Digging out the compost

Why we will stop using the Green Johanna

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Back in January 2011 in a bid to be more eco-friendly my family and I started using a Green Johanna hot composter. The idea was that we would reduce the amount of organic waste we put into landfill and produce compost for the garden. We originally considered a Green Cone which in hindsight may have [...]
Awesome sunrise

OK….. so it has been a while

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It has been over a year since I last posted here. The reasons are many but mostly I have not had much to write about; I am still making jams and chutneys but there is nothing new that I really feel deserves a post. I do have some additional content coming on the Green Johanna but I expect that soon [...]
Nice shot of a pea plant on the windowsill

Spring 2013

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Today Bella and I tidied up the garden after winter, we had a great time and it only really took the afternoon! The first thing we did was empty our bird feeders. These have mostly been used by the squirrels, and most of the seed has been left untouched, which could be the red kites (which [...]
Smith and Allan anti-wax additive

Car winter survival kit & snow socks

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I am a prepper. There I said it. I am not a nut, nor am I preparing for nuclear war/ the collapse of society/ alien invasion; I prep for  more mundane things such as power cuts, or my car not starting in winter, or being stuck in my car in the snow. That is what this post is all about; preparing to [...]
17 sacks of wood, all that was left of the tree

Using a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe to cut up a big tree

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Last year I chopped down a big tree that had been threatening to damage a neighbouring property. I also (a bit earlier) got my first axe, a Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, and a wood grenade. After a bit of a delay (a few months) I have now finished cutting up (into fuel sized pieces) what was [...]
Pose for the camera!

Pea and Potato Crop 2013

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Last year our pea and potato harvest was not the best. Of course you can’t expect to get much out of a small raised planter, during the worst summer on UK record but this year we are going to try to “maximise our return” (grow more stuff) by getting started a bit earlier. Last year we planted our [...]
RM-UC1 Photoirmote cablemod circuit diagram

PhotoIRmote CableMod for Olympus RM-UC1

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Late last year I borrowed my mother in laws DSLR camera for a weekend. 5 months later I returned it (following repeated requests), I loved it and the photos it made possible, and I also began planning some types of photo I’d like to take, like Star Trails. The (recommended) way of taking these with [...]
Potassium permanganate crystals before grinding

Chemical Fire

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DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN FACT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING. CLEAR? GOOD! This post sadly lacks any photos of actual fire, but if you would like to know what this is about do a Google search on “video potassium glycerol“. Cool isn’t it! I first saw this [...]
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Chutneys, Jams and Jellies

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A month or so ago I wrote a series of posts about chutneys, jellies and jams, but I didn’t write anything about how they tasted (as I didn’t know), so here is a short post on how they all turned out. (more…)
Anthony looking worried

Mountains!

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So my last post was a bit rubbish (as was the total lack of any posts in December). Here then are some fantastic shots from a climbing weekend earlier in the month. This year was the 10th annual BOGIES (Bath Old Git’s in Exile) Graduate Mountaineering club, we stayed in Pete’s Eats Flat (a bit of a [...]
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