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by ina
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: How do you consume your blackberries?
Replies: 25
Views: 7271

Re: How do you consume your blackberries?

What do you pay for gin down in England?
by ina
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 49
Views: 4807

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Courgettes and patty pan squash. And onions. Never got much else planted, and the cabbage whites had all my kale.
by ina
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Life with no kitchen
Replies: 25
Views: 1827

Re: Life with no kitchen

I had a new kitchen in last year - oh the stress... And that was without walls being demolished! The worst was no washing machine for over two weeks. I haven't had a fridge for over a decade now, so that's nothing new. They offered me a Baby Belling for the duration - but where to put that? So I had...
by ina
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Nettles as Companion Plants?

Weedo wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:56 pm
I always thought our nettles were "ferals" from Europe but it seems they (this particular common species) are actually native to Oz and NZ (Urtica incisa).
They do look somehow different from what grows in my garden - but I couldn't tell you in which way...
by ina
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: been a long time
Replies: 7
Views: 1241

Re: been a long time

Hi Russ - welcome back! :wave:
by ina
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Nettles as Companion Plants?

I just wonder - are Australian nettles the same as Scottish? Maybe ours are fiercer?
by ina
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Nettles as Companion Plants?

I can tell you one companion plant that doesn't work - chickweed killed off all my beetroot...

But maybe the nettles keep the cabbage whites off? That would be useful.
by ina
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: We must all be self sufficient
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: We must all be self sufficient

Not me - just too tired after work every day to think of anything else but sleep...
by ina
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 3419

Re: A nation of hoarders

All my Terry Pratchetts??? Oh no!

ANd those half finished jumpers - and loads of clothes that need repairing, or altering...
by ina
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Random wine

It is lower than that most of the time. Below 15 again yesterday... (It's August, you know!)

Well, as soon as I have some energy again, I'll try and find all my wine making kit. It's somewhere in this house. But since I've not had any energy for the past 18 months or so, I'm not very hopeful.
by ina
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Random wine

Well, what you do need though is a certain temperature. Last and this summer were reasonably warm, so I thought I should try to make wine again. Unfortunately I've been unwell all that time and needed all my energy to go to work. I wouldn't buy stuff to make wine from - the point is to use all that ...
by ina
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 3419

Re: A nation of hoarders

Oh no - I couldn't do that! There's hundreds and hundreds of books alone, and I couldn't give away at least half of them... But I agree, it might be something you learned in childhood. My parents went through two wars, with all the shortages you can think of. My mother took it to an extreme; she did...
by ina
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Random wine

As far as I know the cost of living is higher in Oz all round.... Difficult to compare. Taxes etc don't necessarily make things more expensive. Scotch whisky is cheaper in Germany than here!
by ina
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Random wine

Well, I'll certainly make more of an effort to make wine in future... For various reasons I didn't do that this year.
by ina
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 5683

Re: Random wine

Excise is based on the volume of alcohol (proof) in the product; It's 50p per unit of alcohol now. Not much change for decent wine. What's gone up most is cheap spirits (like the ones you'd use for liqueur!) and strong cider. Might mean that some people drink less. In Germany I used to buy pure alc...