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Posted: 11/11/2015 at 19:02

SW of Norwich is my side of Norwich BL.  Actually I'm in Suffolk -  but lots of family & friends in & around Norwich so a regular journey.

Would be lovely to meet up for a coffee or something when you are sorted out... 


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:07

I can sort of imagine what he's been up to ....

We went to Green Pastures Dove - just off the A146 near Bergh Apton. Only a small to medium size selection of plants - but at least it is plants  (mainly shrubs at the moment) & not scented candles etc.

If you haven't been it's worth a look. Bought some plants earlier in the year which were in nice condition. There is also a small farm shop there and a cafe / restaurant which has won 'Best norfolk Restaurant' award.

Went at the beginning of October and the food really was excellent - the seafood platter was huge & featured loads of stuff from Pinneys smokehouse (Orford).

This time is was a little disappointing but (as I said before) I got the impression that there were staffing issues. Will definitely give it another try tho' - might try afternoon tea in the spring.


One lone survivor

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:44

I was in John Lewis at 11am near the coffee shop - all very busy and bustling with people shopping / chatting / laughing / going about their business.

At 11am they announced all partners would stop what they were doing for 2 mins and the whole shop fell instantly and wonderfully silent & still.

Very respectful. Strangely moving.


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:35

So sorry to hear about your dog Pam - huge hole when they leave us. A new puppy to care for is something to look forward to - and enjoying him or her doesn't diminish the love you had for your old pet  

And I'm also really sorry to hear about P'docs problem. That sounds a little more serious than the seething but silent resentment / not-talking stand offs I had with a previous neighbour. At the very least you should log the details of the event & take photos so that, if this does escalate, you are able to present a record of the harassment. I don't know what started all this off but is it worth trying to find a peaceful, diplomatic solution (even if it is a rather uneasy truce)?

You could go round & accuse your neighbour of vandalising your property but I would be more inclined to say that your OH has been very upset by the incident and you wondered if they had experienced any similar problems / did they see anybody hanging about who might have done it etc as you are considering calling the police to report the matter. Might make them think twice before repeating the exercise...

Had a lovely quick trip into Norwich - got quite a few things crossed off my shopping list. Then went for a lovely lunch - it is so good to catch up with old friends. Food wasn't as good as the last time we went and the service was a little - erm - disorganised -  is a nice way to put it. Got the impression they were training several members of staff both front & back of house at the same time.

Dove - I'm still in September with my Archers podcasts (Henry started school a few days ago!) - so I'm not up to date with the story line (big pile of ironing waiting - that will see me through a good few episodes) - but that Rob T has been on my hit list for a very long time.... He is a very nasty piece of work & I think his character has been really well written. Just love The Archers 


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 07:28
Morning all, evening Pat.
Makes a chang to be an early poster
Last week was a bit of a drag with little to do. This week is the exact opposite with activities planned for every day.
Today I am off to Norwich for a couple of hours shopping (cross a couple of things off the C list) & then meeting a couple of dear friends for a nice girlie lunch at a garden centre / farm shop just outside the city on the SE side. Will be swapping a few plants which is always nice to do
Hoping to leave here abt 9 so best get in the shower...

PS - Runny - 'Gusset' is an excellent word - schoolgirl titter.


Posted: 10/11/2015 at 21:31

Thanks Verdun - some very good ideas there - love blue and rich purple plants - will have a good think before I buy to make sure I get the right spot. 

Thanks to you too Pat - silver also sounds interesting.,

Fairy - yes it is me and Arne Dahl - just watching Saturday's offering tonight - very good! 



Posted: 10/11/2015 at 18:11

Evenin' all.

What a grey old day it's been - but I seem to have made a lot of (non-gardening) decisions about C....s, holidays, meals out etc etc over the last few days so, quite productive & I feel both organised & tired (thinking seems to wear me out!).

Sorry to hear some of you are still suffering with aches & pains. Went on a church visit with a large group this morning & had somebody coughing & sneezing directly behind me. Was a bloke so (of course) wasn't doing it into a handkerchief or tissue. If I get another cold  it will be the 3rd one since July  ....  & I just don't need it. First Defence spray in use already...

Verdun - would very much like to hear what planting combo you are thinking of using  with the abelia.

I walk past a couple of 'Kaleidoscopes' on my way to the office and they look particularly bright and cheery at this time of year (& smothered in flowers). I keep thinking I would like to find a space for one in my garden - but I'm concerned the wrong combo might look rather brash but I'm sure the right one could be stunningly good.

You're pretty good at that sort of thing so I hope you don't mind me picking your brains for ideas... 

Fairy - New series of The Bridge starts a week on Saturday 


Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:37
Pat - we've had both season 1 & season 2 of The Bridge here and I'm hoping we'll be having Season 3 in a couple of weeks.

All 3 Scandi series of The Killing were very good - don't like any of the US remakes - same as I don't enjoy the remakes of classic films. They were classic because they were so good - leave well alone....

On the scone front - I don't roll mine - I make a long sausage with the mix abt 2-3" diameter & cut inch deep bits off. Works better for me - rolling pin skills are not great.
Cuppa tea right now waiting for OH to get in from work so we can watch Arne Dahl together.

Nite nite see you all tomorrow.


Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:19

Your bird feeders sound interesting FG - surrounded by squirrels here so a constant battle to find feeders that confuse them but still let the birds in. Last one got dragged off the tree 3 nights in a row so they could get in via the base. 

I love those Scandi dramas - Arne Dahl tonight - not the best but OK until The Bridge starts again in a couple of weeks time .

I usually record the whole series then watch it all over 3 or 4 consecutive nights  - otherwise I tend to forget characters / plot lines. My excuse is that some of them are a little convoluted & some actors appear in multiple series which can be confusing after a couple of G&T's! Arne Dahl is Ok though - a different story each weekend.

Hope you enjoy your walk tomorrow. You're very keen!



Posted: 07/11/2015 at 12:30

Afternoon - what a vile day outside - horizontal rain - blowing a hooley and leaves vortexing around all over the place. On the plus side I have a warm house, and a full log store and I don't have to go out.

Waiting for a WR delivery which should include a few bottles of discounted vino. Catching up with paperwork right now but thinking about snuggling up with with a jigsaw & a black & white movie (Rebecca & Brief Encounter maybe - all time faves - seen them both about 50 times..) in front of the fire with some chocolate.

OH away at the moment so had planned salad for dinner - having second thoughts at the moment  - a nice hearty stew seems more appropriate.

...with dumplings...

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