That's so somenok!

Fishing tales

Several years ago I had the opportunity to participate (albeit as a spectator) in a catfish fishing trip. This happened on the Ural River. Local anglers, with whom I had a chance to communicate, fished both on the quok and on the donk. Since then, I still passionately wanted, if not to catch these predators myself, then at least to observe how others do it.

But, first of all, it was necessary to find out: in which reservoirs of our region this fish is found. Most of the fishermen, whom we were able to question, confidently asserted that there is catfish in the Volkhov River, and not very confidently said that, allegedly, they still caught it in the Luga River. For a long time, it was not possible to obtain any information about catfish and catfish.

And only this winter I was finally lucky. Once, being among the anglers who were fishing for roach on Ladoga, I asked: "Guys, no one knows a fisherman who is familiar with catfish hunting?" And here is the guy in the snow jacket, who was located next to me, without looking up from the hole, said:

- Not far from here lives my friend Stas Kudrin. He and his wife Laura know a lot about this business. Especially Laura. In addition to being a skilled angler, she is also a golden person. This woman is so scrupulous that if their guests-fishermen (mostly drunk) forget their tackle and things with them, then she carefully keeps them for many years, hoping that the unlucky fishermen will remember and will definitely return for them. Although so far there has not been a single such case.

The settlement, which the guy in the storm jacket named, was at the mouth of the Volkhov, and if you believe the fishermen that there are catfish in this river, then this is exactly what I need.

... The winter ended, the ice drifted on the rivers, and finally I was able to get out to the mouth of the Volkhov. Stanislav Kudrin, a respectable man of about sixty, planted potatoes in a vegetable garden with his wife. When I explained to him the purpose of the visit, he, looking at me attentively, said:

- We are sexting Somov under the guidance of Laura Alexandrovna. But it will be at night. In the meantime, you can swing the spinning rod.

And although in the afternoon, when I shone, it was sunny and quiet, by the evening the weather changed dramatically. A cold north wind blew, the sky sank into gray leaden clouds. Already in the dark, the three of us got into the boat: I settled in the bow, Stanislav settled in the stern, his wife sat down at the oars. I don’t presume to judge how they navigated in the dark, but after forty minutes Laura stopped rowing and said:

- Stas, let's start here ...

No matter how I peered into the surrounding darkness, I could not really see anything. The only thing I could tell: we were standing not far from the thickets of grass. Having planted a frog on the tee, Stas lowered the tackle into the water, and we began to quietly raft downstream. After a while, Laura stopped the boat, turned it around, and we returned upstream, to our original place. But there were no bites.

Finally, on the fifth swim, Stanislav hooked up and, quickly pulling the line out of the water, said:

- The pike took it.

And, indeed, a minute later a hefty pike was floundering at the bottom of the boat. It was at least five kilograms.

- The owner, apparently, is not there, which means that today we have nothing to do here, - concluded Laura. That was the end of the fishing trip. - If you fail to catch a catfish - take a pike, this is our rule: if the fisherman who came to us is not too lucky, then we will definitely help him with the catch, - Laura Alexandrovna explained and, turning to her husband, added: - Tomorrow we need to fish pit at the Crooked Cape. The husband nodded back.

For most of the next day, I flashed from the boat, moving along the thicket of grass. We came across exclusively grass pikes - almost less and less a kilogram. I let almost all of them go: let them grow up and please the anglers with decent size.

I don't know why, but when we started getting ready to go fishing, Stanislav suddenly invited me to sit on the oars. Although, from the sly glance of the hostess, one could assume that it was on her initiative that I turned from a spectator into a participant in fishing. Of course, I gladly agreed.

We arrived at the fishing spot - in a small bay, which cut into the shore in a steep arc, we arrived before dark. All the way we were accompanied by a fine, disgusting rain.

- For the catfish, the weather is what we need, and we will somehow endure, - judged Stanislav, unwinding the donka.

He explained how I should steer the boat and we started fishing. Wielding the oars, I was probably doing something wrong, but Kudrin never, not a single word, rebuked me. Only occasionally, with gestures of his hand, he showed how and where I should direct the boat.

After several passes along and across the bay, I felt how the boat swayed - it was Stanislav who made a sharp cut. However, the fish was not detected: he removed an empty tee from the water. Apparently, for my companion it was a kind of signal, because he asked to return the boat to the place of the bite. We passed it: two, three, four times. To no avail. And only on the fifth time, when the angler slowly, often twitching, lifted the tackle from the depths, he suddenly made a sharp movement with his hand and immediately released the line.

The boat tilted and the caught fish dragged us upstream. She soon stopped. And Stas immediately picked up the slack - he reeled up the cord. This was repeated several times. Probably, the angler very subtly felt the moment when the fish got tired, because very confidently, without delay, he began to pull it to the boat. And when in the twilight one could see the light belly of a fish in the water, Stas handed me the cord, took the hook in his hands - he picked up the catfish by the lower jaw and dragged it into the boat.

