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by Skippy
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Compost heap location
Replies: 18
Views: 4025

Re: Compost heap location

In regard purely to location of a heap rather than how to build a heap I've put mine pretty much central to the garden. That way I don't have to walk the entire lenght of the garden with either waste to put in it or compost to come out of it. It's either ergononmics or idleness take yer pick. My mai...
by Skippy
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 3561

Re: Image

I think I'm happy with the comments. I do tend to keep a couple of pairs of disposable overalls and some overshoes with me in the van and normally a pair of clean trainers to change into if the job involves inside work (I have at times worked without shoes but sometimes have odd socks on too). Oddly...
by Skippy
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 3561

Re: Image

Thanks all for taking the time to answer. Green Aura , you're probably right about this forum but I'm posting the same question on another form where to be honest people are less , er, understanding. I had thought of keeping a decent set to wear when quoting for jobs but unless I want my van to doub...
by Skippy
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: A short questionnaire on foraging for my dissertation
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

Re: A short questionnaire on foraging for my dissertation

Done and submitted. I've included in the "other" section some comments about foraging for discarded man made objects as I still consider that foraging shouldn't be purely for things that grow.


Pete
by Skippy
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 3561

Image

Ok just a simple question about image or the impression one gets of somebody else. I've spent most of my life in the building industry but after a couple of redundancies I'm now a self employed handyman, building and garden maintenance , decorating , joinery and so on. Being on the frugal side (as a...
by Skippy
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Richard III Found!!?
Replies: 21
Views: 3733

Re: Richard III Found!!?

I caught an early morning tv news report before the annocemennt and they had traced an American sounding desendant of Richard's sister and were swabing his mouth to trace the dna. Now it's confirmed it makes me wonder what the council will do to try and exploit their royal connection :king: :iconbig...
by Skippy
Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 101956

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Adding sugar's fine if you're patient, but if you don't stabilise with metabisulphite and sorbate then the wine is very likely to start fermenting again, especially as the weather warms up. That sounds fine, but at "finished" alcohol levels, the new fermentation can take forever to finish (at which...
by Skippy
Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Competitive gardening for a TV show
Replies: 13
Views: 1748

Re: Competitive gardening for a TV show

The producers of these sorts of programmes aren't of course looking for gardeners that actually work as "pairs" , they will more than likely want a pair that is constantly arguing about which fertilizer to use or which plants are weeds or when to plant your sprouts. Discord brings in higher viewing ...
by Skippy
Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Storage heater bricks.
Replies: 8
Views: 5617

Re: Storage heater bricks.

You could always use them to warm your bed. Maybe not the whole lot mind, but I've camped in some really cold weather and have warmed a brick up on the fire , wrapped it up in a pillowcase or towel and taken it to bed with me.


Pete
by Skippy
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 101956

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

To be honest I've had wines that have taken yonks to ferment out and brews that have restarted but haven't had any problems in the long term. It may be that I should keep them warmer , two gallons that I have in the kitchen are fermenting more vigorously than the others in the utility, luckily thoug...
by Skippy
Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 101956

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

The only thing I've ever had to tip away was a potatoe wine that smelt like pigswill and tasted awful too. Other than that I've been successful, fruits , flowers and root vegetables and even wild yeast have all come out drinkable. Recently I racked of a couple of demijohns that have been sitting for...
by Skippy
Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Pallet Computer Desk!
Replies: 9
Views: 3801

Re: Pallet Computer Desk!

It looks very good. A friend of mine used to work for an engineering firm and high value items such as gearboxes came in on pallets made of surprisingly decent timbers, there was oak , maple , beech tropical hardwoods and the usual pines. I made him a bench out of the oak which pleased him. The pict...
by Skippy
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Re: Kitchen Units West London
Replies: 0
Views: 1165

Re: Kitchen Units West London

Kitchen units----great for storing all that spam no doubt.
edit
sorry if that makes no sense, this was in response to a spammer posting about kitchen units which has been deleted. This whole thing may just as well be deleted.
by Skippy
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Curious Wiring - Ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Curious Wiring - Ideas?

I've come across this stuff many times in the past in old buildings. It seems to have been used where nowadays steel conduit is used. Over here scrapyards call it pencil lead but it's not liked much as the combination of materials (well the rubber mainly) make it a dirty stuff to recycle.


Pete
by Skippy
Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: almonds
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Re: almonds

I've only had bat droppings once Demi. They are said to be very rich in nutrients but aren't the easiest thing to come across. Bats are of course a protected species and it's illegal to disturbe them. I got the droppings when I worked on an old coach house near Worcester. The bats migrate and we had...