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by floydster
Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Trees for Scottish Site
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: Trees for Scottish Site

We've a similar size of place and type of soil in an exposed area too. I've found willow, beach, birch and rowan to be most successful. They also seem to be the most abundant naturally occurring species in the area too.

Floydster
by floydster
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How Much Land to Support One Person?
Replies: 20
Views: 5711

Re: How Much Land to Support One Person?

I read somewhere (can't remember where) that 5 acres was the area required per person to be totally self sufficient. More is required as you start to use animals and machines for assistance. You didn't mention it but I suppose a lot depends on the climate too as we (in the UK) also need some land to...
by floydster
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: projects for 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 1362

Re: projects for 2010

Solar tracker for me. I'm not installing any more solar panels until they track the sun.

Floydster
by floydster
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Cycling-ish
Replies: 1
Views: 863

Cycling-ish

Recently managed to bag a copy of "The ...ish Bible" and so far it's a superb read. Being car free (OK, I still have a few toys but no daily ride) for two years now I headed straight to the cycling pages. Anyway, has anyone else noticed that P.301 says "Always wear a helmet" yet ...
by floydster
Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: needs must when the disabled ( don't ) drive
Replies: 19
Views: 9416

Re: needs must when the disabled ( don't ) drive

brett53 wrote:i mentioned trailers for my scooter - well here's the latest


Superb. It would cost a fortune to buy something like that.

Keep up the excellent work and more pictures of it in action please?

Floydster
by floydster
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Word association game 2010
Replies: 246
Views: 7331

Re: Word association game 2010

Smelly
by floydster
Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking person
Replies: 121
Views: 40112

Re: 101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking person

I was in forestry for 30 years then retired through an accident, i loved my job fortunatly i still get to walk around the woods that i managed and visit the woods that i planted to see how they are maturing, my job gave me an insight about the enviroment and when i retired it was a natural progress...
by floydster
Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Boiler don't work, try warming it up!
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Boiler don't work, try warming it up!

If anyone out there has an oil boiler not firing up in this weather the try heating up the filter on the tank. We had some moisture in ours freeze which stopped to oil flow to the boiler.

Floydster
by floydster
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving your Ish in 2010
Replies: 64
Views: 2670

Re: My New Years resolution

we've had fish and chips twice I've not gone veggie but I'm trying my hardest to eat humanely treated animals when I do eat meat. After some investigation I've stopped eating fish due to the horrific death they usually have :( Possibly not the most appropriate link I could have posted but it's poin...
by floydster
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: She might be ugly but she is mine
Replies: 18
Views: 8435

Re: She might be ugly but she is mine

I've been loving my bike recently. A couple of weeks ago I was the only vehicle to make it up one of the hills near where I stay :iconbiggrin:

This week I've still been riding through snow and ice but this guy is showing us what's really possible on a bike.

Floydster
by floydster
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Surviving bad weather tips
Replies: 20
Views: 1223

Re: Surviving bad weather tips

Don't let yourself get wet. Invest in Gore-Tex boots, trousers, jacket and gloves, also wear waterproof socks just in case. As mentioned before, layer yourself. When I'm in remote spots on my own I always take two mobiles, each one with a SIM from a different provider. Not exactly a tip for bad weat...
by floydster
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Jerusalem artichokes - think I've failed (again)
Replies: 11
Views: 1999

godfreyrob wrote:Well, thats real bad luck. Were they in a spot that was shady or waterlogged?


Totally waterlogged. The patch was OK last year, maybe this is what I should expect from now now on!

Floydster
by floydster
Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Jerusalem artichokes - think I've failed (again)
Replies: 11
Views: 1999

Totally failed. Here's my entire crop from four plants

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Remember the bug from the Matrix?

Floydster
by floydster
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: How do I hook up this solar kit?
Replies: 8
Views: 1802

Remembered I had put some clearer pictures here

Floydster
by floydster
Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: How do I hook up this solar kit?
Replies: 8
Views: 1802

Should be a piece of cake. You'll probably only need to connect four wires like below (click for a bigger picture) http://thumb16.webshots.net/t/51/151/5/35/17/2054535170099719096XXbyaZ_th.jpg The black and yellow on the left are the +ve and -ve from the solar panel. The red and black coming out the...

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