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    Potato Fruit ( seed )

    You could let them ripen and then grow the seeds next year. I was always told to remove them, although it now seems to be suggested they have little effect on the potato crop. If they're only a few I'd remove.
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    No cook main meal one packet options

    But can you drop a packet of digestive biscuits from 500m without a parachute without them breaking?
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    Bike recommendations

    Thanks Paul, yes audax bikes look ideal (I've never heard of them). Something more to look at and work out what might be best. One of the reasons for going 2nd hand to start with is I'm not sure exactly what I want. For example, I had assumed an electric bike would get me out more but I've...
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    I'm not sure anyone would want to keep a very aggressive hive. It's something you try and breed out although you're breeding for all sorts of things (honey production, lack of swarming etc). In the UK most people don't have control of where their queens mate so you can end up with a feisty hive...
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    I'm caught between brood and a half and double brood at the moment and would prefer a single box. However, I'm curious how a bee farmer works. Using the same strain of bees a non-commercial keeper may have them on a double brood and keep the queen until they superceed but does a commercial...
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    Bike recommendations

    Yes, something like the Dawes seems the best bet and that's the sort of price as well. Dawes was the first name on my list. I'm hoping when things calm down more 2nd hand bikes will be up for sale.
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    With a hundred hives I doubt you have much time to spend! Are you rasing the new Queens and colonies yourself or buying in? I'm also curious, do you run on single or double brood on your honey producing hives? Our local bee farmer runs on single brood and claimed they would produce less honey...
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    Opinel no.10 with broken off tip, WWYD?

    I'd round it off and use it myself. I very rarely us the point of a knife and I've pricked myself more times than I care to remember.
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    Bike recommendations

    Thanks for the replies. I think they show how little I know about modern bikes - I'd not heard of gravel bikes until yesterday on a different forum. Looking at them I don't think they offer much over my old MTB. Looking at the touring bikes they seem more suitable, I also want to carry...
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    Bike recommendations

    I currently ride an old mountain bike that I've tweeked for the road (mud guards, narrower and lightly treaded tyres etc). It's ok but I'm looking for something more suitable for the road. I don't want a out and out racing bike as the roads around here are muddy, gritty, potholey etc. So, I...
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    No cook main meal one packet options

    I'm just trying to find something most people could eat. I can always give a packet of nuts, trail mix etc, separately. I once met a vegetatian who was allergic to nuts and hated mushrooms, that was many years ago but it still seems to be hard to find something vegan that is free of nuts.
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    No cook main meal one packet options

    Interesting, thanks.
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    No cook main meal one packet options

    That's the sort of thing, thank you, which has lead me to finding a savoury cereal bar containing Oat, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Linseeds, Sesame Seeds and Vanilla. So a couple of savoury and sweet bars should suffice. I could find several savoury bar recipes but not many bars to...
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    No cook main meal one packet options

    Only a couple of times but this year might be different due to the fall out of C19. The last case was a wild camper camping illegally. I had a chat and let them stay but offered some advice such as not using the stream water for drinking or washing as it has slurry run off in it (I gave them a...
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    Tactical Tracking Trail

    I'll add fire to the list. Having recently done a bit of man tracking it was interesting to see someone try and disguise their fire. Firstly, in a private woodland setting it surprised me that the smell of smoke lingered for many hours after the fire was extinguished. It's also interesting to...