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by silk
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 1288

Re: Real Estate Discussion

Your property taxes make me feel better about the NZ market! Our houses tend to be much more expensive compared with salary, however our taxes (rates) tend to be relatively low based on what's in this thread (and no other research, ha!). For my apartment I pay something like $1800 a year to the loca...
by silk
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: SeamsRight pretty much out of business
Replies: 37
Views: 3069

Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Musical Comedy, you're welcome! I love my Mattes pads, too.
by silk
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I nearly died and went to heaven last night. Got home after an 11 hour day (ugh) and my new flatmate asked me what I was doing that evening. He had decided to cook for the flat! Side note: he's a chef. A very good one. So, we had a wonderful evening. First a platter of meats, cheeses, olives, bread ...
by silk
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: best correction half pad
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: best correction half pad

Mattes, for sure.
by silk
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: The Menagerie
Topic: Birds and cookware
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Birds and cookware

Cash iron, properly seasoned, will do the trick.
by silk
Sat May 11, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I think strawberries in salad would be wonderful! I don't think it will matter whether you prepare the strawberries separately or just throw them in the salad then dress them with balsamic. If you are leaving them to macerate, the sugar will dissolve, but they are just as good (if not better) withou...
by silk
Fri May 10, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

The long, dry, Indian summer appears to be coming to an end. It's a little chilly and even rained this morning (we sorely need it, we have only had half the normal annual rainfall this calendar year). So, the fire is on, just slowly, to take the chill out of the house. I chopped one pumpkin, the sta...
by silk
Tue May 07, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Impromptu "stir fry" - start with Spanish onion, add seasonings: thyme, salt, pepper, chilli seasoning (which is mostly paprika IIRC), throw in finely sliced carrot and small pieces of cauli, then a bit of chicken breast, stir a bit, add a splosh of water if needed to cook the veges throug...
by silk
Mon May 06, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Rockabilly, have you ever tried strawberries with balsamic vinegar? You hull/chop/slice the strawberries as usual, into a bowl, a little bit of sugar if that's your thing (it is not mine), a teaspoon or two of balsamic, mix, and leave to macerate a while. The balsamic really intensifies the strawber...
by silk
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Feldenkrais
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Feldenkrais

Love, love, love. I've been doing (nearly) weekly classes for close on 10 years now. It keeps me functioning through all the shit I give my body. My favourite Feldenkrais practitioner is also a physiotherapist. She is my go-to for any injuries as she can work absolute magic. A lot of TTeam/TTouch is...
by silk
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 43
Views: 1671

Re: trailers and SUVs

have any of you seen the roads in england and ireland that you might have to tow along to get to a horse show, you could not actually get a F 250 down the road and around the corners. We have the same kinds of roads. Some of them you are hard pressed to get one small vehicle up, let alone a large r...
by silk
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 43
Views: 1671

Re: trailers and SUVs

blob wrote:Thanks, all. The tow weight for the rover is 7,500 lbs. And the tongue weight is 500.

If I did this, I'd definitely look for a light trailer!


My trailer is about 3000lbs, plus two fat horses, another 2500 lbs, plus gear, water, etc... The "load" ends up about 6000-6500lbs.
by silk
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: trailers and SUVs
Replies: 43
Views: 1671

Re: trailers and SUVs

Y'all would be horrified to see what we tow with (disclaimer - I'm all about safety... but... much like the UK, we don't over-horse our towing capacity). It is most common to have 2h BP floats (usually straight, sometimes angle load). 3h are becoming more common, but are still not the norm. We would...
by silk
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I would soon be 400 pounds if I got anywhere near your cooking, Rockabilly - haha!! I love food, especially good, tasty food.
by silk
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I've done (large) spring rolls - very successfully. They are just time consuming to layer/wrap so you ideally need a production line ;)
by silk
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Last night I made a large batch of Thai Massaman curry. Pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, capsicum, onion, Kaffir lime zest, lemongrass, garlic, Sambal olek for extra spice, and some slow-cooked lamb roughly chopped at the end and warmed through. Not sure the lamb was the best idea (it was delicious, b...
by silk
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 1283

Re: HELP: houseguests...

