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by Peggy Sue
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Oh NO! Not again...Foot & Mouth
Replies: 70
Views: 19816

I was interested when I went to Argentina 2 years ago to an Estancia. I saw them vaccinating for F&M, they said it was all routine but the estancias are so very vast there is no chance of rounding up absolutley every cow so a few get missed. The beef was the niceset I've every experienced, I ate bee...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 24
Views: 5567

Hi and Welcome, I too found the site by accident and was intrigued. having never been on a forum before I am quite addicted to this one I ahve to confess! I am insired everytime I visit to have a go at something or promise myself to put it on the list at least. Last weekend I ahd a go at making soap...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: I'm not new .. but I've moved - Stafford based now!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2323

Dreaming of compost heaps, you really did need to escape!

Sadly I am nowhere near you but good luck :flower:
by Peggy Sue
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Help something went wrong making soap...
Replies: 28
Views: 9359

OK you are quite right, it was washing soda! :lol: I could have waited all day and night taking the temperature, what an idiot :oops: The funny thing is I do actually understand chemisty and if an exothermic reaction hasn't happened after 3 hours you would have thought the penny may have dropped! So...
by Peggy Sue
Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Help something went wrong making soap...
Replies: 28
Views: 9359

I'm going to check it isn't washing soda tonight, and confess if it is! If it isn't then I'm stuffed I guess. Bet it's soda.....
by Peggy Sue
Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Help something went wrong making soap...
Replies: 28
Views: 9359

Well you've lost me already! I followed the recipe on the website here, it says add the caustic to the water and wait til it gets to 50-55C, could be an hour or more. Since it was cold when I mixed it I was waiting for it to heat up- but I really am missing something here I'm sure! Happy to try any ...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cleaning Demijohns - How?
Replies: 17
Views: 13142

Do you need to sterilise demijohns if you are making slow gin, or just clean them and let the gin do the job? I didn't sterilise anythign last year and it all seemed OK ..... One omore thing, does it really matter what I use as a stopper as the demijohns I have don't have corks- bit of greaseproof w...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Help something went wrong making soap...
Replies: 28
Views: 9359

Help something went wrong making soap...

I had a go at the soap recipe on this website yesterday. I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't go to plan. I put the Sodium Hydroxide into the spring water and measured the temperature every 10 mins... for 3 hours and still never got about 27C (room temperature yesterday, very hot in...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

I think I'l just carry on being confused then!!
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Have I got the first signs of Tomato Blight...??
Replies: 15
Views: 4636

I'm a bit worried thats what my tomatoes have. Should the infected bits of plant be burned or are they OK on the compost heap- I don't want to increas the problem....
by Peggy Sue
Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Robin, I will remember that if one day I am lucky enough to visit the islands!
by Peggy Sue
Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:24 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Okay, so I am scared, erm, Witless!
Replies: 23
Views: 6500

Ooh despite the weeds I'm also jealous of 3/4 acre plus polytunnel! I ahve only just got an allotment this month and have been dying to plant something! Luckily it was beautifully looked after and as the previous tennent raised his potatoes this month we took over, really really lucky I know I was e...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: soap nuts
Replies: 38
Views: 17195

I have just tried soapnuts- at least the four the dog didn't eat before I got to the post. They seemed just the same as any other washing powder BUT, I don't get truely muddy often, and if I do it has never seemed to matter what clever power I use it doesn't come out. I tried using half powder and l...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: blackberries
Replies: 21
Views: 9155

Last year there was a derilict house ont eh farm where I keep my horse. The blackberries in it's garden are supposed to be culitvated ones (they do look different to the wild). I'm not sure how different they taste to tru wild (since they all taste a bit differerent individually) but they were defii...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: fruit varieties?
Replies: 6
Views: 2719

I planted 5 raspberries a few years ago and they are an absolute jungle now despite being chopped back every year. I don't remember the variety but they produce from June until the frost (well into October for my garden) and I just sit and eat them constantly every evening they are so lovely. Thjey ...