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In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 14:12:29 BDT
Stu says:
why debs this is more fun as ive just been on to help a friend out who doesnt know quite how to explain himself,so in pops stu and ive said my bit? now just awaiting the response lol---xxx

Posted on 21 May 2013 14:03:22 BDT
WHOOPIEEEE!!!! I was starting to worry that it had gone missing! I'm so glad you have it, you will be able to cover your walls and ceilings in quilt with all of that :)

Was it the right kind of fabric? I bought myself some of the cheesecloth to wrap Pitta Bread in, it's perfick. I can't wait to see pictures of the Paneer! xxx

Hopefully that will keep you going for a few Months Ori, and now I know which shop to go to you will never be fabricless again x

I just signed up to Ravelry Isobel... Some very cute slipper designs on there :)

Oooh Stu, I think you should take up knitting instead :D xx

Posted on 21 May 2013 13:32:50 BDT
Stu says:
my new hobby is winding people up on other forums and getting high marks for doing so lol---xxx

Posted on 21 May 2013 12:45:59 BDT
The boxes arrived today. Girl you are tooo much!
So much beauty. Oh, my goodness.
And you know I'm gonna be makin' Paneer this weekend!
(Query: can you freeze paneer? Reply: Of course not, Womble, think before you post! LOL)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 12:11:07 BDT
Isobel Ayres says:
Have you met Ravelry?

Astoundingly large collections of patterns (free and priced), plus forums!

Posted on 19 May 2013 18:31:06 BDT
Better than a "nice peapod burgundy", I'm sure! ;)

Posted on 19 May 2013 18:06:11 BDT
I've just started to make some elderflower champagne. We don't get the flowers here so I buy dried ones off the internet, and then I add a bottle of elderflower cordial as the dried flowers don't have that lovely fresh flavour of the fresh ones. I also don't bottle it until the yeast stops working, then add a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle when it's bottled. That way it's not so fizzy and I don't have to worry about exploding bottles. Its usually ready to drink about three weeks after bottling.

Posted on 18 May 2013 07:57:01 BDT
Bearman says:
How far from the house is it? The one problem with eucalyptus is that they grow so dam fast and get very very tall. If it is any closer than 40ft from the house, you may want to think of controlling the growth. Eucalypts can be pruned. If you treat it like a large shrub and prune it back annually, not only will it keep it short and thereby control the root spread, but it also preserves the juvenile leaf form. In case you dont know, young eucalypts have circular leaves with the stem going through the middle. They also have a lovely silvery blue colour. As the tree get bigger, the leaves change shape to their adult form which is a more standard elongated leaf, and usually loose some of that silvery colour.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 00:26:52 BDT
What about eucalyptus , Bear, I have a lovely one at the end of my garden but OH wants to chop it down 'cos he thinks the roots will damage the house???? What do you

Posted on 17 May 2013 15:27:18 BDT
I knitted so much that I wouldn't buy a book that didn't open flat so I could read at the same time. I have knitted through the St. Matthew Passion (the tenor saw me and thought it was amusing), and through a screening and a half of Attenborough's Ghandi. The usher said, "Did you fall asleep?" when I came out halfway through the second run. I replied, "No, I finished the sleeves!" I'd have knitted at Vespers if they'd let me.
I knitted so much I gave myself repetitive motion stress and deep level muscle spasms. A few years ago I finally gave it up, and gave away all my yarn, needles and patterns to a friend who needed them. It almost killed me! But I'm glad I did it. I personally can't sew/quilt for long stretches so it saved me from myself.

Posted on 17 May 2013 14:01:35 BDT
Thanks Pixie, I love that shade of dusky pink. Have a lovely time on your travels!! xx

@Bearman, I might get some cooking rubber gloves :) When I make Dim Sum I use boiling water in one of the wrapper dough's... Ouchy!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 12:01:38 BDT
Bearman says:
According to what I have been reading, mozarella is supposed to be one of the easier cheeses to make, but it helps to have asbestos hands.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 11:56:35 BDT
pixie says:
Love the colour of that shrug Debs clever girl!x

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 11:42:15 BDT
I love to learn how things are made, I am going to start with either Feta or Mozarella as they look like beginner cheese... I told Neel that I need a cheese cellar when we move :)

I'm nutty about knitting, I learned when I had pneumonia and was on my own while Neel was at work, I was the same as you and your quilting. I would knit until my hands ached! It's so addictive and thereputic. I hope your fabric arrives soon, I'm so excited!! xx

I'd like to see pictures of what you make including the Paneer...

Posted on 16 May 2013 11:26:33 BDT
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Posted on 16 May 2013 10:54:03 BDT
Also back in the 70s my parents got into the whole Good Life/Mother Earth News lifestyle and I made my own butter, jam and bread etc. Tried to make cheese a couple of times but with limited success. It cheesed up all right but it was just kinda...meh. One we did in a springform pan and it was almost like cheeseCAKE, which wasn't bad but wasn't what we were told it would be. Another we put in a pillowcase kind of like Paneer. That was just...weird. Maybe the milk we were getting wasn't quite as wonderful as the pros get.
Ya know, back then in the US quilting was dead in the water, at least in the Midwest. Now it's an industry. I learned to knit but couldn't manage to crochet well, something about only one needle...maybe the tension or whatever. I realise now I was pretty poor as a knitter but I did enjoy it, which was the point! I'm not fantastic as a quilter (NONE of my quilts are "square", more like rhomboids) but it's so therapeutic. Unlike other people it's the hand quilting that I love. Before DH retired I was alone 90% of the time and had time to sit and listen to Radio Four and quilt and quilt, particularly in the summer when it's too hot to go out. So I'd piece a top in the winter to quilt in the summer. A friend gave me her free-standing Q-Snap frame (plastic piping) which does take up a lot of space. If we had high ceilings I'd have rigged up one of those traditional wooden frames and winch it up above our heads when not in use. Here, I think DH would floor me! LOL

Posted on 16 May 2013 10:48:48 BDT
Oh don't worry Deb, the squee will be audible as far as London I am sure!! I bet our stinky old postal service won't bring them till at least Wednesday. Back when I first got married I knew fine they only handed out foreign mail on Tuesday and Thursday. Nobody writes to me anymore so I don't know now. I once lent a couple of reference books to a girl who lived in a village about 30 miles from here. She posted them back to me...and they took almost a month to travel the distance! And yet I'd get a letter from small-town rural USA in a week. Go figure!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 10:28:15 BDT
Hey Ori,

Let me know when the cloth arrives... You are going to laugh at how much there is! :) x

You have inspired me in to making my own cheese, i have some books on their way and can't wait to get cracking! I'm going to make my own butter this weekend xx

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 13:01:54 BDT
M Inx says:
Thanks Bear twas just a thought.

Posted on 7 May 2013 10:49:44 BDT
Bearman says:
Hi M Inx - although willows are notorius for causing damage and subsidence to foundations and hard landscaping , Kilmarnock is a very very small type of willow tree and should not cause any problems. Bamboo on the other hand, has a justified reputation and has been know to push shoots through tarmac and lift paving stones.

Posted on 6 May 2013 17:18:03 BDT
M Inx says:
Hi Bear, just wondering if it could be my Kilmarnock willow that's lifting the Pavia brick on the patio rather than the bamboo?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 18:51:46 BDT
pixie says:
Oh pet..bad luck!

Posted on 4 May 2013 17:29:19 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 21:28:50 BDT
I feel like that Ori, I hate hearing our language being mangled like that and poor spelling drives me crazy.

Posted on 29 Apr 2013 13:33:23 BDT
Bearman says:
Thanks Ori!
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