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    You lot are making it easy to figure out who sent what! 🤣
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    I’m not making soap - to remove any worries that soap has taken over the swap..
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    Granddaughter feeding chickens, She came to see the chickens at an early age and she just loves them. We always make sure she dose not have her own food in her hands as the ladies will frighten her if they try to take it from her little hands. She is ok with feeding them corn as she throws it on the lawn. Her mother is frightened of them.
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    I agree, H. It's disappointing that it costs so much more! Some supermarkets do have their own 'wonky' range (one is 'Perfectly Imperfect', that may be Tesco!?) Whichever supermarket I am in I do try and find the wonky stuff, if only to send the message to 'the management' that people do want to buy it and am happy to pay the same price as perfect but certainly not more!
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    Hola. ¡Mi español no es bueno! A veces, los pollos necesitan tiempo para acostumbra*rse a la escalera; intente encerrarlos durante la noche durante unos días. Deben familiariza*rse con él y aprender a entrar y salir de la casa haciendo eso. Espero que eso ayude. Disculpas por el mal español - ¡No tomé muchas lecciones! Andy
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    The lardy cake that I recall from my admittedly now distant youth was also sugar glazed on one side so that one side was soft and moist with the lard and the other finished like a toffee apple and crunchy. Goodness knows what the low calorie brigade would make of it now 😲. Probably a whole weeks calories in that one cake.
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    I am not the world's fastest knitter either and my crochet skills are even slower I usually do a cut off point for joining in so you have plenty of time to decide whether you want to take part or not - around end of October / beginning of November. This gives us around 6 weeks to make something and enough time to get it posted in time for Christmas.
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    It's a maybe. I'll have to see what I can come up with - but the thing that's probably easiest for me to do is soap. I'd offer to knit a scarf or something, but I'm not sure I'm going to have time because I knit so slowly! lol
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    Don’t think you can overdo it, really. I need to apply heat to a jaw muscle and my physio said to do it as often as possible.
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    Just to throw a spanner in the works, I have a major phobia of soap bars. Yes I know weird but I can't help it, it freaks me out. Sorry😆
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    I'm still working on fixing fragrance Andy! You are far more creative with soap than I am so go for it....you can never have too much soap after all!
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    I was thinking that this year I could possibly make Christmas themed soap this year! But I suspect SD may have beat me to it. Maybe I'll make some anyway and see how they turn out before offering them up to unsuspecting victims. lol
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    Similar here J - I walked into town for a meeting on Monday, in shirt sleeves. This morning it was 4deg and blumming cold, in fact when I got up in the night to comfort the old dog, I put on socks and my dressing gown to warm up when I got back into bed!
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    Missing...... Deck chair in which to sit back and enjoy your girls. Camera to document your chicken keeping journey. Ear plugs for when they all decide to lay at once. Football rattle/party poppers/bells and whistles for their first egg. Sense of forebearance for when your garden gets munched/covered in poop. Helpful neighbour to come and help when you go away. Wine/gin/strong tea for all those moments when you panic. Address of the Omlet forum for when you need helpful and friendly advice. A sense of humour! Enjoy!
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    Stick with aubiose if you cover your run. So add clear tarpaulins and bungees to your list. Agree DE not necessary. Don’t know where you live but there are some very good chicken keeping courses in North Oxfordshire. Beginners and Advanced.
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    She's beyond help I think and should be PTS if she hasn't gone already. Poor condition stock from the breeder and should be their responsibility. Sorry, but there are too many jokers selling bad birds to make a quick profit at the moment.
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    My tomatoes were hit by blight. Lost the lot overnight. Made lots of green tomato chutney though. Fig harvest was excellent. Lots of fresh ones and made fig chutney with the overflow. Beans good and potatoes. Only one butternut squash though and a rogue pumpkin I didn’t sow! Got two artichoke plants in the spring but they are struggling. Grape harvest is planned for 4th October. So watching the weather carefully. Last year we got 40kg. Not sure this year, as they were late and some damaged by a late frost. That 40kg contributed to our Collective’s harvest in 2019 of 500kg and my share was turned to 24 bottles of a lovely Rose, Chiltern Blush! That was definitely our best crop last year!
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    One of my colleagues moved into his shed to shield his little boy during lockdown, and he made one of those videos every week for the rest of us. It was hilarious 😂
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    Oooh that looks like a nice sturdy cover - just what they need to keep them dry and sheltered from anything nasty autumn and winter might throw at them.
