STIR-UP Sunday

By: sandiquiz , 10:08 AM GMT on November 26, 2013

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Stir-Up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent begins and historically the date to make Christmas Pudding.

Because the date of the start of Advent varies a little from year to year, it can fall anytime between November 20th and 26th. This year it was Sunday November 24th, as Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st.


It is thought Stir-Up Sunday is so called for two reasons. The first is from the wording of the 'Communion Prayer' in church services for the Sunday before Advent, which begins:-

'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded.'

...and secondly because traditionally it was the day Christmas Puddings were made to allow them a month to mature before Christmas Day.

Presumably the words heard at Church became associated with the appropriate time for pudding preparation and the two have been linked for many years.

I made my Christmas puddings on Sunday, taking photos as I did so, producing a photographic recipe for you. Homemade Christmas pudding should be light and moist, not heavy and stodgy, as many mass-produced, purchased puddings can be.




Collect together all the ingredients.










EVERY MEMBER of the FAMILY should have a STIR, and make a WISH :)





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MAKE SURE YOU WATCH the steamer does not boil dry, topping up with boiling water when necessary.





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34. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:36 PM GMT on November 30, 2013
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33. palmettobug53
1:27 PM GMT on November 30, 2013
Good morning, Sandi. I see you've not checked in since yesterday. I hope this is because you are in the throes of getting gifts wrapped and cards in the mail and not because you picked up C's stomach bug.

Another chilly day here but overnight temps are back above freezing, thank heavens. It's sunny out, so need to get the wash started soon. Things take so much longer to dry in cold weather and it gets dark earlier; I can't dilly dally about getting started, like I sometimes do in warmer weather.
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32. SkyBlue17
10:48 AM GMT on November 30, 2013
H and I are back from the land of stomach bugs...I see from comments above, that C was/is also suffering from it? I do hope he is on the mend. Wish him better from us please. I do hope you do not get it!
Today it's H's and my first day of being up and about. Legs made out of jelly! :)
I will be back later or tomorrow. The advent calendar is much liked by H! Tomorrow according to him, can't get her quickly enough. LOL

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
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31. palmettobug53
2:14 PM GMT on November 29, 2013
Hi, Sandi,

It is sunny but a chilly 43F here this morning. The wind chill is about 38F.

I see tons of traffic on the highway from my kitchen window. I don't plan to join them! I do need to get scrip refilled at Walmart but I think I'll wait until Sunday to do that. Hopefully, most of the Black Friday rush will have run it's course by then.
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30. sandiquiz
8:43 AM GMT on November 29, 2013
Hi Wabit .... You are chilly! Hope you have your thick socks on!
It was 48 when I got up and now dropped to 46, with the forecast of some wind and rain this afternoon!
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29. whitewabit (Mod)
6:22 AM GMT on November 29, 2013
Frosty 16 degrees already this morning ..
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28. sandiquiz
5:51 AM GMT on November 29, 2013
Good morning. All..... I do hope you all had a Happy thanksgiving with family and friends.


Pros - the alcohol is what gives the pudding it's keeping quality, but any liquid would do....I suggested cold tea to SkyBlue.........I feel orange juice might be too sweetening, but apple juice might work well.

Your Christmas feast sounds just that! a feast! I think it sounds as though your generous Italian nature comes to the front when food is being prepared. Christmas fare here is always about over indulgence too :-)

Hope your thanksgiving dinner went well.

Ozgalah - I have cheese and yogurt for my breakfast.....my friends think I am weird, but I love cheese! and protein foods do not give me digestive trouble like cereals can do!!

I have found Max adores cheese and will help me eat my breakfast some days!! Lol

Ylee - oh, dear, I wasn't trying to make it daunting. I was trying to show it was just a case of collections the ingredients and mixing them together. No laborious 'stages', the most time consuming part is watching the steamer doesn't boil dry!! lol

Bug
- yes, having something like our mothers handwritten recipes is a lovely keepsake, but when we go......who will want them??

