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  1. ancientrichard

    Summer Retreat

    Lovely pictures!! The chives are thriving. I recommend adding hopped chives to scrambled eggs.
  2. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome. I look forward to reading anything your muse inspires you to write.
  3. ancientrichard

    Hale Returns & An Accident Requires Action

    I found the thought of Calumnia being composted particularly delightful. You really are inspired !!! I expect most of your readers are now thinking of people they'd like to compost :-)
  4. ancientrichard

    Stefan, Lydia, Procuring, & Sweet Revenge

    I'm not surprised that Mort liked Saki's Sredni Vashtar. It's one of my favourites too. I often read it when I need cheering up.
  5. ancientrichard

    Chapter 1. The Fall

    For me it was the most exciting first chapter I've read for a long time :-)
  6. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Hello Larry and welcome. There's lots of good stuff to read here.
  7. ancientrichard

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    That reminded me of this video parodying Rand
  8. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome to the happy throng.
  9. I've just re-read Saki's story ''Sredni Vashtar' which I found strangely moving.

  10. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome Napoleon. Your army awaits your command !
  11. I've just planted my tomato seeds, four varieties : Whippersnapper, Golden Yellow Queen, Sub Arctic Plenty and Darby Striped Yellow Green.

    None of them is on the EU Official list so it's illegal to buy or sell them, but one is allowed to exchange seeds. I originally got them from Garden Organic though most of the seeds were harvested from last year's plants.

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    2. ancientrichard


      Why does the EU make some tomatoes illegal?


      It's illegal to buy or sell seeds of plants that aren't on the official list. To get there they have to be rigorously and expensively tested to prove that they breed true, and once they are on the list someone has to pay about 1000 euros per year to keep them  on the list, so only varieties that are sold in large quantities are listed.

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Uhm, a very important reason to only buy legal tomato seeds is to avoid diseases like tomato mosaic virus which is seed borne. EU certified seeds are controlled to make sure they're disease free and that's one of the reasons they are expensive.

      The global trade of live plants and plant material is one of the main reasons for invasive species disasters devastating nature around the world. :( 

    4. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      But as long as you make sure any sick tomato plants are disposed of by incineration and not thrown away outside, the risk is probably acceptable.

  12. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome to the happy throng. You've certainly made a very energetic start :-) People are usually very friendly here and we'll be delighted to read anything your write.
  13. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    I live in Market Harborough, about 14 miles South of Leicester where Richard III was buried. An old school friend of mine is a keen defender of him.
  14. ancientrichard

    New Members Welcome-Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome to this site Chezdon, and welcome to England too :-)
  15. I wish everyone here a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year 1

    1. Mikiesboy


      Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

    2. Daddydavek


      I missed this on Monday, but hope you had a wonderful day and wish you the very best for the New Year.   DDK


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