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Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1767
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 18 3:12 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

The weather is seesawing from colder than typical to warmer than normal. Average it out and we are where we should be. Overcast today, rain tomorrow.

Many (I'd even go as far as "most") of the forums seem to be in hibernation. Lack of interest? Moving on? No idea. Even Cassandra has become an intermittent, very occasional presence here. As gregotyn says, hope all is well.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5938
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 18 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blame the dreaded facebook, Jam Lady,it is sucking the life out of many forums and blogs.
People don't seem to realize that archives on fora and blogs are accessible and useful. Just living for the minute..nay,the second

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9090

PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 18 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gregotyn, hazel is cut every 5-7 years, depending on what you want to use it for and how fast it is growing. In some places in our wood 7 years seems to be a bit long, but if it is shady, or a few years where we have less sun, then it needs the longer time.

I would agree about your tractor; make sure it is all right before taking it for a run. You don't want to have to be towed home by a larger tractor.

Cassandra is posting on FB and seems all right. Last contact I had with her she said she hasn't been on her computer much. I think she uses her phone for FB and her computer for here.

Yes Gz, it does seem that more people are taking to FB rather than forums like this. Shame. I belong to a couple of groups on FB that do have archives, so you can look up queries from the past, but haven't quite got that worked out. Afraid I don't really understand FB that well, and sure I could get more out of it.

Yesterday was a busy day as I filled 30 log sacks. We had 50 on order, with 20 filled, then we contacted our other large outlet and they wanted 50 too, so 50 down, 50 more to make next week. Husband and son did 2 firewood loads and put another one on for today, and cut and split me some logs for the sacks. I still had to split some of them with the axe, so a rather heavy day. Strangely I am rather tired now.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1476
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 18 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I agree that face book seems to be the current flavour. I went to it when RC closed, but found I couldn't understand how it worked very well. I kept getting friends saying it is so easy-well I am old and thick so I didn't pursue fb. I hope this keeps going as I enjoy reading a lot of it, and posting where I think I can contribute. I have learned a fair bit on this forum in particular about growing things.

I am just reading yesterday's post and realise I forgot to get the anti-bug liquid for my diesel tank; never mind Monday, is not so far away.

Tomorrow is tractor tyre day and I will fetch them early in the morning and they will be fitted after I have come here mid morning! I will just need a few implements and I'll be a real farmer. I have the academics and a fair bit of practical, but to be honest I am just a bit too old to start keeping cattle and pigs. And I enjoy the neighbour's horse grazing my patch and us having a chat over the fence as we do-he is a perfect gentleman of a grey horse, about 16.5 hands and built big.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1767
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 18 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This morning's temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Raining. And the snow is all gone.

I don't trust Facebook. Yes, you "own" what you write, what pictures you post BUT Facebook can use the information / images how they want. Information can be sold. The company is not running from the goodness of their heart. He wouldn't be 1% of the 1% unless there was tremendously valuable income coming in.

Call me paranoid. Question is - am I paranoid enough. Especially with the certifiable lunatic running the country.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9090

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 18 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You are probably careful enough Jam Lady, but nobody can be completely sure of things with the lunatics running the asylum as seems to be the case with both our countries at the moment. I use FB for messages, and we do use it to advertise our company, but I have no information about myself on there. I too was brought up to be cautious.

Hope your tyre fitting goes all right Gregotyn. It is the sort of thing we tend to get other people to do for us as tractor tyres aren't the most accommodating things in the world. Good luck with it. Be nice to have your tractor going again.

We are taking MIL out for tea this afternoon to celebrate her 92nd birthday, so only breakfast for us otherwise today.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1476
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 18 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tyres suitably fitted on Thursday and I have collected the newly shod wheels this morning, MR. I left my trailer there for the tyres to be loaded only to see the originals on the load too. It appears that to get rid of tyres you have to pay, probably more than the "new"-second hand tyres are worth, I will bite the bullet when I am feeling flush. This morning later they will be attached to the tractor and I will become mobile. I thought of going to work on the tractor but 15mph average is an hour out of my life I don't want to spend getting cold, and being overtaken by every timber lorry ever made-it is our felling season round here. There are usually 3 that I meet going to the woods each morning around the 4-5am mark and often catch up with those who loaded last night on a not too bad for overtaking road, but only in the overtaking places, and they are few and far between. We have a hill round here called Happy Valley, (I call it the "Wiggely Bank), which is a hill of sharp corners from top to bottom of a mile or so. The empty timber lorries going up, go faster than the loaded going down!

I don't think your man will be leaving the US in a hurry Jam Lady. He seems reluctant to come here and we are supposed to be close allies. In the next breath I understand why he doesn't come here, as the reception may be rather hostile. Any one who governs by computer must have some problem in my opinion or is it just me behind the times. I don't know what Twitter does or Facebook, come to think about it. I don't have a telephone now of any description, and the library is my main source of communication. It is strange but I enjoy my own company and am happy alone, but not anti social. There are times when I go to friends'; off again at the end of Feb to a 40th birthday party-I remember the boy just after he was born-I was always the 'uncle' both he and his big sister never had, and I always spoiled them-still do when I can...and their children. I play Father Christmas for them, but think the eldest at 6 may have twigged me! I have a natural big white beard anyway, but use the very hot nylon one supplied, along with the wig and 'red' kit, all good fun! The children's grand parents are my friends from playing badminton with the husband.

