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by Stonehead
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self sufficient 2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3741

Re: Self sufficient 2014

I’d like the weather to be drier than last year from March through to May, but without having a drought. It was so wet last year that most of our plantings rotted, whether put in as seeds or seedlings. The plants that did survive largely succumbed to mould and mildew. It meant we had to buy a consid...
by Stonehead
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got my mind on my sausage, and my sausage on my mind
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: Got my mind on my sausage, and my sausage on my mind

I have a hand-cranked iron mincer with a couple of changeable discs to alter the coarseness of the mince. It’s very effective, but it does take quite a bit of work to crank. Mincing the first 2-3kg of meat is straight forward but once past 10kg it turns into an endurance exercise. This is us in acti...
by Stonehead
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: Merry Christmas

Stonehead wrote:
Flo wrote:It is quiet. Either everyone is too busy being self sufficient, everyone has said all that they can say, or the idea has gone out of fashion.


It’s probably out of fashion. I’m never in fashion so if I’m being self sufficient then no one else is! :mrgreen:
by Stonehead
Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: Merry Christmas

Flo wrote:It is quiet. Either everyone is too busy being self sufficient, everyone has said all that they can say, or the idea has gone out of fashion.


It’s probably out of fashion. I’m also never in fashion so if I’m being self sufficient then no one else is! :mrgreen:
by Stonehead
Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: Merry Christmas

Flo wrote:Wow Stonehead! Season's greetings. Long time no see. :mrgreen:


I drop in most weeks and post occasionally, but it’s fairly quiet here.
by Stonehead
Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Cal gon
Replies: 12
Views: 1598

Re: Cal gon

When we lived in London we had a washing machine that scaled heavily. I used to buy a 5l bottle of pickling vinegar (the distilled white vinegar with 6%§ acidity) and pour that into the machine, then turned the tub manually every few hours and left it for at least 24 hours before doing a wash cycle ...
by Stonehead
Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi there from scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Hi there from scotland

G’day! Yes, I’m an Aussie but I’m also in Scotland—Aberdeenshire or the Land of the Furrybooters. If you want Scotland specific gardening info, I’ve been indexing 10 years worth of Scottish gardening and crofting antics on my blog. The partial index is in the How-To section . (There are more posts, ...
by Stonehead
Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: Merry Christmas

:shock: :scratch: :drunken: :drunken: :dontknow: :drunken: :banghead: :santa: :santa:
by Stonehead
Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ish Members' Blogs
Replies: 29
Views: 8899

Re: Ish Members' Blogs

I’ve looked at other people’s blogs but never thought to see if mine was listed. Actually, I thought I had put mine on the list. Never mind, I’ve been losing my marbles for years.

http://stoneheadcroft.com/
by Stonehead
Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??

We've just had our central heating and insulation upgraded, but the majority of the house has ended up colder than it was before. We had a 1980s oil boiler, under-spec radiatiors, no wall insulation and patchy roof insulation. With the heating on, we could get the temperature up to 15ºC throughout t...
by Stonehead
Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: who's got the oldest singer sewing machine on here??
Replies: 24
Views: 2698

Re: who's got the oldest singer sewing machine on here??

What treasure Stonehead. How did it come into your hands? An elderly lady gave it to me. Her mother was a seamstress prior to WW2 and earned the price of it by doing a huge amount of piecework. She then started her own dressmaking business. Eventually, the Singer was passed to the daughter who used...
by Stonehead
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: who's got the oldest singer sewing machine on here??
Replies: 24
Views: 2698

Re: who's got the oldest singer sewing machine on here??

Mine's a treadle 15K70 (Central Bobbin) for industrial use. It still has the original instruction manual, a needle threader with instruction manual, a pressed steel box with a vast array of attachments (the box is velvet lined, has clips for each attachment and has Singer stamped into it), an ivory ...
by Stonehead
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??
Replies: 33
Views: 3434

Re: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??

We use about 1,500 litres of heating kerosene a year. The heating runs for two hours in the morning, two in the evening. House temperature is usually around 13-14C in winter, although the kitchen drops to 8-9C overnight. The bathroom pipes freeze in the coldest weather. The main house is stone, but ...
by Stonehead
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Getting on a bit.
Replies: 36
Views: 3218

Re: Getting on a bit.

One of the stranger things I’ve seen recently was a group of teenage girls waiting for hockey training to start, all with their mobiles phones out, chatting and texting like mad, most of it with the other members of the group. Instead of talking directly to each other, they were talking into their p...
by Stonehead
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbines on your door step?
Replies: 82
Views: 22785

Re: Wind turbines on your door step?

400m away from his house? Are there no limits in the UK? I understood that the general adivce was to put them a minimum of 2km away. Is that only a guideline and not a law? As to the other... it must be infuriating. Sadly all councils seem to be the same wherever you go. Always ready to bow down an...

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