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by devolutionary
Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Any Ishy Bloggers out there?
Replies: 62
Views: 60887

Re: Any Ishy Bloggers out there?

Another in-the-sig blogger. Mine's about how we gave up our hamster-wheel lives and moved to France to live self-sufficiently on 10.47 acres and open an all-things eco yurt camp. That was in in 2006. After two and a half years of bureaucratic hell(ish), we're finally opening a one-yurt campsite at t...
by devolutionary
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Freezer bag alternatives?
Replies: 21
Views: 9727

Re: Freezer bag alternatives?

Sorry, SE-isher. I wasn't paying attention to the largeness of your coffee jars.
by devolutionary
Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Freezer bag alternatives?
Replies: 21
Views: 9727

Re: Freezer bag alternatives?

Excellent ideas. We use old ice cream tubs, too. And actually bought some tupperware a couple of years ago. I think the leaching chemicals from plastic is worse with bags, but have no evidence to back it up. How about the meat issue, though? Sausages, bacon, mutton etc. Anyone any experience with ne...
by devolutionary
Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Freezer bag alternatives?
Replies: 21
Views: 9727

Freezer bag alternatives?

We've just made a load of sausages, which reminded me of a question I should have asked last year: What can we use instead of freezer bags?

Equally, this goes for any meat, fruit or veg we freeze. All ideas gratefully accepted in advance...
by devolutionary
Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Kill a rabbit
Replies: 12
Views: 4755

Re: Kill a rabbit

Thanks MIE. I was looking at some forums last night and one spoke of something called a 'priest' (so named because it administers the last rights), which sounds like a weighted cosh. Also mentioned was 'chinning', which was described as an upper cut to the chin, with the neck held in the V of the ot...
by devolutionary
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Kill a rabbit
Replies: 12
Views: 4755

Re: Kill a rabbit

Thanks guys. Sadly, I can't even watch River Cottage on youtube 'cos my computer's too slow; but I'll try and find someone who recorded it (lots of English here in France). I suspect I should have had my thumb, not my fingers, on the back of the neck. I did have a fallback plan in my pocket - a leng...
by devolutionary
Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Kill a rabbit
Replies: 12
Views: 4755

Kill a rabbit

A few months ago, we inherited some rabbits from someone leaving the country and the time has come to prepare them for the plate (vegetarians look away now). Skinning's the easy part, with plenty of information in books and blogs. But I need a quick, effective way to kill the rabbits in the first pl...
by devolutionary
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY loft insulation
Replies: 15
Views: 6648

Re: DIY loft insulation

Cheers Jim. I'm coming across this with floor insulation, too. It goes like this: We're putting a wooden floor down on joists. Under the joists I'm thinking about a sheet of plastic; between the joists a load of polystyrene from the tip; then subfloor; then floor. The books say air needs to flow und...
by devolutionary
Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Buying some land and living on it.
Replies: 49
Views: 77866

Re: Buying some land and living on it.

How out of date am I? The last post was over a year ago... We had this idea three years ago, bought land in France, sold the house and moved here with what we thought was the mayor's permission - with eight yurt frames and big plans for a family friendly eco campsite. Ran into a sh1tstorm of bureauc...
by devolutionary
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY loft insulation
Replies: 15
Views: 6648

Re: DIY loft insulation

I've just heard about someone with a polytunnel full of sheep's wool and am thinking of using it for floor and ceiling of the small bathroom we've just added to the side of an old utility building. Question is this: Good thing, or bad thing? (Apparently the silver foil and fleece stuff needs airflow...
by devolutionary
Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: homemade compost toilet
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

Re: homemade compost toilet

That's a very funny image!!! someone perched precariously atop a compost bin! :lol: But it wouldn't look quite like that. There would of course be a small wooden building to house the loos, sited on a slope so that the entrance to the toilet would be a few steps up on the higher side, and, the acces...
by devolutionary
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: homemade compost toilet
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

Re: homemade compost toilet

Thanks for the ideas (turns out Her Outdoors wrote this topic while I wrote an almost identical one in reuse, recycle - no one replied to mine... I'm not bitter, though). We're trying to avoid using concrete as much as possible. I came across something about a tree bog the other week - I'll check th...
by devolutionary
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: homemade compost toilet
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

homemade compost toilet

After looking at various extremely expensive toilet systems out there I was wondering if I could convert a standard large plastic garden composter into a toilet compost container with toilet seat attatched to the top. I could use the kind that have a door at the bottom to remove material and a large...
by devolutionary
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: DIY compost toilet
Replies: 0
Views: 1133

DIY compost toilet

I'm not talking about a bucket compost toilet using a Boots fermenting bin hidden behind some tongue and groove, a bag of sawdust and leaves for soak, and a stack of steel radial tyres for long-term storage (we already do that). I'm talking about something a bit more lux - a bit more Clivus Multrum,...
by devolutionary
Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Old engine oil
Replies: 16
Views: 10385

The instead-of-creosote idea was good (the only downside being my only fencing is stock, plain wire, chicken wire or electric), but the keeping-the-tools-in-great-shape plan... that's genius. I was going to have to buy some sand anyway.