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by Viper254
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has this forum died?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Has this forum died?

I check in once a week and generally have a dig around. But it is quite quiet.

Been trying to dig out couch grass and nettle roots whilst nothing's growing, but it's a long job! :)
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Re: Got the Signoff...

Thankyou. I have made some tentative progress in the last couple of weeks; work are receptive to my hours changing to four longer, earlier days and a half day. With some of the uncertainty coming down the line economically, it makes sense for me to not drop any paid hours just yet, but I could start...
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 4657

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Yeah, I'd concur with most of what's here. 2021 likely to be a tight one. My job's OK but Mrs. V's is tenuous and she is moving on to full-time food production if she loses it, which is at least a solid interim plan. Perhaps a holiday in the UK, if a holiday becomes a possibility. So I'm happy to co...
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 1837

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

I think half the charity shops here in Newcastle (under-Lyme) have shut up shop and left; I used to really enjoy getting records etc. from some of them :/
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Re: Got the Signoff...

Thanks to all for your advice. The hound and I will go searching.

My allotment is hedged with hawthorn, so there's a starting point I hadn't considered.

Located some plum trees tucked away over a back path as well.
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1702

Re: Using recycled plastic

Urgh, it's all got so much more difficult in the last year. COVID is being used an excuse to pedal everything backwards in terms of progress. I used to get the majority of my fruit/veg at the butchers, armed with my net bags. Now they are wrapping portions of fruit and veg, which spoils it. The stal...
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Plumbing problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: Plumbing problem

All mine's cast iron. I live in fear of the day it starts to leak...
by Viper254
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 20
Views: 10098

Re: Seed saving

Sounds lovely - I do like using shallots
by Viper254
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Re: Got the Signoff...

No good at foraging whatsoever. Can anyone recommend a book I can get from the library to get me started? :)
by Viper254
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Re: Got the Signoff...

Right, I just need to work out how to actually make it work financially now - in terms of numbers. Everything else is approved in principle. I don't do well at making stuff up on the hoof, so next year is the year to demonstrate I can churn a decent amount of food out and then ramp it up the year af...
by Viper254
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 12
Views: 2678

Re: Here we go again

I don't really understand it - you'd think they'd put on more vans if numbers able to get to the supermarket are limited. Not all that easy suddenly acquiring more vans and drivers... I'll see how my usual shop on Sunday morning goes. Buses a nuisance, as always. As somebody who previously worked i...
by Viper254
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 6127

Re: Brexit

I think this is to do with plant passports. Not all companies are going to deal with them, hence the difficulties upcoming :/
by Viper254
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 138
Views: 67679

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I still managed get to get a lost bowl of tomatoes this morning but I think the time has come to take the polytunnel down and clear the plants out.
by Viper254
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Re: Got the Signoff...

I'm confident they will. It's Civil Service, and, although it has it's faults, they're very flexible about working hours and the like. I am a meat eater and it would be allowed but I don't really want to keep chickens, though I agree the savings would be pretty awesome. I have access to carloads of ...
by Viper254
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 18
Views: 4256

Got the Signoff...

It's been the aim for a while, but I've finally got the go-ahead to drop some working hours to focus on growing for two or three years. If I can make a significant dent (25%, perhaps) in our food bill, we'll be no worse off. Got some mortgage stuff and things to pay in the next 12 months, but Mrs. V...