• Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 16 days ago
    These are bags used to put your clothing in before placing in the washing machine. They help to reduce microfibres from our clothing from being released into our waterways. They usually retail at around £25, but I bought one in Waitrose the other day, reduced to £12.99. (Just in case anyone is interested in trying one).
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  • Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 3 months ago
    More wildlife has been spotted in our area since lockdown. So many local residents have reported sightings of badgers and deer, for instance. This is a refreshing slant on the misery of lockdown.
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  • Posting here from All Aboard (with the permission of original poster, Lesley A): apple.news/AfPuIUsdDSbyakJg3LL9tvQ https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/tesco-waitrose-morrisons-boots-issue-19718699
  • Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 5 months ago
    https://www.oddbox.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyqOGi4G87gIVx7LVCh1OCwNtEAAYASAAEgJ4SPD_BwE Has anyone heard of this scheme, and/or tried it out? Sounds interesting.
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  • Haven't seen you post for over a month - do hope you're safe and well.
  • This is a good crowd-pleaser, on chilly days: (Courtesy of Keith Floyd) LA MANCHA STEW Estofado a la Patatas (Beef and Potato Hotpot) Ingredients: 6 tbsp Olive oil 2 lb Stewing beef (or pork, or veal), cut into large chunks 1/2 pt Beef stock 2 med Onions, sliced 1 Red pepper; cored, seeded and chopped 1 Green pepper; cored, seeded and chopped 4 Tomatoes; skinned and chopped 4 Cloves of garlic; finely chopped 2 tbsp Paprika (preferably sweet) 2 lb Potatoes, cut into large chunks 2 Wineglasses dry white wine 1 large Pinch of saffron threads Salt and freshly ground black pepper Heat half the oil in a large, flameproof cooking pot. Add the meat and keep the heat on high while you brown it well. Pour in the beef stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook until the meat is tender about an hour and a half. Meanwhile, start to cook the other ingredients. Heat the rest of the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions with the peppers (I add more peppers than the recipe suggests, as we like it that way), tomatoes, garlic and paprika. Saute them together for a few moments, then leave them to sweat for at least 30 minutes or so. Then add this sauce to the meat, pop in the potatoes, wine and saffron and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until all are tender. If necessary, add a drop more beef stock if the dish looks too dry. Serve with fresh crusty bread to mop up the juices. This is popular in our house (even though my adult children profess not to like stews or casseroles)!
  • Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 7 months ago
    This is rearing it's ugly head again, I'm afraid. I received a notification on Friday evening (via email) that I was being followed by someone on here, with whom I have had very little contact/verbal exchange. We only mutually belong to Scoop's own Groups (ie, this one and your Tech Support) therefore, do not understand why he finds my meagre contributions so interesting. I managed to temporarily get rid of my follower (I don't like followers, find them creepy and stalker-ish). But within the hour, he had tried to follow me again, when I find no reason for him to have done so. I have now blocked him completely. This should not be necessary. Could you please stop the 'Following Option' - it can be really intimidating. I think if someone wishes to 'Follow' someone, they need to ask permission first. Thanks
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  • Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 8 months ago
    Just in case not everyone is aware, Maybelline have set up a programme for recycling of used or partly used cosmetic and makeup products. The large Tesco close to where I live has a box for deposits, and until I saw it the other day, I hadn't realised that they will accept products produced by other companies, not just their own. https://www.maybelline.co.uk/recyclingfaqs
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  • Blodwen @Blodwen Addlestone updated 11 months ago
    I've been absent for a little while, so didn't have a chance to comment on this thread before it was closed. So I've started an extension, hope this is okay. I do not befriend anyone on here, as I don't know them. But I exchange PMs with people with whom I share the same opinions and interest. Therefore, it makes no sense to only accept messages from friends. If I receive unwanted messages, I have the option to either deflect them, or block the sender.
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