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How about those Country File guys?

Chris Evans | 10:39 UK time, Thursday, 16 February 2012

How good is that show ? We talked to lovely Ellie this a.m. I understand she's even more personable off the telly than she is on. Apparently every male member of the production team is smitten. Add me to the list (it's ok, I've asked my wife's permission.)

So hey, everyone. Raymond Blanc tomorrow ! Who's not partial to a bit of Raymond on a Friday morning. There'll be more voilas than at the annual Ville de Parfait, Vol au Vent & Patisserie Convention.

A demain !

Peace and Love





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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Chris!

    I was astounded this morning when Ellie said that John Craven has been on the tellybox every week in some way or another for the last 40 years! Most of us on here grew up with John Craven's Newsround and who can forget the snazzy sweaters on Multi Coloured Swap Shop (my Noel Tidy Beard crush has now thankfully abated) (although my love for Bob Geldoff remains as strong as ever ....!)

    Do we get radio sub-titles with Monsuir Blanc tomorrow, or Ray White as he's also known as. Please can you persuade him t o resurrent The Restaurant - it was one of THE BEST reality shows on TV and I often think of Michelle & Russell who won series 2 and who used to provide the lunch buffets where I used to work up darn Essex.

    One more thing - can you mention the blog every now and then on the radio? It's be fantastic to get some newbies on board - I'd hate to come back from my holibobs with no blog to blog on .....

    Muchos amore, and toast!


  • Comment number 2.

    It's no good - can't stop thinking of toast so will have to have some for lunch! Just hope I can hold off until a sensible time. Crumbs!


    Susan xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Susan, I had to have toast for breaksfast.........then had to have some more as Chris kept talking about the melting butter!!!

    Aaaagggghhhh, my thighs!!!

    Cheryl, The couple who came second I think to Michelle & Russell now run the white Hart here - can't remember their names but is said to be very nice

    Leeky potato soup bubbling away just now - late lunch to make the most of it I think!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello CE & Everyone (again)

    No toast today for me, cereal this morning and just had a couple of sausage rolls from Paddy McGuinness's place. Now awaiting a home delivery and then off to pick up a prescription (detals weren't through from hospital and I wasn't sure what strength the pills were so had to phone back).

    John Craven phoned my number in 1987! Someone not a million miles from here was on the show re millions of miles (well thousands).

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi All

    A quick visit from t'other side - it's a bit quiet over there, with our leader off away becoming a TV star and all... Hope it doesn't go to his head.


    Can I second Deevs' request to have this here blog mentioned every now and then on the show. You are a great bunch of folks, and very supportive - it would be nice to have that acknowledged to the nation! In fact, I first found out that Chris had a blog from him talking about it on air when he was on Drivetime - it was a while ago, and I think he mentioned a forthcoming blog meet (did you have one in the Liverpool area?). It intrigued me, so I looked the blog up and lurked for a while. And eventually that led me to Simon's blog when he started doing DT. And the rest, as they say, is history...


  • Comment number 6.

    PS Jonathan Ross's researchers phoned my number too (when he did his CH4 show) but they thought the person was an adult so wasn't suitable for his show.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 7.

    afternoon peeps

    Been MIA for a few days .... well OK more than a few, but must cite busy work days - no time to read let alone post - and busy evenings with rehearsals and choir as the reason.
    Also was away with work in Lincoln for a couple of nights at the start of this week so v busy now BUT .... I was determined to catch up on all the goings on.

    I agree that a bit more input from Chris to get us posting would be great and love Baggy's idea of him asking for a record suggestion or maybe questions for Friday's guest - if we thought he or his production team would read them then I'm sure we would have loads for Ray White!

    Anyhoo, back to the grind - I've got to fill in an online Competancy Assessment Tool before close tomorrow and have only got to Q7 and there are 35 each withabout 6 or 7 sub questions. It's gonna be a long afternoon!

    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 8.

    Deebs, we did indeed have a massive blog meet in Liverpool in November 2009. I think at the time it was the biggest to date (although it may have been usurped since then?).

    Maddy - CLP phoned me once! It was when he was on his book tour with the first book, and Tiggy, Debs and Obamarama (I think) went to Bristol, and I believe it was Tiggs who gave him her phone with me on the end of it. I was in the office all alone and didn't recognise his voice .... when I asked "who is this please" he went "what do you mean WHO IS IT?!?!? It's me, CLP, Lamby Pies, Christoff from the radio" It was quite possibly one of the funniest moments ever and I believe there's pics of it on Facecloth on Tiggy and Deb's profiles.


    x x x

  • Comment number 9.


    I enjoy watching Raymond Blancs creations,& watched the last series regularly, but dont really care to watch him too much. I find him a bit "up himself " the way they all sort of bow and bob to him when passing him the ingredients - just my opinion :-)

    Anyway, nothing else to report, just clawing through the week, which is dragging dreadfully .

    Au revoir,

    MC :-)

  • Comment number 10.

