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I don't even know what a three bird roast is.....unless the clue is in the name of course? Either way, sounds fantastic to me. What are the 3 may I ask?
Turkey thigh, duck and Cumberland sausage stuffing wrapped up in a boned chicken. All free range ...topped with streaky bacon all round.
I'd rather pheasant in there but Stan's not keen
 

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I will put up a homemade wooden one which my husband made years ago, ahead of the trend for not cutting down trees unnecessarily. It dies have some furry bee baubles! It is 2 dimensional which is perfect for a small cottage. I love fairy lights ambience and have them all year.
 

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I will put up a homemade wooden one which my husband made years ago, ahead of the trend for not cutting down trees unnecessarily. It dies have some furry bee baubles! It is 2 dimensional which is perfect for a small cottage. I love fairy lights ambience and have them all year.
Yes. Picture please


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I spotted this yesterday. Might give something like it a go next year
 
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I have a real dilemma this Christmas. I had a 30ft Christmas tree growing in the garden. I brought it home from a visit to Wales in 1981. It was 5 inches tall at the time. Every year it required more and more Christmas lights and taller and taller scaffolding towers to put them up.
The lights have always been installed by myself and a couple of OAP friends. Last year my godson was used to put them up. For the last 5 years the very top lights have been left on the tree all year so we have only had to deal with the lower 20ft. As the tree got taller it also increased in girth and £120 extra in lights has been spent each year.
This summer we realised that the tree was diseased. All the branches on one side had died and we made the difficult decision to fell it. My same OAP friends came and helped take it down and dig out the root. I have levelled the site and returfed the grass where it was. Neighbours have expressed their disquiet as the tree had become the Christmas 'landmark' in our road.
My dilemma is this: do I buy a small tree and put it nearer the house where only we and visitors can see it?
Do I use the lights and wrap them around the trunk of the lime or walnut tree in the garden?
Do I purchase a tall narrow Christmas tree and put it on the shared drive just outside the fence where neighbours can also enjoy it? (SWMBO is verging on vetoing the last option) She has no soul!
 

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I'd rather pheasant in there but Stan's not keen
Don't blame him - highly overrated bird, only good in stews or cassoulet. It's just been given this mythical aura due to gentrification. It's the macdonalds of gamebirds.
 

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I have a real dilemma this Christmas. I had a 30ft Christmas tree growing in the garden. I brought it home from a visit to Wales in 1981. It was 5 inches tall at the time. Every year it required more and more Christmas lights and taller and taller scaffolding towers to put them up.
The lights have always been installed by myself and a couple of OAP friends. Last year my godson was used to put them up. For the last 5 years the very top lights have been left on the tree all year so we have only had to deal with the lower 20ft. As the tree got taller it also increased in girth and £120 extra in lights has been spent each year.
This summer we realised that the tree was diseased. All the branches on one side had died and we made the difficult decision to fell it. My same OAP friends came and helped take it down and dig out the root. I have levelled the site and returfed the grass where it was. Neighbours have expressed their disquiet as the tree had become the Christmas 'landmark' in our road.
My dilemma is this: do I buy a small tree and put it nearer the house where only we and visitors can see it?
Do I use the lights and wrap them around the trunk of the lime or walnut tree in the garden?
Do I purchase a tall narrow Christmas tree and put it on the shared drive just outside the fence where neighbours can also enjoy it? (SWMBO is verging on vetoing the last option) She has no soul!
Plant a new one on the site and tell them it will grow bit in the mean time decorate another tree.
 

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I have a real dilemma this Christmas. I had a 30ft Christmas tree growing in the garden. I brought it home from a visit to Wales in 1981. It was 5 inches tall at the time. Every year it required more and more Christmas lights and taller and taller scaffolding towers to put them up.
The lights have always been installed by myself and a couple of OAP friends. Last year my godson was used to put them up. For the last 5 years the very top lights have been left on the tree all year so we have only had to deal with the lower 20ft. As the tree got taller it also increased in girth and £120 extra in lights has been spent each year.
This summer we realised that the tree was diseased. All the branches on one side had died and we made the difficult decision to fell it. My same OAP friends came and helped take it down and dig out the root. I have levelled the site and returfed the grass where it was. Neighbours have expressed their disquiet as the tree had become the Christmas 'landmark' in our road.
My dilemma is this: do I buy a small tree and put it nearer the house where only we and visitors can see it?
Do I use the lights and wrap them around the trunk of the lime or walnut tree in the garden?
Do I purchase a tall narrow Christmas tree and put it on the shared drive just outside the fence where neighbours can also enjoy it? (SWMBO is verging on vetoing the last option) She has no soul!
I would decorate the walnut tree instead and celebrate its longevity and fruitfulness, and invite neighbours to "a wassail the tree party".
 

