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by Zech
Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Are Rats Bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 7109

Re: Are Rats Bad?

I'm not doing too badly on 'practice contentment' - I learn from my cat!
by Zech
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: About to expire from excitement
Replies: 12
Views: 1837

Re: About to expire from excitement

How exciting! and inspiring, too... My mum used to wear headscarves because the wind gave her earache, and she ended up with quite a collection, which I've inherited. They sit at the back of the wardrobe and I've been wondering what to do with them... I love your blog, too. I've just signed up to fo...
by Zech
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: TV licencing bloke calls...
Replies: 98
Views: 6640

Re: TV licencing bloke calls...

With respect, Zech, and not wishing to be at all argumentative, I find those phrases very irritating - "I need this for whatever" or "I need my car" or some such. What did they do before? What will they do when the mobile network fails or power goes or fuel gets scarce, which they will? Always have...
by Zech
Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Buy nothing new for a year challenge
Replies: 46
Views: 3388

Re: Buy nothing new for a year challenge

I'd like to give this a go - lack of money makes it fairly necessary. I'm interested in how people decide what's excluded, though. I should be able to do without new clothes (apart from underwear, which everyone seems to agree is excluded), but I will need shoes - I hope that's OK as I don't know ho...
by Zech
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: ARRRGH Children please please give me advice!
Replies: 98
Views: 11569

Re: ARRRGH Children please please give me advice!

Obviously I'm speaking from a position of ignorance as I don't have children, but I think that using threats you don't intend to carry out is a dangerous route to take. It just teaches your kids that you don't always mean what you say. I was smacked occasionally as a child, never in a momentary loss...
by Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Swmae! Another one from Wales!
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: Swmae! Another one from Wales!

Hello Annette! :wave: I don't know anything about horse manure for heating - I'd rather put it on the garden. We're planning to switch over to wood/solar heating and, prompted by my dad's cynicism - "You won't save any money doing that" - I worked out the payback times. Even if we manage to get the ...
by Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: home made moisturiser recipe?? :)
Replies: 14
Views: 1950

Re: home made moisturiser recipe?? :)

I've tried this recipe (ignoring the hysterical anti-chemical rant at the beginning): http://www.mookychick.co.uk/body/make_your_own_moisturizer.php When I say I've tried it, you should understand I haven't followed it exactly - I'm not very good at following recipes. For a start, it seemed to have ...
by Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Wales
Replies: 13
Views: 1246

Re: Hello from Wales

Thanks for the lovely welcome, everyone :iconbiggrin:
We are indeed living the dream, though it remains to be seen whether we can make it work. It's encouraging to hear from MuddyWitch (great name, btw. Made me wish I'd thought of it first!) that what we're aiming for is possible.
by Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: TV licencing bloke calls...
Replies: 98
Views: 6640

Re: TV licencing bloke calls...

Wandering off-topic, do we have any other technophobes here who eschew the 'benefits' of electronic gadgetry (barring the computer of course...if we are allowed one advanced technology, it has to be that)? I wouldn't call myself a technophobe - I love technology - but I don't like using electricity...
by Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: ARRRGH Children please please give me advice!
Replies: 98
Views: 11569

Re: ARRRGH Children please please give me advice!

and people think I'm a bit strange for choosing not to have children!
by Zech
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: TV licencing bloke calls...
Replies: 98
Views: 6640

Re: TV licencing bloke calls...

Getting rid of the tv must be the first step in self-sufficientism. What do you think? This struck a chord with me, as we are embarking on a self-sufficientish project, including leaving jobs and moving house. We sold our TV just before moving, mainly because it's big and heavy and there's not much...
by Zech
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Wales
Replies: 13
Views: 1246

Hello from Wales

Hello everyone! I've been lurking here a while, picking up tips and learning interesting things, and think it's about time I signed up, introduced myself and joined in. You lot seem like a bunch of people I'd like to hang out with :iconbiggrin: OK, here goes: I'm Rachel and I've been dreaming of liv...