Tuesday, 16 November 2010

November

With everything slowing down for winter it's time to really start using the tractor to it's full potential. I can load 2-3 tons on the trailer down at Marazion, the closest beach. It's a long haul back up the hill but good old "Brogh" as he/she is called manages it no bother.

I'm hoping to get 50 tons at least on each field in time for spring to really boost the fertility. Another fact i found whilst searching is that 1.3 tons of sea sand is equivalent to 1 ton of lime,  so every time some seaweed is brought up we are bringing the ph to a better level for the plants.
Garlic is all in thank god! Ordered about 10kgs this year which with all the rain we've had was quite an effort to get in. Lots of french types, including: sultop, dario, thermidrome, jollimont, lautrec, etc.
Itt's my birthday today so will probably go and get more seaweed ;-)

Monday, 1 November 2010

Another Method...

After faffing, i mean researching on the internet, i came across this method for threshing linseed.

'In Germany shortly after the war, when most commodities were rare and expensive, a gang of four ingenious men were caught by the police after some weeks of successful theft of linseed.

'The assets of this small firm were one canvass sheet, a sickle, some sacks and a bicycle. The leader of the gang rode the bicycle to a chosen field of linseed and was met by the rest of the gang, the sheet was laid on the ground, the bicycle placed upside down in the middle of it. One man cut the linseed, one carried the crop to a man stationed at the bicycle, and one turned the peda's. The linseed was thrashed by holding it against the rear wheel spokes. ..'

The right way up, the bicycle was a simple means of transport, the wrong way up, the handle bars and saddle formed a three point stand for the thrashing machine, so that except for the front wheel and fork and tyres, almost all parts were used in both the bicycles functions. The resulting one or two sacks were of course laid on the bicycle for transport.'