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Just to top it up I tried to go,onto FB. I dont use it often but I was informed that someone had tried to get into my acc. I couldnt log in and all my pw werent accepted. Now trying to get into it to delete it altogether. Tried to open a new acc and then delete but even doing that wont give me access. Pw  error etc. Shall have to get this scam deleted tomorrow at a phone shop. Just when I could do,without the hassle. Beware everyone.

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Yet another example why I won't use F.B. This is the only social media I use (apart from e-mails, does that count?)

Talk to my cousin on Viber, but that's just one to one.

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I actually wanted to eliminate it altogether. Half “ friends” I don’t actually know . The other half think they know me. Friends pop up all the time and I don’t even accept their request but somehow they become “ friends). Enough , I choose my friends and most haven’t even got FB.

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Nonna, I’m one of your Facebook friends but my name is a bit different from the one on here - is that why you don’t recognise some of your fb friends?

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No Margie, I know you and all NS friends even though their names differ on FB and NS. Its the so called friends who think its great to havehundreds of friends and dont know half of them. Its the ones that crop up asking for friendship and I havent a clue who they are. As I said I dont use it a lot but I do read whats on sometimes. If all NS's read this post, I no longer have FB account. I joined it firstly to keep in touch with cousins in UK and Australia and a penfriend of more than 50 yrs. I am in touch with via emails and facetime and whattsapp so its just a matter of letting them know.

I did think that I had been scammed but the technician who looked at my phone said that FB doesnt send all these messages, its a computer and because it wouldnt accept my PW trying so much managed to muck it up. Anyway we still see NS and I enjoy that more than FB.

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BK I thought you were already my friend.:Friends:

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Nonna, I still keep my painting of your gates and cactus in a prominent place with cyclamen in, so I can see it every day.x

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Hi catfan what lovely photos of cats. Manny thanks for the photo of the "Chopper" not seen one in a long time.

OPPSSSS!! should have said "Chopper Bike".

 

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your so right about FB the only reason i joined was to keep an eye on my grandson, who at the time was going though a rough time. Now he's 23 he has a good job, just bought his own house and proposed to his girl friend/partner.

Just a mo ask his girl friend to marry him? maybe I should go back on FB.

 

ps looked at FB the other day this chap from America wants to be my friend but who is he? He could be a serial killer for all I know.

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Mary/Nonna.just delete them if you don't know them.  Chances are they know someone who is a friend of a friend of yours.. but you are in control.  I use Face bok to stay in tough with a few friends abroad and in the UK.  I have no problems.

 

Apart from late night spelling.. but I don't think that's the fault of Facebook..

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Over the years I've had Friend Requests on FB from people who I don't know. I just ignore and reject them. I wouldn't dream of accepting a request from someone who I didn't know or couldn't recognise.

 

They usually come from the same source as the emails which tell you there are millions of pounds waiting for you in Nigeria; or that there are young ladies who are desperate to meet me.

 

 

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I'm not on FB, but I'm in contact with friends in America, Canada,Italy,France,Australia and far afield as Boolwull and Kirkby. Even know somebody in Caithness. All courtesy of NS.

Sincere apologies to all colonials and exiles I've missed.

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Be careful with the ones from Boowul.. they can't be trusted.  And don't bother with the ones from Kirkby.. they are obviously lost.  I can't think of any other reason for being there.. ;)

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On 8/18/2021 at 6:43 PM, nonnaB said:

What a day. Market day and was back home before 9am. Bought 20 kg peppers, 6 kg plums, 3 kg apricots and 2 kg peaches. Roasted and froze 10 kg peppers, plums can wait a few days they are a bit underipe, apricots in dehydrator and peaches think we'll eat them. Still another 10 kg of peppers to do tomorrow. Preserve them with tuna, tomatoes and olives.

Sat outside a minute or two to eat an icecream and got bitten 3 times on my arm. I seem to be a magnet for mosquitoes.

Got a pile of ironing to do but it will have to wait, I'm tired.

 

Nonna.. I have a glut of small tomatoes.  A bit bigger than the usual 'cherry' toms, at about 4cm diameter.  I'm getting up to about 1 Kg every other day..from three  pot grown plants. I'm thinking of just cooking them down to make some sort of sauce, or passata.

I could just halve them, cook down then rub through a seive to remove seeds.  Or I could skin them first, or I could skin them then blend up the skins and add back, or I could leave the seeds in...  The possibilities are endless.  Any tips?  I'm thinking of freezing the result.

 

I did try slow roasting a few. Cut in half, remove seeds, slow oven at 110C for about two hours.. with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, but the resulting things are maybe a bit too intense and seem to be all chewy skin.

 

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They tell the ones in Billinge can be a bit suspect too.

Was told you can drive through at 60mph and they can still whip off your hubcaps and mirrors.

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4 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

They usually come from the same source as the emails which tell you there are millions of pounds waiting for you in Nigeria; or that there are young ladies who are desperate to meet me.

