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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    Yes I realised that when I went to read up on it. It can be eaten but it can be poisonous. There's nothing definitive. Some eat the flowers, leaves and roots but some don't agree with eating. I read it was detrimental to lung health so didn't read any further.

    For info Bocking 14 is the sterile variety. It doesn't self seed.

    Chop and drop is a method I avoid because we have a slug and snail problem here. Maybe if slugs don't like it I may try next season because the method is one I think would be very useful.
    Originally posted by fuddle
    I bought a couple of comfrey plants when I moved here and planted them in the garden - for the purposes of "chop and drop". Hence doing some research at the time as to whether they could be eaten or no and it turned out I'd bought the type one shouldn't eat (yep....it doesn't spread by seed and, if memory serves aright, it's Bocking 14). I decided it was too untidy to plant in a small garden in the end and dug it up and tried to encourage some to grow nearby to me (ie so that I can forage a bit of it if I want to). I found that the fact it's not self-seeder type hasn't stopped a shoot or two poking it's head back up again after a while - I "think" I've finally removed the last little bit of root. Though I'm reluctant to say so - in case I "speak too soon" about that.

    EDIT; Re the "chop and drop" and a couple of advocates of that that I watch on YouTube sometimes are "The Gardening Channel with James Prigioni" and then there's the blogger that owns Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland and she regularly puts up videos on YouTube. Both of them had to start from scratch and with land that was far from promising in the case of the Bealtaine Cottage one and fast forward a few years - and it all looks very lush - and I try and copy what bits of that sort of idea I can in my sort of set-up.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 10-07-2018 at 6:26 PM.
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 10th Jul 18, 7:44 PM
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    There's something we have in common money. I watch Bealtaine Cottage sometimes. I saw what she started with and what she's done. If only I had the land. I'll hunt the gardening channel to have a little nose. Thanks.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 10th Jul 18, 7:59 PM
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    I found that kelp helped me at first then stopped helping. I keep re-trying it every so often but think it actually makes me feel worse now. Maybe it messes with the adrenal insufficiency thing.
    Re diet KC, for me it has to be gradual and sensible. The latest fads are no use at all to me - if it's taken me 60 years to be able to stomach broccoli then I wont have time to get used to pea protein
    I need to cut out all sugars. I need to eat plain simple old-fashioned proper food, regular set mealtimes - and I need a lot of salt. I'm low sodium and if I eat too much sweet stuff I get confused, unsteady, hot and flustered very fast. So preps here are going to include salted nuts and learning to eat every 4 hours. I'd agree preps re health are vital.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 10th Jul 18, 9:44 PM
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    Mar, I think thats half the battle, knowing what suits you - this whole ME/CF/CFS thing is so individual (I suspect its multifactorial, to say the least: genetics, environmental toxins, viral exposure, emotional life. And I have to say, this sounds really good: "I need to cut out all sugars. I need to eat plain simple old-fashioned proper food, regular set mealtimes - and I need a lot of salt." I'm often a fiend for salt as well, and I've had a few episodes where I've ended up on the floor with low blood pressure, so the salt is really necessary.

    Own preps: I've been weeding (again, same patch, again) two year old garlic and rampant alpine strawberries and some weeds too for good measure - I want my chive plants there. I'll have to plant them on Thursday now. I'm definitely getting a good few perennial greens in the garden now.

    And the stairlift was sold from my mother's house today we got less than 5% of what we paid less than 2 years ago, it's only been used half a dozen times, but at least the profit isn't going to the barstewards who sold it to us, who lied and lied about options for second hand stairlifts.
    Downsized and paid off mortgage 2010
    Retired August 2016
    Paid off French mortgage September 2018
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 10th Jul 18, 10:00 PM
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    They are solid hun.
    Originally posted by SmlSave
    So they won't fit into the ring-pull of a drinks can.

    That's disappointing.
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 10th Jul 18, 10:04 PM
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    OK, so I tried out the LED lamp last night.

    It's not blindingly bright, but I reckon it would be bright enough, for you to see to use the bathroom in a power cut.
    1984 WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

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    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jul 18, 7:08 AM
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    OK, so I tried out the LED lamp last night.

