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by Islay
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harvesting rainwater for drinking
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Harvesting rainwater for drinking

Thanks for that - I think lack of water is not a problem - they live in the Welsh valleys. Too much water, maybe... :iconbiggrin:

Hadn't even thought about legislation, I'll get them to give the council a call, so thanks for thinking of that!
by Islay
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harvesting rainwater for drinking
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Harvesting rainwater for drinking

My parents have had enough of the vile water that they are getting from the mains, and are contemplating attempting to harvest and drink rainwater. They (and I) have absolutely no idea where to start with a system, have any eco-builders got any ideas at all? Any thoughts much appreciated!
by Islay
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:57 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for a toilet tube insert
Replies: 37
Views: 11329

Re: 101 uses for a toilet tube insert

I'm not sure whether I added anything that hasn't been said here, but I did a blog post on finding new uses for toilet rolls a while ago here
by Islay
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Your top 5 recommendations for wild food goodies in November
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: Your top 5 recommendations for wild food goodies in November

I hope someone suggests something! I'm very much a fruit forager so far - I make most of our preserves from foraged fruit and avoid buying jam for the rest of the year, but I tend to get lazy in about october and abandon it till the salad leaves come out in late spring!
by Islay
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Anywhere online I can buy non-hybrid veg seeds?
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Anywhere online I can buy non-hybrid veg seeds?

We're probably looking at another year of container gardening next year, unless we manage to move somewhere with a sensible garden. A couple of people have suggested we consider buying non-hybrid seeds so we can (a) help some of the old varieties and get some interesting tomatoes etc and (b) hopeful...
by Islay
Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: A few pounds of slightly under-ripe pears
Replies: 11
Views: 838

Re: A few pounds of slightly under-ripe pears

thanks for all the ideas! They seem to be ripening a bit, might try a bit of jelly, a bit of pickled pear and a bit of dried pear. yum!
by Islay
Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Glass jars needed
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Glass jars needed

probably a bit late for this year, but I managed to get a big batch of le parfait jars on ebay really cheaply...
by Islay
Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm going preserves mad
Replies: 15
Views: 729

Re: I'm going preserves mad

I thought I'd gone a bit preserve mad (pictures here and here at bottom of post), but when I actually worked out how much we use (a jar of jam every couple of weeks, the same for chutney), there won't actually be that many left over for Christmas presents if we want t to last until next august. Chri...
by Islay
Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:34 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: A few pounds of slightly under-ripe pears
Replies: 11
Views: 838

A few pounds of slightly under-ripe pears

What can I do with them? I'm wondering whether it's worth poaching them a bit and then preserving them in a heavy syrup, but not sure if it's worth all the effort if they're going to be a bit flavourless. Do we think they'd make a half decent chutney or something? Any ideas at all? They're definitel...
by Islay
Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Who likes boot sales?
Replies: 14
Views: 571

Re: Who likes boot sales?

I love car boots - me and my sister go to them reasonably often, and although I rarely get anything (perhaps one or two things every 3-4 car boots), I've had some good bargains: - a massive le crueset roasting tin for a fiver - big sweetie jars (for storing flour in) for a pound each - a meat slicer...
by Islay
Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Is repairing always better than replacing (white goods)?
Replies: 5
Views: 643

Re: Is repairing always better than replacing (white goods)?

Humph. I will go and be grateful for my old repairable machine then! At least I can console myself with my even-more-advanced eco credentials. :cheers:
by Islay
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Is repairing always better than replacing (white goods)?
Replies: 5
Views: 643

Is repairing always better than replacing (white goods)?

I've been trying to console myself - our washing machine is about 30 years old, and I finally thought it had done the decent thing and died, but the repairman fixed it for about a fiver. I had high hopes of a super duper, A++++ (or whatever it is) rated shiny new machine, but no dice. The old Hotpoi...
by Islay
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Packing hospital bag.
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Packing hospital bag.

I had an Excel spreadsheet for my hospital packing list. :oops: :oops: :oops: Some of the many essentials for me were: 1) lots and lots of dried fruit - I was starving, and wasn't offered any food (gave birth in the evening, then had surgery, so went onto the ward at about 1am) 2) A nightie you can ...
by Islay
Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?

Those tree onions are brilliant! Can't wait until we have a bit more space to try all of these things.
by Islay
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The forager handbook, anyone read it?
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

The forager handbook, anyone read it?

I'm not a terribly experienced forager, but I've really enjoyed flicking through this book for more ideas. It's one of the most comprehensive foraging books i've come across so far, and nice to read one that's totally up to date. I've done a more thorough review on my blog (address in signature), bu...

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