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by Skippy
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What to do with a field?
Replies: 22
Views: 13349

What to do with a field?

I have a friend who owns a cottage in Wales about 20 or so miles from Welshpool. The field in front of him is coming up for sale soon and my friend is interested in buying it largely to stop any development or building on the land and spoiling what is in fairness a pleasent and tranquil little valle...
by Skippy
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Clean labels off jars
Replies: 22
Views: 4521

Re: Clean labels off jars

I tend to use the wire wool , warm water and elbow grease approach but more than often I'll just put the new label over the top of the exsisting one, lazy but simple. On the subject of labels I've got several batches of homemade wine that I appear to have not labelled at all and a few more with two ...
by Skippy
Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: "Self Composting Toilet" or "Bucket and Chuck it"
Replies: 19
Views: 12936

Re: "Self Composting Toilet" or "Bucket and Chuck it"

Sorry to dig up an old post and I apologise if that's not the done thing on here. In truth I perhaps should have found this post a few years ago because I'd put waste from my daughter's potty onto the compost heap when she was younger. I'd also put the nappy contents on too when she was a baby. At t...
by Skippy
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: "Grey water"
Replies: 5
Views: 2169

Re: "Grey water"

Thanks for those ideas, I'll probably give the copper wire a try first , no offence to the goldfish method. Thinking about it I have read about people putting copper strips on roofs to combat moss growth and copper roofs I've worked on are normally quite clean. Right off to bend a bit of wire :icon_...
by Skippy
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5392

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

Yes I've looked at that idea too and may very well go with that method. I always find it pleasing to bend a hazel or willow stick only to find it forms the ideal shape for an oven, almost enough to make me think something is actually guiding this universe :icon_smile:


Pete
by Skippy
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: "Grey water"
Replies: 5
Views: 2169

"Grey water"

When we had a water meter installed I of course looked at ways to save on water usage. One of the most obvious was to use rainwater to flush the toilet. However, time being tight and having a million and one other jobs to do I didn't plumb anything in but did install a barrel to catch the water. It ...
by Skippy
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5392

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

Ah maybe I misunderstood the rules . I was going with millymollymandys post in the introduce section that said to reduce spammers no signatures or links till 25 posts.
by Skippy
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Shooters can't shoot if they have nothing to shoot with
Replies: 65
Views: 7991

Re: Shooters can't shoot if they have nothing to shoot with

If America wanted to stop it's citizens carrying guns then legally it wouldn't be a problem although politically it would be suicide (if not assingnation). I remember Alistar Cooke talking about this years ago on his "Letter from America" programme on radio 4 , showing my age on that one. He was say...
by Skippy
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5392

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

Thanks for the reply, interesting. Fee fairy and I also have the problem of making the thing to look authentic. We based ours on an illustration that appears to have been copied a few times but in all versions show basically the same details. I'd post a link but as a margo I don't think I'm allowed ...
by Skippy
Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5392

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

Vermiculite would indeed make it lighter but unfortunately it won't act as a heat sink. These ovens really do rely on mass to hold the heat. We conducted a very simple experiment with our oven by cooking in it with about half of the bricks removed and found that it's efficiency was a lot less and to...
by Skippy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a bread oven off the ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 5392

Re: Make a bread oven off the ground?

So...I'm a medieval re-enactor Me too, and have done just what you are thinking of. There are a few ovens on the scene and whilist ours isn't the prettiest it does work unlike some of the smaller ones that are based on a larger curfew. There are a number of problems with these ovens or at least pro...
by Skippy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Freecycle (love it)
Replies: 15
Views: 4374

Re: Freecycle (love it)

I use it myself both giving and receiving. Recently my wife said that someone had an old Voigtlander camera on freecycle and was I interested (I've got a small collection of old cameras)? Yes I said and arriving home that evening was an absolute mint camera still in it's box , never used and still w...
by Skippy
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New member , hello
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: New member , hello

So what else are you up to self suff wise? I'm not going to claim to be self sufficient by any stretch of the imagination but failing there being a www,selfreliantish site this forum ticks enough boxes. My Grandfather was a smallholder although that went when he died , something to do with there no...
by Skippy
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What have you found lately?
Replies: 102
Views: 26208

Re: What have you found lately?

As I mentioned in my introduction my user name stems from my affinity with skips or rather their contents a trait I inherited from my father. He was a furnace controller for the local council and came home most nights with a car full of goodies that had been dumped. It never ceased to amaze me the s...
by Skippy
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New member , hello
Replies: 6
Views: 904

New member , hello

Walking my daughter to school we go across a small field and all around the edge is a thick band of nettles. Now I've eaten nettles in the past but this time thought , hmm , nettle beer but where did I put the recipe? Google it I thought which is just what I did and whilist searching found your foru...