 17:19

Turkey stripped, large curry made, big pot of stock simmering and meat for turkey and ham pie diced and in the freezer all ready to go in a few days time when we can face turkey again. Might just have some fruit tonight - maybe a sliver of cheese if I need something savoury. Have made the curry quite a bit hotter than normal because my palate is tired. Hope we don't live to regret that decision in a few weeks time

Have also done several loads of washing which will need ironing and a bit of hswk.

Not bad for the "Day Off - doing absolutely nothing" which I promised myself .

Still - now it's time to light the fire, have a cuppa and finish watching Series 1 of Happy Valley. Brilliant writing. Seen it before but you pick up on some of the nuances you missed first time round and it's good enough to watch several times over

Palate might not be too tired for chocolate....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 10:28

Lovely pic Hosta

Glad your friend's hub is ok. Thumbs up for the NHS again.

Last edited: 28 December 2016 10:32:08

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 10:02


Very glad I took the in-laws back yesterday & not today. Was down to -3C in the shed last night & it's very foggy. A14 and A1 in freezing fog? - no thanks.

Am celebrating a day completely on my own today. No need to plan any meals & still slobbing around in violety / blue dressing gown at 10am.... Lovely

Turkey stripping today. Let's hope it doesn't want to do a pole dance too

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 17:41

Lesley - it was the smalllest "medium size" I could find - but loads of meat. Was brought up to use every last scrap of a turkey or chicken - reckon this will have given us around 30 portions of different meals plus a couple of cartons of soup by the time I've done with it. 

Makes it seem like an economical buy if I think of it like that

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 15:52


Just back from delivering the in-laws half way back to Yorkshire (BIL came the other half from Yorkshire to collect them). Bit of a palaver but they seem to have enjoyed their Christmas which is the main thing. 

Called in at W'rose on the way back to pick up the peppers and leeks which I forgot to buy last week - need those for the turkey curry, turkey sweet and sour, turkey ham & leek pie and the turkey broth I shall be making from leftovers. Quite a lot of meat left - but sent MIL home with a parcel of cold gammon and turkey and half a bag of potatoes so I don't think anything will be going in the bin (hate throwing out food).

Freezer and things like part-bake rolls and baguettes are a complete godsend at this time of year. There will be a lot of turkey based meals in the freezer after tomorrow and we'll really enjoy them after a couple of weeks - but I might be focusing on fish, fruit and salads for a couple of days. All this rich, meat heavy food gives me a very jaded palate. need some fresh and zingy stuff now

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:17


Sorry to hear about your excursion to A&E Fairy - hope Fairylet is making a good recovery

To the band / concert line up suggested by Doc I would like to add Glen Frey, Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard.

To direct / produce the event I nominate George Martin.

And to compere the whole thing I suggest Terry Wogan, Victoria Wood, Caroline Ahern, Ronnie Corbett & Alan Rickman.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 08:58


Busy but fun filled day yesterday. Usual "don't want to undercook the turkey & poison everyone   v  don't want to serve up dried shoe leather" dilemna. But all was ok in the end.  

Poor nights sleep - very hot - still 13C outside at 1am. Eventually had to dig out the 4 tog summer duvet.

Little trip out for a short walk today - should be sunny.

Very sad news about George Michael - not a huge fan but some of his music was the soundtrack to events in my life.

Cracking party / concert going on upstairs....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 08:47

Love this year's poem Fairy - clever girl

(You know we want one every year now don't you?)

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