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  1. Oh Momac, what a trying state of affairs - and so frustrating for both of you. I can't offer any advice, or words of wisdom, but do feel free to rant here as much as you like. I just hope you find it helpful to get it all off your chest where it won't upset anyone, or cause local gossip.
  2. Very sorry to see you go, after all these years, jfp. Is it something we've done? Please reconsider, but whatever you do, I wish you well. megustaleer
  3. Doris Day! That's a whole heap of my early teen memories gone.
  4. Congratulations to your daughter, Binker, and to you for having brought her up to be a wise young lady!
  5. Our Poll cards have arrived for the European elections. I wonder if someone will let us know if we actually have to turn up and vote on the day.
  6. Ditto As far as numbers go, "the country" is fairly evenly divided. Or was at the time of the referendum, and no-one in power is prepared to risk finding that the proportions have changed, as they have no idea how they would cope if they have. No more idea than they had when the referendum result was not the one that any of them expected.
  7. I have always been a keen supporter of local politics, and deplore the low turnout in local elections - but: In our neck of the woods there are about 6 candidates standing for 2 seats on the Town Councli, and 8 for ?? seats on the District Council. So far we have received one leaflet from a Town Council candidate, and two for District Council candidates. Plus one from a political party which is fielding candidates in both elections and all wards, but hasn't given any details of the candidates - not even their names. Everybody else is going to have to get their leaflet stuffed through our door pretty smartly if they want our votes - which presumably they don't, or we'd have heard from them before now. I expect a very low turnout, and they can hardly blame the voters this time, given this lack of encouragement.
  8. I doubt that is actually to do with memory loss, momac, more to do with habit, and "physical memory" - where a regular action is so ingrained into everyday routine that the body goes into action without the brain needing to alert it. The sticky tape is a good idea - without that reminder, even if you had perfect memory, the automatic action could lead to a nasty injury.
  9. I seem to have hit the buffers on the reading front. I did spend much of April reading three cookery books, for the purpose of planning a menu to feed Easter visitors, but other than that the usual spring demands of the garden have taken over. Not that I have made much progress there, back pain is slowing me down and that also makes sitting reading uncomfortable. I also have knitting that has passed three deadlines, and i can't seem to get on with that, either. But, The Playmaker still sits by my chair, so i haven't totally given up on it.
  10. That's what I usually do, but I don't get to the garden centre very often, so bought my plants as soon as i saw them for sale. The warm weather in the week before Easter made them put on a growth spurt and, rather than risk knocking the tops off getting them in and out of the growhouse (which was far too hot in last week's sun) I thought they'd be better off planted out. They should be OK with a bit of fleece over them if it doesn't get frosty. There is no shade where the pots are, so I'd like them to get established before they have to cope with much heat, or the notoriously blustery wind we get throughout the year along this stretch of coast.
  11. The weather turned from unseasonably hot at the w/e to normal early spring temperatures on Tuesday - which is a bit chilly for outdooor tomatoes. The forecast for today in my neck of the woods was even chillier, with rain and strong winds, so at 06:30 I was outside rigging up some protection for my five little tomato plants. After breakfast I went shopping, suitably waterproofed, and came home at lunchtime sweltering in bright sunshine. I have not uncovered the tomatoes because, as soon as I do, the rain and strong winds will arrive and batter them down. Here's hoping they don't die of heat exhaustion in the meantime. English weather
  12. I have planted five different tomato plants in their pots - and the weather has now turned chilly!
  13. Edward Kelsey - known to many Archers' listeners as the cantankerous, but loveable Joe Grundy
  14. Yeah, me too! I'm paying for it now 'though. Slept badly last night, but managed to plant 3 tomatoes this morning (two still to do). Been tired, achey ad feeling quite rough all evening
  15. Oh, tell me about it! I seem to be permanently exhausted, and yet achieve nothing. The last few days were an aberration, which I couldn't have kept up any longer - don't know where I got the energy from, but it's all gone again now. Today I filled a few pots ready to put in tomato plants, and my back was in spasm by the time I finished. I had managed to get the visitors towels and bed-linen washed, but could barely lift the last sheet off the clothes line this afternoon. Not bothered about being 10 years younger, but could do with being 10 years fitter!
