Beanstew

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days ago

    If you are going to Lidl, Jane – look out for their English plums. I bought some a couple of days ago (Belles) when they were unobtainable in Tesco and Morrison’s. :good: Lidl. The season for them is so short – and they are usually so much nicer than the Spanish varieties. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks, Sheila. Unfortunately they’d got hardly any fruit this morning – they’re getting worse and an online order from elsewhere is looming!

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 1 hour ago

    Have just seen this, Karen – it’s literally heartbreaking. I do not think the people of Omagh will ever forget this day, even if the “official” memorial service is ended.

    • No, can’t see it will ever be forgotten Sheila but most of us are glad that there will be no more “official” services. They were always taken over by the media and people being interviewed. A lot of us pay our respects quietly before or after for that reason. We can now reclaim it peacefully and gently. I took flowers to the memorial gardens this…[Read more]

    • Meant to say I still can’t listen to Webber’s Pie Jesu without tears.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 1 hour ago

    Am terrorised by the vast quantities of tomatoes that I am picking every two days – the Losetto have to be used quickly because of their tendency to split when ripe. I’m not really expecting any betterment in the weather today – same old, same old Atlantic rain. Going to sort out the big DF tomorrow before soup making. Have a lovely day, Karen.

  • Beanstew replied to the topic Potato recipes in the forum Group logo of RecipesRecipes 5 days, 2 hours ago

    Found this very interesting, Jane, because I have not stopped eating potatoes. Don’t know how much decline in their use is fear of carbs. It may just be a lot quicker to blast a packet of pre-cooked rice in the microwave than it is to prepare and cook potatoes. Will be trying out a couple of these – don’t think you can beat a good potato.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 2 hours ago

    You are putting me to shame, Anne – I seem to have been overcome by a fit of absolute laziness, and dozed off on the couch yesterday afternoon.

    • :lol: snap for at least five mins after lunch Sheila!! Needs must sometimes … second childhood:- after-dinner naps and love of furry things!!! HAGD :lol: :rose:

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Done!

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    It seems to be working just now, Anne – but it was certainly odd last night.

    • Good morning Sheila … it has calmed down now….I was very trepidatious about coming on this morning but it seems faster and stable :good: HAGD :love: :rose:

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Are you making tomato soup?

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Funnily enough, I had decided to visit B&Q today to buy the masonry paint for coping stones and window cills for exactly the same reason. All over Britain, pensioners are anticipating their DIY needs desperately before the 10% discount finishes – and B&Q’s takings will peak dramatically.
    Must congratulate you both on a beautifully neat doorway…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Whoopee!!

  • Beanstew posted an update 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Another grey damp day here (but I will NOT moan for at least another couple of days). More pressing is the question, “Will this post? – or will it disappear forever?” Fingers crossed.

    • Whoopee!!

    • Whoopee indeed :lol: No rain here again although a little is forecast tomorrow. The plants aren’t suffering as much because the early mornings are cooler with a dew but I daren’t plant any of these new plants yet so the bees will have to visit them in their pots ;-) I will swap you some sunny days with a couple of rainy ones ;-)

    • Morning Sheila and Cilla pretty grey here too Bean, but at least it is dry – for now. We’ve had quite a bit of rain here so quite happy for you to have some of mine as well Cilla. :lol: Need to try and get hold of Duncan, the site was dire last night. :-(

    • Good morning, Sheila, Karen, Cilla :-) I will sort the dead mangetout today! Enjoy – hope you get some sunshine!

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 12 hours ago

    I think it’s a great thing you’ve done Tina – and women may live to regret losing all of their old skills. But at least you have done something to keep jam making going. I am appalled every year when I go picking brambles to see that no one else bothers to pick them, jam them or freeze them. Anybody would think we could all afford to buy our 5…[Read more]

    • I Hate to see wasted Fruit, Bean, wasted anything really, only wish I was able to pick Brambles, do like Apple and Bramble Jam, I have to buy them frozen.

      • I wonder if you could find a long, low space along which to grow a Thornless Blackberry plant Tina? the one I am thinking of sends out very long stems. I can imagine it trained along a fence pole or a low wall which you could reach from your wheel chair to pick the fruit without being pricked to pieces by prickles. if you had the space it could…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 12 hours ago

    What a mob!!!

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 12 hours ago

    Are you going to try to crop these through the end of the year with lighting, Frank? Be interested to hear how you get on.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 12 hours ago

    Good evening Jenny. Was going to clear some ground today, but it’s rained nearly all day so I did damn all. Wasn’t a bad day, but I really hope it has dried up by tomorrow, so that I can be a bit more productive. It’s a shame everybody won’t keep up their own grass trimming – it must make quite a difference to the look of the site.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 6 days, 12 hours ago

    See my comment above Frank.

  • Beanstew posted an update 6 days, 12 hours ago

    Tried to comment on Frank’s click below, and when I posted it, the whole thing disappeared. Attempts to re-post in the comment box below Frank’s photo also failed. Just wanted to congratulate him on the very smart appearance of his beds and walling – and to ask if he had built these himself.

    • Hi B/S am having a lot of trouble uploading my recent photos so these last 2 are old photos from 2012 and these uploaded without any problem. Sorry for any confusion but yes I built these walls on my last house and many more and the toms are old photos. I was trying to find out why I can upload some pictures but not many and none of my latest.…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Bags of symbolism for the Celtic and Nordic people for whom it meant strength and potential. Druids believe that eating acorns helps to foresee the future – and the word “druid” translates as “oak knowledge”. Don’t really fancy eating them though.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    If you feel tired, Cilla – just dig your heels in, and make OH go on his own. One of the lovely things about living alone is that I don’t have expectations like that constantly cropping up. I hope you get a chance to recharge and recoup – but I remember sometimes this takes second place.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Shall expect you to smell the aroma of baking bread soon, just after the washing machine stops spinning, Jane. (Think I am right that Ian is the person who makes the bread). Bet he’s missed it, and is just longing for a slice of superior homemade… It’s just lovely to get back to normal in your own home.

    • Morning Sheila :-) yes, he is and he’ll be baking tomorrow! I’m giving him today off! He came back from Devon and gave me two acorns – must check for symbolism before composting them.

      • Bags of symbolism for the Celtic and Nordic people for whom it meant strength and potential. Druids believe that eating acorns helps to foresee the future – and the word “druid” translates as “oak knowledge”. Don’t really fancy eating them though.

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