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by Chickpea
Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Link to you - calling all bloggers and other sites
Replies: 60
Views: 28810

My blog is about my family's quest for greater self sufficiency. In the last few days there have been articles about building a chicken run, picking cherries, and my first wholly home-produced meal. Is that relevant enough? I'd love it if you linked to me because this site is so great. I've linked t...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:19 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What car would Jesus Drive?
Replies: 39
Views: 12877

I'm a Christian, but I know what you mean about hypocrisy. the trouble is the money-grabbing TV evangelists and the like are very visible, but the person quietly getting on with living as good a life as possible is by definition much less visible. For me my religious beliefs are the basis of my "gre...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Whre did you get your chickens?
Replies: 13
Views: 4038

What a good idea. I looked everywhere trying to find a source of chickens, and ended up driving about an hour away to get ours for £10 each which I knew at the time was a rip-off. It seemed like a conspiracy - I knew there had to be somewhere you could buy chickens, but I looked in the yellow pag...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:09 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from Cheshire
Replies: 13
Views: 2897

No there wasn't a 5-year plan, it's a brand-new 4-year plan. I've dreamed idly about living off the land all my life, since I was a small child. I chose O'levels and A'levels and did 2 bachelors degrees and a masters degree with the aim of becoming a scientist, but I didn't dream about being a scien...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Are supermarkets evil?
Replies: 75
Views: 29674

I vowed never to shop at T***o again (or the other Big4 horriblemarkets) about 2 weeks ago. I've signed up for an organic box sceheme and I've been using a local farm shop where the owner is very helpful and informative about where all the produce comes from and whether it's organic, "working toward...
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: first day on new allotment..
Replies: 26
Views: 8417

I like digging, too, very therapeutic, and I'm not a bloke. We got our allotment a couple of moths ago and we carpeted half of it, and dug the other half by hand, pulling out weed roots as we went (also rocks, bricks, loads of broken glass, old soup tins, bakelite light switches, bones and all kinds...
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from Cheshire
Replies: 13
Views: 2897

Thanks everyone for your friendly welcome. No I haven't grown chickpeas in the UK, I don't think it is the climate for them but you couldn try - with global warming we may seen be growing all sorts of things here that wouldn't grow before. I picked the handle years ago because chickpeas are small, r...
by Chickpea
Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from Cheshire
Replies: 13
Views: 2897

Hi from Cheshire

Hi everyone. Great site, I'm impressed at the range of really workable ideas on it. I found it because it tops the Google list when you type "self-sufficient" We're in north Cheshire, and we've a plan to move to a smalholding in 4 years' time. In the meantime we're acquiring the skills we need to ma...