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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    Preparing for Winter V
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    Preparing for Winter V 26th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM

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    Hi everyone,

    As the last 'preparing for winter' thread has now grown quite long, I think it's time for a new one, and what better time of year to begin to prepare than the end of November

    So here goes....a shiny new thread. Please post below all your preparations for winter. If you want to read through the tips on the older threads you can find them here:

    Preparing for Winter

    Preparing for winter II

    Preparing for winter III

    Preparing for winter IV

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    the ice man cometh! (merged with keeping warm)

    Things that worked or didn't work last winter

    Frugal but happy in winter?

    Winter checklist

    Lets hope it's a good one for all of us.

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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 14th Dec 17, 7:18 PM
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    I haven't heard why elona but Asthma UK were running a scarf and warm air to breathe campaign last year and now do it as a precaution. It plays havoc with my glasses though - they fog up that's one problem in life I just can't find a solution for
    Originally posted by fuddle
    Breathing in cold air can raise your blood pressure and lead to a heart attack. Also, if possible, try INHALING through your nose to help warm the air which goes into your lungs and EXHALING through you mouth.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 15th Dec 17, 9:28 AM
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    After two weeks of sub zero temps we finally got some snow and things have heated up
    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th Dec 17, 10:36 AM
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    Breathing in through a scarf is very much old school, cold air into lungs can cause bronchospasms and that can trigger asthma. All the older people went about with scarves over nose and mouth in those days, also protected against the awful air pollution. Cold can incite inflammation in the airways and it dries up essential mucus. Cold can cause arteries to constrict and that raises blood pressure. Anyone feeling chest pain in the cold should see a doctor

    I am back on internet thank goodness, I missed you all. My massive stash of candles is working fantastically, really helping eke out the 10kg bags of pellets, I have to manhandle each bag of pellets, into the house then up and into the stove. At the moment I have two pillar candles in metal lanterns and you can feel good heat from them, plus two dinner candles in wee willie winkie holders, stearin candles not paraffin. Ooh that just gave me a flashback, going to the hardware shop with a can and them filling the can from a big smelly tank in the shop, then filling a lamp with a wick for light and a little warmth in the outside toilet
    • kittie
    • By kittie 18th Dec 17, 8:07 AM
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    I have let my house temperature drop gradually, by a couple of degrees and my body has adapted I certainly don`t feel at all cold. Candles are working brilliantly and I am tending to just have a few candles on in the evenings, I do have a stash mountain so it might well be different if I had to buy them now, I only burn stearin candles. If there is sun in the day, then I know that I will not need the stove in the evening. It is the fact that my body has adapted so well that pleases me, adaptation is one of the signs of good health btw

    My bed is warm, wool duvet and a welsh blanket on top with wool bedding protector and an electric underblanket, which I switch on for half an hour. I wake up warm, not hot and that warmth stays with me. No heating on again this morning, it won`t be needed and it is saving me from carrying loads of pellets. Naturally I will do things differently if we get sub zero outside temperatures again and no sun

    Also I absolutely make sure to take my immune syrup every single day, it is made from elderberry, rosehip and blackcurrants. I also grow a lot of blackcurrants on the allotment and eat them every single day, often raw in cereal as they seem to sweeten after freezing. Also wonderful for eye health
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Dec 17, 4:14 PM
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    A fading blood red sky in the west and great swathes of grey fluffy clouds, looking up to the field nehind my garden, bare apple trees in silhouette against that sky. It certainly looks like the bleak mid winter, not a breath of wind and not a speck of life, apart from 2 fat rams staring in

