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by Green Aura
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Help with identification please

They're presumably not ripe yet. Quince are yellow and sweet when ripe aren't they?
by Green Aura
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Help with identification please

Those definitely look like apples - young russets? Or it could still be some kind of pear, I suppose. I was a bit foxed by the leaves as they don't seem to have the fine serration but on a closer look some of them do. It might help to take one of the fruit and have a look inside. I still can't expla...
by Green Aura
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: Fermenting time again

I don't use any sugar. I've lost my taste for highly sweetened things so erythritol is just about right (it's about 60% the sweetness of sugar and doesn't affect blood sugar etc). The downside is it doesn't have the preserving properties of sugar, although my chutneys last several months without any...
by Green Aura
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: Fermenting time again

I mainly do lacto-fermented pickles Bernard. These all are quietly fizzing on the countertop now. I rarely use vinegar - although I do like a bit of chutney. I make a rather nice farmhouse chutney (Branston pickle-ish) and a fabulous carrot and ginger chutney. Oh and while I was in the preserving mo...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Fermenting time again

I've got various vegetable combinations brining. Bok choy, cucumber, carrot and radish to make kimchi; cabbage, fennel, radish, carrot and onion to make Gundruk (a new one on me, similar to kimchi but uses more Indian type spices. It's a Nepalese recipe); beetroot, radishes, carrots and onion to mak...
by Green Aura
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 92
Views: 41979

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I don't like broad beans, Flo (well I do when each bean has bean peeled - I can't bear the skin!) and we haven't grown any carrots because we get some every week in our veg box. Our raspberries and strawberries are only just ripening. The salad leaves went from cute to bolting in the space of a few ...
by Green Aura
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 92
Views: 41979

Re: What are you harvesting now?

A few of today's offerings. Courgettes from the cold frame, tomatoes and peppers from the greenhouse and golden cayenne chillies from the windowsill.
by Green Aura
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lockdown reading
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: Lockdown reading

I'm currently reading a series by Jim Butcher - similar theme to the Rivers of London series but set in Chicago. Not nearly as good IMHO. I'm enjoying the story lines but the lead character needs a good slap. :lol:
by Green Aura
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lockdown reading
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: Lockdown reading

Yes, I've read them all and thoroughly enjoyed them too.
by Green Aura
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Butterflies
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: Butterflies

No cabbage whites but we've had loads of peacock butterflies. Never seen so many. They spent most of the nice weather we had several weeks back sun-bathing on our white walls.
by Green Aura
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 80
Views: 14065

Re: Self Isolation

I've been out twice now. Both times were quite stressful. I had to go for cement and I have to say that B+Q had it sorted - sanitising facilities, masks for anyone who needed them and clearly marked routes through the store. Everyone seemed to be observing the 2m distancing (or maybe they could see ...
by Green Aura
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lockdown reading
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: Lockdown reading

Hadn't heard of Robin Hobb - will investigate! Do so, ina, she's written several series (Liveships being one such) that all concentrate on different aspects of the same fantasy world, so all the books share some characters, places etc. She also writes under the name Megan Lindholm. I've enjoyed eve...
by Green Aura
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lockdown reading
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: Lockdown reading

I'm afraid I haven't been reading anything remotely useful - just pure escapism. I've just read every book by Robin Hobb and thoroughly enjoyed every one.
by Green Aura
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Lock down clear outs
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Lock down clear outs

Our "recycling centre" closed at the start of lockdown and hasn't re-opened. All the surrounding ones have but theirs are all manned. Ours consisted of two enormous skips, into which everything was thrown in a jumble. I'm sure it must have played havoc with the Council's recycling targets but I'm gu...
by Green Aura
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Help with identification please

The foliage and thorns sounds like a wild pear. Mine has, thus far, never fruited so I can't help with that.