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Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Easy Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Blackberry Jam

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In late September I did a little foraging with Bella, sadly nowhere near as much as I’d hoped to do, but at least this year we got many more blackberry’s, and there is always next year! The towering mountain of food in the image to the right is the massive bounty that Bella and I have reaped this [...]
Then I climbed down a bit to start the cut

Big tree

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DO NOT COPY ANYTHING I DID IN THIS POST. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! I am at this moment writing this with Tales from the Wild Wood (BBC 4) on in the background (yes that’s right; I schedule posts), and Rob is chopping down one of the largest trees in the forest (#3). I feel a little sympathy for Rob as [...]
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Shrooms…..

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Back on the 21st of October I went on a half day Beginners Mushroom walk right on my door step with the local Ranger service, for only £2 a head! So am I now a mushroom expert able to go out and forage for tasty treats? Erm no, what I do have though is a much greater appreciation for mushrooms and [...]
Our seed feeder - hung from and old bracket we once used for a lantern

Winter is coming

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OK, so actually it is pretty much here. I’ve been working on a big project lately which I will write about once it is done, for today here is just a little update. Today Bella and I visited the Environment Centre in High Wycombe in its new home a short walk from our home. We used to go all the time [...]
The axe as it came from the box

POST 100 – Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe!

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This is my 100th post (ignoring any pages I may have added over the last 21 months), and I have delayed posting because, at last, after 4 years of wearing down my wife and numerous promises not to amputate another finger (I don’t know what the fuss is about, they put it back on, and besides my [...]
The best thing of all - Bella having a great time!

Foraging

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The last week or so has been really good for foraging, we have discovered that the blackberry patch which was cleared is right next to another that was covered in ripe fruit (and accessed by only having to go right around the back car park of a local industrial estate), and even more amazing was [...]
The patch early in the season

Veggies Update

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The last post I did about our veggie patch was back in April, since then we have had a full growing season and harvested our magnificent bounty…… well erm you’ll see. This post will be of no interest to a seasoned gardener I’m afraid, but it shows how well plants have grown on compost from my Green [...]
Start by plucking the feathers from the chest

Preparing a pigeon for cooking (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

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This post is about how to prepare a pigeon for cooking, it is graphic in nature in that I have included detailed pictures of a pigeon being plucked and carved. Do not read this post if you are of a sensitive disposition. Also this post is not a guide and should not be followed unless you are under [...]
Which was lovely

Preparing a rabbit (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

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This post is about how to prepare a rabbit for cooking, it is graphic in nature in that I have included detailed pictures of several rabbits being skinned and gutted. Do not read this post if you are of a sensitive disposition. Also this post is not a guide and should not be followed unless you are [...]
1st pass with the DIY filter

Water

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This is my 4th post about the Rock Frog course I attended last weekend, and it’s all about obtaining water. On the course we started with a talk covering the principles of obtaining, filtering and cleaning the water. We also took a look at some of the current products on the market and how they [...]
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