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by ina
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: DIY Energy
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: DIY Energy

I run everything on electricity. Ever since I've moved into this house (council bungalow), I've only used the storage heaters (oldfashioned type) very few times; otherwise I have a dehumidifier (which makes the place a bit warmer, with being less damp), and a very small fan heater that I place close...
by ina
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 24
Views: 18844

Re: The cellar !!

Did you make any wine from brambles Ina? (How is that pronounced - 'eena' or eye-na'?) It's eena, as it's short for Bettina... :icon_smile: No, I didn't make wine. But I did make some jam, for friends, as I try not to eat this kind of sugary stuff. Actually, I made some without added sugar as well,...
by ina
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 18013

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

That sounds like you have a fairly big garden? In my little place, it's always just one of each... Have to cut back my currants this year, too, to give them a chance to rejuvenate. It's mostly for the birds, anyway.
by ina
Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 152
Views: 98804

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I'm not getting masses, either - but as usual I planted them rather late, so they were slow to start but now keep producing at a slow rate.
by ina
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 152
Views: 98804

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Brambles! And I've "harvested" the one and so far only runner bean... :) There are a few more on it now. No idea what went wrong earlier. Oh, and courgettes, of course...
by ina
Mon Aug 30, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 18013

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Definitely not too hot - there must be some insects, as the courgettes are doing ok, right next to them... It's not been very cold, wet or windy, either. It's a mystery. (Actually, I think I saw one bean pod yesterday!!! Hooray!)
by ina
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 18013

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

I am wondering why I don't seem to have any runner beans this year. They are flowering quite nicely, but no beans. Did I plant them too late? The weather has been fine, mostly...
by ina
Fri Aug 20, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 18013

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

I'm sorry to hear you lost your dog. But we can't do anything about old age... I envy you your peach tree! But if you are trying to lose your "muffin top", be aware that fruit has a lot of sugar... When I worked in strawberry and cherry picking (a long time ago), my boss said he always put on a lot ...
by ina
Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Thrifty self sufficiency?
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: Thrifty self sufficiency?

A former colleague of mine used to buy anything yellow label - and then bring it in to work and distribute it to all and sundry, whether they wanted it or not! :)
by ina
Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 24
Views: 18844

Re: The cellar !!

No fruit left (rhubarb is past it, red currants all eaten by blackbirds). There might be brambles later... Should have all the essentials still in my cupboards somewhere. Actually, I got a large pot of Sodium metabisulfite from work; was supposed to throw it out...
by ina
Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 25562

Re: Growing in 2021

Never knew about this - looks good! Thanks for pointing it out.
by ina
Mon Aug 09, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Thrifty self sufficiency?
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: Thrifty self sufficiency?

I seem to do most of the things she does already - but I still spend a lot more money. I don't even have a fridge; and why spend £200 or whatever on a new one - you could probably get one for free or a lot less through freecycle. Actually, just the rent on my house is far more than the £2400 she say...
by ina
Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: The cellar !!
Replies: 24
Views: 18844

Re: The cellar !!

Wow! I'd always thought I might start making wine again... And just recently, looking for something entirely different, I found my demijohns and other stuff. As you do. So maybe next year.
by ina
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 35
Views: 16625

Re: Got the Signoff...

Yes, seems to be a good year for berries. Blackbirds having all my red currants.
by ina
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 25562

Re: Growing in 2021

Weedo wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:24 pm
I read somewhere recently that water, and the way it behaves, is a scientific anomaly - it really shouldn't exist. Much like the bumblebees ability to fly
If that is true, life itself would be an anomaly? Seeing that we are mostly water...Makes you think.