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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I wonder what happened to Stan the Sea Eagle.........
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It was the middle of the night. We actually rang the RSPB asking for their advice. They advised that I catch it and let it out   . I said thanks a bundle and went to face it and its savage looking talons wrapped around the light fitting above me. After about two hours of gentle coaxing and manoeuvring I finally got it into a corner and with heavy duty Gardening gloves and a linen blanket gently covered it and lifted it to the front the door that was already open. It weighed absolutely nothing. I opened up and lifted the blanket. I swear i heard and saw nothing, it just vanished.

I did take a couple of polaroids but I was shaking so much I couldn't keep it still let alone frame the shot so they are not really worth finding copying and posting

About a week later we were on the settee watching Dalziel and Pascoe as it happens, god knows how I remember that but I got that same feeling again. I looked out of the window and there was a Tawny owl about four foot away perched on a lamp looking towards us. Was it the same one? could it possibly have been?. We'll never know but will always remember it as the same one come to say thanks.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My juicy plums



Made this with them on WFTs suggestion.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nom!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PHWOAR!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's what I meant, obviously.  
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pud Foz.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My juicy plums



Made this with them on WFTs suggestion.



Looks moist and delicious Forest (make a euphemism out of that one L.D.)
Next time you make it cut the plums up smaller.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Forest wrote:
My juicy plums



Made this with them on WFTs suggestion.



Looks moist and delicious Forest (make a euphemism out of that one L.D.)
Next time you make it cut the plums up smaller.


I did cut them up into small pieces, what you can see is Plum halves that were supposed to sit on top of the cake but they sunk.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plums will do that.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Forest wrote:
My juicy plums



Made this with them on WFTs suggestion.



Looks moist and delicious Forest (make a euphemism out of that one L.D.)
Next time you make it cut the plums up smaller.


I did cut them up into small pieces, what you can see is Plum halves that were supposed to sit on top of the cake but they sunk.


Oh yes!
i can see the craters where they have sunk through, is that why you have a dusting of icing to cover the holes?
Next time put the decorations on for the last ten minutes of cooking, anyway more important was it nice?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

had a call off the bloke next to me at the allotment on Saturday. 'Think you'd better get down lad, your polytunnel is no more'.

Went down yesterday. That stormproof thing I paid a bit extra for isn't stormproof.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tomatoes looking good.

Peppers recovered from early attack from unknown invertebrates. I hope they have got sore arses for their troubles.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polytunnel repaired and full of tomatoes and cucumbers.

Bit late this year with stuff so have sown a load of peas and beans only recently.

Bought myself a new shed which is nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Polytunnel repaired and full of tomatoes and cucumbers.

Bit late this year with stuff so have sown a load of peas and beans only recently.

Bought myself a new shed which is nice.



Picture please. I do like a nice shed.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad year this year so far.

The negatives first:

Not a lot of apples and pears (unlike last year)
My peas have been a total wipeout

Berlottis beans (two varieties) have been a bit hit and miss. Just done a second sowing which are playing catch up.
White onions not fattening up

But:

Shed loads of cucumbers and tomatoes
Chillis and peppars full of flower and little fruit
Red onions are aplenty
12 rows of potatoes doing very nicely
Two beds of celery doing well (now I can see them after weeding)
And last but not least - my 75 or so sweet corn plants are 5ft high now!

I have been doing an experiment with tomatoes. Planted some in my mini greenhouse (clear glass). some in my polytunnel (green cover) and some outdoors. My suspicions may be write:

Ones in clear greenhouse are full of fruit (up to the fourth truss)
Ones outside are more stunted with some fruit
Ones in the green polytunnel have sod all on them. Loads of trusses but nothing materialising.

My suspicions were right - they prefer clear glass greenhouse. Unlike the cucumbers and peppers and chillies

Not that I like tomatoes
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update please

Got some herbs growing, Marjoram, Oregano, thyme and Rosemary, all my faves but i suspect that is small beer for you serious Alloters
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Not a good start this year. Two bloody wet! Not got my potatoes in yet, should be ok as lates if we have a decent frost free autumn.

Went down sunday and spent about 4 hours clearing one of my 13x30ft plots (only another 3 to go!!!). Quite difficult - there's a new weed on the block and its a wanker to dig up. Might revert to cheating - some commercial weedkiller I acquired.

Growing a lot of stuff from seed which is filling my small greenhouse. Gone with a place that supplies traditional seed (not these F1 hybrids). Some of the seed varieties date back to Victorian times. Will see how it goes
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not planted mine yet, although it seems as if the strawberries, rhubarb, mint and onions are doing their thing even without my help/hindrance.

I have sixteen bags of "lobster fertiliser" to chuck in before tilling.

Never had much success with potatoes - any tips?
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not planted mine yet, although it seems as if the strawberries, rhubarb, mint and onions are doing their thing even without my help/hindrance.

I have sixteen bags of "lobster fertiliser" to chuck in before tilling.

Never had much success with potatoes - any tips?


Pot luck (no pun intended). Worth trying a few different varieties until one works. I had three different ones last year and two of them succumbed to the minute slugs that drill little holes in the potatoe. But one didn't but I through the label away. I've got Roosters, King Edward and another in this year (just planted them tonight). I use chicken shot for fertiliser as well. One tip is never put potatoes in same ground two years running. You are supposed to use a leguminous plant such as a pea and rotate. Apparently puts nutrients back in the soil as potatoes are greedy.

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