Archive for July, 2019

Growing potatoes in tyres

We have seen articles on growing vegetables in tyres but never tried it ourselves until now. Neil had kept old tyres when buying new ones for the car and this year upon finding some of last years potatoes that had sprouted, decided to try growing potatoes in tyres.

First he filled the tyres with soil, then placed a few potatoes in each and covered them with soil.DSC03044


As they grew he added more soil, then another tyre or stones to make up the height.



The warmth from the sunshine on the tyres kept the soil warm and the potatoes grew quicker than those in the ground, grown the traditional way.20190519_154854

They flourished, then died back and we thought it was time to harvest.


A great yield of new potatoes both red and white was produced by this method.


When we change the tyres on the car in future we shall definitely keep the tyres for this method of growing.

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St Austell brewery tour

AS it was raining on our visit to Cornwall we retreated to the St Austell brewery for lunch followed by a brewery tour, which of course included some sampling of various beers, which Neil enjoyed greatly.DSC03260

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made the tour a real pleasure even for me who doesn’t drink beer.DSC03262


Neil was very happy and bought a case of Proper Black!!DSC03265

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Visit to Launceston steam railway

DSC03267On our way back from Cornwall we stopped at Launceston steam railway. Launceston station was once a junction of the GWR (Great Western Railway) and of the LSWR (London and South Western Railway).


The station was opened in 1865 and over the year, it hosted much traffic from London including the famous “Atlantic Coast Express” to the North Cornish seaside resorts. Mainline activities closed in 1964 and the line was subsequently closed.


The Launceston steam railway narrow gauge track (23 1/2 inches) was laid on the track base and extends to the furthest station at Farm Park.

There were lovely foxgloves along the way.DSC03275

After the ride we had a look round some of the sheds and there was an old engine and also a vintage motorcycle collection.DSC03281


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