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by Skippy
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 56255

Re: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"

We try not to buy anything new if we can get away with it, my wife is well known in the local charity shops and is always on the lookout on e-bay. There are exceptions of course, we put up with the toaster only doing one side pale brown for several months then gave in and brought a new one. Likewise...
by Skippy
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions
Replies: 16
Views: 6424

Re: alternatives to fuel burning heating in the med regions

I can't help but think that the answer to why people are doing what they do is actually in your original post. If people can't afford to buy the diesel then it's going to be unlikely that they will be able to fork out for solar panels, heat pumps or whatever. It's a sort of cruel irony that most of ...
by Skippy
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 98
Views: 31839

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

We have a tv and don't feel guilty about having it. We don't watch a huge amount and most of the time we are doing something else at the same time too. After I've finishe my jobs and put my daughter in bed I might get a hour or two a night. I see something that looks interesting and will record it b...
by Skippy
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 ways to earn a little extra cash
Replies: 24
Views: 12277

Re: 101 ways to earn a little extra cash

PlainQB mentioned working for a sex line. My wife or myself don't think we could do that but a conversation with friends down the pub threw up something similiar.We recalled how years ago certain "gentlemans" magazines carried adverts for used knickers. We laughed about it but I then did a quick sea...
by Skippy
Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do i save the NHS money?
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Re: How do i save the NHS money?

On another forum I use there was a thread all about smoking and its impact. In relation to its impact on the NHS one poster came up with some figures to show that the best option is for people to smoke and drink. The reason for this is simple. Smokers and drinkers will contribute more in taxes to fu...
by Skippy
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Any other re-enactors on here?
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: Any other re-enactors on here?

You know I am too but as most of our group are based up north we've never made it to Hertsmonceux. Becks we went down the living history route several years ago although some do still take part in the battles and to be honest we would give the hobby up rather than go back. I understand it's not ever...
by Skippy
Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: clean a copper pan
Replies: 4
Views: 1019

Re: clean a copper pan

It sounds like it's a copper or brass pan and I've eaten from one on seveal occasions. The acid does work but make sure you rinse it out properly. A friend of mine "cleaned" a brass jam pan the lazy way (he thought) by simply soaking it in vinigar for a few days. However, when it came to be used for...
by Skippy
Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5007

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

We were relatively lucky as we on a small rise in the ground near the bottom end of the field close to the bridge to the plastic camp but still awoke to find water on most sides. We stayed until sunday but still ended up getting towed off. I think there was a picture on livinghistory of a tractor pu...
by Skippy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5007

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

I'm with the Wars of the Roses Federation and to be more accurate the Ferrers Household , you can find us on facebook. I originally started at the other end of the fifteenth century but migrated slightly later but oddly enough English Heritage asked the fed to put on the seige of Harfleur and Aginco...
by Skippy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: here we go again.....
Replies: 28
Views: 2501

Re: here we go again.....

I have every sympathy with you Clare and your opinion of the building industry. I was employed mainly in restoration for a little over 30 years until last year when I was made redundant. I managed to get another job but the wages were less, plus I had to supply my own vehical and power tools. That j...
by Skippy
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone made their own shed?
Replies: 9
Views: 5587

Re: Anyone made their own shed?

Digger a very nice job of scribing that your wizard has done with those boards. I've done plenty of such like jobs in my time and it is always pleasing to see it done properly and not just "good enough" and finished with mastic or filler.I've also at times had to scibe a vertical post against a wall...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone made their own shed?
Replies: 9
Views: 5587

Re: Anyone made their own shed?

Digger , please tell me that you were leaning when you took the picture because on my screen it looks as if the shed is 3 or 4 inches out of plumb in your first shot. Actually such a lean reminds me of a door and frame I put in an old timber framed cottage several years ago. The frame needed to be p...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Herbs
Replies: 15
Views: 3965

Re: Herbs

A new dress? You spoil that woman , I can't see any holes or patches in it. edit Should have said what I've got really . couple of mints chives sorrel good king henry garlic lemon balm white horehound feverfew comfrey soapwort herb robert lavender and I did have things like rosemary which seemed to ...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone made their own shed?
Replies: 9
Views: 5587

Re: Anyone made their own shed?

I might not be selfsufficient in food but I do manage to be with sheds. I've built several in my time and have a few at the place I live now. You could do a lot worse than look at the Swedish hermits hut thread on the green building section but for what it's worth here's some of mine. This is a very...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?
Replies: 20
Views: 2893

Re: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?

I think Oldjerry's post has said pretty much everything really. I'm not totally or near self sufficient but being able to lessen the clutches of consumer society a little bit more really pleases me and I can't help but feel smug when people moan about being in debt or not being able to get there han...