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Posted: 12/08/2012 at 00:02

Well - it's good to learn something new every day!  I had always been led to believe that damsons were not sweet when eaten raw, and had to be cooked/processed to be palatable!  The only ones I've ever come across met this description - but I suppose I ought to have known that my near-namesake was sweet


Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:37

Make the most of the bonus crop.  Chutney, jam, pies etc would be lovely.  (But the gin is better  hic!)



Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:20

Damson gin is delicious, and doesn't taste like gin at all.  I have some still from last year, and it is lovely as a liqueur or with soda water (or lemonade if you prefer something sweet) and lots of ice - very refreshing in hot weather!

If the fruit that you have tasted is sweet, then I doubt that they are damsons which are quite unplatable raw.  Perhaps they are a variety of a small plum - but could still be treated in the same way.  If the fruit is soft, btw, it would be easy to remove the stones using a cherry stoner. 

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:14

Bordeaux Mix can be effective - it depends on whether or not you want to use it.  On the plus side, it is accepted, I believe, by the soil association as being organic.  But it's still a mix of copper etc that you may prefer to avoid.

Personally, I have used it successfully in the past.  At the first sign of blight, I cut out all affected parts, sprayed with Bordeaux and made sure that all the fruit that was subsequently harvested was well washed. 

It is called Bordeaux mixture btw because it was first used in the vineyards on Bordeaux.  The blue colour was also designed to deter casual grape pickers from stealing the ripening grapes.  (Or so I read somewhere - could just be an old wives' tale of course )


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 22:18

The clouds were so low this morning they were only just above the height of the telegraph poles;  it looked more like November than August - although warmer.  The air was full of drizzle, and it was thoroughly unpleasant.  Gradually it cleared, and late afternoon, the sun actually made an appearance!  And it may be there tomorrow, as well!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 21:48

Rain all day - and still drizzly.  Good for the crunchies and the slimies - bad for the plants when their leaves are munched.  Supposed to turn warmer, sunnier and drier tomorrow and Thursday.  Fingers crossed!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 19:15

Dry with bits and pieces of sunshine here in Somerset.  Not particularly warm.  Not particularly cold, either.  All in all - a bit of a nothing sort of day.  Not very inspiring.

Unlike Andy's gold yesterday, Frank.  Or the gold for the show jumping.  Nick Skelton has been jumping for longer than I've been watching the sport on TV.  At last he's been rewarded.  But all these Olympics are doing nothing for my garden, the weeds and the dead-heading!

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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 12:41

Cloudy and coolish by dry.  I know that I ought to get out there and do some weeding etc but - I really do want to see the tennis.  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, Frank, but I've always enjoyed it - though definitely not the female grunters, groaners and screamers!  So - feet up (after the ironing ) and try to steady the nerves to see if Andy can get the coveted gold.  He's in two finals, so it would be nice if he won at least one.  I'm still (emotionally) shattered after all the excitement of yesterday.  As one who remembers Lyn Davies in black and white, yesterday was technicolour!

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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 00:03

Oops!  Just realised the time - so I mean later today rather than tomorrow!


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 00:02

Sun and very heavy showers - producing spectacular rainbows.  I didn't do too much outside - I have to admit to having the TV on following the Olympics.  And what a day!  I feel exhausted just watching it.  Will my nerves be in tact tomorrow as I watch Andy Murray from behind the sofa?

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