My brother and his family have moved in. Thanks, mum, for trying to solve the world's problems. Hopefully only two months... Our previous boarders/housemates (paid) moved into their new-build home a week ago. My brother's new-build is scheduled to be completed at the end of April. They have been ren...
by silk
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 1283

Re: HELP: houseguests...

You have my sympathy.

Pull out a bottle of your finest favourite drink. I prefer gin. Tuesday will arrive in no time!
by silk
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: step-grandparenthood
Replies: 17
Views: 906

Re: step-grandparenthood

My nieces have 4 non-"grandma/pa"s. Their paternal grandfather (my dad) was already Poppa thanks to our ex-neighbours and their kids; mum HATED the suggestion of Nanna, so went to Nonna (her mum is Italian). Their maternal grandfather is Koody (sp?) and grandma, Imma (why, I don't know, I ...
by silk
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have no idea how this would work with an IP, but, if you season your pork chops with salt, pepper AND paprika before frying (depending on thickness, probably about medium-high to high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, or, 2 min each side then finished in the oven to cook through)... delicious! if y...
by silk
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Tonight: zuchinni with zuchinni on the side.
by silk
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

So I have a bunch of frozen slow cooker dump-meals in my freezer. You just put the frozen block into your slow cooker, set it for 8 hours and voila. I thought this was the ultimate in Lazy Cooking (my specialty). But NO! I CAN BE EVEN LAZIER! :lol: :lol: :lol: Last night I decided to experiment -- ...
by silk
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I've been eating a lot (a lot) of zucchini, as that's coming out of the garden prolifically (a lot). Also tomatoes, although not so prolific, but delicious. Lots of ratatouille, "zoodles" with meat (and maybe pasta and most likely tomatoes).

This week I didn't go to the supermarket. At all.
by silk
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fun Use for Carrot Tops/What do you do with often discarded parts?
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: Fun Use for Carrot Tops/What do you do with often discarded parts?

I would feed them to my horses, or my chickens. Horses love them!
by silk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Rockabilly wrote:
silk wrote:I thought google would help but Cook's Illustrated has more than one option:

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articl ... lemon-bars
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe ... lemon-bars



Yes, that is the recipe and well worth making.


Which one!!!!! There are two :lol:
by silk
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I thought google would help but Cook's Illustrated has more than one option:

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articl ... lemon-bars
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe ... lemon-bars
by silk
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silk comforters?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Silk comforters?

I love silk (refer username, haha!) but haven't had the pleasure of sleeping under a silk blanket. I have woolen duvet inners which are amazing, but heavy. So much nicer than synthetic. Alpaca duvet inners are also available here. Cashmere is also amazingly warm but still incredibly light, however m...
by silk
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans
Replies: 15
Views: 1043

Re: Junior the Donkey...photos for his new fans

I LOVE HIM
SEND HIM TO ME, STAT!

xx
Silk

:D
by silk
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 60
Views: 2606

Re: So what are you watching?

We just binged Billions. Like Suits, on speed. It's amazing. I'm hanging out for S4 which comes out in March I think.
I need to get back to Suits to get through S7.

I don't watch a lot of tv/Netflix/whatever.
by silk
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Year In Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1320

Re: Year In Review

I have done next to nothing with my horses this year. They are lucky to see me on weekends, and I haven't really been riding (combo of injury, weather, lack of inclination, stress/other things to do). The baby horse continues to grow. I need to do more with her, ie use that brain of hers so she isn'...
by silk
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Warm slippers
Replies: 19
Views: 943

Re: Warm slippers

I have Allbirds, pricey but amazing (similar to Mahabis), and a pair of sheepskin ones (kinda like Uggs, I guess, in that they are leather with sheepskin still attached). The fleece wore through on the sole, so I added a pair of felted wool inners. I might need to get a pair of the felted ones Baroq...
by silk
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Do you to the barn when you don't feel well?

Chisamba wrote:i go unless I am dead, and since i have not been dead yet, i go


:lol: :lol: :lol:

I love this.

