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Marmalade - HELP
Tue 26-Jan-16
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irist
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Get well soon, Maura.  

I've taken out of the freezer apple peelings, cores and lemon peel and boiled them up with some ginger root to make a version of Pam Corbin's Compost Heap Jelly (not a very appetising name but delicious all the same). The resultant mush is now draining in the jelly bag.  Will proceed to stage two tomorrow. 

Tue 26-Jan-16
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That sounds good, actually, Iris - may try that in the not too distant future. Thanks.ok

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Fri 29-Jan-16
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wave Hope you feel better soon, Maura.  big_hug

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Fri 29-Jan-16
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Get well soon Maura, this virus worries me , son had it then a chest infection , now OH has it and as he takes pills that suppress his immune system, I worry he will get worse. 

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Sat 30-Jan-16
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Thank you all so much for your best wishes which must have done the trick as I am at last starting to feel a bit better. Cannot begin to explain the awfulness of coughing every few minutes for almost 24/7 for weeks at a time. Every part of you hurts because the coughing is so violent and it leaves you fighting for your breath. After each coughing fit I needed to blow my nose (I'll spare you the details but suffice to say it was like a full time production conveyor belt of filth trying to escape from me one way or another).

It was one of the most virulent infections I have ever encountered - nothing I threw at it slowed it down and after 2 weeks I was as week as a kitten. The hospital visit saved me and I am so grateful to the staff who took one look at my blood test results and said, 'sorry, you aren't going anywhere'. At first I was very upset but then they started whacking anitbiotics into me via a drip and orally so I knew I was in trouble. I've been on a high dose of 10 pills a day since they let me home plus 6 paracetamol daily to try and keep my temperature down. For someone who gags at the mere thought of taking an aspirin it has been a trial but being desperate I would take anything.

My GP likened it to a daily Dosmestos clean through to kill it off and warned me it would make me tired....oh how I laughed....tired, I've been totally wiped out with the coughing fits and sleepless nights and inability to eat so to just be tired was a treat. He was right though - the pills make you feel a totally different sort of tired - bit trance like. The coughing has almost stopped and I'm now eating small meals so on the mend. I have to keep taking the pills till next Tuesday which is about 10 days worth (normal dose is 5 days). They have booked me in for another chest x-ray and more blood tests so I know at last they are aware of how bad I got this bug - I just wished they had listened to me all those weeks ago and we might have been able to deal with it before it took hold but lesson learned.....if your GP won't listen, kick up a fuss, because only you know just how bad your are feeling.

Please look after yourselves and if you start to feel really bad and you know it's not just a common cold or flu then insist they do a blood test at the very least. My blood test (that flag up infection) registered 190.....it should be 5 or under eeek if you can get a chest x-ray as well then so much the better.

Love and good health to everyone wave

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Sat 30-Jan-16
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Glad you're on the mend Maura.

Sat 30-Jan-16
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That's awful, Maura, glad you are at last on the mend, take care, hope you will soon be back to your old Self.big_hugbig_hug

Sat 30-Jan-16
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Get well soon, Maura - you don't need this at any time!! big_hug

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Mon 7-Mar-16
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Hello everyone, it's been ages! Do get well soon Maura, it sounds like such a horrendous ordeal!

I was wondering if anyone had entered their marmalade in Marmalade Awards? Most of you seem very knowledgeable and I learned so much from this forum. The Awards have quite a few categories and winners get to display a roundel on their jars which then increase their sales/kudos- great fun! Here is a link , what do you think?

http://www.dalemainmarmaladeawards.co.uk/cms/festival.php

Mon 7-Mar-16
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Would go if I lived nearer!  Wouldn't enter my marmalade though - too daunting.

Mon 7-Mar-16
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I agree Iris, I love experimenting with different marmalades, but would never enter into a competition.

But Penrith - quite a way ....

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Thu 5-May-16
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Making some more marmalade today - my frozen supply bag of cut peel was bursting, so together with 2 lemons, 3 oranges and a net of satsumas (well, easy-peelers!), my two pans are now sitting waiting to be put into jars. Oh, and I've added a sachet of orange-flavoured cranberries too. chef  laugh

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Thu 5-May-16
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Why and how do you have orange flavoured cranberries?

I'll try that again!

Thu 5-May-16
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I think, Toni, you may have asked me before - I buy them at Christmas from Sainsburys, and they are really nice, so I have a mini stock of them! whistle

It's another texture in the marmalade, making it a bit more interesting!! laugh

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Oh, OK!  I thought it a little odd as I like the flavour of Cranberries.  But that is just me...roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

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