    It's not blindingly bright, but I reckon it would be bright enough, for you to see to use the bathroom in a power cut.
    Originally posted by Bedsit Bob
    This disproving the statement that you cahn't find your arris in the dark with both hands..........?


    One advantage of the microflat here is that I can walk about it saely in pitch darkness, unless I've been stupid enough to leave things on the floor.
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    • jk0
    • By jk0 11th Jul 18, 7:13 AM
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    Morning all.

    You'll be pleased to hear that that cheque hit my bank account at long last yesterday. Maybe as for a large amount they had to wait for a similar amount to be going the other way?
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jul 18, 7:18 AM
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    Morning all.

    You'll be pleased to hear that that cheque hit my bank account at long last yesterday. Maybe as for a large amount they had to wait for a similar amount to be going the other way?
    Originally posted by jk0
    Phew, what a relief! Banks are flipping unbelievable, the cheque system dates back to the mid-seventeenth century and they're curiously unable to improve it beyond the speeds of the era of periwigs and horsedrawn carriages?! I expect your money was busily working somewhere in the time it was between your accounts and giving you stress.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Jul 18, 8:21 AM
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    I spent a bit of early-up time musing through property photos and my scaled floorplans. I just realised how future proofed aspects of this house really are, concrete slope (zimmer/wheelchair) up to a side entrance via the conservatory, nice smart hand rails on stairs, very new and nice bathrooms, both with grab handles in the showers, slightly higher loo which I don`t mind, downstairs bedroom next to a bath/shower room. Sometimes things just kind of hit me, I didn`t take it all in on viewing


    Now that most of my link a bord beds are out and being stored, the allotment has lost a lot of its structure ie the part that psychologically enabled me to tackle one bed at a time. Any hints on taking various plants out for moving? The small ones like hellibores and echinaceas, I am ok with. I have 5 lovely david austin roses, 4 x 4` tall standard gooseberries with still-fragile stems and 2 blueberries in the ground plus 2 x 2 year planted ben conan blackcurrants. I semi-pruned the roses yesterday and the ben conan for berry picking. I will have to root prune in early winter and plant in as small a pot as I can because of the weight issue. Any better ideas?
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 11th Jul 18, 8:48 AM
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    We met the owners of our new home yesterday, they are so lovely and we've sorted out all the queries we had over all aspects of the house. Darned estate agents and their 'privacy policy' were just playing silly beggars with both of us! we're buying a couple of pieces of furniture from them that are just too big for their new home and solve a problem for us so I'm getting a hand made kitchen table that will seat 10 (himself is a carpenter) and a lovely recliner 3 seater (possibly 4) recliner sofa and matching armchair and they're leaving all the curtains, all the carpets, all the built in shelving units etc. and the most magnificent handmade shed in the garden ( the carpenter is also a woodturner and it's his workshop) Very tired after all the driving yesterday but most relieved and easier in mind by far today!
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 11th Jul 18, 9:38 AM
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    Nice Mrs L xx
    • juliettet
    • By juliettet 11th Jul 18, 9:46 AM
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    Kittie, I have Quick Step in my lounge. The classic oak. Looks as good now as it was laid 8 years ago. I think it is all in the fitting. I will replace all my upstairs with this in time.
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 11th Jul 18, 10:10 AM
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    What excellent news, kittie, Lyn and jk0

    I keep telling Mr ivyleaf we need better handrails on the stairs. Atm there's one on the inner side, but due to the design of what I suppose I must call the balustrade, along the side of the landing, the handrail doesn't go all the way up the stairs, and it would be a good idea to have another handrail on the opposite side of the stairs, on the inside of the outside wall (that sounds daft, but i expect you can work out what i mean), as well.
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 11th Jul 18, 10:57 AM
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    What excellent news, kittie, Lyn and jk0

    I keep telling Mr ivyleaf we need better handrails on the stairs. Atm there's one on the inner side, but due to the design of what I suppose I must call the balustrade, along the side of the landing, the handrail doesn't go all the way up the stairs, and it would be a good idea to have another handrail on the opposite side of the stairs, on the inside of the outside wall (that sounds daft, but i expect you can work out what i mean), as well.
    Originally posted by ivyleaf

    Yes, we did exactly this - we live in an Edwardian terraced cottage and the stairs are narrow and steep... and the handrail on the fancy bannister only went half way up. We added a handrail on the other side (against the wall) and it feels much safer, particularly for visitors who are used to modern staircases.