  16. Very limited supply of fresh herbs locally - a bus ride to the next town along doesn't always come up with the goods either, but that and the garden supplied enough for last week. I have found growing mint to be a problem - if you get it in the ground then it goes rampant and takes over every possible growing space, but it hates being in a pot, and sulks. I have found an answer here. Next to us is a small car park for the Sainsbury's Local, and between it and us is a screen of trees in a very weedy, neglected strip of land. I sneaked a couple of rooted mint cuttings into it 18 months ago, and it is doing very well there . Chard is difficult to find in the shops. I've seen it occasionally in supermarkets, where it is pretty expensive compared with spinach, and rather limp. I use spinach and chard interchangeably in most recipes, but for the Chickpea and Chard pork you really need the stalks as well, and most spinach in the supermarkets is bagged 'baby', or 'young' leaves, so the stalks are negligible. Jamie's recipe actually uses Rainbow, or Ruby chard to get the coloured stalks, which add to the appearance of the dish.
  17. My plating-up would not pass muster in any kind of restaurant, but at least, having guests, I managed (unmatching) serving dishes and didn't plonk it out straight from the cooking pans as is my everyday practice. My head was in a spin - we are experiencing an unfamiliar bank-holiday heatwave, so I was almost passing out from the heat build-up in the kitchen on Saturday evening. Had I known this at the planning stage - or believed the forecasts when I heard them - I might have stuck to cold meats and salads, but it is a very long time since I have found such pleasure in cooking for anyone. Also, it was my way, and first opportunity, of expressing love and care for my son and daughter-in-law who are still very fragile after the loss, in February, of their expected baby. Good news on that front is that the problem with the baby was a "one off", and there is no reason that it should be repeated in any future pregnancy.
  18. A couple of Jamie Oliver's Five Ingredient (plus half of what he expects you to keep in your pantry) Recipes. Both were easy and we had no leftovers from the main course, Chickpea and Chard Pork. i was particularly pleased with that, as I have chard in the garden and another recipe for it is always welcome - and it was delicious. I made his Peas, Beans, Chilli Mint to go with that, and some Green Couscous, from a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi Jamie's Mango Rice Pudding was also a success. It is very easy, tasty, and lighter than a 'normal' rice pud. The recipe makes a big bowlful, and as we had it after a very rich and substantial main course, we still have quite a lot left. The Yotam Ottolenghi recipes had many more than five ingredients - but worth all the effort for the flavoursome results. Not the amount of spice I expected in them, going by previous recipes I've tried by him, but lots of fresh herbs and they were, in most cases, quite healthy - just a couple that contained quite a lot of cream - although it's not compulsary to eat large portions The most indulgent was a Vanilla Custard with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb - chosen because i wanted to use my home-grown rhubatb. The recipe is supposed to serve 8 - 10, and as there were only 4 of us I only made 3/4 of the recipe - but we managed to polish of the lot in one sitting. I laso made his Chicken Marbella, Tamara's Ratatouille, Courgette and Ciabatta Frittata, and Roast Cabbage with Tarragon and Pecorino Well, you did ask! I would like to point out that this was over a period of 3days, not all in one sitting!
  19. Had a brilliant weekend. Fun in the sun with both sons and their families. Fun in the park, fun in the garden, fun at the seaside, fun at church. Couldn't have been better! Well, it was rather too hot for me, but everyone else was enjoying it. Cooked some delicious food from recipes I've not tried before, and all were successful. Visitors now departed and I am exhausted, but happy.
  20. Too hot for me. and only April still ! Seedlings germinated badly, and struggled in the cold. Now they are burning up in the heat and i am having to move the seed trays arround the garden trying to get them in a little shade, and struggling to keep the compost moist.
  21. rhododendrond like acid soil, so you could be on a hiding to nothing if yours is alkaline - which it probably is if rhodos are generally difficult in your area. I doubt if they would thrive in pots, either, as they are big sprawling beasts in the wild. What about their daintier cousins, azaleas? They can be grown in pots of ericaceous compost. You'll need that for your heather, too.
  22. And, in the main from different donors. Disaster appeals draw in many small donations from individuals, and many donations to the Notre Dame repairs will also come from individuals who have been touched by the sight of the burning cathedral. The large Notre Dame pledges are from businesses, corporations and large organisations - who will no doubt benefit from being listed among the 'sponsors' when the work is done. They are the ones with the warped prioities when it comes to largesse.
  23. Half a billion euros pledged, and rising, according to tonight's news. That's five hundred million. £18 million (not quite 21,000 euros) raised for the Idai cyclone appeal on the DEC website - compare and contrast.
  24. Usually, I think, the publisher puts a book forward for consideration, then the award-givers have various ways of whittling the nominees down to, first, a 'long-list' and then a shortlist, and then their appointed judges pick a winner. The books nominated for each award have to fit that Award's specific criteria, and then it is up to the personal opinion of the judges who try, but do not always succeed, to reach a consensus.
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