    Thought I'd pop in as I have the time today! I have made some good friends on this blog, through conversations and then various meets! I feel that the show has become detached from the blog backside it is an after the event affair rather than an informant to the show in its old drive time days! Perhaps bringing back that informing role by looking towards the next show is the way to reconnect the blog to the show, that said CLP seems like so many to have evolved to twitter as a major source of input to the show, such is progress!
    As for toast, with butter and some lime marmalade, or just with some baked beans! Pure heaven!

  • Comment number 11.

    Oops forgot

    DD out ;-)

  • Comment number 12.

    Ah... arfternoon blogpeeps!

    Swing pushing, lunch cooking, tent erecting duties done for a while. I kinda miss the blog (when I have time to) but have made some really good friends on here and don't know how I would have survived the latter stages of pregnancy without the constant that was the blog of old. I spent hours on here between work and rest. I have to admit to not getting twitter at all but have a soft spot for face-cloth as it gives somewhere to update with photos.

    Must dash for now, have to buy more bread! (Wonder where the last loaf went... looking at the crumbs around the toaster kind of gives it away)...

    & mini-man

    PS Booboo says woof too

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi there CLP and Deevs

    Lashings of toast this morning with 'my mate' and home made 'marmaduke'. T'was nice to listen to most of the show this morning as the much beloved is missing in action 'up North'. When on my own, the radio is on all night, very low, but somehow it gets louder at 6.30!

    Have suggested on Face ache that maybe Chris could introduce a 'blog spot' each morning (perhaps twice, so as to catch as many of us as possible). Will gladly take the credit if the idea gets the green light......unless of course someone has already come up with the idea.

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 14.

    Steffi - I've emailed Andy, Chris's producer with the suggestions made here and on Facecloth.

    D'ya know, I still feel a bit wobbly after this flippin' anti-malaria meds. You don't have this kind of problem when you go en vacance to Clacton ....!

    I've got a networking event this evening from 6-8 so I'm going to make some lightly spiced cookies to take along with me for my fellow attendees. Because I'm lovely ....! ahem

    Back when the kitchen smells like Paul Hollywood's den.


  • Comment number 15.

    Good Afternoon Lovely People of the Blog,

    I usually only catch the last 10 minutes of Country File, but it does look like the sort of programme I would like; and Matt Baker is very easy on the eye ;)

    I'll just stick my tuppence in about the blog, sometimes Chris doesn't really give us a lot to comment on or discuss and perhaps that is why sometimes it's a bit quiet on here.....just saying.

    It's lovely to see some old names pop up......but where's Scoobs???

    I've had a right stressful morning, wrote a very long email and then deliberately deleted it as I may have been ostracized from the church if I'd actually sent it, but it made me feel better. But every time I think about the email that I received, which was incredibly rude and full of inaccuracies, it makes me want to slap someone!

    Just had a lovely coffee.....and relax :)


  • Comment number 16.


    Meant to say, I took Malaria tablets when I went to Zimbabwe; took them for 6 weeks. Remember to keep taking them once you get home and if I'm honest my tummy has never been the same since! Probably TMI :)


  • Comment number 17.

    Hmph! Thanks Ali ...... We started taking them on Monday (1 week prior to take off), need to take them for the 2 weeks we're in India and then for FOUR weeks after our return. I've been taking them in the evening after tea, with no problems, but today I took them first thing on an empty stomach. I feel like I've just got off a Waltzer at the fair ..... bleugh!!


  • Comment number 18.

    Heyy heyy ..

    Just a wee post from me....

    I'm thinking of a blog meet down my way ???

    What dose anyone think ???

    Let me know by this blog or fb or twitter ok

    Hope all you are well and we should blog more

    Love you all Billie xxxx

  • Comment number 19.

    I too have been MIA, cant think up a good excuse..i have tried to limit my time on the computer as i found i was hiding on it rather than getting on with stuff.

    Deevs,has your love for the beardy one faltered since it now looks like he dyes it ?? I used to like him rather a lot too but he is starting to look odd.

    Love the smell of toast. white toast just cold enough to keep the butter from melting with peanut butter or thin mymate on it is my fave.

    DD..i agree with your comments about blog detached-ness...it shouldnt take a call to arms from deevs to get us back on here..simons over the fence blog only gets so many comments because he asks for music requests and so involves the blog ( or so it seems i may be wrong and i am ,frequently)

    please Chris leader of the blog...involve us..you know we are worth it

    see. I have even used a light splattering of capital letters.

    lots of love

  • Comment number 20.

    Afternoon each

    Lovely day here in Fife - patio doors open, spring bulbs springing.....

    Didn't catch the show this morning but I'll be listening tomorrow on my way to look after 6yr old and 1yr old, whose chicken pox has returned!

    Deevs - a damned good idea, the blog hasn't been the same since Drivetime. Nice to see Crumpy, Dave and Steffi back though.

    Perhaps Chris could mention our Edinburgh meet in June? It's looking good, lots of bloggers promising to be there and Rosie has offered to conduct a walking tour of the best bits of Edinburgh.

