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  Topic: Question for downsizers in France
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 35626
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 10 7:51 pm   Subject: Question for downsizers in France
NW France may be different from down south ...... but I imagine it's hard everywhere. I agree with mj's comments.

Have you taught English before? Might be a way - depends on how near to big towns y ...
  Topic: Photo's of my appleyards
ksia

Replies: 8
Views: 2150
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 10 7:38 pm   Subject: Photo's of my appleyards
Cuter than our khakis.
  Topic: Over wintering crops for the polytunnel.
ksia

Replies: 9
Views: 3527
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 10 4:29 pm   Subject: Over wintering crops for the polytunnel.
I usually sow carrots in the PT around mid July and they do fantastically. I hope to try some other stuff this year as well to try and make up for the lack of produce I'm currently getting from the d ...
  Topic: peppers
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 2614
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Jul 17, 10 1:47 pm   Subject: peppers
....... never thin and ate half one in a salad yesterday - too big to eat it all!
  Topic: peppers
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 2614
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Jul 17, 10 1:43 pm   Subject: peppers
Nope, never thin 'em either.
  Topic: Swarm in a wall
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 4031
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu Jul 15, 10 8:40 am   Subject: Swarm in a wall
We had some old slates which I used for the roof.
  Topic: Swarm in a wall
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 4031
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Wed Jul 14, 10 12:32 pm   Subject: Swarm in a wall
I'll keep a look out in spring. And all this did give me the impetus to finish my first TBH:


http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/16628/AGF00003_34.JPG
  Topic: Quinces
ksia

Replies: 16
Views: 3927
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Jul 14, 10 12:09 pm   Subject: Quinces
With apple - seconded.

I'd go for jam rather than jelly though. More quincey!
  Topic: Swarm in a wall
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 4031
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue Jul 13, 10 8:04 pm   Subject: Swarm in a wall
A brilliant answer (as ever) Tav. Many thanks. Links interesting.

Lots to think about.

I think she'll be ok for them to stay. And this looks like the most likely solution.
  Topic: Swarm in a wall
ksia

Replies: 7
Views: 4031
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue Jul 13, 10 9:57 am   Subject: Swarm in a wall
Our neighbour has a swarm of honey bees in her wall - behind a ventilation
block. About 2m off the floor. Impossible to get at the combs. It's been there about 2 weeks. I'd guess from the activity th ...
  Topic: Best laid plans of mice and men
ksia

Replies: 6
Views: 1919
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Mon Jul 12, 10 5:06 pm   Subject: Best laid plans of mice and men
Gorgeous.
  Topic: Thistles
ksia

Replies: 26
Views: 18504
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Wed Jul 07, 10 9:09 am   Subject: Thistles
Pigs love them, especially the roots.
Goats will take them down to ground level.
Am I a bad smallholder to admit I actually leave some alone to run to seed.
I love watching the goldfinches with bea ...
  Topic: Cherries all over
ksia

Replies: 35
Views: 7981
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Jul 07, 10 9:06 am   Subject: Cherries all over
Our trees are still giving.

Made cherry and red currant jam last night (finished about 11.30!). Very nice. The red currant gives a nice bit of tartness.
  Topic: Cherries all over
ksia

Replies: 35
Views: 7981
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Jul 07, 10 9:04 am   Subject: Cherries all over
the birds always get to mine before they get a chance to ripen..

Bloke near us puts a radio in his tree as the cherries are starting to ripen (the power of Johnnie Halliday!) - only works if you ha ...
  Topic: Cherries all over
ksia

Replies: 35
Views: 7981
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Jul 05, 10 6:01 am   Subject: Cherries all over
We've got two old trees and this is our best year ever for cherries. Like bunches of grapes in places.

Wine, jam, brandy ..... we might even eat some.

How have other people done on their cherry ...
 
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