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by Viper254
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lockdown reading
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: Lockdown reading

Read more than I've read for years over lockdown and I'm keen to keep it up if I can. We are having more evenings where we're just sat reading, rather than TV or DIY, which are our usual evening pursuits. Chewed through some Aldous Huxley, got some James Hogg next. I haven't really bought books for ...
by Viper254
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Butterflies
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Butterflies

Pleased to report a good selection of butterflies this year in the West Midlands. As you say though, my brussels are doing pretty well...
by Viper254
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 42
Views: 20130

Re: For saving money around the house!

Do you have a supply of wood ready to use Viper - dried and seasoned? It can be a tad expensive if you have to go and buy from an empty storage space. Trees normally come down autumn and winter don't they so won't be ready till a year hence at least. I took down two trees last May, so my first self...
by Viper254
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Lock down clear outs
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Lock down clear outs

Lockdown was spectacularly good skip pickings for me. I have been nabbing old pallets for winter kindling (hoping to heat nearly solely on woodburner power this winter) and also got my hands on loads of old pots, hanging baskets... all sorts of stuff that just appeared on the pavement. Books, too. P...
by Viper254
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Walnut tree
Replies: 47
Views: 23713

Re: Walnut tree

Thanks for the advice. I'll leave the fallen ones for the squirrels for now and I'll keep my eye open in September and see how many nuts I can gather :)
by Viper254
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Walnut tree
Replies: 47
Views: 23713

Re: Walnut tree

Just need to suss out what to do with them; I've got little piles of these green fruity things that have fallen off the tree. How do I get to a nut from here? If I try and peel it, it's a bit on the fleshy side
by Viper254
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Walnut tree
Replies: 47
Views: 23713

Re: Walnut tree

Resurrecting an ancient thread for what appears to be the fourth or so time; we've come to the realisation that what I thought was a birch is a walnut tree, and we're being peppered with walnuts falling down from above. This is a big tree, and probably the same age as the 40-odd year old hazelnut it...
by Viper254
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 46
Views: 24068

Re: No plastic

I don't know if you get anything from Amazon delivered? Every month or so I order a set of drum sticks - when they arrive (it breaks my heart) they're always in a box that's maybe a foot by half a foot and stuffed with brown paper. The brown paper can be folded into little bags and used for wrapping...
by Viper254
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 42
Views: 20130

Re: For saving money around the house!

As somebody working at home, I've been acutely aware of increasing costs of this. Normally, it doesn't bother me too much - I make a flask of coffee in the morning, which keeps me going for the day. I am careful not to snack too much. A lot of soup gets eaten - prep in the morning, get up at about 1...
by Viper254
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 19991

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Mrs. Viper (she would hate it if she knew I called her that, not least because we aren't married) works for a University admissions office. Almost all universities are adopting the online/hybrid approach, but they're acutely aware of the social effect of that first term lost, and they're all very ke...
by Viper254
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: A newbie oldie!!
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: A newbie oldie!!

Hiyo :)
by Viper254
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Change of Lifestyle

We've also struggled getting stuff secondhand from shops locally. I sell a huge amount on eBay (I break motorcycles for parts) I have been selling stuff at an incredible rate as people turn to projects they have in their garage as a way to kill time. This means I need a steady supply of cardboard bo...
by Viper254
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 92
Views: 40821

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Lettuce, chard, spinach, broad beans and a few strawberries are starting to roll in :)
by Viper254
Wed May 13, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 92
Views: 40821

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Just got my first "crop" of lemonbalm in this morning - going to dry it for tea, which I was too slow to do last year :)

I've missed it over the winter months!
by Viper254
Tue May 12, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 80
Views: 12926

Re: Self Isolation

You know, I've quite grown into this lock down thing. I don't think I'll be getting out and about much even when and if ever they extend the rules for the over 70s. It's quite an education in being self sufficient in time management! I know that there are thousands of suggestions as to what you can...