I had to laugh at you keeping the bows. It reminded me that my sister used to take off the bows from the Christmas presents...those with the sticky backs to hold them in place, and stick them on her hair! By the time all the presents were undone she usually had them everywhere!!! I had forgotten that!! lol


Hi Jane, and GG, I do hope you both had a lovely day, yesterday, and now can enjoy the long weekend:)

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27. palmettobug53
1:03 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
Have a good time, Sandi! The Thanksgiving wishes are much appreciated.
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26. sandiquiz
10:23 AM GMT on November 28, 2013
Hi All,
Busy morning and now dashing out to do a few errands before meeting my Thursday lunch friend....

Happy Thanksgiving to you all :)

BBL
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25. Proserpina
12:35 AM GMT on November 28, 2013
Hi, love the blog and the recipe pictorial. Yummy! Can the recipe be made without alcoholic beverages? And if so with what, maybe orange juice or apple juice? I wonder.

I do make a turkey for Thanksgiving but not at Christmas. Christmas has been a dual celebration, Italian and American (and when younger also Greek and English to honor my husband's roots). So Lasagna and all of the traditional meats such a Farsumagru (Sicilian), sausages,...., cannoli, varieties of cookies that mom used to make, .... AND the American foods such as roast crown of pork, and recently roast beef (faster and easier to prepare), popovers or Yorkshire pudding, scalloped potatoes, salads, veggies, etc., and the typical American desserts and cookies. I have always had guests which included family and friends. Until recently when only family is with us. The older I get the fewer guests and a much more modest feast.

Time for me to get back to the Thanksgiving cooking.
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24. Proserpina
12:00 AM GMT on November 28, 2013
Mimi photo 016mimiThanksgiving_zpsb92eacd3.jpg

Ok, so you do not celebrate Thanksgiving but the original celebrants were English!

I will be back to savor your new blog.
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23. ozgalah
9:51 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Cold pudding though cut in slices and cheese on top....but I will eat cheese with anything! Much, much cooler today hoping for shower or two but not sure if it will make us over the hills.
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22. Ylee
8:27 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Very nicely done, Sandi! I'm sure to someone that hasn't done it before, the process seems complicated, even daunting! However, to a Veteran Pudding Master such as yourself, it's old hat! :' ) I'm sure it's worth every minute of effort!

Since it's not Thanksgiving in England, I'll just say Happy Hanukkah! :' )
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21. palmettobug53
3:07 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Sandi, I hope this finds C feeling better this afternoon and that you haven't caught it.

I'd rather have just about anything else than a stomach upset like that. Colds, sore throats, sprains, strains, anything but that. Ugh.

How wonderful that we have some of our mother's handwritten recipe cards.

Dad gave me her recipe box years ago. I also have a small notebook type thing, where she kept clippings of all sorts of stuff, along with handwritten instructions for crafts and whatnot. I pull it and the recipe cards out, every now and then and take a trip through memory lane and it's like she's looking over my shoulder.

No, Hubby has not mellowed out much over the years. He'll still rip into packages, if I put them out where he can find them first thing. He simply WON'T wait!

Oh, that "Don't tear the paper! We can use it again." and "Save the ribbons and bows!" As well as, "Keep the boxes!"

I suppose it was a hold over from the rough times of the 30's, that desire to not be wasteful and reuse anything that could be reused. One of my strongest childhood memories of Christmas is watching my Gramma (Mama's mama) tenderly flatten and fold the Christmas wrapping paper, so that it could be kept for next year.

I still feel a bit guilty about throwing those things out, though I do. lol

I'll admit to keeping bows, though.
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20. JanesVacation
12:09 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Drinking my first cup of coffee and deciding where to begin on the Thanksgiving Day preparations this morning. It is the busiest travel day of the year and I am so thankful to be here at home. The only travel I would need would be to pop over to the store if I find I've forgotten anything!

Steve is heading home from Chicago this afternoon. 12 inches of lake effect snow is predicted for a short stretch of his trip. I guess we will see what happens as the day progresses. He can stay in the apartment until tomorrow morning, if necessary.

Thanks for the info about the pudding toppings. She says a creamy pudding type sauce is served with the Christmas pudding. It may be the one you described. Sounds lovely and I bet it tastes amazing after all of that love and care in preparation.
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19. GardenGrrl
11:01 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
Good Morning, as a total foodie type, I love how you set up your kitchen and did the photos for your online food show. The blue stove top (hob) under the gleaming silver pot was an especially nice image.
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18. sandiquiz
10:39 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
Linda, I presume never driving a car makes it difficult to learn how to reverse....as everything is done...in reverse! Turn left - go right!! lol

I have been reading about the cold weather for Texas... I always think of Texas as a warm place, like Florida!

