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The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:50

I always have seeds popping up where I least expect them - sometimes that's good - sometimes not so good. I think it's my own compost - I probably have too many viable seeds going in the bins.

A couple of years ago we had a really bad summer & I had a correspondingly bad tomato crop. I threw the tomato plants in the compost bins with green tomatoes still attached. Have been digging out tomato plants from round the garden ever since. Have even potted a few of them up and had decent fruit from them!

Lewis, VB like really free draining soil so do not overwinter very well in my heavy soil. I always let at least one plant go to seed and sow the seed in a gritty compost about now so I know I will have plants next year.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:42

Just Googled it - you can still buy Dream Topping (and from Waitrose too.. they should be ashamed LOL)

Birds Trifle - yum 



A Senior Moment.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:37

No, no Runnybeak - just remembered (wish there was a light bulb smiley)  - it was DREAM TOPPING - came in a blue packet I do believe.

Angel Delight was a bit like instant Wotsit.

We had that too... 



Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:33

Sorry to hear your news Lesley - hope things are ok.

Are you gonna have fish and chips Woody - I could fancy that tonight (nice bit of plaice please with mushies on the side) with a pint of Adnams. If my OH was home I think I'd try to persuade him to take me to Southwold for the evening. 

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:26

Yes we did Runnybeak - and my father in law still has that now - I have to remember to buy a tin of Carnation whenever they come to stay as he prefers it to cream and ice-cream!

My mum used to make a dessert she called Wotsit. Whip up a tin of evaporated milk till it goes thick and foamy (mousse like) and then stir through about half a fruit jelly (you know - the cubes in a block sort) melted in as little boiling water as you can get away with and leave to set.

I used to think that was really scrummy - especially raspberry or tangerine flavour. 

What was the name of the fake cream you got in a packet and made up? We used to have that on top because we were posh 

Eeeeh lad - those E numbers never did me any harm.....

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 15:47

Poppet beads.... did you know that if you let your younger (prob aged about 2 yrs) brother play with them they can go ever so far up a little boy's nose (or was it down an ear)? Either way it involved a trip to casualty and a telling off for me 

Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:43

Ah well, I get the protein answer Beckie

If we're having a meat / fish free meal it's usually got beans, pulses, nuts, cheese and / or eggs in so we keep our protein levels up with those. It's really the things like veggie rashers of bacon or the chicken fillet shaped veggie stuff  that I don't understand.


Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:10

Yes Bekkie - I much prefer to have really high quality meat - but less often.

I'm not sure that my OH always used to appreciate that stance but even he now enjoys meat-free meals and even cooks the occasional veggie offering himself.

I really don't get Quorn products - why try to emulate meat if you've decided not to eat meat?

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:02

Aldi were doing bedding pansies and violas yesterday - £1.99 for (I think) 12 plants. 

Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 09:57

Well I must be a (not so) little piggy because I like everything on the list (only eat free range meats so conscience clear on chicken liver front) - and most everything on everybody else's!!!

The only foods I don't like are tripe, kidney and heart and I won't buy any meat products where I'm not sure about the welfare standards for animals. (I upset mother-in-law regularly by declining her bacon sandwiches - but she uses cheap Danish bacon which is a no-no for me)

Can't think of any fruit, veg or dairy products I won't eat - oink oink 

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