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Peat Ballan

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Talkback: How to grow early strawberries

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:27

I experience little improvement on hanging potted strawbs at all. Perhaps just putting a smally plastic cover over a plant or two in the bed would do the trick. OR, perhaps the advise is just day dreaming for effect. I think, in reality, the experts have as many failures as we mere mortals do. Remember tho' that sometimes, a bit of copper filings around the bases of covers, can and DOES deter slugs 'n' slimy molluscs somewhat. But, what do I know ????

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 11:45

Furthermore.................. ! it would be quite simple to park the car onto one of these strong mesh things one can buy. lay it down over the parking space, on top of the grass or whatever, and the car sits on top without fuss, sinking, mess or nausea. it's hardly rocket science to solve 90% of these problems. Just a teeny bit of expense and common sense.                  But then, 99% of statistics are made up on the spot !

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 23:17

The 'demise' of the front garden is a result of the so called 'wealth' of people buying cars, paving over their front space and parking their cars on the concrete and slabs.  This show of affluence and parking lunacy, causes flooding in town already on a flood plain, bursts storm drains and ' Ho ho, wot 'ave we 'ere '?  Councils grant permission to slab over gardens, preventing the rain from soaking DOWN into the earth, it runs off onto the roads, into the drains, and the result is chaos. Wottasurprise ! ( not )

If town planning councils had a driblet of brain, they would grant permission only after a thundering gurt tax on garden loss, and eventually, the problem would 'drain away', in the manner it would naturally.  Too many bloody cars anyway !

Wine making

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 09:17

Ta, DFA. We are at action stations and panic stations but not railway stations this morning. last minute things to look to. Last has NOTHING on our methods. 

Bloody 'phone is ringing off the hook, daughters offering help with out electronic systems. How technology has ruined our lives !  I miss the slow growth of a lotty already !  What a mixed blessing is a large family. All our time right now is answering the bloody phone !  

I am of that 'certain age' that  can remember going around the world without a single visa, and happily blagging my way through all the red tape, even in the communist countries ! Now, you need a visa to have a crap !

Looking  forward to a relaxez vous  on a beach in Fiji !  Back in late Nov.

Wine making

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 23:06



 li ol' wine drinkin' me !'I

Wine making

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 22:51

Off on a RTW tomorrow. Be gone for 6 weeks. Gunna sample some Barrossa Valley splosh. I'll report back, pickled, but happy. Gunna miss you guys.  


Back late November.  



Wine making

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 16:55

Raspberry wine, flavoursome, fragrant and delicious. Makes one grateful for living in this country !

Strawberry wine,  sounds better than it is. The reality of this wine is disappointing. It has a very delicate balance between a light table wine and something out of a book of Peter Rabbit. You could imagine Flopsy, Mopsy and Pete sitting around a Potter table , drinking the stuff and saying things like, ' That MacGregor , he's a b****d'! and then everyone in an extatic dance of mischivous delight.

Damson, is the wine to stop a charging rhino in it's tracks, and then kiss it on the lips. It is BEAUTIFUL ! Glorious colour, a full bodied flavour and take a breathalyser with you !

Dan Dillion, is one of those wines that you need to get lucky with the picking of flower heeds. Leave 'em too long and you get a bucket of Cat's urine. Not to be left to it's own devices. It needs baby sitting in the first couple of weks. Get  used to it and you'll have a good enuff wine to loosen the stays of a head teacher !

Roobarb, is a jolly little number, that has a nice character. A light table wine, flavoursome and not too heavy on the senses. Has a cheeky 'nose', and a hint of manure from the winter feed. Check it out.

Goosegog, is versatile. Both as a jam, chutney or wine. Stirring , squelching or boiling, it stands up to the worst you can throw  at it, and gives you more pleasure than you deserve.

Apple, is good for only the most lucky peppes I think. I have nly in the early days of making apple wine, managed to get some real humdinger results out of apples. Perhaps I need to read the recipe ! I have been using all our apples with chutney and relish ! 

Blackberry wine is one of the rulers of the garden. Beautiful looking clear splosh, and so easy to make, it is a wonder that there aren't hordes of bloodied people out in the hedgerows in September, torn to shreds harvesting this beautiful medicinal fruit !            I LOVE Blackberry wine, me !

My favourite wine overall,   impossible to say. If I was cast upon a desert island, with Kirsty Young, I would use either the Damson, or the Raspberry, or the Blackberry. I wouold reckon 7 or 8 bottles should do the trick ! 


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 09:48


Wine making

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 12:06

I reckon the bestest wine has been a Damson in distress.  Others in close formation have been, raspberry, balckberry, and a 'rawther' whimsical Strawberry. ALL notable for their real fruitiness, full flavour and clarity.



Posted: 12/10/2013 at 10:48

Clicked on to 'win', and came up with more competitions !    Lost AGAIN !

In the words of WC Fields, Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser !

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