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by Skippy
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Omelette
Replies: 16
Views: 6879

Re: Omelette

A couple of years ago a friend made custard in a brass jam , proper custard with eggs and cream , and that too turned a lovely shade of green , but somehow much less appetising than the green custard we remembered from our school days. We thought better of it and remade it in an iron pot.
by Skippy
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

doofaloofa wrote:I'm sure the towel dispenser came in very handy

Very handy as she had the towels to go with it. Slightly less handy now as we've used them all . The dispenser's still on the wall in the downstairs toilet though.
by Skippy
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

I may have told this story before I'm not sure but I'll tell it again. Around 12-13years ago my other half was working in an office. The firm was shutting down and she had the option of redundancy or moving to a different office 30 miles away. She accepted redundancy and to cap it all because the fi...
by Skippy
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

. No idea why such a good item was going free though - lots of wear left in it. Some years ago I worked for a firm that did work for the banks. Some of it was complete refurbs , tearing out perfectly good interiors just to replace with new( tearing out is accurate as well , very rarely was there an...
by Skippy
Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

Sorry , yes that was the plan , didn't really make myself clear .Cheap charity shop jeans , rip and wear.
by Skippy
Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

One thing I forgot to add was the trend of late for ripped jeans. My daughter has asked us about getting some for her so we'll probably try the charity shop route first but I do struggle with the concept really. If I patch up the holes in the knees of my jeans it's "scruffy" to some but if...
by Skippy
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 10399

Re: Not buying new

I'll readily admit to using eBay , second hand and charity shops. I also have traded goods I've acquired through clearances or even by customers simply giving me stuff along with the line " can you take this , someone might have a use for it" . Only this week the other half was chuffed to ...
by Skippy
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The line between ..
Replies: 29
Views: 8669

Re: The line between ..

Funnily enough I think it's a generational thing. Of course it is. My parents both went through two world wars - naturally they never threw anything away. My mother kept several large boxes of paper scraps that were only written on on one side - well, the other side could still be used for a shoppi...
by Skippy
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The line between ..
Replies: 29
Views: 8669

Re: The line between ..

Now you see you shouldn't have chucked the rusty nails. Soaked in vinegar they make fantastic wood stain. :wink: Agreed , very clever. The nails etc went to the scrapyard along with something like a ton and a quarter of other odds and sods of steel but there is still an "amount" that I've...
by Skippy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Coffee jars
Replies: 7
Views: 2779

Re: Coffee jars

Not coffee jars but my local has started using those single serving jam jars full of beer next to the pumps. It's because a lot of the customers prefer a darker beer or vice versa and can see at a glance the colour of whatever's on that day . They still do samples as well though. Speaking to the lan...
by Skippy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The line between ..
Replies: 29
Views: 8669

Re: The line between ..

I probably lean towards being a hoarder . Blame the parents I say , both of whom wouldn't throw things away if possible. They are both sadly gone now and of course I had to clear their house. Mother hoarded , er sorry kept , clothes , bed linen , towels , soap , tins , as well as bits of paper with ...
by Skippy
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 2826

Re: Dig my own clay

You can of course use a clamp kiln . It's an ancient technique I've seen tried at an EH event a few years ago. It's almost in effect a glorified bonfire , so difficult to control and there were a number of failures from what I can remember. This is an idea of how it works , http://www.butser.org.uk/...
by Skippy
Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Can a rat do this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1247

Re: Can a rat do this?

Almost ashamed to say that we had a rat in the house last year .We think it got in via a hole in the wall where a pipe had been removed or probably more likely just walked in through the open door and became trapped when we shut the door. It soon became obvious that we had a rat , droppings and chew...
by Skippy
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2840

Re: DIY breeze blocks

Next question would I suppose be how many blocks you need. A tonne sack of sand and gravel will lower the costs per block and a reusable mould would be the way to go , however , that would then need to be equated with the time spent if that time could be used more productively.
by Skippy
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2840

Re: DIY breeze blocks

Didn't think they were that expensive . I was thinking the regular 4" blocks were about a quid each. To be honest I have a large pile of blocks that haven't cost me anything as I generally keep an eye on builders skips ( clue in my username ) where it's common to find a few at a time left over ...

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