    Oh, and by the way, I've spoken to Chris. It was the O2 event and Ali phoned me and passed the phone to Chris - I was truly gobsmacked, gawd knows what I said. I'd just come back from putting the bin out and was very discombobulated.


  • Comment number 21.


    Sensible to take them a week before you go. My Doctor said to take them the day before I went, which I refused to do on the grounds that if I had a bad reaction to them I didn't really want to be going on a 13 hour flight!! I always took mine in the morning after breakfast.

    The good news is, I didn't catch Malaria :)


  • Comment number 22.

    deevs, husband who is a world traveller has taken a fair amount of malaria tablets for work in africa,he says some make everyone ill...and never ever take them on empty stomach...but you know that now !!

  • Comment number 23.

    I feel your bleughness Deevs, I was once actually sick on a waltzer won't go near a fun fair now :( So if that's how those tablets make you feel think I won't be going very far on my hols. At least I can feel like I've been when you tell us all about it.


    Who's having to clear up doggy foot prints off my carpet, even though hubby assures me he wiped her paws

  • Comment number 24.

    Deevs, a wee extra bit of information.

    Years ago my brother sent me a recording of a Radio 4 discussion on illness in Africa. Apparently this person (a young man) had an 'upset stomach' whenever he was working in Africa. So he decided to do something about it. He had a friend who worked in a laboratory and they cultured a worm (I've forgotten the actual name of it). Every time he went back to work he swallowed this disgusting stuff and never had an 'upset stomach' again.

    How horrible is that?


  • Comment number 25.

    Also nice to see Billie, Redd and Propa here too.

    Billie, where are you? Good luck with the proposed Meet. Our Edinburgh Meet has grown arms and legs.


  • Comment number 26.

    Off to chuck some chicken in a pan domestic goddess stylee....Have enjoyed reading and being here to-day, and to see many names I recognise. Blog meets in my neck of the woods could be Banbury, Oxford, MK or Norffampton.

    Have a nice evening.

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 27.

    How lovely - I sneak off to watch the Gypsy Wedding programme (OMG!!!) and come back to laods of lovely posts from lovely bloggers!

    Welcome back, please wipe your feet on the mat, pull up a beanbag and stick around.

    Thanks for all the malaria/long distance travel info, and yes Annie ... Ewwwwwwww!

    We've got the travel pack tablets from the pharmacy recommended for travel to far-flung places.

    Right, I need to switch larry the laptop off now and go put my face on. Network meeting this evening - really looking forward to it.

    I really hope that my morning catch-up of the blog tomorrow is a better experience than this mornings one.

    Play nicely!


  • Comment number 28.

    Afternoon all

    Nearly 5pm and it's still very light - am loving the way the nights are drawing out!

    Can't really commit to any blog meets - family, finance and free time restict the number of weekend passes available! But good luck to those organising them. Even if it's only a few who meet up, that's still a blog meet so have fun!

    Billie, are you really a welsh bird now? I know that was your aim

    Steffi, am not claiming any goddess status tonight - burgers and chips have been requested so who am I to argue! ;-)

    Annie and Ali, Eeuugh!!

    MC, Sir Tel always makes me laugh when he talks about how Monsieur Blanc's accent has, ahem, improved in the years he has know him!

    'Lo to everyone else, good to see you all x x

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 29.

    Afternoon each,

    *peeps round door,asks politely if she can pop in for a brew..and maybe a biscuit??*

    Toast - I think I am in the minority here..really am not a huge fan! Might have about 3 slices a year and that`s as soldiers with a dippy egg... yummmm...

    But, if I do fancy a slice then I need to have a selection of toppings available to choose from so there`s always lemon curd, strawberry jam (without bits in) and marmalade in the fridge... sometimes it`s not always mouldy either!

    Malaria tabs made me feel really odd too for what its worth..but they are definitely worth fighting through the weirdness (although in my case it was difficult to ascertain which was the tablets and which was normal..... ). Hols will be worth it Deevs!

    Right, I see no brew has yet been forthcoming so I`ll be off to pop t`kettle on!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 30.

    I would also be up for a Welsh meet but my weekends are also very limited...blast this retail malarky! But if dates fit then we`ll be there!

    Not going to be able to make the Edinburgh one unfortunately..although we have a few days break there at end of March... open to suggestions of what we should do/see!

    mSc x

    PS - Forgot about the time lapse thing about posting...17,16,15,14...

  • Comment number 31.

    And thanks to Deevs and everyone else (Ali!) for the rallying cry to get some of us back on here. In my case it purely is that fact that I`ve been snowed under with work.

    But, some of you know where I live and work and if you see the news you will know the horrible thing that happened in my town,about 1/2 a mile away from my shop earlier this week.....the whole town is in a state of shock it seems and it does make you think about life, unexpected horrors and so on and realise that sometimes you just HAVE to make the time for things, and people that you care about...and this is my thing I am going to make time for.

    And on that note I`m off to drink my brew, cash up and go home for a cuddle..if not with the GM then at least the original Scoobycat!

    Be back tomorrow all...have a lovely evening..

    mSx xx

  • Comment number 32.

