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Cherry blossom

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:03

It sounds idyllic Lynda - just the sort of untidyness I aim for

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:00
obelixx wrote (see)

.........  Slow roast belly pork for us tonight - bought from a supermarket that insists on proper housing for the pigs so equivalent to British pork.   Much of the European mainland has yet to implement the new standards.  .........


I made a trip to Sainsbugs this morning as their tv ad says they'd got a special offer on gammons - Hurrumph! only on Dutch and Danish - there's no way I'd buy it.  I went to Waitrose on the way home and bought two large smoked gammon joints - one to take to MIL as part of our contribution to Christmas, and one to keep her and cook for the New Year.  They both had long dates on them and look great - and were British bred and reared. 

As the daughter of a former pig farmer there's no way I'll buy foreign pork or bacon - their welfare standards are nothing like as good as those in the UK.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:57

That's lovely Edd - bet your LO thinks you're very clever


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:54

Verdun - he has to go on a diet before Christmas in order to make room for all the mincepies that we leave out for him - the only problem is that his lack of bodyweight means that the sherry and Scotch goes straight to his head - thank goodness he's got Rudolf to get him back home safely!

Small raised bed?

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:51

Hi Dan

You've not really got enough room for potatoes - one plant would take up all that space. 

But, you could grow a few bulbs of garlic and some Early Chantenay or Early Nantes carrots as they grow quickly, you can then harvest them and grow something else (or more carrots) rather than growing the maincrop type carrots which take up more space and take longer to mature. 

I'd also grow some mixed salad leaves or Little Gem lettuce - they don't take long and you can cut them as you use them and then sow some more.   A few of the early (quicker growing) types of beetroot like Pablo would also fit in there .

I hope that helps.  Good luck

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:43

Never mind   I hope Sue can make sense of my answer.  I think it's likely to be lichen don't you?

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 08:33

B*****ds!!!  And actually not a lot of meat on a Herdwick anyway - quite a small carcase. 

We only ever buy meat from the farm shop where OH works, or from reputable local butchers - I'd never ever buy meat from the back of a van or a car boot sale or someone who goes door to door   I'd rather be vegetarian - and that's saying something!!!

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 08:07

Do you mean they've been rustled???  If so that's awful Pansyface - are you sure they're not eating someone's garden or allotment? 

Apart from the fact that sheepstealing is wrong (used to carry the death penalty didn't it?) Herdwicks are a rare breed! 

Also, in my experience a rather independently-minded variety not easily 'herded' by the inexperienced!!!

I hope there's a sensible explanation for their disappearance and that they've not been rustled and destined for the black market

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:35

Verdun, I think you've answered Robert Andrews' query from back in July.

Sue Lane asked another query on this thread yesterday - my response was to her


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:20

On it's way ........

Someone's woken the blackbirds up outside

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