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by applegirl
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What have you found lately?
Replies: 26
Views: 4974

Re: What have you found lately?

I was just picking up some rubbish on the beach when I found a lost camera lens cap which exactly matched mine - which ironically I had lost on a previous beach cleaning session. I have also found a couple of pairs of goggles on the beach and a diving mask - always worth cleaning up the beach as you...
by applegirl
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: I cannot get any waste wooden pallets anymore ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2159

Re: I cannot get any waste wooden pallets anymore ?

Wooden would be nice, I got a delivery at work the other day and it came on a plastic pallet and I haven't got a clue what to do with it! No-one seems to want it.
by applegirl
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:51 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books to avoid
Replies: 73
Views: 28603

Re: Books to avoid

I bought Home Farm by Paul Heiney when it first came out in 1998 and also the John Seymour guide to self-sufficiency. Perhaps these days they do seem derivative but at the time they were quite unique and probably set a fair number people on the path towards a more self-sufficient way of life. I know...
by applegirl
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Buy nothing new for a year challenge
Replies: 46
Views: 2715

Re: Buy nothing new for a year challenge

re school uniform, this doesn't work for every school but my child used to go to a very small primary school and we had a wooden box in the hallway - you could put grown-out uniform or clothes in there and help yourself to anything. I just passed things down to younger children too. Where I now work...
by applegirl
Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the tippedy top of new Zealand
Replies: 32
Views: 2304

Re: Hello from the tippedy top of new Zealand

Thought I would say hello to add some balance to the forum map of NZ seeing as I am right in the middle of NZ at the bottom of the north island in Wellington. We moved here earlier this year from Scotland, with one child, a cat and 2 dogs. So as far as doing our own thing is concerned I am taking ra...
by applegirl
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:07 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Am I being a mean Mother?
Replies: 36
Views: 5183

Re: Am I being a mean Mother?

Lightwater Valley, that made me laugh, I spent all my holidays and weekends working there as a teenager to earn money to travel and for university! Certainly wouldn't have wanted to go there as a prize for working hard!
by applegirl
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: World famous in New Zealand!
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: World famous in New Zealand!

I used to look at this forum a lot when we lived in Scotland living a much more rural life in a wood with chickens and growing our own food etc. We have since moved to Wellington at the start of this year. My self-sufficient aspirations here have been limited to limes, lemons and herbs but now that ...
by applegirl
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:38 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: World famous in New Zealand!
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

World famous in New Zealand!

Hello,
You have a mention on the Wellington Library website here in New Zealand!

http://www.wcl.govt.nz/
by applegirl
Fri May 22, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Wrapping paper? do you?
Replies: 18
Views: 2299

Re: Wrapping paper? do you?

I have used maps I no longer need as wrapping paper and that always works well.
by applegirl
Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs and snails
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Slugs and snails

I always give slugs I find to my hens who are always very enthusiastic about them. Having lots of pheasants roaming in my garden I don't seem to have many slugs, but then the pheasants do more damage to my vegetable seedlings than slugs... I have found the beer trap method works very well, as does p...
by applegirl
Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: What are these?
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: What are these?

We have lots of this - it looks like flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) - bees love it in my garden but sorry it's as far as I know not edible.

(Hope this helps, I am not an expert though so could be wrong!)
by applegirl
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: What treats to feed to chickens
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: What treats to feed to chickens

My chickens are extremely fond of slugs and snails....
by applegirl
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Nettles
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Nettles

I would definitely recommend nettle soup (good recipe in the River Cottage Cookbook) and now is the best time with all those fresh leaves. Hawthorn leaves are also good now to put a few in a salad. I would recommend the Food for Free book by Richard Mabey which has the information you could ever nee...
by applegirl
Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket
Replies: 52
Views: 20291

Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

What number are we up to? The last time I went to the T-place I wasn't given my card back. I realised this 10 minutes later, went back to ask for it back but despite showing everything with my name on, they refused to give it back to me so I had to drive 10 miles to get my passport. A huge waste of ...
by applegirl
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009
Replies: 22
Views: 3336

Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Thanks for these inspiring thoughts!

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