I also have a book of recipes handwritten by my mum... I even have a recipe book she gave me when I first got married in in the early 70's. The recipes are written by my first husband. He used the recipe book occasionally, and his writing was much more legible than mine, so he wrote in any recipes we decided we liked and wanted to keep:)

Jane - five days off sounds wonderful, then it won't be that long to Christmas...how long do you get off for that holiday?

As to what you can serve the Christmas Pud with - well, anything.
Cream, ice cream, custard or the traditional sauce, which is a white, sweet sauce, made with milk, sugar and cornflour flavoured with brandy:)


SkyBlue - that's a great saving with vouchers, so it was worth the extra time it took to place the order!

Glad S is happy, even if cold!! lol

Cold tea might be better than orange juice, as that might make it too sweet, don't you think? Cold earl grey, perhaps?


Bug - Oh, poor hubby, thought he had no presents from Santa!

Has he mellowed? Does he still want to rip off the paper, or does he 'savour' the moment? My mum was the most infuriating at Christmas. Dad insisted we open one at once and watch what the other got before opening another. Mum would feel the present all over before gently peeling off the sellotape. Then she would remove the paper carefully, and fold it up, smoothing it with her hands before looking at the gift inside! How we used to try to hurry her up, impatient to get on with another of our own gifts! lol


How big are those little puddings?

I made one 6 ounce, big enough for three or four people, as you only need a very small portion after such a large Christmas dinner, and four smaller ones, enough for one greedy person or two not so greedy!

The larger one is for my Aunt and uncle and I to have on the sunday before Christmas, and two of the smaller ones are gifts for my friend. The other two are for me.

As to calling it fruitcake, it isn't. It is actually a steamed fruit sponge, with a "little extra" thrown in to celebrate Christmas.

In the olden days, the pudding had a silver sixpence put into the mixture before cooking, and the person who got the sixpence in their portion was supposedly lucky for the year:)


Ozgalah - you have cheese with your pudding? I have Cheese with the C cake, and also with apple pie, but never tried it with C pud.

I can see how the heat would be too much for the dogs, not to mention their owners. As to losing your deposit, that makes it a difficult decision to make.

Oh, the poor window cleaner, but it serves him right!

My persian cat, Casper, was very mild mannered unless you got down on the floor with him with eyes on his level. My young nephew, now a 37 year old rugby player, was told on many occasions not to get on the floor, on his hands and knees and eyeball Casper.
"He will go for you", we told him! But when he got a bloodied nose from a quick swipe... he realised we meant what we said! lol


BriarCraft - If I could time when the action is about to take place, I would video it, but it all depends on the birds outside!! lol

"Oh my! Sandi made an awful lot of dirty dishes just for us."

Actually, only one large mixing bowl, and two small ones, plus a measuring jug and glass were used, as I took a photo of the ingredient, then tipped it into the bowl... it is such an easy recipe, because once you have it sorted out, everything goes into the bowl in two parts..... and if you used suet, even the rubbing in of butter to dried ingredients is not necessary, so 'everything' goes in together, before you add the liquid/egg!!

Plus, I have a dishwasher! lol

"I'm glad she is educating us about an English custom, Stir-Up Sunday, and a very English treat, the famous Christmas Pudding."

It is a very old tradition, and originally was made then put in a clean muslin cloth, tied up with string to make a ball, and was then cooked in a large pan of boiling water over the fire.

"How intriguing! Such a tiny bit of flour for all that fruit. The alcohol will evaporate, leaving behind all its flavor. This is going to be very, very rich and very, very tasty."

It is rich, and tasty, but if prepared and cooked properly, is not stodgy. *See my reply to Bug*


The fruitcake your mother made, and 'fed' with brandy, is how we would make our Christmas 'cake'. It is made with three times more fruit than flour, so it is moist and almost melts in the mouth - if again, prepared, cooked and stored properly! I have tasted some C Cakes my friends have purchffffffffffff (thanks, MAX!!) - sorry, I was saying - my friends have purchased, and they taste like cardboard, so dry, you need to swallow a whole glass of brandy, just to help get it down!! lol



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17. shoreacres
4:04 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
I'm so glad to see the news about C's mum. I laughed at the comment about her needing to learn to put it in reverse. I've seen a lady or two in the stores who don't quite have it down. They certainly can wreak havoc now and then.

