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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


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:10

Morning Yvie - afraid I'm usually early whatever day of the week it is - my bodyclock was established when living on a farm - no Sunday Lay-ins when there's pigs to be fed and milking to be done.

Kettle's on - fancy another cuppa?

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:08
Edd wrote (see)

Would you like to get un- stuffed Dove and tell me how you combine  Potato and turnip, please, .........

As Dorset Uk has said, peel and cut up potato and swede into chunks and simmer until tender.  Drain and mash with lots of butter and black pepper - seemples!

I'm a southerner (with some Scottish connections/ancestry) so although I know that they're turnips (neeps) when they're north of the border, I also know that they're swedes when they're down here and those tender little white and purple things are something else and do not go in Clapshot.


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:01

Good morning folks

Have a lovely time at the Panto Edd - don't think I've ever seen the Chuckle Bros.

Sharp frost outside -0.7C in the back garden, lower in the front.  Everything's crisp and white and sparkling. 

The highest temperature in the back garden yesterday was 4.3C and there was ice on the pond for the first time ever!

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