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by tosca100
13 Jul 2015, 12:48
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: She thinks she is a cockerel
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: She thinks she is a cockerel

We have one that starts when she finds one of the other 11 hens in the only nest box they will use, has a break while laying then starts again...drives me bonkers! She's been doing it all summer since we got her three years ago.
by tosca100
13 Jul 2015, 05:54
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Ladybird shortage
Replies: 7
Views: 2611

Re: Ladybird shortage

Unfortunately there are good guys and bad guys, and if you bring in the wrong ladybirds they will eat the native ones. Some halequin ladybirds look traditional, but though they do eat aphids, they also eat other insects and larvae, including native ladybirds. Have a bowse on gurgle
by tosca100
24 Jun 2015, 19:01
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: pic of todays gooseberry crop
Replies: 6
Views: 2438

Re: pic of todays gooseberry crop

We are having a bumper year over here too. I have been asked by friends to take as many as I want, as well as blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants. Bring it on!
by tosca100
23 Jun 2015, 06:08
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Homemade Pasta
Replies: 7
Views: 2611

Re: Homemade Pasta

I was pleasantly surprise at how easy pasta was too and now make dough to keep in the freezer when eggs pile up. I use a simple pasta machine but don't bother hanging the pasta to dry, just fluff it up with a bit of flour while the water boils. It's amazing how much ravioli you can make with a slice...
by tosca100
23 Jun 2015, 05:57
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Pets on a car journey
Replies: 8
Views: 3302

Re: Pets on a car journey

We drove all the way to Bulgaria with two dogs on the back seat with a grill. The grill meant we could put leads on before opening the door, they are very obedient but you never know....We had long days but wee breaks and water were all they needed, otherwise they just slept all day. They were fed i...
by tosca100
15 Jun 2015, 08:44
Forum: Books, TV and the Media
Topic: I Have seen it all now!
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: I Have seen it all now!

But Counrtyfile is not Farming Today and covers all sorts of countryside matters. Riding is predominantly a country sport and as with other items, sometimes it's interesting to see another angle, many people, including the riders themselves, have no idea about the skeleton and muscles of the animal ...
by tosca100
15 Jun 2015, 07:38
Forum: Members Chicken Keeping Diaries
Topic: Helen's Hentastic Adventure!
Replies: 40
Views: 14036

Re: Helen's Hentastic Adventure!

It looks as if you are well and truly hooked! Enjoy your girls.
by tosca100
30 May 2015, 13:24
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Started chutney making
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: Started chutney making

I grew the striped cream and purple ones successfully one year when we still lived in N Wales. I had a couple in the greenhouse and the rest outside on the drive. The outside ones were healthier plants and we had loads of fruit. I'm not that keen it was just something different to try. It must have ...
by tosca100
12 May 2015, 15:16
Forum: Garden Wildlife
Topic: Slow Worms down the Lane
Replies: 4
Views: 1923

Re: Slow Worms down the Lane

Just what I was going to say Spreckly )t'
by tosca100
10 May 2015, 04:48
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Keeping hens in a stable
Replies: 6
Views: 1777

Re: Keeping hens in a stable

Rubber matting can cope with horse shoes so it should cope with hen claws. We stored some under a hen coop once as we had nowhere to put it, no problem.
by tosca100
03 May 2015, 02:43
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Wild Garlic time !!
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Re: Wild Garlic time !!

Recipe? Now you've got me! I don't tend to bother but do a basic mix of garlic, toasted walnuts (or almonds if I can get them) hard cheese and oil, but not a huge amount because that way you can use it for all sorts. You can use pine nuts, but it's not necessary as they are expensive.How much you us...
by tosca100
01 May 2015, 14:51
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Wild Garlic time !!
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Re: Wild Garlic time !!

For preserving it I make pesto as I said above, with less oil, freezing it in lumps so that I can take enough out for one, like tonight. I use our own walnuts but you can use whatever nut suits. Chop it and add to bread, sauces, mix with spinach, as a stand alone wilted veg (if you dare!) in quiche,...
by tosca100
30 Apr 2015, 05:54
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Wild Garlic time !!
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Re: Wild Garlic time !!

Lovely stuff. Haven't seen it growing wild here, have tried planting bulbs and seeds but am getting nowhere. I have serious envy of my sister who has a small wood in her garden teeming with the stuff. However it is available in packs in the supermarkets here so I don't go without. It just doesn't ha...
by tosca100
10 Apr 2015, 03:31
Forum: Books, TV and the Media
Topic: vera
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: vera

Glad I'm not alone, it was too long, longer than a feature film.