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    Good info - Iíve always avoided refreezing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Food wonít last forever in a fridge so likewise canít be defrosted/frozen limitlessly in a fridge.
    My post was about there being no rule about the number of times you can refreeze food so long as it is not allowed to enter the danger zone. There is nothing to stop me defrosting and refreezing a steak say 5 times, other than the fact that it'd be ruining a good steak.

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    Why not

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    My post was about there being no rule about the number of times you can refreeze food so long as it is not allowed to enter the danger zone. There is nothing to stop me defrosting and refreezing a steak say 5 times, other than the fact that it'd be ruining a good steak.
    What is the danger zone?

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    Went out into the real world (not counting going to the workshop or taking the dog a walk in the woods) for the first time since last Friday.

    Quiet, but not as quiet as I was expecting. Went to Sainsbury's and the co-op for a few things which I got without issue. Shelves were half empty of weird stuff. For example breakfast cereal and pasta. We can expect an increase in diabetes after this episode. Noticed bog roll is easy to get so hopefully those folk all now feel a bit silly.

    Bought 2x double packs of Rollo desserts in the co-op as my daughter asked for them only for the woman at the check out to tell me "you can't buy multiples of fresh food items". No argument from be but found it amusing. Who's trying to live on Rollo puddings?

    Replenished my stock of Jura journey so I'll see the world in another 2 weeks.

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    Lift engineer so still working. Very impressed with how quiet it is in all the towns Iíve driven through. Itís like Christmas Day on the M25....
    Keep it up everyone


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    Quote Originally Posted by mowflow View Post

    Who's trying to live on Rollo puddings?
    Give it another week in lockdown and I might give it a try for something to do !



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    What is the danger zone?
    Hopefully not here!



    A final hour or so of smoking and then it will go in the fridge ready to be vacuum packed.

  10. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Life is exactly the same round here.
    Pretty much the same for us. I'm quite happy pottering about on my own, SWMBO is usually more keen to go out and interact with others but she's adapting to just chatting over the gate with the neighbours who are passing by.

    This spell of good weather has helped of course, so the garden is benefitting from attention and I'm getting DIY stuff done on the 'roundtoit' list, which is pleasurably rewarding.

    All-in-all, life is good.

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    Officially my second day off. After playing teacher this morning, I need to tackle the top of my garden. Will keep me busy I suppose.





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    Bored out my tits. Thatís all. Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    What is the danger zone?
    5-60c, where the nasty stuff likes to play. It's why even though you can defrost on a kitchen surface, food packaging will always state overnight in a fridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    What is the danger zone?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwpn14IE7E

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Tonight I'm going to have fish fingers and the missus is going to get a wet plaice

    I don't think this received the recognition it deserved.

    Well played, Sir!
    Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backward point View Post
    I don't think this received the recognition it deserved.

    Well played, Sir!
    It was quality.
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    I set up a Zoom account for our village, and last night we held our first virtual Pub Night.

    It turned out to be both successful and hilarious, and provided a great opportunity to both socialise and check up that everyone has what they need.

    So far as today is concerned, the only real commercial property in the village - a pub - has had to close. However the owner has instituted a delivery service which the village is keen to support, not only because he is a great, self-taught, chef but also because the pub contributes so much to the village. So at 18:30 we will walk down and pick up our meal from the table outside.


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    My sons 18th Birthday today. No opportunity to go out to dinner or even the pub, so itís bacon rolls and Bucks Fizz this morning. Fish pie for dinner tonight (with a bit of smoked and un smoked salmon, prawns and egg) - hid choice.

    In the mean time I shall be repainting the pergola and possibly (time permitting) the garage doors. Hopefully this weather will hold as most of my to do list is outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    My sons 18th Birthday today. No opportunity to go out to dinner or even the pub, so itís bacon rolls and Bucks Fizz this morning. Fish pie for dinner tonight (with a bit of smoked and un smoked salmon, prawns and egg) - hid choice.

