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Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 11:14
Even if you ask seemingly intelligent people how much fat there is in whole milk they will 'guess' a much, much higher percentage than there is.

Even whole milk is of a lower fat percentage than when it leaves the cow because the processors skim off the cream for added-value products.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 21:05
My OH and I were dairy farmers and funnily enough I can pick out dairy farmers not by the smell of s**t but by the smell of hypochlorite and iodine!

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:01
Ha, ha, ha! I can imagine the reaction if the OP had a word with the farmer, friendly or otherwise. Are we allowed to put certain words on the forum?

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 15:28
'Fraid you will have to get used to it. I'm with you Dove. Even enjoy the smell of muck-spreading. Now, pigs and poultry are a different matter......

Storing Bramley Apples

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:38
Yes, you can store apples as pulp in Kilner jars.

Yes you can store them sliced in syrup in Kilner jars. Then you can put them straight into pies or crumbles.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 11:37
I'm all in favour of children! If couples had less or no children (some countries are perilously close to being under-replacement) who is going to do all the work we require, pay tax, invent things, and do all the things we value?

I was particularly struck by a programme about population growth and the statement that the average birth rate in Bangladesh is two children per family.

As a PS, I'm not sure that vast blocks of forestry are such a good thing. They are usually devoid of wildlife and contribute to acidification of the uplands among other disadvantages.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 01:19
Please take some time to come to West Wales then; you will see so much wildlife and mixed farming. Take a look at the Pembrokeshire Birdblog in the interim.

Crops that go to animal feed do put food on the table, and milk in the fridge, obviously; maybe you only eat vegetables but most people eat meat. And some of us only eat home-produced meat, and then not from supermarkets.

Many farmers are young and ambitious and they would be insulted to think of themselves as victims of the economic situation. And they sell to supermarkets. If the supermarkets sell 70 percent of what we buy, someone must supply them, or everything would have to be imported.

The countryside is in many respects artificial. Farmers planted the hedges and the recently planted trees, and dug out the ponds. We may decry their disappearance, but luckily we have the money and leisure to replace them in our gardens.

Here in Wales farmers have to get permission to remove a hedge if they are in an ecological scheme. Is there nothing like that in Essex? Sadly more damage is wrought by councils mowing verges unnecessarily because local residents complain about grass encroaching. With luck the economic situation will put a stop to that.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:55
Where do you live Gemma? Travel a bit more and you will find there is lots and lots of habitat for birds around.

Sparrows are very numerous where I live. Red Kites over-fly the house every day. The hedges are crammed with small birds in season. Apart from the 'wrecks' caused by the weather last winter the sea bird populations in West Wales are on the up.

I could go on. Do not believe everything the RSPB says. The farmers are not
as guilty as you imagine. Many are working their butts off to help wildlife as well as putting food on your table.

rhubarb gel

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:13
Sorry Edd my answer was brusque. Should read more slowly.

rhubarb gel

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 16:12
Too late to eat rhubarb now. Stop cropping at approx. end July.

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