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by Birdie Wife
Sat May 05, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 87144

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

I'm bartering with one of my colleagues for a load of rhubarb. I'd like to make some wine with it but I wondered what flavours go well with it - any tried and tested recipes you could pass on? Would rhubarb and elderflower work well? :flower: :study:
by Birdie Wife
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Log building course in Caithness
Replies: 0
Views: 2046

Log building course in Caithness

Cross posted on another forum - not by me - hope that's within the forum rules: http://www.caithness-business.co.uk/article.php?id=2910 This is a free log building course near Castletown in Caithness. I know it's a long way, but it's free! Follow the link for more details - only 2 places now availab...
by Birdie Wife
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens or Ducks ?
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Chickens or Ducks ?

I've kept both and ducks definitely do more damage to a run. Chooks will scratch up ground in serach of bits of grit and the odd bug, but ducks will go through the ground sifting it with their bills if it's damp and eat grass roots and all, resulting in a quagmire unless you've got a lot of ground t...
by Birdie Wife
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs
Replies: 51
Views: 21232

Re: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs

43. Make pasta! It uses a surprising number of eggs, is quick and simple and can be used in so many different ways. Especially if you use eggs in the sauce as well, such as... 44. Spaghetti carbonara for 2: cook the spaghetti. In the meantime, fry bacon lardons or strips of bacon in a separate pan. ...
by Birdie Wife
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 favorite/useful websites (other than this great one!)
Replies: 31
Views: 13419

Re: 101 favorite/useful websites (other than this great one!)

Can I add: http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/ (small forum but lots of good articles on smallholder-y sort of things) http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/grapevine/index.php (great online community, very supportive and chatty, with lots of great advice on fruit, veg, chickens, recipes...) http://veg...
by Birdie Wife
Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Anyone growing veg northern scotland?
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: Anyone growing veg northern scotland?

Hi Ovalina, I'm about the same latitude as Green Aura but I don't have a polytunnel sadly. I haven't been brave enough to try asparagus but I grow all the same things as you - my onions haven't been too bad though, but some are suffering from an unidentified soil pest which means they don't store ve...
by Birdie Wife
Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: what to do with dried chickpeas and puy lentils?
Replies: 17
Views: 1509

Re: what to do with dried chickpeas and puy lentils?

If your budget can stretch to some sausages, you can make a sausage and lentil casserole. Fry off some finely chopped onion and sausages together slowly and gently until browned all over and the onions are sweet and sticky. Add chopped garlic and a splash of stock or red wine to deglaze. Add the len...
by Birdie Wife
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Who wants to gloat
Replies: 21
Views: 1735

Re: Who wants to gloat

4 1/2lb pollack caught with light spinning gear from a SOT kayak. Nearly caught a young basking shark while spinning for mackerel on the same day though! Ah, the one that got away... :drunken:
by Birdie Wife
Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: "THE FIT-ISH CLUB"
Replies: 83
Views: 35223

Re: "THE FIT-ISH CLUB"

I must have missed this thread when it first started! Is this open to everyone - can I join? I spent Christmas with the MIL and lovely though she is, she was formerly used to having lots of blokes around to feed, and now she lives alone I think she misses the old times, so whenever we stay with her...
by Birdie Wife
Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: "THE FIT-ISH CLUB"
Replies: 83
Views: 35223

Re: "THE FIT-ISH CLUB"

I must have missed this thread when it first started! Is this open to everyone - can I join? I spent Christmas with the MIL and lovely though she is, she was formerly used to having lots of blokes around to feed, and now she lives alone I think she misses the old times, so whenever we stay with her,...
by Birdie Wife
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Knitters - are you on ravelry?
Replies: 47
Views: 14450

Re: Knitters - are you on ravelry?

I joined up to ravelry this week - WOW what a lot of info. I wanted some different and interesting crochet patterns and I wasn't disappointed:geek: ! The LionBrand website is worth registering on too, for knitting and for crochet patterns of all types. I'm on as BirdieWife. Feel free to look me up, ...
by Birdie Wife
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone out there live near a decent wool shop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1268

Re: Anyone out there live near a decent wool shop?

Nice idea, BirdieWife - problem is that we bank with Bank Of Ireland - who uses Laser cards.... we won't have Visa or such, so buying online from anywhere other than an irish online site is nigh on impossible. Even Paypal doesn't accept Laser, so we're a bit stuck :? Irish companies are notorious f...
by Birdie Wife
Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone out there live near a decent wool shop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1268

Re: Anyone out there live near a decent wool shop?

You can get bargains off ebay, and it's often more expensive buying wool from the local shop than online. For online suppliers, try http://www.abakhanfabrics.co.uk/ and http://www.celticove.com/for starters, but there's loads out there.
by Birdie Wife
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Veggies for damp Northern climes
Replies: 11
Views: 809

Re: Veggies for damp Northern climes

Hi Sally Jane, I'm not that far from Green Aura as the hooded crow flies and I manage to grow garlic, cabbages, perpetual spinach, beetroot, potatoes, broad beans, peas, salads and virtually all kinds of root veg very sucessfully. I've never managed to ripen any outdoor tomatoes but other people up ...
by Birdie Wife
Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: 101 stupid things people have said to you
Replies: 47
Views: 4374

Re: 101 stupid things people have said to you

I won't number this because it was said tongue-in-cheek. Probably. At least I hope so :roll:

My colleague, who lives next-door-but-one, asked me if I could stop my cat winding his dog up, because his dog chased my cat and hurt himself :?

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