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BeeKay, our method of poaching trout allows the skin to be slipped away very easily and the fillets to fall away from the bones. Salt baking achieves the same thing - the skin comes away with the salt crust. Descaling isn't necessary.

 

Regarding serving trout with cheese. In my view doing this would spoil both the cheese and the trout.

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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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There were certain items of school uniform which were only available from D&P. Others could be purchased at the Coop, behind those revolving doors. For instance, the Manning School grey flannel knickers were a D&P only item, as was the tie. It wasn't a conventional tie but a length of red and white striped petersham ribbon, looped over a circle of elastic under the collar of the blouse.

 

The Manning blouse was the cause of much trouble. Some parents purchased a red and white striped blouse from the Coop and I think this was the prescribed blouse for a different Nottingham school but the Manning blouse wasn't red and white, it was sort of maroon and white. It was only a subtle difference but turn up in the wrong one and they'd be down on you like a ton of bricks! Some parents genuinely couldn't see the difference in the shade but others bought the cheaper red and white blouse, thinking no one would notice. Wrong!  The Manning blouse was very expensive, presumably because of the rare dye shade and the limited numbers produced.

 

Other items such as the green, wrap around science/art overall could only be purchased at D&P.

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Taking Kai out this morning we did the usual routine making him sit with his lead on whilst I opened the door and then wait until I told him to go out. As he was sat there I noticed a rather large spider come hurtling out from between the wall and floor slab ready to fight! I moved Kai over a bit, think it was a bit overmatched or more likely Kai would eat it, he is very partial to the odd wasp, beetle etc. I had a good look, from a distance I must add, and it seems to be Big Bertha who was obviously in a bad mood. Perhaps I woke her up when I lent my walking stick against the wall. Making sure the door to the kitchen was shut we proceeded with our walk.

When I got back she was sunning herself on the wall. I sorted Kai out with water etc. and then went back into my side room. She had moved a bit so we were eyeball to eyeball. Although I do NOT like spiders, she is quite magnificent really apart from the way she runs and the fact that she is a spider. We have renegotiated her tenancy, same rules as before. She stays in the side room, can eat as many flies as she wants, no partying or having friends over. All webs must be discreet and must not be where I will walk into them. I have agreed not to let Kai sniff or eat her and she won’t try to attack us when we are going for walks and she is not allowed to accompany us on them either. Any rules are broken and she will be in next doors garden immediately.

So hopefully we can co-exist peacefully.

 

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I thought Big Bertha had scuttled off to spider heaven, SG.  She must like living with you so much, they've let her come back!

 

There are lots of babies about, I've noticed, including one poised on the newly painted ceiling just above my bed the other night.  It was gently relocated outside. As I shut the door and tippy toed back to bed, I'm sure I heard a voice shout, "I've been chucked out of better places than this!"

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Called in at the Plains fish bar at lunchtime & had some beautiful  proper fish & chips take away then sat across the road by the monument in glorious sunshine & scoffed em. 

Normal life will soon return. 

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That's a good chip shop. Very envious. I just fancy proper fish and chips or even a Big Mac. Our nearest chippy in Southwell is only average and it's a 10 mile round trip. We must be running low on supplies. It's burger, beans and chips tonight!

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I suppose it could be Big Bertha Mk. II JS. As long as she sticks to the rules we will be fine. Just hope she hasn’t brought the family with her!

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Thanks Lizzie, as said earlier, I have started on the main body. Painting Wollaton hall picture is not so easy but I'm trying. It certainly looks different from the rust bucket I collected. Will show you a picture when it's finished, I promise.

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Interesting that,WW, you see loads of em on the M40 just north of High Wycombe. First time we were told about them, we were on a coach heading North. 'Er indoors said she'd spent ages looking and couldn't even see the strings! True, honest.

(I think they're looking for easy pickings, ie. road kill).

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On 4/24/2020 at 7:02 PM, philmayfield said:

That's a good chip shop. Very envious. I just fancy proper fish and chips or even a Big Mac. Our nearest chippy in Southwell is only average and it's a 10 mile round trip. We must be running low on supplies. It's burger, beans and chips tonight!

I agree Phil. Southwell chippy is very average. Bamboo Garden is quite good but I don’t think I’ll be going there for some considerable time.

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Bk, you're correct. Red Kites take carrion and don't predate on live animals. Since John Paul Getty III re-introduced Red Kites on his estate down in the Chilterns, thay have been one of the great success stories. Where I live just north of Nothampton it is very common to see them soaring on the thermals.

 

 

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Hiya Deepdene,  added to your post, close to us are a family of Buzzards. When sitting outside with our coffee, we often see 3 or 4 of them soaring above us. Apart from when they actually fly off, you never see them flap their wings. We watch them for ages until they soar so high you lose site of them. They're a lot bigger than I  first thought. Glad and privileged to see them though. Stay safe mate.

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Good evening. I have been unable to create havoc as Virgin Broadband has been down for a few hours and is only just back up.

Just think yourselves lucky!!!!!

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Kicked myself this morning. Surprised to see the pond 9" down after topping it up yesterday? I had left the end of the hosepipe in the pond after turning off the tap and dropping the end of the hose onto the ground. The pond is 18" higher than the patio, so the water siphoned off during the night :Fool:  Another 500 gallons to pay for ....

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Two quotes and one of 'em empty...  :ohmy:..

 

Yo'll cop it if Red sees that!!!:laugh:

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