- Somenok, - he said and, taking the tee out of the predator's mouth, added: - There are much larger ones ...

When we weighed the Somenka, it turned out to be 12.5 kilograms. Probably, that evening fortune smiled broadly at me: I managed not only to take part in fishing for catfish, but also to catch it. Because I never heard from any of the fishermen that someone, somewhere, caught this fish in our area. And I never had to try my fortune a second time ...

Alexander Nosov

DIY repair of a chipboard shelf in the kitchen

What to do if the edge of a chipboard shelf of kitchen furniture is swollen? Redecorating a swollen chipboard.

We need a plastic corner of the right color (in our case, white) and glue.

We used Dragon glue which is quite suitable for our purpose. But there may be other options at your discretion.

Then we measure and cut off the corner along the length of the shelf or the edge of the cabinet, grease the inside of the corner with glue and apply it to the area of ​​the swollen chipboard.

If you have such a useful thing as clamps, fix the corner to the edge of the shelf with them and leave it for a day.

This will stick our decor tightly to the edge of the shelf.

If there is no clamp, you can simply press the corner with something heavy (for example, a stack of books) until the glue dries completely.

This is how our decorative repair of a bulging chipboard in the kitchen looks like.

We managed to fix the aesthetic picture.

At the initial stage of the problem (as an ambulance), you can use regular nail polish.

Just thoroughly dry the place of swelling with a hairdryer, and then coat the problem areas with colorless varnish. Once dry and absorbed, it prevents moisture from entering and serves as a waterproofing barrier. But this only helps at the early stage of blocking, in order to slow down the process for a short period of time.

But for the future, it is necessary to eliminate the source of unwanted excess moisture. If this is a pot with a live flower, you need to substitute a pallet under it (for example, an ordinary plastic tray). And in the future, try to prevent water from getting on such a moisture-susceptible surface.

We will tell you how and how to close (protect) the top of the kitchen from grease, dust and moisture. Simple tricks can help you keep your kitchen tidy and effortless.

Why planting gladioli is better together, not one at a time

Flower garden

In the spring, just before planting flowers, I came across a photograph from some garden center. And on it - double pink gladioli ... in a flowerpot. Before that, I saw them only in the open field, and I planted it myself. But so heap and cute they looked in the photo that I decided to experiment. Waiting, of course, for warm weather.

I planted two varieties - "Indian Summer" (red-yellow) and "Snow White". These last cut in a vase for the longest time, for which I especially love them. If you see bulbs on sale - take them, do not think.

Be sure to go to wet soil, to dry land - you will be tortured to wait until they germinate. Babies can be planted earlier than large bulbs, they tolerate the cold better.

You probably have gladioli in a line, in the foreground of the flower garden. I planted it myself. It is believed that a dense planting harms them: they take root poorly, and there is not enough light. But that photo from the garden center haunted me. I decided to take a chance.

Divided the onions in five to seven pieces. I tried to find them to be the same size - I thought that they would germinate more evenly. The distance between the onions in one pile was minimal, two or three centimeters. This despite the fact that I usually do twenty, and even more between the rows. An experiment, I say!

The place, of course, is open and sunny - the same flower garden as always, it's just that now my gladioli were not on a ruler.

As a result, they bloomed with a difference of several days - in this simple way you can prolong the beauty of your flower bed. Especially in autumn, when there are not so many flowers. And gladioli just usually come out in full force by September 1.

This is how I got three lush gladiolus "bushes". No horror stories have come true: the stems are not thin, they have not hammered each other and the light has not been blocked, nothing has broken from the wind. True, I also choose not tall varieties - there are, after all, up to 170 cm. These, of course, need to be tied up.

What varieties to plant like this in a heap? There is an opinion that it is impossible to plant flowers of the same species, but different varieties next to each other. Supposedly they will be pollinated. But I believe that this certainly does not apply to bulbous plants. No mutants will grow in your flower bed.

It is much more interesting to think over the choice of flowers - even on a small flowerbed, a real color panel can turn out. This year I planted, as they say, from what was. And now I want to buy a couple of new varieties to continue the experience.

So I chose my first grades. Or you can try warm yellow (like "Margarita") with blue or purple.

The main thing is not to overdo it. Gladioli are bright and catchy flowers themselves. So I would not plant more than two species next to it. They should be combined, not interrupt each other.

Hot pepper Yanka F1 - a newbie in my garden

Here is such a beautiful, yet multi-colored, hot pepper has grown in me. Already ripe pods have a rich and vibrant color.

Pods of hot peppers Yanka F1

Look, well, just handsome! Isn't it? I like that it ripens unevenly, you can use it at the stage of technical maturity in the preparation of meat dishes, marinade for them. But red, ripe - either string on a string and make a wrap for the house, or just dry and grind - it's as you like.

Pepper seed bag

At the ripening stage, the pepper, as described by the seed producer, has pods of almost white color, then they begin to turn yellow and then turn red.

