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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
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    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Feb 18, 11:08 AM
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    (Hell hath no fury like a Yorkshireman scorned of his puddings).
    Originally posted by Pyxis


    Its only because you go to these places that serve big yorkshire puddings and people think that they are lovely! They are not in the same league as the homemade version.
    Just some people make crap yorkshire puddings
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 12:08 PM
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    Its only because you go to these places that serve big yorkshire puddings and people think that they are lovely! They are not in the same league as the homemade version.
    Just some people make crap yorkshire puddings
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Well, I've had plenty of homemade ones (not made by me) that are just a brittle empty shell.

    I like a Yorkshire to have nice soft puddingy bits!

    I actually prefer a Yorkshire and gravy to the rest of the roast dinner!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Feb 18, 2:38 PM
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    It is not as bad as it was, my appetite has been to shot for about a week now which on the one hand is good as I am at finally under 12 stone again! but on the other hand even chocolate does not seem appealing
    Originally posted by colinw

    I just knew you were out of sorts Colin. Hope every day
    sees you feeling a little better. You must be ill if chocolate and
    a Gregg donut no longer seem appealing!



    They are nothing like decent yorkshire puddings!!!
    Although I like you very rarely have eggs in the house so have to buy them in especially. So when I do I make BIG toad in the holes
    And no you can't buy the big yorkshires and tell me they are anything remotely like the homemade version!

    You can always tell when you are going to get a yorkshire pud as the person mixing it can't tell you how much flour, milk, water etc to put in. I once tried to help my sister over the phone and it didn't go well. Add flour, add some milk and a bit of water until it feels right No idea to this day what the ratio / weights are.
    Originally posted by indesisiv

    I love the ginormous Yorkshire puds but without the toads -
    disgusting things!

    I'd happily dine on Yorkshire pud, veggies, roasties & gravy for
    dinner.

    Found this light-hearted link re how the dish got its name ...

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/how-toad-in-the-hole-got-its-name/

    Some say that Toad-in-the-Hole originates from the town of
    Alnmouth in Northumberland, where the local golf course was
    overrun with Natterjack toads. During a golf tournament, a golfer
    putted his ball only for it to leap back out before an angry toad
    raised its head, peering out of the hole that it had been sleeping
    in. The chef at the hotel the golfers were staying in devised a dish
    to resemble this humorous moment, baking sausages in batter to
    appear like toads poking their heads out of the golf holes –and
    thus Toad-in-the-Hole was born!


    Unfortunately I had to substitute fresh lemons for the plastic
    variety to have with my pancakes this evening - couldn't buy
    fresh ones this morning for love nor money! Think everyone's
    been panic buying for Pancake Day!

    Just found this article re plastic lemons ..... who would have
    thought?

    How a marketing war over plastic lemons became an important
    British legal case:



    https://tedium.co/2017/02/28/lemon-juice-squeeze-bottles-history/


    I don't have sugar on pancakes, just lemon and in the absence of lemon, vinegar.

    And although they would be fine for me as no sugar involved I won't be having any as too many calories!
    Originally posted by joansgirl

    I must admit I've never tried pancakes with vinegar although
    I did read somewhere that a small amount can be added with
    other ingredients in the recipe - still not sure why though?


    Alfie xxx
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Feb 18, 2:56 PM
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    Well, I've had plenty of homemade ones (not made by me) that are just a brittle empty shell.

    I like a Yorkshire to have nice soft puddingy bits!

    I actually prefer a Yorkshire and gravy to the rest of the roast dinner!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    What are these people doing to those poor yorkshire puds!!!

    They should not be like that at all.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 5:03 PM
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    What are these people doing to those poor yorkshire puds!!!

    They should not be like that at all.
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    I know!

    Maybe they are using s/r flour!
    Or too big a tin for the amount of batter.
    Or cooking it for too long!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 5:04 PM
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    I just knew you were out of sorts Colin. Hope every day
    sees you feeling a little better. You must be ill if chocolate and
    a Gregg donut no longer seem appealing!





