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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 18:00

Fg Christmas pud is daughter's favourite - I have to make an extra one for her to have for her birthday in April.  Any leftover pud gets stirred into vanilla icecream with a dash of brandy and refrozen - makes a lovely icecream

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:36

Nor me   It'd get in the mince pies at this time of year

A few random questions :)

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 16:32

Maybe it was planted a bit late this year and the mild weather has allowed it to flower.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 16:19
James Ripley wrote (see)

Can anyone recommend a tree to mask the smell of a dairy farm - the trees will need to be planted about 25 feet from the house - I have heard poplar might be one option - do forum members agree or have any other suggestions?  Thank you.

I suspect that they might have been referring to the Balsamic poplar, which has fragranced leaves and in warm weather the scent carries on the breeze - but I think this would be much too big a tree to grow near your home.


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 15:47

Hello folks - Christmas puddings all steamed (complete with silver threepenny bits) and all the windows in the house were steamed up but are beginning to clear a bit now  

Good to see you Lesley   I've sort of skim read back - everyone's been very busy and enjoying themselves - and Pdoc has been doing his best as always

Shoulder of lamb is slowly roasting along with a big dish of potatoes boulangere.  We'll have them later with mint jelly and runner beans from the freezer - I need to make some space in there for Christmas goodies

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 15:32

I started life on a dairy farm, then we moved and Pa became a pig farmer - even the smell of pig muck reminds me of home

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 14:37

We often get questions about John Innes composts - today's Gardener's Question Time visited the John Innes Centre near Norwich and many FAQs were answered. 

If you didn't hear it you can listen again here

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 14:11

The Potting Shed invites us to "Venture into the potting shed for garden gossip, topical debate or idle chit-chat"  and it's fine to chat about things other than gardening if we wish, but we should still be aware of the dangers of disclosing personal information that puts us at risk on a public forum. 

However inconsequential and friendly chat is totally different to trying to persuade others to divulge personal information; even worse is to use techniques learned in the course of one's profession in order to do that and I'm sure when he reflects Mike will realise that.

Some of us know each other in 'real life' but the majority of relationships on here are 'virtual' and we do not really know who we all are, and should be sensible when deciding which information to disclose and to whom.

I've a feeling that despite having had varied life experiences, Mike is possibly a little naive re the internet - he has previously posted his own contact details on the forum which have been removed. 

He probably doesn't understand that what he sees as friendly overtures may put himself and others at risk.  However, we don't know him - he or indeed any of the other posters on here could be Jack the Ripper Re-incarnate, until you know otherwise.

One of the difficulties with Mike only posting on here in the wee small hours is that we end up talking about him rather than to him - something that makes me feel uncomfortable

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 11:08

Love the smells of a dairy farm - reminds me of home 


A poultry farm would be a different matter

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 11:05

Which is why I'm surprised that someone with 'basic police training' would do such a thing - totally unethical and against the principle of any Public Services training in my experience. To be charitable I think it's a very long time since Mike's training - he may have forgotten some of it.

However, it's a good opportunity to remind us all to be careful with personal information online

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