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by hamster
Wed May 06, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I learn to make my own clothes?
Replies: 29
Views: 3402

Re: How do I learn to make my own clothes?

I took a course, and I found it really helpful. Being a total novice, all the books etc I looked at to teach myself seemed to be written in a foreign language (baste? selvedge? mitred corners?) and it was really useful to be shown how to do things. I'd recommend it if you can afford it. I also agree...
by hamster
Tue May 05, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Self Sufficientish Weddings
Replies: 43
Views: 4416

Re: Self Sufficientish Weddings

i gave in. i was going to make my dress but after looking at the cost of fabric, the amount of work and risk, and tried on a dress in the sale at the local wedding shop that made me feel like an absolute goddess, i gave in and bought one. it was reduced to £320 :oops: which is a lot of money, over ...
by hamster
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Need some advice please
Replies: 56
Views: 2097

Re: Need some advice please

This might have been suggested before, but could you photograph these meals and make some kind of photo-diary/blog of these hideous food experiences?
by hamster
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Need some advice please
Replies: 56
Views: 2097

Re: Need some advice please

This is a subject quite close to my heart, and I shall spare you my incoherent ranting on a) how terrible hospital food is and b) how bl**dy difficult it is to do anything about it. It seems glaringly obvious to any reasonable person that feeding good food to sick people is just common sense (and th...
by hamster
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I get motivated?
Replies: 61
Views: 7339

Re: How do I get motivated?

It depends what is stopping you or what you find yourself doing when you get distracted, and also what you respond best to in terms of organisation. Some people like lists and timetables, some people find them pressurising and it makes it worse. You say you are busy and seem to get lots done, so it'...
by hamster
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:13 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: what the hell else can go wrong?!
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: what the hell else can go wrong?!

Can't do much about most of those except offer sympathy :hugish: but a doctor once told me that if you have a pill trapped in your throat it sometimes feels like it's there for a while after it's gone.
by hamster
Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Radio 4
Replies: 15
Views: 555

Re: Radio 4

Fellow addict here. I keep time by it some days. :oops: Am currently enjoying the dramatisation of 'What a Carve-Up!', which is one of my favourite books. Also like many of the comedies, and The Food Programme.
by hamster
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11480

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

I also found the article really interesting, thanks. I'm also interested in keeping bees some day and am going on a taster session in June!

There's a talk on CCD here if anybody's interested:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4115244451959719523
by hamster
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Limerick Competiton - Win books and books special offer.
Replies: 40
Views: 6145

Re: Limerick Competiton - Win books and books special offer.

My dad confused me for ages when I was young with:

There was a young curate from Salisbury
whose manners were quite halisbury-scalisbury.
He went around Hampshire
without any pampshire
'til his bishop compelled him to walisbury.
by hamster
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If only I did more.....
Replies: 15
Views: 781

Re: If only I did more.....

I feel the same sometimes too. I had to give myself a stern talking-to last summer as I was heading for meltdown, trying to learn beekeeping and spinning, on top of taking on an allotment and everything else I already did. I think this kind of life does tend to snowball... You're always meeting or r...
by hamster
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: "We love what you're doing here"
Replies: 29
Views: 1028

Re: "We love what you're doing here"

I can't tell you all how relieved I am to hear that you all get the same reaction as me. Weird / eccentric / odd / mean / old-fashioned etc etc I've heard them all. Actually I'm proud of all of the 'labels' they stick on me (except the 'mean' one) :( Perhaps this thread could turn into an ishers se...
by hamster
Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our Children May Have No Choice About Being Self Sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 2535

Re: Our Children May Have No Choice About Being Self Sufficient

Mal wrote:.....

I find it ironic that I learnt about crop rotation in history at school, but ignored it happening literally in my own back garden and now have to re-learn it from this forum!

.....


*nods vigorously*

That sums up so much of what (imho) has gone wrong...
by hamster
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our Children May Have No Choice About Being Self Sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 2535

Re: Our Children May Have No Choice About Being Self Sufficient

dave45 wrote:....

I'm with Voltaire's Candide - il faut cultiver nos jardins


My sentiments exactly, in every sense.
by hamster
Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Age of Stupid
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: The Age of Stupid

And you can get 25% off through the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/signup/2009/feb/25/the-age-of-stupid

Will be at the Reading one if anybody else is going.
by hamster
Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: women's health again; menstrual stuff...
Replies: 51
Views: 2848

Re: women's health again; menstrual stuff...

If you're worried about them seeing it when sterilising, then sterilise it in milton instead. I used to use milton to sterilise mine -that way you can put some hot water in a flas, add a few teaspoons of milton, drop your cup in the flask and take it to your room, pretending that its tea. Then, tip...

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