Recipes from my Suffolk Kitchen

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Leaking Water Barrel

A water butt that leaks all down the side where the seam had split is useless for water BUT Col had a brain-wave and with a rest in between each part of the job he cut the barrel in half, found and cut a piece of plywood for each end, bolted the bits on and look what we have now.
Just right for cut and come again lettuce plants and other salad leaves - not far from the back door.  Brilliant, and it will free up space  for other things in the veg. beds in the garden.

It turns out that "the nasty looking vine" ( mentioned the other day as one of the things on the pergola thingy,) is actually a hop. Mrs F said it should have been a golden leaf variety but wasn't. So it will be kept  as I love the smell of dried hops.........there could be a plan for hop pillows and we have an idea for giving it something to climb over that's better than just a post.

 During yesterday morning Col turned really cold and shivery, which with him is always a bad sign, and sure enough he was running a high temperature. So a phone call to the oncology ward and he is now in hospital for a few days so they can give intravenous anti-biotics.

Back Soon
Sue

20 comments:

  1. Best wishes to Col - hoping the meds work quickly. Thinking of you. xxx
    J x

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  2. Very good result. Hope Col gets well soon.

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  3. Many ornamental plants revert to green when under stress, so the hop may go back to being golden now it has plenty of light around it. I don't think all types of ornamental hops produce hop flowers as they are grown for their decorative leaves.
    Wishing Col a speedy return home.

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    1. Oh right, if it doesn't produce hop flowers then it will have to go!

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  4. That's a brilliant idea. I'm planning to cut my two unwanted compost bins into large raised bed planters for something, not sure what yet!
    Hope Col responds quickly and is home soon.

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  5. Well done with re-cycling the water butt and best wishes to Col.

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  6. I hope Col recovers from the fever soon and is well enough to have the rest of his treatment. I love it when you have a brainwave and get something from nothing. I despise throwing stuff away!

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  7. Hope Col recovers soon. Best wishes to you both.

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  8. An excellent recycling of the split water butt; I must try to think 'out of the box' when things here break instead of just getting rid.
    Wishing Col well and hoping he responds quickly to the treatment - and a (((((HUG))))) for you.

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  9. The water butt looks fab like that...what a good idea.

    Sending hugs and best wishes to Col....and you too. Hope the antibiotics do their thing quickly-x-

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  10. Good news on how Colin worked out to use the split water. Sorry to hear the bad news that Colin is back in hospital and pray that he responds quickly to the intravenous antibiotics.

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  11. Great idea on the barrel, hope your husband feels better quickly.

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  12. Sending best wishes to Col for a speedy recovery and hugs to you for just getting on with things. x

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  13. Dear me Sue - you do have a tough time the two of you - best wishes to him from me.
    I love those planters - fortune favours the prepared mind as they say.

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  14. davis cut a barrel in two to make water feeders, but, unlike Col, didn't make ends to keep them standing straight. So they are always rolling this way and that. Never thought to make planters of them.
    We grow a lot of hops her, both golden and one called Fuggle. They grow to 30 feet given the support.
    Gill

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  15. Our prayers are with you and Col for his recovery and swift return home.

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  16. Hope Col is on the mend soon. Love his lettuce container. Great idea xx

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  17. Great container for growing salad greens. I do hope Col feels better very soon.

    God bless.

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  18. Good idea to repurpose the barrel. Hope Col is better soon. Take care my dear. You've got lots going on right now.

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  19. Brilliant idea for the old water butt :-)

    I have a hop plant on the hill, it snakes it's way down the hillside along the stock fencing and looks lovely each year.

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