Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

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Re: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

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Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:17 pm

Viper254 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:15 am
I get the feeling I'm a few years younger than the majority of forum members so perhaps I see things a bit differently; who knows. The "make-do-and-mend" ethos was truly a dead philosophy for most of my life and has only really come around again with the rise of environmentalism.

Also, I want to work 4 days a week instead of 5, so I'm trying to grow as much food as possible.
You should also learn a few other skills as well. Like I said to the gas fitter from the local housing association who called to "talk to" the boiler today - I don't touch boilers that don't work as in times past had a qualified husband who did such things. I live in a rented property where there are gas fitters and electricians and plumbers on call who don't have to be paid unless I broke it. That's my version of self sufficientish. I'm told that renting is dead money by home owners. But as I point out - they have to pay for the new roof, the double glazing, the new kitchen or do it themselves whilst it comes in my rent. If they want to move they have to get a new mortgage and sell the house they have. I just arrange a move with the social housing system for a swap which isn't too hard.

As for the make do and mend - it's still about in different forms. The charity shop, Freecycle, men in sheds ....

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