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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

   looks good
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking really good, especially interesting to have your blog on there to see the other residents on the smallholding.

Love the lurcher pictures!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodger has been umpiring at cricket today and isn't home yet - I've spent the day putting photos (of my choice ) on the website
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodger, I'm looking into gaining planning permission for a structure to process the apple juice and store the barrels. We're combining this cider idea with producing honey too as we're expanding our beehives in the orchards (the buggers keep swarming and multiplying!)

Wonder if you have any tips on a good set up for all the cider making kit and any photos of your production shed?

Every man loves a good shed  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bodger, I second Caspers post, it would be very interesting to hear your views and see the set up.
I also wondered if the firm you bought you barrels from have them on a regular basis ? and lastly where do you buy your bottles from and what do they cost you ?
Sorry for so many questions, hope you don't mind.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to give it a quick dust down and then I'll get some pictures posted.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll need electricity and running water.....
the rules for apple juice are much tighter than for making cider.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've just had electric and water plumbed in and are having some drainage infrastructure too.

After you've danced around with a feather duster Bodger it'll be good to see your images   I expect there's some good yeast in that dust!
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've got a fair bit of blossom on the trees this year. All the trees in these pictures are eating apples and the fruit is hopefully going to be destined to go into apple juice. The cider apple varieties are way behind with just a few leaves showing.









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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks wonderful - blossom is doing well here this year too. Fingers crossed for a good year.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic - a real show of blossom this year...Nice habit on the trees too - I can see those branches laden with fruit and hanging quite well
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have had a read through this whole thread again from the beginning.

Very nice.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It started quite a while ago now but slowly and surely things are coming together. This year there's quite a bit of fruit on our young trees so far.

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