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Thursday 4 October 2012, 10:29

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Condensation flooding down the windows, welcome to October 'in full effect' as the kids probably don't say anymore. A-leaf kicking we will go. Despite always being told that 'you don't know what's under there' I still find a heap of leaves an unmissable temptation. Similarly, a supermarket trolley. If the route to your car is on a slight incline, of course you have to climb on board and whizz past the more mature and sedate of the community! They may well tut but that extra 0.5 mph will send you on your way will a skip in your step. You might legitimately argue that the next step is to be one of those saddos who, on reaching venerable middle age, buy roller skates and pierce their nose. But that's what kids are for; fear of ridicule is a powerful thing.
Last night, post-show, and to Anthony Horowitz's book launch. Missed the speeches (though having Anthony on the show on Monday I feel I'm up to speed on that really) but the room was full of the great and good in publishing all discussing 'the future'. This means the collapse of bookshops and the power of online retailers and is the reason the drink flowed and much fun was had. Whatever happens, we need great stories and great storytellers and Anthony H is certainly one of those.
Tonight that master of the kitchen Nigel Barden whips up slow roasted rabbit with prunes, ale and chocolate. I just rang him for details and he's full of the joys of an autumnal pot roast-details tonight! And oldies please on NATIONAL POETRY DAY. You can of course look up what you suggested last time, I won't tell.
Have a fresh and invigorating Thursday. See you at 5.


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    Comment number 81.

    #74, #50, #44, #38, #68. Can I fourth or fifth any/all of the above.

    Oh, and smee (syou). Did my answer to your question of last Friday help?

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    Comment number 82.

    Stolen a cookie from PSL. I wonder if she'll notice. 🍪

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    Comment number 83.

    #82 PoS I heard you've been pinching her dumplings too.

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    Comment number 84.

    #81. Yes it did thanks.

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    Comment number 85.

    Afternoon all!
    Stand by your beds - finally cleared the desk from having last week off - yay.
    Sometimes wonder if it's actually worth it!
    Yes, course it is.
    Tweeted some choons this AM when the sleepy dust was still in my eyes, and my first coffee undrunk:
    Nothing Rhymed G O'S; Fruit tree Billie H; and Suzanne by LC...now back to the foray - what's this about POS's dumplings!?
    Must say I was reclining in the tub with a G&T when I heard her purring about her dumplings - and nearly choked on a ice cube!
    They look delish by the way - or LOOKED should say.

    Re Rabbit, eaten it out and made it in, never quite the sum of it's parts IMHO.

    RE leaf-kicking, yes Lord Ammo, my mum also warned me about 'what lurks beneath the leaves' (esp in an area where lots of dogs are walked if you get my drift..) but if they are dry crisp and scrunchy they are IRRESISTABLE!!
    Mind you I feel that way about puddles..

    We used to get loads in our front garden from the lime trees (now sadly had to be felled) and we would 'build' the leaves up from the ground into sort of vehicles (like a Noddy car then, if you will) then sit in them and pretend to drive about.

    Happy innocent days - can't imagine today's Nintendo-wielding kids thinking that was 'cool'

    Off soon for dinner and drinkies with a girlie friend, so won't hear the show so good luck all with the menshes...

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    Comment number 86.

    I had a lovely leaf kicking moment yesterday, then reflected how happy I had been to see the new green shoots, that were to become these crunchy leaves, I'm sure it was only last week!!

    Oh my, how time flies.

    Nevertheless, Happy Days :)

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    Comment number 87.

    I have spent the afternoon pickling shallots - I promised a good friend a jar of my very own home grown shallots and a promise is a promise!

    I am also cooking a stew and Mr is insisting on dumplings to go with it - do I have the willpower to just cook him some and not myself? Would one do much harm?mmmmmmm We'll see. ;0)


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    Comment number 88.

    Jennie, you can get (if you didn't know) Light suet now, made by the same folk as the full fat one.

    Its a shame when you have to give things up, I know.

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    Comment number 89.

    PS ALL - Sorry a couldn't blog yesterdee.... A was 'Keeping Schtum!!!!!!'

    A forgot ter add ter the above a love driving me 44 tonne truck near the kerbside, kicking up a swarm of leaves from the wind turbulance!!!!!!!!!!
    Would look cool on film with the sun shining through it... Also equally find puddles fun ter drive through!!!!!!
    If yer get the distance just right yer can use the kerb as a second launch pad for a vertical blast.... The force of the water shooting from the tyres inter the kerb sends it sometimes 30 foot 'igh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great for washing me truck..... And everything else in sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 90.

    #87 #88 you could try making savoury scones (or cheesy ones) instead and adding them to sit on top of your stew towards the end - they have less fat and you could use flor* light?

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    Comment number 91.

    #89 Ahhh you're the lorry driver who goes past me on me bike and showers me with a puddle tsunami, are you?
    You may have noticed me giving you a cheery wave - in the form of 2 fingers!

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    Comment number 92.

    Thanks Suzieeeee - they sound nice! I will experiment and let you know the results.


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    Comment number 93.

    Yikes Bingo, rather you than me. I've been dragged out of flood water by the fire brigade.

    This is the wrong coloured truck, so I know its not you, but yikes once more...


    I think I'm correct in saying, from seeing other footage that its a fineable offence to deliberately soak someone Suzie, if you have had that done to you. Yuck for you.

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    Comment number 94.

    #71 - Thanks JBG x

    Erm, Simon, 'Hiawatha' - tedious?! Come on!!

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    Comment number 95.

    Anyone else find the idea of Simon and Ken Bruce fighting over the song 'in my life' amuseing??

    Just me then.

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    Comment number 96.

    Didn't know a couple of the songs played tonight and only heard menshes for Mandy, Flo and Billie (with a Liz thrown in). Well done ladies!

    Tears were welling up at Nigel's talk of rabbits so I just hope the nation doesn't go out on a killing spree ;( It's no different for me with chickens etc. I can't stand the thought of killing animals...........even down to the tarantula I have in the bath tonight..YIKES!

    On the subject of scones, I had a very interesting olive and black pepper scone last week served with butter and cream cheese.

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    Comment number 98.

    I decided to do the usual dumplings and the suet I used was the 'light' version, Sal. I made myself a little dumpling and Mr was delighted with his two plumptious offerings - oooeeerr!.

    Basically, anything with fat/flour in it is forbidden on this diet so tonight was a bit of a treat for me and I enjoyed it, which can be half the battle I think. If you keep depriving yourself of something you want, you're fighting a constant battle; if you have a little of what you fancy every now and then there is no battle and you feel proud of yourself for only having a small portion - well, it works for me.

    I had altercations with ELH today over their delivery times and them arriving anytime they fancied really; 1 or 2 hours early hasn't been unusual and I am fed up with it so am going to investigate the store which has a flower that waits.


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    Comment number 99.

    Have had a quick look at various large, supermarket web sites and am wondering why I stuck to the same one for so long - convenience, I suppose. It takes a while to do the first shop but after that things improve so Richard Allinson (via iThingy ©JBG) and I will be venturing into pastures new next week - life is one big adventure for me!! ;0)

    See you tomorrow, if there is anyone out there.........................


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    Comment number 100.

    And it would be rude not to go for it - will 3 mins be too long?



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