    I love the ginormous Yorkshire puds but without the toads -
    disgusting things!

    I'd happily dine on Yorkshire pud, veggies, roasties & gravy for
    dinner.

    Found this light-hearted link re how the dish got its name ...

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/how-toad-in-the-hole-got-its-name/

    Some say that Toad-in-the-Hole originates from the town of
    Alnmouth in Northumberland, where the local golf course was
    overrun with Natterjack toads. During a golf tournament, a golfer
    putted his ball only for it to leap back out before an angry toad
    raised its head, peering out of the hole that it had been sleeping
    in. The chef at the hotel the golfers were staying in devised a dish
    to resemble this humorous moment, baking sausages in batter to
    appear like toads poking their heads out of the golf holes –and
    thus Toad-in-the-Hole was born!


    Unfortunately I had to substitute fresh lemons for the plastic
    variety to have with my pancakes this evening - couldn't buy
    fresh ones this morning for love nor money! Think everyone's
    been panic buying for Pancake Day!

    Just found this article re plastic lemons ..... who would have
    thought?

    How a marketing war over plastic lemons became an important
    British legal case:



    https://tedium.co/2017/02/28/lemon-juice-squeeze-bottles-history/





    I must admit I've never tried pancakes with vinegar although
    I did read somewhere that a small amount can be added with
    other ingredients in the recipe - still not sure why though?


    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    No, me neither! I'm intrigued!
    Must try it!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Feb 18, 6:18 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and traditionally
    romantic day!





    14 February - 29 March







    Valentine’s Day 2018 will see the start of the 21st annual National
    Nest Box Week (NNBW), in which people across Britain are
    encouraged to put up a nest box and provide a family home for
    our birds.



    Mid-February is the time that birds across the country begin to pair
    up, or get back together for the forthcoming breeding season, and
    the search to find a safe place in which to build a nest and raise a
    family begins in earnest.



    Over 20 different bird species regularly use nest boxes: from Blue
    Tits, which use the ‘standard’ small-hole type of nest box, to birds
    like the Barn Owl that use a much larger nest box with a much
    larger entrance hole.



    To help inform which nest box to use, the British Trust for
    Ornithology (BTO) has produced a brand new nest box guide. This
    contains information on the different types of nest box, where to
    site them, plans for how to make them and guidelines on how you
    can make your nest box count if and when it is occupied, by
    monitoring the outcome for science.



    No garden is too small for a nest box, in the case of the House
    Sparrow and the Starling all you need is a little space high up on
    the wall of the house. For those lucky enough to have more space
    why not put up two or more boxes?



    Even if your nest box isn’t used to raise a family it might still be
    used as a safe, warm and dry space to roost overnight. So, go on,
    put up a nest box this National Nest Box Week.

    Please visit here for information on the new BTO Nest Box Guide >>>

    For more information on how to monitor your nest box once it is
    occupied, please visit https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/nbc

    A few Do's and Don'ts of Nest Boxes >>>

    See http://www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw/buy-a-box for
    more tips on putting up a nest box.

    NNBW would not be possible without the support from Jacobi
    Jayne & Co., Britain’s nest box specialists.



    https://www.bto.org/news-events/press-releases/national-nest-box-week-2018






    https://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/nnbw




    https://www.arkwildlife.co.uk/Wildlife/Post/287/National_Nest_Box_Week_2018_-PI-_A_blog_by_the_BTO.html

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    Variety Gold Hearts

    The Variety Gold Heart campaign has been running for over 20
    years in order to raise money for sick, disabled and disadvantaged
    children across the UK. Buying Gold Hearts helps us to make a
    difference to the lives of young people who are desperately
    seeking support, and by purchasing just one heart you are
    showing your commitment to our cause - to improve the quality of
    life for children who are suffering unfairly every day.

