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by Merry
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: what are you harvesting?
Replies: 232
Views: 19068

Re: what are you harvesting?

Strawberries - yum!, lettuces, parsley `n mint `n things, cabbages, carrots, goosegogs, rhubarb, last of the asparagus. :icon_smile:
by Merry
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Might I ask for your support?
Replies: 25
Views: 1639

Re: Might I ask for your support?

Done!
but it took loads of attempts to 'match the graphics' :iconbiggrin:
by Merry
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Welcome to our new mods
Replies: 20
Views: 7223

Re: Welcome to our new mods

:cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
May your task be a light one. :icon_smile:
by Merry
Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Clothes for swapping!
Replies: 7
Views: 1349

Re: Clothes for swapping!

Hey ho! The last time I was size ten I was aged ten! :dontknow:
by Merry
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Stiff plastic net to protect strawberries from bird attacks
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Re: Stiff plastic net to protect strawberries from bird atta

However - as I`ve agreed on another thread - in my half century of gardening I`ve never seen or heard of a bird being trapped by, or under, a net.
Perhaps they`re a bit more canny around here. :?
by Merry
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: New chickens
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: New chickens

I`m not an expert but I wouldn`t think that four new birds would be too many. You obviously have enough space.
I`d be interested in the view of the more knowledgable ones among us because I`m in a similar situation - down to two layers and looking to integrate a small new flock.
by Merry
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Sorry I've not been around
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: Sorry I've not been around

You`re an inspiration, Mrs F! - (Now if I could just cut out butter - - - - - :? ) I passed my driving test at the fourth attempt by acting! I`d just done a drama teaching course and my instructor advised me to roleplay 'confident driver'. He said, "Come on! You can maintain the role for an hour, su...
by Merry
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Hand Sewing Patchwork
Replies: 25
Views: 9343

Re: Hand Sewing Patchwork

I remember my M-in-L making 'quilts' out of cut up old coats in old curtain covers.
by Merry
Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Hand Sewing Patchwork
Replies: 25
Views: 9343

Re: Hand Sewing Patchwork

That sounds good! :icon_smile:
And, as the knitted fabic is so flexible, accuracy wouldn`t be such a major priority would it?
by Merry
Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Hand Sewing Patchwork
Replies: 25
Views: 9343

Re: Hand Sewing Patchwork

The paper templates ensure that all the patches are identical so they tesselate perfectly. If they don`t fit together well they don`t lie flat in the finished work. It`s not difficult or complicated really - once you make a start - women used to do their piecing sitting on their covered wagons on th...
by Merry
Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:01 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Hand Sewing Patchwork
Replies: 25
Views: 9343

Re: Hand Sewing Patchwork

The first time I did hand-piecing I didn`t even use paper shapes. I drew round a square on the back of cut out patches and made sure that I sewed along the lines with a sort of running stitch with occasional backstitches. It worked fine. I never use a sewing machine because I like to sew in the gard...
by Merry
Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How many resolutions have you broken
Replies: 16
Views: 968

Re: How many resolutions have you broken

For the past five years or so I`ve said, "This is the year I finish the quilt!"
Squares all pieced and quilted - just need sewing together.
:icon_smile:
by Merry
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassica / Carrot netting...
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

Re: Brassica / Carrot netting...

Crikey!
In half a century of gardening I`ve never had a bird trapped inside netting or with feet caught in it.
:?
by Merry
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Going car-free(ish)
Replies: 17
Views: 8063

Re: Going car-free(ish)

I remember some years ago I went on holiday in Jersey - in the days when I still went away on holiday - and found the round-island bus service really useful.
Does it still operate?
Good luck with your resolution! :icon_smile:
by Merry
Mon May 24, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Bee swarm
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Re: Bee swarm

Thanks Od!
Makes sense now. Wish I`d listened to her country lore when she was alive instead of thinking that she was `just droning on`. She was a Salisbury Plain shepherd`s daughter and then a smallholder`s wife and was always talking about the rural life.