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The acronym world of computers

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the July 19th, 2009

My website went down sometime on Monday morning. And so began my week of trouble shooting. Starting with my laptop, I waded through a morass of acronyms and computer terminology all week it was finally fixed on friday. DNS servers, IP addresses, pings, tracerts, proxy websites, SAIX, JINX, CINX and NOC were all terms that I was bandying about like a pro by the end of the week. I think I’ll stick to gardening. At least a snail is a snail.

Because I couldn’t get onto my page – I also couldn’t update my blog. My frosted grass wasn’t as bad as it looked at night with a torch. Still worse than last year though. Digital pics are a great way to keep track of what things were like ‘this time last year’. I am starting to harvest the ‘Cheddar’ cauliflower which I planted from seed in February. It gets its name from being orange – not because of its taste! I will post some pics this week. We are also eating lots of peas, Asian greens and broccoli. Yum.

The day before we left for Kzn, Taste magazine came to do a shoot here. They are doing an article on me and the book for the September issue. They phoned a few days before to ask if I could prepare a 3 course meal for the shoot, using ingredients which will be in season in September. No problem I said (this is Taste after all – my favourite mag!) A September menu for me had to include asparagus and strawberries. The only way to do that was to buy horribly expensive, out of season asparagus which had horrendous food miles attached. This was a bit like photographing bikini models in mid winter for the summer issue: it hurt! But it looked fantastic and it was a fun day. The producer and photographer opened every single cupboard in my kitchen and dining room, hunting out all the choices possible for the perfect plate to go with each dish. Can’t wait to see the spread.

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  1. may said,

    on November 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    how comes your cauliflower has no damage from pest, would like to know it perfect. have got an Allotment and just learning about planting.

  2. on November 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hi May,
    I have written a whole book on the topic! There isn’t one simple answer – successful organic gardening encompasses many different aspects, including building healthy soil, companion planting, encouraging natural predators, balanced feeding to create healthy plants and more. My book is available online at Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_1_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jane%27s+delicious+garden&sprefix=Jane%27s+de), Gazelle (http://www.gazellebookservices.co.uk/ISBN/1920289003.htm) or Wikio (http://www.wikio.co.uk/books/jane-s-delicious-garden-an-organic-guide-to-growing-your-own-food-9781920289003-3308994,b.html)

    Bob Flowerdew is a Uk author who has written some great books on the topic.

    Enjoy your allotment . . .

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