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Posted: 24/11/2015 at 14:24

Big Dreams was a good programme wasn't it? I always get more inspiration from seeing gardens more on the scale of my own than rolling acres.

I think the ability to listen to bonkers ideas and not flinch and gently steer people towards a more achievable and pleasing plan which is still very identifiable as their idea and space is the art of both consummate professional and gentleman.

Can't wait for the next series. 

I see that MD is also interested to do a series looking at American gardens and spaces. That would be an excellent subject. Many Americans have a very different attitude to gardening / land management to us Brits and there is a huge range of climate, terrain and fauna to contend with - but there are some truly excellent gardens in the States. 


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:17

Pottie P -  - she is absolutely gorgeous - what a beautiful colour coat and those eyes.....

I can see you'll have your hands full over the next few weeks!!!


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:05

Night Pat - afternoon everyone else 

Sorry to hear your news Panda and hope that Mrs Doc can find a job she likes much more nearer to home. Not enjoying your work is horrible when it is such a huge part of your life so it probably will turn out to be for the best. Doesn't make it any easier in the short term though.

Not much else to say really. Had to go to bed at abt 10.30 last night (very zzzy )so I've given the puds another couple of hours steaming this morning. I think they're probably dead (sorry - done) now.

Have just spent the last couple of hours doing pensions & tax figures as we're off to a pensions seminar organised through OH's union.

Still a couple of years to go but trying to make sure things will be in place for us when we need them. So many pension & tax changes in recent years - we both fall right in the middle of all the transitions and my head is absolutely buzzing with figures right now. Think we know what we're talking about but might need to consider parting with some money to let an 'expert' look things over.

Would rather spend that money on plants....


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 12:50


Saw him earlier this year - a most entertaining afternoon - just seemed like a genuinely nice guy. 


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 08:57

There are 3 styles of presenting (on TV or anywhere else for that matter) which I do not like.

The first is the dumbed down / have to repeat everything 5 times in case we forgot what we were told 10 mins ago / use no words of more than 3 syllables style.

The second is the hyper - over enthusiastic - life's a ball - but lacking in substance -style.

The third is the 1950 / 60's hyper-formal, stiff presentation (usually done live in a studio)

Monty's style of presentation doesn't fall into any of those categories and I find him laid back, gently knowledgeable and appropriately keen about his chosen subjects. He is one of the best TV presenters around at the moment and I have never noticed waving arms or any other distractions (other than Nigel of course  ).

I think this new programme is very good - although I am also a little concerned about that tree - I suspect Monty might be too - probably not what he would recommend on GW. I would like to see much more of this style of programme rather than more SCD type rubbish (ducks for cover...)


Posted: 23/11/2015 at 16:58

Sorry to hear about your TV Dove - what a pain. Good night tonight on BBC 2 as well - can you watch Vicky & Jazzer on the iPlayer live feed?

When my little portable TV broke some years ago the repair man could not believe that a little 16" box was my only TV. He thought it must be the one for the bedroom or kitchen. Things have changed a bit since then but people seem to assume that we all have multiple screens these days.

Hope it doesn't take too long


Posted: 23/11/2015 at 16:51

Evening all

My most favourite thing in the world (after my cat and hubby of course  ) changes from day to day and mood to mood. This morning it was most definitely the heated car seats . Very chilly start to the day. 

Office this morning. Took lawnmower to Ipswich for it's service this afternoon and it would have been rude not to pop into John Lewis as it's just round the corner. Home for 4pm and have just put the Christmas puds on to steam. 

Looked in my cookery book & it says to steam them for 8 hours.... 

Quick bit of arithmetic - err - will somebody remind me to turn them off before I go to bed please 

Edit: Spellchecker just made that ....put the Christmas puss on to steam... Poor old cat  - what did he do to deserve that indignity? 


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 23:52
When are you off Hosta?
Hope you have alovely holiday if I don't 'see' you before you go
We 'watched' the Ireland programme too BL - 'fraid I zzz'd off during the potato bit (too much food & wine in front of the fire) - but OH really enjoyed the programme. Woke up for Monty - good series. My 2 main interests are gardening & history so this programme suits me just fine!
Can't stand 'Celebrity' - usually only recognise 1 or 2 of the participants & always think there is an element of animal / insect cruelty with some of the stunts.
Steve - custard & Christmas pud - thou art a heathen! - lovely thick Jersey cream is the only way to go (and none of that flavoured nonsense either!)
Time for sleeps now. Hope the power's not off for long Pat. Nite all.


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:42

Wow - fantastic pictures Fairy - what a wonderful day. Enjoy your fishy slipper 


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:25

Casserole on it's way to warm you up Fairy...

Steve - pommes boulangere is potatoes sliced, layered with some very finely sliced onion and a bit of decent stock added. Dot with butter and cook in the oven. Bottom layers are meltingly soft. Top layer is lovely and crunchy. Think of a nice thick hot-pot topping and you're there  

I think the name comes from the tradition of communal baking at the village bakery when a lot of people didn't have an oven - or not one large enough to cook more than one dish at a time.

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