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by Green Aura
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Spring?

We left home in the pitch black at 6am to 11C, which increased to 13C during our day out shopping and was 11C again by the time we got home. Crackers.
by Green Aura
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 52
Views: 8499

Re: It's that time of year again ...

Sounds very nice, worth keeping going. Try cuttings and compare to the seed grown to see if they come true.

I'll wait until you've refined your product. :wink:
by Green Aura
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Just before ...
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: Just before ...

...and to you too, MKG. Season's greetings folks - may your bellies be full and your glass never empty (or cup). I'll see you all on the other side. We may be having a guest for dinner. We're one of these remote Highland practices that can't attract a permanent GP and the locum (a regular) will be r...
by Green Aura
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Spring?

Yes, it's absolutely glorious here too. A day for flinging all the windows open to let in some fresh spring air - except it isn't of course. Still giving the house an airing won't go amiss. As for the birds, we don't so much do dawn chorus as battle cries of the sparrows - we've got dozens fighting ...
by Green Aura
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: No Bees?
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: No Bees?

It's terrifying. We have a protected site in the village - home to the Great Yellow, which apparently only has a few habitats in north and west Scotland left. When we were setting it up had several talks from some university bod who gave us advice on providing a bee-friendly environment. You can't d...
by Green Aura
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: New potatoes for dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: New potatoes for dinner

You can keep the sprouts but the spuds sound good.
by Green Aura
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: December planting
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: December planting

Indeed, plan next years growing and get ready to sow tomatoes, on Boxing Day (or soon as after. They'll need to be kept somewhere relatively warm though. You can do peppers too but they need heated propagation really. How about sprouting seeds indoors for winter salads - radishes, peas, chickpeas al...
by Green Aura
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vertical gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Vertical gardening

A couple of lemon trees and a grapevine (purely for eating purposes obviously :wink: ) for starters. Ginger, turmeric and some lemongrass (they're to go with the chillies). Raised bed for year round salad leaves. A butternut squash, growing up a frame - and I wouldn't give entirely on the melons - t...
by Green Aura
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Marrow Rum
Replies: 84
Views: 68405

Re: Marrow Rum

The only explanation, as far as I can see, is that putrid marrow flesh must contain a strong hallucinogenic substance which is also intensely psychologically addictive. Why else would people insist upon risking their health? Or, just a theory here, most people dislike marrow, or more specifically m...
by Green Aura
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese

I've made cheese using a very similar recipe and it's lovely but it strikes me as rather involved for a fresh cheese that only keeps for a week or two at most. Then I discovered a "recipe" which is much simpler - Crowdie. Just put your milk in a thick-bottomed pan on a very low heat (I put it on no....
by Green Aura
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: replace a wood-burning furnace with an aga
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: replace a wood-burning furnace with an aga

I can't answer that, Andy, although I'm sure someone will, but I do have one suggestion in the meantime. We replaced our solid fuel boiler a little while back and sized it in order to add a few more radiators (which we've done) and a 500l thermal store (which turned into a 350l TS because the plumbe...
by Green Aura
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Back after a long absence
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Back after a long absence

Jansman wrote:Always busy,but self sufficient, no.
Nor are any of us, Jansman, that's why we're Ish. But anything you can make, grow or do for yourself is all to the good, I think. :thumbright:
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Back after a long absence
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Back after a long absence

Welcome back, Jansman. Sounds like you've been busy! :wave:
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Mid-Devon!
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Hello from Mid-Devon!

Welcome to Ish, Dave and Val. :wave:

Another early retiree here, after 30+ years in the NHS I moved, with family, to the north of Scotland.

I'm not sure why we call it retirement though. I never worked so hard as a nurse as I do at this Ish stuff. :lol:
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What's for the festive lunch 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: What's for the festive lunch 2017

That looks fab, Weedo, but I can see how parched it is even near the water. Enjoy your leisure.