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by Thurston Garden
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale volunteers
Replies: 25
Views: 7703

Re: Straw Bale volunteers

Both are right, give or take a few quid :icon_smile: 100sqm @ £150000 = £1500/sqm 1000sqft @ £150000 = £150/sqft If you like to be exact, 100sqm is 1,076sqft. I like to keep things simple though! I actually don't know the exact cost of the house. As the build progressed I stopped counting exactly bu...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale volunteers
Replies: 25
Views: 7703

Re: Straw Bale volunteers

I think my land was 40% of the total cost. Build cost was something in the order of £150/sqft or £1500/sqm. I did use a lot of experienced labor and that is definitely where the cost is. Labour and professional fees probably make up 40% of the total cost. That only leaves 20% for materials but I gue...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale volunteers
Replies: 25
Views: 7703

Re: Straw Bale volunteers

To be honest, building regs are not an issue, or that's what I found out. A good architect and a sympathetic engineer is all that's required. I am sure the council is more open minded to alternative building styles than people might at first imagine.

Finding land will be the problem!
by Thurston Garden
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: New to heating stoves
Replies: 29
Views: 9943

Re: New to heating stoves

I put a Morso Squirrel in the straw hoose and despite the insulation, the Squirrel is too small. It's the only form of heating and it's a big volume of air to heat, being open plan and full height ceilings under the roof. The regs up here state that you can't put in a stove with more than 5kW output...
by Thurston Garden
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale volunteers
Replies: 25
Views: 7703

Re: Straw Bale volunteers

PM sent.
by Thurston Garden
Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale volunteers
Replies: 25
Views: 7703

Re: Straw Bale volunteers

Thanks for the interest. The house is finished now - I have been living in it for a year and love it.
by Thurston Garden
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Orpington cockerel not maturing...
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: Orpington cockerel not maturing...

I had a similar 'am I Martha or Arthur' buff orpington a few years back. I was given two hens because they were huge and a danger the to the previous owner's wee girl. After being relocated to TG, they seriously bullied my other hens and I decided to separate them into their own run. A while later o...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Inexpensive seed suplier
Replies: 27
Views: 4739

Re: Inexpensive seed suplier

Thanks all, Seed Parade are worth a good look. I have used Real Seeds in the past too. Chase/HDRA have mucked up far too many orders in years gone past to deserve any of my cash. Customer service scores zero in my book...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Inexpensive seed suplier
Replies: 27
Views: 4739

Inexpensive seed suplier

I remember finding a UK seed supplier a few years back who sold seeds at c.50p a pack. There was no glossy packet outer, only the foil inner hence the reduction in cost. My dull memory thinks it was a well known veg bod like Medwyn Williams or someone similar. Can anyone think of the company at all?...
by Thurston Garden
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

Who did you order it from? I assume from across the pond?
by Thurston Garden
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

The nicotine content varies quite a bit in different blends. So far I am sticking to those in lighter content. I doubt I will ever progress to plugs or ropes which, according to reviews and youtube vids, blow your socks off! I think it's the quality of the tobacco and the lack of chemical additives ...
by Thurston Garden
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

Only if you close your eyes and really concentrate lol

I agree though on the US blends. A pal is going over in January and I will be giving him a wee list!
by Thurston Garden
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

Oddly enough, I don't find the pipe addictive. Perhaps this is beacuse I have never smoked cigs. It's the mediative element that I most enjoy, along with the immense variation in tobacco blends along with the ritual of preparing a pipe. I liken pipe smoking to wine drinking. Pipe tobacco ages well a...
by Thurston Garden
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

That would be me. I had a crappy basket pipe and some vanilla cream. I gave it another go with some decent baccy and a Falcon and never looked back. Why do folk get encouraged to start with aromatics? Not the best idea in my opinion. I do follow a lot of pipe presenters on YT but dont present myself...
by Thurston Garden
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Are you still smoking tobacco?
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Are you still smoking tobacco?

I have about 8 pipes I use in rotation. I mainly smoke straight pipes and favour my Falcons. I also have a Peterson Donegal Rocky, a Lovat and a wee Stonehaven. Different pipes tend to be dedicated to different tobaccos. My Stonehaven and Lovat for burleys, my Donegal for latakias and the Falcons fo...

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