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A Parlour for a Plague

 
 
chai2
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 08:20 pm
@ehBeth,
Beth, re the pool.

I had my suit and robe on and walked out the door and promptly turned around and went back inside. It had turned rather chilly and I bailed. The rest of the week predicts thunderstorms, so we’ll see.
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 09:08 pm
@ehBeth,
Is she inCanada or the US?

Good they are planning
Borat Sister
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 09:09 pm
@ehBeth,
Same here for Woolworths so far....7 to 8

Not sure if I’m senior enough!
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 09:11 pm
@chai2,
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy re the toilet paper!

Hope his food was ok! Sounds like a great meal.

Now I’m hungry

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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 10:06 pm
@Borat Sister,
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..We stayed in West 11th the first time...
that's the nextish block over. I'm just past Perry. My grandmother lived on West 4th between West 11th and Perry for over 40 years prior to her earthly exit.

I'm old school for The Village and don't believe in that thing labeled "East Village" ....The Village ends at 5th Avenue for my mind. (old maps confirm this)


Anywho, all NYC Public Schools (these are run by the city) are closed from tomorrow morning until possibly April 20. The situation is to be reevaluated then.

The Governor told the Mayor to get things rolling. This will include the free lunch programs and the free breakfast programs which many kids rely upon. One option suggested is a 'grab and go'. That way they get the meal...and I suppose bring it home or somewhere.

More as I find out more.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 10:45 pm
@farmerman,
We lived about 25 miles from one "city" of about 30,000 people, and 25 miles in the other direction was a city of about 150,000 people. We didn't go to the city very often, though, we had almost everything we needed where we lived.

It is ironic that Phylloxera infestation, as it was commonly known, originally came from North America. In the late 19th century, it devastated the vineyards of Europe, especially France. They only recovered by bringing in root stocks from North America which were resistant to the infestation, especially from California, where the problem had been solved long before. I love it when the wine snobs are sipping their Pouilly-Fuissé or their Bordeaux, completely unaware that they're sipping wine from root stocks brought over from California about a century and a half ago. Them California winos produce stuff just as good, they just don't get the same money for their swill.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:04 pm
@Setanta,
I rarely disagree with you, Setanta, but I have always believed Texas supplied those grapes to Europe.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:13 pm
@edgarblythe,
I'm not a wine snob but I used to love the white burgundy...I probably still do I just haven't shopped in more than a few years.
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:16 pm
@Setanta,
We found California wines very pleasant on the west coast. Then found it hard to find on the East coast, whereas Australian wine, mostly cheap to medium level, was easy. We really didn’t want to travel all that way to drink home wines!

We also found lots of crap French and Italian stuff that was awful.

Of course, we might just have had bad luck
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:19 pm
@edgarblythe,
Well, perhaps they did. I'm not claiming expertise, it's just what I've read about how California survived the blight, and sent root stocks to France.
chai2
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:20 pm
I'm upset they cancelled SXSW this year.

That brings millions of dollars into the local economy each year. I daresay this could cause a good number of people to go out of business. I'll bet a lot of small business rely on it for the bulk of their sales and services for the year.

I may not attend SXSW, but I know this will hurt many people.


edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 15 Mar, 2020 11:23 pm
@Setanta,
To me it's not a point to argue. I was just saying.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 04:46 am
@Borat Sister,
Borat Sister wrote:

Can you get stuff delivered Boida?

[/quote

My response to this could be a very long story. I'll make it short. No.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 06:06 am
@edgarblythe,
california had its own vin plagues. As late as 1980 they were re grafting stock from France , Texas and Niagara vines to back cross with existing Calif vine tops(Sort of another "Columbian Wxchange 20 th century style). The blights were insect caused and generally affected just the roomass. Maybe Hightor knows . The wine guy back here stated that, like any time we deal with monocultures we get problems with local infestations that can further adapt and spread .
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 07:45 am
@Setanta,
There are a few grape-growing regions in the world which haven't been hit by Phylloxera. Some of the vineyards in Chile can grow vinifera grapes without the grafted rootstocks. The wines are much sought after by connoisseurs but I don't know if they really taste different.
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hightor
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 08:07 am
@farmerman,
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Wow, what did you do with all the grapes?

The plan was to make varietal jellies. The tart wine grapes make fantastic jelly, nothing like Welch's or other ones made with Concord grapes, really flavorful. But I realized that it was a shitload of work and I hardly even eat jelly! I gave jars away for a few years; they were highly coveted. Actually going commercial and selling my crop to local producer would have required too big an investment.

It's amazing what a bunch of raccoons can do — as any gardener knows. Like clockwork, once the Brix got up around 20º they'd hit and completely consume every bunch of grapes. They gorged themselves so much that the vineyard aisles were strewn with undigested grapes that had just passed right through them. I attempted to put nets over the crop for protection but they'd usually find some way to get in, rip the netting, break the canes — total destruction. So one morning I came out, surveyed the damage, and just announced out loud, "Okay, you win." There are a range of other protective measures available but I'd had enough.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 08:50 am
@hightor,
Sounds like my original ideas about honeybees. You can have a bazillion hives and only need like 10 acres. We gradually sold our hives too and we did ok, every AMish farmer wanted at least 1 hive for their kids to learn
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hightor
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 09:17 am
@farmerman,
This infestation happened a little bit later but it's an example of insects acting as vectors of fungal and bacterial diseases:

Quote:
Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

The insect can eat 10 times its body weight per hour. It begins carrying Pierces Disease after eating a plant infected with the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium. The sharpshooter is also a threat to other agricultural products.

Pierces Disease was identified in California Wine Country over 100 years ago. But for years it was only spread by the slow moving blue green sharpshooter. In 1990, the robust glassy winged sharpshooter was discovered in California for the first time.

Originating in Ventura County, it spread like wild fire through Temecula. In 2004, glassy winged sharpshooters were found along Highway 80 in Vacaville, about 40 miles from Napa. Experts believe sharpshooters hitch-hike from infected areas in the wheel wells of vehicles, and then subsist in vegetation along freeways.


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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 09:19 am
@Borat Sister,
Canada. Though she is applying to move to US to be with new husband in Texas.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2020 09:30 am
@hightor,
Did you just strain and cook the juice with something like a pectin and then make a sugar-free jelly (or preserves)?? Or was there a really long recipe?

 

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