Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Thought it would be nice to let you lot know what is going on and any future plans etc.
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Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117534Post Andy Hamilton
Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:11 am

Well the countdown has begun! Don't forget the on August 13th this year the first annual selfsufficientish day will be celebrated across the world!

In order to be part of it all you have to do is something selfsufficientish that you have not done before or simply take some time out and spend it with your friends/family. Just really a time to kick back a bit and enjoy the simple things in life.

What I am doing for it? - Well, it just so happens to be my birthday on the 13th so fingers crossed I have hinted 1000 times that I want a cut throat razor from my girlfriend so hopefully I will be learning to shave in the most sustainable way possible depends how much they cost! I think we will also nip out to the countryside somewhere and just spend a lot of the day together. Oh and no doubt at some point meet up with a bunch of mates in a pub. :drunken:

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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117549Post Russian Doll
Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:25 pm

ive got the kids that day so i think a day in the woods foraging may be in order

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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117555Post mrsflibble
Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:56 pm

erm... not sure yet. James is working so it'll probably be me and soph, bus to the nature reserve, blackberry covered toddler by the end of the day hahaha!!!
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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117561Post Flo
Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:07 pm

I'd say it will be down the allotment as usual - if nothing else there will be compost heaps to manage. Touch of freecycle as usual to see what is on offer. Could be an investigation into jam making or pickling vegetables if the weather is inclement. Coming up for blackberry time of the year.

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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117565Post red
Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:31 pm

we'll be having a normal day. Its a Wednesday, so we will both be working, and have the usual commitments to livestock and poultry, and tending the veggies. if there is any time left over we usually kick back and chill.. but time seems to be something we are short of...
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Post: # 117579Post eccentric_emma
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:41 pm

hmm, i may be working that day. however i reckon i can cram in some allotment activities.
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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117620Post MrsD'ville mkII
Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:49 pm

Hmm, we're doing about the most un-self-sufficientish thing imaginable: going for our first ante-natal consultant visit at the hospital. I suppose I should stick up for my right for a 'normal' birth instead of being fast-tracked for a c-sec simply because I had one last time, thereby saving operating paraphernalia, chemicals and bandages?!! Unfortunately it means a long round trip in the car and as it will be DH and I alone at last for a few hours, away from our three + the teenage cousin visiting from abroad, there will probably be a coffee in a secluded corner somewhere!

Other than that, um, some weeding? Probably picking a bit of home-produce, the usual sort of stuff.
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Post: # 117698Post Millymollymandy
Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:08 am

I'm getting my old knitting out that day! :lol:
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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117699Post ina
Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:36 am

Work, as usual, with a meeting in the afternoon, so I'll probably be home later than usual. At the moment I'm trying to keep up with raspberries, red and black currants, gooseberries etc, plus knitting a Guernsey for a friend, so if I do have any time and strength left after work, it'll be something along those lines!
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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117792Post Tink
Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:05 am

Well, I have now declared August 13th in my world, sacred! I do have to work in the afternoon, but have decided to start measuring up the chicken house, and run. I'd love to let them wander, but we have a fox problem here. But it will be lovely! And a very big space. We are also going to draw up the plans actual, for the potato planting areas, and start preparation. We are putting nearly the whole lot to spud this year, in the hope that it will clear the garden!

I have inherited a large very badly weedy (some have 6 inches round storks), and they will not go! We have tried everything! Any ideas peeps, it would be much appreciated! Money is an issue and I have spend £3,800 on it already and can't see what I have done! Money has now run out! I have a disability and have to pay for hard garden work to be done! Is the Spud year a good one? :?

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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 117865Post SarahJane
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:24 am

Well I shall be working in the morning but will make a special effort to do something selfsufficientish in the afternoon, whether it be making some chutney, pickling vegetables or sitting down and planning what I can plant in my garden in Autumn. :flower:

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Post: # 117907Post Peggy Sue
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:54 am

Great I love a challenge. I keep trying to add to my list of 'good' things I do so I'll have to decide what will happen that day. Made Mayo this week for the first time (one of the few things I still get thats ready made), perhaps I'll do salad cream- saw a recipe yesterday

Really want to have a go at making butter but it may be ambitious for a weekday :?
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Post: # 117985Post SarahJane
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:02 am

Peggy Sue wrote:Great I love a challenge. I keep trying to add to my list of 'good' things I do so I'll have to decide what will happen that day. Made Mayo this week for the first time (one of the few things I still get thats ready made), perhaps I'll do salad cream- saw a recipe yesterday

Really want to have a go at making butter but it may be ambitious for a weekday :?


Oooh! Homemade salad cream and mayo....would you mind posting the recipes, I wouldnt mind having a go at making some of that. :flower:

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Post: # 117998Post Peggy Sue
Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:54 am

Have to check the salad cream...only read it once but the mayo I did twice- teh first time was bit like helmans- creamy, not any 'background' flavours and quite white. You whisk 2 egg yolks, gradually (drop by drop to start with) add 1/2 pint olive oil whisking all the time- bazzarly it turns from yellow to white. Add a bit of lemon juice and season.

The second time I did mayo it was more like a french style mayo, bit tangy: 3 egg yolks, 1 tbs wine/cider vinegar, whisk in 1/2 pt olive oil, add lemon juice and season.

Its a five minute job and really nice- remember its raw egg yolk though so short shelf life and not for anyone with a dodgy constitution!
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Re: Countdown to Selfsufficientish Day August 13th.

Post: # 118040Post Cheezy
Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:25 am

:pale: errm I'll be at a customers in Germany, having flown out the previous day and flying back the next...
I will however after the factory work walk down to the gasthoff I say in (200m), before crossing the road to the local brewery to eat and drink, so no travel miles there!


I'll have to make up with extra work in the allotment/bread/jam/chutney/beer/cider making


Andy, let us know how the cut throat goes I've always been tempted.
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