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by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone made their own shed?
Replies: 9
Views: 5247

Re: Anyone made their own shed?

Digger , please tell me that you were leaning when you took the picture because on my screen it looks as if the shed is 3 or 4 inches out of plumb in your first shot. Actually such a lean reminds me of a door and frame I put in an old timber framed cottage several years ago. The frame needed to be p...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Herbs
Replies: 15
Views: 3773

Re: Herbs

A new dress? You spoil that woman , I can't see any holes or patches in it. edit Should have said what I've got really . couple of mints chives sorrel good king henry garlic lemon balm white horehound feverfew comfrey soapwort herb robert lavender and I did have things like rosemary which seemed to ...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Anyone made their own shed?
Replies: 9
Views: 5247

Re: Anyone made their own shed?

I might not be selfsufficient in food but I do manage to be with sheds. I've built several in my time and have a few at the place I live now. You could do a lot worse than look at the Swedish hermits hut thread on the green building section but for what it's worth here's some of mine. This is a very...
by Skippy
Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?
Replies: 20
Views: 2669

Re: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?

I think Oldjerry's post has said pretty much everything really. I'm not totally or near self sufficient but being able to lessen the clutches of consumer society a little bit more really pleases me and I can't help but feel smug when people moan about being in debt or not being able to get there han...
by Skippy
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Richard III Found!!?
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: Richard III Found!!?

One of my hobbies is re-enactment and the period I do is the wars of the roses, second half of the fiftheenth century. To be completely honest our group concentrates on the lives of the common man as most of us are artisans of one sort or another. We feel that although history is written about kings...
by Skippy
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make a motar mix for stone roof tiles?
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

Re: Make a motar mix for stone roof tiles?

Just to complicate things a little further. I've spent most of my life in restoration albeit working with wood but it's the kind of profession where one picks up a lot from other trades. I've worked at times with Stafford Holmes who is allegedly one of the foremost "experts" concerning lim...
by Skippy
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Men and Money!!!
Replies: 53
Views: 7094

Re: Men and Money!!!

P&P I'm going to take your reply as a compliment ! I do hope that nobody thinks I was trying to critisise their relationships just saying what works for us. Of course there's always the possibility that I'm the biggest dullard on the planet and my wife is secretly salting all my money away befor...
by Skippy
Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Men and Money!!!
Replies: 53
Views: 7094

Re: Men and Money!!!

Maybe my wife and I are just idle but we've never even worked out if our finances are 50/50 , 60/40 , or 73/27 for that matter. When we married we were both working and opened a joint account , ok so I was earning more but that didn't matter the gross was our combined income and used by both of us a...
by Skippy
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: how are your spuds doing?
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

Re: how are your spuds doing?

I've had no problems with diesease and not too much problem with slugs and pests so the potatoes I've lifted are ok, but not as good as last year. This year they seem to have an awful lot more of the small ones, still edible though.


Pete
by Skippy
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wood for the burner
Replies: 17
Views: 7211

Re: wood for the burner

Does anyone know if there a potential hazard with burning off cuts (or old bits of scrap wood from tips/waste from building sites etc) in home boilers. An obvious example would be painted wood, say bits of an old door as paint has chemicals in it that are toxic. Also alot of wood is treated with fo...
by Skippy
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 64
Views: 29619

Re: Banish Plastic

Some time back there was a small factory near me that made pallets with recycled plastic. The process was open to all types of plastic as the waste wasn't melted but simply chopped up finely and used as a filler component to a resin to form the pallets .Wheather this was any more envoiromental than ...
by Skippy
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: cunning insults
Replies: 54
Views: 23850

Re: cunning insults

I re-enact and display medieavel wood working methods and this happened recently on a show. A particulary argumentive engineer started by saying how badly designed a wooden wheelbarrow was despite several others telling him he was wrong. He then turned his attention to what I was doing at the time w...
by Skippy
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: going no-poo
Replies: 16
Views: 6099

Re: going no-poo

Well it's funny how things come around. I told my wife about this "no poo" thread and she then informed me about the special shampoo she had just got for our daughter. By special she means the stuff designed for head lice infections- yes our daughter has got nits. She's seven years old now...
by Skippy
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: going no-poo
Replies: 16
Views: 6099

Re: going no-poo

Seval years ago now I made a decision to try not using shampoo on my hair and instead just clean it with water. I found that during the first week or so it just felt a bit "unwashed "for want of a better term but after that the natural oils and what have you took over and it started to fee...
by Skippy
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: survive on a very tight budget
Replies: 65
Views: 13130

Re: survive on a very tight budget

I've done the same Sam and liberated stuff from skips just as my Dad did for years but you do have a point about supermarkets taking legal action for instance-
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... goods.html


Pete