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    As the butterfly cover isn’t waterproof, ordered a clear tarp and got it in the post today. Really happy with the quality and the protection it offers.
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    Jude...March is ages away and we will be looking at a very different situation by then. The whole situation seems to change daily (as does the advice!) and I (who usually stress out at the slightest thing - thanks Asperger's!)) have totally surprised myself (and everyone who knows me well) by being chilled. My take is that there is no point in worrying about the situation beyond next week as it may all have changed by then so I'm not going to waste time in the interim stressing. Living in the moment and making the most of things here and now is very much my attitude. You may very well all be together again in March and its wonderful that you have the technology to stay in touch so closely so that your grandson actually can see you and know Granny (are you granny?) I, too, feel that we need to try and do as much normal stuff as possible; handwashing, mask wearing and being sensible. What tiddles me off are the photos of the crowded masses in bars etc who think it doesn't matter. They are the reason for the 10pm 'curfew'. I'd bring in water cannon! Take heart Jude.........XX
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    I am happy to give it a whirl.........I'm not very skilled but can certainly rustle up something home/handmade!
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    Ohhh, Anzac biscuits! Yes, we make those quite often........but, as you say, 'porridge oats' rather than oatmeal. I like the coconut too! I haven't been in baking mode for ages but, now that the boys are back at school, need to get a wiggle on as they take a home made comestible of some description for mid morning snack (they don't break for lunch until 1.20pm). I have, however, made Welsh cakes quite a lot over summer as they are griddle cooked so no hot oven steaming the place up. They are far, far better eaten very fresh though so don't really get to establish residency in the cake box 😉. Hugh Fearlessly Eatsitall has a fab recipe for a sort of flapjack that has lemon zest in it, which really lifts the sweetness. It's also jam packed with loads of seeds (you can use what you like but I mix flax seeds, Pumpkin, sesame, sunflower) which is great for those ladies amongst us of a certain age 🥵. However, to paraphrase that 'old bloke' from the Fast Show (Jesse's Diet??) this month we have mostly been eating blackberries!
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    As it's the first day of Autumn I've just made a huge slab of Parkin (after great difficulty in locating medium oatmeal!) and the whole house smells gingery! Half a slab to eat now and half to wrap in cling and tuck away for a few weeks! I ended up having to get 6 x 750g bags of oatmeal from Amazon.......none of the shops round here seem to sell it. The Queue Up do a wholefoods range but discontinued half of it recently and I didn't fancy trogging into Oxford just for oatmeal. We use quite a lot as home made digestive biscuits are wonderful, especially with strong cheese.
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    Agree with Cat Tails. You can do anything with cable ties. I think officially it’s not possible but try it.
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    Gosh! How awful! Another 2 weeks at home. Fingers crossed she keeps clear.
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    Apparently the French situation is the second worst in Europe, Spain being close first and UK a fair distant third. Portugal is way down the list. M*****ille and Bordeaux are under restrictions, both having massive infection rates around 275 per 100,000 people. Both are saying their health support is near overloaded so why have they left it so late to tighten up? Hopefully the UK hasn't made the same mistakes as our numbers were at the same level just two weeks ago. Can't help thinking tourism has been a factor, especially as the season has been extended into September because of record late bookings. We're still staying tightly locked up. Friend asked if he could visit and stay over but I reluctantly had to say no. He's a pretty high risk with both working, two children who were both at school, but now one is awaiting test results and the school is closed because one pupil tested positive.
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    It would have to be a very inventive fox to be able to lift the pin out all the way and then open the door and get into the run. This has never happened to me, nor have I heard of it happening to anyone else.
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    Edinburgh was lovely last week
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    Not yoghurt as they can’t digest it. I’d stick to softened pellets If I were you.
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    I know round our way there are a couple of farm shops that offer delivery (at a cost, obviously) which is home grown stuff. Maybe if you do a search, there might be somewhere that is still in your catchment area as opposed to a national one? That's the only other thing I can think of trying maybe.
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    Ivermectin will do the job on the hens. A good clean of the coop probably will be smart to prevent them getting them again.
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    Never too later for a lardy cake 😎. Go on.......treat yourself!