    In the mean time I shall be repainting the pergola and possibly (time permitting) the garage doors. Hopefully this weather will hold as most of my to do list is outside.
    Could always take the car for a spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Tonight I'm going to have fish fingers and the missus is going to get a wet plaice
    Quote Originally Posted by Backward point View Post
    I don't think this received the recognition it deserved.

    Well played, Sir!
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    It was quality.
    Indeed! A post of sublime quality - so much so that I shall be using in conversation later today. Deserves much more. Well played indeed!

  21. #121
    Started properly cleaning and treating some favourite shoes and boots
    Very therapeutic/rewarding

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOAT View Post
    Started properly cleaning and treating some favourite shoes and boots
    Very therapeutic/rewarding
    Yes, working on a manual task can be very therapeutic.

    In my case, and having spent Saturday cleaning the moss from the garage/workshop roof (another of those jobs I've been putting off for months), I spent an hour or so yesterday finishing off a stick that I've been making.

    I had done the rough work on the handle a couple of months ago and then stuck it on a shelf and forgotten about it, but as I came across a suitable shaft as I was clearing out the workshop yesterday this gave me the impetus to complete it.





    When originally on the tree in its native state the handle clearly had some honeysuckle or similar growing around it, but it turns out to have made a very comfortable handle. With the hourly dog walk we are now doing each day the stick will come in handy.

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    Here in France we have a more strict lockdown, we need a signed statement that we are either out and about for serious things like work (with an additional statement from your employer, or another proof, like a police ID, press card or other 'carte professionelle'), to buy neccessities for daily life, to go to a medical appointment, care for an elderly or handicapped person, or go for a stroll alone or with your dog for at most an hour and no further than 1 km from your residence. Many people now work from home if that is possible (meaning office jobs). Schools, restaurants, theaters, sports halls, gyms, dance classes, pubs, luxury/fashion stores are all closed. Public transport runs at a very reduced schedule. Mail is distributed three days per week instead of 6.

    For us, well, we live in a rural location, a village of 180 souls on 10 square km so social distancing is not difficult. In the nearest larger village the modestly sized supermarket limits the number of clients who can enter but people are disciplined and calm about it. Not many masks being worn, but a lot of hand washing and pocket bottles of hydro-alcoholic gel being used.
    We did not have any public transport to begin with, so no difference there.

    I have been working from home as an independent copywriter and editor for more than 20 years, and am at present pretty much retired, so I am in the habit of living mostly in and around our home anyway, at 62 years and with a bad knee that makes it less easy than in the past to just go on a brisk day hike into the hills. My wife was between jobs at the beginning of the lockdown, so also at home. We are fairly well used to spending a lot of time together instead of just going to work in the morning and meeting again at the end of the workday. Still, we try to be a bit more flexible and tolerant as we literally can't just walk out or go to do something elsewhere - not even a tai chi class or a visit to the physiotherapist to get some relief for a painful leg. Less shopping of course, apart from the internet. We have a lot family far away who flood the family Whatsapp groups with messages about every little detail of their confined existence and every joke they find - from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, India and Argentina. No ultra high speed internet so no Netflix or similar, just endless reruns of old tv series and last centuries' movies on the public channels.

    Our home sits on a terrain that is pretty large for just a home, small of course for a farm or homestead, but 6000 square metres (1.5 acres) is good to have if you are mostly confined to your own garden and need some official paper to step on the road. Not that the place is crawling with police officers to fine us if we stick a toe out beyond the letterbox. We have two donkeys, half a dozen chickens and half a dozen cats to keep us busy (always poop to shovel), plus a veggy garden and many trees and bushes to trim, some DIY projects that I need to do but drag my bad leg on a bit. We have a good stock of food and were sufficiently stocked up on toilet paper that we did not to need to buy it when the whole world panicked about it. No debt, some modest savings but between my very small retirement and the bit of unemployment payment for my wife we have a very modest income; in that sense not much changes for us as it does for many people who are suddenly being laid off or stuck in temporary unemployment schemes. Cars were fueled at the start, and the home propane bulktank was topped off literally the day before the lockdown and will last into next winter if needed.

