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by ina
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: No Bees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1413

Re: No Bees?

I think that's one thing we've all noticed, wherever we are: fewer bees. And we (on -ish, I mean) are all aware of what we can do and do our bit... Unlike most of my neighbours, who would find even normal lawn too untidy looking and tend to go for chuckies!
by ina
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fairly simple and quick-ish recipe for curd cheese
Replies: 4
Views: 985

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

I made some even more simple and quick curd cheese not long ago... I'd bought one of those bottles of Jersey milk (was reduced, so I couldn't resist). Half way through the bottle the contents went thick on me. I just tipped them into a cloth - and hey presto, curd cheese! And very nice it was, too. ...
by ina
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Just before ...
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Just before ...

Ah yes. Hohoho.... And bah humbug. Yesterday the big bash at my place of work took place - very few people seem to go these days; fewer every year. Wouldn't dream of inflicting that on me.
by ina
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 1357

Re: Spring?

Maggie - you can only have half the national collection - the other half is at my feeder! :)

I also seem to have a large portion of the nation's starlings...

I agree, it seemed almost like spring. And pretty glad I am about it; my house seems so much warmer.
by ina
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vertical gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 1401

Re: Vertical gardening

Odsox wrote:
It's a bugger getting old, isn't it? :lol:
Don't I know it... :(

However - I think there will always be a certain amount of bending etc be involved in establishing whatever crop you grow. even if it is at waist height, like strawberries... I like my raised beds; certainly make life easier.
by ina
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

There wasn't just a hint of celery. And I do like to eat it...

Oh - and hello back to you! :wave:
by ina
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

The very worst wine I've ever tasted was celery.... Yuk. It's about 40 years ago, but I still remember it!
by ina
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vertical gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 1401

Re: Vertical gardening

Climbing french beans and cucumber also grow nicely upwards, and in the greenhouse in our climate...
by ina
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Being self sufficient in 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 5497

Re: Being self sufficient in 2017

Woohoo - Wombat is back! :wave:

Will read your list after work...
by ina
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This board ain't self sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 3330

Re: This board ain't self sufficient

I have also heard that Stale Beer is good for catching slugs & snails - forgive my antipodean ignorance, but what is Stale Beer? - I know of Malt Beer, Wheat Beer, Horehound Beer etc. but never one made from Stales. Hehe - no, I never found that in Australia, either... Actually, you can't buy it he...
by ina
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chestnuts - how and when do I use them?
Replies: 14
Views: 3068

Re: Chestnuts - how and when do I use them?

Bought my annual ration of chestnuts - cooked, sealed - today... That'll do me for Xmas.
by ina
Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Fashion for frugal blogs
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

Re: The Fashion for frugal blogs

The latter, I suspect. Which of course means that as they are now even richer, it's even easier for them to be frugal... ;) And feel very smug about it - they are just so much better human beings than the rest of us!
by ina
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Fashion for frugal blogs
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

Re: The Fashion for frugal blogs

Well - it helps to be quite rich if you want to be fully self sufficient...
by ina
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chestnuts - how and when do I use them?
Replies: 14
Views: 3068

Re: Chestnuts - how and when do I use them?

I suppose charcoal would do for the "authentic" burnt taste? I remember the lady who sold them in the streets of London a long time ago... To be more exact, just outside Foyle's in 1977/78. I sometimes bought a paper bag of them for my lunch, and I am sure they used charcoal. Like Flo, I buy a packe...
by ina
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ophelia
Replies: 21
Views: 2584

Re: Ophelia

Good that's over for now. Glad to here everybody is OK. The worst we had of it was the fog Monday night...