The puddings look wonderful, but I'm going to stick with my Lizzies this year. They're a fruitcake like cookie, but have only enough spice-infused batter to hold the candied fruits, pecans and raisins together. Of course, any recipe that begins by soaking a pound of raisins in bourbon is a good recipe - and the cookies are quite good. They're spicy and moist, and have plenty of nuts, which always makes me happy.

The weather's cold, but drying out. I really didn't expect to come home from my trip and run straight into such a run of bad weather, but so it goes.

While I was cleaning and clearing this weekend I found a little stash of Mom's recipes, including some that I always liked and had forgotten about. The best part is that they're all hand-written - quite a nice memento to come across. I tossed about half, but kept everything that I might have the slightest inclination to make. They've been hiding in a little recipe box that was tucked away with some of the Christmas stuff I was sorting. That job's completely done now - hoorah!
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16. JanesVacation
1:39 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
The week is over and I am so pleased to have the next 5 days off. I can't wait to begin the meal preparations tomorrow. Your Christmas pudding looks delicious. My daughter in Montreal wants to know if it is ever served with a custard sauce? She has had a similar dessert on Christmas with her Canadian family.
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15. SkyBlue17
10:45 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Ah, see, that's why it will be a success! I will use the black tea...or orange juice?

Glad to hear C had a good trip up North and back again and that his mum is doing so well.

Just done the shopping on-line...took some time, as I had a lot of coupon codes to type in. In the end, it was £22 off! Well worth the fiddly job of reading the minute text size of the codes on each coupon.

Heard from S. She is enjoying herself and has found it...SNOWY! yuck! She has had to borrow a thicker winter jacket than the one she had with her.
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14. palmettobug53
10:25 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
....sent him back with his b/d and Christmas presents, which amazingly, are still wrapped up!

LOLOLOL He and my Hubby must be related or are all men like that?

I got up our first Christmas together to find him knee deep in ripped paper, ribbons, tissue paper and his gifts strewn everywhere. I was SO upset. I'd never had anyone, EVER, not wait until everyone was gathered 'round, to open presents.

I've hidden his gifts ever since and only dig them out after I get up.

I didn't tell him beforehand and he got up the second Christmas to find not a single package with his name on it. He was really bummed out.

How big are those little puddings? I see you have three in the pot. I've got a couple of soup pots I suppose I could use.

On the other hand, I'm the only one that will eat something like that. Hubby won't touch anything resembling fruit cake, which is probably what they are like. I don't know many people that even like fruitcake. I suppose I could eat them all myself!

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13. ozgalah
10:04 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Can I come for pudding and cheese? I was going to start my cake today but it is going to be 38 degrees so I think not! Great blog!
Yes the dogs seem happier especially today for a trim, they did have lots of grass seeds in their paws too, but we do check them almost daily. I am only doing this show I think before Christmas, it is just too hot and we have a hot weather policy that states if over a certain temp on the preceding Thursday the show must either start after 6pm or be cancelled. It makes planning very difficult and they do not refund your entry fee so many people are reluctant to enter as they lose their money.
I used to have a window cleaner in the UK and we had a two storey house, he would torment my dog, a chocolate brown cocker spaniel and I warned him the dog would get him back. Well one day he was on the ladder cleaning the upstairs bedroom window. The room had a chocolate brown carpet and you can probably guess the rest.... the dog launched himself across the room and scared the window cleaner who leant back and the ladder came off the wall fortunately his mate was holding the bottom of the ladder or else the story could have had a very different ending. He didn't tease the dog again though!!!!
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12. BriarCraft
6:58 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Quoting 1. sandiquiz:
BriarCraft - Blue was a bird chatterer, and would sit for hours chattering at them. Max, on the other hand, is an 'indoor bird chaser'! He sees a bird fly past the glass of the back door, and with one leap he is on the kitchen windowsill watching it land on the feeder. If it leaves the feeder and flies over towards the edge of the garden, he is off the kitchen window, through the lounge and into the conservatory before it flies out of the garden!! Now the weather is colder, I often close down the sliding glass door between the lounge and the conservatory to keep in some heat, leaving just enough of a gap so Max can get through. I have found I have to bring down the blind as well, so he doesn't run full pelt into the glass window, which he has done a couple of times! He sees the blind and swerves to the edge of the door and through the gap! lol

That sounds hilarious! I can almost picture it. Maybe you could venture into the video realm someday and share that with us. I'm sure GardenGrrl would join me in encouraging you.

