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by Skippy
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

Assuming wikipedia is correct then the fruits are edible but harder and more astringent than other quinces although odsox's experience might seem to classify them as barely edible .
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles_japonica
by Skippy
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

I would assume you are right , odsox may know more of how they should look once ripe. Wikipedia seems to say they are still hard and astringent even once ripe so i don't really know. I don't have any quince plants although i've considered getting some , but then only a few minutes walk from me are s...
by Skippy
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

I've just told my wife what you have said and her reply was "wonder what they'd like in gin?" Not totally random as she has a few bottles seeping away , plum gin , redcurrant gin and so on. We have just tried a piece of one of the japanese quinces and they are pretty sharp as well as hard so not goo...
by Skippy
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

Thanks Odsox , that's what someone else has said so that seems to confirm it. Perhaps a tiny bit embarrassing as i said it wasn't a quince but it certainly looks different to the quinces we've used in jam. I generally don't get to see the flowers as i don't tend to be there between the end of octobe...
by Skippy
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

As I should of done at the start I have actually taken some photos and also brought a chunk home with me. I have had someone suggest a species but without saying what it is I thought I would see if anyone on here came up with the same suggestion. https://www.flickr.com/photos/183515781@N05/501930289...
by Skippy
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

It's been a while since i've seen a medlar . The last time must have been over a decade ago when i worked at Stowe house in Buckinghamshire and we had a fair few off the trees and very nice they were too even if they look as if they should be chucked rather than eaten . So i'm pretty certain it's no...
by Skippy
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Re: Help with identification please

Thanks , i've googled images of wild pear but don't think it's that. The leave are more pointed and more of a semi glossy dark green possibly more like an evergreen although as i don't see the bush over the winter i'm not certain. Plenty of fruit on it which almost seems a shame if they are inedible...
by Skippy
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2249

Help with identification please

Working away today and i was asked a question about a bush in the garden. The guy wanted to know if it was a crab apple. I knew it wasn't but embarrassingly don't know what it is. A photo might help but unfortunately i don't carry a camera and whilst my phone can take pictures it's owner can't work ...
by Skippy
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 69
Views: 17607

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

I don't think that bit is quite right. Lorry drivers can only drive for a limited amount of hours before they must take a break but as far as i understand ( unless they've relaxed the law on this point) a driver cannot take his required breaks in a moving vehicle. I didn't mean that lorry drivers h...
by Skippy
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 69
Views: 17607

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

I don't think that bit is quite right. Lorry drivers can only drive for a limited amount of hours before they must take a break but as far as i understand ( unless they've relaxed the law on this point) a driver cannot take his required breaks in a moving vehicle.
by Skippy
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 80
Views: 17211

Re: Self Isolation

And just now on BBC the following: "But on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said those who cannot work from home should go to work "to keep the country running"." Er - what? :scratch: I didn't work today largely because the government advice was so unclear. I had arranged garden work but coul...
by Skippy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 80
Views: 17211

Re: Self Isolation

At the moment we are not in the position where we have to self isolate. We're in our fifties without any health problems and have a teenage daughter currently at school although she has said that pupils with a cough are being asked to go home along with any siblings they might have at the school. We...
by Skippy
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 69
Views: 17607

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

I've my doubts that rationing would be brought back or even if it could. It certainly wouldn't be a vote winner but i've said before that it would make perfectly good sense. It makes a level playing field irrespective of one's wealth . There'd probably be a bit of a black market but on the whole it ...
by Skippy
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 69
Views: 17607

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

That lack of delivery slots or the putting back of deliveries to me makes the actions of those panic buyers seem somewhat more understandable. GA says non for days , the food programme on radio 4 was talking about 10 day delays and a poster on another forum i use mentioned a two week delay to her pa...
by Skippy
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 69
Views: 17607

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

It can't be just me who habitually keeps a stocked larder of dry goods and canned food, including cleaning and bathroom essentials surely? I mean, yes I have a freezer which holds some meat and veg but for just in case the electricity fails there has to be spares right? We keep a full pantry and re...