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by Thurston Garden
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Cropredy 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 2050

Cropredy 2013

It's Croppers time again! (Well almost).

Anyone going this year?
by Thurston Garden
Thu May 23, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where are???
Replies: 46
Views: 6737

Re: Where are???

I am still around, but busy busy busy. Thurston Market Garden is no more...but as most of you will know, I built a straw bale hoose but was then made redundant. On the Rock n Roll for 6 months and then decided I should buy my old local, a 5 bed hotel. Needless to say I am now busier than ever. I man...
by Thurston Garden
Wed May 15, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Alternative to Co-op bank
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Alternative to Co-op bank

Thanks both. I have almost calmed down and feel that the potential upheaval of moving from smile might outweigh the (now) minimal benefit. I am just so disappointed the Co-op could muck up my account opening so badly, and not care much about it.
by Thurston Garden
Tue May 14, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Alternative to Co-op bank
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Alternative to Co-op bank

I have banked happily with smile.co.uk, part of the Co-op for a number of years. I recently tried to open a basic business current account with the Co-op and it has been a complete debacle on their part. They lost the first application, lost part of the second application and have promised bank acco...
by Thurston Garden
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Oxfordshire
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Hello from Oxfordshire

Ahoy Howard! :salute:
by Thurston Garden
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Animal Feed Suppliers
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Re: Animal Feed Suppliers

I get both layers pellets and dry dog food in 15kg bags from the agricultural merchants. There's two near me and the prices vary between them wildly. I think the pellets are about £7 a bag and the dog food, (which I think ag merchants buy in bulk and bag up with their own label on it), badged as 'me...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: 24v House
Replies: 8
Views: 3927

Re: 24v House

Having lived 4 years in two caravans stuck together with 120w of solar panel, we dream of having 0.6kwh a day of electric. Previously when we lived in houses goodness only knows how much we used. Not having a tv definitely helps. (not just with power consumption) Being Scottish and miserable helps ...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: 24v House
Replies: 8
Views: 3927

Re: 24v House

18kw a day :shock: There's only me in the house. No dishwasher, no TV, only an A rated wee fridge, a mac mini and an amplifier on in the evening. One of the key things for me is I will make bread or do my washing when the sun is out so I am using my own electricity. My average consumption has defin...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: 24v House
Replies: 8
Views: 3927

Re: 24v House

I don't have any experience really but will be interested to watch this thread. I seriously considered no grid tie when I built the straw hoose and keeping it 12v but I was talked around following a few threads and discussions on the Navitron forum . The thought on there was that £3k for my grid tie...
by Thurston Garden
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Pets
Topic: mixing chicken breeds
Replies: 8
Views: 4778

Re: mixing chicken breeds

Would it be possible to keep the hens all together and just put them in with the corresponding cock for a period of time until there were enough fertile pure eggs? The eggs could then go under what ever broody hen was available or in an incubator? Keeping them separate all the time would meen loads ...
by Thurston Garden
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Does Englandceicetsrshire have an equivalent of www.nls.uk? If so, you might well find the well marked on an old map. At least it would give you an indication of where to start dousing.
by Thurston Garden
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:32 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

Glad things have worked out for the better in the end Bonnie! My situation was very similar except mine was not playing on an xbox but playing with other humans. :angryfire: But you got a new man and I got a straw hoose :cheers: My fingers too will smell of tomato leaves this year and like you I can...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!
Replies: 14
Views: 4861

Re: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!

Thanks for all the positive comments! Pete - I think with hindsight two things could have been done differently regarding the settlement. We built in a 3 inch compression gap above the windows and doors. The central spine partition wall is also load bearing and was built in two halves, upper and low...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!
Replies: 14
Views: 4861

Re: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!

Thanks for all the positive comments. It was good to upload the photos - there's more on my flickr account but I shut my blog down. It was used in the old Thurston Garden days when, as some of the stalwarts on here may remember, I played at market gardening, keeping pigs and hens and such. I am temp...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!
Replies: 14
Views: 4861

Straw Bale Build - image intensive!

I thought I would do a step by step post on my load bearing straw hoose. We started in spring 2011 and completed just before Christmas of the same year. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5109/5623744045_3f313e71b4.jpg The site is 0.5 acres and a new access road had to be put in. http://farm6.staticflick...

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