    Scoobs, let's know when you're in Edinburgh - there'll be lots of people around waiting to meet you. Think Rosie might be the one to contact about what to do/see.

    Like you, I always have the jam without the bits.


  • Comment number 33.

    Jam without bits, wrong! Marmalade without bits, also wrong! Peanut butter always wrong, hate clagginess , which is not a town in Scotland, on the top of my mouth!

    Good to have the chance to see the blog squad again! Love you all!

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Dave, how nice to see you.

    Sorry, jam without bits is the way to go. xxxxx

  • Comment number 35.

    Did I read that someone put the kettle on! Coffee, milk and 2 please any biscuits left Deevs?

    Hi Annie

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 36.

    I have some mint Aeros. I think my chocolate allergy which began last Easter when in hospital has now left me. Going to find out when I sit down with one or two and a cup of tea to watch the latest soap tragedy at 7.0pm.

    Jam with bits for me, no marmalade and definitely no peanut butter!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 37.

    Back again - that's twice in one day! The power of the Diva... :o)

    Billie - where exactly is "down your way"? If it's anywhere near the border, I could maybe combine it with some of Mr B's ancestor digging (he's working on his family tree and most of them come from Shropshire)

    Djeli - it's true that Simon's blog gets a lot of "mensh chasing" comments, but once that's out of the way (usually around 10.30 - 11) the talk turns to more general things. And we keep going when he's not around too, although it has been a bit quiet this week I'll admit. I can't remember how many posts there were over Christmas but it was well over 1000. Also he does read the comments, and he sometimes refers to what we've been chatting about in his next day's blog - occasionally even mentioning a blogger or two's name.

    Has anyone seen my partner-in-crime, Chrissie? I wanted to ask her if she knows that Level 42 are touring this autumn.


  • Comment number 38.

    Dave/Maddie, I have a box of yorkies, crunchies, fudge and chocolate orange bars in the fridge. They're there for my gorgeous little boys but I could be tempted.....

    Off to watch the news. xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Thanks Annie! Rogan Josh underway now! Deebee saw that Mark and the vote were touring in October, trying to get to Norffhampton or Oxford myself!

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 40.

    A beautiful starry night here. Just been out in the garden with my google sky map, looking like a mad person.


  • Comment number 41.

    Rogan Josh, Mini Choccie bars and cookies!!

    Yum yum!!
    I could eat my round the blog!

    On a yuckier note, CSI are going to love my kitchen soon! Boy2 decided to have another nose bleed just as I went to start tea!!

    Actually had me worried enough to call the Dr this time. Luckily he's ok now but we're off to see the Dr in the morning just in case!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 42.

    Sezza, that's really scary. My boy 2 used to do that on a regular basis. Horrible, isn't it?


  • Comment number 43.

    Hiya .....

    Yes I'm a Welsh bird now ... All over the border and all ..
    I finally did it Sezzagirl ..yayy ... Been here since mid nov .. ( and v happy too) .. The meet I'm thinking is gonna either be in my hometown or the nearest town of Bridgend as there is train bus n motorway acess ...

    Lovely to say hi to all of you .. Soo many to name ....

    If you interested in the meet let me know either by on here .. Facebook or twitter ok ....

    Enjoy your evening ....

    Love Billie xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Evening all!

    Funny I was only asking the toast with peanut butter & jam, love it or hate it? Question on facecloth yesterday. I've also managed to eat more toast today than I have in months! Talk about carb out! I know I've been absent from here mostly since the mini-man but I still have a read through every now & again but have to say of late that it's been very quiet and as you've pointed out the blog hardly gets a mention from CLP these days.

    Edinburgh won't be on option for me unfortunately as the old coffers are a bit thin on the ground... it's a caravan near Eastbourne for me & the boy in May and then start saving again :-)

    Hope everyone's having a top evening!

    & mini-man

  • Comment number 45.


    I prefer peanut butter and lemon curd on toast ..lush xxx

    Billie xx

  • Comment number 46.

    Evening All.....

    Did someone mention chocolate? I have in the cupboard too high for small boy to reach, some of those new fangled splattered looking creme egg thingys that may have to be tasted tonight if t'other ever makes a cuppa (his job after dinner and boy is asleep).

    And toast..........Mmmmm! Big thick doorsteps with real butter and honey - heaven!

    Two bits of good news down here - We have our beloved Peggy the peugeot back yesterday, door replaced and the whole car all shiny and clean, inside and out! That saves a trip to the car wash! And we have returned the excuse for a car that we got - apologies to anyone with one of these but the chevrolet spark is not the car for this family!! The boy named it 'the silly doo-doo car'!
    The second bit of good news is the fact that I think I am finally beating this cold, my ears popped when I was cooking dinner, so hopefully the gunks levels are decreasing (sorry TMI!)

    We're off on a family fun day tomorrow, meeting the in-laws in Bristol to relive t'others youth with a visit to the SS Great Britain. So it's an early start, he wants to be on the road for 08.30 - we've barely been conscious at that time this week!