    2018 Sherlock Gnomes Gold Heart



    Paramount has partnered with Variety to create limited-edition
    pins featuring “Sherlock Gnomes”, a children’s movie which
    premieres in the UK in May 2018. This 2018 Gold Heart will be
    available to buy via our website on MARCH 5th 2018!



    https://www.variety.org.uk/shop/variety-gold-hearts

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info











    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 14th Feb 18, 8:13 AM
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    Good Morning I hope you are all well....it is a cold one here today

    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Feb 18, 8:29 AM
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    My brain!

    I told someone I would do something with them during the morning of February 14th.

    Last night they asked me if I was still up for it.

    Now I knew that Monday was the 12th because of my hospital appointment.

    For some reason, though, I had it in my head that the 14th was next week!
    Derrrr!
    This morning I have an optician's appointment that I have to attend!
    So I had to let them down!


    I think I got confused with Easter being so early. I hadn't realised it was Shrove Tuesday yesterday until someone to.d me on Monday, and of course that means today is also Ash Wednesday!

    Having Valentine's Day on Ash Wednesday seems wrong!

    Anyway, I guess my head's been all over the place this last week, so that's my excuse!


    Here are some hugs and kisses for all the people who don't have anyone to hug today:




    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Feb 18, 8:35 AM
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    OMG! That is soooo true!

    It's all about finding someone with the same level of weirdness!


    I guess I must be off the weirdness scale!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th Feb 18, 8:39 AM
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    Here are some hugs and kisses for all the people who don't have anyone to hug today:
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    haha sums up valentines day really ... I can't see any of what you posted below this quote
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
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    haha sums up valentines day really ... I can't see any of what you posted below this quote
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Just several group hugs, three individual hugs and three kisses, all emoticons!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Feb 18, 10:42 AM
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    OMG! That is soooo true!

    It's all about finding someone with the same level of weirdness!


    I guess I must be off the weirdness scale!
    Originally posted by Pyxis


    Thee and me both Pyxis!


    Oops! I nearly forgot to post the following - had it saved
    especially for today!





    The look of love?

    Rhinos may not be the most glamourous animals in the world, but
    we’re showing them the love this Valentine’s. Rhino poaching has
    increased by over 7,800% in 10 years, so we need to take them
    off the market. Adopt a rhino for someone you love and help us
    stop the illegal trade in their horns.



    ADOPT A RHINO

    In South Africa, rhino poaching has increased by over 7,800% in
    10 years, so this Valentine’s, we’re showing them some love.

    Rhino horns are seen as a status symbol, and are used as a
    hangover cure. They may not be the most glamourous animals in
    the world, but we love rhinos, so if you do too, you can help by
    adopting one today.

    https://support.wwf.org.uk/valentines-rhino?



    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Feb 18, 11:41 AM
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    I have sinned ....
    I have eaten nuts and crisps and Jacobs mini cheddars whilst away ....
    But I haven't had alcohol or any sweet puddings, although I have watched my wife enjoy hers ....

    Well done to all who have taken The Pledge, and stick at it!

    Thinking about the 5:2 when I get back ....
    Sleazy
    Last Of The Lounge Lizards Couch Potatoes
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Feb 18, 2:13 PM
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    From Woodland Trust facebook page:




    This is such a lovely story we thought we'd share it again this year!

    You can read the full story at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9397478/Farmer-creates-heart-shaped-meadow-in-memory-of-wife.html

    Happy Valentine's Day!






    The Woodland Trust
    February 14, 2014 ·
    For Valentine's Day we thought we'd share this touching story.

    When his wife of 33 years died suddenly, Winston Howes decided
    to create a lasting tribute to her. He planted thousands of oak
    saplings leaving a heart-shaped clearing in the middle where he
    could sit and remember her. His romantic labour of love cannot be
    seen from the road but this aerial shot shows it in all its glory.

    Beautiful isn't it? Happy Valentine's Day everyone.



    also .....




    There’s still time to say it with trees on Valentine’s Day with an
    instant gift that can be emailed directly to the one you love.

