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by Odsox
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ophelia
Replies: 13
Views: 99

Re: Ophelia

All OK here and it's calmed down a lot. It was extremely windy from about 4am until it got dark this evening. No damage at all surprisingly thank goodness just no electricity and to cap it all, the generator doesn't work. The engine works but I didn't think to actually check it was making electricit...
by Odsox
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ophelia
Replies: 13
Views: 99

Re: Ophelia

Well I've done all that I can, everything that's likely to be blown away is stowed in the barn, all other stuff weighted down. All I can do now is wait. The forecast is bad, I suspect the road will be washed away again as the peak wind will coincide with high tide, plus of course the storm surge, so...
by Odsox
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ophelia
Replies: 13
Views: 99

Re: Ophelia

It's just been upgraded and it's still 3 days away. Now I'm on the tip of the 80 - 90 mph section, with just about all of Ireland in the 70 - 80 mph zone.
Which puts you in the 50 - 60 mph section Maggie.

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by Odsox
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ophelia
Replies: 13
Views: 99

Ophelia

I'm getting a bit worried about Hurricane Ophelia. It is now wound up to a category 2 with 105 mph winds and heading directly for my polytunnels. UK Met Office are forecasting sustained winds here of over 60 mph pretty much all day on Monday. Hopefully the decision to use heavy duty polythene may pa...
by Odsox
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 1272

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

the UAE are commissioning a similar but much larger project, out in the desert, looking towards terraforming Mars! I may be wrong (see disclaimer) but I understood that the temperatures in the Arabian desert ranged from about 30 - 50 C and from what I remember of the Martian climate, that ranges fr...
by Odsox
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 1272

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

Did you ever read the report on the biosphere experiment that was carried in the 90s, in the US? If memory serves they couldn't provide sufficient food and all came out fairly malnourished I'm with Flo on this as I find it difficult to believe that it's not possible to grow a balanced diet in an en...
by Odsox
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: It's been a while
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: It's been a while

My self sufficiency dream never really came true unfortunately Welcome back Helsbells, it's nice to see past names reappearing. That's the thing about this forum, it has "ish" on the end of Self Sufficient which means that anything you do is relevant. Even just sprouting seeds on your kit...
by Odsox
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A slug with a sense of humour
Replies: 3
Views: 94

A slug with a sense of humour

Preparing some potatoes for dinner tonight using some slug eaten ones that won't keep.
One tuber was burrowed up the middle, so I cut slices off to get to the edible bit and found this winking at me ...

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by Odsox
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No more F1 here (probably)
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: No more F1 here (probably)

'Tis this one https://www.abebooks.co.uk/Fruit-Veg-Finder-5th-Edition-Henry/865639306/bd Although it looks like it's out of print again, this edition is 1995 and it cost £7.99 so this person is on the make :iconbiggrin: It lists all the F1 varieties, just names and who sells it, but all the open pol...
by Odsox
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No more F1 here (probably)
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: No more F1 here (probably)

I had a look and they do 3 varieties, as does Real Seeds. I have no idea what variety I want to grow, possibly more than one to compare, especially taste. The Bedfords are at least 5 Victorian varieties, some of which are available in mainstream catalogues, and according to my Fruit & Veg Finder...
by Odsox
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This self sufficient thing?
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: This self sufficient thing?

Yes probably, to a certain extent. For me it was THE way of life during my formative years, which was of course directly influenced by the war (dig for victory and all that) I have always identified myself as being independent, not relying on others as much as possible, and I'm still like that .. po...
by Odsox
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No more F1 here (probably)
Replies: 5
Views: 109

No more F1 here (probably)

I think Brussels Sprouts are the only F1 variety that I consistently grow. Years ago when I grew open pollinated varieties, as I only wanted about half a dozen plants, I always had some not grow well, some had open sprouts and maybe just a couple that grew as expected. Then I tried the then new F1 P...
by Odsox
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Household chemicals
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: Household chemicals

Seriously back ache is often using the wrong tools and sitting in the wrong position. .... or falling off a ladder a couple of years ago. Actually it's not that bad, I just have to stop and sit down when it tells me to. It's a bit like when I was younger, I used to stop regularly for a "fag br...
by Odsox
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Household chemicals
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: Household chemicals

Are you killing of all the natural bacteria on your body Err no, I grew up in the era when you had a bath every Saturday night whether you needed one or not, and that's what I still do. If I do a lot of sweaty work during summer I might have a shower when I finish, but I'm pretty sure I didn't even...
by Odsox
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 40
Views: 5814

Re: It's that time of year again ...

Yes I saw that, John reposted it on Facebook, although I didn't realise they all came from one parent. I think I have my squash variety solved now, roasted Black Forest squash is almost identical to roasted chestnuts, far more so than the Pottimaron. So provided it keeps until late spring without ro...

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