I am impressed with your new blog header. You went to a lot of time and trouble to put up such a detailed pictorial recipe. Silly me, but the first thought that came to mind as I was reading it was, "Oh my! Sandi made an awful lot of dirty dishes just for us."

My second thought was, "I'm glad she is educating us about an English custom, Stir-Up Sunday, and a very English treat, the famous Christmas Pudding."

And my third thought was, "How intriguing! Such a tiny bit of flour for all that fruit. The alcohol with evaporate, leaving behind all its flavor. This is going to be very, very rich and very, very tasty."

It does remind me of a fruitcake my mother used to make, with a tremendous amount of fruit in proportion to the amount of flour. She made the fruitcake 6-8 weeks ahead of Christmas. Then she basted it with brandy twice a week. A lot of people make a joke of fruitcake, but it was very, very tasty and a loaf lasted a long time, because it was so rich.

I am going to copy those images to my hard drive, so I'll have the recipe to go with a steamed pudding mold that came from my grandmother.
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11. sandiquiz
5:56 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Quoting 10. clearlakemike:
lol...I am glad he had a nice visit. Did he enjoy The Merc?

Oh, so much... he drooled! lol
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10. clearlakemike
5:55 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
lol...I am glad he had a nice visit. Did he enjoy The Merc?
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9. sandiquiz
5:52 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Quoting 8. clearlakemike:
I think I would rather just stand around and jibber jabber with the window washer, lol...but thank you anyway. btw, I hope C has a nice birthday with his mum or wherever he is now with the MERC.

The Merc is back with the hire company, he only hired it for the weekend:) And thanks, his mum was pleased to see him and sent him back with his b/d and Christmas presents, which amazingly, are still wrapped up!!!
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8. clearlakemike
5:42 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
I think I would rather just stand around and jibber jabber with the window washer, lol...but thank you anyway. btw, I hope C has a nice birthday with his mum or wherever he is now with the MERC.
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7. sandiquiz
5:34 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
My mouth is watering but that sure is a lot of work. I'd have to buy something to steam the puds in, as I don't have anything suitable.

Bug, you can steam in any pan that has a lid. All you do is stand the pudding basin on an upside down shallow dish, like a saucer, and make sure the water doesn't come any higher up the basin than halfway. It works fine.

Mike, you don't have to be a cook to make a pudding. All you need to do is stir the ingredients and pack the basins, then steam! lol
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6. palmettobug53
5:16 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
Oh, what a delicious entry! My mouth is watering but that sure is a lot of work. I'd have to buy something to steam the puds in, as I don't have anything suitable.

You live in Dr. Who Heaven? lol I wish I had access to more BBC programming but I doubt seriously that I'd want to pay what they'd require to add those 'premium' channels.

It's good to hear that C's mum is doing well.
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5. clearlakemike
5:08 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
lol...interesting about the prayer and pudding. I am not a cook so will move on now...I hope everything turns out well. :)
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4. sandiquiz
11:37 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Hi SkyBlue,
Thanks,
The recipe is Delia's, with my own alterations.
And you can use cold tea as the liquid, alcohol is not a prequirement!! Lol

Hope S enjoys herself....:-)

About to begin ironing, I hate ironing!! Lol
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3. SkyBlue17
10:53 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Bother...pressed the wrong button!
Love this, a how-to-do-Christmas pudding a la Sandi! Guess I will be making this one this year!
The photos are superb and I will show hubby this and then when we make the pudding, he can let me know which goes in next.
The last pudding I made was popular among the family, though a little dry. I followed Delia Smith's recipe, so yours will be the best.

I thought I saw some coaltits in the yew tree, but am not sure. There were three tiny little birds twittering about yesterday morning. I tried looking out of the loo window, but the cheeky things had absconded by then. H said he saw a goldfinch in the tree nearest his window yesterday...methinks that's where the time goes in the morning...window 'watching'! Lol

S off to B this morning. N drove her and then he went straight to work. He arrived by 7am!
She is home again on Saturday, mid afternoon.