    A personalised tree or woodland dedication is a unique, thoughtful
    way of showing you care and helping UK woods and wildlife. Your
    tree or woodland area will live and grow for generations, a
    beautiful haven in a wood you can both visit any time. Your
    dedication could even be an anonymous gift to someone you
    admire from afar! Complete the whole process online for the ideal
    last minute present.

    Dedicate your tree at http://www.woodlandtru.st/3gBIo



    http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/




    Alfie xxx
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    HELP for HEROES
    #findcorrie

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    • colinw
    • By colinw 14th Feb 18, 3:18 PM
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    I have sinned ....
    I have eaten nuts and crisps and Jacobs mini cheddars whilst away ....
    But I haven't had alcohol or any sweet puddings, although I have watched my wife enjoy hers ....

    Well done to all who have taken The Pledge, and stick at it!

    Thinking about the 5:2 when I get back ....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    I might do the 5:2 as well but my version is to have a cream dohnut at 5:02pm every day for a Month
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th Feb 18, 3:31 PM
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    I might do the 5:2 as well but my version is to have a cream dohnut at 5:02pm every day for a Month
    Originally posted by colinw
    Oh I'd have gone with 5 one day ... 2 the next.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Feb 18, 5:42 PM
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    I have sinned ....
    I have eaten nuts and crisps and Jacobs mini cheddars whilst away ....
    But I haven't had alcohol or any sweet puddings, although I have watched my wife enjoy hers ....

    Well done to all who have taken The Pledge, and stick at it!

    Thinking about the 5:2 when I get back ....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Yey!

    I was in Sainsbury's earlier, and it's amazing how habitual thoughts kick in.......
    I almost forgot I'd given up caramel panna cottas, but I remembered and resisted,

    At the cream cake counter......... I resisted

    In the alcohol aisle .........I resisted

    I did find that it is Sainsbobs that does the unsweetened pancakes, though, and they are very nice.

    I bought some, and got home, tired and dying for a sit down, a cuppa and some pancakes (albeit without sugar!) and then realised I'd forgotten to get a lemon/lemon juice!

    Oh noes!


    BUT, then I remembered I had some small, tired clementines languishing in the fruit basket, so decided to squeeze the juice from them onto the pancakes, and do you know, it worked really well! No sugar needed at all! And the clementines saved from a mouldery fate!

    So all was well!

    I've kept one pancake to try with vinegar later, as per Gill's method.


    By the way, those pancakes are on offer at £1 for a pack of 6 (reduced from £1.50), and they can be microwaved for 30secs each.

    (The sweetened ones, which I tried last year, are horrible though).


    I don't usually eat in the Sainsbury's cafe, as I haven't much liked their food in the past, but I'd been out in the wind and rain, and was tired and hungry, so I thought I'd try something.

    I plumped for a hot veggie sausage baguette, and a fruity yogurt with granola topping, and an Americano.

    Well, the veggie sausage baguette was horrible. I ate about a third of it and gave up.
    The yogurt, which at one time had been very nice, was now different and tasteless, so I left about two-thirds of that. The Americano....... well I should have known, as I've had one there before, was weak and watery and tasteless, so I only drank half of it.
    Wot a waste. But I wasn't enjoying it, so pointless carrying on.

    Which was why I was more than ready for them there pancakes! Which I did enjoy, clementine juice an' all!
    Last edited by Pyxis; 14-02-2018 at 5:44 PM.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 14th Feb 18, 6:28 PM
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    Pyx, I only ever used vinegar when there was no lemon handy!

    I have sinned a tiny bit, not with food but cut the late dog walk back by 10 minutes due to the rain and wind which forced me to wear the dreaded wellies. I can't walk in wellies, they kill my feet
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Feb 18, 6:38 PM
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    Pyx, I only ever used vinegar when there was no lemon handy!

    I have sinned a tiny bit, not with food but cut the late dog walk back by 10 minutes due to the rain and wind which forced me to wear the dreaded wellies. I can't walk in wellies, they kill my feet
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    Oh goodness! That's not sinning, that's being sensible! !
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
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