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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 12:23

Oh no! Dove's got the lurgy!

My OH had it over the Christmas period and I also thought I'd got away with it. Maybe I shouldn't be celebrating quite so soon . Sounds like a nasty little virus - take care Dove - stay warm and hydrated I'm told that chocolate is considered quite medicinal these days. 

Kitten shenanigans sound like fun Obx - been there - got that T-shirt My 15 year old 'kitten' still thinks gently biting noses and ears is a good way to start the day and human heads were made for sitting on!

Lesley I have a slow cooker but I don't use it very often. This newer one is a bit spluttery and I find it gets too hot even when on lowest power setting. Much preferred the ancient ceramic one I used for many years - much better behaved.

I used the old one quite a lot when I was out at work - but I wouldn't want to leave the new one unattended for more than 3 - 4 hrs - which nearly defeats the object. I also struggle as bit as liquid doesn't evaporate in the same way it does from a normal casserole so food often seem a bit watery. I think it tastes a bit different too. Probably just need to practise more but - for me - it's easier to shove a pot in the oven - and I can use the same pot for searing, cooking and serving.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 22:54

I'm away too - night everybody - sweet dreams 😴💤

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:57

Trip to Norwich today to buy duvets, covers and towels from John Lewis. Some very good deals to be had and the roads and car parks were nice and quiet for a change. W/rose on the way back so supplies bought for making hot pot / cottage pie / chilli and some fish dishes. Good cook-in forecast for tomorrow or Friday! All in all a good day

Roads were quite damp and it looks set to freeze hard tonight - hope OH is ok on his bike Dove. Mine has been told to take care when he's on the country roads at 4am tomorrow morning

Glad you're feeling a bit better BL - not as cold here as central France but should still be a bit wintery for you

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 10:32

DD - very warmest wishes to you and Charlie. This is a dark time of year for many people - so you do whatever helps to get you through it. That includes going to see your doctor if you still feel this low after a couple of weeks. Does going for a run lift the spirits? - even if only for a couple of hours.

You don't have to be bright & breezy on here. Keep looking in even if you don't feel up to posting - we'll be waiting when you're ready to come back

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:41

Hi everyone

Did a Hosta last night - still awake when the alarm went off for OH to go to work at 4am. Managed a couple of  hours after he left but have spent all day feeling a bit like a wrung out dish rag. 

Did a few jobs but sat down now. Determined to stay awake until proper bedtime and then hopefully a better night.

Clari your 'shed' looks like a proper potential utility room. Make sure it happens. Love the air raid shelter sign and the stone bottles - have a few bits & pieces like that myself. They make things homey - although a warm house is top of the list for that!

Hope Chicky had a good day with Dad & the rest of you are keeping warm - gonna be a cold one tonight - brrrr 

Edit: You snuck home while I was posting Dove. Love to WW - hope she is happy with earlier start date

Last edited: 02 January 2017 17:47:46

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 16:16
nutcutlet says:

Binoculars Topbird? We were out there in the persistence. I suggested postponing til tomorrow but was over-ruled. Probably best, another frost tonite would have wiped out even more flowers. 

about a third of last year's count.

See original post

 I know Nut - I'm just a pathetic excuse for a gardener

Happy New Year to you & yours - hope we can manage some more trips this year

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 15:45

As it is still persisting down and doesn't seem to have got light today I've done this list with the aid of binoculars from the upstairs windows

Far fewer flowers spotted than last year.

Sarcococca confusa

Viburnum Bodnantense "Dawn"

Winter honeysuckle

Eleagnus ebingeii

Rosa "Wisley 2008" 

Primula vulgaris


Choisya Ternata

Viburnum Tinus in bud

Last edited: 01 January 2017 15:46:57

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 11:29

Morning and a Happy New Year

I wish you all a 2017 with plenty of sunshine - warm - not hot (except in Hosta's garden where it will be el-scorchio), lots of gentle rain most nights between 10pm and 6am, no hail stones, no strong winds - just gentle breezes - and a near absence of slugs and snails....

Hope Mr and Mrs Panda had a great day yesterday.

Glad DD had a busy time catching up with old friends - it gets easier each time you do it - onwards and upwards now.

Hope - Hosta has a great hols, Dove has an enjoyable break, Fairy has a good walk and Wonky doesn't have too bad a head when she wakes!

Whatever the rest of you are doing today - enjoy. We will planning our little camper van tour for the end of the month. 

Last edited: 01 January 2017 11:30:17

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 15:53

Just back from town - 1C and thick fog - still frosty on some pavements. Not very nice - although skeletal silver birches en route - back lit by a barely visible watery sun - were very pretty in a wintery sort of way Nice pics Chicky

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:34

Hi Fairy

Watched both episodes of "Roads Less Travelled" last night - very different scenery but stunning none the less. Some of those beaches - pure white sand and turquoise seas - very, very beautiful.

Hope you get out on the hills over the weekend. Have you got Fairylet gargling / swilling with diluted TCP? My Dad's cure-all for everything except dandruff - filthy stuff...

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