G Freden

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Yes, and I have done it with looser weave fabric too.  It feels a bit softer than the iron on stuff and is a little more work to put in, but it works for me.  You could try a test piece first, to see how it works for you.
2 weeks ago

Brian Holmes wrote:

Do you normally make then drink, or go the whole aging route? I find the whole testing over years thing really interesting :)


We usually leave it to age in the demijohn for about a year and then start drinking once we bottle up.  Depending on the batch size, we do end up ageing some inadvertently.  Also if it doesn't taste nice right away, we'll try ageing, usually for at least six months but often for a year or longer.  I finally used up the last bottle of a 2014 elderberry wine just last month.  It still wasn't that great, so I used it for cooking instead--a lot of our cider is used in cooking too :)
2 weeks ago
We've made some excellent elderberry/blackberry wine.  Also some just so-so.  I've got a couple of gallons of the latest batch fermenting from last autumn and am looking forward to trying it in the summer.  I've also made rhubarb wine (drinkable), elderflower wine (light and refreshing), elderberry wine (not that great).  And apple cider which is also a bit of a hit and miss--but is the one wine which I don't have to add extra sugar to, which is why I continue to make it:  it's free :)
In the future I hope to make plum cider and perry (pear cider), as my own trees start to produce more, but I can't comment on either of them just yet.
2 weeks ago

I asked my husband to take a few photos of our allotment at the weekend.  Above you can see me in the background next to our chicken coop and run.  In the foreground is some sheet mulch, with artichokes visible behind.  Further along are some rows of garlic and purple sprouting broccoli, and not visible (between the artichokes and myself) are both old season and new season leeks; new season onions, peas and broad beans; and old season lettuces.  There is also a strawberry bed and raspberry patch at the very back.  
I'm still fighting the grass!  It got somewhat of a reprieve over winter when the chickens were back at our house and I didn't have much motivation to dig it.  They're back and I'm digging again every day, if only a few clumps at a time.  I'm also sowing and planting up my the start of the summer crops, and hope to be transplanting out the tender stuff (pumpkins, tomatoes, etc) and autumn and winter brassicas next month.
2 weeks ago
Congratulations Sage!  Having your first baby is such an exciting event.  

Everyone else here is right.  You and your baby are the most important things to worry about right now.  

I say this, having given birth to our third child a year ago.  Like you, my pregnancy was difficult.  I gave myself permission to let go of everything else, telling the people closest to me that I needed them to pick up the slack--and I forgave myself for letting the rest to drop.  This continued for several months after birth as I recovered from a severe hemorrhage.  A year on, I don't regret giving up the garden and housework to care for myself and baby.

Likewise, your own wellbeing is the priority here.  Good luck!
1 month ago
We are within £13,000 of paying off our mortgage, as a consequence of working at sucky jobs, cutting our expenses down to the very bone, and living very frugally--and putting every spare penny onto overpaying.  On our current trajectory, we can pay it off in two more years, which will be six years early (on a 20 year term).  We could have paid it off already had we been living this sort of lifestyle right from the beginning, but we were younger and perhaps less wise.  Only a few years ago we had credit card debt and car loans/personal loans;  finally paying these off lifted such a weight off our shoulders.  Some people would consider our lifestyle unacceptable:  we don't buy anything we don't need, and we don't buy anything new if we can get it secondhand.  And yet, in two more years we can throw off the chains of debt, forever.  We will be free.
1 month ago
12 month update.

Well, I put my money where my mouth was and the year old daughter is now in undies during the day, with a nappy on for sleeping.  We made the transition about three weeks ago, and it has been a fairly dry experience so far;  some days she's completely dry all day and uses the potty/toilet.  There have also been a few days where she's refused the potty or we've missed the opportunity and have had to change clothes several times.  Thankfully all misses so far have only been wet, not poo--she's been consistent about pooing on the toilet in the morning for several months now.  She can signal when she needs to potty by making the hand sign or by grunting loudly and insistently.

Of the muslin nappies, after being used and washed daily, those from the cotton tablecloths all started wearing thin and tearing holes.  I mended a few to start with, but more holes kept appearing, so these eight have been retired.  Those from the linen tablecloth and the cotton flannel receiving blankets are still intact and usable.  Likewise, the terrycloth nappies--which were used daily with our older son for 15 months before moving on to the daughter--are looking somewhat ragged around the edges but are still in good enough condition to use.  We finally stopped using the woollen wraps as the Snappi broke when the daughter was about 10 months (and because we were close to our deadline for the transition to undies I decided not to buy another).  I experimented with pinning the wraps instead, but decided it was too time consuming for EC:  I couldn't get the pins out quickly enough for pottying.  So the woollen wraps were retired and we began using the PUL wraps which have Velcro tabs, with the pad fold as described previously.  This is still what we use for bedtime.

This system has worked well for us, and has been very cheap;  it was in fact free!  The muslins are quick and easy to wash and dry--they are line dried weather permitting, or dried on indoor racks overnight;  the terrycloth nappies also dry fairly quickly (especially compared to the prefolds we have) but the muslin ones really take very little time.  I liked that everything was breathable and natural for baby's bottom, while still being dry enough for her outer clothing and bedding.  A few times I had to change bedding after a particularly wet night, but only rarely (and again, only wet not poo).  However, this was not just confined to the woollen wraps as it also happened once in a while with the PUL covers too--more a case of not wrapping thoroughtly/securely than a defect in the covers.
1 month ago
I've got one plant which has overwintered for a few years now, in place.  It's in a fairly sheltered spot next to a fence, so also a little drier than the surrounding soil (all its original neighbours didn't make it though).  I did dig some up, store, and replant the one time, but they didn't really perform any better than the ones from seed.  More experimenting, maybe?
I do this with most of my seedlings;  I can't direct seed most of the time because the slugs and bugs massacre them and sowing a bunch at once into one tray saves me time and space.  I generally will just prick out into a similar seed tray, spaced evenly, and then plant out from that tray once big enough.   I've noticed that my pricked out seedlings grow larger than ones grown directly in modules, which I now no longer use.
4 months ago
For my birthday this week my husband cooked me a massive steak--like 32 oz--and I finished it all.  Was almost as good as the liver

Cajun rice.  I brown off some chopped. celery, pepper and onion with sausage or kielbasa. Add garlic and Cajun seasoning.  Add minced liver and giblets (I prefer using the organ meat from my chickens in this but have done it with other animal livers. The stronger the live type, the more sausage and seasoning I use to hide liver taste). Add cooked rice and parsley. Salt to taste.



That sounds tasty;  I might have to give it a try.
4 months ago