    My most important gripe is that, being a balloon pilot, I can't fly. I was looking forward to an new flight season after a bad winter and had everything lined up - balloon maintenance and inspection done, first-aid and firefighting courses done (they have become mandatory under new EU rules), medical renewed (three hours in my doctor's waiting room, ten days before the lockdown), everything. And now, nothing. It's not my bread and butter, although formally I'm a commercial operator (almost everybody is now, under EU regulations), but I just love to fly and can't. I started in ballooning in 1982 and have never missed a season since. At 62 I can go on for another 7 years or so before I hit the age limit and, to be honest, will probably be in a too crappy state of health to continue. So missing one of the few seasons left in my life is disappointing to say the least. But not world shattering compared to getting sick and dying, so I swallow it up and tell myself to accept probably losing most of this season and enjoy our green place. Compared to people cooped up in a small apartment in a big city we are very well off, and the change is not as disturbing. I'll take to the air when the crisis is over if I'm still here. And then I will probably go quite high, to enjoy seeing half the country in one great sweep.

    No contrails high in the sky. Last week one evening we watched the ISS passing overhead and it was the only man-made thing up there. Crazy.

    We try to be careful and not get sick, covid or otherwise, or have an accident, as this is really not the time to end up in a hospital or a doctor's office.

    Care homes for the very elderly in the area received no masks but body bags last week, unannounced. Bad sign of what is coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Yes, working on a manual task can be very therapeutic.

    In my case, and having spent Saturday cleaning the moss from the garage/workshop roof (another of those jobs I've been putting off for months), I spent an hour or so yesterday finishing off a stick that I've been making.

    I had done the rough work on the handle a couple of months ago and then stuck it on a shelf and forgotten about it, but as I came across a suitable shaft as I was clearing out the workshop yesterday this gave me the impetus to complete it.

    When originally on the tree in its native state the handle clearly had some honeysuckle or similar growing around it, but it turns out to have made a very comfortable handle. With the hourly dog walk we are now doing each day the stick will come in handy.
    That's one very nice handle. Hand carved or machined?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fschwep View Post
    That's one very nice handle. Hand carved or machined?
    Thank you.

    Itís pretty much as nature intended - after removing the honeysuckle I have just sanded it down by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fschwep View Post
    My most important gripe is that, being a balloon pilot, I can't fly. I was looking forward to an new flight season after a bad winter and had everything lined up - balloon maintenance and inspection done, first-aid and firefighting courses done (they have become mandatory under new EU rules), medical renewed (three hours in my doctor's waiting room, ten days before the lockdown), everything. And now, nothing. It's not my bread and butter, although formally I'm a commercial operator (almost everybody is now, under EU regulations), but I just love to fly and can't. I started in ballooning in 1982 and have never missed a season since. At 62 I can go on for another 7 years or so before I hit the age limit and, to be honest, will probably be in a too crappy state of health to continue. So missing one of the few seasons left in my life is disappointing to say the least. But not world shattering compared to getting sick and dying, so I swallow it up and tell myself to accept probably losing most of this season and enjoy our green place. Compared to people cooped up in a small apartment in a big city we are very well off, and the change is not as disturbing. I'll take to the air when the crisis is over if I'm still here. And then I will probably go quite high, to enjoy seeing half the country in one great sweep.
    .
    Living not far from Bristol we see a lot of hot air balloons.

    When I am out very early in the mornings in the summer they often appear overhead, only noticed because of the roar from the gas burners. Always looks idyllic.

    Iíd love to go for a flight in one in Africa to view game, but our planned trip there later this year is already on hold because of Covid-19. Hopefully weíll be able to reschedule it.

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