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    Never had this . Deprived up bringing
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    I remember you too Janty I too have been gone for a while but missed having chickens so much (moved house and garden and neighbours did not permit) but now I'm back and have 2 lovely ladies who make me smile every day
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    Hi - I started keeping bees just over a year ago with one Beehaus - now I have four!! There is a quite a bit to learn, but there are great Facebook groups - e.g. Beehaus Beehive, Stewart's Beeking Basics - and numerous helpful videos. It is truly fascinating and intriguing to learn about bees, their lifecycles, etc. Tasting your first honey will be a real treat! I found the Beehaus very easy to use - it's the right height, the guide book is amazingly helpful and everything is easy to clean. My key learnings are: * don't have a colony in each half as one half is needed for swarm management as, like me, you will need to split when the colony expands * strapping the supers together can help eliminate any gaps that might attract robbing and / or wasps * you will buy endless amounts of kit * you will become obsessed, but very enlightened and happy
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    Wow that’s pretty good Andyroo. My French isn’t bad, I have a little German and I can read some Spanish. I have Spanish heritage so I’m cross that I wasn’t just born being able to speak it 😆
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    Reminds me of when ES was born and I was looking for a sling to carry him in. Someone reccomended one but couldn't recall the exact name......only that they thought it was called Big Mama. In my innocence I Googled Big Mama.............BIG mistake! Very broadminded and inventive, those Scandanavians!
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    This is making me sad because until about ten years ago I knew a bakery where you could get one exactly like that. My mum and I would share one. But the bakery has gone now, and with it the lardy cake. I haven’t seen one for years.
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    Fingers crossed for you Daphne
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    I, myself, am actually 'only' vegetarian. I try to avoid milk and butter as a matter of course, but I do occasionally eat cheese, and I eat honey and eggs. But I avoid leather. I just LOVE lardy cake; I could eat it every day.
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    Cycled by a farm today that mostly had goats, but they had this trailer in their field, with loads of chickens just wandering around it! LOVE it!
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    A moth goes into a podiatrist’s office. The doctor asks the moth, “What seems to be the problem?” The moth says, “Doc, I don’t know where to start. I feel like my whole life has been a waste of time. I’ve been at the same job for twenty years and I don’t just hate it, I’m revolted by it. I can barely summon the strength to drag myself in every day but I have no choice because I’m in debt up to my compound eyes. The idea of doing this job for years more just makes me sick." "I’ve grown apart from my wife. She’s no longer the woman I loved, and I can barely stand to be around her but I feel guilty for feeling that way about her. Doc, it just eats me up inside." "My daughter’s shacked up at eighteen with a guy I can’t stand who’s terrible for her and she dropped out of school, but she won’t listen to reason and it breaks my heart. And my son… Doc, I just don’t know if I love my own son, because he reminds me of everything I hate about myself. I look into his eyes and see the same digusting, snivelling cowardice I know everyone sees in mine. I can’t even work up the courage to pull out my gun and blow my own brains out. I feel like my entire life is nothing more than a fragile web of lies just barely holding me back from the screaming abyss." The podiatrist says to the moth, “You do seem to have a lot of problems, and it's clear you need professional help. But I’m just a podiatrist; you need to see a therapist, a psychiatrist even. Why did you come to me?" “The light was on." Badoom, tsh. I'll get my coat.
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    The usual answer is red mite in the coop, but perhaps it is too hot or there isn't enough ventilation?
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    Number of cases is spiking over here too. So what happened 10 days to 2 weeks ago? Oh right... I had to back to work and all those snotty kids are stuck together again with me at school.
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    Complained about the rain last post and now into the third week without any. The trees are really struggling and we've been leaf blowing already to tidy up. Nine weeks, a heatwave and only one inch of rain. This morning we had mist in the valley, which is unexpected as they don't start until late October usually. But then I caught the smell of smoke and thought someone had been silly enough to light a bonfire out of season and with a very high risk of it spreading. But the smoke disappeared quickly and i thought no more of it until I saw the news. Turns out it was smoke from the fires on the East coast of America which has been carried over the Atlantic and then stalled over most of France. I can still smell smoke and it's due to stay for the next week at least apparently.
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    Our GP surgery has 'invited' older patients on a specific day but says that they have to wait outside until their allotted time. As someone pointed out on the village facebook, asking the over 65's to hang around in the car park in the cold and possibly wet weather isn't really ideal. As a relative youngster (55 till October!!!) I'm waiting to see if our age group will be called up.
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