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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    Knit Witch
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat!
    • #1
    • 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat! 18th Jul 17 at 8:29 PM
    As threads are going walkabout I thought I would start the next stage of this off - I will try and do the links later!
    Must use my stash up!
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    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 11th May 18, 4:17 AM
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    And pray what did you mistake the elephant for Mardatha? It was too big to be a jelly baby!
    Originally posted by silvasava
    It had been rolling round in icing sugar. To be fair, it was a mistake any of us could have made
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 11th May 18, 6:36 AM
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    Just one big jelly elephant!
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 11th May 18, 7:25 AM
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    it had been rolling round in icing sugar. To be fair, it was a mistake any of us could have made
    Originally posted by softstuff
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 11th May 18, 7:48 AM
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    You're forgiven Mar - an elephant rolled in icing sugar would be so easy to mistake for a Jumbo jelly baby
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Floss
    • By Floss 11th May 18, 7:50 AM
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    Monna maybe you should cut the solid marmalade into small lumps, roll in icing sugar & sell to unsuspecting tourists as "Caulkhead Delight" Well it worked for Turkey
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 11th May 18, 8:32 AM
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    You are a really inspiring lot. Rustic, caramelized marmalade, liveable marmalade, no tablet, SLICEABLE marmalade, Caulkhead (Isle of Wighters, for the unintiated) Delight, I'm spoilt for choice. Actually it tastes OK, you just get the unexpected crunchy bit now and again.

    Today experimental cooking is out. I am off to try and get a place on the free T*sc* bus that goes from the village twice a week. It is unfortunately necessary to visit that emporium occasionally for those things that are unobtainable in the village.
    Still warmish and sunny here though cooler than it was. I'll settle for that as long as it is dry.

    Will report back later. I guess LameWolf is on her way by now.

    I've been struck by a brilliant thought. Anyone who can eat an elephant, whether or not rolled in icing sugar, can surely tackle solid marmalade with caramelized, black crunchy bits and a delicate burnt flavour.
    Look out for a parcel mar.


    I've got that dreaded furniture disease........... that's when your chest is falling into your drawers.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 11th May 18, 8:42 AM
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    I've just hit peak !!!!!!edness. And have stopped all work, sat down and had a whisky. Barring finding something for hubby for dinner (I can settle for dark choccy, blue cheese and pork scratchings - yes, I can do that on this diet so ) and another coat on a door to be hung Sunday, I'm done. It's been a heck of a week of activity though, even if appearances say otherwise.
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 11th May 18, 8:58 AM
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    Sounds as if you should sleep well, Softstuff! x

    maryb I hope DH had a good night and was able to get comfortable. Glad you were able to arrange things at the marina

    I hope Mr Nargleblast is continuing to feel better and getting less grouchy ((HUGS))

    karcher, burtha, fuddle Hope you're ok. Thinking of you.

    I love all the inspired ideas for monna's marmalade

    Mr ivyleaf is 65 today! I'm just waiting for DD2 to drop in with his cards and present on her way back from the school run. The birthday boy is still asleep so I might persuade DD to put her head round the bedroom door and yell "Happy birthday, Dad!" We're going out for lunch, so he can't have breakfast too late or he won't be hungry at lunchtime!
    • Charis
    • By Charis 11th May 18, 12:47 PM
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    I've been struck by a brilliant thought. Anyone who can eat an elephant, whether or not rolled in icing sugar, can surely tackle solid marmalade with caramelized, black crunchy bits and a delicate burnt flavour.
    Look out for a parcel mar.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    How do you post a Jelliphant? One slice at a time?
    • Puffinbertha
    • By Puffinbertha 11th May 18, 1:22 PM
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    How do you post a Jelliphant? One slice at a time?
    Originally posted by Charis
    In its trunk.
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 11th May 18, 6:41 PM
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    Hard Up Hester
    My dgd who is 7 was playing in the park when a boy the same age grabbed her and started a fight, after a few minutes two of his friends joined in. At this point DD stepped in and broke up the fight. By now two of the three boys were in tears. Dgd walked away head held high without a mark on her.
    If you are going to bully a little girl don't pick on one who play fights with her 14 year old brother as she will be too tough for you!
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 11th May 18, 6:53 PM
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    Oh really !!! I personally would do a good job with brown paper and string. Well, perhaps 'good ' job is stretching it a bit, there did seem to be bits of elephant poking through the packaging and I did have difficulty finding somewhere to stick the stamp. Still, with a bit of luck Mar will receive it in reasonable nick.

    I love travelling on the little free bus to T*sc*s. It's like a club. Everyone knows everyone and when all the shopping was done we all met up in the C*st* coffee shop.
    Such places are really against my religion but I told myself that it was a sociable occasion and paid my 2 for a cup of coffee with gritted teeth. Anyway, cupboards are now stocked up and only bits of fresh food will have to be purchased for the rest of the month.

    Soft stuff, cheese, dark choc and pork scratchings??? I need to hear more about this diet. Immediately, if not before. I took your advice and obtained the turmeric tea and the cocoa chilli one. I don't usually like these odd teas but to my surprise I really enjoyed these two. A bit expensive but fine for a bit of a treat.

    Nothing else to report so I'll wait to see what everyone else has been up to today.