    Off to make lots of sandwiches.........

  • Comment number 47.

    Evening all, so lovely to see so many people back!

    Deevs, look forward to your mopping evenings, after 10 years it's sometimes not any better!

    So, am about to embark on internet dating again, as totally fed up with t'other guy... and have told him so, so I'm not cheating... I need to get out and about, he doesn't want that, so guess that's it...

    Quite frankly, I'm not bothered, I need and deserve better than that!

    Haven't properly caught up yet, but the thought of toast this morning made me pay a pound for 2 slices from the sandwich shop below our office when I got to work!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 48.

    Evening all, just a quick hello as only just home and not had a chance to catch up - but

    CHRISSSSSSSSSSSSS RAYMOND BLANC - I LOVE YOU AND HIM!!!! and no matter how tired I am in the morning I will be there bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8 by the latest to listen in - work will have to just hang fire for an hour!!!

    Hope to catch up with the rest of you later/in the morning, on my shiney LIGHT new work lapy T.

    In the meantime, happy thursty thursday and I for one am just having a cheeky penguin :-)


  • Comment number 49.

    Its nearly the weekend ...sheesh where does that time go ......?

    What everyone got planned?? Me apart from cake baking ..nothing ..well some welsh homework ...sheesh its a hard language .... my daughter learning it at sch and teaching me it too xxx

    Billie xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Debs - been converted to red wine since a wine tasting last December so a small glass has passed my lips (only because I needed some to cook with) lol

    Billie - I had to give up baking while at home alone as me and OH were just eating far too much. I have refrained from even thinking about baking while between jobs what with our move and all that. Got son, dil and my parents visiting on Sunday for the first time so I will have to cook for them!!

    Night all

    Luv, Susan xx

  • Comment number 51.

    Billie- I'm going to have to try that one real soon!! -x-x-x-

  • Comment number 52.

    Susan, as you know I love red wine, especially Meerloooottt. Will be getting my Friday night bottle on the way home tomorrow.

    Like you, I don't bake any more - there's only me here to eat it all.


  • Comment number 53.

    Jakeygirl- take a look at spice uk for an alternative to dating sites... great fun -x-x-x-

  • Comment number 54.

    Evening all

    Annie, I was a bit worried. He has had nosebleeds before but this was going on a bit. Will get him checked tomorroe. Doc thinks it might be a virus?

    Susan, I have the same problem if I bake!

    Billie, coo Welsh homework sounds worse that french & german put together!

    Lyndy, I thought you were talking about learning welsh too!!

    Debs, are the little penguins flocking back now!

    Ebbs, are you packing yet? Do you have timescales for the big move?

    JG, a whole pound!!! For 2 slices!!!! Tell you what, I'll do a couple of slices in the morning and pop them in the post to you!

    Have I missd anyone? Hope not,

    Night all, sweet dreams

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 55.

    ...or even 'boozy suzie'...

    Popping in tonight to join in - lurking as always - but compelled to join in more often if I can.

    I do agree that CLP is not as engaged with his BBC blog as he is other medium such as t&itter!

    Anyway love to all and let's be inclusive - being exclusive is sooooo lonely.

    Suzie xxx

  • Comment number 56.

    Hi all

    It's getting a bit like the old days.

    I agree that it would be good if Chris would mention/engage the blog a bit more, however I have noticed that a link to the blog text is included in the facecloth page and that often attracts far more comments than are posted on here. It is not clear that there is a BBC blog with all us lovely people regularly commenting and bonding.

    Anyhoo time for me to go to bed, at least it's Friday tomorrow.

    Night all

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 57.


    Could you ask Monsieur Blanc about one of the first celebrity chef things I ever saw on TV sometime in the early to mid eighties.

    I think that it was part of the Food and Drink program on BBC2 and consisted of him teaching a family from Sheffield how to cook.

  • Comment number 58.

    Evening all,
    Hope you are all well?
    Toast? has to be warm with loads of Kerrygold butter, not so good for the cholesterol levels tho!
    I love ''the hungry Frenchman'' even tho some of the things he was tucking into looked a bit iffy! He's so passionate about his craft and I love the way he shouts ''luke at dis'' every five seconds!
    I have a mooch here almost every day but will def try and blog more often, now Ive been reminded, but,
    Wheres our lovely Ginge?

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning all, good to see so many faces on the blog! I'm Still coughing spluttering sneezing and wheezinggave to drag my sorry ass into work today though! Of an office of 4 people only 1 of us turned up yesterday so must make the effort! Can't afford to sit around here all day today as well! Catch you all later whether by comment or lurking! Have a good day all ttfn

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 60.

    Morning all

    Great reading the blog this morning and to see so many of you nipping back in for a chat and some friends from over the Mayo fence too - fantastic!

    I had a lovely thing happen last night at my network meeting - I was presented with a Certificate for Entrepreneur Of The Month! It was a total surprise but has really spurred me on (after holiday, obviously!) to get some more new clients. The only way is up.

