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by ina
Tue May 31, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onion with a flower bud
Replies: 7
Views: 3367

Maybe you could leave it on, just to see if it produces proper seed? Then you can sow your own next year! Another step towards self sufficiency... (If you want to take it that far!) It works well with chives. My neighbour has loads of chives in her garden, which she never picks. It flowers profusely...
by ina
Tue May 31, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds
Replies: 43
Views: 15296

Free draining soil might not be the worst for your potatoes - no potatoes ever tasted better than those out of my father's garden, and that soil still classifies as sandy after 40 years of constant addition of compost! Lighter soils are actually supposed to keep the plants healthier, at least, we ne...
by ina
Tue May 31, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9460

The worst is, those idiots who want the prestige of living in the country but none of the "inconveniences" or what they see as such price us out of buying anything... The house I live in came with the job, otherwise I'd never be able to afford living in this area! It leaves all of us with the proble...
by ina
Tue May 31, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would you buy?
Replies: 40
Views: 12954

I read in last Sunday's paper that the residents of the village near Gleneagles (Auchterrarder, I think?) have been asked to make sure that their insurance covers damage through rioters. So just because they have the misfortune to live there they now have to pay more insurance, too? Is that fair? Sh...
by ina
Mon May 30, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: More animals
Replies: 14
Views: 6703

Thanks for all that advice, Lee - I shall ask around and let you knwo how I get on. Maybe next year it's time for a "fashion show" of homespun luxury jumpers... :lol:

Cheers
Ina
by ina
Mon May 30, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Shall I up the good life steaks?
Replies: 17
Views: 9095

Actually, I still live without TV, or video, or DVD.... Am regularly hassled by those licencing people in Bristol, of course. I offered to pay for listening to the radio, but they don't want that. Tough luck. :roll:

Even if I don't understand every single joke, I think I get the gist of it!

Ina
by ina
Mon May 30, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: More animals
Replies: 14
Views: 6703

Thanks, Lee - I think I once saw something about a spinning guild, so I shall enquire. I've got access to all sorts of wool, I'm surrounded by sheep; a friend of mine even keeps a breeding flock of merinos. Do you wrap the mohair in something before you wash it? Otherwise I can imagine the machine m...
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9460

Hi greenbean Yes, neighbours can be a bit of a pain. I live more or less in the middle of nowhere now - great - but even some of the folk who move here have funny notions about life in the country. A friend of mine is selling her house just now, and when she told some prospective buyer keen on movin...
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Shall I up the good life steaks?
Replies: 17
Views: 9095

I wish I was! I lived in London from 1977 to 81, and that was after I'd left school! But I still managed to miss that. Fact is, I grew up without TV and never really got into the habit later. But then, I remember stuff like The hitchhiker's guide on radio the first time round, and everybody else rem...
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Electric car
Replies: 8
Views: 3887

My perfect transport idea is still the plane in Chicken Run - anybody remember that? It might be a bit hard on folks on long haul flights, but maybe we could get one going for the shorter trips to Europe?

Ina
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower wine
Replies: 63
Views: 45089

As far as I remember it was screwtop bottles, as recommended in the recipe... Which made me decide not to rely on recipes in future but to use more of my own common sense! Funny enough, we have all sorts of stuff growing in the area, but no elder. I have one small plant in a pot, which I am hoping t...
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Is it too late for leeks?
Replies: 14
Views: 6465

I know the feeling. I've even poked about in the compost to see if I can't make them come up a bit faster... And I put the heater on in the living room just to get the seedlings going - well, they can't put on an extra wooly jumper like I do, can they??? :wink:
by ina
Sun May 29, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Shall I up the good life steaks?
Replies: 17
Views: 9095

:oops: Yes my spilling can be a but awfol. :lol: Dare I point it out - there is a spell check on this page... Anyway, I still don't know what this good life thing is all about. Am I missing something? Like TV for example? Is it a programme or what, and if so, what is it about? (Stupid question, I k...
by ina
Sat May 28, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower wine
Replies: 63
Views: 45089

I think that's not entirely right, Nev - they make very good oakleaf wine, too, in dry, spring and autumn oakleaf varieties... And that's mainly leaf (don't think they add anything else, well, must add something sugary I suppose). The worst wine I've ever drunk was homemade celery wine. A bit like a...
by ina
Sat May 28, 2005 11:40 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would you buy?
Replies: 40
Views: 12954

There are some nice organic clothes available in Fair Trade Shops; those are mostly of the colourful ethnic type - not very practical for work. There's also quite a lot of organic t-shirts etc on the market, and not terribly expensive, either (just ordered one for £10); I think the company I orde...