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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:43

A neighbour gave me about 2 kgs unripe / semi ripe cherry tomatoes which have been languishing in the freezer for about 3 months. Anybody got any ideas what to do with them? Don't really like green tom chutney & I've a shelf full of other pickles and chutneys anyway.

I was thinking about something like a green tomato / hot chilli sauce type of thing instead or perhaps a green tomato jam - but I'm not sure how or when I'd use either of them That's assuming they turned out ok in the first place - doesn't sound so good now I've written it down

Answers on a postcard please....

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:35

Blimey MU - that is a lot of trees We also inherited the usual suspects like fruit trees, hazel trees, hedges etc so - although they drop a lot of leaves - they don't do where I have to look at them or where the leaves get blown / traipsed into the house every time someone opens the door. I'm afraid I adopt a 'natural cycle / forest floor' ethic with most of the trees - ie I let the leaves rot down naturally in situ.

In other words I can't be ar55ed to clear them up. Where's that shame thread when you need it???

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:51
Muddle-Up says:

.....You got lots of trees, T'bird?  They certainly make a mess at this time of year.....

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We have a fair few number of trees in and around us MU. Put it this way. We moved here 5 years ago  (medium size garden) and we've taken out 15 trees....

Before anyone gets upset with that thought I would say most of them were either diseased or very poorly positioned, most of them were less than 15 years old and I have (so far) replaced them with 12 much nicer (IMO) specimens. There will be at least one more going in next month, weather permitting.

The main culprits for leaf drop are 2 ash trees, a copper beech and 3 silver birches - all very mature and well over 30 foot high. The birches are in ND's garden but the prevailing winds bring the leaves down in mine. Fortunately they're good for composting (My name is T'bird and I'm a compostaholic )

Lovely to see the snowdrops Dove. I had a look yesterday but no sign of mine yet. 

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 11:56

Goodness MU - you've been very good - well done! I've not done anything in the garden this year except move a pot which had blown over. Did manage a bit (and I mean only a bit) of cutting back in December - but only stuff that should have been done 2 months earlier when I wasn't allowed to walk on the new turf.

Enforced no-proper-gardening in Oct & Nov did mean, however, that the drive was not under the usual 8" of leaves from the mature trees which surround us - & I have 4 very large dumpy bags of leaves rotting down to prove it

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 11:19

Morning. Hope all poorly peeps are starting to turn a corner.

I put the new duvets on yesterday. OH snored his way through till 7am when he decided to get up to join a long cycle ride.

I couldn't get comfy at all and was still awake at 2am.... Shattered again

I thought I would opt for 2 double duvets on our king size bed. OH likes a heavy full 13.5 tog duvet while I was still too hot under a much lighter 9 tog affair & am now contemplating going down to 4.5 tog in January

Problem was there was just too much duvet everywhere. Felt like I was smothered in bedding. We have singles for the summer but they fall off / are not quite long enough / wide enough for winter use. Feeling a bit desperate having spent quite a bit of money on these duvets only to find I can't sleep...

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 11:12

Morning All

Have been reading in bed & only just dressed. Thinking about a piece of toast but if I wait half an hour and have soup with it I could call it lunch

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 21:18

Bletchley Park is a really really good day out. Fascinating, stimulating & a little humbling. Well worth a visit.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:01

Was it Lesley who was asking about slow cookers the other day?

Decided it was time to get mine out and start practising. Shin of beef has been casseroling for the last couple of hours for tomorrows dinner. All tips re added flour and reduced liquid followed and the house is now starting to smell yummy. 

Thanks for the idea

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Posted: 07/01/2017 at 17:54

Lovely story Lantana.  Great that Tiggs knows both who she is and (more importantly) who you are.

I've only ever had cats but that first time you let them out on their own is always nail biting. And the first time they don't appear within 10 seconds of being called.. 

Well done on training her up so quickly.

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Posted: 07/01/2017 at 17:26

Mine's so ancient they've stopped issuing updates for it

If yours is writing weird things in for you it sounds as though you have Auto-Correct or Predictive Text switched on. If you'd like to switch them off (so mistakes are all your own work) I can send you instructions for that (it's very easy!)

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