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by Stravaig
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1157
Views: 139775

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

Here's one as ancient as most of us here.

Q: What's the difference between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney?

(This only works if you're a Scot or can do a convincing Scottish accent.)

A: Bing sings and Walt disnae.

OK. I'll get my coat. :)
by Stravaig
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Giant Veg?
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Giant Veg?

I saw this and it made me laugh. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/sep/13/what-a-turnip-yorkshires-giant-veg-in-pictures I've seen some veg in the local supermarkets, particularly some varieties of squash, that are much to heavy for me to move let alone lift. My guess is that they jus...
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger

I'd never thought to eat kohlrabi before and had little idea of what to do with it. However, I met a Thai chef here the other day and we were talking about Thai food in general and green papaya salad (Som Tum) in particular. He suggested that the best substitute for green papaya is white kohlrabi. W...
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 131
Views: 2779

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

It's been mostly warm and sunny here but our "dry" problem was for a different reason. Workmen digging up the road outside our flat damaged a water pipe so quite a lot of buildings in our street, including ours, had no tap water for two days and one night. We usually have drinking/cooking ...
by Stravaig
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I was wiping my secateurs
Replies: 12
Views: 288

Re: I was wiping my secateurs

Many years ago, we lived in India and I was keen to grow my own herbs, etc. I did manage to create a thriving herb garden in containers in our back garden. It was easy and the climate was favourable for most of the year. I also had a part-time gardener to help so that made it all easier still. (Labo...
by Stravaig
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stravaig
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stravaig

Thanks for all the extra good wishes. It doesn't matter if they were a wee bit later - still nice. :-)

After our holiday and some days off, it's back to the grindstone tomorrow. At least the weather is still nice.
by Stravaig
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hydroponics on a very small scale
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Hydroponics on a very small scale

Thanks for your interest but I'm afraid that some of your questions are a bit technical for me. Regarding the mix, I just took it on trust that if something is commercially available in the UK as a food-related product then presumably it's safe. I followed the manufacturer's instructions for the out...
by Stravaig
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hydroponics on a very small scale
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Hydroponics on a very small scale

I just wondered if anyone here is into hydroponics, especially on a small scale. Maybe Elmigo, who is gardening in a similar situation of an apartment with windowsills and small balconies? I'm using "grow pods", which are little units with two pots in them. There are lots of different sell...
by Stravaig
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stravaig
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stravaig

Many thanks for all the good wishes! I had a lovely day. I choose to spend the morning giving a gift to my future self, ie planting lots of seeds in the hope of some culinary pleasures in the months to come. Yes, it was also Ukraine's Independence Day - one of the biggest celebrations of their calen...
by Stravaig
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: edible physalis
Replies: 7
Views: 2476

Re: edible physalis

I've just planted some physalis seeds in a little windowsill hydroponics unit. Have tried and failed before but maybe this time will be better. I'll let you know...
by Stravaig
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 131
Views: 2779

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Back home now after a holiday in the UK. We brought back four more little hydroponics units so spent this morning planting some seeds in them. I'm trying a dwarf variety of green beans among other things. It'll be nice to have fresh veg, other than root vegetables, in the winter - that's the plan an...
by Stravaig
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?
Replies: 13
Views: 321

Re: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?

Just thought I'd give you an update as you've all been so helpful with advice and ideas. We're pleased to find that the house is well cared for, that was a great relief. But unfortunately the garden is... how do I say this politely? ...a bit of a mess. I reckon two full days to get it neat and tidy ...
by Stravaig
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Postage wrappers for magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Postage wrappers for magazine

We subcribe to Private Eye and a few months ago they started sending the mag in a paper envelope instead of the previous plastic wrapping. We thought it was a good move. However, several of the foodie magazines,and The Oldie, which I subscribe to are still using plastic. I shall to write to them and...
by Stravaig
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Mmmm, peaches
Replies: 11
Views: 657

Mmmm, peaches

Peaches are plentiful and cheap right now. They are in Ukraine anyway. Might as well make the most of them. This is what I do. Cut 'em in half, hoik out the stones (are they called stones, seeds, kernels or what?), and put the peaches in a bowl. Pour boiling water over them and leave for half a minu...
by Stravaig
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?
Replies: 13
Views: 321

Re: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?

I know you're right, OH. Thanks. We'll be careful. There are always people looking to make a fast buck even if they don't know what they're doing. A few weeks before we left, a guy came knocking on the door and offered to "prune the oak tree". Eh? I didn't realise that trees were "pru...

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