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Continuing culvert conspiracies in Ambridge - discuss The Archers here

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PseudoBadger Sat 30-May-15 20:41:17

Won't someone please give Kenton a kick in the FA Cup Finals, and a link to Money Saving Expert?

rogueantimatter Sat 30-May-15 20:44:27

Can I do it please? He's become very annoying recently. How stupid to spend money that he didn't have. He's behaving like a dramatic teenager.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sat 30-May-15 21:15:07

Marking place! Thanks as ever, Pseudo - nice title! smile

Eastpoint Sat 30-May-15 21:22:11

Kenton really is a fool, poor Jolene

BuildYourOwnSnowman Sat 30-May-15 22:00:20

I can't say I feel sorry for jolene. She is being totally wet. If my dh had come home and said he had come up with a great wheeze of putting more debt on the credit cards just cleared I wouldn't have just sighed resignedly

dairyfarmerswife Sat 30-May-15 22:04:02

ppeat asked on the last thread about silage before plastic. It's a long way before my time but I believe it was ensiled in silos, which are big towers. I think sometimes they were built up around the silage as they filled them and later the chopped grass was augured in. Silage is relatively modern, I think post war.

The concrete towers you mention... I don't know but if you are in an arable area they are probably silos to store the grain. I think driers are fairly small.

CuttedUpPear Sat 30-May-15 22:30:02

Before the war did everyone keep their cows out longer then?

LillianGish Sat 30-May-15 22:37:41

Thanks for the new thread - delighted you didn't ditch the old title entirely grin

Bluestocking Sat 30-May-15 22:45:10

Hello, you two!
Why was Tony buying travel sweets in the village shop instead of at the airport? And it was very naughty of the SWs to tantalise us with a change-counting scenario and then not follow through.

Minimammoth Sat 30-May-15 22:50:20

Blatent place marking by me.

ZeroFunDame Sat 30-May-15 23:15:35

Oh - excellent! Thank you Pseudo


Eleven posts in and I've already learnt two new agricultural words ensiled and augered. More excellence.

Perhaps Stefan has smuggled Scruff to Eastern Europe - as a souvenir of Ambridge.

dairyfarmerswife Sat 30-May-15 23:50:57

CUP I am totally guessing here but I would think they fed hay to housed cattle. Silage is higher in protein and energy and lower in dry matter so a better feed for milking, and meat production. Farming started to get more intensive after the war with the advent of subsidies so ways to increase production were developed. Feeding silage was one of them.

zero glad to be of service, I thought I had spelt augered wrong though, I'll blame autocorrect grin

ErrolTheDragon Sun 31-May-15 00:14:29

I thought farming got more intensive after the war partly because it was government policy to try to become self sufficient in food?

dairyfarmerswife Sun 31-May-15 07:13:59

Errol I'm a bit hazy on the exact details but yes you are right I think. The way they encouraged it though, was through subsidies. Not sure exactly when they came in, I'll find out.

oddfodd Sun 31-May-15 07:26:27

I wrote a really long rambling post last night on the other thread which seems to have gone pouf. Probably just as well I expect grin

cheminotte Sun 31-May-15 09:06:53

I think Jolene needs to cut the old credit card up.
Thanks for the new thread Pseudo

EBearhug Sun 31-May-15 10:24:34

Cows were kept out for longer, and fed hay, plus you'd probably cull one or two of the older, less productive ones to avoid feeding them. In some areas, they also had water meadows, where they'd block the local river/stream to flood the fields, and being under water started the grass growing early.

R4 Sun 31-May-15 10:36:47

In some areas, they also had water meadows, where they'd block the local river/stream to flood the fields

I remember the meadows in Tess of the D'Urbervilles being described as cut through will lots of little rivulets. Now I know why!

Here on Long Wave we have just had a surreal moment where we switched, mid-broadcast, from village Single Wicket (TA) to international Test (TMS).grin

Northernlurker Sun 31-May-15 10:40:52

Does Jolene know the family offered to buy the tv? I've been listening sporadically over the last week as away. I would be furious if I did know that - he's lumbered them with another £500+ of debt and for no reason.

Open Farm Sunday is getting on my nerves. Why can't the residents of Ambridge attend both farms? hmm

Bluestocking Sun 31-May-15 10:53:23

The single wicket was exceptionally zzzzzzsome, even with Kenton trying to ramp up the excitement. I was surprised that Charlie made that snipey remark about "you should try being his boss" about Rob - Charlie normally plays his cards so close to his chest. I wonder why he hasn't insisted on ringing Stefan himself?

GypsyFloss Sun 31-May-15 10:55:32

Thankyou Pseudo

minkGrundy Sun 31-May-15 11:13:38

Tx Pseudo.

Up until this thread I have always had bad associations for silage and for silos. Every few months when I was growing up there would be a silo death reported on Grampian news. Sometimes 2 people at oncesad It would give me the shudders. So I always thought silage was something horrible.

Now realise most of the deaths were probably grain silos although I am sure there were a few in silage towers.

Friend who is firefighter said he did a grain silos rescue exercise once and it was one if the few where he felt genuinely unsafe as they had difficulty getting out within the safe time window.

A clamp sounds much nicer. smile

And yes Kenton is a monumental arsehead. I am presuming the cost of the tv is not massive but that given how much debt they are in and as Jolene correctly pointed out the debt on the old card gathers interest whereas the new does not, they will have to divert from paying down the interest free debt to paying off the tv first.

Would like to hear conversation between Jolene and Shula about how they were going to buy the tv.

Do pubs not rent this kind of thing anyway?

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 31-May-15 11:17:00

Thanks for the new thread Pseudo.

Being -- very old-- more, erm, mature , I can just remember hay stooks and haystacks in fields in my very early childhood. Then we lived overseas for a few years and returned to find them all gone, replaced by rolls of hay that looked like giant shredded wheat and huge black plastic covered parcels dotting the fields.

The cows had suddenly become all black and white too.

BuildYourOwnSnowman Sun 31-May-15 11:39:53

That's a good point if buying vs renting the tv equipment

Sw don't seem to have much business knowledge though - full of stereotypes re big and small business. I'm just waiting for a badly written tax avoidance storyline for damara capital...

BuildYourOwnSnowman Sun 31-May-15 12:00:21

Surely three months on the bull would have had some sort of insurance payout?

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