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Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 20:02

Thanks for the 'terrifying tips', EDD: my assistant & I jammed the toms this morning without too much trouble. The resultant 'goo' has the working title of "5G (NT)" - this translates as "Grandad's Ghastly Green Ghoulish Goo (non toxic)" - the girls will probably love its olive green colour and the floating 'bits' are reminiscent of slugs, spiders and bats' teeth (pips). [my cautious pre-tasting reveals a surprisingly sweet, vaguely tomatoey flavour, with near treacle viscosity!]. Should be a winner??? 

Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:45

I brought the very last 3lb of green tomatoes from my greenhouses today: currently they're steeping in sugar, ready for 'jamming' tomorrow. * I'm hoping for a really gungy-looking green jam for next year's Hallowe'en teatime treats for my two granddaughters (9.5 & 5.5 yo by then) - I'm sure to come up with a suitably ghastly name for it by then! ?? any suggestions????

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:32

Thanks for your reciprocated wishes, ladies. I've had the cards for over 20 years*; now mounted and displayed in my hallway / porch. I believe that they date from the mid- Victorian era, but I can't establish a firm age for them. *[a quixotic 'junk shop' purchase from waaaay back when they cost only a few pence - I've seen similar at between £5- £10 but they were modern reprints, not original cards with messages on the back!].

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 20:36

Especially for topbird and Fairygirl & all the other lovely people I've 'met' on this forum over the last 2+ years....

 Wishing you all that you would wish for yourselves.

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:54

Great to see all your lovely efforts - gorgeous garlands, swags, wreaths etc, and such a wide range of 'creative' approaches using home-grown and foraged materials!

*I feel the creative juices begining to stir; so I might just do the basic 'plaiting' with hazel & dogwood, palm and phormium this weekend....

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:51

 LesleyK & SueP; I've grown some red dogwood this year , plus the 'annual' crop of hazel, so I'm musing on a somewhat more modest wreath. I'll still have plenty of Bay wands to weave in - gorgeous when it gets warmth from the radiators in the hallway! *I don't use holly, even though mine have virtually prickle-less leaves - they dry out too quickly & tend to disintegrate long before 12th Night! * I delay making the wreath until about late 'teens, early 'twenties of December, 'cos I prefer an intensive Festive Season rather than a overlong, drawn out trudge from late October [post Hallowe'en], that the commercial world tries & tries to foist on weaker-willed members of society!!!

*I'll post this year's efforts in due course.....

Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:00

 Here's one I made earlier - last Christmas, in fact. Base is plaited Phormium & palm fronds, plus grape vine and hazel 'wands' woven in between. Greenery is principally Bay, plus Hydrangea heads after drying in the garage since early October/ November. The only 'imports' were the robins - scrumped from the Xmas tree decorations box. Great fun, & only took 2 days to manufacture! [Yes, I am retired, so time is not at a premium!!].

Hope you have enough time & home-found materials to be able to fabricate your own personal wreath. 

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 19:27

Edd: Love the 'Action Cat' pic - caught at the critical moment [Ansell Adams].

Tootles: "Luv" will get you a long way, if in doubt about likely reception, try "Alright, mate?" or perhaps "Wotcha, Ar Kyd. Owyerduin?"

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:10

Reply to Tootles: 'Cat ice'* is really thin stuff that you get on very shallow puddles, dampish mud and suchlike. It'll bear the tentative weight of a cat, but nothing heavier....!!

*A West Midlands term, maybe there's a different phraseology in NE Midlands (Notts)??

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 19:20

Coastal S W Pembs had a 'cat ice' frost here this morning, then basking under clear skies all day. Heavy cloud moving in from SW this evening, so I doubt we'll have a repeat??

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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