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    bobshouse
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    so, whatever you want to discuss or inform each day. Any subject but be prepared to deal with random subjects. That will be the joy of this thread.

    To start us off….ducks…I now have an assortment of mainly male ducks. The time has come to sort this out. I am now looking for a new group of ducks. I loved the Rouen ducks I had some time ago but gave away when thinking I would go back to the U.K. Still here and not going anywhere so want to establish my duck colony properly. Not for eating just for the pleasure of having them around. They make me smile.

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    I had runners in England.

    here I had an assortment …we had nearly 20at one time ..they disappeared whilst we were in the uk…not sure if it was a fox or two legged thief.

    you are right they are not very clever ….geese however are very intelligent…we had a lot .started with two…as you do…they never made a noise at our cars but a strange car would bring a  all geese running and the most awful noise.

    they are ,however …poo machines…what goes in comes quickly out …green and smelly….and usually just where you’re planning to sit.

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    I have a pair of Emden geese. I love them but they can bully the ducks. So far no goslings but that is fine.

    Runner ducks are very cute. I do have an incubator so could go down that route but risk another problem with too many males. Muscovy ducks are available in the markets so might have to go there.

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    I too have mallards (semi tame) They are a constant source of amusement. Once, many years ago, I nearly fell off my bike as I passed a pond full of ducks. The females were quacking so hard it sounded like a laughing match and you know how infectious a good laugh can be. One thing I have learned is that you really need a pond or stream, ducks are water birds and need lots of water. The eggs my 17 ducks lay are sooooo good for baking (says the cook) and the 3 drakes ensure a continuity for the raft.

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    Polarengineer….now that’s an interesting title ?

    any chance of knowing why you came up with it?

    ducks eggs are brilliant for cooking …great very yellow cakes…I don’t have ducks any more   But cooking with them is an experience .geese eggs are quiet strong as I remember?

     

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    Cooking with ducks? I bet there is a big bill at the end of it.

     

     

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    Well, I’m an engineer and took part in building a gas plant in the arctic.

     

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    I sort of guessed it using my brilliant powers of deduction!

    interesting …retired now ….?love to know how you heat your house!?have you built some innovative  form of   Heating?

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    Ooh, interesting stuff!

    Him indoors likes the goose eggs fried. Makes a very big fried egg. He likes the duck eggs too. I just like watching the outdoor gang!

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    Sir Phillip green has joined the Russians in a mass display of wealth in the harbour….there’s now 8 huge yachts circling …the Russians are the biggest…

    poor things…never enough money…never a big enough yacht …sad lives really.

    i realise  I feel sorry for them .

    when I think how happy a big pile of logs makes me!

    maybe I,m the sad one!

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    I have a big pile of logs to stack today. Makes my heart sing to see them all tidy!

    Also my peas have sprouted! Several rows of yummy peas to be. Who needs a yacht?

    My bathroom cabinet has several jars of my face cream that I made yesterday!

    And on top of all  that the sun is shining. Life does not get much better!

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    That’s the spirit Aly !

    Our peas are up and haven’t been eaten by the pigeons this year ( they misunderstood mange tout ) as well as the spinach,carrots and beetroot .

    Nearly finished this season of fencing , one old ewe with two lambs in tow was in or neighbours grass field , she came out looking like a spanish galleon in full sail , walked round the electric fence covering the unfinished fence , much too clever.

    No logs for us yet , end of the Summer when they are nice and dry.

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    Sadly we have to buy ours in from neighbouring farmer. It is in the grand plan but we are not blessed with acres just one!

    Guests have gone so dogs are allowed out the front again.

    I was advised to soak the peas before planting as last year I lost them all to mice. Apparently the mice prefer them dry! Seems to have worked anyway.

    Ah lambs! Adorable, I would love a couple of sheep and a couple of pigs as pets! Him indoors says no!

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    Have you seen the log stacks in Switzerland .?it makes us laugh…never a log out of place!

    we are certainly not Swiss!

     

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    Anybody ever bought Marsala in France? We went up and down the booze shelves in Leclerc but without luck. We did find ruby port and sherry though. We’re barely drinking at the moment but mrs Z wants Marsala for sauces.

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    I did,many years ago from a U in Brittany.

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    My wobbly log pile is now hidden under a tarp! Once the fancy log store is built I will have to make a better job of it. I have seen some impressive stacks here but they must cut them all to a regulation length!

    Never seen Marsala here. Internet?

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    Believe it or not I bought a bottle this morning in …..Italy.

    my daughter loves it!

    no help I,m afraid!but a coincidence.

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    Any chance you could get another one and drop it off as you pass  ;-)

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    Charente is a tiny bit off route …Geneva /Normandy.

    if you like to pop up to pick it up I,ll get you one!

    maybe on the way to Caen?

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