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Tips and tricks – finding and harvesting nature's resources
Wed 25-May-11
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RuthG
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I guess they grow quite well/easily from seed - there are dozens of the things all over my garden (due to the neglect put there by birds!

Wed 25-May-11
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Joanna, it was on a working dairy farm in the high peak district, new mills, just south of manchester and up on the hills behind the farm was a ancient burial ground landmark where you could see 360 degrees around you.  Only the rich and important were given the honour of being buried there.

Wed 25-May-11
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I rather like history, geography, geology and.. geneology!

Thu 26-May-11
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I know New Mills quite well as that was on our route to my parents who live north of Manchester. Small world as they say!

I like history, geography and genealogy too, not as keen on the geology as put off as a kid. My Mum was a geography teacher who got into jewellery by making tumbled polish stones, this meant many a holiday walking up and down beaches and visiting various sites around the country for interesting specimens for the stall and to make more jewellery. They are just about to give up the shop now but here is a link to it

Only kind of on track as we spent many a day searching for nature's resources to harvest, it is just they weren't the edible kind whistle

Sat 16-Jun-12
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I was in New Mills recently. Emma grew up in the area and still has friends living round there. I don't know the area terribly well but I'll just mention the Swizzles factory then move on...

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Sun 17-Jun-12
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I remember swizzles! This site is new to me but not what I expected. Knowing how good we all are at getting off track I should not be surprised. Blackberry bushes laden at the moment, yum.

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Wed 11-Jul-12
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On my way to the car park in work, I saw what looked like cherries in the hedge. I took a closer look, picked one and gave it a squeeze. It had a stone in it like real cherry. When I got home I had a look in Food for Free and the River Cottage Hedgerow books and looked at the leaf shapes, and it does look like we have cherries in the car park. I'll pick some tomorrow and give one a taste to see what they're like. If there is one tree then with any luck there'll be more so I'll pay more attention to the trees in future!

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Thu 12-Jul-12
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We have a lot of cherry trees here on our estate, Mirabelle too.

I'll try that again!

Thu 12-Jul-12
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So... I filled a sandwich bag with cherries and brought them home to try. I made sure I only picked ones which had mostly turned red and had started to feel a bit ripe, or at least weren't still rock hard. They were a mixed bunch, with some of them tasting quite sour and others being more or less ok.

I have decided to have a go at making glace cherries, following the recipe Shelley posted last year.

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Thu 12-Jul-12
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I would make a Clafoutis, it is the best thing to showcase cherries, other than just eating them of course.

I'll try that again!

Fri 13-Jul-12
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and if you have a surplus, brandied bottled cherries (works well with cherry plums as well).

Fri 13-Jul-12
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ooh, that sounds like a good idea for mirabelles...made jam with them last year and not impressed...got a recipe Rob?

Sat 14-Jul-12
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Terrier said:

ooh, that sounds like a good idea for mirabelles...made jam with them last year and not impressed...got a recipe Rob?

I do indeed however my files have been packed away (can you tell we are eager to move?).  I have a scanned copy on the PC at work though so shall post it up on Monday for you.

Mon 16-Jul-12
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Thanks Rob, looking forward to it...if I can get to the mirabelles before the birds

Wed 25-Jul-12
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I forgot to say, I finished making the glacé cherries and they weren't bad. The only real problem was that the cherries were quite small but with big stones so there wasn't actually much flesh on each cherry. Some of the cherries tasted quite bitter before 'treatment' but afterwards they were nice and sweet.

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