First an apology. I have just discovered that a number of comments that kind readers have put on my posts have not been finding their way through to me. Blogger is supposed to be sending comments to me by email, so I know they are there, but I just discovered that in over forty cases over the last few months, the comments never got through to me in this way. So in a lot of cases I didn’t know they were there. So if you made a comment without a reply or response from me where needed, that’s the reason why. Very sorry folks, I’ll try to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Now what might be a useful tip to someone. Like us you might have a Cobb barbecue on your boat, or perhaps at home. I think Oakie has one at any rate. We like to use their Cobblestones as fuel. At a couple of quid a time, they are not cheap, but they do give a good heat very quickly and maintain the heat steadily for up to two hours. As I may have written before, these Cobblestones (sort of compressed coir wheels) are real pigs to light. I used to end up using half a box of matches to get one going. Well folks, I have found the answer to the problem. For my birthday last January I asked Kath to buy me a chef’s blowtorch so I could fool about making creme brulees or charring peppers and the like. Last week I used it to light the Cobb and hey presto, the Cobblestone was fully lit in seconds. It was hot enough to start cooking in barely a couple of minutes. These little blowtorches don’t cost a lot. They might even be good for getting charcoal briquettes or whatever to light. If I were you I’d get one.
I don’t know if it was the late spring and then all this warm weather or what, but our garden has exploded in the last couple of weeks. I’m going to have to buy a machete if this keeps up. I hesitate to complain when things are growing too well, but we’re in danger of being overwhelmed by greenery. Anyone else with the same problem? Maybe I should get a goat.