Pepper in the greenhouse. This is how hot pepper pods look at the stage of technical maturity

The taste of unripe pepper pods is semi-sharp, the aftertaste is clearly felt. But red is impossible to taste, very spicy! I grow it specifically for making adjika for the winter. And, of course, I have a very tasty recipe for spicy lovers.


In cultivation, this hybrid is completely unpretentious. It grows in the coldest place in the greenhouse - at the door, that is, at the entrance. I am very happy with this pepper.

Grow your hot pepper, no need to buy in stores, no one knows what. Everyone, everyone, I wish you rich harvests and heroic health!

How to reduce a sewn-in elastic waistband

Was the sewn-in elastic band on the skirt or pants stretched? How to narrow the stretched elastic on clothes in the simplest way? We suggest pulling it off with a sewn-in decorative cord.

Unfortunately, any elastic band tends to stretch over time. How to restore the shape of a stretched elastic band? It would seem that it could be easier than changing (re-tightening) a new tightening. But in some things, it is sewn tightly into a circular one.

Changing such a detail on the belt or on the sleeve or leg is a separate sewing job. You need to buy a new rubber band, rip off the old one (as neatly as possible), then sew a new one by hand or on a typewriter in place of the old one. It is advisable to do all this carefully. Well, in general, the whole story looks something like this.

We propose to simplify the task and reduce sewing work to a minimum.

As a basis, we will take the principle by which belts are sewn in most sportswear or summer shorts. This is how, for example, a belt with an elastic band on sportswear is additionally fixed with a tightening (tightening) cord.

Sometimes the lacing that tightens the belt is done on a special additional part. On two overhead flaps at the front.

Such a decorative insert makes it possible to tighten shorts or pants tighter at the waist and at the same time serves as a decorative addition to clothing.

Given the property of the rubber band to lose its shape (deform) to stretch over time, the industry produces this kind of product with an additional cord already inserted into it.

In our case, we will use a black bias tape (it can be any wide braid or ribbon of your choice) and a thin lace.

First, we pins our tape along the entire length of the elastic, leaving a distance of 3-5 cm in front for tying.

Then we attach our patch using a sewing machine.

And we pull the lace inside.

In a tightened, gathered form, our elastic belt will look like this.

You can play up our addition with decorative tape or braid. Diversify the tie with a cord of any color at your discretion.

On a wide elastic band, you can also use a braid or ribbon instead of a lace, which can add a decorative twist to your clothes. A beautiful bow will adorn the belt and tighten it at the waist.

So our addition will serve not only as a tightening, but also as an original decor.

If the elastic is wide, you can sew two inlays in parallel, for two laces

Or put one wide tape and split it in two for two ropes

The same tightening system can be made from the inside of the belt. You can act at your own discretion.

As a result, you can use any option and try to tighten (narrow) the elastic on your pants or skirt without evaporating it. Additionally revive, decorate clothes with colored lace, ribbon or decorative tape of a different color sewn on the belt. And most importantly, such a tightening can be done manually, in extreme cases, and without a sewing machine.

How to sew an elastic band to a skirt belt with your own hands. A simple way to sew an elastic band to a skirt or trousers by hand.

What a beast - uh. "PIPIN CAFFRANE"?

And then they vparili under the guise of Antonovka, arrived, and there on a tag in the ground - a subject. It seems like an apple tree.

By the way, we bought a lot of all kinds of seedlings at the Lenin state farm (on Kashirka). So, very many plants are sold in a pot at relatively humane prices.

200 p. All sorts of currants are even cheaper. When buying, you need to carefully look at the fact that the roots of the plant crawl out of the pot from below, and do not sit without protruding. We just got cuttings almost without roots, just covered with earth, as if they always grew there.
In short, unpleasant. Here.
So this is, what kind of beast is this "PIPIN CAFFRANE"?
Advance ATP.

This is a good variety, but in harsh winters (like what happened) it can freeze a little.

The variety is winter, apples are kept by November, stored (subject to proper storage) - until spring. They are good for food, have a pleasant sweet and sour taste.Red-yellow, beautiful, round-conical, from somewhere 70 to 100 grams. They do not become wadded for a long time.

This is one of the varieties that my father and I in the pre-supermarket era (late 80s) bought in boxes near Tula and my father put it in storage in the garage. The last apples were consumed for Victory. Apple trees (at least near Tula) grew tall.

Oh, I found it, almost Antonovka. Variety name - saffron pepin
The height of the tree and the shape of the crown - 3-6 m strongly thickening crown

Winter hardiness - low, recovers well, winters well in stanza culture

Year of the tree's entry into fruiting, regularity -4-5, annually

Productivity from one tree, kg -60-100 sometimes 200

Fruit taste - wine-sweet, spicy, with a delicate aroma, dessert

Fruits: shape and color - oblong, oval-conical with ribs, with a spectacular solid bright red of merging stripes

Scab Resistant - Resistant

The shelf life of fruits in the refrigerator is 6-7 months.

Note - self-fertile variety, can be grown on its own roots, has many root shoots, parents: Renet Orleansky and Pepin Lithuanian

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