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A Mammoth hint

Sep 16 2018
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We have a woolly mammoth sitting on the coffee table wearing a hat!  The mammoth I hasten to add is a soft toy which turned up when mum returned from visiting relatives in Shropshire.  The reason for it wearing the hat eluded me at first until I spotted the slightly misshapen pompom next to it.  I then deduced that it must have been put on the mammoth by Aunty Biscuit as a whopping great hint to mum that the pompom needs trimming and attaching.

Pickled!

Aug 27 2018
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Mum and Aunty Biscuit have been busy in the kitchen.  The plum jam has been followed by setting away experimental batches of both plum brandy and plum vodka.  The sloes have been collected and are now in the freezer along with some beans and tomatoes.  There are also now some jars on the worktop waiting to go into the larder.  We have two jars of plain pickled onions, two jars of pickled onions which also contain mustard seeds and small but evil chillies and finally a jar of pickled eggs.  It is important apparently to remember that pickles need a particular type of lid – plastic coated I understand from overheard conversations – otherwise the vinegar will attack it. 

Plum Jam

Aug 18 2018
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After a hot dry summer some things are ripe early, including it would seem plums.  Aunty Biscuit was given a box of them from someone at work so she made some jam yesterday. I personally did not witness this event but earwigged in on the resulting conversation. It would seem that it took as long to clean the cooker kitchen surfaces, wall and floor as it did to make the jam and to prepare some juice for jelly making.  Needless to say any utensil used was liberally coated and somewhat sticky. Jam making is an inherently hazardous activity but she was unscathed.  Her slapdash method of making plum jam is to put a pound of fruit (stalk removed, split fruit but leave stones in -something to do with pectin I believe but don’t bet on it) to a pound of sugar. The mixture is then boiled to nearly setting point, the stones CAREFULLY fished out, carry on boiling to setting point (which has something to do with wrinkles and saucers) cooled very slightly and potted into hot ste ...

Glass painting

Apr 29 2018
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Aunty Biscuit has been given a number of empty coffee jars which are suitable for use as storage jars.  From what I gather she is planning to paint them with glass paint.  Apparently this paint is then baked on in the oven thus becoming dishwasher resistant.  Hopefully she will remember not to put the lids in the oven as they have plastic seals.  Even more hopefully she will paint one up for dog treats and fill it.  We await the progress of this project with great anticipation!

A ripping time

Mar 23 2018
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I am slightly in the doghouse due to an unfortunate incident involving a hedgerow and my padded coat.  My excuse is that spring is springing, things are waking up and there are a lot of scents and holes that need investigating.  It was during the course of investigating that I managed to put a small rip in the coat, its only about an inch long and a straight line.  Repair should hopefully be easy, Aunty Biscuit suggested sticking a bit of duct tape over the rip, but I think Mum is going to stitch it up and fortunately none of the stuffing has escaped.    

Success!

Jan 16 2018
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I'm pleased to report that Mum successfully finished the jumper she was knitting as a present in time.  It hasn't reached the recipient yet but that is beside the point.  Aunty Biscuit meanwhile continues to work on the jigsaw although she has also done a few lines of knitting on the intermittent jumper and has picked up a pencil and done a bit of sketching for the first time in several weeks.  Apparently she is pleased with her puffin but the pheasant looks alarmed, hhmm.

Aquick catch up

Dec 26 2017
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The big day is over and went very well.   Mum dealt with minor things like discarded wrapping paper, finding homes for the presents cooking dinner for herself and guests, serving it and clearing up afterwards and providing entertainment. I did the major thing of dealing with some of the left over turkey and dog friendly vegetables.  This takes great care and attention as Christmas can be a hazardous time as along with the obvious dangers like chocolate or alcohol there are things hidden salts and sugars to contend with.

Preparation is key

Dec 21 2017
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Well, we are gearing up for Christmas.  The food has all been bought, all cards that needed posting managed to be sent off yesterday (last day of posting). Harrier and I both have an assortment of christmas jumpers.  The majority of presents have been organised and wrapped with the odd exception,  This gives Mum a whole ten days to knit a jumper for her friends birthday.  Fortunately it is in super chunky so she should be ok.  Aunty Biscuits christmas preparations are going reasonably well by her standards.  The gift tags have gone missing (solution is to make some more).  The presents have been posted to Aunty Viv (two packages sent as one got missed out of the first one).  Current score is cellotape 2 Aunty Biscuit 0 (don't ask).  All she has to do now is write the christmas cards, work out which family members she has forgotten to buy for and wrap up most of the presents she has got.  She also has a couple of presents that Granny Bis ...

Wahoo

Dec 03 2017
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Good news,  It transpires that project x was indeed a dog jumper so I now have two Christmas jumpers Harrier has one.  Harriers is a checked one and mine is pink/purple with snowflakes on it.  Harrier also had a red and white Christmas one but mum said it fitted me better so I was given it.  Admittedly the colour scheme is not the most practical but it works really well I feel.

Project X

Nov 13 2017
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Aunty Biscuit is embarking on a new project X.  This has involved a tape measure and various anatomical dimensions being checked.  As it is approaching Christmas and I had hinted that I would rather like a square patterned dog coat that matches mums squared jumper I was a little hopeful.  I have my suspicions that...............