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by contadino
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: House move dilemma - LPG heating from red portable tanks!
Replies: 23
Views: 4866

Re: House move dilemma - LPG heating from red portable tanks!

I wouldn't worry about the gas situation too much. You could always get an underground gas tank installed (cost about €600 to do here) and have a lorry come and fill it up every so often. Tanks are about 600 litres, and all you'd have exposed would be the filling cap and some 'Don't dig here' signs....
by contadino
Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: polytunnel advice ?
Replies: 40
Views: 5450

Re: polytunnel advice ?

When do you sow the Broccoli (& peas) Graham? I'm trying to figure out when the latest time is I can get stuff to germinate & grow since we've a good couple of months extra here in terms of heat, but similar diminishing light levels obviously. I'm trying as wide a variety of possible in the space I...
by contadino
Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: polytunnel advice ?
Replies: 40
Views: 5450

Re: polytunnel advice ?

Andy, that's a nice looking tunnel, and it's about the size of the one I'm after (the space I have in mind is 4m by 8m..?) Where did you find a frame for €200, and do they do mail order? I got quoted around €1800 by 3 places, so am currently looking to build one using the plastic pipe technique. How...
by contadino
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I make bread?
Replies: 68
Views: 8880

Re: How do I make bread?

In another thread, I mentioned that I was busy today making a video on how I bake bread; the result is now available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure! Wulf Great little video Wulf! I watched it all the way through so now I'm inspired to give the bread machine a holiday. One question: where did ...
by contadino
Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Home cured salami & chorizo
Replies: 16
Views: 2148

Re: Home cured salami & chorizo

Hang somewhere warmish for a couple of days to start the fermentation; Hang somewhere airy & cool for a few weeks until dried. Different types of salami require different lengths of time in specific conditions. Generally speaking 10 days for them to start work, then anything from 3 to 10 months to ...
by contadino
Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Fruit Identification
Replies: 8
Views: 1789

Re: Fruit Identification

They don't look like either cherry or plum leaves to me, so I'd hesitate before eating any of the fruit.

Sorry, I don't know what they actually are.
by contadino
Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Plant a million trees in one hour
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

Re: Plant a million trees in one hour

mamos wrote:So is there a problem with planting a tree in December?
Well. according to local wisdom, they're planted in Feb to avoid the worst of the winter weather. I normally put in a couple of trees a year - always in Feb. No point in chancing it, eh?
by contadino
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Plant a million trees in one hour
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

Re: Plant a million trees in one hour

Yeah, great idea - except that new trees get planted in February in most of Europe.
by contadino
Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: small world
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: small world

Oh it's brilliant when that happens. I've just met a bloke round the corner, who's the first person I've found here in Italy that understands permaculture, green building, etc.. In fact, he's just finished building himself an earth-sheltered workshop (he's a sculptor) at a time when I'm in the detai...
by contadino
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: expats, what food do you miss?
Replies: 27
Views: 2048

Re: expats, what food do you miss?

I don't think it is that I miss foods from the Uk so much as adjusting to new tastes and flavours. It took a while for that to happen when we arrived in NZ. Used to it now, certainly had trouble finding decent sausages, still can't, but we grow our own meat and the sausages our homekill butcher mak...
by contadino
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The joys of keeping warm
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: The joys of keeping warm

Glad he is OK. It's quite a knack to learn to grab hold of something whilst you're falling. I fell out of an olive tree a couple of years ago, but my pocket snagged on a branch and held me for a few seconds. The wife went to get a ladder and came back with the little step ladder, which wasn't much u...
by contadino
Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Off to start a new life in rural Italy..
Replies: 19
Views: 1883

Re: Off to start a new life in rural Italy..

Dove in italia hai comprato? Che regione?
by contadino
Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Window inspiration needed...
Replies: 1
Views: 1030

Re: Window inspiration needed...

If anyone's interested, I found the information I wanted, for free, compliments of Project Gutenberg, via this handy selection of links... http://www.evenfallstudios.com/woodworks_library/woodworks_library.html There's all sorts there, from timber-framing an entire house, to doors to windows to furn...
by contadino
Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wind turbine self-build course
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: wind turbine self-build course

The uninitiated still haven't quite managed to grasp that domestic (or not grid-connected) generation and wind farms are different things - both from an implementation, and an economical perspective. As you say Odsox, the homeowner who goes out and buys a turbine, and doesn't connect it to the grid ...
by contadino
Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Pigs Trotters.
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: Pigs Trotters.

I have a couple of recipes, but have never tried them. There's a particular Italian traditional Xmas/NY dish called Stinko (snigger, snigger :lol: ), which I've had once and was pretty bad. The other one is called either Zampette or Zampitte and some of my neighbours rave about it (but never make it.)