I'll take the High Road

Posted by Jeni in Ad Infinitum | 18 November 2007

Dear, dear bloggers. You did it again. I nearly managed to get you all on radio this afternoon. Your stories were really well written and bang on, so thanks.

I'm off at 4.00 a.m. tomorrow to fly to Glasgow. I'm meeting a man to talk about an idea. I'm back on Wednesday.

So in the meantime, your homework this week is 'SELF SUFFICIENCY'. We've got guests on talking about sharing home grown produce, thats healthy and natural, whether its been nurtured by nature in your garden, on your balcony, up your wall, in your dustbins. Any stories you have about the 'Good Life', 'Digging for Victory', do share them with me, and then I can share them with the Nation. From forthwith you have been christened the BARNETT BLOGGERS. My mum plants every seed, pip or bulb she has and she's only got a tiny flat. It's like walking into Kew Gardens. Are you a green-fingered Green Godess/God?

Blog me and I'll collect them next Wednesday.

It took me 3 hours to get out of London I've got about as much sense of humour left in me as a used tea-bag.

Nuff said. Have a good 3 days cusoon

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1. At November 19, 2007 11:39 AM Fee wrote:

Dearest Jeni

I'm about as self sufficient as a newborn baby so no stories from me this week.

I forgot you were coming up to the far North this week, this may be too late but 3 tips for your trip.

1. Don't mention the football
2. Wear your thermals - it's Baltic.
3. Don't mention the football

Thanks for the mention on the programme,
BBF (Barnett Blogger FEE)

2. At November 19, 2007 5:02 PM Ali wrote:

Not exactly growing something (although we have recently rented a huge allotment to grow organic fruit and veg) but we have a little bit of the 'good life' at the bottom of our garden. 4 ex-battery hens given a new lease of life. We now get between 1-3 organic eggs a day and the lovely feeling of having done something really worthwhile.

3. At November 19, 2007 5:27 PM Sara wrote:

Hi Jeni, I hope the visit to Glasgow gets you back on our screens soon.
On the subject of our homework this week I decided I needed a project to keep me active so I took on an allotment. My other half claims I was more interested in decorating the potting shed with curtains and sitting in it with a flask and a flapjack than living the “Tom and Barbara” dream. However, three years later we now have two plots and a delicious variety of seasonal veg to munch on. I wouldn’t go as far as to say we were self sufficient but I get huge satisfaction from planning what to plant, watching things grow and trying to involve my children in the process. The best bit is talking to the old guys, getting hot tips on how to prevent badgers from nicking your sweetcorn or flea beetle on your rocket. They always give me any extra produce they have or spare plants they don’t need. Living in a busy city without close family nearby it gives me a sense of community and time to stop and just stare. But just when this is sounding like a little rural idyll, along come the allotment association site inspectors to spoil your fun. They sneak up silently with their clipboards and tell you that you are lacking in cultivation, have a significant growth of weeds that need to be suppressed and plant growth is obscuring your plot number! So, keeping an allotment that looks like, "Old Tom's over there" does take quite a lot of time and effort but it is definitely worth it when you taste the produce.

4. At November 19, 2007 7:06 PM Stephanie wrote:

I don't know if you'll be able to use this because it mentions an actual product name, but we have two chickens in our postage-stamp of a Milton Keynes back garden, courtesy of Omlet and their 'Eglu'. It's a chic-looking hen-house, super easy to clean and lovely and cosy for chooks.

We only have a tiny patch of garden, but the two chickens (Norah and Rebekka) love to sratch about, build nests in the corners and dust bathe. They do a wonderful job of polishing off all the vegetable kitchen scraps and also gleefully gobble up any spiders that we evict from the house.

And the eggs - stunning golden yolks and they are just the best I've ever tasted. There's nothing like collecting beautiful warm eggs first thing, then whipping them up into a lovely buttery mass of scambles, served with crispy wholemeal toast and a nice blob of brown sauce on the side.

(Veganism didn't last long, can you tell?)

I have photos if your show has a website... ;)

5. At November 19, 2007 8:38 PM judi4 wrote:

Dear Jeni, Hoots man have fun in Glasgow, try the 'White Pudding suppers' at a local chippie while you're there. If you get a fish supper you get 2 fish in Scotland. YUM! I'm going to Auchtermuchty soon to visit rellies, (its on the other coast to you) as my dearest auntie has just come out of hospital, and I'm looking forward to the food (on a diet at the moment) Sorry I'm not a bit self-sufficient so can't help with your program. Lots a luv x

6. At November 20, 2007 2:34 PM June wrote:

I can't wait till Sunday's show Jeni, your Mum's inspired me. I'm hoping to learn how to grow stuff in a small space and aquire "green fingers"
Hope Glasgow went well!

7. At November 21, 2007 8:36 AM karenKaren@leepublicity.co.uk wrote:

The Barnett Bloggers how exciting! We will be able to show those TOGS a thing or two. Next year OUR very own calender or maybe a teatowel....

8. At November 21, 2007 8:51 PM Libby wrote:

oh no I'm a useless Barnett Blogger I can't grow anything, and have been known to water plastic plants for friends when looking after their houses!!! I promise my homework will be of a better standard next week (providing the subject is wine, chocolate or ice cream.....)
Lots of love
Marmite Girl xx

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