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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 21:35

Yeah! - that about sums it up for me too Hosta.

I am all for freedom of speech etc but unpleasant ranting, unwillingness to even consider alternative views and downright rudeness have no place on my computer. And that is without threatening to take pot shots at animals (which I have also seen once too often on several other threads). 'Ignore' button for me too. First time in nearly three years of using this forum. Very sad.


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:50

Thank yooooo,  There are some very nice people on this forum too 


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:26

Runnybeak - If I was you I would booby trap that short cut with strategically placed small plant pots and sticks. If your postie twists an ankle you can ask what the heck she thought she was doing forcing her way through and damaging your plants. Revenge is sweet.

Sorry - feeling a bit tetchy because some rather vitriolic comments on (yet another ) 'I Hate Cats' thread seem to have gotten under my skin. Some people just sound so rude and intolerant. Must remember it's only the internet - I don't need to meet these people or have them in my life...

Panda - I hope something turns up soon for you. It's frustrating & disheartening when you are working so hard to find a job - but I'm sure somebody will appreciate your special qualities soon.

Dove - ooh I just fancy apple pie & ice cream - is there a spare slice (just the one needed) going begging please.


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:09
Morning all.
Nice day here. Today I shall be edging the lawn (cut yesterday just before the rain set in), feeding a few shrubs & doing a little dead heading. May spray the box hedge against blight and weed kill the drive this evening if the wind doesn't pick up.
Then it's SM and library to collect some books ordered for hols in a few weeks time.
Enjoy your days.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 08:46
That or artificial turf! Have never seen it used in so many gardens.
I thought for a horrible moment that he was going to use it on AJ's terrace which would have looked really silly. The colourful wet room vinyl, however, was novel, fun & in keeping with the over all design.
Glad you're enjoying your space AJ & hope all continues to go well for you in your chosen career.


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:16

I can't summon the energy to do that Hosta - they just get a dead phone line from me 


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:05
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

thanks sgl do you think they'll call tomorrow?

No Hosta - it'll be that woman ringing about that motoring accident you 'or someone in your household' had recently....  

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:58

Artjak - 'open freeze' just means to spread them on a tray instead of just putting them straight in a bag. Simply so they don't stick together in a large clump. They can be bagged up once frozen. 

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:49

Hello Artjak  - lovely to hear from you again.

I regularly make risotto with whatever veg is available from the beds. Tonight it will feature courgettes, peas, the last of the mange tout, couple of baby carrots and a load of parsley.

I find that the grated zest & most of the juice of about half a lemon really lifts a vegetable risotto.

Favourite 'courgette glut' recipe is courgette fritters. Use an authentic onion bhaji recipe (featuring chick pea flour and spices rather than SR flour and curry powder!) and substitute grated courgette for the onions. Lightly salt the courgette & allow to stand for abt an hour to get rid of excess moisture.

Shallow fry and either eat immediately or (better still) open freeze and reheat from frozen for about 10 mins in a hottish oven. Will keep in the freezer for a year and makes a really quick starter / side dish for an indian meal or as a snack.


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:33

I think I'm going to start counting how long it is before the next "I Hate Cats" thread starts.

Seems to be about every 10 days / 2 weeks at the moment ...

Same old, same old ... 


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