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Hi Nonna and thanks for that.  We don't have a dehydrator but our ovens will go down to very low heats, which can amount to pretty much the same thing.  I've no success with peppers, but in a good year I've had enough chillies to make chilli jam..which is lovely on a cracker or oatcake, with a bit of cheese or whatever.  I've also frozen chillies.

 

At the moment my knees are so painful that standing for long periods in the kitchen 'prepping' stuff etc.. isn't really on, but I've realised I have several Kgs of the bigger tomatoes which won't get used fresh, so I'm going to cook those down for sauce. Also loads and loads of runner beans.  I'll end up giving a lot of those away, but still have enough to freeze for the winter. 

 

I only brought my little veg patch into use again this summer, so I'm hoping for better things next year.. with a bit more planning. Hopefully I'm getting a greenhouse soon, which will take up my little veg patch.. but I'm planning on making a couple of raised beds where I presently have lawn. Less grass to cut!!.  So long as I still have the sunniest part for my obsessive sun worshipping..the rest can go.

 

Veg can be cheap here in the supermarkets, but they tend to go for stuff which looks nice.. even sized tomatoes etc.. but often don't have great flavour, or even last long once purchased.

There's a terrific farm shop five minutes up the road which has beautiful veg in huge variety, but it isn't cheap.  They also do fresh eggs which I haven't tried yet. Olives also are generally expensive here.. apart from the very basic green pitted ones in bottles. Eggs are another constant complaint for me.  I'm sick of buying eggs which claim to be 'Farm Fresh' etc.. with 'Display until the Day of Judgement and then some' on the label. They almost always turn out to be what I call 'instant omellettes' as they spead all over a frying pan..rather than standing up, so I can only guess at how long it is since they were laid.

Still the Sun has just made an appearance after about a week of heavy rain and gloom.. so it's not all bad!  :laugh:

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Took my 6x 1kg jars out of the sterilising pan this morning. Three lids just slipped off much to my anger. I'd overfilled them with sugar syrup and boiling water does what its supposed to do and forced the lids. Never mind we had one for a sweet at lunchtime, gave another to my son and froze the other. They were nice and had kept their colour. Thats enough preserving for now .....maybe, it depends whether the price comes down again.

I saved the peel from the peaches and dehydrated them and ground them into a powder ready to use when making cakes and biscuits. I'm dehydrating marshmallows too at the moment, they are so tasty.

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Just heard on the news that Don Everly has died. RIP  Don,

Now you can "Dream".

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32 minutes ago, Beekay said:

Just heard on the news that Don Everly has died. RIP  Don,

Now you can "Dream".

Must admit I had a little cry when I heard that news this morning - they played a bit of Cathy‘S Clown on the TV and that was one off my all time favourites.,.

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So sad I loved them. Was Don the eldest or Phil. R.I.P.

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Indeed. RIP Don.  As I say all too frequently these days... they are all leaving... :(

 

I liked the Everly's.  I have a double CD with most of their hits on it and somewhere I have a couple of 45s and 78s too.  It's also worth throwing in a little plug for the songwriting talents of  the late married couple Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who wrote many of their hits, as well as songs for Buddy Holly and many others. 

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

 

The thing about the Everlys is that I have some really strong memories of where I heard what songs.  E.g., 'All I Have to Do is Dream' always reminds me of hearing it coming from the back of a house at the junction of Southglade Rd and Padstow Rd. in the 50s.  Kathy's Clown always reminds me of a friend's sitting room.  And although I obviously knew it much earlier, I can't hear ' Let It Be Me', without remembering a terrific version done by Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane, of the Merseybeats/Merseys at the Cavern Club sometime in the early 90s.  It was a party to which we were invited by Sandy, Billy Kinsley's wife.. who Mrs Col was at Uni with.  Apparently it was a regular song for the lads at the start of the whole Cavern/Merseybeat thing.

 

This is a remarkable video from their re-union concert:

 

 

Let It Be Me is a French song.

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5 hours ago, MargieH said:

Must admit I had a little cry when I heard that news this morning - they played a bit of Cathy‘S Clown on the TV and that was one off my all time favourites.,.

Fond memories of Cathy's Clown on a caravan holiday at Jinglebells in 1960, their harmonies were just fantastic.

 

5 hours ago, nonnaB said:

So sad I loved them. Was Don the eldest or Phil. R.I.P.

Don was the eldest, being born in 1937 and Phil who died in 2014 was born in 1939

 

Another fading of the soundtrack of my youth.

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All the artists of this era are leaving us as we will be leaving the younger generation who have never had the joy of listening to these artists. Most of the songs are still with us today and have survived the passing of time. How many of todays songs will be able to survive for more then 50/60 yrs and still be popular?

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Today we went to my oldest daughter's house. It was my older Granddaughter's  Seventh Birthday, and also my daughter and son in laws 13 wedding anniversary.  Granddaughter had a party with all of her little friends yesterday.. but today was for 'family', and she asked if we could share a takeaway curry.  Quite a mature choice for a 7 year old!

So.. Mrs Col and I drove over there ...as did youngest daughter, with her partner and our newest arrival.. 'ickle Soleil.. who is becoming more 'engaged' and vocal every time I see her...though she's only a few weeks old.

Lovely afternoon.  Great fun seeing everybody and the curry was fab.. but, unusually it is coming back at me with a dispeptic vengeance at the moment.  Where's the Gaviscon?