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Too many small bones in pheasant and other small game, the stewing pot is the best for them I find. Once stewed for few hours we fish them out and debone them before popping the meat back in.
 

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😁 I think pheasant isn't worth the bother, and plucking them is a right PITA, I just skin them, take the breasts off, remove the legs and thighs and chuck the rest. Roasting them without the skin is no problem if you want them whole as they'll be as dry and tasteless as anything skin or not, just wrap them in streaky bacon, roast, eat the bacon and feed the rest to the dog.
 

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I have a real dilemma this Christmas. I had a 30ft Christmas tree growing in the garden. I brought it home from a visit to Wales in 1981. It was 5 inches tall at the time. Every year it required more and more Christmas lights and taller and taller scaffolding towers to put them up.
The lights have always been installed by myself and a couple of OAP friends. Last year my godson was used to put them up. For the last 5 years the very top lights have been left on the tree all year so we have only had to deal with the lower 20ft. As the tree got taller it also increased in girth and £120 extra in lights has been spent each year.
This summer we realised that the tree was diseased. All the branches on one side had died and we made the difficult decision to fell it. My same OAP friends came and helped take it down and dig out the root. I have levelled the site and returfed the grass where it was. Neighbours have expressed their disquiet as the tree had become the Christmas 'landmark' in our road.
My dilemma is this: do I buy a small tree and put it nearer the house where only we and visitors can see it?
Do I use the lights and wrap them around the trunk of the lime or walnut tree in the garden?
Do I purchase a tall narrow Christmas tree and put it on the shared drive just outside the fence where neighbours can also enjoy it? (SWMBO is verging on vetoing the last option) She has no soul!
Ooo decisions decisions go for a tree out back and front :)
 

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Don't blame him - highly overrated bird, only good in stews or cassoulet. It's just been given this mythical aura due to gentrification. It's the macdonalds of gamebirds.
My memory of pheasant is coming across the odd 'shot' still in the bird. Never yet had that with McDonalds! ;)
 

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😁 I think pheasant isn't worth the bother, and plucking them is a right PITA, I just skin them, take the breasts off, remove the legs and thighs and chuck the rest. Roasting them without the skin is no problem if you want them whole as they'll be as dry and tasteless as anything skin or not, just wrap them in streaky bacon, roast, eat the bacon and feed the rest to the dog.
Skinning them is the only way I have ever treated them, far too fiddly otherwise.
 

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Turkey thigh, duck and Cumberland sausage stuffing wrapped up in a boned chicken. All free range ...topped with streaky bacon all round.
I'd rather pheasant in there but Stan's not keen
Traditional three bird recipe. 😋
 

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Bah humbug to Xmas.
I'm much with you, nowadays just another day. Different where kiddies are involved but in the whole it has been over commercialised.

A nice bit of pork is my favourite.
 

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I'm much with you, nowadays just another day. Different where kiddies are involved but in the whole it has been over commercialised.

A nice bit of pork is my favourite.
Well it will be just us two which suits me. Kids have grown and have families of their own.
Our neighbours celebrate the winter solstice instead.
 

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Well it will be just us two which suits me. Kids have grown and have families of their own.
Our neighbours celebrate the winter solstice instead.
Christmas is a spin of any way and started of as you say a celebration of the winter solstice by the pagens.
So bah humbug to Christmas... Apologies its just got to commercial and my wallet is empty now after hammering my amazon account these last few nights of none sleep
Why can't we go back to the good old days where gifts were made and cherished and of use rather than these big companies racking in the money that they should donate to me so I can buy more colonys.
 

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Christmas is a spin of any way and started of as you say a celebration of the winter solstice by the pagens.
So bah humbug to Christmas... Apologies its just got to commercial and my wallet is empty now after hammering my amazon account these last few nights of none sleep
Why can't we go back to the good old days where gifts were made and cherished and of use rather than these big companies racking in the money that they should donate to me so I can buy more colonys.
I tried this. There's only so many years people tolerate homemade jams. I'm fortunate this year in that one in-law has specifically requested some honey. :)
 

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I tried this. There's only so many years people tolerate homemade jams. I'm fortunate this year in that one in-law has specifically requested some honey. :)
My lot get additional presents of special honeys I've extracted over the year. I had a little heather honey from a couple of sites and one of my customers bees produced some amazingly floral honey (I nicked enough for a few 4oz jars) :giggle:
They are all seasonally wrapped of course:)
 

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