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October 17th, 2010
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Yesterday
We tend not to do much on Saturdays. Usually, I get the food shop done on Friday, and L doesn't have to go to work and J doesn't have to go to school, so we sit about in our pjs most of the morning.
Yesterday was a bit different. We did take our time getting up, but then I did the first racking of the plum wine: had about 2anarf gallons in 3 demijohns, syphoned it into 2 demijohns and a big rum bottle. A bit of the yeast came with it but that'll settle out. Getting the syphon started means getting some of it in your mouth, of course. Could taste the yeast, but attempting to subtract that from my impression: it doesn't taste bad, perhaps a little sharp. If it doesn't mellow as it ages there are ways to fix that.
Then we went off to try to find L some trousers for work. This involved a very slow traverse of the NW corner of the 60 as a couple of roads have been closed for repair work so everybody was finding other ways round. Got home in time to build an insulated catflap cover out of scrap expanded polystyrene and then watch the ?second? D&D movie with tea.
Then I had another ridiculous freeroll to play, which I did while peeling 2kg of apples and watching tv. The apples were for L's plum&apple jam. I came 20th of 1251, winning a ticket to a $2 tournament. If I'd gone out 21st, I'd have had 80 real cents and entry to a $1 tournament, which frankly I'd have preferred, I think. 195 minutes of life gone, there.
Very late on, I decided to progress the elderberry wine. I'd been rather worried about this - hadn't seen any bubbling in the airlock at all. OTOH, the recipe didn't have the sugar added until the 4th day, so I thought I'd do the sugar bit and see what happened, maybe adding new yeast if nowt did. Bubbling madly now, it is, and a gorgeous colour. Huzzah.

Today, of course, there's a lot of washing up to do, of the detritus from the jam making and wine operations - the dishwasher was filled with the standard day's stuff for its evening run yesterday. Kitchen is a tad untidy right now. And there's still the chutney to do.

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From:missjudas
Date:October 17th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like you had a very busy day. Excellent progress on the home produce. We really must get ours going in the next few days; we have raspberry canes groaning with the weight of the fruit and several bags of apples waiting to go through the juicer.

The elderberry wine sounds delicious. If you need any volunteers to taste it for you, all you have to do is ask.
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From:oldbloke
Date:October 17th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Our rassies are still producing decent amounts too.
Our apple tree looks like giving us 1 count it 1 apple this year.
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From:femsc
Date:October 19th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
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More details on the insulated cat-flap please, if you would be so kind.
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From:oldbloke
Date:October 20th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
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It's just some scrap expanded polystyrene from the washing machine packaging.
Cut 4 pieces to make a frame that fit tightly around the flap, and a rectangle that sits on top of them (thus clearing all the gubbins).
Held together with masking tape, then you find some scrap cardboard to fit over all that to make it more scratch resistant.
You have to put it on manually every night...
I have some rather more attractive white card I may put over the lot, or I may paint it.
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From:femsc
Date:October 21st, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
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Ah, I see. So it effectively covers the flap and renders it unusable? That's a shame. I was thinking maybe you'd come up with a draught-proofing idea for when the flap was in use.
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From:oldbloke
Date:October 21st, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
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Yeh, we keep the cat in during the hours of darkness. So we just want sometinhg that blocks the hole for draught reduction and has a thermal barrier equivalent to what's in the actual door.
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