    The Certificate was for my hand-made, hand-picked cookie campaign. Basically over the last 4 weeks I've hand-picked and researched some local companies and "courted" them with various shaped home-made cookies and marketing leaflets/emails etc. I delivered some on Valentine's Day and one of them actually said "ah it's the cookie lady" !! It's not a high cost campaign but I'm hoping it'll reap the rewards eventually.

    I'm off out today on the hunt for summer clothes and sun cream. Not the easiest task in February, I'll grant you, but after all the Christmas excess and upheaval of late, my summer clothes are a but "snug" to say the least ...... ahem!

    Have a lovely Friday, however you're spending it.


  • Comment number 61.


    Enough Enough Enough

    I think Radio 2 needs to be re-named Radio JessieJ.

    Muted, for now. It's fast becoming the Fireflies of 2012.

    PLAY SOMETHING ELSE .... it's enough to make one want to leave the country .......

  • Comment number 62.

    Deevs you just made me laugh as I got into work! Are your clothes a. It snug or a butt snug!

    Catch you all later off to deal with that old devil called work again

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 63.

    Hahaha ..... most definitely BOTH!


  • Comment number 64.

    Good morning everyone,

    Great to see so many returning bloggers!

    Well, that's everything done and dusted, D's Mum's house emptied, keys handed back to the council, ashes scattered where she requested (all 6 of them managed to be there which was lovely), and his sister who lives in Devon going back home today, she has been up here now for 5 weeks so I'm sure she will be glad to be back home.

    We are being taken our for a bar meal by our very good neighbours/friends this evening before D goes back to work tomorrow.

    Have a good weekend everyone.



  • Comment number 65.

    Morning Bloggers,

    I am still here but I'm not able to get on and post as often as I'd like, don't even lurk much these days, but I think of you often and when I need a friend I know you lot are always hers.

    Chris, please talk about the blog more, we need it to bring in new bloggers

    Over and out - have a good day everyone

    CG xx

  • Comment number 66.

    *here* - doh!

    Muppetry reigns .............. :-)

    CG xx

  • Comment number 67.

    Bonjour Christophe et Raymond!

    What is it about a French accent? I could listen to M. Blanc all day! I do think that you (CLP) should stop teasing Raymond about his grasp of the English language though, as your French with a Warrington accent is interesting! ;-)

    Well done Deevs on your well deserved stifficate! It takes a lot of guts, dedication and self belief to start a business from scratch especially in this economic climate. Live long and prosper!

    I am one of the guilty lurkers, and due to new work commitments find it hard to sneak a few posts on the Mayo blog as well as on here. One good thing about the new job is that I am up early enough to hear quite a bit of Chris in the mornings. The man always delivers a great start to every day. Always 'glass half full'.

    I was the madchickenwoman when I started posting on CLP's blog, now shortened thanks to, cake baker extraordinaire, KatyMatey, to madchickster! I love all the banter here, and have very fond memories of Beesmum's shed and her vast collection of shoes. And of course the FNWC and the tales of the Girl On The Sofa!
    Meeting you all for the CIN 'phone duty (twice!) was fab.

    And now we are one day nearer Le Weekend. Mange tout!

    madchick x

    #61 I think that Gotye song is also suffering from TMA (too much airplay), always reminds me of Sting and Baa Baa Black Sheep!

  • Comment number 68.

    Morning all

    Chris, great show. I love Raymond's crockery. LOL!

    Been awake most of the night coughing and spluttering.

    Gail. thinking of you and David. xx

    Chrissie, hope you are ok. xx

    Have a good day everyone.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 69.

    CSN, I could hardly sleep last night either, I feel as though my throat is lined with barbed wire!

  • Comment number 70.

    Hi everyone:

    Well, whatever has happened since I last looked on Tuesday ... the blog is back! Great to see so many lovely familiar names here - you have all been missed so much!
    Unfortunately, I can't read all the comments - no time to do that - but it is wonderful to see a resurgence of this lovely blog.

    I am having the busiest time at work in about the last two years - good to be busy, but this is a little overwhelming. So, no chance whatsoever to catch up - I hope everyone is ok.

    Gail: I did see on Tuesday that Minstrel is back - how wonderful. And I am so glad everything went well on Monday - you must have been so proud of D.

    Take care you lovely lot, and I hope to be back next week!

    C xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Morning all

    Can't believe I missed the velvety sounds of Raymondo! This was due to oversleeping after no sleep the night before while much beloved was missing in action......hey ho, podcast it will have to be.

    Seems to be alot of folk with gunkiness(sp) and barbed wire throats, you poor peeps, hope you all get well soon. Nothing worse than trying to 'carry on' whilst under the lurg. AND so many different strains of lurg these days.

    Change of subject - today I shall mostly be trying to sort the big 'd' word with the legal beagles and re-hashing the cv, which hasn't been updated for 20 years!

    Have a lovely day all, hope to catch up again later.

    Steffi xx

    P.S. Now the new blog will arrive!

  • Comment number 72.

    Gail, hope you feel better very soon. xx

    Dear Chrissie, I have missed you here. xx

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 73.

