What have you picked/planted today?

Chris the Fish

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Nice drop of rose hip syrup following a little forage




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Angst

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hello george.....no, life related haha!

just finished reading last page or so....absolutely love that pic of the rig in alaska.....and those fish cakes sounded good.

red....now sending you a pm m8, thankyou for the offer, i'll give them a go indeed, and i just checked out your hot sauce recipe.....if i get enough chillis next year i'll try it. dunno what went wrong with my chillis....grew 5 plants and they started off great then just suddenly slowed and havnt done much since....on the 5 plants i've got 4 full chillis that reached max a coupla weeks ago yet another plant is now growing one....and theyre only about a foot tall and spindly....though as i mentioned, the chilli i tried nearly took my head off lol....will do some research for next year.

hey goatboy....my fellow baked bean fan!! gimme a hand here nagging red about these beans please mate.....my stomach has been rumbling ever since he teased me with that bean thread about, what, 2 years ago? slack, red, very slack lolol!:p

s

ps now gonna have a look at georges cooking thread.
 

Goatboy

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Need someone to come round and shell the damn things!

If I was closer I'd offer, quite enjoy sitting on the stoep shelling peas & beans with a glass of something of an evening.
(A lot easier than prepping a bootfull of rabbits while drinking spinny beer homebrew... Messy night that. :D )

You cant dissapoint Sonni with no beans... I've heard he's fading away poor lad.

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Angst

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you lot are in trouble....instead of cracking on with the two horrible sheath commissions i'm doing for Brother Ammo (that hes been waiting ages for) i've been out in the garden bimbling with the camera....

forgot to mention my everlasting lettuce that my son oliver bought for me....



blackberries still coming out despite plant going to sleep for winter...



strawbs from earlier this year...



'erbz....



olivers sweetpea, finished flowering random coloured blooms now (lovely) but still a seed pod maturing waiting for me to pick...



and his cheerios bird feeder he made at the weekend...



evening primrose from the front of the house....



carrots...



and here are the pesky chillis...dunno what theyre doing...







and isnt autumn beautiful!...



ok....on with ammos sheaths....
 
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British Red

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Keep the chillis in small pots until they start flowering then increase the pot size gradually. The point is to stress them into flowering. Given lots of room they will put on foliage for more than a year. And of course never put them outside!
 

Toddy

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Another half kg of autumn raspberries :) and pulled leaves from the iris for drying for cordage. Going to dig up some of the meadowsweet roots to tincture them tomorrow.

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george47

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Angst, what a striking lettuce! All very pretty.

I wish I had those strawberries, I would make them with peaches in a pie. (The dark berries are too strong for peaches.)

My garden is, as always, rough. Always left to fend for its self too much - just out and all the poor kale seedlings were wilted flat from lack of water - young Savoy cabbages too - but the pump soon was irrigating it - I have really bad drip lines on some, and hose for others. My electrics having an intermittent ground short that is really annoying so I did not water yesterday as the breaker the garden pump is on was popped and I have to go inside the house to re-set it.

The fish have not been fed for a couple days and boil the water. I would not go swimming in the pond till they are fed, and still always wear clothes swimming as they do bite sometimes.

Plant boxes still not built - my wife is driving the truck to work and the salvaged wood is in the back, a good excuse. I do not want to unload it as the scrap is ugly, and I use the tailgate as my work bench.

Harvesting almost nothing - couple peppers, most of the varieties I planted are too hot for my wife, although just right for me, so they go to the chickens who eat anything. Lately we have been filleting a lot of fish, filling the freezer a bit as the fishing is easy this time of year - and the belly meat and skin is cut off and thrown to them, and being the little dinosaurs they are, they run madly chasing each other, the tiny chicks will get tight into the scrum and fight for a bit of it - then off with the others after it. And soon it is all gone. Chickens may not have teeth but they can cut stuff up and choke it down. I gave them a pound of fish scraps and it was gone in a minute - they love fish - having eaten it from says after hatching - being on the bayou I always give them some kind of thing I net or waste from processing seafood. A big pile of shrimp shells and heads soon disappears. They spend their days in the woods and on the road side grazing, and have finally discovered the garden surrounding the pond - which cannot be good.

The bad chickens seen from my house drive way. Chickens come up with lots of ideas; all of them bad. I keep flower planters right where I took this picture and have to plant things they do not like much - although the dogs are trained to run them back into the woods if they come closer to the house than this. The little brown Chihuahua loves this - will always attack a chicken when allowed, and often when not. I only have to say "Bad Chickens!" and the flock will begin running and the dogs attack - it is great to watch, and although the chickens run shrieking and flapping from the charging dogs they are really not afraid at all. My chickens are all hatched here and know the dogs all their life. The dogs will also charge off (4 dogs) when they hear anything attacking the flock and sort it out - so the chickens actually like having the dogs around, and trust them but for the chasing from the garden. We have a big variety of predators and free chickens could not exist without the dog pack.

