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Source: (consider it) Thread: Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
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I believe that WW likes flowers and may therefore allow this title to stand. All four of these grow in my garden, though it's in the town.

My sister has just had a new kitchen, and they don't have a kettle any more. Hot water comes through a pipe, like in the office where I work.

A British kitchen without a kettle seems wrong to me.

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I have a small plant trough full of cyclamens, doing quite nicely despite a harsh environment (I live by a tidal river).

I call them my Cycling Men.

I also have a small 'wild garden', in which have appeared in recent years some plants with furry leaves, and small, brilliant vermilion flowers (which appear in early summer). I'm looking forward to seeing them again in 2017!

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What, no kettle? Shocking...
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Bishops Finger
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I have a kettle.

It is blue, but doesn't whistle. I have to watch it, and it sometimes takes hours to come to the boil.

Then I remember to light the gas...

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quote:
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What, no kettle? Shocking...

Absolutely. How can you possibly be properly British without a kettle????

You'll just have to stick with the GIN ... [Big Grin]

There's apparently a fireworks display by the river at 8 o'clock (midnight your time), and if we can muster up the energy*, we might go and take a shufti.

In the meantime, Happy New Year to one and all. [Yipee]

* we shifted the big stuff out of the flat into D's office this afternoon with a bit of help from a couple of friends with a trailer, so we're a little bit knackered.

[ 31. December 2016, 22:33: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Bishops Finger
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Happy New Year indeed!

I think I'll go and put the kettle on...

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Happy New Year

I have a posh new kettle, a Dualit [Big Grin]

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The people for whom we're house-sitting have a fairly posh kettle (it's see-through!) but they haven't got a teapot!!!
[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

We'll be bringing ours along tomorrow.

As I appear to have caught a cold, I've mostly been making Lem-sip, which doesn't need a teapot.

**cough cough sneeze snuffle snuffle**

eta: I've just re-read this and found I'd written "Lem-sip doesn't need a kettle" when I meant it doesn't need a teapot. Maybe I need more coffee ...

[ 01. January 2017, 15:02: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Happy New Year to all those in the land of my birth.

And yes, moonlitdoor, I love flowers - I haven't seen a snowdrop in over ten years but we do grow roses here.

The local kids were around [briefly] at about 10pm last night with some drums just outside my bedroom window but I slept through the fireworks at midnight.

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Happy New Year!!

I have three arches ready for new climbing roses this year [Smile] [Smile]

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Happy New Year everyone. Like Piglet I have a cold, so the New Year was seen in with lemsip too.
I like the thread title. I planted some snowdrop bulbs in the autumn, but am not altogether hopeful they will actually appear.

[ 01. January 2017, 08:23: Message edited by: Sarasa ]

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Happy New Year everyone!

I have all those flowers, prticularly foxgloves which seed themselves everywhere, but the bees love them!

And I have a kettle and a teapot.

And a toaster.

[Smile]

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Ah! Tea, and Hot Buttud Toce! How very English..

(Shame about all the colds, though...).

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I've got all these both in the garden and my allotment, which is turning into an extension of my garden as much as a veggie plot - I am addicted to plants but haven't got much room or where there is space it's not the right conditions form what I've acquired. Last year (it feels strange writing that!) I took rose cuttings from front and back gardens, and also from wild ones in a hedge along a track leading up to the farm where I store my caravan and which will soon be hit by developers so I am keen to preserve those - I think most of the cuttings have survived, but will only really know in the spring.

I have a red electric kettle and a toaster, but my halogen oven is no more - the glass bowl cracked in two. So now I'm learning how to cook again - I got very lazy!

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I have a solid-fuel range, so I cook on coal (or wood)!

Must go and check on the chicken, and baked potato.....

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My kettle has 4 temperature settings....very useful for tea, coffee, filling my hot water bottle...and anything for which hot but not boiling water is required.
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I think this may have been the quietest new year I've ever had* - we went to watch the early fireworks, which were very pretty, then D. went to sort a few bits and pieces in the office. He came home about half-past eleven and we caught the midnight countdown on CBC Atlantic, toasted the new year (me with wine, him with tea [Big Grin] ) and went to bed.

I'd be ashamed to admit that over on the Scottish thread ... [Devil]

* unless you count the time we heard the bongs on the radio as we were driving through the Blackwall Tunnel going from Kent to Essex ... [Disappointed]

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Love the thread title and can't imagine a spring without snowdrops. [Waterworks] for WW.

Happy New Year to everyone.

Nen - also coughing and spluttering.

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I actually don't own a kettle, even though I drink tea through the day. Years and years of living in apartments whose kitchens have often had "economical" storage space led me to purge my batterie de cuisine of unitaskers. I can do only one thing with a kettle, but many things with a pot. That said, once I finally settle down with a capacious kitchen, a dark blue whistling kettle sounds like just the thing.

On the subject of flora, in December 2011 I had the opportunity to hike a good chunk of the South Downs (vertigo on the Fulking Escarpment - good thing there was a pub for medication), and later to visit Wrest House. I surprised myself at my excitement to see holly and mistletoe in the wild (or, what passes for wild in England). Simple gift.

