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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 7:51 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thanks for that JL. Some great pictures in there. Lots of yummy looking produce.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35665
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jam Lady wrote:
Come and make a virtual visit to my friend's wonderfully productive vegetable garden: Summer Garden, Autumn Harvest


very nice, respect to those who grow like that, i am much more random.

ps my pooter security apps mentioned your certificate for the website had expired

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2005
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have not done much this last 2 days, work wise, all been very slow. Monday is market day so we do get a few in, but today has been almost delivery free and so I have busied myself with the broom which seemed at least to keep me warm. We have a daily delivery from New Holland over night and there were 2 parcels and no more than 40 items. Since 7am all I seem to have done is sweep up, and do the tidying jobs that are done as and when normally. Basically I have spring cleaned, which I didn't do in the spring! I am expecting a big delivery of oil in the next couple of days which will register my mind on where to put it all. I have cleared a space a week back, but no oil has arrived yet.

I have been round gathering Hazel nuts, to get the rest of them off my trees, after several neighbours had had their fill from them already. I should say that my field hedges are left to a large extent to wild life and I haven't cut them for about 5 years. I will have to make a start as soon as I retire, or the place will not look too good when it comes to get sold and I want my inheritors to get the maximum from it, as their parents have all been so good to me for many years. I am planning on sorting out my old tipping trailer which has been stood for a few years, and wants looking at now with a view to using it on the big "log in" to come. I think I will retire after Christmas, cold weather and me are ok, its the icy roads to work I don't like at 5 am., even if the council are good generally with road treatment in the winter weather, they are not always passable when it is severe till late morning.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2129
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack, that's spamming or phishing or something. My site's registration has about 2 years to go.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ummm. how odd?

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 19 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

it did not flag that time so i guess something my end.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 19 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gregotyn, have you thought about laying your hedges if they are mainly hazel? If should lay nicely if the rods are not too large, will form a good wild life corridor, and look neat for a good few years.

You will probably find that everything comes in together either later this week (just to be difficult, Friday afternoon, or just before you are due to go home) or early next week.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2005
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 19 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The answer to your, "it comes in, in the afternoon" is good as I finish at lunch time!

Now you are putting things into my mind as to what to do with my leisure time when I finally retire, MR, lay the hedges; it shouldn't take more than a couple of years! I could lay a few without too much trouble. I do like my hedges taller than most folk because of the amount of snow and wind and high hedges give stock protection. Once retired I will have to have some sheep. A neighbour has already said he is going to sort the shed/barn, whose roof at the front has blown down and is way beyond being a one man-me-repair job. I have saved well over the last 10 years with the pension and a job. My job gives me £200 a week for part time, but fuel is for a 3.2 engine doing 15 miles each way, and it is always £40 a week minimum, so at least half that will disappear. Shopping once a week will mean I need a 'fridge freezer- this retirement thing will cost a bit-I'll need a job for the extra expense! I will have thought it through by tomorrow.

I think I mentioned that I have friends in Bridgnorth, who offered to bring some wood they had to get rid of-it arrived yesterday afternoon as I got home from work. It was some lovely boards between 3/4 and 1 inch thick, but most were at 6-8 inches wide; and all were about 6ft. long. I hope they have more to getrid of soon

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 19 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you going to convert that to kindling, or will you make other things from it? Yes, doing the shopping once a week needs some forward planning, and a fridge at least is really needed. I also find my freezer very useful.

Yesterday was a log sack day, so 32 log sacks filled, and 30 to be shipped out today. Had another order came in yesterday for next week, but we were intending to do that outlet anyway as they had already ordered a lot more.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2005
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 19 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The planks are definitely not all for kindling, as some of it is painted on one side which can be planed off if needs be. All are well seasoned, so good stuff! My immediate boss has gone off for two days so quiet on the working front, as my now superior is the one above him who just leaves me to get on. But the old boss will be back on Monday. I think the answer is retirement, I was hoping to hit 75 and working but that won't happen, as my memory capacity is getting worse-frightening when you are on your own.

I am hoping to get a lot more kindling done over the weekend and will be starting this afternoon because tomorrow afternoon I have to cut a load of logs for an ex neighbour-she will get all ash. Her husband and I got on very well, but he died and his last words to me were to look after her for him, so I do as much as she will allow, but the boyfriend and I don't get on, so I keep away whenever he is there. I have a baby log splitter, lent to a friend so I will go and retrieve it and do the load asap, to get it out of the way.

I think I can manage with a fridge-freezer just for one man food storage for cooking. But next expense will be another micro wave as the present one is making funny noises even though it works. Well my daily dose of "Admirals fish pie" is well cooked, but I only want to hear the ready to eat ping not the funny grinding noises which presently accompany the turning motion. But it was only £40 about 5years ago-planned obsolescence on the manufacturer's part.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 19 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if the turntable(or electric bits)make noises they should not make a new one makes sense

unless the new eu directives on repairable domestic goods(parts available for ten years etc)are implemented we are still stuck with when a small bit breaks we have to get a new whole one.

some firms such as miele and bosch already make stuff than is intended to be repairable for a lifetime

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pity about the microwave. I don't know anything about them as I have studiously avoided the things, but if the turntable lifts out, it might be as well to check there are no crumbs or other bits caught under it. Otherwise, as Dpack say, perhaps a new one is in order.

We seem to be getting too much rain here at the moment. Husband and son managed to get a log load and 2 lots of log sacks delivered yesterday, but it rained on and off all day.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2005
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The reason for a microwave is that, although I like cooking, I don't have a lot of room to cook, or more importantly, time to do it, and the proper cooker doesn't work any more. Another factor for me is that the firewood has to have at least 300 nets in stock by about the start of September. I am at around 500 now which is healthy. This year is different however, the "opposition" has given up trading-retirement-and so it is down to me to supply the local shop for the community with more than before. There are one or two who operate in a small way, but that is lucky as I wouldn't be able to cope! The main reason is that I have chopped firewood since I was 8yo. after my father died, and got hooked on it. I sometimes wonder if it is a certifiable disease or some compulsive disorder. My librarian has just brought a cup of tea and said in my case it is both afflictions. The big plus is that I don't have a television, or very little would be chopped. It also helps pay for the diy I do for 2 local play groups-cross cut saw will need to be replaced soon at £2k plus, I have been using that for 30 years and only one set of bearings and 4 blades. I did think of buying a kindling machine to do the chopping for me but that is the bit I like, even if it hurts the arm.
The question, dpack, is "how long is a lifetime for a micro wave?" I expect I will be buying a bosch on Monday and paying the 'lectric bill.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 19 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

has the library got a subscription to which magazine?

if not we have and i will see what gets good reviews at the mo.

with most domestic goods i go for top end of mid range with a cosmetic scratch if getting new, or really top end stuff that can be mended if second hand.

as a pounds per year sort of thing with a microwave oven a tenner = a year of use seems a reasonable guesstimate if you buy clever

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 19 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have just never used a microwave cooker. There doesn't seem a lot of point with the cooker I have, the closed fire top for long cooks, and the pressure cooker. I used to do microwave frequency work, so again, a thing I tend to avoid if I can. Each to their own.

The problem with providing a service such as kindling or firewood is that you do tend to feel you have a responsibility to your customers, but unfortunately none of us can carry on forever, so one day they will have to find an alternative. In the case of some of our elderly customers it will be a case of whether they no longer want firewood, or when we can't provide it. We are hoping to go away from it a bit, but at present, Gove and his clever ideas willing, it looks as if we will be carrying on for a while yet. He would have us all using electric heating or hot water provided as waste from our local non-existent factories.

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