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by mybarnconversion
Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 103746

At the moment I am:

Chopping nettles, convincing people to eat cow-parsley, lusting over nearly ripe elderflowers & dreaming of wine, cordial, ice cream & fritters ....
by mybarnconversion
Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Green building/eco village in Bristol. Fancy it???
Replies: 76
Views: 32236

I'd reckon that after the person with the original idea, the next two most important people to get involved would be a lawyer (boo! hiss!) as such a project is bound to require complex contractual undertakings and a web / IT person to help communication and organisation via a forum, blogs etc. ... I...
by mybarnconversion
Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Building with stone
Replies: 16
Views: 5915

I'm not sure what type of stone it is. It's just there, from the mountain and from old houses that fell during their last earthquake (yep, most didn't have foundations) That raises another important point to note. If you're in an earthquake area then I guess that there will be local building / plan...
by mybarnconversion
Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: Comrade Dad
Replies: 3
Views: 2432

I have a vague image of a gray work-suited morose George Cole ... but then he was usually pretty morose - certainly don't make them like that anymore!
by mybarnconversion
Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Building with stone
Replies: 16
Views: 5915

So long as you are sourcing stone on site (or close to it) then your green credentials are well established... the next step is mortar & for me that mean lime based mortars using local sand. Just search Google for 'lime mortar' there are some useful links on the first page ...
by mybarnconversion
Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Berry gatherer...
Replies: 15
Views: 7594

I always favour the bramble pricked fingers and carrier bag approach ... but I can see a certain attraction to this ... I can feel a prototype coming on :)
by mybarnconversion
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Cow Parsley
Replies: 9
Views: 3660

Cow Parsley

It's getting a little late in the year, but don't forget the delights of Cow Parsley or Wild Chervil a great herb to use as a slightly stronger flavoured substitute for Parsley.

Just pick the greenest, freshest tips of the plant - the older leaves can be woody and overpowering...

Enjoy!
by mybarnconversion
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: perfect rice?
Replies: 25
Views: 6409

Amazing ... how many ways are there to cook rice? Seems to be one per cook!

My tip is to wash rice thoroughly before cooking and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
by mybarnconversion
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Nettles - how young is young?
Replies: 12
Views: 3942

It's largely a matter of taste. I tend to pick over older, larger plants using the top-most youngest leaves for cooking with.

Don't forget to cut down established stands of nettles at this time of year and for another month or two and new, fresh plants will sprout.
by mybarnconversion
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: It's great to be here...
Replies: 7
Views: 1127

It's great to be here...

Hello all, it's lovely to be here!

I've heard a lot about you and I can't wait to get stuck in. These are exciting times around these exciting subjects ....

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