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porkpal
Apr 25, 2011 12:42 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Since Kathleen and Neil have been so busy with family demands; I decided to be bold and start a new thread. I hope no one is offended.
Alas I don't know what I'm doing so the picture didn't end up in the right place. - Never mind, yes it did - somehow.
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Sorted.
Regards.
Neil.
Porkpal
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ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 26, 2011 9:45 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
A souvenir from me!
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 26, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Thanks, Porkpal. Big Grin
Just now finally getting around to checking back in. Quit for a while 'cause all the pictures of the fall foliage just started getting to be too much. Yep, it's been that long.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
porkpal
Apr 26, 2011 12:27 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Neil, tell us about your souvenir!
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 26, 2011 12:37 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear porkpal, there is so much Royal Wedding rubbish being sold everywhere it annoys me. So with a new computer program I have, I got to playing with it as a joke and made my own souvenir!
That is all, it is not I hope intended to be offensive at all, just playing on the computer!
First attempt with the new program!
Regards.
Neil.
porkpal
Apr 26, 2011 1:30 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I love the home-made souvenir!

Meanwhile I see (having taken an accurate look at my calendar), that I am a week early in welcoming the month of May. I am so tired of April...

Sorry about that!
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 26, 2011 1:34 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
It's nice to be ahead of the game for a change, isn't it?
I'm always at least 2 weeks behind myself. Blinking
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageKathleen
Apr 26, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Hey, Porkpal, thanks for the thread. I think I put a hex on that other thread anyway. I know a lot of people who are sick of April.

Just a quick note to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The family is doing as well as can be expected. The next two days will have the visitation and then the funeral, which will put us all in a very sad place. Then Friday, Stan and I will be going to a graveside service for my friend Robin's father. Just a sad week all the way around.

For now, I will leave you all to welcome spring. (Neil, I like the homemade souvenir, too). I will be back in a few days.
porkpal
Apr 26, 2011 5:24 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
A sad journey but Godspeed!
Porkpal
ImageMaryE
Apr 27, 2011 9:26 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thanks Porkpal, I for one am happy to be entering May a few days early!

Kathleen, hang in there, I know it is a sad time and you are in my prayers.

I have 2 amaryllis bloominf on my kitchen windowsill. One is Red Lion, it has had a total of 6 blossoms. Picotee has 2. I bought Picotee at a big box store for about $5, and when it bloomed it did not match the rather plain picture on the box, it was much better. I searched the web, and got the correct name, and also learned that it should have cost me $15 or more! Woooopee! Far better than paying for the expensive one and getting the cheap one.

I helped my neighbor move yearling cattle this morning. It was like herding cats at first but they settled down and we got them where they needed to go. Fun, but I was cold for the next 2 hours! Spring, where are you?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 28, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Woke to 20ยบ here this morning, kind of a sucker punch after days of 40 & 50 degree mornings. Just about caught up on getting the beds ready. Here's what we've been working on...

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Next is to cover it w/shade cloth to cut the dang wind up here & to protect our veggies from hail. IF the wind will ever quit long enough to put it on. Angry I hope to put the tomatoes in there this year. It's 12' x 24'.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2011 8:28 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Nice! No need for plastic? Will the tomatoes go right into the ground?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 28, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yes, the tomatoes will go right into the ground... Big Grin
I'm not using plastic because what we really need up here is wind protection, so I'm using 30% shade cloth instead in hopes that will work: allow enough sun, permit some air movement, prevent heat/humidity build-up & hence blight on the 'maters, protect from hail, & allow the plants to receive whatever rain falls. I've got a suspicion the black shade fabric may also raise the temp a bit, but that's just speculation at this point.

I've got a high tunnel already, & find the monitoring of it a pain in the neck. With proper variety selection, I can grow almost all of what we eat w/out it. Of course, weather depending. Last year no one in the area got more than a handful of ripe tomatoes, can't even say why. Our thermometer said we had enough warm nights, & tho' we had a long cold spring, when it did warm up it was warm, plenty of sun. Confused It's a mystery to everyone I've talked to.

So far this looks to be a good 'mater year, thank heavens. We're out of our own home grown canned & were reduced to buying supermarket. Chard, however.... 2010 goes down as a record chard year! Blinking
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ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Some years are just bad for some things and great for others. If we knew why, maybe we could fix some things.

Wind, yeah, we have a lot of it too. I've learned a lot about windbreaks!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 28, 2011 11:07 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Planted? I've opted against that... I like our view & water is dear. We might get all of 18" during a really good year, & that's not what we're having right now. Sad
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2011 5:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Nope, haven't planted any windbreaks. I've just learned about using straw bales and pallets to help shelter my garden. Oh, and wild elderberry and some other bush that makes little berries that the birds love.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 28, 2011 6:10 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Ah, yes. That kind. I bought drift fence for the same effect... no watering. Thumbs up But a lot of my stuff grows taller than that, so we're upping the ante w/this structure. AND as a bonus we'll be able to line dry our clothes w/out having them ripped off the line or the birds pooping on them. Thumbs up
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2011 8:58 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Cool!! I never thought about drying laundry in the greenhouse! Ya learn something new every day!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 28, 2011 9:02 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I guess it depends on how humid your GH is, but hey, it's a big ol' solar collector! Thumbs up Towards the end of the growing season, we store our firewood in the GH.

The tomatoes are starting to bang at the door to go out... they're getting BIG!
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 28, 2011 9:34 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
As it is Royal Wedding Day here in the UK, it is a National Holiday. A lot of people have decided to come to our house to watch it and have Dinner afterwards.
However a lot of them have children who soon get bored. Luckily in the next street to us they are having a street party and the school in the street has offered its large hall for use in case it rains, which it might. So I asked if the younger children come come to the party as they have never seen a Royal Wedding or been to street party! The organizer said gladly, but can you cook something as it may be a bit cold for the children in the afternoon. They have the mothers making sandwiches plus jelly and Ice cream etc., can you do anything?
Quick thought then I rushed down the greengrocers as our tomatoes are not ready yet for some time. Any big boxes of really ripe tomatoes he sells very cheaply so I got some. Put them in the food processor bit by bit as there are a lot of them and straight into my crock pot (slow electric cooker). For I am making homemade tomato soup for the children, which they like in the UK.
Perfect for a chilly afternoon I think. We are dropping the children and the soup off as it is a two minute walk from here to the party, and then the men are going to the pub. Pick the children up on the way back.
I am cooking Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for everyone for Dinner followed by apple pie and custard!
Regards.
Neil.

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