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Healthy diet update 2017v19

I have added Camembert cheese to the spreadsheet and a note about the way the USDA Food List works.Healthy diet update

Healthy Diet 2017v18


I have updated my Healthy Diet spreadsheet Healthy Diet 2017v18

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A small part of a magnificent stone wall Freshford Somerset

A Freshford wall -a masterpiece

 

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Excel Chutney Calculator

I have produced an Excel based chutney calculator. Chutneys often have several ingredients and it is time consuming to work out the quantities required for a larger quantity than the recipe. I have allowed for the cook's pan size and for very large quanitites I have allowed for the calculation of batches. Calculator

Excel Healthy Diet Calculator


I have been using my Healthy Diet Calculator since 2008. The calculator has been published under forums Local Food and Healthy Diet: Calculator

The calculator which is a Microsoft Excel workbook will calculate your weight and whether you are eating enough food that has enough protein and fat content. The calculator will also work out how many Portions of your Five a Day a day you are getting. It is very easy to use and could be used for meal planning.

The calculator also calculates alcohol consumption in units. A pie chart provides an easy assessment of the variety of food consumed.

Freshford rainfall and Freshford Mill

Freshford Mill is situated in a flood plain. Since the floods of 2008 I have measured rainfall close by. The rainfall chart to date does not indicate more rainfall but does indicate greater variation in rainfall read more

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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction

Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.  Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up together in their primary school.

 The children should be able to continue their education together when they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.  Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset (B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence, rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live? Parental Choice of School  Apart from the educational issues which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest village in this part of the west country. This website includes many photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but also its beautiful setting. The parish website is: Freshford Village The new village shop and post office has its own website: Galleries Shop

B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone. Appraisal

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Freshford Community shop: thieves strike

Hardly as the lead for the roof been expertly fitted -I have not even managed to post photos of recent progress yet - than thieves took the lead away. Hopefully, villagers will  keep a watchful eye on people that are coming and going and phone the police if they see anything suspicious. And perhaps forestall further thefts from our new community shop before it is even completed.

Perhaps it's also time for a video surveillance camera to be mounted on the Freshford Memorial Hall?

Rubbish Not collected! Not our fault!

Rubbish: what we can't recycle. But the fortnightly collection is NOT working. Even the West Wiltshire Councy Council is confused!! rubbish collection at a price!

Factory's 'gourmet' grub back!

DINERS as far away as Freshford are flocking to a unique restaurant in the Airsprung factory at Trowbridge where you can a big eat breakfast for just £2.39 and a beef lunch for as little as £3.49. Nick and Brónagh Day have taken over the former subsidised canteen which shut earlier this year  amid a storm of protest. It had gained a wide reputation for food of almost gourmet quality at a time when the recession was beginning to bite. The five-strong staff of the new look Food Factory have been determined to uphold that fine tradition – and they are! Full story: Airsprung Beds Cafe 

Could this neglect kill? Freshford Mill bridge damaged in early September 2008! The bridge has now been repaired Feb 2009: that's four months!

How long must we wait till this bridge is made safe? what acceptable explanation is there for not making this bridge safe within a few days? Let alone over three months?  Are the people who are responsible for public safety so ignorant and uncaring as to risk the lives of young children? what stranger would realise, even an adult that there is such a danger? I had to warn a couple with a pushchair and two youngsters who were about to cross over the bridge of the danger. By their reaction I realised that it was not obvious to them that there was such a danger. full story

Winsley post office has closed!

What a nasty surprise. I read in the "Your Letters" page of the Wiltshire Times & Chippenham News that without warning Winsley post office has closed. Apparently without warning not only to the villagers but also the staff behind the counter. Residents will now need to go to Bradford-On-Avon I suppose.  Full story

VAT spend or save?

The present reduction in VAT which has been introduced to help stimulate the economy by Chancelllor Alasdair Darling is welcome. I plan to bring forward planned purchases. But I wont buy goods that are of inferior quality or that I don't need. In fact I will take care to review my real needs. That comforting thought that one's property is increasing in value is no longer there to cover current expenditure. Link to forum article.

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nature's response to a death

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Delivery Route Map to Freshford

News: 

Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!

Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel.  Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated  17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed

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Web Window

Find that book! Search Biblio.com

I have found that I can find out of print, and other books by using biblio.com. Biblio is a Worldwide service for bookselllers and book buyers Biblio enables a user to find a book that is for sale from several thousand  second hand booksellers and private sellers Worldwide.  If  I need to buy  a book then I will use Biblio to find that book.

Also, there are many books that can be bought second hand that are still in print. Save trees buy secondhand first if you can. You can also sell your own books on Biblio.com.

This may or may not be a cheap service! I paid over £45 for one book but also bought a classic technical book (dated 1949) for almost less than it cost to post from the USA -which was not expensive anyway! But if you would like to buy a book that is out of print then go for this service.

And this is for real, don't waste time! As others may be looking for the same book.

 

 

 

Web Window is a new column to report on what is going on somewhere on the Internet. Occasionally the space may be used to refer to an article or post on FreshfordSomerset.

 

 Freshford Roads: Photos & Videos

Photographs and video films of the roads and road junctions in and linking Freshford village to the A36 trunk road to Bristol and Bath and east to Warminster for the A350 linking the M4 to Poole and the channel ferries have been created by Geoff Edwards a local resident.. The A36 also provides a route to Southampton via Salisbury and the  A303 London to the West country. The road junctions which can be accessed via an interactive map of the village can be viewed here: Photographic Survey of Every Road Junction in Freshford to the A36

The video films of the roads can also be viewed here: Video Survey of Road Systems in Freshford

Horse Traffic in Rosemary Lane Freshford Somerset

Links:

www.freshfordvillage.co.uk  The official website containing Parish Council Minutes and regularly updated news
www.freshford.com A website that provides historical information about Freshford and surrounding villages and towns
www.freshfordmill.co.uk A campaign website to deter building dwellings on the Freshford Mill land
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshford

Freshford Aerial Map (courtesy of Google)

Contact 

Freshford Village Forum

Traditionally, democratic decisions are made after consultation with residents by means of meetings and questionnaires. The Internet now provides a means for residents and others to discuss ideas and comment on proposals in the comfort of their own homes and at a time that suites them. Freshfordvillage website provides a forum for residents to contribute news and comments.

Introduction to Internet Forums

An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. Internet forums are also commonly referred to as web forums, message boards, discussion boards, (electronic) discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, fora (the Latin plural) or simply forums. The terms "forum" and "board" may refer to the entire community or to a specific sub-forum dealing with a distinct topic. Messages within these sub-forums are then displayed either in chronological order or as threaded discussions.

Such forums perform a function similar to that of Usenet newsgroups and the dial-up bulletin board systems that were numerous in the 1980s and 1990s. [1] Early web-based forums such as UBB.classic date back as far as 1996. A sense of virtual community often develops around forums that have regular users. Technology, computer games and/or video games, fashion, religion, and politics are popular areas for forum themes, but there are forums for a huge number of different topics. Internet slang and image macros popular across the internet are abundant and most widely used in internet forums.

Note. The first two paragraphs above are copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

The Freshford Forum allows residents to contribute news and ideas as well as comment on that news, ideas, and comments.

Go to the Freshford Village Forum

 

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