Preserving Your Harvest

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Recipes & tips from our recent Transition Tuesday are linked below, just click a title. Making Jam Mincemeat & Red Onion Marmalade Recipes (not together!) Damson Chutney Sue’s green Tomato Pickle, Diane’s Bramble Jelly and Poor Man’s Capers Maryla’s kompot drink recipe Maryla’s courgette cake recipe Let me know if there are any I’ve forgotten or if you have trouble with any of the files. We also heard about drying produce in a dryer, and bottling – much eaiser than you might think, as long as you seal it when it’s all hot. Any further tips or recipes please add below. … more

September 24th, 2012

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Self Build and Renovation Centre Visit  Saturday 1st December, 9am – 6pm The Energy Group is arranging a visit that will provide house owners and local tradesmen with an update on the latest renovation techniques. Specialist speakers will advise on solutions to problems including insulation and heating of pre-war Letchworth properties. The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) is a unique 67,000 sq ft, permanent visitor Centre, designed specifically to meet the needs of anyone looking to build or upgrade their home.  You’ll find everything under one roof:   from life-size exhibits – including three houses – demonstrating the myriad options in the … more

Fruit!

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 We are busy pulling together our fruit projects for this coming autumn. There are going to be three this year and you can find out more by going to the Harvest page. Now correct me if I’m wrong but I am pretty sure that Letchworth gardens were originally planted with different fruit trees so that residents could share and all have a variety to eat. I know of figs, cherries, apples, pears, plums, greengages…. I would really like to know more about this. Are there any local history experts out there that know more? But whether it was on purpose or … more

The Joy of Cycling

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Many thanks to Frank Turner for his talk on bike maintenance and Tina Walker for her talk on road safety. We had a good turn out despite the Heritage Foundation having their Town Meeting the same evening! We heard how a well maintained bike feels like flying, that lovely feeling of freedom as you glide down a hill. That freedom is multiplied if you can fix basic problems yourself at the roadside. To sign up to Frank’s next bicycle maintenance course, get in touch. Tina is a cycle instructor and you can book lessons with her, either individually or as … more

TTL Local Election Special – quizzing party representatives

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We had a very enjoyable evening before the recent local elections, and a good chance to ask party representatives from the Conservatives (Council Leader Lynda Needham), Greens (Mario May), Labour (David Billing) and Lib Dems (Steve Jarvis) a question relating to local resilience. In true transition spirit we wanted our elected officials to spend as much time listening to us as we did to them. To make sure everybody got a chance to ask a question we had the candidates rotate, speed-dating style, around small groups of about 6 people. The down side of this was that there was not … more

Petrol pump queues remind us it’s a finite resource

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Every time there is a hiccup in the availability of petrol, it amazes me how quickly it is forgotten again afterwards. Surely a light is being shone full-beam not only on our complete reliance on this stuff but how vulnerable the supply system is. Two things you would think would be pretty incompatible. Peak Oil has been acknowledged as a reality by people like President Obama, the International Energy Agency and Shell. Surely the only sensible move is to gradually adjust our lives to cope without a readily affordable supply? Not wanting to get all gloomy and doomy, but those … more

March Clothes Swap

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Our March Transition Tuesday ‘swishing’ event (clothes up-cycling) went brilliantly.  Many clothes and accessories came with one owner and left with another, therefore avoiding more high use of chemicals and water in cotton production and use of sweated labour in producing new ones. Clothes that were left went to the Hospice shop the following morning as a little thank you for loaning us their clothes rails. Local clothes maker and teacher Rachel Bagenal gave information and help to those wanting to get sewing. See www.learn-to-stitch.co.uk I especially liked trying things on behind the special curtain! … more

Time to get those seeds in

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 It is planting time already! It must be said I haven’t got very far yet this year but I am really relishing the idea of seeing those first tiny seedlings appearing, knowing how big and strong and vigourous the plants are going to be and good the food is going to taste. Not only that, the feeling of escaping the computer and being out in the fresh air cannot be beaten. LDGA Store Opening Times The store is open on a Wednesday from 13.00 to  14.00 and on Sunday from 09.00 to 12.30. It is located at Flint Road Allotments, … more