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This is seriously an argument that rages

What goes first on a scone, the jam or the clotted cream? Honest to god, the arguments.

If you’ve not had clotted cream (I hadn’t before I moved here), it’s heavy cream that is cultured until it’s thick and gooey, with a yellow crust on top. It’s gorgeous. But it obviously has to go on first, because considerable force is used. If the jam went first, it would squish out everywhere.

I say first, but they also serve it with pat of butter, and that goes on FIRST first. Argument raging here.

Changing the subject, I stood chatting with someone outside my place of work today and something thumped off the back of my head. It was a glob of moss. Thrown by a pigeon.

Then he did it twice more.

I had a poke around the web and it seems lots of bird pluck moss off rooftiles, presumably to get at the delicious bugs underneath. I didn’t learn why a belligerent sky rat would fling them at people, but I did learn you can run a copper wire down the peak of the roof and rainwater makes a gentle trickle of moss-spore-killing copper sulphate.

Neat. Except I like mosses.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 7, 2020, 9:09 pm

As you can imagine, I was delighted to learn that all the long hours I put in with my copy of Pigeon Training for Beginners had paid off so handsomely.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 7, 2020, 9:13 pm

Oh, and another thing. The two places noted for clotted cream are the adjacent counties of Devon and Cornwall. Both, naturally, claim precedence and in one the cream goes on first while in the other it’s the jam. I forget which and, frankly, being from neither county, I don’t much care.

They do, however, and it is all part of a fierce rivalry. Fortunately, there are few dead bodies that aren’t a direct result of over-consumption.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 7, 2020, 9:20 pm

So is that how you make a Scone not taste like flavored drywall?

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: January 7, 2020, 9:37 pm

Next thing, you all will be fighting over whether it is proper to break the big end of the egg or the small end.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 7, 2020, 9:47 pm

I hope that doesn’t mean we have a Little-Endian in our midst…?

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: January 8, 2020, 12:15 am

Ha! I am a non-conformist, I break the middle.

Comment from Zoomyn
Time: January 8, 2020, 4:04 am

Most any metal will poison, salt the earth if you will, mosses and lichen from colonizing roofs – its the free metallic ions that are most active – a roofers trick is a small strip of aluminum under the top row of shingle so just a thin strip is exposed to weather away downhill – that will thwart most of the wee-beasties, and given enough time it will unstain darkened roofs as the flora can’t out compete oxygen and UV light bleaching with their growth being stunted by raw metals…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 8, 2020, 5:13 am

Why argue over clotted cream and jam and which goes on first? Spoon a little of each into a small bowl, stir them together, and put the mixture on the scone.

@The Neon Madman – Does that make you a medium-middlian.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: January 8, 2020, 6:01 am

Pigeons doing honest work! What is the world coming to?

Zinc works well too.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 8, 2020, 3:19 pm

This pigeon story gives me Deja Vu. I could swear something similar happened a while back.

If not, I need to see fewer visions of reading about people being hit by moss clods hurled by pigeons, and more on the Powerball numbers.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 8, 2020, 8:29 pm

It was a seagull and a couple of years ago. I was standing almost in the same spot talking to the same woman.

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