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by Skippy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: The new banish plastic movements

I must admit I'm in two minds about the incineration to provide power as it has good points and bad. My father worked at an incinerator in the '70's but all that did was convert household waste to ash to reduce landfill although they did remove the tin cans but all the heat was simply wasted. Even b...
by Skippy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: The new banish plastic movements

Slightly paradoxically, China are not accepting the plastics which in a large part they are creating in the form of cheap consumer goods I know what you mean there. I suppose in some ways I can sit on the fence a bit. The plastic is or was being recycled ( albeit to a degree into stuff nobody reall...
by Skippy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: The new banish plastic movements

Yes I've considered doing that before now but have wondered just how much of effect it has. Leaving the packaging at the supermarket might not influence the producers at all but just merely inconvenience the supermarket themselves. Perhaps it might get more noticed with own brand goods where the sup...
by Skippy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: The new banish plastic movements

I fear the sudden Government concern re plastic is a smokescreen, rather than a commitment, but I definitely won't go there.:lol: I've heard others say just that . Personally I do wonder just how much of a coincidence it is that this announcement comes so soon after China's decision to limit waste ...
by Skippy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Laptop batteries
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Laptop batteries

Here's a few ideas though in all honesty there doesn't seem to be a great deal that can be done with them , https://www.wired.com/2011/09/18650-things-to-do-with-an-old-laptop-battery/ and similar ideas here, http://www.instructables.com/id/7-Ways-to-Reuse-a-Laptop-Battery/ Seems to be the only real...
by Skippy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 473

Re: Storm Dylan?

You folks name winter storms? Cool! . From what I've read it would seem that the public pay more attention if a storm is named. Anicdotally I've noticed people do speak more of a named storm than just bad weather although whether they then take more precautions or heed the warnings more is probably...
by Skippy
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Chilli wine
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Chilli wine

In our local there's a group we nickname the picnic club as they bring in their own food on a Sunday evening. One Sunday last year they also brought in some bottles of beer of which one was a chilli beer . Sorry not wine but it had chillis . This was the stuff if I remember , http://www.chilefoundry...
by Skippy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Coffee jars
Replies: 7
Views: 2795

Re: Coffee jars

We generally reuse jars for jams , chutney and so on. However , with reference to the actually selling of rubbish in that link we have sold milk bottle tops , the plastic ones. My wife had seen something about it some time ago and tried it and sold a carrier bag full for a tad over £7 . They were ju...
by Skippy
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

GA never tried retsina , I even had to google it , but it sounds interesting and fortuitously my wife and daughter are off to Greece tomorrow so I've asked them to get a bottle. I know what you mean flo , or at least I think I do. I don't have any turnips in this year but I do have plenty of plums a...
by Skippy
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Hmm , that's made me wonder. I've always looked at turnips being those little white things you mention. Grown them in the past although I've not got any in at the moment. I do have swedes though. My wife tends to call swedes and turnips the same thing , neeps which is neither one thing or the other ...
by Skippy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Oh , forgot to add . Odsox might have not had any luck with wines but apple and blackberry combined has produced some of the nicest wines I've ever made. Plain blackberry was the very first wine I made. I didn't even have a demijohn and used a 1gallon whiskey bottle and a scrounged airlock and bung....
by Skippy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Thanks for the link , one day I may give it a try. I've made wines from root vegetables in the past parsnip , beetroot and sugarbeet all came out well. Pumpkins in beer wasn't something I was aware of , perhaps I've tried too many of friends "efforts" that really didn't go too well that ha...
by Skippy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Eradicating nettles
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Re: Eradicating nettles

Has anyone else noticed that horse muck seems to be very good at carrying nettle seeds? I work for one woman who keeps ponies and each year she mulches the gardens with it but it does encourage the nettles to grow. I often have to Strim the edges of the paddocks and the muck heaps for her to knock t...
by Skippy
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Turnip wine ( and others)

Looking through my copy of C J Berry's book the other day I noticed he didn't recommend turnip wine although he didn't say why. I've subsequently checked a few old threads on here which came up with a recipe or two but couldn't find a post where someone had tried it and gave a verdict. There was one...
by Skippy
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Eradicating nettles
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Re: Eradicating nettles

They also make a decent meal too , a bit reminiscent of spinach. I've eaten them by boiling them but recently watch an episode of a Ray Meres programme where he wilted them directly over a fire which he said tasted better than boiling. If you don't fancy eating them all they also make a good liquid ...

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