    Morning All,

    It's fantastic to see so many bloggers returning to the fold. I won't name you all, as I am bound to miss someone out and then offend that person. But welcome home, you've been missed :)

    Deev, Many cograts on your award xx

    To those with the lurgy, I hope you feel better soon xx

    Bigs hugs all round xx And hooray that it's Friday :))))


  • Comment number 74.

    Morning all!
    Dozy I have woken up with the barbed wire throat too, so I'm having a douvet day, I dont do "being ill" normally but today I am.

    Good to see lots of action over the last couple of days - nice to see familiar faces back, but that makes Chrissie noticable by her absence - you alright out there hun???

    Deevs - blinkyblimy was Liddypool really november 2009 - jeez where has the time gone!!! So looking forward to our next big meet in Edinburgh - Scoobs do the auld reekie tour - you'll love it!

    Right all that talk about toast has made me want some and today I will be having it with fairy marmalade


  • Comment number 75.

    Morning all

    Took ages this morning to catch up but all good.

    Debs what is fairy marmalade, I am a jam (no bits) crunchie peanut butter or marmite kind of girl.

    Got loads planned this weekend, other job tonight and tomorrow night, Saturday housework, still trying to get the house straight, carpet measuring man coming in the morning to get the final measurements and then on Sunday meeting our friends in Cheshire for lunch as they moved to Oldham a few weeks ago and it is her birthday next week.

    So much for resting this weekend.

    Deevs have a lovely holiday and enjoy your time with your mum and well done on your certificate.

    DM - glad you got things all sorted it is always difficult but at least you all did it together, since my nan passed my mum and her sister seem to be a loggerheads over things hopefully things will calm down soon.

    Hope those with the lurgy feel better soon

    Have a good day everyone CB xx

  • Comment number 76.


    I missed the show today so I hope that you didn't ask your guest about the family from Sheffield as I suspect you would have got a quizzical look and a Gallic shrug.

    The chef in question was actually Anton Mosimann.

  • Comment number 77.

    CB - enjoy your busy weekend - fairy marmalade is the speciality of our very own Mobile Tooth Fairy (MTF)

    Enjoy your meal with your friends who have moved to Oldham - my place of birth!


  • Comment number 78.

    Good morning everyone ....

    Today's a lazy pj day ... Well it's Friday and got nowhere to go .... ( waiting for the tut tut ..lol;) ) ...

    Get well soon to those with the lurgy xxx

    Cake making this avo ... Anyone want a slice??

    Catchya laters as house tidying to do ...
    Yes Deevs I agree Jessie J is a bit overplayed now ...I love the song but getting peed off hearing it ...!

    Billie (in her Jimmy jams) xxx

  • Comment number 79.

    aahhh of course fairy marmalade the type you find on your doorstep, should have realised doh!

    looking forward to meeting up with her she hasnt been very well recently had a very stressful time of it so I it will be nice to catch up. We have bought her a car for her birthday sounds very grand but she has always wanted a bmw z3 so we have bought her a matchbox one as her pressie, it will make her giggle. Its a limited edition James bond version so it is a little bit special... ha ha ha.

    Have fun one and all

    CB xx

  • Comment number 80.

    Oh Billie, how I wish I was in my jimmy's - except it would be joggers as I don't actually have any. Sorry, too much info maybe....

    Steffi x

    Sting and ba ba dark coloured sheep - lol. x

  • Comment number 81.

    Billie, I am in my pj's too. LOL!

    I would love a slice of cake.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 82.

    ooooooooooooo! did someone mention cake. Just off to put the kettle on anyone want one?

    CB xx

  • Comment number 83.

    CB, yes please. Cup of tea would be lovely with the slice of cake.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Anyone for Hawaii cake .. Pineapple cake with coconut buttercream topping ... Plenty to go round xxx lol ..:)

    Nice to have pj day xxx

  • Comment number 85.

    apologies CSN work got in the way of the kettle boiling here you go - just put milk in no sugar wasnt sure, dont worry I re-boiled the kettle so it shouldnt be cold. Billie cake sounds nice but not too sure about the coconut icing do you mind if I scrap mine off..... ta

    Enjoy your PJ day. Just listening to Doo Wop on JV made me smile. xx

  • Comment number 86.

    afternoon peeps

    Nice to catch you all and madchickster, I believe we spoke on CiN day.

    Signed up last night for the Edinburgh get together - will need to start looking for hotel and train stuff.

    Debs - I can't believe it was so long ago that we all met up at Albert Dock - what a great weekend that was.

    Deevs - well done you on the award. Lovely to know that your efforts haven't gone un-noticed/been in vain. What will it be for Easter ... little eggs or chicks?

    Hoping to get away from work a bit earlier today - it was 6pm yesterday (after a 7.30 start) and with an hour each end travelling, it was a long day!

    Have a good weekend all
    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 87.

    Wow, a imaginary tea party.

    I bet this is just what th BBC had in mind when they set up this blog.

    How on earth do think that new people will start to contribute to this blog when they see all this nonsense?

  • Comment number 88.