A happy 2017 to all!

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Pangolin Guerre, does your tea not taste of garlic?

I'm one of these 'super smellers' and 'super tasters' and have an overblown sense of taste and smell. The number of times I have to rinse pots to remove tastes is silly. I can tell people what they were eating hours ago.

In another life I could have been Jo Malone (rich perfumier who, like me, was also dyslexic with the brain being better than most at smelling and tasting - but, unlike me, used those talents to great advantage)

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Well, Boogie, that's an interesting question. My uninteresting response is no, the tea doesn't taste of garlic. I do have a highly developed sense of taste, but I'm certainly not a super-taster, so you might detect something that would elude me. In addition to the state of my sense(s), it might have something to do with the pot's finish being a non-stick stainless steel, so, if properly washed soon after use, *shouldn't* retain any residual flavours or aromas.

Any metallurgists and/or biochemists want to weigh in?

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Whenever we fly with Air Canada (and we really have very little choice) D. complains that they've made the tea in pots that were previously used for making coffee and inadequately rinsed in between.

I avoid the issue by drinking GIN. [Big Grin]

We got about a foot of sn*w last night, and I was v. impressed by the efficiency with which D. applied the sn*w-blower - you'd think he'd been doing it all his life. [Overused]

After clearing very nearly all the rest of the stuff from the flat (just one more trip should do it) we had a lovely lazy evening watching re-runs of proper Top Gear (the trip across India) and James May's Cars of the People, probably the things we missed most about not having television since July. [Hot and Hormonal]

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moonlitdoor
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I was glad to see your kettle/teapot edit. I thought at first you mean that lemsip is taken cold in Canada, which is not particularly appealing.

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Happy New Year everyone.

We got back to Paris early this morning on the night train from foie gras land.

As ever, the new year's menu chez rouge (in the interests of honesty, I didn't have much to do with this. I am following in my mother's footsteps of sitting on the sofa and letting the man of the house do the cooking for important posh meals on account of him being better at it and enjoying it more):

Amuse-bouche: crayfish mousse
Entrée: tartare of scallops served on a bed of lentils with citrus and vanilla vinaigrette
Plat de résistance: veal medallions with flash-fried foie gras
Selection of cheese
Dessert bought at the patissier's by the outlaws

Wines: champagne for the apéritif and dessert and a cru class Chablis for the rest.

Now back in Paris and giving the liver and digestion a rest.

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Happy New Year everyone.

quote:
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Now back in Paris and giving the liver and digestion a rest.

Is that maybe the only time that phrase has ever been used? [Biased]

MotherinElmet makes her own mincemeat and we've finally got around to having her signature cut-and-come-again bakewell-ish mince pie. Yum.

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Son, the ace cook, went home today, but not before making a rathe splendid apricot and frangipane tart with the apricots in amoretto I'd brought on a whim from M&S.

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That sounds rather wonderful Sarasa. Apricots are one of my favourite fruits.

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La Vie, can we come over to yours for New Year next year? [Big Grin]

I went slightly into Domestic Goddess Piglet mode this morning, and made a batch of chicken stock and some French sticks, discovering en route that our friends' oven doesn't behave in quite the same way as the one in the flat did; when the usual baking time was up, they were decidedly pale, so I'll have to do a spot of timing adjustment.

We cleared the rest of the stuff from the flat this afternoon and bade it farewell. I couldn't honestly say we'll miss it (although its shower is vastly superior to either of the ones in our friends' house), but it did us all right when we needed it.

We've had another offer* on the former Château Piglet, and our estate agent says the potential buyer wants all the documents signed as soon as possible, which is sounding (whisper it) almost promising. Cross everything crossable! [Paranoid]

* Not a particularly good offer, but probably the best we can hope for

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Fingers, toes and paws crossed Piglet!

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Not to mention little trotters.
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Stewed trotters (crossed or not) go nicely with a smidgin of cheese...

[Snigger]

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Go away, BF. [Devil]

Documents signed, and D's just faxing or scanning them or something to our agent.

Now we're going out for a spot of breakfast. [Smile]

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We are also looking for a new chez rouge. We’re in no great hurry because we’re not in the street, but we would like to live somewhere bigger and quieter. We visited a place yesterday that might be not bad but only if the owner is prepared to negotiate. It’s a 1970s building and the kitchen and bathroom have never been done up since. Think orange faux marble. But if she’s prepared to come to an arrangement to replace the worst of the ugliness we would be interested.

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quote:
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... It’s a 1970s building and the kitchen and bathroom have never been done up since ...

But is the bathroom avocado? [Big Grin]

Our first house had a hideous orange bathroom suite ("Sun King" they called it [Roll Eyes] ), and when we were house-hunting the second time I swore we wouldn't even look at anything that wasn't white. We ended up with avocado, and because it was in working order, D. wouldn't consider having it replaced.

Good hunting! [Smile]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
... It’s a 1970s building and the kitchen and bathroom have never been done up since ...

