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Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:52

Good news, HS3 is to be built in the North as an extension to HS2. Bad news it will not be ready until 2030, is this a bit early to book my Halloween trip? Verdun is supplying the Oggies, Raspberry jam for me in the sweet side.


Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:18

Do not worry about jumping in and etiquette  they all lick their plates on here especially after cake.

Hot Composting happened on the farms and small holdings I lived on as a lad, you piled it high, turned it every couple of weeks, a mix of manure half rotted and anything else, never contained never covered and you could cook potato's in the residual heat. We had a large brick midden outside the stables, the new stuff and straw went in one end and my job would be to move it to the other end when it half rotted, that gave off a lot of heat and was soon spread on the gardens. I have two large compost bins home made of wood with air slots and no bottom. Once empty brushwood is spread at the base then the build up begins, I get heat though not like those large middens, they are sheltered from the wind and in a place they get a lot of sun, turning on a regular basis is essential, remove slats chuck it out into a wheel barrow or onto plastic stir and toss it back sprinkle each layer with water mixed with recycled bodily fluids and you will get good compost. Mine are loose covered so as not to get too wet.

Never heard of your hot composter so cannot comment on them, let us know if they do get up to heat, my recipe has always been Air/ Damping/ A Good mix of ingredients and they will produce heat.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 11:57

It grieves me to see so many people who suffer bad hospital care especially as my own experience this August was so brilliant. The follow up has been equally good so no complaints from me. It was not always so, when my wife was admitted for what turned out to be six weeks the family did 12 hour shifts, she was in a private room and we saw to the feeding and rehydration, they did try to stop us but no one wins when my Amazon Daughters are on the war path. Matron said leave them, what ever they are doing works and she came out something the Consultant had not expected. There have been massive changes in our own Hospital all for the good, time for a round up of the bad Hospitals, a lot less actually than we read about. The Staff are not always in caring mode, they have problems at home they bring to work I think we all did that at times you have to be professional at all times not always easy.


pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:52

Philippa put a big mirror in the bathroom, that way you would see a blossom every time you went in, works for me.


Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:48

No frosts yet the soil still warm, the root ball would be safer in the ground than in a container. You could put the container against a sheltered brick wall, the residual heat from the wall will be a frost guard and cold winds do more damage than anything else, toss a coin on it both ways will work.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:37

By my reckoning the voters had exactly 20 minutes to register? how many lines have they got? how do they manage those who block vote? who counts the vote and apportions it? OK they have to record the Sunday show straight after the dancing surely they could give at least another 15 minutes to vote.

I was shocked though not too surprised having seen it too many times, the good dancers having to leave and the duffers staying, the old argument comes up every year, is it a Dance show or is it just entertainment, you take your pick, to me it is a dance show and I hate those themed carry ons especially Halloween. Just Dance please, the music and spectacle are enough for me who needs gimmicks.


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:09

I am on my way direct route across country in my tank, that should refurbish a few gardens. Dressed as the wise old FLESH eating Owl, any one for BBQ mouse. My gift will be a load of Newcastle Brown Ale, do not drink the stuff myself since it is made in Gateshead??? A wee drop from the burns o'er yon border, the water of life, why? it puts me to sleep so better enjoy the party first.


Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 10:08

Kef, lunch menu, Gammon with a honey and mustard glaze added the last tem minutes, I make it with English mustard not that floppy French stuff. Leeks Carrots Cabbage Beans all done in the steamer, Roast and Mashed potato with plenty of butter, and of course Yorkshire puddings and onion gravy. Any room left, Cornish ice cream and fruit. My ice cream will be around seven tonight when the lunch has had time to digest.

Dreams can seem real Kef, well they do to me, all welcome I always have an extra plate ready in the warmer.

I am up for Camelot as long as I get the kitchen and some serf's to help peel everything. Half a cow on a spit anyone.


Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 09:17

My Sunday lunch is dead on 13:00, I do the cooking and those invited are told it is on the table at one and only warm after that if the bin is on fire, they get the message. I have automatic clocks that correct the time at two in the morning, not that I wake up and watch, I will be away in my dreams to Dancing the Waltz with Joan in Vienna in a crowded room on an empty floor, boy did we show them. Wish it was still possible.


blueberries plant and heathers in the same pot

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 09:06

Goathland on the North York's Moors is where I spent a lot of my childhood heather and Bilberries as we knew them grew well together, we harvested the bilberries and I never forgot the taste. The heather got burned off every few years and the bilberries still came. Leave them for now and pot them on alone into a bigger pot another year as I doubt they will fruit this year.


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