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Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:52

Thoughts are with all of you with 'difficult' family situations. We have a similar thing but I've more or less stopped thinking about it. Only rears it's ugly head at Christmas and when there is a problem in the family and we have to remember who is talking to who and who is grown up enough to put their own feelings to one side and muck in for the good of others.

Some people, however, refuse to act their shoe size (let alone their age) and I just try to have as little to do with them as possible - not nice - but, then, neither is what they are doing...

On a cheerier note - lovely to see a dipper P'doc - never see them around here. Yesterday we had a barn owl on our garden fence - hear them most nights but had  never seen one before at this property. Makes me more determined to ask our neighbour if we can put an owl box up in one of the very large / mature trees on her land at the back of our garden. Beautiful creatures.

Now feel as though I have been chained to the kitchen stove for the last week. First getting ready for visitors, then entertaining them and now dealing with the leftovers.

Have just made nearly 4 litres of turkey & veg broth (that's 6 of those supermarket fresh soup containers), about 10 portions of turkey curry and bacon & mushroom in herby tomato sauce to have with pasta tonight.

OH goes back to work tomorrow & will be away for a couple of nights. I shall be dining on grapes, celery, cheese and Celebrations for the duration - and maybe some turkey broth... 

Definitely no cooking.... 


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:01

Look after yourself propely DD - you sound as though you might have a dose of 'flu rather than just a cold.

We all know how hard working and active you usually are - so you wouldn't normally be floored like this by a bad dose of the sniffles (unless it's also a culmination of all the stress you've been through in recent weeks)

Proper 'flu is quite a serious illness - so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to recover. Take care. x

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:50

So sorry to read your news Lily P - my thoughts are with you and your family.


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 14:20

Bike ride was good - roads nice and quiet if a little muddy - only 12 miles but ooh aaah we could both tell that it was some weeks since the bikes had been out for a proper ride. 

Just out of the shower - need to dry hair - then time to start stripping the turkey and making stock for lots of soup and using all the dark meat in a huge turkey curry - yum! Will also be making bubble and squeak patties out of the left over cooked veg. They're quick to make and freeze well. 15 mins in the oven for a quick carb / veg side dish when I'm in a hurry. 

Then I'm gonna light the fire and sit and catch up on some TV. Then There Were None  has been recorded along with a lot of other stuff, Only Connect & Christmas Uni Challenge tonight. Just as well OH is making dinner tonight (prawn stir fry to use up the uncooked veg - don't throw much food away here!)

Glad to hear GC have been entertaining you all over the last few days & hope all goes well for your 'event' Verdun.

Hope Fairy gets her walk tomorrow - it was good for us to get out and blow some cobwebs away today 



Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:00

Having a very lazy day today after spending the last few days entertaining my in laws. We had a very nice family Christmas and they are lovely people but it is nice to be able to wander round the house in my jim jams & not have to be thinking about the next meal while I'm still clearing away the last one!

Drove them back to Yorkshire yesterday. Suffolk to York and back in one day is quite a hike and the roads were horrendously busy - but we were home by 6 & glad we made the effort.

Saw some minor flooding - Ferrybridge power station wasnt looking too clever - but last night our old house in York was in the red flood zone on the env. agency flood map. First time ever in the 30 years since it was built

Hope everyone on hereis staying safe& dry and can fight off all the lurgies that are out there at the moment.

Off for a short bike ride soon


Posted: 25/12/2015 at 15:10

Cheers Panda - I'm on my first G&T & it's only an hour to dinner. I'm famished - gin, empty tummy, special dinner - doesn't sound like a recipe for disaster does it??? 


Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:09

Afternoon and Happy Christmas one and all. 

Have just finished the present unwrapping - santa has been very good to us all this year. 

Dinner is in the oven and should be ready about 4ish so come 3pm I will probably be up to my elbows wrestling the turkey out of the oven but - if I can make it - I'll pop along to say hi to anyone who's looking in.

Hope everybody who is feeling under the weather starts to feel better soon and anyone who is on their own and doesn't want to be can pop in and out of here for a bit of company. This time of year is not great for so many people...

Enjoy your afternoon everyone - G&T calling me now


Posted: 24/12/2015 at 14:31

My OH gets a bit nervous when I go "Off Piste" with recipes too Panda - still it makes life a little more exciting doesn't it???

Turkey's dressed ready for tomorrow (best frock LOL  ), parsnips pureed, giblets stocked, fruit salad made so just waiting for everyone to get here now. Think I will prep the sprouts & tonights dinner in a bit while listening to the carols from King's.

Just time for a cuppa in front of the fire 

What passes you by?

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 14:23

I haven't got time to read back through all these or get started myself today - but suffice to say that I now know why I feel so at home on this forum 


Posted: 24/12/2015 at 10:09

Morning all. Too much to do this morning before the family arrives. Just wanted to say how much I loved Fairy's poem - very, very clever. 

See yous all later after I've stuffed the turkey and done some veggies for tonight 

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