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Hello from Seaford Sussex!!
Wed 29-Aug-12
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tanyalbeck
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Hi!! wave

saw the frugal forums yesterday and had to join up, so here I am! I live with hubby and 6 and 8 year old sons in Seaford, E Sussex. I moved here 2 months ago and I absolutely LOVE it. I would like to learn about foraging as I live right near the downs but have no idea how to tell one plant from the next!

I am a childminder and generally live in a state of disorganised chaos. whistle We like to get out and about every day, explore, and drink a never-ending supply of tea. I make as many of my own products as possible and make cupcake candles, bath and body oils, and cocoa-nut hair dye as a form of therapy! brightsparklystuff

~Tanya smile

Wed 29-Aug-12
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wave  Hi Tanya

Sounds like you have found the perfect Forum for you.  We are a really friendly bunch and lots of us have got to know each other very well.  Keep posting and asking questions.  There always seems to be someone here who can help and you will be able to help others too.  I just love this Forum and trust the judgement of people here  ( well most of them anyway!!!!!!   big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh  )

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Wed 29-Aug-12
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thank you!! I dont know where to post this somewhat random question... i live in a rented house with a jacuzzi bath (lots indulgent bubbles for the first week, now I'm missing my old shower!!) and every time I turn on the bubbles/ jets this weird black flaky stuff comes out. Every time. WHY???!!

Thu 30-Aug-12
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As it happens there is a thread called 'random thoughts' !
Sounds like the jets need cleaning, a common problem with these baths. OH wanted to put one in the big Gite but I said no due to the cleaning problem. I would suggest good old google which will probably throw up a video of how to do it!
I used to live up the road from you in Crawley!

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Thu 30-Aug-12
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A very warm welcome Tanya.

You'll find a very friendly bunch on here, they certainly welcomed me into the fold big_laugh

This forum is like a very friendly coffee shop. You'll find people pop in occasional as they are passing, others seem to live in here permanently.

 

Look forward to hearing about your foraging exploits.

 

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You know I am addicted to coffee! What do you expect?! big_laugh

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thanks - I keep looking for my 'like' button!! had a good bath cleanout this morning with various goggley suggested things... let's see how it goes!

I need to buy a book on foraging as i have not got the faintest idea what's what... can you recommend any?

Thu 30-Aug-12
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wave  Hi Tanya, welcome to the forum, I think you will enjoy yourself here. laugh

I think a good book to help with the foraging is Richard Mabey's "Food for Free", this edition is small enough to carry it in your pocket but there are also larger formats.

 

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from Les Miserables

Sat 1-Sep-12
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Welcome Tanya, hope the bath cleaning sorted itself out, I would have suggested a large pot of bicarb of soda and a leave the bath full with it in a for a few hours and keep switching on the jets for a few mins at a time, would be interested in what google says as I have a friend with such a bath and she complains about the same problems so doesn't use it.

On foraging, I think you learn as you go along, I don't have any books to recommend, I have the River cottage headgerow book which is good for recipes, but not particularly useful for identification.

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Welcome Tanya from one of those who seems to just pop in here on her way through at the moment. I live in Latvia, although originally from England, and we are at the end of a rather busy season as we have a piece of land with three alpacas and 19 chickens and two allotments.

As for foraging, I find the best way to do it is to start with a plant at a time. Get used to what that looks like in the different seasons and then build up from there. Mind you blackberries are easy and I think there are lots on the downs aren't there? Right time of the year for them too.cheers

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