    ETA. Hester that girl will go far. I was in the nursery class of my school one day when a small boy decided to try a bit of bullying on a cherubic little girl who was painting. The little angel turned round slowly, smiled and sloshed him across the face with a loaded paintbrush, at the same time kicking him smartly in the shins. I have never seen her name in lights but it can only be a matter of time.
    Last edited by monnagran; 11-05-2018 at 7:01 PM.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 11th May 18, 6:53 PM
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    Sounds like my DD Hester. Looked (and still does) angelic, baby blue eyes, very blonde hair and quiet until ruffled. She has two big brothers who played rough!
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 11th May 18, 7:17 PM
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    Tough little girls? My niece, aged 5, was being teased by my DH (6 feet tall). She turned to him, hands on hips, and asked, 'You do KNOW I do karate, don't you." We all fell about laughing
    She will go far, she is so confidant, and fairly formidable!

    Softstuff, I know the diet and it works! Yep, dark chocolate, or a plate of bacon and egg, or tonight's tea - a chicken breast with the skin on, green beans and cauliflower cheese. Dessert, a tablespoon of whipped cream and some blueberries. Yum. Never feel hungry. My friend* who completely eschews fat just cannot get her head round it, despire me shrinking slowly and steadily for the last 18 months!
    *She eats scones without butter or jam or cream. That's just not natural, is it?
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • FairyPrincessk
    • By FairyPrincessk 11th May 18, 7:19 PM
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    Evening all,

    Forgive my strange squinty appearance, I've just marked stacks and stacks of exams which had to be turned around almost instantly. On the other hand I can make out all sorts of handwriting.

    No elephant eating though and I'm not a marmalade cheese, whiskey and dark chocolate tho....

    Actually, I think that is enough of that. The good news is my results came today and none of the serious things were found. The bad news is my cholesterol is a bit high and my iron is a smidge low (but not enough to be causing heart issues). Since dad has had a stroke and my maternal great grandmother also had a stroke I'm motivated to work on this now.

    Now, I know enough to know what I need to do but it will be a bit of effort. Particularly the cheese and cream and butter...but well, there we are. Fortunately OH is on board. As he pointed out...we eat mostly the same things but he eats more so he probably could do with a change too. My plan of action is to begin by drawing up a list of 'good' things that I enjoy that I can have when I fancy a treat so this won't feel too much like entering a life of gloom. Next step is finding some tasty looking new recipes to enter into rotation so I won't miss to melted cheese too much...

    Thinking of MaryB, Lamewolf, Nargleblast, Bertha, Nursemaggie and several whose stories I remember but whose names have become jumbled into exam scripts
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 11th May 18, 7:34 PM
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    Evening all, back home again and absolutely shattered! yesterday included a trip from the shires to London by bus setting out at 10 in the morning and back again in the evening (loosely evening that is), bus picked us up from the Festival Hall at 10 after the concert and we had 3 x complete road closures on major roads on the way back necessitating diversions and we finally got indoors at 1.45 am. I don't remember what happened after that but I woke up at 6.45 in time to get breakfast for DD who had to work poor lamb!

    We have had a sensible OFFER on the house!!! and also another one that is just silly because they want to do some renovations and put in an en suite and have offered us 50,000 under asking price......I think NOT!!! another viewing tomorrow afternoon so not making the decision until after we know the outcome of that. Lady who made the offer is in rented and will be a cash buyer so that's a positive. We have one property that might do but He Who Knows has reservations because it has a small garden but we could get an allotment in the small market town it's in, there are vacancies now. We are cautiously optimistic on this one but time only will tell.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 11th May 18, 7:34 PM
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    Good news FPK! You will easily find some lower fat recipes to make tasty meals, and if your OH is happy to join in with small changes it will make things simple. Remember to share any good recipes!
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 11th May 18, 9:40 PM
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    Ooh Mrs LW thats good news! Fingers crossed that you have a choice xx
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 11th May 18, 9:51 PM
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    Monnagran I have added your dreaded furniture disease to my list of ailments I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

    Thanks to all who sent good wishes for my OH, he is grouchy at times but it is mainly due to pain from an old back injury. Fortunately he has some appointments booked with an amatsu (?) therapist, his first session before he had his operation really helped, so we have great hopes this chap can do something for him. As far as the breast cancer is concerned, we will find out next Friday the biopsy results and whether he will need chemo or not. We are quietly confident that things will be ok. If not, then it will be what it will be and we will deal with it. I have to massage his arm every morning because he gets a sort of burning tightness in it close to where they hoicked out all his lymph nodes, something he was warned about. They only removed all the nodes because they couldn't see clearly which ones were the designated ones for removal (machine was not picking up a good enough signal, apparently). I suppose I will have to brush up on my limited knowledge of the lymphatic system and lymphoedema.

    In the meantime, our son comes home for the weekend tomorrow and OH's son, daughter in law and the two grandhooligans arrive late morning. Tomorrow evening we are having a barbecue party with the neighbours and their two sprogs joining us. Eleven thick steaks, nearly a kilogram of prawns and about ten chicken breasts (chopped and marinated in soy sauce, honey and garlic) are all taking up valuable space in our fridge, along with various salad dishes. Neighbour is bringing cupcakes and banoffee pie to go with the melon and strawberries for dessert. Visiting family will also bring some food, don't know what but it will definitely get eaten over the weekend. I also made a lethal garlic sauce to go with the barbecued meat, recipe to follow......
    One life - your life - live it!
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 11th May 18, 9:56 PM
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    Lyn As this is to be your forever home and you both seem so fit I think you may be there a very long time. An allotment and a smaller garden you can manage when you are a lot older may be a good idea. The house could be smaller for the same reason as long as it has all you would like.

    FPK as long as you eat oats every day that should help reduce your cholesterol. Generally eating more fruit and veg will help too. You do not need to cut out butter and cream all together in fact cutting fats too much is bad for you. Never buy anything labelled with "low fat" it is bound to be full of lots of sugar and be bad for you.
    Last edited by nursemaggie; 11-05-2018 at 10:01 PM.
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