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by Stonehead
Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: All last night I sat on the levee and moaned........
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: All last night I sat on the levee and moaned........

gregorach wrote:I'm starting to think about building an Ark... I've really had enough of this.
We’ve on the 220m contour, but started patching the boat. Just in case… :mrgreen:
by Stonehead
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What can you see from your window?
Replies: 60
Views: 7986

Re: What can you see from your window?

Today, I can see grey, grey and more grey. Either we have cloud sitting on our hill, fog rising up our hill or I’ve been breathing heavily and fogged the windows up. (Yes, that’s the effect Ish has on me.)
by Stonehead
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens? Even though deeds to house say no poultry.
Replies: 26
Views: 7692

Re: Chickens? Even though deeds to house say no poultry.

Reeeally want chickens, but the deeds to our house say no pets other than dogs and cats and specifies no poultry. I am sure the neighbours wouldn't mind (or notice) but could I get into trouble? Also can I cope with the work and the fact that our garden is only about 20 foot by 25 foot ish? There’s...
by Stonehead
Tue May 15, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Rats in the Chook house
Replies: 9
Views: 3104

Re: Rats in the Chook house

Agreed about rats gnawing through just about anything. We had an incursion last year when rats gnawed their way through the mortar in a three-foot thick stone wall, letting in a lot of water when it rained. Our infestations almost always coincide with the two neighbouring farms clearing their cattle...
by Stonehead
Mon May 14, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: cooking oil and fat
Replies: 15
Views: 7455

Re: cooking oil and fat

I render my own lard. It makes by far the best pie pastry. And our boys love the cracklings. One non-cooking use for lard, or indeed any leftover fat, is as cutting fluid when drilling or cutting metal. I've also turned up a few uses for lard in Victorian books, but I don't know that I'd want to try...
by Stonehead
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Swiss Chard
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: Swiss Chard

Cut a few potatoes into slices (don't worry about peeling them) and blanch for a couple of minutes in boiling water. Drain. Cut the stalks from the Swiss Chard, blanch and drain. Grate a lot of cheese, something with a slightly nutty flavour is good. Grease a baking dish. Fill it with alternating la...
by Stonehead
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What would you do with ££££££s?
Replies: 27
Views: 2520

Re: What would you do with ££££££s?

Half a dozen shirts (like these), a new mattress and a couple of tons of lime mortar to repoint all the buildings. Oh, and new tyres for the Land Rover. That would do me.
by Stonehead
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you experimenting with this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 3508

Re: What are you experimenting with this year?

Secondly, I have always thought that commercial frozen peas taste manky and my own frozen peas tasted just fine ... until last year. I used to grow Onward peas but switched to Douce Provence and they DO NOT freeze well. So this year I am growing 5 different varieties of peas, just a 6' row of each ...
by Stonehead
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pot Luck Dinner!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1424

Re: Pot Luck Dinner!!

Does anyone fancy coming over for a pot luck dinner?? The more the merrier. We had a laugh at the last one,and I promised to organise another at Christmas but never got around to it. I am flexible on dates, so let me know what suits. Nikki I have two pots filled with goulash at the moment, but I su...
by Stonehead
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather
Replies: 29
Views: 2166

Re: Weather

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by Stonehead
Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Switching to Co-op Bank, anyone else switched ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1735

Re: Switching to Co-op Bank, anyone else switched ?

Co-op wouldn't have us. Quit Abbey after one cock-up too many. Same with Nationwide. Currently with Lloyds as they're the only bank with a branch in the village.
by Stonehead
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Close Escapes!
Replies: 35
Views: 2260

Re: Close Escapes!

Has anyone had any close escapes? These are some of mine. The list is not exhaustive as they say :icon_smile: I've had a few scrapes. Okay, quite a few. However, they're far outweighed by the number of times I've been around when someone else has come a cropper. Depending on your point of view, the...
by Stonehead
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: man down! The perils of crofting
Replies: 29
Views: 1656

Re: man down! The perils of crofting

That will not make running the croft easy Stonehead. Not easy at all. Can you get help for the manual chores? Probably not. The farmer across the road would help if he could, but he had his legs crushed by a loader a few weeks back. My family is in Australia, the OH's parents are in their 70s. Vari...
by Stonehead
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: man down! The perils of crofting
Replies: 29
Views: 1656

Re: man down! The perils of crofting

Wish you a speedy and full recovery Stonehead. All the detail is a bit much for me. Reminds me of my falling off a horse, but actually I didn't fall off, it's much worse actually when you stay on. because He fell- and I stayed on and as he rolled trying to get up his ribs did loads of damage. I can...
by Stonehead
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: man down! The perils of crofting
Replies: 29
Views: 1656

Re: man down! The perils of crofting

Stoney, have you thought about downloading a free PC Kindle from Amaz,on. I've got one and it makes reading on screen much easier. There are tons of free books about, check out Project Gutenburg. I use Project Gutenburg, and other similar resources, for research. We bought our oldest boy a Kindle f...