 

British Red

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Don't mention bloody chickens to me:soapbox:

Damned coop door jammed open tonight. It was the Orpingtons coop and needs to be shut or the cockerels start in at sparrows fart. I was late doing my rounds so had to fix it in the dark, in the rain, kneeling in something squishy...lets pretend it was mud....

Bless you Petzl Myo head torch
 

boatman

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Harvested the grapes from our single vine today. Smaller crop than last year. Might make one bottle of wine, made two last year. My fault, didn't prune properly or rub out side shoots enough. Looking forward to last year's vintage at Christmas.
 

george47

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Chickens are not worth the bother, Red - but I keep them anyway, out of habit I suppose. Life does seem awfully petty now days, garden, fish, cook, do handy-man jobs. I get up, read 3 newspapers with coffee, check in here and there, mill-about all day, go to bed at midnight, read two to four hours, sleep 5 -6 hours and do it again.

Life is a march to death and I feel I should be doing more on the way. Till about a year ago, during my whole life, I spent so much time wondering 'what it is all about', reading and drifting around and thinking of existence - which is normally a phase young people go through and then get over, but I seem to have carried it on in some sort of intellectual neotney - and now I am even letting that go. I think I am in a bit of an intellectual and interest slump, and at my age I do not think I can afford one.

Red, boatman, what is it all about? The cemeteries are full of the great and the useless - achievers and sliders. But the great - the ones who did things - seem to have been more worthy, I think. They are all lumped in there together though. Is wasting ones later years puttering around acceptable? It seems it would be not, given that it is all we have. Theophrastus, the successor to Aristotly used to say "Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." He could be called the father of botany, the philosopher on natural studies, would be sort of bushcraft's ideal man in that way - I need to read on him more and see if he can tell me what I should be doing with my days to better spend this most valuable thing.

And today I am thawing a pie shell as we speak. I am thinking of working on some half and half pie. Make a peach filling in half quantity - and a blackberry filling in half quantity, then carefully put each in the pie shell for a kind of fruit yin and yang thing. Not to worry about the look that much - but just half and half. I do like my dessert seconds and this way I can have two different slices off one pie. (if you ever saw my cooking thread you would know I make pies every couple days - Toddy, raspberry pie, I think that when ever you mention how many you pick)
 

Angst

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today i planted ten cloves of garlic that Sir Red sent me...1 in a big pot, 4 in a large rectangular pot and 5 into the ground....need to buy some more compost asap then i'll plant some more....

thanks again Red, fingers crossed....

S
 

boatman

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You live and then you die, best if you live while you can but achievement isn't necessary for a full life.
If digressions are allowed here is one of my poetic heroes from the Ballads of a Bohemian by R W Service

Old David Smail
He dreamed away his hours in school;
He sat with such an absent air,
The master reckoned him a fool,
And gave him up in dull despair.

When other lads were making hay
You'd find him loafing by the stream;
He'd take a book and slip away,
And just pretend to fish . . . and dream.

His brothers passed him in the race;
They climbed the hill and clutched the prize.
He did not seem to heed, his face
Was tranquil as the evening skies.

He lived apart, he spoke with few;
Abstractedly through life he went;
Oh, what he dreamed of no one knew,
And yet he seemed to be content.

I see him now, so old and gray,
His eyes with inward vision dim;
And though he faltered on the way,
Somehow I almost envied him.

At last beside his bed I stood:
"And is Life done so soon?" he sighed;
"It's been so rich, so full, so good,
I've loved it all . . ." -- and so he died.

 

george47

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Boatman, it has been a long time since I thought about Robert Service - we visited his cabin in Dawson City years ago when doing some work in Yukon and he was part of the background in BC places. And I do love the poem, I have known some very simple seeming people who inside were so bright, intelligent, and had had such amazing lives but one would not know because they talked about you instead of themselves, having an inner peace that did not constantly need other's affirmation, like I seem to.

I am off to muck about in the garden, take the bad chickens some Pho noodles that got moth in them (I softened them in boiling water) Moth being a scourge in dry foods here, leaving tiny threads and many grubs - weevils not so common but get into my bulk chicken feed.

Lu and her poke of gold in The shooting of Dan McGrew - I did a touch of gold panning all over parts of West Canada and bits of Alaska, Idaho too - just panning for interest but really regret I did not go full prospector as I had a real in, into that world - a regret the mention of service brings on - I wish I still drank and I would go out and sit by the pond and get maudlin drunk thinking of those times and places.