Have a good week. :))
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2. SkyBlue17
10:39 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Good Morning! Hope you are well/much improved.
Sending greetings from a sunny but chilly C-d. Bbrrrrr! :))
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1. sandiquiz
10:23 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
From my last blog :)

Mike - the window cleaner is an Anglicised Indian:) and he just 'jabbers' on about anything and everything:)

Karen - Sometimes I read what you do, and it just makes me tired... how you fit everything in I have no idea!

Hope you and Randy enjoy the concert. As it is at a restaurant, are you eating, too?
Thanks for the video, he appears to be a very good JAZZ musician. Jazz is not one of my favourite styles of music, I prefer folk.. or even classical! lol

Ozgalah - I made my cake three months ago... and have been busy 'feeding it'. I usually make two small cakes, one to eat with cheese if I have visitors over the holiday period. The other cake will be crumbled up, flavoured with brandy and moulded together with dark chocolate to make Nigella's 'Christmas Puddeens'! They are like truffles, and are delicious!!

Is the dog show time beginning again? It doesn't seen five mnutes since you told me the season had finished for a few months!

I bet the dogs are happy to be trimmed and clipped, it will be cooler for them now the weather has warmed up.

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Hi GG I am glad to read it is 'chilly rain' rather than ice that you awoke to. We had no ice today, and the temps are set to rise over the next two days to reach a steady 50 by Thursday. It is your long week, but by you get to read this you will be half way through :)


BriarCraft - Blue was a bird chatterer, and would sit for hours chattering at them. Max, on the other hand, is an 'indoor bird chaser'! He sees a bird fly past the glass of the back door, and with one leap he is on the kitchen windowsill watching it land on the feeder. If it leaves the feeder and flies over towards the edge of the garden, he is off the kitchen window, through the lounge and into the conservatory before it flies out of the garden!! Now the weather is colder, I often close down the sliding glass door between the lounge and the conservatory to keep in some heat, leaving just enough of a gap so Max can get through. I have found I have to bring down the blind as well, so he doesn't run full pelt into the glass window, which he has done a couple of times! He sees the blind and swerves to the edge of the door and through the gap! lol


Pros - What a lovely collage of Mimi, thank you for posting it.

I am SO GLAD the visit went well, I know it would :)

I miss having a turkey at Christmas, so am thinking of buying a small one just for myself, so I can have leftovers!!! lol

Do you have one for Thanksgiving and then one for Christmas, or something else at Christmas?
The news that Mimi behaved, and might even be settling down a little was really pleasing, and I am sure you feel slightly happier too. She is still a baby, not a long-legged, tongue-tied teenager like Max is at the moment!

Bug - Heavens, re-runs of Last of the Summer Wine! I am sure, somewhere on the network, there is a re-run going on here, every day of the year, and the same for Dad's Army, Are you Being Served and Keeping up Appearances, to name just a few!!

This last week or two has been absolute DR WHO heaven. All the BBC channels, 1 through 4, have had something on each day, plus selected episodes from each of the doctors.

I will not tell you the plot of the Special 50th show, but suffice to say, it very cleverly filled in the gap caused by the BBC withdrawing the production for a few years, after Sylvester McCoy stopped being the Doctor number 7 in 1989. Paul McGann played the 8th doctor in a one off special in 1996, followed by Christopher Eccleston playing the 9th Doctor for just one series in 2005, followed immediately by David Tennant as the 10th doctor. He played the role for five years, only beaten by Tom Baker who played the Doctor for seven years!

I liked David T, but really love the portrayal of the Doctor by Matt Smith, the present Doctor.


Jane - I am so glad the storm spared you last weekend, let's hope that was the last 'strong storm' of the winter.

C's mum is doing really well, thank you. She has now got an electric wheelchair, and once she learns to go backwards, (she can go forward but finds reversing difficult, as she never drove a car) there will be no stopping her! The buses in her town are specially designed, with a lowering platform to allow a wheelchair on. She will be able to go into the town centre to have coffee with her friends again, like she did before all this began.

Hope the short week at work goes well.
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