But is the bathroom avocado? [Big Grin]

Our first house had a hideous orange bathroom suite ("Sun King" they called it [Roll Eyes] ), and when we were house-hunting the second time I swore we wouldn't even look at anything that wasn't white. We ended up with avocado, and because it was in working order, D. wouldn't consider having it replaced.

Good hunting! [Smile]

My Dad has a Hideous Orange bathroom suite; a few years ago he was thinking of giving it a makeover. Rather than changing the suite, he gave his odd job bloke free rein. The room currently has fully artexed walls, one of which is sky blue, another, moss green. [Projectile]

[ 03. January 2017, 16:37: Message edited by: ArachnidinElmet ]

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To change the subject: you couldn't make this up - could you?
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It's a pity the motor-cyclist's friend didn't have a bathroom like Arachnid's Dad. The pickled-egg-devouring chap would have sicked them up nicely before leaving, had he needed the loo...

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In the early 80s we had a navy blue bathroom suite just like this one. Awful - it showed every little fleck of toothpaste.

[Roll Eyes]

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quote:
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It's a pity the motor-cyclist's friend didn't have a bathroom like Arachnid's Dad. The pickled-egg-devouring chap would have sicked them up nicely before leaving, had he needed the loo...

IJ

Good point. I may suggest he use it in the public service as a cost effective replacement for stomach-pumping...

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As long as he makes a small charge for his services, so that eventually the £££ accrued will pay for another make-over... [Snigger]

I recall looking at a house for sale many moons ago. It was a typical little 'two-up, two-down' terraced property in a quiet side street. Every wall and ceiling in the house, along with the woodwork, was painted white, giving the whole place a wonderfully light, austere, but almost monastic atmosphere.

The then current Mrs. BF didn't like it, so we didn't buy it. She preferred magnolia ..

[Waterworks]

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I was looking at the estate agents' web-site last night for candidates for the next Château Piglet, and the one that fitted all our main criteria (number of bedrooms, bathrooms, appliances etc.) had a couple of bedrooms that had obviously been inhabited by Small Persons, and had hideously-coloured walls.

I think we'd have to have a painting party before we moved in ... [Eek!]

In other news, soup has been manufactured, and Therapeutic Cat Time™ has been observed.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
The one that fitted all our main criteria () had a couple of bedrooms that had obviously been inhabited by Small Persons.

For a moment there, I thought you meant mice!
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You can always redecorate, you know!

We once moved into a house that had a bedroom entirely papered in "The Real GhostBusters" ™ wallpaper...It soon wasn't!

I quite like magnolia - you can quickly change it with curtains, cushions etc.

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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
The one that fitted all our main criteria () had a couple of bedrooms that had obviously been inhabited by Small Persons.

For a moment there, I thought you meant mice!
Well mice are smaller than Piglets!

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quote:
Originally posted by St Everild:
You can always redecorate, you know!

Oh, absolutely. I'm still hanging on to a vague (and very possibly vain) hope that the house we originally offered for might just have been taken off the market because the owners were fed up with trying to sell it, which would be lovely, as it doesn't need anything doing to it at all.

However, if we have to re-paint, so be it. As you say, magnolia (or similar) hides a multitude of sins.

BT - I should have been more specific - I meant children, not mice ... [Eek!]

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A beautiful sunny morning with frost on the ground. And the boys have returned to school today - heavenly! So I thought I'd pop in and say hello and happy new year [Smile]
No new house here but our old one is looking very run down and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me loose with a paint brush downstairs.
De-cluttering in the kitchen this morning, followed by an afternoon of study (part time masters in ed, my last year of 3 thank goodness). And bible study group resumes this evening after a break.

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Your beautiful frost on the ground made a hard frost on the windows of the Sionimobile. We have this off to a fine art, even on a bitter morning, but we were still delayed by enough for me to miss my hoped for bus connection. Ho hum, I get free buses later this year if I'm spared and there are still any buses.

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Hello Heavenly Anarchist - long time no see! [Yipee]

We have the most glorious silver frost at the moment - every tree is covered in white frost, and if you catch them with the sun in the right direction, every little twiglet sparkles as though it were encased in diamonds.

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Another frosty day here, with a frosty night now under way...my poor Cycling Men looked a bit sorry for themselves earlier, but a little dead-heading has improved matters, and there are lots of buds ready to blossom!

I always find January to be the looooooongest month of the year - once February arrives, one feels that Spring is at least on the bus, if not yet arrived. Mind you, not everyone thinks that way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eT40eV7OiI&nohtml5=False

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... I always find January to be the looooooongest month of the year ...

When I worked in the UK, January was always a long month - in Belfast we were paid on Christmas Eve, and, depending on how the days of the month fell, pay-day in January could be as much as six weeks after pay-day in December. [Eek!]

I thought it would be a bit weird being paid fortnightly when I worked in Newfoundland, but it was actually preferable - pay-day was every other Thursday, no matter how the calendar was organised.

Thanks, for the Flanders & Swann link, BF - I enjoyed that. [Big Grin]

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