LesleyK says:... don't forget your 'sucky' sweets
You gave me an idea Lesley - I just phoned OH and asked him to bring some sucky sweets home from the farm shop - preferably some cough candy or something containing menthol/eucalyptus - anything to help prevent a dry/sore throat.
Think it's pretty certain that you get more sunshine in California than we do in most parts of the UK
My snowdrops pushed their noses above the leaf litter today ... they definitely weren't there yesterday ... I had a look.
You mean there are no alligators in Leicester?????????? That means my friends have been telling porkies
Is this the first sighting of the year???
Nevertheless ... it's been Reported!
Desperate for some fresh air I just took a brief wander to the end of the garden and back and am considerably cheered up - snowdrops are pushing their noses through the leaf litter they weren't there yesterday - I had a look.
I've had a 'flu jab so it shouldn't be flu ...............
I use my slow cooker lots and lots - for pot roasts, caseroles and soups - also steamed puds and all sorts of stuff - I put hardly any liquid in it and don't have the problem of 'watery' casseroles etc.
Some slow cooker tips from foody friends here http://www.wildfood.info/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=13853&p=385960&hilit=slow+cooker#p385960
It'd probably work with tree trunks etc ... but would probably need more and stronger metal posts to hold them in place - and probably wouldn't last as long as the sleepers.
The sleepers we used were the new timber 'sleepers' that you can buy from builders merchants etc - not too expensive.
This is how they look. They are two high but could go higher according to the builder who did it for us.
We have a similar bank along one side of our garden - we've supported it with wooden sleepers laid on top of each other, and with steel reinforcing rods drilled through them into the ground below to hold them securely in place.