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by dodger
2 Feb 2018, 9:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Low sugar jam
Replies: 27
Views: 1581

Re: Low sugar jam

A company called Wholearth used to sell lower sugar jam. They used apple concentrate and I found it delicious. Haven't looked for it recently because we make our own and just use less sugar.
by dodger
14 Jan 2018, 10:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: BBC or CTC
Replies: 27
Views: 826

Re: BBC or CTC

The trouble with "news" from any source is that it's been filtered endlessly by people we never see or know, based on what they think is worth broadcasting. (Or more to the point, what they think will grab the public's attention) The worst media organs also simply surf for news stories tha...
by dodger
2 Jan 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The top of Britain: we love Scotland!
Replies: 37
Views: 2077

Re: The top of Britain: we love Scotland!

It's the space, the scenery but mainly the people.
Not a Scot, but the ancestors were, until they were forced out to make a living.
Gone soft now, after generations of Southern easy life, but what a joy it would be to be resident - except for the midges and maybe the weather!
by dodger
2 Jan 2018, 2:10pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Santander to Cherbourg in May
Replies: 9
Views: 2998

Re: Santander to Cherbourg in May

Totally pot luck on weather. When I went the opposite way a few years ago in May it was bloody cold and wet for much of the time. At least the wind is more likely to be with you.
by dodger
19 Dec 2017, 8:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New TV
Replies: 53
Views: 1570

Re: New TV

I bought a Toshiba and a Cello, but both only lasted 2-3 years, so the next one will be a decent make. Decided to listen to the sound first though, because most flat screens seem to have poor sound quality. I could buy a sound box I guess, but that's more cost!
by dodger
19 Dec 2017, 8:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Underfloor heating.
Replies: 9
Views: 505

Re: Underfloor heating.

My brother installed electric underfloor heating in his kitchen and utility with thin insulating panels under and quarry tiles over. It is heaven to walk on in your bare feet or socks and takes the chill off the room. I don't know running cost, although you can work that out from the wattage you ins...
by dodger
13 Oct 2017, 10:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Light bulbs.....
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: Light bulbs.....

I think the problem is that they don't transmit the full spectrum of wavelengths, so it never feels quite right. I use 5 watt LEDs in a number of spotlights (the GU10 size) and although they aren't bad for light, they aren't as good as the old 50 watt halogens, which itself isn't as good as normal d...
by dodger
5 Sep 2017, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camino of St James
Replies: 15
Views: 1890

Re: Camino of St James

If you can still find it, "Pilgrim's Road" by Bettina Selby is a good read and has lots of local flavour and gentle humour.
Published in 1995 by Abacus.
by dodger
28 Aug 2017, 10:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite fees
Replies: 26
Views: 2049

Re: Campsite fees

You can camp most places on Dartmoor for free, but watch out for the military ranges where there is sometimes live firing.
by dodger
28 Aug 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camino of St James
Replies: 15
Views: 1890

Re: Camino of St James

Have a look at Cicerone Guide books. There's one by John Higginson which details the cyclist's guide to the Camino - called "The Way of St James".
The charity devoted to the Pilgrim routes is www.csj.org.uk and they have lots of info and links.
by dodger
29 Jul 2017, 1:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: OAP four-weekly?
Replies: 50
Views: 2471

Re: OAP four-weekly?

I think it's great. I suddenly find an extra payment into my account in the middle of the month that I somehow wasn't expecting, even though I've been getting it for a while. Fine by me!
by dodger
29 Jul 2017, 1:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: CYCLE MAGAZINE
Replies: 1
Views: 527

CYCLE MAGAZINE

Am I thick, or just missing it? The 6 rides advertised on the front of the latest magazine don't seem to appear in my copy.
Plus, the European Bike Express advert on page 76 is in a decidedly unusual language!
by dodger
29 Jul 2017, 1:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking and accommodation Portsmouth area
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Parking and accommodation Portsmouth area

About 3years ago stayed at Travelodge and they let me leave my car in a corner of the car park for the week.
by dodger
13 Jul 2017, 7:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssey - what to skip?
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Velodyssey - what to skip?

The canal route is slow and I find it a bit boring after a while, but that's partly through familiarity. The pine forest through Les Landes is definitely boring and has very little to see except millions of pine trees. Much of the canal from Redon to Nantes is messy and much better by road. I also c...
by dodger
8 Jun 2017, 9:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Appointments
Replies: 134
Views: 6812

Re: Appointments

Mick's point about the scheduled AAA scanning is fair in that it normally doesn't involve a doctor, is easy to define timewise and doen't have the built-in problems associated with GPs seeing patients, so there was no need for a delay. He should have been advised of any delay and it costs nothing to...