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by gregorach
Tue May 28, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...preserve rabbit skins??
Replies: 15
Views: 4356

Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

You might want to investigate "brain tanning"...
by gregorach
Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Agar fruit jellies
Replies: 2
Views: 1764

Re: Agar fruit jellies

I've never used agar for making sweets, but I have used it for making growth media for microbiology... It's pretty potent stuff. I normally use it at 2% (2g of agar to 100ml water), but I'm not sure how toothsome that would be - I've never tried eating any of the media I make. It's fairly firm, but ...
by gregorach
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well
Replies: 17
Views: 5570

Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Give it a go it works! Not necessarily for everyone :iconbiggrin: When we first moved here we contacted the well borer who sent his dad to locate the best place to bore. He walked up and down and pinpointed the spot where there was plenty of water (so he said). When he had gone I tried it myself an...
by gregorach
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Recommend an Intro to Organic/Permaculture Gardening book ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1369

Re: Recommend an Intro to Organic/Permaculture Gardening boo

Not permaculture, but I rate Charles Dowding's "Organic Gardening - The Natural No-Dig Way" pretty highly, but it is more aimed at the UK climate.
by gregorach
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Growing your own barley
Replies: 8
Views: 2851

Re: Growing your own barley

Well, your classic 2-row malting barleys are Maris Otter, Golden Promise, and Pearl... Fodder varieties are much less suitable, because of the high protein content. And yeah, the processing is a bit intimidating, so say the least... You gonna build your own malting floor?
by gregorach
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Faggots
Replies: 25
Views: 6979

Re: Faggots

Well, the obvious cheap, burnable tie is a withy, which you can also gather from the woods at the same time - simply take a willow shoot and twist it to make it flexible. The withy can be split if need be. They don't take modern cordage knots very well, so you'd probably be best off using a clove hi...
by gregorach
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Elephant in the Room..........
Replies: 52
Views: 4512

Re: The Elephant in the Room..........

geez! Really making me question eating meat when I can't be sure where it came from. I suppose you could probably tell if you were eating a horse steak rather than Beef, but what about sausages, clearly there is no gaurentee that my A**a extra special sausages don't have meat other than pork in, so...
by gregorach
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Elephant in the Room..........
Replies: 52
Views: 4512

Re: The Elephant in the Room..........

boboff wrote:Queue Dunc!
What am I supposed to be queuing for?
by gregorach
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Replies: 14
Views: 3185

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Crocuses and daffodils? I guess you must live in the sub-tropical bit of Ireland... It's still very definitely winter here. We might see snowdrops by the end of the month, if we're lucky. Or we might just see snow...
by gregorach
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Veganism not an option any more
Replies: 31
Views: 4459

Re: Veganism not an option any more

Jain Buddhists are strictly vegetarian and some sects are also vegan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_vegetarianism Yeah, but I believe that research has shown that they unknowingly consume a surprising amount of insects, or at least they did until they started eating food processed to modern sta...
by gregorach
Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: seed potatoes
Replies: 10
Views: 1324

Re: seed potatoes

I've been growing potatoes from the remains of my previous year's crop for three years now with no obvious problems...
by gregorach
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Veganism not an option any more
Replies: 31
Views: 4459

Re: Veganism not an option any more

I'm not sure what your options are where you are, but wild venison isn't hard to come by up here... Ask your local butcher - he might have other game as well. As for line-caught fish, again it shouldn't be too hard to find if you have a half-decent fishmonger. But I'd be cautious about assuming that...
by gregorach
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Horse Burgers anyone?
Replies: 26
Views: 2309

Re: Horse Burgers anyone?

It's people! Soylent Green is made out of people!
by gregorach
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Seats reserved exclusively for men in the House of Lords
Replies: 59
Views: 15575

Re: Seats reserved exclusively for men in the House of Lords

An entirely valid question Jon. Certainly it's hard to see the value if we were to move to an elected second chamber... However, from a purely practical perspective, I suspect that it's a great deal easier to reform it than to get rid of it entirely (where would disgraced former MPs go?), and politi...
by gregorach
Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Seats reserved exclusively for men in the House of Lords
Replies: 59
Views: 15575

Re: Seats reserved exclusively for men in the House of Lords

To mangle Plato somewhat... The good can be justified on the grounds that it's good , without any appeal to religious doctrine. Therefore, if you need to appeal to religious doctrine to justify something, it's probably not good. Or as somebody else once put it, without religion good people will stil...