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Old 19th Apr 2017, 18:48   #4601 (permalink)

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Of course the other thing is was a good source of manure. My Grandpa used to take a bucket when the rag and bone wagon came up our avenue.

Rained last two days here, things are remarkably green instead of brown.

At the surgeons again today, dug out a bit more dead tissue, not healing as quick as he would like.
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 06:53   #4602 (permalink)
 
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Morning folks.

Overcast this morning , but the guessers are suggesting things may warm up later.

One suspects Mr & Mrs Blackbird have had a happy event as they are going back and forth to their nest, collecting food.
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 07:20   #4603 (permalink)
 
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Morning all
Bit of a breeze today but otherwise as normal.

Swallows in abundance here and they're all busy feeding their young. In fact lots of bird life in general.
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 09:22   #4604 (permalink)
 
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Morning peeps,dullish start here but Mr Suns just come out and it def is warmer.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 07:13   #4605 (permalink)
 
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FRIDAY and an extremely windy one at that. I think the leg coverings will be on during daylight hours for the first time since I've been here.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 05:27   #4606 (permalink)

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One has decided to try one's hand at making lilly pilly wine. There are two large trees full of the pink/purple berries out the front here and the birds help themselves to all the top ones (about 20 metres up) and leave the lower ones for me. They are edible and can be made into jam, apple and lilly pilly crumble, jelly, chutney and so on and are very useful for changing the colour of your car should you be unwise enough to park underneath one of the trees.

At this time of year there is a near-constant musical/metallic "bonk" as the falling berries land on the carport roof. There must be thousands of the purple perishers! So, wine it shall be. Watch this space.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 06:41   #4607 (permalink)
 
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Morning folks.

Overcast with a bit of dampness around. One is of to me canal today so I expect plenty of tea to be drunk whilst we decide what to do. Then more tea to be consumed after we have done what we eventually decide to do.

SWMBO is having her hair done today - best I remember to compliment her on the short back and sides her restyled bob cut.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 07:54   #4608 (permalink)
 
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Morning all.
The wind appears to have abated somewhat this morning. Plenty of clouds about though and not so warm. Time I thought about going home.

Good luck with the wine production BD.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 10:05   #4609 (permalink)
 
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Lilly Pilly
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 10:33   #4610 (permalink)
 
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Can Lilly Pilly survive a British winter?

BTW, the weather guessers have got some snow showers and a couple of degrees of frost pencilled in for next week here in lowland Scotland.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 11:00   #4611 (permalink)

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Can Lilly Pilly survive a British winter?
I believe some varieties are frost tolerant, Cazalet. However, I can not believe the price this place is charging for one ... LillyPilly. I'll send you some seeds if you like and we'll see how you get on.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 11:02   #4612 (permalink)
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A quiet day here. The two eldest are down in Broadstairs, checking out their old school day haunts, so we are on our own for a couple of days.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 11:10   #4613 (permalink)
 
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Morning peeps,what kind of plant is Lilly Pilly? must be related to summat we have here,black currents or summt like.
Got my first punnet of Strawberries this year,fond of strawberries I be.
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 11:29   #4614 (permalink)

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Completely different, Captain Draper sir. It's a tree or shrub depending on the variety you get. My tree is about 20 metres tall and has clearly been in place for decades. The fruit has a very light, crisp texture and can be eaten straight off the tree. It's a beautiful purple/magenta colour and grows in "bunches" or clusters.

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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 16:04   #4615 (permalink)
 
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'Ere you are Mr D, try this for size:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_luehmannii

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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 21:34   #4616 (permalink)
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Today has been a day of overeating.
I believe that food is addictive, and, having started I have not been able to resist the temptation to continue . . .
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 03:12   #4617 (permalink)
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Truly amazing Bluey, we have heaps of Lilly Pilly, ranging from shrubs to full trees, never knew that the fruit was edible, though the clue must be that the birds love them!
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 07:35   #4618 (permalink)

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The jam I made turned out beautifully, para ... additional pectin (Jamsetta) definitely needed as this fruit is very low in the pectin needed to make it set. The wine has been started and I'm now going to have a go at making lilly pilly jelly which is apparently just as good as the jam on toast or scones and lovely with yoghurt or ice cream.

I do wish I'd started these projects a little earlier though as it's now much of the way through the fruiting season. There are plenty of berries left on the monster tree though and still lots on the somewhat smaller tree at the side of the house. If you have these trees, look up some recipes for yourself and get cooking!! You'll have fun.

Lillypilly jelly.

Lillypilly jam.

Lillypilly wine (Champagne).

I've made Lilly pilly pancakes as well, and put a handful of the berries into an apple crumble and you can also make chutney ... start creating!!
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 07:40   #4619 (permalink)
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Thanks Bluey, we still have a lot of fruit on the biggest tree so will be out there tomorrow doing some gathering!
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 08:36   #4620 (permalink)
 
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I feel quite jealous being devoid of that versatile little berry.

Another perfect start to the day here. No clouds just bright sunshine in a blue sky and no wind.
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