    These winter preps have got to include entertainment and I have just been watching cracker, 2nd dvd, on my revitalised laptop, one that gave up on me. I took everything off it and took it offline, after the kiss of life . That only leaves my very important m/s money and my cd/dvd playing facility. Having kondoed the dvds the other day, I am slowly watching many others before removing. Cracker was too spread out on my tv screen but is perfect on the laptop with good screen resolution and I get to sit sideways on a very comfy sofa with a plump feather cushion behind me. I just have to forget about the cadburys fingers lurking in the next room. They are for christmas week
    • Thriftkitten
    • By Thriftkitten 7th Jan 18, 8:12 AM
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    Good Morning Preppers
    Happy New Year, I hope all your prepping has paid off and you are all enjoying a snuggly warm winter.
    I have noticed that the threat hasn't been posted on for a while, is there a new thread that follows on for this, or is everyone hibernating?
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    • alice-mary
    • By alice-mary 7th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
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    I have noticed that the threat hasn't been posted on for a while, is there a new thread that follows on for this, or is everyone hibernating?
    Originally posted by Thriftkitten
    I was thinking the same thing too!
    I am all cosy at the moment but have been looking at the weather in the USA right now and wondering if any of it will head it's way over here to the UK...... now I LOVE the snow but oh my goodness, that looks horrendous!
    I have looked at different weather sites but I can't decipher the technical jargon so I guess I'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I'll keep the stores (food, water and fuel) topped up and keep an eye on the forecast.

    Stay warm and safe everybody,

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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 7th Jan 18, 8:34 AM
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    Morning, we're not too bad down here in Hampshire this morning it's 2 deg out there but with the brusque wind it's more like -3 deg outside this morning. I know it's winter and cold when the first thing I do in the morning by way of housework is clear the wood burner of ashes and lay up todays fire ready to go before making the morning cuppa!
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 7th Jan 18, 8:35 AM
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    I've been looking at the pics of America too, looks really miserable that! We've still got frozen snow lying- not deep - and it's currently minus 3.
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 7th Jan 18, 8:42 AM
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    It's cold here but not too cold. I use the room thermometer in the kitchen as a guide - it's been known to drop below 14 degrees some mornings when I first get up. I have the windows open but will close those before I get my girls up as they complain, otherwise They think it's freezing whereas I think it's crisp
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 7th Jan 18, 8:47 AM
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    I have been doing the maths and working out the cost of heating my home with wood pellets v electric plus the cost of heating the water, (physics stuff) wood pellets are now in short supply in europe and have increased in price due to several pellet power stations coming online and shortage of suitable wood. It actually works out far cheaper to heat individual rooms with electric, only because of the fanatastic insulation here so no energy loss. I have told my two neighbours as they were starting to fret over the pellet price.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 7th Jan 18, 9:04 AM
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    I think councils will do away with coal heating like mine, and one day we will be forced to go electric and that fills me with dread. Because a coal fire heats the stone walls here and electric does not. If they take out the heating then I'll make them leave the fireplace and chimney intact, and use it as an open fire.
    This house has 3 chimneys - one was a fireplace in the main bedroom, placed in the dividing wall between it and the back bedroom, which is absolutely baltic. When that fire was in use, the two rooms would have been far cosier, but health & safety ruined that. It was blocked up when I moved in or I would have used it.
    Apparently the 3rd chimney was for a boiler in the kitchen, for doing the washing, but I can't find any neighbours who remember where it was or how it worked.
    • Thriftkitten
    • By Thriftkitten 7th Jan 18, 10:10 AM
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    I'm trying to decide if I should join in with the grocery challenge, I did it some years ago with a spreadsheet which worked well but I can't seem to find my way back to where I found it.... For this month I think I will do the saving of all receipts so that I know where I am, start right at the beginning....
    It's currently showing at 4c here in sunny St Ives but we have a bitterly cold easterly wind being right on the end of the country so I am hesitant to move but mother feels there may be some people out and about wanting fudge today So hi ho it's off to work I go.... I'm hoping my only spend today will be some lamb and leeks as I rather fancy a lamb stew with dumplings done in the pressure cooker.... Ohhh comfort food to warm my cockles as my toes have been cold for days it feels... Dosen't help that I have this laminate in the livingroom but I have had the hot water bottle on repeat while I'm sitting and knitting...
    If anyone has the right road to the spead sheet I'd be eternally greatful as I seem to be going round in circles here and might as well strike while the iron is hot....
    Stay cozy from a very blustery St Ives
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    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 7th Jan 18, 4:50 PM
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    We are struggling this winter - we moved in Feb to our new house and it’s quite drafty and hard to keep the heat in. We do try and keep the doors closed (kids forget a lot) the kitchen is the coldest room (old single brick extension) and I find that makes the downstairs very cold.

