Food shortage again?

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A mate from Barrow stock (with a geordie father though) once told me about some farming friends of his family on the wild west of Cumbria who still count their sheep in the traditional way. Yan, tan, tethera, etc. Iirc.

I did once here that a cumbrian farmer once got to represent his country in the sheep counting world championships. It was in Australia and its always hard to crack the NZ team. Anyway he did rather well because of his faster counting system using that traditional number system.

AIUI it's a hang up from a lost language across northern UK coming from northumbria iirc. There's variations across the north I believe. I did read online a table of variations and their regions of use.

As to my friend, his mum was x generation barrovian so knew everyone in that neck of the woods apparently .
According to a neighbouring farmer Welsh farmers count the legs and divide by 4.
 
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Woody girl

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Have just been reading about empty shelves and delivery slots being difficult to get again.
I guess that depends on where you live but yesterday even here in the south people are beginning to shop hard .. loo roll being the main problem (?)
I have been carrying on grabbing a few items every time I shopped to squirrel away for the next lockdown which I always said was inevitable come September with kids going back to school and pubs being open with people letting down their guard too soon, and not following distancing rules.
I'm not going to stop untill I can't go out shopping if I need to isolate again.
I'm not looking forward to this winter at all!
 
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It was tough at sainsbury this week, could only get wholemeal lasagna sheets, still bo croissants, and they only had the rubbish tomatoes left. We got extra tp though, but not our favourite brand, that was out.
 

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Joking aside I’ve told my mum start stocking up on stuff as they shouldn’t be going out if it’ gets bad again.
 

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I have quite a stock pile of different pasta shapes and enough semolina to make my own stained glass pasta.
What I can't find is the ambition to use it. Everybody is sold out. Bought a case of TP.
 
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I do think a lot of people havnt taken things seriously enough. As things went "back to normal" they didn't think about the future spikes that are inevitable, and prepare for it.
With brexit agreements looking dodgy too and poor harvests or food left to rot due to various reasons.. I know a lot of our local cider orchards are leaving apples to rot this year... food will become expensive and we will have shortages this winter and into next year.
I know there are some who joke about it but please think ahead and prepare for these things. If it doesn't happen... which I believe it will but then that's me...at least you will have something to tide you over as winter is the worst time to go hungry! Over the summer I have grown salads and veg which meant I was almost self sufficient . My freezer is stuffed and I'm running out of jam jars for preserves. I have basic medical supplies for winter blues and a couple of months worth of my regular asthma medication so I feel that I'm ok for a few months at least.
 

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Kraft brand Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce is a good ingredient in bastes. Other brands, not so nice at all.
I think about the foods that I have in stock. Still all sorts of meaty things in the big freezer.
Upstairs, you would think that I was hoarding bacon.
Lots of old stuff that I really need to use or toss (cook for bird food).