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Thu 7-Jan-10
9:09 pm
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elrohana
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Sorry, I sort of snuck under the wire fence a little while ago (you might wanna get that looked at before a fox gets the chickens).  Guess I ought to be polite and introduce myself.

My name's Lyn, I'll be 44 in a couple of weeks, I live just on the outskirts of north Leeds with my OH, 3 cats and a dog.  I have an allotment, I grow some veg and herbs in containers at home, I'm an avid jam and chutney maker and I make my own wine (from flowers and fruit as well as the occasional kit for cheatings sake).  I also recycle like a nutter and have done since the 80s, buy eco-friendly, recycled, organic, free-range and natural whatevers whenever possible, and like the sound of my own voice (and the sight of my own posts) far too much.  I'd love to turn my house into a wind/solar power farm, but sadly we rent, so I can't.  I'm slightly obsessive about not cutting down trees.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Danny
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Thanks for that great intro, Lyn. I think parts of you are like a composite of many people on here. i.e. you will fit in very well indeed! Laugh

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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Yup I agree with Danny, I am nearly a couple of years older, used to live just south of South Yorkshre, so a Northerner like yourself, and have now two allotments plus land (oh boy, it is getting worse), no cats of dogs as we now live in an aparment and it is just not fair. I make jam and chutney too but won't be using eco-friendly stuff, simply as it is not usually available here in Latvia, unless you include the white vinegar I use as a water softener instead of soft rinse. Free-range will be next year if.... and it is a big if.... we can sort out a hen house and some hens. We differ on one point I let my hubby cut down trees but he is a good lad, he is clearing forest of undergrowth at the moment and only cutting up fallen trees and dead ones, we will have to cut down some more mature stuff at some stage but the we have a whole forest to play with - well about 15 acres of the stuff. RunAway

So what is your favourite jam/chutney recipe

Fri 8-Jan-10
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elrohana
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JoannaS said:

So what is your favourite jam/chutney recipe


Funnily enough, an apple chutney recipe I picked up on Cottage Smallholder last year!

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Sat 9-Jan-10
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Most of my chutneys have apples in, could be due to the fact of having so many local apple trees. Even though ours failed to produce much this year (late frost I think), a lady up the road who can't speak a word of English took me by the hand and showed me her apple trees and got me picking a bucket and indicated that there were more around the back. When I went back to collect some more, she even helped me pick them. I love moments like that.Big_Hug

Sat 9-Jan-10
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Danny
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That was a great moment, Joanna - I agree.

In our case, we have a wealthy lady who lives accross the road from us. She is effectively Lady Of The Manor, in her late 80s.

She had to go away for three weeks this autumn. He daughter in  law gave us permission to harvest apples from her many apple trees. As we crossed the road back to our house with several carrier bags in hand, her gardener drove past very slowly, clocking every last detail,.We just know that he ran to tell tales once she returned home.

Never mind. A jar of great chutney can resolve all issues, at a low cost. Ok

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