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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 19:17

Not a Hammond Dove 

Hope he doesn't end up sounding like Mrs Mills, Bobby Crush or Wally on his Wurlitzer at the Burlington Hotel, Yarmouth circa 1974

He's tried a bit of classic church organ stuff - much more my cup of tea

Coq au vin sounds great

Last edited: 15 January 2017 19:18:14

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:51

Afternoon all

We were up at crack of sparrows to drive to Skegness to collect OH's 'new' toy. It's a 'vintage' electric organ and it's ginormous - weighs a ton - and we had to call on a poor, unsuspecting neighbour to help us unload it - far too heavy for me to be involved with.

I'm assured it was a steal, a real bargain etc etc - hmm . He had one (and was quite proficient) when a teenager - but I needed to know there was a headphones socket for silent playing before I agreed to the purchase. Fortunately it fits very neatly (with about 1cm to spare) in an alcove in the (rarely used) dining room so it's not really in the way & I won't have to look at it too often.

I happen to know he quite fancies a drum kit as well - hopefully this purchase might put that idea on hold....

Next purchase for this household is a new wheelbarrow for me. I shall take him shopping on Friday

Found an excellent farm shop on the way back so stocked up with some good meat and really fresh fenland veg. I'll be cooking chicken liver and mushroom pilaf in a while - yum

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 20:54

PS  - Meant to say - lovely picture Fairy - glad you had a good day

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 20:44

Lovely to hear you've had a good day DD - your run tomorrow will probably release some good endorphins so that should help too. Enjoy! - even if I do think anyone who does any running when a bus is not involved is slightly bonkers

Watching a Hairy Bikers - they've been to my 2 favourite seaside resorts in one programme - St Ives and Whitby

So...Resurrected Five

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 15:48

Colin Firth's slightly dishevelled Mr Darcey clambering out of the lake in a wet see-through shirt still does it for me.

I need to go and lie down now I've started thinking about it...

Last edited: 14 January 2017 15:49:00

Puzzlers Corner

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 14:58

Thanks for putting us out of our misery Lantana

Thanks also to LB for taking the time to put these little teasers on

Puzzlers Corner

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 12:07

A Nail Through the Heart?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 12:00
Dovefromabove says:

 ... the problem with flooding caused by a storm surge is that the  farm land is covered with salt water ... and we all know what that does to the soil

Last edited: 14 January 2017 11:46:08

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That's one reason why it's not always great to have nature reserves in areas prone to occasional sea flooding (see Obx suggestion above).

The problems arise when a normally fresh water environment is inundated with salt water. Destroys a lot of vegetation / habitat and the nests of ground nesting birds. I think there was a huge problem at the very special Minsmere RSPB site a few years ago - a lot of damage which takes a long time to recover.

I do, however, agree that almost anything is more desirable than yet another golf course...

Last edited: 14 January 2017 12:01:30

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:37

Fidget - boing boing 

re flooding My family originate in Gt Yarmouth. Grandparents cottage was about 18" below road level (ie you went down steps to access the front door) and their house was flooded to ground floor ceiling level during the1953 floods. The houses there were demolished in the early 1960's but I can clearly remember being lifted up to see the water stains which were still evident 10 years after the event.

It was an incredibly traumatic time for my grandparents who were rescued by boat from the first floor windows. My grandmother never fully recovered from the event and was always very nervous when it was  high tide and windy.

It has made me so cross to see people accusing the emergency services of over reacting. Are they supposed to just sit there and toss a coin as to whether or not the sea defences will be breached? - or (as they did) ensure everything is in place for if they are?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 18:38

Fairy - Partridge is like the very best chicken you've ever had - a tad gamier - and absolutely delicious with bacon, bread sauce & all the trimmings. I am hungry now....

Last edited: 13 January 2017 18:38:46

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