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by The Riff-Raff Element
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: weight loss 2013
Replies: 98
Views: 10340

Re: weight loss 2013

A friend of ours developed type II diabetes a few years back. Her diet, medication and blood sugar results are regularly monitored by a NHS nutritionist based at one of the big teaching hospitals and on her last visit, being concerned about her weight, she discussed the 5:2 eating program with the n...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: weight loss 2013
Replies: 98
Views: 10340

Re: weight loss 2013

Fast today. At last weigh-in I was down at 76.6kg, so only 1.6 to go to target. My blood pressure is down at levels not seen for, oh, ever such a long time. I'm exercising a lot - running mostly - and I think I'm starting to put back on some of the muscle I lost after stopping regular sport many moo...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:09 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Early tomatoes
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Early tomatoes

Good to see! I'm just starting the sowing now, but we have a longer season here. Hoping for an improvement over last year's climatic gyrations...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: CSI West Cork (Best CSI in the World)
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: CSI West Cork (Best CSI in the World)

The fox attacked again today, in broad daylight Luckily the hens were shut up and the geese gave him a run for his money By the time I had the gun out of the safe and loaded he was gone next time... Getting more cocky! What's left of my flock is kept penned during the day - no more shall they go a-...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you sowing ?
Replies: 38
Views: 6917

Re: What are you sowing ?

I've sowed peppers, aubergines and beans, but only four varieties of tomato to date: I need more window sills! I'm trying a form of hot bed this season - I've three-quarters filled a couple of big wooden planters with fresh horse sh1t and I'll be putting some good compost on top of this. I'm hoping ...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Damn those pesky rodents
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Damn those pesky rodents

We had a concerted campaign against mice & rats early in winter and seem have persuaded that that this is not a healthy environment in which to party. For the time being, at least. As an aside, I've been seeing an extraordinary number of owls of various species (but more barn owls than others) aroun...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: CSI West Cork (Best CSI in the World)
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: CSI West Cork (Best CSI in the World)

We lost pretty much our entire flock - including all the RIRs that I hatched this year - to Brer Fox back in February. That was a dozen chickens lost, but only one actually taken and eating. The carnage was appalling. I try to be philosophical about this sort of thing: I've had only two incidents in...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Growing your own barley
Replies: 8
Views: 2212

Re: Growing your own barley

I have a feeling that only certain strains of barley are good for malting & beer making. Specifically, the lower protein types 'cos proteins make a hazy beer. Does your seed supplier mention anything?
by The Riff-Raff Element
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: weight loss 2013
Replies: 98
Views: 10340

Re: weight loss 2013

The drinks are counted, so water, tea or coffee without milk or sugar are basically ad libitum and anything else has to come off the permitted 500 or 600 kcal. And I'm with you on the "just stopping" approach - I did that with smoking and with week-day drinking. I find with drinking it's an awful lo...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RIP Richard Briers
Replies: 12
Views: 1327

Re: RIP Richard Briers

How sad. A fine actor and, by all accounts, a nice chap too.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: weight loss 2013
Replies: 98
Views: 10340

Re: weight loss 2013

Hmmmm. It's less calories in than used both ways, but this Way of Eating (it's not a diet!) is easy to fit too, and doesn't mean you have to stick to a nasty boring diet. It is very clear in both books that if you have EVER had an eating disorder, this is NOT for you. That's two key points made the...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Bicarbonate of Soda
Replies: 14
Views: 6289

Re: Bicarbonate of Soda

Myself, for oven cleaning, I use sodium carbonate (washing soda).
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: bread help please!
Replies: 20
Views: 3732

Re: bread help please!

That sounds like quite a lot of oil. It might be worth trying substituting a smaller amount of butter or other hard fat (say about 25g) and upping the water accordingly.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Bicarbonate of Soda
Replies: 14
Views: 6289

Re: Bicarbonate of Soda

Be careful to use only food grade bicarb for teeth, though: the stuff that you find in the baking section.

Make "Shake 'n' Vac" - add a few drops of essential oil to a jar of bicarb and sprinkle over the carpet before vaccing.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Elephant in the Room..........
Replies: 52
Views: 3247

Re: The Elephant in the Room..........

Also I find this whole "you can't put the prices up think of the plebs on benefits" argument just doesn't stack up. When a "typical" pleb on benefits spends so much on White Cider, Rolling tobacco and dare I say it Cannabis, surely it's there choice to do this, and spend relatively little on food, ...