Today I shall be Mainly...

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Post by hartley353 » 20 Oct 2013, 09:01

Marilyn, The easiest thing in the world to make is sloe gin. You just collect the berries, (old timers say not to pick till they have endured one frost) then wash well give them a good pricking with a needle. A purist may use a blackthorn thorn, then bottle them with a measure of sugar and a pint of cheap Gin. Keep shaking the bottle daily for a couple of weeks, then weekly for a couple of months then sieve/filter into clean bottles. To get round waiting for the frost I freeze then thaw the berries this allows the flavour and colourings to escape easily with the help of the sugar. Just looked on net plenty of recipes with quantities. Then enjoy when you want a warming nip. Same process for those who wish Vodka based, all the duties have been paid so nothing illegal, probably not wise to buy Vodka from corner shop due to large number of fake bottles in this country.

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Post by Marilyn » 21 Oct 2013, 03:32

I don't know what 'sloe' are...perhaps we don't have them here.
I did take quite a few pics of things I couldn't identify growing in the hedgerows.
I shall look for pics on the net.
( as I say, our councils take a dim view on hedgerow growth and tend to poison the lot. I guess all untamed growth is a brushfire hazard. Things may dry out and act as tinder.)

There is a possibility we could make a life-changing move to a country location next year. The thought of having a set up like River Cottage is terribly exciting to me. Might even own a pair of Wellington boots for the first time in my life (think a pair with colourful Jelly Bean pattern would suit nicely).
Am beginning to check out planting calendars etc, and researching such delights as compost.
( hubby finds this quite amusing)

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Post by Wendyf » 21 Oct 2013, 07:14

Wow Maz, sounds like an exciting prospect! Jelly Bean wellies too.... :surprised:

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Post by David Whipp » 21 Oct 2013, 08:17

(Frittering my time away, if I'm not careful - blasted facebook, gone quarter past 9 already.)

Sorting out detail of lantern making for Switch On (9th November) and helping with DNA marking against burglars.

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Post by Marilyn » 21 Oct 2013, 09:00

Do you think the Jelly Bean Wellingtons perhaps a bit OTT, Wendy?
( the place we are looking at is 77 acres. I figured I need to be visible from a distance!). :laugh5:

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Post by Wendyf » 21 Oct 2013, 09:18

77 acres....that's real farming! Tell us more....is it grassland or forest or both? Do you need wellies in Australia? I like to dress brightly when I'm out and about, just in case I need rescuing by helicopter.

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Post by Marilyn » 21 Oct 2013, 10:25

Ha! Mostly virgin scrubland I think Wendy, with river frontage. There is a house. There are sheds.
Hopefully there are water tanks/storage.
Keeping an open mind until we take a look later in the week. Not expecting too much, but the actual location is attractive to us. Certainly enough space to grow all our needs.
Given that such a lifestyle attracts me and I have a husband who would prefer to live in an inner city apartment ( with pool and gym and a glitzy nighttime skyline to admire).....could be an interesting viewing!,,,, :grin:

I would have thought any outfit with high-viz stripes and lots of Velcro would be suitable for helicopter rescue....I did have to read that line of your post twice because I thought you said you liked to dress "LIGHTLY" in case of helicopter rescue. I was beginning to imagine all sorts of reasons for that.

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Post by Wendyf » 21 Oct 2013, 10:39

Sounds like it could be a challenge Maz....you thinking of getting another man in to do all the work???? :confused:

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Post by Marilyn » 21 Oct 2013, 10:56

Might have to. :embarassed:

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Post by Tizer » 21 Oct 2013, 14:10

77 acres, that's a lot of lawn mowing Maz! Oh, I forgot, you have sheep instead of lawn mowers in Oz...how many sheep have you got? Will you have one of those little windmills to draw up water? (Thinks...must stop reading Nevil Shute novels.)

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Post by EileenDavid » 21 Oct 2013, 17:03

Today I picked up our dry cleaning what a price had to pay for it with my credit card now I know why I look for things with washable labels Eileen

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Post by Marilyn » 21 Oct 2013, 20:37

Grrrrrr....hubby has cancelled the viewing. ( no negotiating with him either).
I am disappointed. He was the one that suggested we view it in the first place.
Men can be so frustrating....

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Post by Wendyf » 21 Oct 2013, 21:04

What a disappointment for you Maz....hope you didn't buy the wellies. :sad:

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Post by Stanley » 22 Oct 2013, 04:03

Eileen, you are right! My friend Susi used to refer to it as "Buying your clothes again from the cleaners". Mind you, I daren't wash any of my tweeds!
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Post by Marilyn » 22 Oct 2013, 06:12

Hadn't bought the Wellingtons, luckily.
Am still feeling a bit miffed with his lordship, as it was all his idea.
I will feel better after a couple of hours hard graft in the garden I expect. (Always do)

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Post by Wendyf » 22 Oct 2013, 07:27

Did he know you were already choosing your country wardrobe Maz, or had you managed to hide your excitement at the thought of a move out of town? Were you given good reasons for the cancellation? You don't have to answer.....I'm just feeling miffed for you :frown: if not :furious:

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Post by Marilyn » 22 Oct 2013, 07:53

It is complicated on so many levels, Wendy.
Years ago, my first husband literally got up one morning and decided we were moving to the country...we sold up in a heartbeat, found a lovely spot, and rented for over 18 months whilst a home was built. I took to the country like a duck to water...established a wonderful garden and thrived on the lifestyle. He got up one morning and decided we were moving back to the city. It was a real wrench.
Many years later, second hubby decides to view a country house.
Let's just say it is best he doesn't mess with my head. I already know I could move to the country and I don't appreciate being teased.
Mind you...must keep things in perspective. We were only booked in for a viewing! ( the problem is all mine and I accept that). I think it is wise that he doesn't make such silly suggestions in the future. ( and I don't think he will).

I have found my happy thoughts again...all is well.

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Post by Wendyf » 22 Oct 2013, 08:09

Good...I think we may be quite similar in our coping strategies! :grin:
Rain today, so I'm sorting through some piles of neglected paperwork, trying to find out how much (or little :smile: ) money we have spent over the last year. But I might just go out for a walk instead.

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Post by Stanley » 23 Oct 2013, 04:28

Good Lass Maz! Sensible attitude, David is a lucky man!
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Post by Wendyf » 23 Oct 2013, 07:43

Colne library morning....always happy to look things up if anyone needs any research doing. I failed on the paperwork project yesterday, did some washing, made onion soup for lunch (with cheese on toast..yum) and then I spread some manure on the raised beds in the polytunnel while the rain came and went.

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Post by Gloria » 23 Oct 2013, 07:57

Wendy, anything in the Crowther papers on the Kippax family of Briercliffe/Nelson/Colne. I know there isn't much, and what there is has no proof to it :sad: Unless you can see something. I have got back to Joshua (1769) all proven, and then I "think" James (1719) but really only by the fact I cannot find another it could be, then back through a series of Edwards. But, I have never looked in the deeds.

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Post by hartley353 » 23 Oct 2013, 08:10

Starting work on an Ark if this rain doesn't stop. Two morning outings cancelled now.

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Post by Wendyf » 23 Oct 2013, 08:11

Will see what I can find Gloria.

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Post by Wendyf » 23 Oct 2013, 10:05

There isn't much in the Kippax file Gloria. A photocopy of pedigree starting with James Kippax b 1731 of Hollingrove Nr Colne married Susan Nutter and died in 1769.
Christine Bradley at the library assures me that all Doreen's pedigrees are based on research from primary sources.

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