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East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 18:08

I'll stick a couple of small plants in for you Wonky if Dove doesn't mind transporting them  


Posted: 14/02/2016 at 16:57

Afternoon All.

Bit too much talk of food on here at the moment - I'm very hungry & it's doing me no good at all - might have to raid the cake tin soon.

Lovely pics again Fairy - looks to be a beautiful day up there - getting 'homesick' for some hills 

OH and I have been out buying sofas today - might have to go and stand on the street corner for a few nights to earn the balance due on them in a few weeks time. Hope it warms up soon  

We don't do Valentine's Day either except one year OH did buy me a £1.50 ice cube tray from Ikea.

The ice cubes were little hearts and a little reminder of him every time I make a G&T. Perfect gift, perfect example of the thought (not the cost) that counts - makes me smile every time I use it 

Chicken liver risotto here tonight. I'm sure that will make some of you  - but it's a favourite with us. Must go and pick some parsley before it gets dark....


East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 16:01

I think people come and put those pots in my shed when I'm not looking. I mean, - surely I can't have bought all those plants...... ? 

Red Garnet on the list for you Nut 


East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 15:44

It would be great if Runny is coming to join us 

I can collect another person from Stowmarket station if anybody else wants to come by train and they can be there for between 10 and 10.15. Might even give them a lift back if they behave themselves 

I have some spare Echinops (ritro?) if anybody would like them.

Also some penstemons - White Bedder (large white flowers), Red Garnet (small, skinny deep red flowers) and another unnamed variety which produces medium sized flowers - ivory with pale lilac tips. 2 or 3 available of each of these.

Please let me know if anybody would like any of these 

I also have a mountain of (unwashed ) black plastic plant pots (6 - 8" diameter) - the size large perennials and small shrubs come in. If anybody can recycle some of these I would be pleased to regain the space in the shed....  


Posted: 12/02/2016 at 21:53
Doc popped in at lunchtime today Edd. Think he's still suffering with this horrible lurgy which is doing the rounds.


Posted: 12/02/2016 at 20:14
Dove - I've been out & about a bit this week. Is it just me or do the hedgerows seem to be developing a distinct green haze? Some cold days & nights to come but I think spring is definitely on the way - hurrah

Hope it is - I did some of my gardening weight training today carrying 2 x 12kg tubs of chicken manure pellets & BFB ready for the big cut back / tidy up / mulching session which will happen soon


Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:42

Evening - quick pop in - still have lots to do this evening.

Runny - lovely to see you back on here - I missed your witisisms .

Aren't BT the absolute pits? Took them 3 weeks to reconnect our phone after storms 2 years ago - wasted hours talking to somebody in India who (obviously) had absolutely no local knowledge and was able to offer no useful information - nothing except polite comments and platitudes. My comments ended up being not so polite which is not like me at all... Pride myself on remaining cool and polite when dealing with these situations but I lost it with them..  Phone was only reconnected after local TV got involved.

British Gas are as bad...

Why is it that when we moved house all the 'small' companies managed the transition of services smoothly without issue - but those those 2 giant companies (which must deal with house moves on a daily basis) managed to c*ck it up from beginning to end?

Took 18 mths for Brit Gas to stop sending bills to our old address & that was only because I said I would have them investigated under the Data Protection Act for sending details of my financial arrangements to an incorrect address.

I could still get mad about it - grr 

Calm, calm, calm - hope all poorlies are feeling better & everyone has a nice evening - even if they have marmalade with their curry 

East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 09:14
Will do - starting to feel like a 6 year old at Christmas


Posted: 09/02/2016 at 23:00
Late pop in to say hello. All those pancakes sound delish - I love them but don't often make them - all the sugar or syrup I put on them is definitely not what my hips need.
Can also vouch for the black pudding scotch eggs. I try not to eat too much junk and processed food but scotch eggs are my one weakness (along with cheese, chocolate, pasta, bread, cream, gin ....)
Glad to hear you're getting sorted BL & I dont blame DD for not going to running club - it's supposed to be for fun after all.
Hope all on holiday / going on holiday have a great time. I could be envious if I thought about it
Glad Clari's sorted out for now but it doesn't bode well for next pay day. Hope I'm wrong.
Off to bed now - night night

pancake day

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 15:17

My mum used to make us scotch pancakes for tea & they were a real treat.

The main difference between them & the usual pancake is that they are smaller, fluffier and thicker - much more like an American pancake. Traditional pancakes / crepes are made per Steve's recipe with plain flour. Scotch pancakes have a raising agent (eg baking powder) added to the mix.

Traditional crepes / pancakes are usually eaten with cutlery. Scotch pancakes are often treated much as a slice of toast and slathered with butter & jam and eaten using fingers.

They are also known as drop scones and pikelets - depending on where you live.

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