 

My email inbox is a bit short of temporarily cash strapped Nigerian Princes at the moment.  The latest annoyance are those who jump into the middle of a FB discussion/comments thread with something like " I didn't understand how to invest wisely until I met (*insert bizarre name here) and I am now absolutely minted...  contact me.." etc.  If I can be bothered I just reply 'Scammer reported'..then report their post. It's dead easy.

 

If there was any reality to the number of allegedly stunning nubile young eastern European Laydees scouring the streets of St Helens for me.. I'd be spending all my time there.. but oddly, they must all be indoors when I drive through.:laugh:

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12 minutes ago, Beekay said:

They tell the ones in Billinge can be a bit suspect too.

Was told you can drive through at 60mph and they can still whip off your hubcaps and mirrors.

 

Roads?  In Billinge?...:biggrin:

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DJ Tomatoes are very versatile and aren't too fussy. We've had an overflow of them. Neighbours unload their excess, we buy them fairly cheap in markets. I have loads of packs in the freezer. I halve them or quarter them and even chop them into small pieces and pack into boxes or put into freezer bags. They will be ready for when you want to use them. 

I've made so much tomato sauce with them and its in the freezer too.

An easy way is just to chop them up and cook them in a saucepan as they are . If they are really ripe they will make a lot of water especially if they are beef tomatoes.

If you want to make a sauce for pasta or just as you would buy a bottle of passata. After you have elimanted some water cook it down a bit and sieve it. Chop an onion finely , saute it in a little oil add the tomatoes and cook until reduced a bit add seasoning and chopped basil leaves . If you have loads of tomatoes and you don't know what to do with them make a large amount of sauce and bottle it and sterilise it or freeze it. Tomato ketchup is another alternative and is much nicer that shop bought. P

We've been using up some of our tomatoes by cooking them with peppers, olives and red onions and today I cooked them with anchovies , peppers and tomatoes. I've sterilised all of them and they are now in store ready for winter.

Good luck with them and if you want any more help dont hesitate to ask.

I roasted some the other day and left them in a tupperware box in freezer. They were nice. It doesnt 

really matter about the seeds its a choice.

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Thanks Nonna.  The one thing I wasn't expecting was to just chop and freeze them 'as is'...but I'll do a bit of experimenting.

 

My tomatoes have done OK this year.  I have 3 plants of an outdoor 'cordon' variety called Crimson Crush.  They can be anything from 3-5 inches across and are really solid inside with very few seeds. Lovely flavour too.  They are nice in salads, or a slice of a big one on a burger.

The other three plants are bush varieties called 'Bella' and produce dozens of smaller toms everyday, which are nice for snacking..but also I think worth cooking down for sauce or whatever..

Sadly, the weather here has been cool and wet for at least a week and that can often be a death sentence for outdoor toms..as blight can quickly take hold.. but so far.. so good.

 

I have some outdoor cucumber plants but I only sowed the seeds very late.  They are flowering like mad at present but the 'cumbers' are only developing slowly.

 

My Runner Beans are very good so far and we have had loads with meals... plus quite a few bags in the freezer.

 

I've had radishes too..and I have Beetroot, but they seem slow to develop.. same with carrots.

 

Lastly.. I have some young plants of Cavalo Nero..  I have been fighting the green caterpillars off of them.. but I think that once Autumn sets in they will be OK, as the plants are winter hardy. which the caterpillars aren't... So looking forward to using the Cavalo with a version of 'Colcannon'. plus Bacon.

 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/colcannon

 

 

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Yes DJ we've frozen them "as is" whole because we haven't had time to chop or freeze. They are handy when making soups. We eliminated our "veggie plot" yrs ago. When we bought this house it had a huge back garden uphill which was an orchard, 5 apple, a damson, 3 figs, 4 pears, persimmon,walnut, and its so long ago I cant remember any other. They hadnt been taken care of and so slowly if they didnt produce any more they were eliminated. May seem strange but at the front we had enough land to plant 130 different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and some salads. We are south facing and during the summer it got very tedious especially with watering everything never mind pinching out tomatoes. The following year we planted 60 tomato plants. Eventually gave up and "landscaped" the front concentrating on the rear almost non existant orchard. We planted everything from aubergines and peppers to salad and herbs. Being uphill it was very tiring and I was always afraid of falling which I did one day near the persimmon tree with all the wind falls on the ground which had started to rot and I slipped and sat on it all. Not a pretty sight.

Today fruit and veg are so cheap so we buy and preserve lots of things in the summer. Today my husband has already gone to a market in Asti to get some more peaches and apricots to preserve.. Ive already done some but still have some room and the energy to do more. Its great in the winter to be able to open a jar of vegetable salad to eat with a tin of tuna or even with some chips. Doing this we are never at a loss what to eat. Yesterday when I took the peppers out of the sterilser one jar hadnt sealed properly so we had that for our lunch with bread. Quick and ready. Keep on growing veg and make as much use of it as you can.  I've bought a dehydrator and dry a lot of things. At the moment I have some apricots in that must be nearly ready. I used some yesterday to make some fruit bars along with some dried apples. 

Happy gardening.

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