Wednesday, 13 July 2016

I Should Have Stayed in Bed

Disaster darling as CRH would say.

Decided to make scone as we had nothing to eat with our afternoon tea. All went well weighing out the ingredients.

DB came in for his morning cuppa, I then went and started to pour the liquid into the mix, Oh ****** I had not rubbed the fat into the flour and sugar, scrabbled around to get as much of the moisture as I could on one side and rubbed the fat in, then remembered I had not put any baking powder in Oh ****** into the cupboard, no baking powder, then I realised the sugar container was further forward than it should be, baking powder was behind it. Pulled the sugar forward to get the BP, sugar container fell out of my hand onto the work surface..... lid burst open,10 tons of sugar everywhere, well it looked like 10 tons. Oh ******. DB managed to scrape most of it onto a plate, Tried to put the lid on but it was blocked with sugar, washed it, went to dry it and the lid fell out of my hand onto the kitchen floor. Oh ******. Eventually got the BP into the mix, stirred it well in and started to put in the liquid, DB coughed, made me jump and the liquid went into the mix aarrgghhhhh too much,.

A very wet and sticky dough, by this time hair was being pulled out at a great rate, stuck the dough into the tin and wanged it into the oven. It either rose or it didn't, it took a couple of extra minutes to dry out the extra liquid, but they came out looking not bad, the proof of the scones is in the eating, we will see what they taste like!!

Our Community Orchard.

Hose Community Orchard marked the start of the new Millenium. It was developed and planted by people living in Hose, Leicestershire, UK, with trees sponsored by the people of Hose, for the use of the people of Hose, with financial help from local organisations and on land owned by the local Parish Council.

It is in every sense a "Community Orchard".
Each tree has been sponsored by a someone from the village. This provide enough cash to develop the site properly and the HCOA was very grateful to the sponsors. This means that there is a small plaque by each tree naming them, but it does not imply the tree belongs to them, or that the fruit is theirs: everything belongs to the community.

We found the Orchard last year, some of the trees were rather overgrown, but we did managed over a couple of visits to get cooking apples. G had stripped the plum trees as the wasps were making themselves at home. He went round the village with bags for the pensioners.

Earlier this year there was an appeal for people to prune back the trees. DB would have volunteered, but at that time he was still having dizzy spells, so not a good thing to be climbing ladders.

Towards the end of August we will be going to see if the plums are ready, some will be going in the freezer if they are.

There is a piece of land opposite the orchard which has lain fallow for a good number of years. A planning application went in to build houses on it. It was refused at first, the council wanted several changes made. It was re-submitted and passed. This has caused uproar in the village, Its a brown belt area, the road leading too it and also the roads through the village, are very narrow, it can be a problem for cars especially to get out to the main road. I think there are 20 houses going on it most of which are 'executive houses'. We understood that any planning application to build had to contain at least 2 low cost houses, no sign of them at all.

Many of the people who live in the village were born here or moved here to work on the various farms many years ago. Housing has been built, some on the site of the old steel works, others infill, or where large gardens have been divided to provide a building plot. Some of the farm buildings have also been redeveloped into housing.

If families move in it will be good for the school which takes children up to 11. but the basic infrastructure is really not enough. Yes we have a post office/shop but the shop is only really used for emergencies, it only carries a limited stock. Although some of the older people who do not have access to transport or the Internet do use it regularly. There is a hairdresser next door to the shop and then we have the garage on the main road and one pub in the village. We have never been in the pub, so really I cannot comment on that. It does, however seem to want to appeal to the higher wage earners.

Life in the village is changing.......I doubt that local people will be buying the new houses, it will be 'townies' wanting to move out of the town. I have nothing against townies myself, we too lived in the town until last year. I expect most of the occupants will be commuters travelling either to Nottingham or Melton.

The weeding of the front garden has been finished. The grass will have to be cut at the weekend if its fine and the grass is dry.


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