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I was pottering about in the yard today at a lazy old pace.  It was pottering in a literal sense because we'd pulled out a heap of Bromilliads that I potted up into six huge pots.  I also finally planted out Farina's ArkLiving pot which has become a lettuce garden (you can never have too many greens).  Anyway... that was when the "Manor Bug" as I call it struck with full force.  I was obsessed to get in touch with Farmer Andy.  

Firstly, I bottled up 25 liters of alcoholic cumquate-ade.  A little sugar goes in the bottom of each bottle and we should have a nice fizzy brew in a couple of weeks. 

Leaving the distillery ... what?.... oh alright then ... the laundry, I spotted that kilo of tomatoes I got on the cheap.  A little later, I bottled up 5 jars of sweet chili sauce. This lot has a nice little bite. 

I've also been thinking about a plan to test a batch of new spirits.  I found a rum yeast that works with molasses and sugar as the base.  Well, I have to test that out.  Damn.. the fermenter is already full of the last batch.  Not to worry, I'll just still that back up so I can make a new batch this week some time. 

Why didn't I whip out a batch of cheese?  Well, I'm still maturing my triple cream blue, silly and I already have a block of feta and a block of haloummi in the fridge.  

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 21, 2015 at 23:29

Great.  I'm gunna live forever.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 21, 2015 at 8:50

You've cracked it Lissa. Attitude to yourself and those around you is the clincher.

Comment by Lissa on August 21, 2015 at 4:57

Ah "the secret" to longevity is different for each person. I work with heaps of people in their 90's who enjoy life immensely. The only common denominator is that no one smokes. Smoking will kill you. Usually by your 70's.

I suspect mostly it's genetics, luck and a persons attitude. The cranky, angry ones don't live long lives. The ones that smile a lot and get enjoyment out of each day do.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 20, 2015 at 20:38

Well, I just don't partake of alcohol, as you all know.  Phil, I've been teasing Elaine for 2 years now. I got her to bite once in all that time.  Otherwise, she is the role model of patience.  Look patience up in your Webster's, and there's a picture of Elaine.  

Comment by Phil on August 20, 2015 at 20:36

If only that was the secret to becoming a healthy centenarian!

Comment by Lissa on August 20, 2015 at 19:16

Each evening meal. NOT each meal!

Comment by Lissa on August 20, 2015 at 19:16

I emotionally detox at each meal.

We have a lady at work, close to 100 yrs old and fit as a fiddle, who swears by her two beers, glass of whisky and wine with dinner.

Comment by Phil on August 20, 2015 at 17:35

You're a stirrer Andy!

Elaine - based on this seller's claims I'm sure you can find a use for the lemon balm tincture (I also have LB) even if it's effects end up being mainly placebo. 'Emotional detox' sounds interesting...

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 20, 2015 at 6:06

Erm, I cannot make a mother tincture. That is the starting point to making Homoeopathic potencies. It's not where I start doing it with a radionic instrument. There's just different ways of getting the energy of a substance into the filtered water. I use Brandy off the shelf since I don't make large quantities, one bottle would last around 2 years.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 19, 2015 at 23:59

Holy heck.  Next time I have a radionic mother tincture made from Brandy, filtered water and potencies, somebody remind me to stop drinking!!!!  I don't want to hear any more of this kind of talk on a family website!

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