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Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:00
Morning Dove & Hosta & anybody else up & about.
Thanks for the alarm call Dove - good luck at the opticians - hope it's not too expensive a trip!
Off to transcribe some 16C wills this morning - love it.
Just made some tea if anyone wants a cuppa.

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 12:42

The people we bought this house from were both very tall. We are both on the shorter side. Had to invest in 3 of those folding mini-steps and leave them in strategic cupboards round the house so I could reach airing cupboard shelves, kitchen cupboards etc etc. 

4 years on we've got it sorted & Snow White and her mates could live here quite happily 

Pansy - don't forget - we shorties have the last laugh on airplanes when everybody else is sat with their knees round their ears 


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:41

Can I keep yours a bit longer Dove? Got loads done this morning 


Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:13

Hostafan - I'm just over 5' tall and find a lot of the handles on forks, spades and (especially for some reason) edging shears slightly too long to use comfortably.

Perhaps we should go into business making good tools with comfortable, telescopic handles ? 


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 10:42

Morning all - been up since 6 - couldn't sleep for some reason - amazing what you get done if you get up early isn't it? 

Website is still functioning ok for me for posting - but I'm not getting any email notifications re new postings. Anybody else having that problem?

Hopefully all will be restored tomorrow 

(Just showing off that I can still post smilies  )

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 10:33

Onwards and upwards DD 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 17:09
DD - sorry to hear about these horrible customers. Your worry isn't trifling or unimportant - this is your livelihood, business reputation and personal feelings at stake.

If it's any consolation, we frequently use sites such as Trip Advisor and can spot the rogue 'pain in the butt' reviewers a mile off and just disregard their comments. If you have loads of rave reviews anybody with any sense will realise it's the reviewer who has a problem - not you.

Still, it's not a nice thing to have happen - a bit like over hearing an unpleasant comment about oneself. I suggest you post a brief, restrained, polite response saying you are sorry that the reviewer did not enjoy their stay because they did not realise how hot it would be at that time of year or know the exact location of your house - but you are pleased to see that the vast majority of your guests seem to really enjoy their time with you.


Posted: 18/07/2015 at 11:30

Morning (just!) All 

Glad everybody is having a nice days out & sorry to hear the weather is still pants in Scotland (doesn't stop it being the most beautiful country in the world though!). Nice story about your robin, Dove - he is getting very tame isn't he?

I was out at 7am painting the shed before it got too hot. Just finished 1st coat & debating whether or not I'll do a 2nd one later this afternoon or leave it a couple of days. Kn**kered after a cr*p night's sleep - so probably the latter.

Site seems to be working OK using Safari & adblock plus from an iMac - will try later from iPad.

Off to fix leaky outdoor tap now - no rest etc 


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:58

I would if I could find it Valerie!! although, to be honest, I tend to make it up as I go along using a basic onion bhaji recipe & substituting grated courgette for the onion. 

This recipe sounded about the nearest to what I do (minus the sauce)-

I always leave the grated courgette to stand for about an hour sprinkled with the salt and then squeeze the excess moisture out. I make the mixture so it is a dropping consistency (like a sponge mix) and shallow fry rather than deep fry.

Experiment to find the spiciness you like & enjoy!

I suggest you always use gram (chickpea) flour and fresh / whole spices for a crispier texture and more authentic, fresher flavour - some recipes suggest SR flour and curry powder - it just wouldn't be the same!


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 09:48

I make sweet pickled courgettes - they're a bit like sliced gherkins but the pickling mix is sweeter and tastes less vinegary. Delicious with cheese and cold meats. Keeps for up to 6 months.

I also make a load of spicy courgette fritters using an onion bhaji recipe but substituting grated courgette for the onion (salt & leave for an hour to extract excess water). I shallow fry the fritters until brown & and then open freeze them on trays before bagging up. Reheat from frozen by sticking them in the oven on a baking tray for about 10mins. Excellent quick starter / side dish for an indian meal or just as a snack. Still ok to use a year later.

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