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by Zech
Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Skills you're most proud of
Replies: 56
Views: 12515

Re: Skills you're most proud of

Skills I am proud of: Cooking from scratch (amazing how many people I know who are impressed by the fact that I can make something basic like soup or a cake! I was so lucky to learn so much from my mum) I'm with you on this one. My husband was amazed the first time he saw me cook roast potatoes sta...
by Zech
Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Skills you're most proud of
Replies: 56
Views: 12515

Re: Skills you're most proud of

OK. Things I'm good at: Teaching Statistics to Psychology undergrads (a bit specialist, this one, but it's a saleable skill) Public speaking and debating Looking at a spreadsheet full of numbers and getting excited, not scared ( :study: GEEK!) Things I'm good at that might actually be useful: Cookin...
by Zech
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Screw top wine bottles
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Screw top wine bottles

It never occurred to me they might have a shelf life - I'd say indefinitely. Mind you, I did find one of my jam jar lids (I reuse those as well) was looking a bit rusty, so I guess you might not want to use them when they get to that stage.
by Zech
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Rhubarb wine help
Replies: 10
Views: 2804

Re: Rhubarb wine help

Just curious - I'd have thought the obvious way to soften rhubarb would be to stew it, which is fairly quick. Is there a reason you're not doing that for this recipe?
by Zech
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Buy nothing new for a year challenge
Replies: 46
Views: 4151

Re: Buy nothing new for a year challenge

Does it count if someone else buys it for you? I didn't last very long either, and don't have the excuse of a generous gift coming my way. First new purchase: A pair of wellies. I did try to mend the old ones with gaffer tape, I promise! Second new purchase: A lovely, shiny jamming kettle. I even pa...
by Zech
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Wood from woods!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 8892

Re: Wood from woods!!!

A google search brought me right back here! http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3378 The Forestry Commission websites have quite a lot of information, though note that their policy varies from one area to another. I'm disappointed to learn that they're stopping the permit scheme f...
by Zech
Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: hello from Derbyshire
Replies: 12
Views: 978

Re: hello from Derbyshire

Hello Little Blue Duck :wave:

Do you have a Margo-type person living next door to peer over the fence at all your animals? :lol:
by Zech
Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: Newbie

Hello Nicola :wave:

I'm quite new here too, but I don't think that stops me saying welcome!
by Zech
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Managing other peoples expectations ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1687

Re: Managing other peoples expectations ?

Oh, what a shame! I hate it when I come up against other people's expectations of how my life should be (though at the moment, most of my friends are going too far the other way and insisting we keep chickens, goats and even, from one friend, pygmy pigs. She sounded quite shocked when I said I didn'...
by Zech
Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I think this sums it up.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: I think this sums it up.....

Why not! Now, where shall we start...?



edit: That was a joke, just in case anyone was worried :rabbit:

*Note to self: Remember to use smilies when talking to people who don't know me!
by Zech
Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I think this sums it up.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: I think this sums it up.....

I can't face reading the Telegraph in gloat mode, or thinking about politics if I can help it, but if there's any overthrowing of capitalism to be done, count me in :brave:
by Zech
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: reflecting on 2010 and new years resolutions.....
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

Re: reflecting on 2010 and new years resolutions.....

I have just one resolution, but I think it might be as big a challenge as your six, Crowsashes: Make a plan and stick to it. Having quit my job for a less structured life, I fear I'll slip into idleness all too easily. I need to work out ALL the things that need to be done throughout the year, break...
by Zech
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Tactfuly tell a friend something?
Replies: 28
Views: 3313

Re: Tactfuly tell a friend something?

How about explaining that you're a bit odd for not having all the scented things in your house (from her point of view, you probably are) and that it's made your tastebuds hypersensitive so that baking coming from a scented house tastes like soap to you. That way it's not her baking that's at fault,...
by Zech
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Buy nothing new for a year challenge
Replies: 46
Views: 4151

Re: Buy nothing new for a year challenge

I thought I'd posted on this thread before Christmas, but must have pushed the wrong button because it's not showing. Just wanted to say to Helsbells and Green Aura, thanks for the advice and I didn't mean to ignore you :icon_smile:
by Zech
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: thank god that's over
Replies: 13
Views: 1283

Re: thank god that's over

I'm glad to say my 2010 was nowhere near as bad as yours, and much sympathy to you, but I've had some bad years. The worst was when my Grandma died. It was the deterioration before she died that was tough, and she got nasty too. I'd promised her we'd never put her in a home and she had enough saving...