I seemed to have acquired a couple who live opposite to me now with a horse and they do things for me.Well it is why the tractor is going. The lad drives a timber harvester and is mechanical and wants my tractor 'to go' so he has got it going! Today the new (second hand) tyres go on and a general service, filters, grease and so on. I will report on Tuesday how I have singlehandedly ploughed and cultivated the whole of Wales, not the Arms Park of course!

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1767
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 18 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Two things, Gregotyn.

Lay the tires down on the ground, fill with good soil, and plant potatoes. It's a popular technique over here, admittedly with car tires.

I make tire planters by cutting the side wall (do it on the valve stem side) and turning the tire inside out. It is a struggle with car tires so I imagine a tractor tire would require the strength of Atlas.

Secondly, the orange haired lunatic does not do anything whatsoever on a computer. I gather he twitters on his phone.

Yesterday it was uncomfortably warm at 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Tonight it's supposed to go back to the low teens.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9090

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 18 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The only times we have taken the little tractor out on the road; top speed 12 1/2 mph, we have had the truck driving behind with the hazard warning lights on, so 15 mph with timber lorries zooming around may be just as scary Gregotyn.

We are in our timber cutting season too; just we have been busy with firewood so not too much cut yet. I have birch to cut this month for besoms, but log sacks have got in the way. With any luck I will clear our big orders for a week or two next week and can do that before the next round.

If you can't get rid of the old tyres easily, they would make good planters even as they are. Good for things like potatoes and carrots that need good depth of soil. Where you are I don't suppose it matters if things look a bit 'rustic'. We have a couple that we rot down sawdust in. I sometimes use it for compost on the garden if I run out of stuff from the compost heap.

Took MIL out for tea to a local tea shop yesterday. They did us very well and MIL had a good time, which was the important thing. We have a doggie bag of sandwiches and cakes we didn't eat, and DIL took her scone home as she didn't want too much. She had lunch which was a mistake.

It isn't too cold here Jam Lady, but the wind seems to be from east or north east, which is a cold direction for us, so a little bit nippy round the ears and such like.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1767
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 18 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Insane weather. Friday night when I went to bed the temperature was 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When I got up Saturday morning the temperature was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. That's a 28 degrees drop in 10 hours. At bedtime last night it was 19 degrees Fahrenheit, following on a windy day. And today's morning temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter is definitely back.

cassandra



Joined: 27 Mar 2013
Posts: 1538

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 18 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry for the long absence, as MR says I am fine and busy at present. My New Year was marred by breaking yet another tooth (old age, and poor dental services in my youth) and I have had to hunt around for a solution which has taken up a bit of time. Still no dental work, but at least I can now pay for it which is nice.

Glad to hear you all survived the Arctic blast, - it was a doozy wasn't it! here we have had the odd hot day, mostly mild and yesterday it was so cold it was snowing again not too far away. The bushfires have so far kept their distance and the one day that was full of dire threat turned out to be a squib so not chance of a bushfire when it is pouring with rain!

Last time I was here I promised pictures of my doings, so here are some to keep you amused.




This is the vest I have been labouring over - it actually fits which is pleasing, and there is sufficient yarn left for me to knit a matching tam'o'shanter which is presently in progress.




these are the various colours I have derived from the rose I stole from vera's garden (I do have formal permission now so not really stolen)

And this is what I have made for her, after adapting a pattern designed for 8 ply wool to suit the 5ply (Bluebell crepe) I was using


cassandra



Joined: 27 Mar 2013
Posts: 1538

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 18 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bother - hit submit instead of going back to the post - anyway, there is sufficient left over of that to make a matching scarf so I am doing that at present.

I found some fabric at the tip so am adapting that to make sort of Victorian gown which is far too posh for a spinning woman but which will be adequate for local dress-up heritage days. I am not trying for period authenticity (it will have a zip at the back so that would be pointless) but have adapted a pattern from the Bargain Centre.






A false underblouse will render it a little more modest, so I have dyed some broderie threaded with ribbon to adorn that.

The problem of where to set up the machine so I have access to the 'form' and the iron has been resolved by the purchase of a treadle Singer yesterday which I am presently servicing (and getting very greasy in the process!). It came compete with manual and various attachments for zigzag, pleating, gathering, rolled hems and goodness knows what-all so will provide hours of exercise and enjoyment.

I like the sound of these neighbours Gregotyn - I agree full formal agreements will be desirable but if you can reach such an agreement it will suit you both very well. Fingers crossed for you!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9090

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 18 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Glad you have been able to unearth the computer again to visit us Cassandra. How are you getting on with the dress, or is it on hold until the sewing machine is working?

I am still spinning my tops; nice mixture called 'Blaze' at the moment which is spinning up to a sort of rust and orange colour, but a bit more subtle, and I have some brown and dark green that I will ply together to go with it.

Not very downsizery, but we bought a coffee machine yesterday, supposedly for my birthday present. Have got it working, which is good, as they say it can take a few goes to get it to your taste, and I have had my first cappuccino, so looking forward to a real coffee with my breakfast.

Weather here has decided to be wet and windy, at least it is quite windy and think it is raining, but rather hard to tell. Today with either be husband and son rebuilding a chainsaw if weather bad, or working in the coppice if dryer, and me doing more log sacks if they go to the woods.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5938
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 18 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You have been busy Cassandra!

Beautiful dyeing and hats.
I love that dress..looking forward to seeing the finished article ...on you of course!

My friends near Georgetown were 1k from the fires,but luckily the wind was taking it away from them..they didn't even smell the smoke.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 9090

PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 18 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Weather here was awful here yesterday so had a household day. Husband and son were trying to clear out one of the rooms while I did a load of washing, sorted some of the clean stuff and finally got round to making biscuits.

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