    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Jul 18, 11:03 AM
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    Juliett, that was timely. I was going to ask about quickstep in bedrooms and on the landing. I don`t know if I can face carpet any more, my big sample came today, classic oak and it is gorgeous. One more question for you re the skirtings, did you have them taken off and re-fitted over the boards?


    MrsLW, I am very pleased and your dh must be ecstatic about that shed/workshop


    Far too hot now but I did about 2 hours in tha garage, decided that I want to be able to say to removers stage 1, move all this. So I went back and forth to my outbuilding, taking packing materials of all types. This outbuilding is stage 2 and I will start packing it up when the weather is cooler. Somehow I lost my keys and I spent 30 minutes looking for them, no-where at all but the garage was locked so not in there. I went to the outbuilding 4 times, looking and said to *** `I could do with some help here before I panic` I turned around and lifted a whicker basket up off a shelf and there they were, underneath the basket. This is always happening and Mar knows why
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 11th Jul 18, 1:31 PM
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    Juliett, that was timely. I was going to ask about quickstep in bedrooms and on the landing. I don`t know if I can face carpet any more, my big sample came today, classic oak and it is gorgeous. One more question for you re the skirtings, did you have them taken off and re-fitted over the boards?


    MrsLW, I am very pleased and your dh must be ecstatic about that shed/workshop


    Far too hot now but I did about 2 hours in tha garage, decided that I want to be able to say to removers stage 1, move all this. So I went back and forth to my outbuilding, taking packing materials of all types. This outbuilding is stage 2 and I will start packing it up when the weather is cooler. Somehow I lost my keys and I spent 30 minutes looking for them, no-where at all but the garage was locked so not in there. I went to the outbuilding 4 times, looking and said to *** `I could do with some help here before I panic` I turned around and lifted a whicker basket up off a shelf and there they were, underneath the basket. This is always happening and Mar knows why
    Originally posted by kittie
    He is so helpful, kittie!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Jul 18, 4:31 PM
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    I am seriously thinking that prepping for extensive heat is actually more important than prepping for cold. My guess is that more people are dying from heat and poor air quality. My gp neighbours husband had a very bad night last night, I didn`t chat to her much today but this game old man travelled a long way on a train yesterday, by himself. My guess is that he was on steroids and asthma pumps last night
    The reason I think this is worse is that there is no escape, at the very least we can pile the woollens on and keep a small room warm. They are in an east/west house, mine is south/north and tbh I am very grateful that my new house is old fashioned enough to have a cool north side. In winter we can get warm and cosy in bed and cold lets us sleep better. Right now I could not sleep without my pedestal fan directed on me all through the night
    • jk0
    • By jk0 11th Jul 18, 5:13 PM
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    Phew, what a relief! Banks are flipping unbelievable, the cheque system dates back to the mid-seventeenth century and they're curiously unable to improve it beyond the speeds of the era of periwigs and horsedrawn carriages?! I expect your money was busily working somewhere in the time it was between your accounts and giving you stress.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen

    Thanks GQ. I'll say!



    Two further SHTF's this week here...


    First my computer power supply started overheating, so I could only use it for 5 mins before it shut down. Then yesterday someone cloned my credit card, so I am presently without one.


    I managed to get a new power supply delivered this morning, but was I able to get my computer working again? It just beeps continuously and nothing comes on the screen. Even the old power supply now has the same effect, so the board must have been damaged when I was changing the power leads. I was so careful too!


    I'm now on the Windows 7 machine I bought in 2014, but I can't work out how to set it so it only requires a single moue click. Anyone know?
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    For anyone with one of the fancypants keyless cars: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5942205/Wrap-car-key-fob-TINFOIL-stop-thieves-unlocking-vehicle.html


    There, it's official, you need tinfoil. Or simply an old tin to keep the fob in at home and perhaps a small tin ('baccy/ sweeties) to keep them in your pocket or bag.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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