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Uncle B ventured out for some weekend supplies. He sent me these labels from the posh local grocery. If you can’t quite make it out, it’s £77 and £97 for a turkey crown [that’s a breast to you and me], and £87 for a goose (according to my currency converter, that’s $100.211, $126.239 and $113.221 in today’s money). No, ours didn’t cost nearly that much and we got a whole fancy bird.

Still no joy on the new cat front. The worst are the people who leave their ads in after they’ve sold the cat and then don’t get back to you when you contact them. Feh. People. ‘Swhy I prefer cats.

In the thread before this one, Drew458 asked if we were getting the rain that the BBC is blathering about. We’re personally not flooded, but there’s flooding around us in Sussex. The ditch at the side of our driveway is worrying and the fields are standing in water.

But IFITDOESN’TSTOPRAININGISHALLKILLSOMETHING. I mean it. I’m losing my mind. In the past three months, I can literally only remember ONE day that it didn’t rain, and that was last Wednesday. And it’s desperately dark all the time.

The worst is the chickens. They’re wet and muddy and miserable and no matter how often I shovel out their various houses and enclosures, it’s all wet again next day. If I don’t keep mucking it out and replacing it somebody’s going to get sick. The ground around them wobbles like jelly and is slick as snot, and I’ve got some kind of rat taking advantage of the soft earth and tunnelling in to get leftover food.

BUT! BUT! We’ve bought all our everything, the fridge is full, the tree is lovely, there’s a bottle of cheap champagne cooling and I am now off work for the next two weeks! So a very merry weekend to all of you, and I’ll see you again on Christmas Eve eve.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 20, 2019, 9:07 pm

In fairness, one of the major supermarkets had a radio ad on the way back offering turkey at around $4.50 per kilo. and no, I haven’t the foggiest what a kilo is, either. It was easier to marry a Namerican than learn the metric system (ducks heavy flying object).

I suspect the $4.50 turkey will come from the Goodyear farm, though turkey is much of a muchness compared to, say, beef, I tend to think. And yes, they had beefs too. Rib on the bone – great big chunks of it for an eye watering £60 or so. Again, you can get cheaper in the major supermarkets… but it can be hideous to eat.

Good job I mostly eat worms, really.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 20, 2019, 10:11 pm

So these Turkey Crowns – is that something you put on the bird before or after it’s cooked?

Very silly if I may say, what’s next I wonder!
Little waistcoats, top hats and spats?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 20, 2019, 10:36 pm

Sorry, sorry…that’s what they call a turkey breast. I have edited the post to reflect that.

I also edited out a couple of typos. I don’t know why bloggers feel compelled to confess when they edit a simple typos, but that’s the ethos

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: December 20, 2019, 10:47 pm


Ummm…maybe hold off on the new cat till the weather clears a bit?

Just sayin’.

And on the bright side, at least you don’t have to shovel rain.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 20, 2019, 11:09 pm

Weasel – WITCHER Episode 1, Season 1 is on Netflix.

Opinionated review to follow I’m sure!

Mrs. D is about to be made to watch as Durnedson #3 and I tune in.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 20, 2019, 11:14 pm

“…I’ll see you again on Christmas Eve eve.”

That tied my brain in a knot for a minute or so.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: December 21, 2019, 3:52 am

As I recall from years ago, when I occasionally participated in transactions of a different commodity, a kilo (or “key”) was equal to 2.2 pounds. That makes the middle turkey breast to be about a 15 pounder. For $126 ??? YHGTBFKM

Comment from Drew458
Time: December 21, 2019, 4:45 am

I wonder if 1) it’s legal for ordinary citizens to do, and 2) how much it would cost to ship a frozen turkey to the UK.

Because seriously, $126 for a $24 fowl leaves a lot of leftover cash for iced overseas shipping.

Heck, I’m envisioning opening a business … fill up a couple shipping containers with gigantic American frozen Butterballs, a couple tons purchased wholesale, and arranging for an agent to receive and then sell them over there. Wholesale meat is about 1/4 of retail, so even if I could sell them for $50 I’d make a killing.

Comment from Drew458
Time: December 21, 2019, 4:52 am


There was one spring when I was an undergraduate where it rained for 43 days. It was horrible. Depressing. Fatiguing. And that’s after a winter that started in early October.

Look on the bright side; at least you’re not having drought.

Comment from weasel again
Time: December 21, 2019, 9:47 am

We bought a cheap frozen turkey at Aldi once and it was dis-gust-ing. It’s terrifying how expensive things are here.

Durned, we were actually discussing subscribing to Netflix last night — and I was motivated by wanting to see what they do with the Witcher series. I’ll wait until the first season is over, I reckon, and look at what the critics say.

I saw a tweet that CD Project Red had patched up their differences with Sapkowski, which implies there might be a Witcher 4.

I’ve read most of the books and, honestly, the game people added so much to his original ideas that I think they almost did more to create Geralt than he did.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 21, 2019, 2:11 pm

Durned Son #3 is comfortable with the actor’s portrayal of Geralt. Though he grumbles about ‘his accent’ which he claims shows if Geralt has to say more than about 10 words at a time. And he grumbles about some of the symbols on medallions and flags, but I reminded him the author’s/producer’s view might not be the same as the video game creator’s view and he conceded on that point. And he conceded he’s acting like the people he hates who get all bent out of shape over trivial items that ‘are canon’.

But so far he’s liked the scripting and a couple of times he’s commented – ‘yep, pure Geralt’ during various scenes.

I take this as a positive because he’s a tough critic for mass marketed entertainment media, especially things that went from book to game to the big screen.

It’s the whole season, and we could have binged watched it last night, but surprisingly he said he only wanted to watch two, so he’s ‘saving it’, because he’ll binge watch anything normally.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 21, 2019, 2:13 pm

And speaking of depressing weather – anyone who grew up in New England might understand why Texas is so nice.

Even if the sun does occasionally shine a little more than I’d like for weeks on end 🙂

Comment from Oldcat
Time: December 21, 2019, 7:40 pm

Well 15 pounds in just the breast is pretty large. I think the breasts we have cut free round here are lighter than that.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 22, 2019, 1:00 am

Durnedyankee- 15 years of living north of the Mason-Dixon Line have given me a raging case of seasonal affective disorder. It’s why we’re retiring to FL next year.

Weasel and uncle B- I probably shouldn’t tell you that as chef/purchasing director for a major hotel in Boston, the hubby was able to order a bone on prime rib for the kitchen cost. 18lbs of prime meat for the bargain price of $100. 🙂

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 22, 2019, 2:06 am

That’s crazy expensive even before slapping on an extra 20% VAT.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 22, 2019, 2:56 pm

Armybrat – I grew up North of Boston on the North Shore.
For years the skies in my dreams were overcast.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 22, 2019, 4:54 pm

Thankfully, AliceH, there is no VAT on food. I’m sure there would be if they thought they could get away with it.

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 23, 2019, 2:33 pm

Ah, thanks UB. My google-fu has been wanting of late.

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