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Mon 24-Feb-14
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We live in Gwynedd on the Lleyn, which is nothing like a cider county. We got our original inspiration from the county of Herefordshire and we get down there as often as we can.

Duck wise, I keep several colours of Indian Runners and both Khaki and White Campbells. My chickens are Light Sussex, Welsummers and a pretty rare breed, large fowl Anconas.

I've got four of the last litter of Gloucester Old Spots going off for the chop tomorrow, so the next few days are going to be a bit hectic.

Mon 24-Feb-14
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I see that you've been doing some homework.ok

Not difficult been leaning on the gatepost for sometime but not yet ventured through . Put 2 & 2 together and made Prue !cheers

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Mon 24-Feb-14
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I am in Lower Normandy amongst the dairy farmers. Self sufficiency is the norm here!

Chicken wise I have 8 hens, 7 Buff Orpingtons and 1 tri coloured Sussex, 2 boys, one is pure Buff the other is a Buff/Tri coloured mix and very handsome.

I am picking up a pair of Rouen Ducks on Wednesday as I love this breed and have 6 white Muscovy eggs in my incubator I hope will pip around the end of this week. May take longer as this breed hatch at 34 days not the usual 28. 

I love Gloucester old spot pigs but here they are all pink ones kept in big sheds so I do not buy Pork.

I have recently sourced some happy lamb and have put in my order for later in the year. I am going to be taught how to butcher it this time. I am not ready to cope with the killing!

My aim is to keep away from chemicals in food and not help in the exploitation of animals. I am not a militant green, just someone quietly trying to do my bit!

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Mon 24-Feb-14
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You can't beat home produced, as well as that extra taste, it really gives you a sense of achievement.

This last two or three years we've had some great stuff out our small polytunnel. Last year we had a bumper crop and as long as I get my back side into gear this week and dig it over ready for planting, I'm hoping to repeat the success. We grew loads of onions, Sweet and Chilli peppers, plus the usual tomatoes and cucumbers. It was bumper year. I bought my onion sets last week, so I need to get cracking.

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Yes, a bumper year for all of us, John, the weather was kind, we can but hope this year will be good as well.  Istill have Raspberries and Strawberries in the Freezer , not yet converted into Jam. My Brother bought me six Strawberry plants from Aldi, did not know where to put them, finally found an old Trolly thing, well, never had such a good crop, outdid my more expensive Plants.  I also tried Grafted Plants , but did not find much difference, if any, but perhaps it was because it was such a good year anyway.

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We had beginners luck with growing chillis and ended up with hundreds of them. We gave loads away and both dried and froze them. We wont be growing them for a few years until we've used what we've got stored.

Mon 24-Feb-14
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Welcome Ciderman (John), I am not from Cider country but I do admit to loving a spot of the old scrumpy when I can get it medicine

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Tue 25-Feb-14
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There's some super cider out there but there's also quite a bit that's nothing like cider. Its all about education and the lessons along the way can be quite enjoyable.http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Drinks/drinking-41.GIF The homework can also be pretty rewarding too.

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Watched a Programme last night, about a man who started off growing Chillies for his own use, got so enamoured with them, he now has his own Business, sells them dried , made into a Chilli Jam, etc.

Tue 25-Feb-14
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I think I've seen him on the telly before. I have loads of ideas, I have at least one or two a week but I eventually discard them and realize that for whatever reason, they're not for me. The bonus with having a butterfly like mind, is that life is rarely dull.ok

 

Here are just a few, just a few in like just the tip of the iceberg. We put these to dry in the airing cupboard and once they had dried, we crushed them and put them into jam jars.

 

 

 

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We froze these but are scared to death of the Scotts Bonnets.

 

 

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Tue 25-Feb-14
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wave  What a fantastic collection.  Have you not used the scotch bonnets at all?

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Blimey, that's a lot of chillies......especially considering you only use 1 or 2 in a recipe eeekbig_laugh

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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What a fantastic lot, Iam not a Chilli Fan, has to be very mild for me.  I  made a Vegetable Curry last week, put a small Yellow one in, phew! had to put plenty of Coconut Milk in to soften the blow!

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It'll take us years to get through the one's that we've saved and having had a nibble of a bonnet while we were harvesting them, we are somewhat circumspect about them to say the least. My gob was on fire .runawaybig_laugh

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Could you not make Chilli Jam, and sell it beside your Cider?

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