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by ChrisG
30 Jun 2015, 22:05
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Chris's garden makeover
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Re: Chris's garden makeover

We (well, OH mostly) finished the fence around the vegetable plot. It even has a gateway with an arbour sort of affair over the top. http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff438/RuthGlover/General%20Garden/Greenhouse%20project/DSC05026_zpseryukfon.jpg http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff438/RuthGlove...
by ChrisG
30 Jun 2015, 13:45
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Chris's garden makeover
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Re: Chris's garden makeover

I simply love hostas - maybe I can create a national collection yike*
by ChrisG
29 Jun 2015, 18:28
Forum: Other Gardening; Flowers, Care & Maintenance
Topic: Chris's garden makeover
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Chris's garden makeover

Spreckly mentioned that I used to post photos of my garden renovations. I had forgotten, so I will start again. Today I cleared a particular corner. There was a low wall (falling down) surrounding a holly bush or two. The path has not been cleared for many years - if ever - and was covered in matted...
by ChrisG
20 Jun 2015, 17:57
Forum: Just for Pets
Topic: Pets on a car journey
Replies: 8
Views: 3306

Re: Pets on a car journey

When I travel with my dog, she is always crated for the journey. The last long journey I did was about 6 hours. I stopped a couple of times to let her and me have a toilet break, but I didn't feed her the whole time (she wouldn't normally eat between breakfast and tea anyway) and although she apprec...
by ChrisG
05 Oct 2012, 09:07
Forum: DIY & Recycling Projects
Topic: broken china
Replies: 1
Views: 1155

broken china

This is a question rather than a tip. Yesterday, I bought a really pretty vintage teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug. Without laying the blame at someone's door, the bags were clunked together on the way home and the handle of the milk jug was broken Does anyone know the best glue (or other method) for...
by ChrisG
05 Oct 2012, 08:55
Forum: DIY & Recycling Projects
Topic: An evening unblocking the toilet
Replies: 9
Views: 3552

Re: An evening unblocking the toilet

Sounds like you had a fun evening - not! Must remember the mop and bag trick for next time ours blocks. Can you still buy those big black plunger things? They used to be in everyone's house at one time, but havent seen one for years. Never heard of the dead animal in the septic tank though. Where we...
by ChrisG
25 Jun 2012, 23:30
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Savvy shopping
Replies: 62
Views: 6870

Re: Savvy shopping

To be honest, I have had concerns that these eggs might not be what they appear. Cant wait to get my own hens, though that is unlikely to be any time soon, sadly.
by ChrisG
25 Jun 2012, 19:14
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Savvy shopping
Replies: 62
Views: 6870

Re: Savvy shopping

Ald1 claims their eggs are free range and they cost £1 for 6.
by ChrisG
25 Jun 2012, 08:27
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: What tinned food do you buy?
Replies: 31
Views: 4254

Re: What tinned food do you buy?

Chopped tomatoes (for convenience), sweetcorn and tuna, and the occasional tin of corned beef or Heinz tomato soup. Everything else is fresh or frozen.
by ChrisG
24 Jun 2012, 13:47
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Making ends meet
Replies: 57
Views: 8358

Re: Making ends meet

A phrase oft quoted by my parents was 'look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves'. I translate that to the economy. I think if more people bought what they needed rather than what they wanted (or consider needs when they really arent, like 42" TVs to replace a perfectly s...
by ChrisG
24 Jun 2012, 13:40
Forum: Environmental, Green & Ethical Issues
Topic: no more shampoo
Replies: 16
Views: 5071

Re: no more shampoo

I too have naturally curly hair with frizzy tendencies (when I was small I used to get teased mercilessly because my hair grew outwards instead of downwards!); it is also very very dry, especially at the ends. So I was worried that going shampooless might make things worse. To my surprise it hasnt a...
by ChrisG
24 Jun 2012, 09:45
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Making ends meet
Replies: 57
Views: 8358

Re: Making ends meet

LL, thank you for that well written post and Stef, thank you for your response. We are at the stage where we too ought to be beginning to sit back and enjoy life, but because of circumstances we have little in the way of savings and Hubby is still working (such as he can get - 9 hours a week doesnt ...
by ChrisG
23 Jun 2012, 22:54
Forum: Environmental, Green & Ethical Issues
Topic: no more shampoo
Replies: 16
Views: 5071

Re: no more shampoo

Havent heard of that one Spreckly. I spoke too soon re the greasy stage. That started soon after the last post and is just beginning to go now. If I hadnt read about it previously, I might have given up, but having been forewarned, I persevered. Hair is still soft and very clean after each wash and ...
by ChrisG
23 Jun 2012, 08:56
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Savvy shopping
Replies: 62
Views: 6870

Re: Savvy shopping

Per person. It's so much harder to do if there is only one of you.
by ChrisG
23 Jun 2012, 08:37
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Savvy shopping
Replies: 62
Views: 6870

Re: Savvy shopping

I was reading last night about 1.4 million people in the world living on £1 a day. In May, there is the 'below the line' charity challenge where for five days, people in the UK (and other places) live on £1 a day (and they are not allowed to shop the week before and live off stores!) to raise money ...