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OK, so, on this account I *will* be posting about food and soft drinks, and boosting toots about food and soft drinks, mostly without CW.

It's a food-dedicated instance.

I will definitely not be offended if you need to mute or block this account as a result!

(I'll still CW for alcohol, and I won't boost my un-CW'd food toots from my alt accounts.)

USpol, scotus 

I think this post is important for anyone in the US to understand.

The TL;DR is that litigation is no longer a viable strategy for progressive activists, because *the bad guys bat last*.

ukpol, petition, transmisia 

"Presently the Public Order Act 1986 makes it a criminal offence to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. There is no such offence on grounds of Gender Identity, to cover transgender, non-binary and non-gender-conforming people. The Act should be amended to include this."

I mean, I do grow and forage things that aren't fruit, too.

But months on end of fresh fruit is really lovely.

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Soon the tayberries and black raspberries will ripen. After that, Japanese wineberries, and the first of the mini-plum/mirabelle/cherry plum things.

By the time the wineberries are done, blackberries are starting, plums are in full swing, black mulberries are ripening, and the earliest apples are ready. Cornelian cherries are somewhere in here too.

As autumn picks up, more apples. Last year September was the month of greenhouse melons. Then pears, quinces, and eventually medlars and sloes.

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Fruit season is here!

Today I picked raspberries, white mulberries, and Saskatoon berries, and we ate them with some of the strawberry backlog.

(I also picked redcurrants at the Soup Garden at church, but I'm not that keen on them.)

I am super excited, because what comes next is literally months of fresh local fruit.

Eating some rather lovely potato sourdough. My own starter had to be disposed of (contamination with toxic ceiling dust), elderflowers are out soon though so I will try to jumpstart a new one.

jointcrap whingeing 

I have been Overdoing Things and my hip absolutely hates me

Unfortunately not Doing Things and Sitting Down are both Bad for my hip so my options are limited.

Today's plan: probably Overdoing Things again, tbh

allotment noodle soup recipe 

I have an insulated bowl with a handle and a lid, and a set of washable chopsticks.

In goes:
- torn up allotment greens (today: chard, red-veined sorrel, elephant garlic leaves, lovage)
- a packet of two of instant ramen noodles (with or without the seasoning packet -- your call)
- boiling water

Lid goes on. Wait a bit. Take lid off. Stir. Enjoy.

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Thankfully Past Me kitted Present Me out with a flint and steel striker thingy. Fire lit, allotment noodle soup cooking.

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I want to make my lunch (at the allotment) and I think I accidentally took all the matches home

allotment day today I think, there's a huge amount to do and on Tuesday I am going away for two and a half weeks and won't be able to do it

bad timing for a trip

Is it just coincidence that I've seen multiple new accounts that list lock picking among their interests, or did the Twitter lock pick community just totally funnel out en masse?

TFW you come back to Mastodon after not posting much and there is a completely unrelated influx of new users.

Dear new users:

It's alright to take your time and get up to speed on here. You don't have to hit the ground running. You might have picked up the habit of interacting with social media as it it were naturally a competitive performance--we all did--but the best thing about Mastodon and the fediverse beyond it is that it's not like that. Take some time to decompress.

It took me about six months to fully drop the armor that I'd been wearing from being on other sites. That was three years ago. This place changes lives.

Also, it's okay to be picky. Sign up at a new instance, if the first one you pick isn't the best fit possible. You'll find your home, and folks here understand it takes trial and error.

Above all, take a deep breath. What feels weird now will make sense pretty quickly.

Glad to have you.

In some ways the Soup Garden at church is part of this, too. There haven't been many volunteers over the winter, I think as the weather warms up this will change.

But it's the same sort of thing: doing what we can for some kind of mutual care and aid with the resources and people we actually have.

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I've always sortof wanted to start some kind of techno hippie commune, but lacked the resources to just buy some land and the social skills to design a community like that from scratch.

It pleases me to think that we might manage something similar in a piecemeal manner, cobbled together with what we do have. The stakes are lower and the chances of obtaining a yield are higher.

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in "distributed smallholding" news, we've accepted a half allotment plot in another bit of London, near a friend who is having a very rough time; the plan is to share it with them.

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