FWIW, I wouldn't go if I was feeling sub-par, unless I felt like going would make me feel better (sometimes, horse cuddles are the remedy).
by silk
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Oh and MyDarlingLemonThyme (dot com) is also amazing
by silk
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

There's another one - Eleanor Orzich, Petite Kitchen. Her website appears to be down at the moment but if you google there is plenty online. Generally vegetarian or vegan, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free.
http://www.viva.co.nz/article/food-drin ... h-recipes/
by silk
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

This is another great resource for simple, delicious, vegetarian fare: https://www.homegrown-kitchen.co.nz/
by silk
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Obligatory blanketing post
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: Obligatory blanketing post

I don't blanket. We are approximately similar climate to Seattle. We don't get snow where my horses live; about 30 miles south regularly has snow on the mountain, and approximately 100-130 miles south has mountains with skifields. We do get frosts, we are below 0 degrees C (freezing) perhaps 20 days...
by silk
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Mine turned into wine also. The bar tab didn't extend to spirits.
They did feed us a lovely assortment of finger food too.
by silk
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

Gin and tonic

*clink*
by silk
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?
Replies: 22
Views: 1606

Re: Have you ever found full siblings to your horse? How similar/dissimilar are they?

My WB mare was by a stallion who threw very typey foals. Almost every horse I met/saw photos of who was by that sire, looked physically similar (body type and shape, as well as markings). Reportedly, they all had the same sorts of hot/fire-y temperaments and tended to be "one-person" horse...
by silk
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.
Replies: 31
Views: 1694

Re: Saying no without being a jerk. Or not.

The problem with pricing work, especially when over pricing to have it declined, is when the person wants it done even at the premium price, when your intention was to not do the work at all. Ha, ha.
by silk
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post

We don't do thanksgiving but life is good at the moment. Work is great. Loads of opportunities coming my way. I feel like I've cemented a reputation of being capable and getting things done (received high praise from one of my Project Managers the other day - "she hasn't let me down yet" -...
by silk
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

Oh and backing - is both easier and harder with a long BP rig. The distance between the rear axles of the truck and the trailer axles, and the pivot point, determine how quickly or slowly the trailer begins to turn. Short distance = quick turning (snakey!), long distance = slow turning. I could mano...
by silk
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bumper-pull trailer length
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: Bumper-pull trailer length

My bp is much smaller (13ft plus drawbar or about 16 ft overall) so no additional suggestions. I make sure I know the wheel tracking before I attempt any gateway. There are times when I choose an alternative route/entry point or wait for traffic to pass so I can make use of the other side of the roa...
by silk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of 4cyte Epitalis Forte?
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Anyone heard of 4cyte Epitalis Forte?

I haven't had cause to use it myself but it is popular here and people who use it generally swear by it.
by silk
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: New Pony, New Problems
Replies: 31
Views: 1763

Re: New Pony, New Problems

Teeth would be my first bet, sounds like you have that base covered, ditto ulcers. Sounds weird but check for floating rib/s or other strange things going on with the ribs. Those odd floating ones aren't always connected where or how they should be and can be sharp and pokey. Combined with him flipp...
by silk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

YES PLZ.

My life revolves around food:

What I just ate
What I want to eat
What I might eat next
What I am thinking of eating tomorrow/next week....
by silk
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Technical Support
Topic: one pm was delivered recently, but no more :-(
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: one pm was delivered recently, but no more :-(

I understood PMs hung around in your "outbox" until the recipient opened them, when they majiked themselves to "sent".
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Replacing moldy bathtub caulk
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Replacing moldy bathtub caulk

Installation of a shower at my rental required 24 hours for the glues and adhesives to set/cure/dry before the shower was used. The person you pay to do this for you ought to tell you how long you need to go without your tub.
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Potato and Bacon Soup
Replies: 5
Views: 537

Re: Potato and Bacon Soup

Excellent.

I shall be making this as soon as the pressure cooker is back in action (I make stock, never buy it).
by silk
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 742
Views: 139837

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I have two leeks to use so I should make risotto.
I feel like everything but, ha ha!

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