    Did someone say something?

  • Comment number 89.

    In light of recent comments, I would like to apologise to everyone I have bored, ignored or upset in my time on the blog

    I am sorry


  • Comment number 90.

    I'm back!

    MagicBusDriver - please try to be nice! Sarcasm isn't big, nor is it clever. Is anyone doing any harm to anyone else here? Is there any bullying or nastiness going on here? I just really don't understand why you're wasting your time with us ordinary dullards when you so obviously seek a higher form of intellect.

    I'm back!

    Shopping trip was a success. Thankfully sun cream is "BOGOF" in one of the main high street chemists so I managed to save about £34 on that one: all stocked up with F30, F15 and F8 - it's 32 Degrees out there at the mo. Yikes!

    Also picked up a couple of bargains to wear which was a bonus.

    Talking of cake (happy baking Billie!) I went to ELH to use the hole in the wall and the smell of freshly baked hot cross buns just drew me in .... and they're half price too. Ooooops.

    Just mustering up the energy for a "trying on" session. I really do hate shopping.

    Still loving seeing lots of posts - sorry for not name checking everyone but I really don't want to omit or upset anyone!

    Muchos amore.


  • Comment number 91.

    Afternoon all! Just thought I'd pop in and say hi again!

    Hi again!

    Cake and tea, you crazy people! Loving your work though!

    Good to see so many!

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 92.


    Well done on the award Deevs! I gave mini-man an extra star as an award for going back into his (very grown up big-boy) bed from 5.45am till 7.15 when his sunshine comes on and it's time to get up!! Well done small bloke!

    And I remembered another reason that I stopped blogging so much... let's not dwell.

    Here's to a top weekend. Lots of fun and maybe even a glass of vino this evening!

    Luv Lyndyloo
    Mini-man & Boo

  • Comment number 93.

    Aaaah yes the FNWC and the vino collapso! Not something I used to partake of in the virtual world! Back in the real world mind you ........ Corks away! Good to "see you" Lindyloo!

    All aboard the trolley bus! And away we go!

    DD out xx

  • Comment number 94.

    Lyndy - I want my sunshine to come on: how'd you do that!?!?

    See, I used to love FNWC. we had some real proper laughs. Things are different for me now though: "back then" I spent most Friday nights bored, as the Ex played on his Playstation, so FNWC was a lovely diversion. Now, Friday night is one of the few nights that Nic and I get to spend proper grown up time together without the threat of an alarm clock going off at 6.10 am. It's our "mad night" if you like! We're much more sensible on Saturdays as his lad is in the house with us so responsibility takes over, but Friday's ... they're special :-)

    Mr Dissing - I seem to remember you and Mr Easy Job coming along to clear away the mess left in the hot tub and shed AFTER FNWC had left town.

    Thanks for all your congrats on the stifficate. I'm still grinning and a wee bit disbelieving to be honest!


  • Comment number 95.


    Just want to share my physic experience!

    Had a free afternoon with nothing much to do so I said to Tom (the cat) "I wish the new carpet would arrive from the river people". Then immediately Knock Knock! It was the new carpet (large rug really)

    All laid now and looking posh in here!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 96.

    Afternoon peeps,
    Nice to see the blog so busy.
    Really enjoyed listening to Raymondo this morning.
    You commented this morning Chris, about the very high level of staff turnover in the hospitality industry, as some one who has worked in the industry for over 20 years I can tell you this is usually beacause most staff in these type of jobs are not very well treated and have to put up with unsociable hours,no breaks, idiot managers, ignorant customers trying to grope yer bum etc etc and all for minimum wage (some places even use the service chrge to make up staff wages) I could tell you stories mate, but I wouldn't want to frighten you! Not that all hospitality jobs are like this of course and I love my new job and the buzz it gives me (despite the four mile cycle) but I feel sorry for young people starting out in the industry because they do get the rough end of the stick and you can't blame em for chucking it all in!
    Rant over, soz, dont think Ive ever 'done' one of those on here before, I am usually so serene!!!!
    Glad the shopping went well Deevs, lucky you heading off to warmer climates!
    Hope all you lurgy sufferers' are better for the weekend.
    T xxxxx

  • Comment number 97.

    Happy Weekend everyone. Lovely tea and cake btw, yum!

    Hope to be back with you all again next week.....

    Love and hugs.

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 98.

    Happy you guys liked cake ... :D xxx

    Think Steve Wright had a boo boo ..he said Simon Mayo on at five:) ..had my hopes up for a bit :( bugger still that zzzzz Liza "yawn" xxx

    Anyhow I gonna rustle a spaggy boll later xxxx

    Be on laters okies ...
    Billie (still in Jimmy jams ) xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    Talking of cake, I'm going to have something simple, cheap and tasty I used to do a lot when I was struggling to make ends meet as a single parent. Swiss roll & custard! Very tasty!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 100.

    100 Hurrah!

    Another cheap dessert I used to make was orange mousse. Orange jelly, can of mandarins & small can of evaporated milk whipped up.

    MM xxx


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