 

 

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Yesterday, Thursday. I woke up feeling rough.  Sweating, headache and visual disturbances.... probably Migraine related I thought.. but I did a Lateral Flow Test to be sure.  Negative. Phew!!

 

Felt better as the day went on and spent all day in the garden.  Wall to wall sunshine.  Lovely.

 

 I decided to have a can of Heinz Mulligatawney Soup for lunch. I like it. I took my soup into the garden and as I prepared to scoff it.. a particularly crazed wasp began buzzing around my head. I put down the soup on the end of the sun lounger upon which I was seated and tried to ignore the wasp.. but it persisted..so I resorted to waving my hands about a bit. Next I knew.. the wasp flew around my head and then nose dived into my soup. Impressive! I can see the headlines. "World's first Kamikaze Wasp Species named Vespa Kamikaziensis Stupidus". Naturally..the soup being hot.. the wasp promptly expired. What was it thinking?
Whatever... I scooped it out, disposed of it and then continued with my lunch.

 

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Poor little wasp!  At least it was a relatively quick death (I hope)

On a vaguely related subject, as we were driving home on Tuesday, we passed a ‘protest camp’ near Huntingdon outside a puppy farm where beagles are being bred for experimental testing in a lab.  It was a country road and the camp was spread out for quite a way with a lot of people holding banners about ‘puppy murderers’. It was well organised with portaloos and camper vans.  
I hate the idea of testing on animals but if it’s testing new lifesaving drugs, maybe (just maybe) it’s acceptable?  

I expect the puppies are treated well - I hope so….

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Sorry, Margie but testing on animals is never acceptable in my book!  Sentient beings who have done nothing wrong being subjected to all manner of horrors to benefit the two legged pests who are destroying the planet and breeding seemingly uncontrollably. Testing being carried out on convicted murderers, paedophiles, drug dealers...fine by me.

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.Trouble is Jill, that's when the do-gooders come out of the woodwork and start shouting about 'Human Rights', and invasion of personal space. I've read, in some cases, inmates on Death row have volunteered to undergo some trials. Their reason being, they've got nothing to lose. NB, not necessarily my opinion !

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As ever.. though not completely sure..I'm inclined to a sort of middle path.  Much depends upon how animals are treated..what they are being tested with/for etc. 

One other small point.  Many animals are now pretty much dependent upon man for their continued existence and health. So.. while most 'wild' animals would no doubt benefit....All those cute little pussycats and doggies which we imprison and anthropomorphise for our amusement, would be in deep doo-doos in short order were we to suddenly disappear.

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I wonder if any of the protestors feel strongly enough to stop using their medication...

 

Levothyroxine - tested on Dogs, rats and mice

 

Crestor, sold under various names is the biggest selling statin - Tested on rats, beagle dogs, mice, cats, monkeys, rabbits

 

Nexium, popular treatment for stomach problems etc. - tested on rats, beagles, mice and rabbits...

 

The list goes on and on, we have to be careful here not to be hypocritical. We can't claim the moral high ground and at the same time benefit from animal tested medicines

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I feel the same as you about this Brew - it is a very difficult problem though.  I certainly wouldn’t approve of animal testing done for cosmetics or other non essential stuff.

I agree with you too Col, in some ways….. our pampered pets wouldn’t last long if humans weren’t there to feed them and take them to the vets when they are ill or injured.  I know my cats catch birds and mice to supplement the food we give them but   that supply wouldn’t last long with all the cats round here!  It would truly be survival of the fittest as all the unneutered animals battled for survival probably  suffering painful injuries in the process.

I’m in favour  of people volunteering  for drug testing but not criminals being forced to do so.

just my opinion…
 

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Yes, it bothers me enormously that the levothyroxine I take has been tested on animals, to the extent that I continually think about not taking it any longer. I have rejected other medications in the past for the same reason. My life is no more important than theirs.

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Please don't let anything I say, or anyone else for that matter, convince you to stop. The reult could be serious.

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Animals bred for the specific purpose of testing drugs. To a lesser extent but in the same context, the breeding of bulls in Spain for bullfight. I thought it was barbaric, until a Spaniard pointed out to me that those bulls owe their very existence to that sport(?) They're bred for that and they are revered(spelling) by their owners.

(Just saying is all).

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I'm not the type of person who is influenced by what other people say. The worst that could happen if I ceased taking levothyroxine is that my body would die. That doesn't frighten me.

 

Bull fighting, bear baiting, Fox hunting, cock/dog fighting? The  pastime of moronic barbarians wbo, no matter how they try to justify their actions, are beneath contempt in my opinion.

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I definitely agree with your last paragraph, Jill.  Inflicting pain on any living thing just for pleasure is always wrong, I believe

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To kill for so called sport.......ie Bull Fighting....even Grouse shooting is abominable.......man doesn't own the World.....i don't even believe in Killing for food......we can live without meat......

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A friend of mine used to be the secretary of the South Nott's Hunt. She used to hunt the fox until the practice was outlawed. She was a member of a 'caring profession'; a nursing sister. In her retirement she has been administering Covid vaccines. 

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Don't shoot the messenger. It's not my opinion.

I don't want to die ! I'll keep taking the Levothyroxine if you don't mind, along with all my other medication.

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