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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 16:59

Mr TB sends thanks for the birthday wishes. We had a very nice lunch but I could still possibly find a little corner for one (or two) of those scrummy mince pies Dove (cream please)

Lesley - I'm as guilty when it comes to pre-Christmas picking so it is just easier to keep stuff hidden in the spare room. Out of sight and all that. Big shock this morning when I started taking food downstairs and realised the large tub of Celebrations had disappeared. The b$$$er had hidden it for safe keeping! - from me! - how very dare he? Got them back now though.

His b'day is the official Christmas lights day so the sitting room and hall are now all nice and twinkly.

Love Scotland so much - especially the west coast and the Highlands & Islands. But I don't think I fancy being up there tomorrow and Saturday. Hope all our northern friends stay safe and warm with not too much disruption to travel plans or power cuts.

Kind people in your village BL - hope your refugees settle in soon and can become part of the community

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 11:47


21st December - shortest day or -as my OH likes to say with a nudge nudge wink wink - the longest night 

Today is his birthday so we will be going out for lunch soon and then we can settle in to watch something good on TV in front of the fire with a glass of something special.

Always feel a sense of relief when we get to the 21st Dec - just because from tomorrow we're on the start of the run up to the longest day!!

Not doing too much today other than moving the biscuits, sweeties and crisps hoard to cupboards downstairs. If I move then down before now they mysteriously get opened and eaten long before the festive season (we must have very big and clever mice).

Hope you all have a good day whatever you're doing. SYL.

Killer white fluff on lawn

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 16:28

Clever people Dove and Ladybird.

As several of you know I had some fairly major work done in the garden in October and part of this involved re-laying all the turf in the garden.

I started to notice quite a lot of these areas of fluffy growth / dead grass patches about 10 days ago and was getting quite concerned about it.

It's a relief to know the turf should recover in the spring - just hope it doesn't spread around too much before growth restarts.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 19:29

Yeah - I loved the angels Chicky. Quite liked Fortnum's windows too. Must be feeling a bit Christmassy after all...  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 14:47

Beautiful tree Chicky - some people are so clever and imaginative. Unfortunately I'm not one of them.

OH managed to get home last night - but only just. The fog was getting thicker quite quickly as they came over the North Sea but they snuck in. Today he has been busy starting on the list of jobs I have for him - bet he wishes he'd stayed at work now

I have my own lists to attend to - in fact I have just made a list of the lists I need to make 

But the house has had it's seasonal cleaning / clearing out / trimming up and is now looking quite festive. Lots of little jobs to do over the next few days but am glad to have sorted the big ones out so I can relax a bit before the family arrive on Christmas Eve. 

Might try to find something nice to watch on TV this evening. There's a big tub of Celebrations that have been giving me the evil eye for the last week. Might need to do some quality control testing later.

Happy Birthday to Mr Dove and Mr Fidget. My OH, nephew and cousin all have a birthday this week - god daughter and niece last week, FIL & 2 friends the week before that, another nephew next week. I'm beginning to think nooky should be banned in March...

Last edited: 19 December 2016 14:49:34

what is eating my Christmas cards?

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 14:53

Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 14:50

Congratulations Lily P and family  - enjoy your cuddles in a couple of weeks. Love the names they've chosen. 

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 13:10

Showa therma gloves are brilliant at this time of year. The palms and finger tips are waterproof and backs are insulating fabric so hands stay warm and dry. No good for finer work such as weeding - but great for winter work such as clearing leaves / wet foliage and keeping on top of jobs like shredding.

In the main season I tend to wear those gloves that look a bit like golfing gloves with fingers. Mix of very soft thin leather and fabric so they fit nice and tightly but have a bit of stretch as well. A pair of those just about lasts a season - I've never been able to make the thin cotton gloves last more than 2 heavy sessions.

Bare fingers or CSI latex gloves for pricking out and other very fiddly work.

E45 cream slathered on & left overnight (covered with cotton gloves) if hands are dire - otherwise W'rose gardeners hand cream range is good.

Last edited: 18 December 2016 13:11:30

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 11:13


It must be a huge weight lifted Chicky - so pleased to hear you found somewhere for your Dad - it sounds lovely.

Orange pastry / mince pies - sounds lovely too. I haven't made any yet - maybe I should - could just fancy one of those with a dollop of something on the side. Could you do an extra half dozen for me please Dove? - nobody else seems to like them round here. At least that's what they say - but they always disappear... Maybe Santa knows where the cake tin is

Tree and a few other decs today.The weather's a bit nicer than it was yesterday so I might go and cut some greenery to stick in a bucket by the back door ready to be brought in on 23rd.

It was very foggy yesterday and 2 of OH's flights into Heathrow were cancelled. Hope the same doesn't happen tonight because he should be flying back to Norwich ready for 4 days off. He's been away for 5 days and I really want him home now - I have soooo many jobs for him...

Last edited: 18 December 2016 11:14:45

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 21:34


Busy day but feet up now & enjoying archaeology programme on TV.

Thanks for the info re TV progs Fairy - PM for you.

Glad to hear WW is feeling a bit better. 

Fingers crossed for some happy news soon Lily. 

Forgotten everything else that's going on  - must be getting old. 


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