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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 11:16

Have you tried dribbling some raspberry vodka over vanilla ice cream?  

Euonymous Alatus

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 11:15

It could be a combination of both the causes you suggest - I think I'd photograph it and date the photo.  Give it another year and see how it does - if there is no improvement speak to the supplier and ask whether they've had any problems with others from the same source. 

I take it you've had some good frosts up there in Yorkshire by now?

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:47

I've just remembered a Polish colleague telling me about dissolving those Fruit Sour Sweets in vodka - apparently it makes a good Vodka martini, although I've never tried it.  Just thought I'd mention it as I remember her saying it only takes a few days to dissolve the sweets 

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:43

Sounds luscious - we must make a note in our diaries to bump this thread up next soft fruit season 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:41

But I bet you're a lot fitter than I am BL - I was so fit when I had the smallholding and was doing physical stuff like that every day - then life changed and I went to work for CS - my muscles have changed to jelly - I used to be able to pitch a bale of straw on a pitch fork and haul and stack heavy hay bales............. I love doing physical work - I hate meaningless exercise in a gym

But I suppose it probably didn't do my knees much good the day the rotten Exmoor landed both his heels on both my knees 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 08:53

Leave them to die down in the autumn, all the goodness in the leaves goes back into the crown to build it up which is what you want.  Just remove any that go rotten and slimy.  

Then in the next year I only pull about a third of the stalks there are on the plant at one time and don't pull any after the beginning of June, again, allowing the crown to build up.  

In the following years I pull a few more but always remembering that the more you leave the stronger the crown will be in the future. 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 08:49

Good morning all   Thanks for everyone's good wishes - I slept like an absolute log - knee feels a little achy and stiff but it's working and bending in the middle as it's  supposed to 

Yes, I shall take it easy today - OH is at work so anything that needs fetching and carrying, I shall be expecting you lot to lend a hand - anyone with paint on their shoes must take them off at the door 


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:23

Seems like it's Decorating Day!!!  

OH said that he looked out of the window at lunchtime today and saw the decorator who's working at the house opposite open the back doors of his van ............. and a big can of emulsion rolled out of the van and fell onto the road and a huge pancake of while emulsion dolloped onto the gravel and began to run down the hill.

Mrs Opposite ran around and twittered and flapped and Mr Opposite rushed out with the hosepipe and washed the road down, and then proceeded to hose down the decorator in his overalls!

OH said it was just like a scene from Trumpton.

He considers himself very lucky to have been looking out of the window this lunchtime - it's not often he gets such great live entertainment 

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:01

What about Nuts in May then??? 


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 20:01

I suppose you've been lending it out to all and sundry down there in tropical Cornwall Verdun 

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