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by contadino
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Pros & cons of home educating
Replies: 14
Views: 3020

Re: Pros & cons of home educating

If you're home educating, all other things aside, you have a responsibility to offer your child the resources and opportunities to take whatever qualifications they may need in the future, whether you as a parent currently see those qualifications as worthwhile or not - to not do so is negligent. a...
by contadino
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Pros & cons of home educating
Replies: 14
Views: 3020

Re: Pros & cons of home educating

This couple have no intentions of preparing any of their kids for formal exams. I wonder if they are not depriving them of the means to get on in life or make a decent living in the future. Usually I'm fairly devoid of opinions when it comes to parenting, but this one has prompted me to post. If yo...
by contadino
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: So who manages without TV?
Replies: 46
Views: 3478

Re: So who manages without TV?

Manage without TV???!!! We thrive without TV. Have done for several years.
by contadino
Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Sheep or Pigs?
Replies: 8
Views: 1414

Re: Sheep or Pigs?

Hi Carol, I can't tell you about regulations I'm afraid, but my advice would be to opt for pigs. Kune kune's to be precise. However, you need to get a slightly less biased view and consider your situation (how much time do you have, how do you want to manage your land, what are your favourite uses f...
by contadino
Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Fruit Presses - any experiences
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: Fruit Presses - any experiences

I have a decent-sized one. It can handle 300kilos of grapes. I got it second hand for two reasons - firstly it was cheaper, and secondly it is better made than the new ones available in the shops. The ratchet mechanism is cast iron and has two gears, whereas the new ones have some aluminium parts an...
by contadino
Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I make my house warm?
Replies: 18
Views: 3869

Re: How do I make my house warm?

If you're going to get a stove (which I'd only recommend if you have a reliable supply of decent wood, and space to store it), then maybe this will interest you.... http://www.charnwood.com/charnwood-flue-boiler.asp It's a boiler that takes heat from the bottom of the flue, as in where it meets the ...
by contadino
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Goodies from France
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Goodies from France

Kilner jars are dirt cheap in France, compared to the UK.
by contadino
Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Cob Oven
Replies: 17
Views: 2339

Re: Cob Oven

Yes. Ours needs about 30 minutes to get up to pizza temperature, bread temperature in about 20 minutes. Also, I sweep the embers to one side and cook on the clear side rather than remove them.
by contadino
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: hen keeping advice pls
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: hen keeping advice pls

I may be wrong, but I think so long as they're out of the wind and rain, if they're cold they'll all perch together to keep warm.
by contadino
Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: more rabbitting pics {CAUTION - PHOTOS}
Replies: 14
Views: 1701

Re: more rabbitting pics {CAUTION - PHOTOS}

imo the whippet has to be part of everyones attempt to be self sufficientish they cost approx 50p/week to keep if food(WAGG WORKER) is bought from B&Qs for £9.99 and mixed with household scraps the average rabbit in the butchers is now 3.50-4.00 pound well in front Lovely pictures, and very healthy...
by contadino
Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: esse ironheart
Replies: 8
Views: 8251

Re: esse ironheart

That Stanley is a lovely looking stove. Until I just looked it up, I thought that Stanley only made range cookers, and I couldn't figure out why you'd have two seemingly very similar stoves. Two dinners every night, maybe?
by contadino
Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Plan/build a sturdy shed/workshop for windy location?
Replies: 17
Views: 5739

Re: Plan/build a sturdy shed/workshop for windy location?

Firstly, there seem to be many different kinds of block, so what type should I be looking for, and how do you get a decent layer of mortar without it falling into the hollows? (Yes I am a complete novice!) Most blocks have holes that don't go all the way through. You lay them with the flat side upw...
by contadino
Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: In France - installing a Rayburn
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: In France - installing a Rayburn

Remember if you string the rads in serial, you won't be able to switch individual ones off. Other than that it should work fine. I used compression fittings, but I don't see why soldered joints would be a problem.
by contadino
Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: In France - installing a Rayburn
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: In France - installing a Rayburn

We want to use a very large radiator on the first floor instead of a water tank - gravity fed and a second radiator system of 4 radiators. Anyone done this before? Can we just use normal copper pipe soldering on the primary system? :roll: I know in at the deep end but those that know probably under...
by contadino
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy saving
Replies: 12
Views: 3149

Re: Energy saving

My solar DHW system paid for itself in 15 months. But then I did a DIY install, so got a system that was simple at a price that made sense. Also, being in a sunnier climate means that I can opt for a flat panel rather than tubes. The price of electricity here is roughly twice that of the UK, and the...