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Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 766
Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 16 6:30 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

This morning we finished shredding the branches we have cut off the trees that boarder our lane. my ears are still ringing!
They had become so over grown all we could see out of the windows onto the lane was a green wall of hazel. more natural light welcomed in!
the stumpy bits look a bit sorry for themself but will recover. and I can see across the fields now. the chickens are currently redistributing the bits all over the area.
the shredder was given to us in bits, but its a beast and well worth the effort of putting back together.
the kids have collected all the pieces of wood worth keeping for the fire in a couple of years.
its red hot here but I cant help collecting firewood at every opportunity!

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5771
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 16 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks lovely JamLady...but 70 degrees for any length of time would be nice here!!

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1585
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 16 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gz, Don't know if you mean that 70 degrees Fahrenheit is pleasantly warm or somewhat chilly.

In wintertime when the house is chilly I will set the bowl of bread dough on the hearth for the wood burning stove. In the oven of a stove with the light on. Or if you have a pilot light that's even better.

A warm weather option is to multiply the basic recipe by 3 or 4, and refrigerate it. Slow, slow, slow rise. When wanted, separate off the correct amount of dough to rise and bake, and leave the rest in the refrigerator.

Where there is a will, there's a way.

GrahamH



Joined: 23 May 2015
Posts: 395

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 16 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Gz.

Wonderful photos of what must have been a great trip down memory lane.

Very busy here......will update on another topic board.

My good news is that my wife gained her degree, the presentation was complete with gowns and mortar boards.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8208

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 16 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might try that recipe Jam Lady, thanks. We are lucky here if the temperature reaches 70 F. Even in summer it is often below that, although the last week has been well above, so we have been wilting a bit.

Gz, I see the tractors came with the obligatory mud.

Woo, did you cut the hazel in the winter or spring? If you did, it should grow again quite well, and next time round you could lay the hedge so it is a suitable height, but still a hedge.

Graham, congratulations to your wife. Any pictures of the presentation?

The carrots I sowed in April have finally made an appearance. I still might get the odd home grown carrot this year.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1585
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 16 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gz, temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit would be delightfully cool. As a matter of fact, we have the air conditioning in the house set to 75 degrees F. Outside it is already 94 degrees F. today. Yesterday reached 93 degrees F, Saturday's high was 94 degrees F. Walking out of air conditioned house / store / car is like walking into a pillow of heat. The "feels like" is over 100 degrees F. Maybe thunderstorms late today but not expected to provide any relief. Grocery shopping involves taking a picnic cooler for the perishables (chicken gizzards for one of the cats, butter, ice cream etc) for the 18 minute ride home. Don't feel much like cooking. Or eating. Except ice cream . . . .

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5771
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 16 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're lucky to get 60F at the moment...but I suppose that this is Scotland

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8208

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 16 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have found Scotland and the north of England a bit cool, being a southerner, but then some Scots I have known have found it a bit warm here.

Don't think it got much above 20 C yesterday, but we were filling the charcoal kiln, and it still made us all rather hot. Not helped by horse flies, which meant a periodic halt when one appeared and had to be swatted. Still, kiln filled, car taken down for service and MOT, and husband managed to do some more work in the garden. I made yoghurt.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1585
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 16 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday's high temperature was a twitch over 36 degrees Centigrade. We did have a powerful thunderstorm in late afternoon. Close to an inch of rain, very quickly. And while the temperature dropped it was now so humid that there was no improvement as far as becoming more comfortable. High temperatures expected through the week.

Another good way to compost in an existing garden bed is to dig a wide but somewhat shallow ditch about 12 inches / 1/3 meter across the width of the bed. Toss compostables in the ditch. Loosely cover with soil from the next trench area. As you move from one end of the bed to the other it improves the soil with organic matter down at the roots where plants can best make use of it, as well as loosening / aerating the soil.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5771
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 16 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've been given a metal shed (in bits ).....= Kiln shed

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8208

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 16 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good one Gz. Hope you get it put together soon.

Found the first wild raspberries in the woods yesterday. Of course all the best ones were just the other side of the deer fence, so not accessible from outside, and probably not from inside either.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32343
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 16 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the blackberries are ripening,recon maybe 30 tomorrow,peak of the season tis a kilo or more per day .

the big boys are setting multiple trusses and the biggest fruit are already bigger than any we have had at full development in the yard.

tt's electric bike is mended and the bearings were fettled rather than expensively replaced.

the hound is still a bit sorry for himself but has cheered up a lot from yesterday,im rather pleased to have patched him up reasonably well.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5771
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Picked a carryout plastic food box of Wild Cherries on Tuesday

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32343
Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a couple of the "random" tomatoes are setting fruit, the biggest one seems to be a sweet million type on a rather leggy stem rather than a bush type.

the big boys just get bigger and more fruity day by day.

mutt is more mobile.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4356
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 16 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

First two buttercup squash are already full size, and a good deal more starting to size up. Should be a good winter squash haul this fall if the squirrels don't cause too much damage.

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