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by ina
Sat May 28, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Google your name
Replies: 11
Views: 4505

Who comes up with these ideas - and what a way to spend a Friday night.... :wink: I actually come up as myself first, as part of the staff list of the institute I work for. And then there's somebody else with my name in Berlin, and then myself again!!! Gosh, more fame than I thought I had. Something...
by ina
Sat May 28, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Cycling from lands end to John O'groats
Replies: 37
Views: 12513

Don't know that video - but it's bad enough being a fat bottomed girl (well, middle-aged woman...) and riding a bike fully clothed! Used to do a lot of cycling; when I was 20 years or so younger, a bit fitter and less fat, 100 miles was no problem, and my bike only had 3 gears back then! Now I have ...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Avacado
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Hi Andy Avocados grow bushier if you break out the growing tip. Once the plant has a few leaves, just take the top of. It's still probable that yours is a different variety, though, if it has grown that tall and still looks like a blade of grass! I get the best results with germinating avocado just ...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 10:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Fruit Tree
Replies: 13
Views: 7106

I wish I had your problem with the tonnes of cherries! Used to live in a cherry growing area, and made delicious wine. I remember the first time I made it, it never seemed to be fermenting, i.e. it simply wasn't bubbling. But it didn't smell off, so my friend and I decided to try it. One glass later...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: More animals
Replies: 14
Views: 7277

Hi Lee It's been a while since you wrote that last message, but if you are still with us, maybe you could give me a tip. I have a couple of cashmere goats, have combed the fibre, but don't quite know how to process it myself. I know some producers of cashmere, but I don't just want to throw my lot i...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 9:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: ducks
Replies: 14
Views: 7449

Lucky you - no slugs! That's really what I want to keep them for, as slugcontrol, with the side effect of duck eggs. But I'll probably have to choose a colourful exotic breed, or give them little reflective jackets, so they don't get hit when the pheasant shoot is on... :tweety:

Ina
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: ducks
Replies: 14
Views: 7449

Hi It seems to be really difficult to get ducklings through to adulthood - I worked on a farm once where we had one callduck with youngsters, and they all died of some mysterious disease... No murders involved here. By the way, we used to collect slugs in a jar throughout the day, and come evening, ...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 7:10 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Building an Aussie style barbie
Replies: 21
Views: 10113

Hi Nev You are perfectly correct - you could survive in Scotland... Neeps are Swedes, i.e. Swedish turnips. Most haggisses (if that's the plural of haggis!) aren't cooked in a sheep's stomach anymore, but come in a plastic skin (which is not eaten) or a tin. They contain a lot of grain (barley or oa...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Building an Aussie style barbie
Replies: 21
Views: 10113

Yeah, but I've never tried neeps on the barbie... Neither haggis, which is what traditionally goes with tatties and neeps. But there is some good veggie haggis around nowadays! By the way, in case any selfsufficient Scots are reading this, does anybody have a recipe for that? The vegetarian variety,...
by ina
Fri May 27, 2005 9:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Building an Aussie style barbie
Replies: 21
Views: 10113

Ehrrr, what are Snags? Sounds a bit like slugs and therefore not very appetising! I'm a veggie myself, but I do keep sausages (organic, of course!) in the freezer, just in case we should spontaneously decide on a barbie one night. For me it's usually just tatties on the charcoal, don't go for that f...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Yogurt
Replies: 25
Views: 10738

Need to add my bit on yoghurt, too... I don't use any fancy gear, I just use an empty icecream tub (the flat type), and stick it on the radiator. Bit of a problem in summer, of course, but summers tend to be rather short here, and since I also dry my clothes over the radiator (on one of those pull-u...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Is it too late for leeks?
Replies: 14
Views: 6811

I got my leeks out really late last year - by Christmas they were the size of spring onions, and they are still in the ground now! They seem to be growing again. I had been warned they would bolt if left over to the next year, but they haven't done that yet. Let's wait and see... My spinach also sur...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: strawberries
Replies: 18
Views: 8378

What happend to that last message - is it just me or is it cryptic for everybody? Am I guessing right that you have mulched them with pine needles? Actually, I would use straw... That's where they got their name from, after all! Keeps the weeds down to a certain extent, keeps them reasonably dry, mo...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Building an Aussie style barbie
Replies: 21
Views: 10113

Never thought I'd see that poem here of all places! I've still got the book somewhere, I hope. Anybody seen the film? I even was in that area where they made it, and in the pub, where just about all the locals had been involved in it, and they all still remembered, and the photos were up all over th...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Prep for next season - what???
Replies: 26
Views: 11831

I remember the fuss about the pyramids, but I never bothered to read those books - sounds like I didn't miss a lot! I was hooked on Lord of the Rings... Anyway, I know that some people had their greenhouses built like pyramids - has anybody heard of their success or otherwise? I haven't see any like...