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by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: building a 4 in 1 chimney
Replies: 7
Views: 4732

Re: building a 4 in 1 chimney

Yeah we do the commute and work away thing too - but this is home now. I don't envy you the earthquakes - thats one trouble we haven't had!
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: building a 4 in 1 chimney
Replies: 7
Views: 4732

Re: building a 4 in 1 chimney

At least yours isn't a listed building :roll: The room that stove is in used to have a good view...to the rafters! http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2658/3742969169_57683fd986.jpg looking down from upstairs by British Red , on Flickr I know all the joy, pain and endless frustrations you must be going th...
by British Red
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: "Hello!" from West Norfolk
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: "Hello!" from West Norfolk

Hi George,

Have a crack at "bramble brandy" sometime in the spirit range - its my personal favourite!

Welcome from another unreptentant booze maker!

Red
by British Red
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

Sure, that will work - just not as well :). It shouldn't be back breaking though. Rotovate the clay, shovel it out into a pile on a tarp or old cardboard. Rotovate the next layer, shovel out, rinse and repeat :). Ideally you want a good 12-18" of light friable topsoil. Things like carrots can be har...
by British Red
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Advice, please, on shade loving crops
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: Advice, please, on shade loving crops

I like Sorrel in shade

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9 - sorrel by British Red, on Flickr

Lovely apple peel flavour, perennial, comes up early in spring and not obviously an edible plant

Red
by British Red
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

Thats a beautiful job - I assume you used a "paddy's motorbike" to cut the concrete? Very clever design to maximise space and accesibility too - well done! Different story now that you are through the concrete - the bed edges simply serve to contain the soil and plants - the plants can go as deep as...
by British Red
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: building a 4 in 1 chimney
Replies: 7
Views: 4732

Re: building a 4 in 1 chimney

Looks great - will you be cooking with wood as well? We do in the cooler months, but tend to use propane in the summer - its just too warm with the Esse going

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Esse & Pheasants Sepia by British Red, on Flickr
by British Red
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Evening All
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Re: Evening All

Hi all, Just a brief note to say "hi" since I ahven't been here for a long while. Mainly because we bought a small place in Lincolnshire, gave up full time work, restored the cottage from a near ruin, put in the wood burning stoves, drained the paddock, put in two greenhouses, cut ten ton of firewoo...
by British Red
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

2.1m i pushing it to plant in the middle - We worked ours out to 1.2m and thats a comftable arm length from edge to middle. 1.5m is doable but a 3' stretch is too much I find. 4" is very shallow and will severely limit your choice of veg - but its as deep as a grow bag. More worrying for me would be...
by British Red
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: preserving home made pasta sauce
Replies: 11
Views: 2977

Sandra, I wouldn't personally use the existing jars, Why not? Simply because I would use a new kilner jar and pressure can. I prefer a jar thats meant to be re-sealed (and replace the seals each time). It all depends on the ingredients and the risk for me personally. Anything containing meat for ex...
by British Red
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: smells from the kitchen
Replies: 6
Views: 1506

Sounds great - lovely Gunnera too :wink:
by British Red
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: preserving home made pasta sauce
Replies: 11
Views: 2977

Sandra, I wouldn't personally use the existing jars, however pressure canning them is possible. If you would like to try something a little unusual, if the sauce is vegetable only, heres an interesting alternative. You can dry the sauce on sheet of greaseproof in a dehydrator or range oven in the sa...
by British Red
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making Vinegar from Scratch (Picture Heavy)
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

Annpan, I have a number same as Stonehead - none that are in print now though. One that is in print and is, in my view, excellent is "Vinegar" by Julie Townsend. QuakerBear - I'm delighted it was want you wanted - let me know if theres anything else that you would like as I have dozens similar - fro...
by British Red
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making Vinegar from Scratch (Picture Heavy)
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

Well, I've learned something there. I wonder what purpose the pasteurisation serves? I know it will kill the acetobacteria but I wonder how they are considered to spoil the falvour long term? I'm sure it must be true because many wine makers kill yeast etc. with sulfites at the end of fermentation. ...
by British Red
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making Vinegar from Scratch (Picture Heavy)
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

Making Vinegar from Scratch (Picture Heavy)

QuakerBear has expressed an interest in making vinegar "from scratch" for preserving. Hopefully this post will serve as an introduction to the art

Red

[quote]My quest here was to produce high quality vinegar that was “re-producibleâ€