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  1. Daphne

    Hip Op

    I'm sure it will go well for you, as you are young and fit. My Mum and MIL have both had hip ops, when they were 75ish and 90! My Mum had been in a lot of pain for a long time, but she had the op, stayed overnight, came home, used crutches for maybe 24 hours, did her exercises regularly, had a couple of days of me helping her with her socks and making sure she rested, and she had to keep the wound dry for something like 24/48 hours, but she was walking the day after the op, and back to normal pretty quickly, I wasn't needed half as much as I thought I'd be! She wasn't supposed to drive for maybe 4 weeks, but was back behind the wheel before that. It really gave her a new lease of life. Even my MIL made a quick recovery, although she was a lot less mobile to start with for other reasons. She had more intensive physio rather than the standard DIY exercises, and now walks better than she has for many years. Good luck with it!
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    In the kitchen

    Wow - are these grapes you grew in UK? It sounds interesting that there is somewhere that will press them for you, what a good idea. We made a small batch this year, involving nieces and feet! Yesterday we picked and salted a very few table olives for a friend, it will be a surprise for him as he is away at the moment. Last weekend we picked 20 small trees worth with another friend and took them to be pressed at a commercial mill, coming home with 18.5 litres. This took 4 person days of effort and cost 25 euro at the mill, you can see its not exactly financially lucrative as a day job! I have been doing a bit of research and although 95% of our trees are the most common variety in Portugal, we also have a few trees of a very local variety, named after the local regional capital. Today I plan on cooking something I saw on Jamie Oliver yesterday. Its leek carbonara, which basically involves a slow sweating off of the white parts of 2 leeks, finely sliced, then gently poaching them in water for 40 mins. Cook your pasta, beat up an egg with parmesan and seasoning, combine, eat. I wait to see if I am going to miss the smoky bacon flavour!
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    In the kitchen

    Well I haven't been cooking up a storm or anything in the kitchen lately, but we went to a local community thing on Saturday which was all about sustainability, organised by friends of ours. The hook to get people along was free food. They cooked up a feijoada (bean/tomato/cabbage stew with bits of unmentionable pork/chorizo/blood sausage) which is a traditional rural dish. The cooking pot was enormous (2 batches, enough to feed 100 people). It turned out the pot was in use in the biology lab for sterlising things but had been borrowed for the weekend! Later in the afternoon we had roast chestnuts which are traditional everywhere at this time of year. They had bought a sack full of them, you sling a batch into a terracotta pot with holes cut in the side, cook over oil drum filled with wood and pine cones, cook and eat. Everyone just tucked in, including small children. The weather was pants, but we were in an open sided marquee, glass of the local wine in hand, not bad!
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    Gardening thread

    You may already know this, but some years ago somebody did a trial on rose pruning and showed it didn't matter if you hacked off 'x' amount with a chainsaw across all the roses, or whether you carefully pruned 'y' amount off each individual bush to an outward facing bud, you still got the same show next year! My own pruning technique tends to be a bit hesitant and I leave each bush about 3 ft high, but this year I am going to be more drastic and take each bush down to about 2 ft as long as there is a bud to cut above, after it has finished flowering (we have had a very warm spell). I'll wait till its dry as I read somewhere you should avoid pruning anything if it is super wet, presumably as dieback might get into a new cut. This should reduce wind rock and hopefully some of my newer bushes might start to thicken up a bit. When we first moved in, my Portugeuse neighbour had been in charge of the garden and his technique was to cut everything down to about a foot. It worked just fine, but I am not brave enough!
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    Gardening thread

    Yuk last time I tried one! But you could give them a go, nothing to lose.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Enjoy it!
  7. Fluff is normally trimmed on breeding hens to aid the cockeral! However, I guess a side benefit would be less knickerage to get mucky. None of my girls was keen on being picked up, although orps are very docile I have never found them over friendly. The boys, on the other hand, are often very soft indeed. I had one who would actively seek me out to be with, and he loved being picked up and carried around!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Well Wales just weren't good enough, although I don't think SA were up to much either. I opened a bottle of cheap fizz yesterday to celebrate. We didn't finish it and I thought I might be having some exciting elevenses this morning, but it wasn't to be!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    😎 What a game, we outplayed them in every department I think. I never thought I'd see the day! Our NZ friend did say months ago that their squad wasn't as good as previous ones, I guess they are in a rebuilding phase. Never mind, we thoroughly deserved our win by closing them down and not allowing that lovely free flowing rugby we expect from NZ. Now I am half Welsh, so will be shouting for Wales tomorrow! Enjoy the final, it will be extra special for you! Japan has hosted a knockout tournament, and the way they play, they are a joy to watch and it won't be long before they are in the final!
  10. None of my orps ever roosted, I just got used to them sleeping on floors.
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    Brother and Two Sisters

    Yes, brothers/sisters can live happily together, in fact I suspect that's what many backyard flocks are made up of. It is better/usual practice to breed father/daughter/granddaughter or mum/son/grandson than to breed siblings. This is because there is a school of thought that sibling matings are more likely to embed bad traits/weaknesses rather than improving stock. I am not sure why exactly, but it is a philosophy I have always adopted. If you don't incubate you won't have any worries!
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    Fertile Eggs and Eating

    Yes, perfectly fine to eat. They keep just the same, but a small word of warning. Obvs you should keep eggs cool or at room temp (people have different views on this!) It is particularly important not to keep fertile eggs on the warm side of room temp, otherwise there is a chance they will start to develop! I say this because it happened to me once having left some eggs in a window, which was a bit stupid, but if you keep them in the dark and on the cool side of room temp you won't have a problem. When giving eggs away or if you sell them, then I would always give the freshest eggs and keep the older ones for the family.
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    Where in the world

    Winters on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia, Spring and Summer somewhere near Toulouse, Autumn in Portugal. Then I need 3 houses and 3 sets of staff to look after the animals! Right, so that's not happening. I might have to plump for France.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I am expecting a parcel tomorrow from some courier or other and apparently it might be delivered at any time up until 23.59! Lets hope not as we will be up till 1am this morning, waiting for my brother to arrive off a plane from Portugal, where I am not, right this minute, very bad planning on our part!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    When we left Portugal on Weds we had been having days of 32 and sun, T-shirts and shorts. Even here in Normandy although its murky its not very wet. However, I see a yellow forecast for rain back in Portugal tomorrow, so perhaps the UK deluge is on its way south. Mind you, we have not had a vintage year for the weather, so I reckon perhaps we might be owed a decent autumn. I watched the rugby, go Japan!