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by Sadoldhippy
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Biodiversity Offsetting, coming to a place near you soon...
Replies: 0
Views: 9022

Biodiversity Offsetting, coming to a place near you soon...

I think this is going to be a complete disaster for British Wildlife http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2014/06/03/offsetting-is-a-massive-threat-to-wildlife-warn-environment-groups/ Already, when you look at the permitting to destroy Robin and Starling nests, you can see where this is headed htt...
by Sadoldhippy
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Sourdough - not that hard!
Replies: 6
Views: 2450

Re: Sourdough - not that hard!

I use an old dough method, I break off about a third of my dough before I add the salt and put it in a tub in the fridge. When I want to make another couple of loaves, I take the old dough out of the fridge for a couple of hours and then add 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water to make my starter which I l...
by Sadoldhippy
Sun May 04, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Hotbeds
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Hotbeds

@Flo thanks for the links.
@Sue I hope it will, I am aiming to make one or two this winter, I have friends who have ponies and I have a pull-along wagon :-)
by Sadoldhippy
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Hotbeds
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Hotbeds

Hi All
I was wondering if anyone had any experience of hotbeds. I am wanting to make some, but have never made them before. How much fresh manure do you actually need to get sufficient mass to generate the heat?
Any info would be useful

Thanks
by Sadoldhippy
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Midges
Replies: 9
Views: 4821

Re: Midges

I make a midge trap from an old plastic bottle. Cut the top off and invert it into the bottom bit. For the trap liquid, hot water, sugar and yeast. Dissolve the sugar in hot water, let it cool and add the yeast. The yeast feeds on the sugar and produces CO2, which attracts the midges (they think it ...
by Sadoldhippy
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Upcycled baskets
Replies: 1
Views: 2509

Upcycled baskets

Hi I was lucky enough to attend a workshop by the amazing Lois Walpole and found it really inspiring, since then I have tried making some baskets from old wire, found rope and cardboard boxes
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Basketeer
by Sadoldhippy
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Urban Basketry
Replies: 6
Views: 3881

Re: Urban Basketry

I would be very concerned about dioxins if burning plastic on a domestic stove!
But yes bags et al can be cut into strips and woven into rope and coiled, her blog is http://loiswalpole.blogspot.co.uk/
by Sadoldhippy
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Urban Basketry
Replies: 6
Views: 3881

Urban Basketry

I recently had the good fortune to attend a basketry workshop by the fantastic Lois Walpole. She is an inernationally exhibited basketmaker, who makes baskets and basketry type things from waste materials like tetra-pak, cardboard, paper, plastic strapping tape, wire, bottle caps and many other mate...
by Sadoldhippy
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: bread help please!
Replies: 20
Views: 3524

Re: bread help please!

I make wild yeast sourdough, which although not as "light", has a great texture and taste. It is easy to do and the longer fermentation time allows the yeast to free the folate from the grain and is healthier.
by Sadoldhippy
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??
Replies: 33
Views: 4713

Re: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??

I rent an ex RAF house and it is mostly electric storage heaters and electric for the water and cooker. Luckily there is a solid fuel stove which we had to agree to be responsible for and will have to pay to get the chimney blocked up when we leave. It is £5 per year to rent a peat bank and so I hav...
by Sadoldhippy
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 75
Views: 27468

Re: What are you reading?

I have just finished Soul Hunters by Rane Willerslev, it is about hunting, animism and stuff amongst the Siberian Yukaghirs. A really interesting and thought provoking book. I am currently reading Technological Slavery , the collected writings of Ted Kaczynski.
by Sadoldhippy
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Garlic candles for conservatory How?
Replies: 4
Views: 2192

Re: Garlic candles for conservatory How?

Thanks folks
by Sadoldhippy
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: no-dig
Replies: 11
Views: 1997

Re: no-dig

Where I am the soil is just between 2-5 inches and full of stones so we broke up pallets and put seaweed down then a double layer of carboard (wet as it had been in the garden for a while) and then topped it with a mix of home compost some bought in compost and soil from the tattie bags Have to say ...
by Sadoldhippy
Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: PM has lost it
Replies: 40
Views: 11316

Re: PM has lost it

I wonder how the bankers and the corporate tax evaders will be punished. Personally I think that if we are to have any change from the current ecocidal trends then we will have to have riots etc as they will not give up power willingly. Also, as a former EF!-er I faced charges of aggravated trespass...
by Sadoldhippy
Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Politics and religion........
Replies: 16
Views: 162624

Re: Politics and religion........

I would have to say that I think politics and religion have a huge impact on my life personally (pagan, eco-anarchist) and on all of us more generally. That said they are subjects which can lead to some very heated discussions. I think the point is that we should try to be respectful of one another ...