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At 10:41am on September 28, 2010, Lyn Williams said…
Hi Hester - wot are you doing at home?! the chooks look good. I have been absent for so long on the Ooooby front, but I have uploaded one pic today of the new patch. The 17th may prove a problem as we are meeting/greeting overseas folk with family as far as I know. If this should change, I will clamber in my car and come along, but will not know for some weeks yet just what the arrangements are for us.
At 8:28pm on September 27, 2010, Sol Morgan said…
Do you mean Vetnamese mint?? i have some if you want
At 8:22pm on September 27, 2010, Richard Morgan said…
Hi Hester, the picture I found on a website for modern bards along with the following poem, which has kind of become the root of my personal philosophy in believing that we are all a part of the Green Man and have the duty to live in harmony with all things.

Our remote ancestors said to their mother Earth, "We are yours."
Modern humanity has said to Nature, "You are mine."
The Green Man has returned as the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the universe, "We are one."

Author Unknown[/color]
At 6:48am on September 27, 2010, Robyn Wolfe said…
Thank you for your contact. It is really heartwarming to have my Ooooby friends 'looking out' for me. It is now three months since i slipped. I never thought it would take so long. I am now about to shed the zimmer frame and venture to a single crutch. I have people take the camera out to show me the work piling up! It's been too wet to mow lawns which have now turned to grass. I have a 14 yr old lined up to tackle that when weather permits. I do a lot of gardening in my head but have to satisfy myself by watching the seedlings grow and helping others - teaching them how to plant seed, which is fun. Thanks for thinking of me. hope all is well with you!
At 7:02pm on September 26, 2010, Lynn said…
Hi Hester

It was great to see you today and to get together and talk about how to get the Hawkes Bay group up and active again. Please let me know when you have the new HB Group up and running, so that I can join the group immediately, and then I will tell others, as I'm sure you will too. We need to get things back to what they were, and soon...summer is around the corner, and it's a great time to be sharing.

Thanks heaps for the lemons and limes...they'll make beautiful cordial.

I look forward to much more activity from the group in the near future.

Hugs...Lynn
At 6:38pm on September 25, 2010, Anna Holmes said…
Thanks Hester,
I love yours too. The chickens are gorgeous. I really liked your Borage blog.. I have just put some Borage seeds in - I too loved it as a child. Cant wait for it to grow and flower.
At 8:13am on September 10, 2010, Lyn said…
Hi Hester, I can't thank you enough for the comphrey plant I received yesterday. It is in great condition and I have planted it already. Can I please have your address as I would like to send you a little something for your trouble. Many thanks once again and have a wonderful weekend. Warm regards, Lyn
At 12:25pm on May 15, 2010, Bridge Scully said…
Ooo yeh...am looking forward to have them self sow...thou im sure not everyone says this, i say go the rogue seeds he he. have just started a new garden at new house and it desperately needs colour : ). Managed to get some seed from old flower heads at the tech gardens and quietly anticipating their magic . Was just reading yesterday Calendula leaves are good to stop bleeding cuts, such an amzing plant.
At 1:33pm on April 18, 2010, Lynn said…
PS...sugar can be lowered if you find this too sweet...depends on the apples, sometimes.
At 1:30pm on April 18, 2010, Lynn said…
Hi Hester. Easy peasy recipe.

1kg peeled chopped feijoas.
1kg peeled chopped apples (the tarter the better, but anything will do.)
2kg sugar.
150mls lemon juice.
Crystalised ginger (optional) about 8 - 10 pieces, chopped.

put feijoas, apples and lemon juice in large pot, bring to boil. Stew for several minutes to soften apples and then mash to a consistency you like. Bring back to the boil and add sugar slowly, stirring. Bring to boil, turn down a little and allow to boil about 20 minutes. (if using crystalised ginger, put this in after the sugar is dissolved, and stir). 'Set test' until you are happy with it, simmering through that time. Pour into sterilised jars while hot and seal.

Yes, time to get together again. It's been ages. We don't seem to have an events calender/page on here any more...am I missing something? I would be happy to have the next gathering here somteime in the next few weeks.
At 11:26am on April 16, 2010, Bridge Scully said…
Fantasitc, thanks a bunch Hester! Hope your autumn gardening is going well : )>.
At 12:25am on March 4, 2010, Lynn said…
Hi Hester. Ah, life sometimes takes over! lol I have been around, just not surfacing much, due to circumstances. When are we having another gathering? How's things with you and your garden?
At 10:39am on January 28, 2010, Stillcookin said…
Actually, they kept my name from their other site on Alcohol feuls which is David Blumes creation. I have 2 or 3 sets of plans for an alcohol sill but my partner backed out on putting a huge, wood fired still at his farm...for now. So, as you can see, Alcohol Still and "cookin" fuel put together, is Stillcookin. I can't put a smoke belchin wood fired alcohol still on my city lot or my handle would be "Smokebelchin." That's what they would call me down at City Hall anyway!
At 8:18pm on January 26, 2010, Stillcookin said…
Howdy and thank you. I'm glad to be anywhere.
At 11:53am on January 11, 2010, Robyn Wolfe said…
Hello! Yes, lovely rain for much of the night. The sun is now doing its best to suck it up. No wind. Well, I had another attempt at getting our paper to push Ooooby but was politley told that there were many sites for community and they wouldn't! So we are stuck with still two people in the area - try as I might. I think people are too busy????
I envy the community group you have there. It msut be really fun.
At 9:44pm on January 2, 2010, Yvonne Nikolaison said…
Thank you Hester. It is a pity that Dunedin is not as active as Hawkes Bay is. At least we will be able to stay in touch.
At 10:13am on December 17, 2009, Yvonne Nikolaison said…
Thank you for putting me onto the NZ Organic. I located a copy yesterday. Whilst I have read it I will need to go back over it again.
At 10:31am on December 16, 2009, Yvonne Nikolaison said…
Thank you Hester, don't go to any special effort especially with Christmas so close, just as you think about it will be fine. I put compost and mulch around the tomatoes yesterday, so we will see how they go. Your advice is always appreciated.
At 10:17am on December 15, 2009, Yvonne Nikolaison said…
Hi Hester, I love the photo of the glasshouse with the cat there, I am a real cat person. We have a dog kennel and yesterday we found Lucy asleep in it, thisis the first time we have noticed her in it. Thank you for your comments, I will put some compost around the tomatoes today and see how they go and put round some more comfrey.
At 9:02am on December 10, 2009, Richard Watson said…
Hi Hester and thanks for the welcome,my family and i live in inland North Canterbury,so the climate here is a real challenge and a true test of gardening of my skills.You certainly grow a lot on such a small area,well done.I would love to hear how your Giji berrie is doing as i'm growing about 150,first plantings are three year old now.

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