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by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Well, poop!

I decided to try tomatoes again this year. Last year I grew them in pots, and they all got blight. Not suggesting that was cause and effect, but this year I planted them in the garden. I thought that waiting a week after the Victoria Day long weekend (May 21st) would be safe from frost. Well, not th...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 98
Views: 29987

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

We haven't had a telly for about 13 years. We've got the hardware, but we only use it for watching movies, initially on VHS or DVD, and more recently on Netflix. I like music, but I was brought up to be considerate of other people. I don't like it loud anyway, but if I'm where people would find it a...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. I fear you are truly in a minority . Most feel perfectly justified in taking flights just to sit on a beach achieving nothing except the reduction in world booze stocks " because I've...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. The last time I flew, it was for a move across the country. We'd thought about driving, but that would have been too hard on the dog and cat. Time before that, it was to see my dad on ...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 04, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1805

Re: Has Spring sprung?

We have finally caught up, and spring is here. Sorry to hear you folks on that side of the pond are still looking for it. We have daffodils starting to flower. The dandelions have been out along the roadsides for a while. Grass is turning green, and, when we let the hound out to pee, there is usuall...
by KathyLauren
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Woodshed
Replies: 9
Views: 5400

Re: Woodshed

Hi, Kiwi Bloke. Thanks! We have used the woodshed for a couple of winters now, and it is working well. The size is right: last year, we used half a row more than one bay; this year, we used half a row less than one bay. I had to do some structural adjustments because the weight of the wood was bendi...
by KathyLauren
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1805

Re: Has Spring sprung?

We have icing sugar snow rather thick and lying with a wicked east north east wind adding a chill factor of -8 or thereabouts today. Underneath the soil is sodden from previous heavy rain and snow. KL I think that we both have the remnants of winter hanging on. Planting may well be April outside. I...
by KathyLauren
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1805

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Oh, how I miss living on the west coast with its British-like climate! By now, out there, the snowdrops would have been and gone, the crocuses would be flowering, and the daffodils would be up and starting to set buds. Here, we had 33cm of heavy, wet snow last week. It took me four tanks of fuel in ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie here :)
Replies: 12
Views: 1620

Re: Newbie here :)

Hi, Bubblefamily. I'm kind of an Ish wanna-be. I am not really successful at it, though. I have one thing in common with you: I was born in Northern Ireland. I live in Canada now. For a while we lived on an island on the west coast of Canada where the climate was very similar to that of the British ...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2027

Re: Storm Dylan?

Tractors and cars should be doubly OK because they are insulated from the ground by rubber tyres A lightning strike is typically around 3,000,000 volts per metre. A rubber tire is not even going to slow it down. Agreed, but the downward negative stroke is attracted to upward earthed positive stroke...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2027

Re: Storm Dylan?

Odsox wrote: Tractors and cars should be doubly OK because they are insulated from the ground by rubber tyres
A lightning strike is typically around 3,000,000 volts per metre. A rubber tire is not even going to slow it down.
by KathyLauren
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2027

Re: Storm Dylan?

If you are in an enclosed vehicle of any kind (like a tractor with an enclosed cab), stay in it. If it gets hit by lightning, the lightning will stay on the exterior of the vehicle, and you will be safe. On the other hand, if you are in an open vehicle, such as an unenclosed tractor, a convertible w...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2027

Re: Storm Dylan?

Green Aura wrote:Best of luck, KL, keep safe.
Thanks. It was a doozy, but no damage at our place. We didn't even lose electricity. I guess the generator did its job. ;)
by KathyLauren
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2027

Re: Storm Dylan?

You folks name winter storms? Cool! We have a bad one headed our way, due to hit later today. The central pressure is lower than that of many hurricanes, and the winds will be of hurricane strength. It won't be fun. The road over the mountain is already dodgy from previous storms; this one is going ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 63
Views: 8528

Re: Someone say something

It's not very ish-y, though I suppose DIY counts as ish-ier than getting someone in to do the work. Here is me running a rented excavator to make a trench for underground power to our barn.
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