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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Wishing one's life away?
« Last post by Aled on Today at 10:13 »
Now I get this and yes I too love spring and summer, but I have a series of stepping stones to get me through. November, wildfowling, and the autumn rugby internationals. December, two young children its Christmas concerts, and school events plus some rough shooting. January: That's my long month as I also do dry January, (no alcohol all month) a little bit of shooting,  February and early March the 6 Nations. When that's finished we are into spring and the garden and the fishing season are just beginning. However over the winter months I also cut logs for the following years fire, and I usually do some care work on the veg plot, (composting etc) however we don't seem to get many dry winter days anymore weather always seems dull and damp!
Cheers
Aled
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: looking back over my shoulder
« Last post by Aled on Today at 10:02 »
Nice one all. Must say we don't seem to have as many of the old countrymen in my corner of Wales as we used to. They could grow their own food, catch their own fish (by methods both fair and foul!), as well getting their own meat, by gun, ferret, dog, or trap. Many also kept hens. I used to spend time sitting with them listening to their stories. For example the best day to go poaching on the river was the day of the local show, everybody would be there and it was quiet. Yes the good old days!
Cheers
Aled
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 09:58 »
Sorry I missed it Val.  Belated birthday wishes from me  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Fishing Season 2017
« Last post by Aled on Today at 09:57 »
Nice one Aidy. Get some fly tying done over Christmas hols. Just reminded me I need to sort out my fly boxes.
Tight Lines
Aled
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: looking back over my shoulder
« Last post by azubah on Today at 09:20 »
The reason why there were not many women on allotments in the old days is because they had to do the washing by hand and carry the shopping home on the bus etc. They had no spare time or energy to do anything other than housework.
My mom used to wheel us in the pram to the local shops 1.5 miles away and put the shopping in the pram. We sat on top of the tins. It was far from comfortable. Washing took all day and was dried around the fire if it was raining. Ironing took all of the next day. The floors were cleaned with a brush. No vacuum cleaner. Kids were walked to school and meals cooked from scratch. No refrigerator. The fire had to be cleaned of ash and re-kindled each morning in cold weather and baths had to be filled with kettles and pans of boiling water. Aaah.. the good old days...
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Fishing Season 2017
« Last post by sunshineband on Today at 09:05 »
Reeeeesult  :D
Chatting with a patient today that turns out does a spot of shooting, he is going to supply me with fur n feather from his shoots.
Happy bunny today.

Well that'll keep your fingers busy won't it?  :D :D
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Cooking, Storing and Preserving / Re: Christmas cake disaster
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 08:46 »
Sunken fruit suggests the mix was too wet to support the fruit and a burnt top suggests your oven runs hotter than the setting suggests. Try again on a lower setting and as others have said, don't cover the top until the cake has started browning.
Using a larger tin than suggested can shorten cooking time as well.

I always check my cakes well before they should be ready as I know my oven runs hot.

Just a thought did you soak the fruit for days to absorb all the alcohol?
Mary says
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Stir in the soaked fruit. There is no surplus liquid in the bottom if you’ve soaked it for three days. Less time and there would be a lot of liquid which would make it too slack
http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/dieting/recipes/make-mary-berry-Christmas-cake-9496424
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Grow Your Own / Re: horsetail
« Last post by Pescador on Today at 08:45 »
They go down a lot further than I can dig, but if you keep at it and stop the green growth sending more energy down to the roots it will continue to weaken it.
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Cooking, Storing and Preserving / Re: Christmas cake disaster
« Last post by LILLILEAF on Today at 05:40 »
I followed the recipe but as we don't like cherries,they did not go in otherwise it was the same,i will put it down to experience, i will do another cake at some point but not before Christmas,we will have enough other food so we will not miss it,i shall be making mince pies at the weekend,they should be fine as long as i get the pastry right :unsure:,it will be very short.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 23:11 »
Just got in in time
Happy Birthday Val, hope you had a lovely day
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