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Good crop of cobnuts this year (local Kent species of hazelnut). Our other cobnut tree has not a single nut on it, that I can see. Farming be like that.

Then we had the sad duty of retiring our oldest freezer. Uncle B bought the thing before we even met in person. It’s really sad because it was still rock solid, but mice or rats had chewed a scary lump out of the power cord.

Freezer archeology was the usual. The top half was all within the last year or so. Then we get to the fruit level and the dates start dropping. We kept a lot of it, but even more went into the compost bin. Uncle B was very sad, having grown it all with his own furry paw.

I think the oldest thing in there was 2009. Except for way, way down at the bottom: four rolls of 35mm film. Remember storing film in the freezer?


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 13, 2023, 7:19 pm

My sisters cleaned out our mother’s freezer after she passed. I’m sure it was like a time capsule. She had the best peach tree—a freestone, and she’d freeze a smashed peach jam into little 2 oz Tupperware cups. Oh my. On hot buttered biscuits or toast. On ice cream, sometimes. The best of summer in one bite.

I never put film in the freezer but one time I had film freeze in my camera. It was that cold. I didn’t know the film had frozen until I started rolling it back and the teeth on the roller broke through all the perfs on the roll of film. Well. That was a fine mess. It was photos of the town’s Christmas parade so I HAD to salvage the film. I also shot one roll twice :-/ oops—those were some odd photos. Shot in the dark with a flame-thrower flash!

Digital is fine, but I do miss the fragrance from a fresh roll of film. Smelled like promise, you know.

Almost forgot to ask: will you eat those nuts raw or roast them?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: September 13, 2023, 8:13 pm

Do you Limeys not have hardware stores over there where one can buy appliance cord and plugs? Seems like a waste of a good freezer!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 13, 2023, 8:48 pm

Two observations –

Undeveloped 35mm film should remain in the bottom right hand corner of the lowest bureau draw, under the blue jeans. To be occasionally come upon, at which point one is to mumble the words of the following spell,
“Huh, wonder what this is”.

As to the freezer, while Durnedyankee believes one can eat anything preserved in ice, as they did the Woolly Mammoth found in the apocryphal story of Siberian Russians,
Mrs Durnedyankee believes if it has been in the freezer any length of time perhaps prior to the Biden Catastrophe of 2021 it is unfit for human consumption.
Durnedyankee sometimes yearns for the end times when nothing will be thrown out, even if the label indicates the ice bound package chipped from the freezer bottom was produced just before Cpt. Robert Falcon Scott had his unfortunate last venture to the Antarctic.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 13, 2023, 9:34 pm

@stoaty, I know you good folks must have a sound reason for not simply replacing the power cord, but I can’t imagine what it is. What’s stopping you, please?

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: September 13, 2023, 11:44 pm

I’m with Uncle Al – if the freezer is still basically good, what’s stopping you from replacing the power cord? That’s probably one of the easiest appliance repairs.

Comment from Ben
Time: September 14, 2023, 1:30 am

@Uncle Al, they’re scared of things they can’t see, electrons.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 14, 2023, 1:58 pm

@Ben — Don’t ever turn your back on those Killer Watts!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 14, 2023, 3:45 pm

I doubt a rat ate the cord.

What probably happened was they had too sharp a bend in it or a kink and the electrons speeding through the curve eventually wore a hole in the insulation when they lost control and skidded out.

It’s a science thing, so a lot of people don’t know that happens.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 14, 2023, 4:09 pm

What probably happened was they had too sharp a bend in it or a kink and the electrons speeding through the curve eventually wore a hole in the insulation when they lost control and skidded out.

I think I’ve heard about that…the friction of electrons rubbing against the insulation causes resistance, right? I think it was in an article that was explaining that solid state circuits don’t get as hot because the transistors are electric transmissions that shift gears so that the electrons don’t have to move as fast through the cords until the get to where you need them. Then at the right place when they’re racing around around the circuit the transistors do a phase shift and Bob’s yer electrician!

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: September 14, 2023, 6:41 pm

Stoaty. Did you rule on Mike Williams death in the Deadpool?

No one else has commented.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 14, 2023, 7:07 pm

Have you ever seen a British electrical plug? They’re the size of dryer plug. 240V. Their electricity scares me silly.

It was upward of 20 years and showing it, at least cosmetically.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 14, 2023, 7:31 pm

Yes, we do have plugs. Cables too. The freezer had been slowly dying for a few years (gas depletion) so it was time to let it go. The cable was just the final straw.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: September 14, 2023, 7:50 pm

So you’re saying she was Bidenizing when she claimed “it was still rock solid”?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 14, 2023, 11:25 pm

If she was really Bidenizing she’d have said the freezer died in Iraq, but she was dragging it around with her to stand on when she told her stories.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: September 17, 2023, 7:59 am

Power cords are easy to mend.

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