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Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:21

My neighbours tell me they make money on the riding school but there's no profit left in arable or dairy farming here so it isn't just dairy cows that may disappear but fields of wheat, barley, flax, sugar beet, potatoes......    We'll end up surrounded with GM rape seed grown for its bio fuel.

I buy organic chicken, well brought up pork (still not standard on the continent) and organic or pasture raised Irish or Scottish beef which is expensive but worth it.  We just eat less of it.  I've found a local supplier of organic pork and beef here but they expect me to buy half a beast and I don't have the freezer capacity for half a cow, half a pig and half a sheep.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:11

I put a drop of vinegar in the water then put the whole eggs in in their shells and turn them round for about 30 seconds.  Take them out and let them cool then break the eggs into the gently simmering water.  No swirling so I can get several to a pan.  The pre-cook sets any loosy egg white so you don't get ribbons.   Works best with very fresh eggs but also good with ones a few days older.  No gadgets, just a pan and a slotted spoon.


Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:05

Quite agree.  When we bought this former farm our nearest neigbours were mixed farmers who sold milk, butter, formage frais and so on but by the time we'd moved in a few months later all teh cows had gone and they'd turned their pastires over to horses and started a livery with riding and archery school, so hoping to make a living out of their hobbies.   Huge gamble but they couldn't afford to adapt their dairy buildings to the new cold room standards demanded by the EU.

Fortuately, it's worked for them but not all farms and farmers are ideally situated for such diversififyng and those who look after their animals well deserve better incomes than they currently get.  

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:53

No.  I think it's appalling that supermarkets can push prices down like that and browbeat farmers.   It's bad for the farmers and bad for their animals and bad for the long term future of milk and dairy produce in the UK and Europe.

.A litre of semi-skimmed organic milk works out at 89 cents in Tesco and 95 cents here in our cheapest (overall so not LIDL or ALDI) supermarket in Belgium.    I'd happily pay a liveable price for it. 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:39

Be careful though.  I did that one year and forgot about it so left the chillies in too long.  When we did come to taste it the chilli content was volcanic.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:38

Give them a soak in luke warm water to rehydrate them Busy and then plant them.  You may only get leaves but at least they may live and flower next year.

The soil here is absolutely sodden so can't be worked so, as it's otherwise calm and not quite freezing, I've been out putting up the new windbreak mesh along the northwest fence to keep the gales from blasting my potager and all the lovely black and redcurrants and purple gooseberries planted along the back bed.   

Had to stop as a tummy bug has hit but when that's done the next job will be more windbreak further along to protect my hamamelis and an osmanthus from both north westerly and easterly winds which hit that far corner with a vengeance.  

Now I need to stay warm so will peruse the Plant World catalogue............... 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 11:20

Not really.  I record it as we have dance classes on Fridays and that means I too can skip the bits that are of no interest.


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 01:19

I think WW must be so much older he's addled.  What exactly is there to like about Toby who's stewardship of GW led to dramatic falls in its audience.  Couldn't be the total lack of quality and integrity and respect for the audience, the plants and his tools?


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 17:35

I have found recipes for chilli in chocolate cake and biscuits.  Haven't tried the cake yet but the biscuits were good -

I shall try the cake when I've lost the Xmas blubber............

Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 17:31

This time of year, if the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, is good for planting trees, shrubs and roses whether grown in pots or bare root as this gives a bit of time for the roots to get bedded in and develop before they get stressed by the spring surge of growth and the demands for food and water to fuel it all.

However, I prefer to get this done by December when the soil is still warm but the plants are dormant as this improves the chances of surviving and thriving.

Unless you have a light box, daily light levels are too low to sow new seeds and grow them on without risking their getting very leggy and weak.  It's too cold and wet for moving or planting perennials and biennials and far too early for annuals.

If you're depserate, you could maybe start chitting early potatoes and making a trench for beans.

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