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by Helsbells
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: It's been a while
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: It's been a while

Thanks for replying Flo, Tony and Maggie, I still do odd bits here and there, growing potatoes seems to have become a yearly tradition and we have an apple tree which meets our needs for a couple of months of the year. I do most cooking from scratch and try to get the children involved in everything...
by Helsbells
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: It's been a while
Replies: 6
Views: 236

It's been a while

Hello there, My name is Helen and I used to frequent this forum daily about 10 years ago now come to think of it, I even made a real life friend in this forum (Hamster, if anyone recalls). Back then I was working in an office as an accounts administrator with dreams of becoming self sufficient. Now ...
by Helsbells
Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Missing plums
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Re: Missing plums

Awww thanks, you should make plum jam, it is so delicious.
by Helsbells
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?
Replies: 22
Views: 11611

Re: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?

Just looking back at the messages on this thread and noticed I posted a suggestion of using washables. It makes me laugh becuase now I have a child of my own and have used almost entierly disposables! Little did I know back then what a faff washables were compared with disposables.
by Helsbells
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Missing plums
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Missing plums

At this time of year I normally pick bags and bags of wild plums from some bushes near me, went to the place yesterday and there were none at all, not even any rotting on the ground. Just wondering if anyone knows what is going on here, has it been bad conditions for plums in the South this year. I ...
by Helsbells
Mon May 20, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where are???
Replies: 46
Views: 6738

Re: Where are???

Not sure who is classed as old school, but I spose I have a few years and posts under my belt. I guess I had a baby and my priorities changed. i am still gardening and trying to be ish, but have less time for browsing and just tend to go online if I have a specific question to ask. Love looking at a...
by Helsbells
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: lye and soap making help
Replies: 5
Views: 2196

Re: lye and soap making help

Wow well done, I would love to see pics
by Helsbells
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Soap Nuts
Replies: 8
Views: 4473

Re: Soap Nuts

Maybe my family is dirtier than most but I found they didn;t clean things at all, there was still a sweaty smell after being washed. I was disappointed.
by Helsbells
Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Salvage shrunken wool jumper
Replies: 11
Views: 2829

Re: Salvage shrunken wool jumper

Sounds like it has shrunk but not fully felted. I would felt it fully as others have said, unpick the front from the back (or else they might felt together) then put them in on a hot wash. I would make mittens or slippers with it. Lovely!
by Helsbells
Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I'm Back - long self indulgent rant alert
Replies: 13
Views: 1782

Re: I'm Back - long self indulgent rant alert

Welcome back, sometimes you need to have time away to realise what you really want, glad you are happy now x
by Helsbells
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: seed recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 779

seed recommendation

Hi all,
Has anyone used this website for buying seeds?

http://www.vegetableseeds.net/default.htm

The seeds are cheap and free p&p
by Helsbells
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RIP Richard Briers
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: RIP Richard Briers

Sad to hear he is no longer with us. I especially loved his voice in Watership Down.
by Helsbells
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Elephant in the Room..........
Replies: 52
Views: 2430

Re: The Elephant in the Room..........

geez! Really making me question eating meat when I can't be sure where it came from. I suppose you could probably tell if you were eating a horse steak rather than Beef, but what about sausages, clearly there is no gaurentee that my A**a extra special sausages don't have meat other than pork in, so ...
by Helsbells
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Elephant in the Room..........
Replies: 52
Views: 2430

Re: The Elephant in the Room..........

I wonder if this mightn't be a problem if we ate British meat rather than importing/exporting it all.
by Helsbells
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Bicarbonate of Soda
Replies: 13
Views: 4548

Re: Bicarbonate of Soda

That's reassuring Jon, thanks! Where do they get the raw materials do you know?

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