    Upstairs heats up really well and can get very hot so the roof insulation is good and the bedrooms are toastie! We will have to live with the kitchen for a couple of years as it is a big job so will have to wait! We can’t close it off as the cats food and litter box is through there.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 7th Jan 18, 4:54 PM
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    Could you keep the kitchen door shut and install an internal cat flap in that door so the kitchen doesnt suck out heat from the rest of the house but the cat can still access food and little via an internal cat flap ?
    Last edited by Primrose; 07-01-2018 at 6:06 PM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 7th Jan 18, 5:08 PM
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    Hot water bottle night tonight! I've felt cold all day since I went out earlier. Bed socks too.

    I bought a men's plaid shirt from a charity shop and I wear it over my pyjamas and it keeps me really warm. The fabric looks very thin, but it is 100% cotton and works for some reason.


    I've been looking at the pics of America too, looks really miserable that! We've still got frozen snow lying- not deep - and it's currently minus 3.
    Originally posted by mardatha
    My online friends from the US say the cold is brutal.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Jan 18, 11:39 AM
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    It is a truly horrible day, no wind, grey, cold, feels damp out. Bone chilling if you go out. Warmth in the house is being maintained well via electric heaters with therostats and I am also burning 3 candles from my (still) very large stash. Occupying myself with prep for food cooking and will soon get down to knitting for the rest of the day

    It is so grim today that I left my heavy curtain closed upstairs and the heater is on 18 degrees, warming the bedroom and en suite. It is a safe heater btw. Downstairs 19 in the open plan living area and passive lakeland towel rail (90w) on all day in the hall. Making a difference and easier than the pellets

    Bedsocks at night make a big difference to being cosy and comfortable when sleeping
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 8th Jan 18, 1:15 PM
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    Wish I could post a pic here kittie - its a gorgeous day up here, blue skies bright sun and glittering frozen snow on around. Was minus 6 earlier but it hasn't risen much, Edinburgh airport recorded minus 9. I had to wrap a scarf around my face when I went out to the PostVan as the air is so cold that breathing hurt. I'm cooking lamb chops and then going to settle down to knitting as well
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 8th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    We've had twilight all day and it's been cold but the wind has dropped so not as bone-achingly cold as it was yesterday. The light has been very odd and we've needed lights on all day in the house too. Tomorrow we're due rain and then it warms up a bit for the rest of the week according to the weather forecast.
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    • zeupater
    • By zeupater 8th Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    I have been doing the maths and working out the cost of heating my home with wood pellets v electric plus the cost of heating the water, (physics stuff) wood pellets are now in short supply in europe and have increased in price due to several pellet power stations coming online and shortage of suitable wood. It actually works out far cheaper to heat individual rooms with electric, only because of the fanatastic insulation here so no energy loss. I have told my two neighbours as they were starting to fret over the pellet price.
    Originally posted by kittie
    Hi

    You've hit the nail on the head there, keeping the heat in is key to affordable comfort over the winter months!

    Our insulation is well above most, but anyone would be doing well to better energy consumption mentioned in this 'Vriconian' blog which looks to have a similar setup to ours - Winter's arrived in an energy efficient home ... other interesting blog entries also cover solar power for electricity & hot water heating, small heat-pumps, burning logs etc, effectively they're using a number of available heat sources in combination as required to meet the conditions at the time which might be interesting to compare to your own £maths/physics ...

    HTH
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