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  1. Panicked phone call from DS in Belfast last night at 11pm! Had to reassure him he hadn't missed Mothers' Day!!
  2. HFW is great but also love Rose Elliott and Ottlenghi. Also love Celia Brooks and Nigel Slater and of course Delia does very good veggie recipes (particularly love Delias mushroom risotto which Is baked in the oven sooo easy ; she does a spring veg one too with mint which is also yum). I also have two very old falling apart recipe books from the eighties called "The moosewood cookbook" and "the enchanted broccoli forest" which I bought in the states and I love, the key thing is they must have a majority of main course savouries I absolutely hate books/magazines that promise vegetarian recipes and are full of desserts (take note BBC Good Food Vegetarian Specials !)
  3. It's very liberating isn't it PatsyLabrador? You go girl! X
  4. So sorry to read this. One of my girls survived a fox attack even though it had made a two inch gap in her breast for which she had surgery (I had to; I felt so guilty it was entirely my fault). Because there was no blood I didn't spot the injury until the next day either and so hopefully Poppy will pull through ok x
  5. So many amusing comments here A few selections from me: Keith Lemmon Alan Carr. Far too Chatty Man imo Margaret Thatcher Simon Cowell and all his hideous variety shows Ant and Dec and I have no interest in which is which I could go on........
  6. I would run away with Michael Palin (it's the twinkle in his eye) Hugh Lawrie, Kevin McCloud. Back in the day Bryan Ferry was sex on legs, and so was Paul Newman and I had a big thing for Robert Powell when he was Toby in Doomwatch (yes I am that old!) New and unexpected love Raymond Blanc ( see Kew on a plate!) mostly just happy OH puts up with me after all these years!
  7. Anyone else watching this and being charmed by M.Raymond? I'm captivated. His goosegog tart looked divine (but apparently could have done with more gooseberries!) I loved his intro to the veggie chilli! "Ooo could 'ave imagined sat zis guy from Bordeaux a confirmed carnivore would devote imself to vegetab les"...... Great stuff......
  8. Coming late to the party and back to shower screens I have found absolutely the best thing for the industrial strength lime scale/soap scum duo that my kids leave in our shower is Barkeepers Friend (powder version) on a green scrudger thing ( I was desperate one day and saw someone recommending it on t'internet) I only need to do it about once every three months because it stays reasonably clear just using a squeegee and spray with shower shine in between (whichever brand is cheapest when I'm replacing it). I thought it would etch the glass but it didn't (although test it somewhere inconspicuous first in case your shower doesn't react like ours!)
  9. Just to say that BHWT have lovely ex-caged hens looking for homes collection from Wigan If anyone has any space the contact is sophie.mccoy@bhwt.org.uk Hope this doesn't break any rules mods. It came up on my FB page and so I thought I'd share here to reach a wider audience as we are practically in the English Channel here so not likely to reach the right people to spread the word!
  10. I thought on the basis of tonight's dance only Pixie had to go but not sure how Frankie avoided the dance off. I like Simon. But after that Argentinian Tango my favourite is Carline and of course she has the benefit of Pasha's wonderful choreography too!
  11. Another lime and soda fan here. Or sometimes if we are at the pub I will have a tomato juice. I find most ready mixed drinks too sweet but The Orchard Pig grapefruit and mint one is very refreshing. I also find that if you dilute the premixed fizzy drinks with fizzy water or soda water they are much more palatable. I have to 'fess up though. I only resort to non alcoholic if I'm driving otherwise mine's a large Gin and full fat Tonic ! (can't abide overly sweetened diet drinks but will try the Feverfew one next time on your recommendations ) ps. All of this hedonism will stop in January because I'm planning to go sugar free. Anyone want to join me?
  12. I'm glad you are still loving your Devon Woollen Duvet Cinnamon. We are still using ours and I too would hate to be without it! Best thing ever ! X
  13. That's why calorie counting doesn't work! If it did in the course of a year you could expect a massive weight loss in fact the average is about 11 lbs ( please correct me if I'm wrong) most of which goes back on because it's just plain unsustainable.....
  14. Can't say I was that keen on Pixie's Charleston ( cringes and waits for onslaught of disagreement). Otherwise I pretty much agreed with the judges. Don't have a favourite to win though and I usually do by this stage Too many talented dancers to chose from!
  15. Totally agree DM. So many people don't seem to realise that their health and weight would be so much better if they concentrated on eating real foods. If your grandma wouldn't recognise it as food ( for my generation's grandmas that would include most confectionary available today!) then don't eat it ! Simple as That. Proper food which nourishes your body doesn't leave you feeling hungry. Oh and forget calorie counting. As you have already noted not all calories are not created equal. Also low fat. Some low fat slimming diets rely almost entirely on carbs and sugar. ....hello type two diabetes! And dismounts soap box ! Sorry!
