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Chatting on the Plot / Re: 2040, should be an interesting year!
« Last post by Aidy on Today at 13:37 »

 so vans should be able to do a few local dropoffs before recharging.

Al78, just spoke to our courier driver, he reckons he will be out of work, his average miles per day is 160, he cannot see any vehicle currently getting any where near that, if he had to keep stopping to re-charge he would not be able to afford it as he is paid per drop!

It is going to be interesting to see how technology is going to solve this.
The Hen House / Re: Chicks
« Last post by sussexchook on Today at 13:20 »
I want to put the chicks together and the adults back
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2017
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 13:14 »
"Clear the fridge" pork goulash.  Fridge was getting a bit wiffy so it's all headed off to the slowcooker with some tinned toms.

That sounds really appetizing  :wacko:

I've been passata making today so will use some of it for meatballs and spaghetti  :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 13:11 »
Happy Hour - the Housemartins
Chatting on the Plot / Re: 2040, should be an interesting year!
« Last post by Aidy on Today at 13:01 »
Valid points al78, I no expert in this but I do know that Li IOn batteries are not good for the enviroment... "In a 2013 report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program concluded that batteries using nickel and cobalt, like lithium-ion batteries, have the “highest potential for environmental impacts”. It cited negative consequences like mining, global warming, environmental pollution and human health impacts."
As I say, I am no expert and only read articles from people that are!

I just cannot see technology being in place to make this work to start with or for that matter the infrustructure.

Yes I would love to see massive improvemnts in green energy, on a personal level I cycle over 65 miles a week to work and back, I have a trailer for my bike to use for local trips to shops instead of the car, we use a log burner instead of central heating plus many more enviromental friendly options. I just find it hard to see this happening in thirteen years time!
Cooking, Storing and Preserving / Re: Bread the stuff of life
« Last post by lettice on Today at 12:21 »
I use lidl strong white and strong wholemeal flour all the time and have never had any problems with it.
I also sometimes use Asda and Waitrose Essential own brands of strong bread flours and they work very well.

The worst I tried was Doves, it produced very poor results on a few breads I do often. It was not a batch problem as I complained and they sent me a voucher for more and tried a bit later but produced the same result.
Welcome to the Forums / Re: Hello from the Western Isles :)
« Last post by Sinmara on Today at 12:12 »
Wow, those polytunnels mean business!

I remember watching An Island Parish on BBC2 when it came from the Shetland Islands (?) - and the need for polytunnels to grow plants that could be used in cooking (and also perhaps gin flavourings??!)

Welcome to the forum  :D

There are plenty of crop you can grow outside here (soil permitting) - I'll grow fruit bushes on my plot once the bare root season has started :)

Some fruit & veg grow very well here - potatoes and berries for example!
17C and chucking it down. Estimate is over 1" since 9am
Chatting on the Plot / Re: 2040, should be an interesting year!
« Last post by Lardman on Today at 12:01 »
I caught that on the radio this morning. There will have to be so many exception and exemptions I just can't see it working.  I expect it has far less to do with green issues as it does economic ones.

Last time I paid attention to what was going on with the electric cars they were hopelessly slow to charge and had pitiful range, not to mention the lack of charging stations. At least when they outlawed leaded petrol the infrastructure for refilling was already established.

Unless there's a new fuel I don't know about (where are they with hydrogen?) I'm afraid it looks like another "never going to actually happen" policy. Haven't the French promised the same - how much progress have they made?
Equipment Shed / Allotment Power
« Last post by jcbuz1970 on Today at 11:58 »
Hi guys n gals.

Just wondering what if any power you had on your plot, 240v, generator, wind, solar, none ?

I don't have access to a 240 supply and was thinking of wind or solar just to power a couple of LED shed lights when the dark nights start and possibly a kettle, and next year when the pond goes in a pump\aerator on a timer.

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