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by Christopher
Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar Showers
Replies: 7
Views: 2924

solar showers

I have one I use for camping, when I go camping up north in the summertime, at a place right beside the beach... It's gets pretty hot by the time 6pm rolls around, but I discovered that it was far better to come in off the beach after an afternoon on the sand (underneath shade), and in the water and...
by Christopher
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: left over pastry idea
Replies: 10
Views: 3989

I do the same as you Stardust but sprinkle with sugar - its like those pastry biscuit things that I cant remember the name of for the life of me! :shock: Palmiers. French pastry - very delish. I used to have them when I was living in Montreal, at a French deli, alongside an allonge , a black espres...
by Christopher
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I may as well out myself: the restoration project at Nonsuch
Replies: 8
Views: 3341

4 Candles wrote:Stunning place, and the work you've done is amazing!

Are you a girl or a boy?

If you're a girl I'm going to have to come over and marry you! :lol:

And if you're a boy... :scratch:
you'll still come over and marry him!

Christopher. :flower:
by Christopher
Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:18 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: odd suject..washing hair (or not) - your views
Replies: 88
Views: 22925

I wash mine every other day or when I remember - can't be arsed fluffing around with shampoo sometimes so it can be several days before I shampoo - it is definately much nicer for not having been shampooed. Incidentially I also have limited my use of underarm deoderant - and guess what - that smelly...
by Christopher
Sun May 13, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dwarf bread
Replies: 19
Views: 7150

I came up with the same result as you the first time I did sourdough. Then I read a really good site somewhere (can't remember now), that advocated leaving the starter for a good month - just feeding and watering it. The idea was to get a good colony of bacteria etc going before attempting to make b...
by Christopher
Wed May 09, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Beetroot cake
Replies: 7
Views: 2715

Or beetroot and apple sauce pureed and dried into a fruit wrap - to die for. :) sounds yummy - what's the recipe? My friend is growing beetroots for Africa and I get two or three every time he visits. I've made an apple and beetroot pickle, and have made borscht yesterday. Your recipe would help ge...
by Christopher
Mon May 07, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi everyone!
Replies: 14
Views: 3901

Kia ora

Kia ora and welcome from Aotearoa

you'll have a lovely time here, there's lots of information around, and nowt is particularly bothered by questions....

Christopher. :flower:
by Christopher
Sun May 06, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: some blogs I read
Replies: 0
Views: 1495

some blogs I read

Hi all here's some blogs I read... Dave Pollard's excellent blog "How to Save the World". He has great links to thought provoking articles. Hosted by Salon. Then there's lichenology. Blog by an excellent writer living on Vancouver Island. http://lichenology.blogspot.c...
by Christopher
Sat May 05, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What you harveted so far this year?
Replies: 15
Views: 4263

you all put me to shame... here in Aotearoa I woke to a beautiful autumn morning with the autumn leaves on the deciduous trees showing off autumn colours. (we have alot of evergreen trees so it never gets very bare here in winter). Anyway, I've chopped up the tomato plant, planted out picking spinac...
by Christopher
Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Kiwifruit Jam???
Replies: 5
Views: 1704


Firstly, I'm from Aotearoa NZ where we grow lots and lots of kiwiFRUIT. We call it kiwifruit here because a kiwi is the bird. When I was growing up we used to get alot of kiwifruit so Mum would make kiwifruit icecream, which was really yummy. I don't know what she did, but it was the freezer method ...
by Christopher
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What doesn't go in the composter?
Replies: 48
Views: 13139

Ok - how about maggots?

Well I've just put out my last lot of kitchen waste (which included three fish heads that had been used for fish stock) into my compost (I use a Bokashi system). Now when I turn the compost there are HEAPS of maggots! I didn't see them in previous compost lots... are the maggots alright? Do I need t...
by Christopher
Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Ant invasion
Replies: 9
Views: 2721


This year I noticed that I had a large number of ants in my herb trough, which I put down to the excellent homemade compost added to the commercial mix. I wasn't concerned, live and let live, but I became concerned when my basil plants got mealy bugs. Let no thing come between me and my homemade pes...
by Christopher
Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomatoes
Replies: 10
Views: 2781

We have just had an enormous amount of rain dumped here - more in the north of the country which recieved their 1-in-125 year dumping! But all that water has made some of my tomatoes split their skin :( I guess growing tomatoes for the first time having something like this happen reminds you that gr...
by Christopher
Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: When is your birthday
Replies: 261
Views: 83254

January 6th Mamf (Sam) - 9 months to the day after my Dad's birthday! eeeew! 9th - Ina 12th-kev 16th - Matt February 1st - AnnetteR 4th - Nick (Renee) 8th - Lou8 (Lou) 9th - Mountain Mist (Mike) 11th- Karen Grace 14th- Martin March 2nd - Daisygirl (Julia) 3rd - pskipper (Philip) 18th - Sal 21st - Al...
by Christopher
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: My first attempt at drying
Replies: 10
Views: 2764

Re: My first attempt at drying

Well spurred on by you lot, I had my first attempt at drying something over the weekend. It was only a very large plum from my organic box which I sliced and then dried the slices. They were delicious. I made the dryer from an old Quality Street tin (the octagonal ones). I pierced holes in the side...