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  1. *blinks, peers, sighs*. Autocorrect on iPad, thou art my bane!
  2. Still getting used to new combi-microwave (amazing bit of kit, I love it) but made Dutch pancakes and bacon today.
  3. It's pretty much like making ham only you don't boil as long nor add pectin; just long enough to break down the juice, then strain into sterilised bottles. I do the sirip sweet to taste for bilberry, rosehip or elderberry, with a squeeze of lemon. So if you can find a rosehip sirip recipe I suspect that will do.
  4. Which in and of itself is baffling, as a 2012 study shows the stuff has been showing up in groundwater in toxic levels. (Analytical and Biolanalytical Chemistry, March 2012, issue 7). Glyphosate is a difficult compound to measure and track, it seems. I'm a bit of a chemistry nerd, albeit an out of practice one, but I've been keeping track of the chemical reports; overall, it's not safer because it appears "gone" in tests -it's because the tests have been inaccurate and haven't measured the half -life outside labs with the appropriate formulae or new measuring technology. I need a nerdy glasses icon heh.
  5. Glyphosate seems to have a worrying half-life with a very wide variable of half-life (which is only when it loses it's effectiveness, it isn't gone). The data in various studies states it's can be anywhere between 3 to 137 days...which us a shocking range, and seems to suggest no one really knows where it goes....which is rather why using the stuff is worrying. I make a mix of straight vinegar, rock salt, and washing up soap, add a little water and spray on a bright, clear day. It takes a few applications over the year, but it does the job. But don't think it's any nicer - salting fields was what Romans did to ruin the ground, and if you put too much of this down, you'll kill everything same as the nastier weed killers. I put it on my front patio to control the dandelions (whatever I'm not feeding my Henz anyway) and it works pretty well. And since a good workout is sadly beyond me right now, I've decided to combat the main issue by seeding between cracks and patches with moss and clover -brings bees, and grows quickly, choking out space the weeds would come in and doesn't give them a chance to spread. Nature hates a vacuum, so fill the space before weeds do, and there's no backbreaking weeding required.
  6. This is an awkward query, I suppose, but I want one of these in my lower garden, I'm just not sure which to go for -the main issue for me is I need something which I can get a team of people to build for me as I am no longer able to do this sort of thing myself. In a quandary as the polytunnels look a more economical option but all the companies I see selling them assume people will put them up themselves. Greenhouses more expensive but it seems a given people will need someone to build them. Does anyone have some feedback on either polytunnels or greenhouses for someone a bit less able or some leads on companies which also do installation?
  7. Huh, I didn't know there was such a thing as jam sugar - I have a crab apple tree, tho so I just bung some of those in. It's got pectin added? Good to know in case I don't have crabapple on hand.
  8. Envy, I haz it! This year has been a bust for the currants in my garden but I suspect it's due to them being so old and rather hungry birds and badgers. I'm toying with getting a polytunnel. Freeze those currants for winter if you can, they're great in mid-January when berries seem like a distant memory.
  9. I'm so sorry to hear this It is however what animals do, and it's worse now due to the fact there are few predators competing with foxes - wolves and bears were all killed years ago, badgers have been "culled" none too successfully, which of course means there's going to be a boom of foxes, coupled with them having to move to new territories due to flooding over the winter (which has been what's happening in my bit). Nature doesn't like gaps, and it fills in quick. Now I'm just an ignorant foreigner, and my various deities know I should know better than to stick my neck out as it's only going to get cut off, but I've had to raise livestock with not just foxes but coyotes, wolves, black bears, mountain lions, deer (again, they get a LOT bigger than here, I laughed when I saw the deer here first time), moose, elk, wolverines, raccoons, beavers, eagles, on and on. They each were a nightmare in their own way: coyotes can be in huge clans, moose are bad tempered and HUGE, deer eat everything that isn't fenced or nailed down, beavers chew through posts, wolverines are badgers on steroids....Each of these are a right pain, but unless you nuke from orbit, you can't get them all. Often the gut reaction of the less scrupulous is to shoot first and ask later when an animal goes rampant in the herd. However, dig a bit deeper and it's "oh, I left the gate open by mistake/didn't put the feed up/etc". In short, cut a corner, and something is going to get in. It happens, and it sucks, but that's farming as my great grandfather taught me. Best to learn how to fortify things a bit better and move on. But he was the most mindful farmer I've ever met in my life - they don't make them like that anymore. Unpopular opinion, I know - I haven't been called an ignorant foreigner in a few weeks so maybe I just miss the abuse - but we can't keep killing species when they peeve us off. Yes, foxes are a problem and it's getting worse, but I suspect that's because we can't leave well enough alone and keep having to try and control other species because we don't like what they're doing to our golf courses, lawns and building permissions, which gives foxes a leg up. Fence in properly, don't cut corners, don't leave hens out to free range unsupervised with nothing but a hedge and a fence to keep them safe...this is just the way farming is; tending with awareness and knowing Nature is going to claim its third sooner or later (old way I was taught, everything you plant and raise, nature is going to get a third of it)
  10. In certain areas, Krispy Kreme delivers ....you're welcome http://krispykrememobile.co.uk
  11. Henz are gonna hen. How gave you lot been? Forgive my absence but I have felt rather bloody awful. Specialists are still trying to figure things out so most of my days have been about sleeping, drinking tea, sleeping some more, gathering eggs, sleeping, and ZOMG FLEAPOCALYPSE!!!!! Srsly, worst outbreak of fleas EVAR due to the drought which has resulted me in flea bombing ALL THE THINGS and nearly deciding I just needed to nuke my house from orbit to get rid of them. I covered the cats in diatomaceous earth...they're all black so it was moderately hilarious -then have dusted da Henz with it, covered everything in flea spray, tried two different products before I hit on something that worked (Capstar for the win). I think I'm on top of it now, so all that needs doing us to let the fleabites to heal. My legs look like a giant dot to dot with so many dots you could probably connect them all to make a rather accurate rendition of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And I still feel pants...however the system with da Henz is working well enough I just gave to feed, give water, gather eggz, let them have a roam and then done. My main worry was what would happen if I had a really bad patch (I jinxed it, probably), but all is well. And no more damn fleas either. Now...back to bedzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzzzz
  12. The only luck I have had with to a is putting them in semi raised bed, under cover. Without them being undercover even in a south facing location I only succeed in a bumper crop for trophies green tomatoes as they never ripen. I scored a mini grow bed with a PVC cover and the plants are huge and forming flowers -just have to remember to open the bag during the day to allow pollinator access. Here's hoping!
  13. Sounds like broody indeed, or it may be that is where she current feels secure. See how it goes! As for th Bluebelle, yes. Oh very yes. Henzilla is a Bluebelle and she is terrified of me, trees, bluetits, moving grass, and sometimes the sky. She is the most anxious hen in a very Victorian fainting-in-coils sort of way. The good news is at least they law well once they come into doing so. Once she's more familiar with her surroundings she may settle, but expect gasps and filibriliations to be a regular thing wi the Bluebelles. (Ironic, considering how huge she is, but hey ho)
  14. Cheers m'dears. Granted I can get kindle books on my iPad with pics and the lot. With the added perk of adjusting the print sizing for me poor eyes! Kudos appreciated but I don't gave the concentration to write books anymore. A post once in a while is doable however!

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