  16. Not feeling Christmassy yet in deepest coastal Sussex but weather has been too barmy and warm on any case. Also my stumbling block every year is November birthdays (dd and oh) which have to be properly celebrated first and so Christmas def on hold. That said visited the Country Living Christmas fair at the weekend which was lovely and did get the Christmas mood going.and also managed to get pressies for several people there which was brill! My aim is to be much more organised this year For the two previous years the Christmas tree hasn't gone up until the 23rd December which makes me very twitchy!
  17. Late to the party because I've only just seen the advert. Blatant sentimentalily. Still made me cry !
  18. I'm sorry to hear you have been unwell but try not to worry too much (easier said than done I know). I totally agree with PatsyLabrador that a lot of tummy issues are stress related and it's quite possible to become suddenly sensitive to something which never caused an issue for you before eg bread . IBS presents with the sort of symptoms that you describe as I know. I found A diet that essentially amounted to food combining fhelped me feel a lot better and I am a huge advocate of peppermint tea to quickly settle a disgruntled tummy. Hope that you are feeling better soon and in the meantime sending hugsxx
  19. Totally agree. Last night our neighbours had a firework party that went on for about an hour. During which our cat was completely traumatised and our other neighbour's dogs were howling. Grrr
  20. [quote name="Daphne"BTW - gas hobs are easy to clean ( Completely agree Daphne..... It is OH with the bee in his bonnet about cleaning the hob not me which is quite surprising really because he hasn't really had that much practice at cleaning the ceramic one in the ten years we've owned our current oven
  21. Hate the ceramic hob on my current cooker (Smeg)...the one I had before on a very old cooker was brilliant....this one is sooo slow.....for veg you have to put boiling water from the kettle in the saucepan first or you won't have supper until a week next Wednesday! The grill is also slow, but I don't use it for more than cheese on toast or browning usually (no bacon here, we're veggie!) so it's not too much of an issue. It's in a separate oven like Bluekarin's and that door stays open when I'm using it....so it conveniently heats up all the cooker controls..(thanks Smeg). The oven is about the only OK thing about the whole cooker. I long for a gas hob...(we have gas in the house and everything, but I was told they are too messy to clean!) but the chances of having anything other than the current one in this lifetime are very slim indeed, since OH is a dab hand at repairs, and the parts are easily obtainable online! grrrr
  22. I'm sorry to hear you are having a tough time of it Patsy Labrador. I didn't have the best relationship with my mum, before she died when I was 25. I was an only child, and so was the focus of her displeasure quite often. I never felt quite good enough for her.....but when I held my daughter in my arms for the first time as a brand new mum I realised for the first time how much she must have loved me, even if she had trouble showing it......and was able to make peace with her. Letting go of the hurt was the best thing I ever did for me and I really recommend it, whether or not you are able to actually arrive at a truce with your parents. We are all products of our upbringings and my mum, born at the end of the twenties had had a really tough time of it, but looking back I think she tried her hardest. with me I know I haven't got everything right for my two children, in spite of doting on them and trying hard not to be distant and critical like my mum, I still have had my moments. I don't know the background to your current situation, I was just prompted to post because you were questioning if you had ever been loved by your parents. I'm sure the answer is yes.....you've held your own babies, how could they not have felt the same way?
  23. That's appalling. I had a similar call once back in the good all days when they told you where they were calling from so I was able to phone the manager straight back and complain. My oh once had a call from Bowater Zenith. He insisted on calling the caller "Bowater" throughout the call as in "Well Bowater I don't know how many windows I would like to replace. Let me just count them". Counts windows painfully slowly whilst caller holds on..... Then spent ime considering a time when it would be convenient for them to call (never) Eventually "Bowater" lost patience and rang off ! If I get phone calls I just tell them we are registered with TPS so it's an offence to call us. That usually gets rid of them. Oh would still prefer to waste as much of their time as possible if he's in the right mood
  24. I won't be getting a flu shot again this year! Interesting article Egluntyne but would like to know what evidence there is for the claim at Myth 14 (also I am not sure that pneumonia as a cause of death should be tied into an article about flu as pneumonia is a very common cause of death with or without the flu). I totally agree that if you are in a high risk job, teaching, nursing (although I know a couple of nurses who refuse to have the jab) or general public facing or have asthma or other health problems then you may want to take it up. I have had flu in the past and it was not pleasant but I prefer to take my chances. A friend in the office was inoculated against flu and swine flu but got swine flu anyway and ended up in hospital so I remain unconvinced at the effectiveness I'm afraid. I've also had a friend who had Guillaim barre syndrome (mentioned in the article) and that was very very scary and life threatening. She got that as the result of a tummy bug. Now if you could inoculate against those I'd be first in the queue!

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