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    • elona
    • By elona 15th May 17, 9:18 PM
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    fuddle

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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 15th May 17, 9:59 PM
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    Oh goody, goody Fuddle. Are you really going to be using your tablet again?

    It was such fun the first time you used it, I've seldom laughed so much.

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    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 16th May 17, 8:04 AM
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    Many, many thanks for your kind comments earlier. They helped a lot as mostly these days I just feel very dull and boring
    Pleased to say that dog, after many vets visits (good job we are preppers and have emergency vets savings account), has recovered again from IBS and is regaining weight. Dogs react badly to stress (I didn't know this when we adopted him, quite a learning curve) and it has been a little difficult and stressful here recently.
    MrC dislocated his shoulder again a few weeks ago, and this time there is residual nerve damage so I've been rushing round like a woman possessed trying to plant the allotments, see to the bees, care for MrC and gallop back round our estate with buckets of hot water and disinfectant after walking the poor dog (that's quite enough detail I think).
    BUT I'm so grateful for being a prepper, because for the past four weeks we've lived on produce from the plot, the contents of our freezer and pantry and I've only needed to shop twice. (Fresh fruit , potatoes and cheese) All of the stored food has been a huge asset, and really helped me survive this relatively small domestic disaster. It's also made me appreciate the real sense of being as prepared as possible, not so much for global catastrophes, but for the daily obstacles life tries to trip us up with.
    And reading this thread, especially over the past days, has made me realise that I'm not alone in trying to deal with some of the restrictions that growing older, and unexpected illness and accidents can suddenly impose. It's also made me appreciate the real value of being prepared for unexpected disasters (vet fund and well stocked cupboards have been invaluable).
    So many , many thanks to all of you, this thread has been a real inspiration to me recently.
    Off now to walk the poor dog. Fingers crossed that life can now begin to return for what passes for normality here
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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 16th May 17, 8:34 AM
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    Aww Cappella, so glad your dog is much better! Poor Mr C though. Wishing him well. Sounds as if you've been rushed off your feet! especially with the hot water and disinfectant thing, not fun at all xx
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 16th May 17, 10:16 AM
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    One of the scouts Kims game kits consists almost entirely of flammables. They look so bemused at a a bent nail, a lump of flint & a tube of lip balm, let alone the other stuff, it's great fun.
    Mind, the handful of dryer fluff needs replacing - a shrewd explorer scout took "just a pinch" to get his campfire off to a solid start & thus another bathtowel wash is indicated as his pals realised & came & emptied the tub! Their leader should have made them turn out their trouser pockets & inspect the seams...
    However, I confess I rather blench at "what do they keep in their pocketses", let alone finding out just how flammable is a c*ndom, so although there is one in the Kim's game kit, we do encourage young minds to realise inflammable! as well as other uses.

    All strength Capella! And well done keeping on doing so much where a lesser woman would have deliberately dropped several of the balls...
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th May 17, 12:41 PM
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    Back to my outdoor prepping, so its raining, so what? It is going to rain all day,36 semperviviums arrived this morning and I can`t keep them hanging around, they are very nice plugs again from ebay. I prepped the 4 large containers the other day, in the hot sun and they are mostly gravel at the bottom, then grit with sand and a bit of john innes. I just put a layer of grit on top and using a gloved finger, poked a hole for each plug. That was all I had to do, now to wait. I made several of these pots two years ago, when I had just started garden future prep because watering this dry sun trap is awful, all water is stored water and much has to be carried up steps. Looking at the 2 year old pots, honestly they are so attractive and so easy care. No-one would think that they can be ignored wrt care, as long as they have very gritty poor soil, they thrive

    I am also prepping for myself, ie my body and have been on a cycle ride, up a few hilly sections. I can`t believe how well my body performs doing this as I am no lightweight for my height. I always come back happy. I won`t be ignoring the elastic that adds strength to my arm muscles and the pilates ring that I squeeze a few times, arms and knees. None of it is onerous, strength will vanish fast, if I let it
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 16th May 17, 1:10 PM
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    Cappella, you keep bees? I'd love it if you'd post about what you're actually doing week to week with them.

    Not during your present emergencies, of course! Sounds like you have a tremendous amount on your plate - and yep, this is the kind of reality that prepping is really for, and you're doing brilliantly at all of it!

    I can't wait to get home - just got to let the dishwasher finish doing its thing, and I'm off
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    • lillibet dripping
    • By lillibet dripping 16th May 17, 1:14 PM
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    With all the NHS computer problems, I'm a little jumpy at the moment. Just watching the 1 o'clock news and Freesat has gone down? All channels lost from the 'Guide' too?
    Any ideas?
    Lilli
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    • jk0
    • By jk0 16th May 17, 5:19 PM
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    With all the NHS computer problems, I'm a little jumpy at the moment. Just watching the 1 o'clock news and Freesat has gone down? All channels lost from the 'Guide' too?
    Any ideas?
    Lilli
    Originally posted by lillibet dripping
    I used to get this on Sky during heavy rain.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 16th May 17, 8:15 PM
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    Well, the pooters may be in peril but me archery is coming on in leaps and bounds. Four golds (two tens and two nines) in one end and one of the tens was on the cross-hairs.

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    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 17th May 17, 8:31 AM
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    That's brilliant shooting Greyqueen Well done that woman! What's your draw? I'm glad you're on our side

    Karmacat, Ivyleaf and digforvictory - thank you, but I'm not really superwoman b it's a good job you can't see the state of my house after the past four weeks MrC had already prepared all of the beds on the plot, and put the potatoes in, so mostly I just watered,hoed, raked and sowed beans, chards, spinach, peas, beetroot, and more salad crops. It wasn't too bad really, just took a lot of time. We have a strimmer so the grass paths are fairly easy to keep under control, and a little mantis tiller which makes things much less strenuous. The sweet corn is going in today and then we're almost planted up.
    As Kittie said, it's all good strength developing exercise and that's a huge bonus at my age.

    Karmacat - this time of year the bees just need to be checked every week and any multiple queen cells need to be knocked down to prevent swarming. its just a question of checking the brood frames really. One hive had just one queen cell in the middle of worker bee brood, and MrC told me to leave it, as he thinks the workers are feeding her to replace the existing old queen. Regicide in the hive then when she hatches, very Shakespearean! We have 8 hives, its MrCs passion rather than mine but I'm learning very fast and fortunately don't react to bee stings though I don't have Granny Wetherwaxes talent with the bees

    Lilibet - it happens here with Sky in very bad weather but our freesat is ok at the moment, could be your box?
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    • jk0
    • By jk0 17th May 17, 8:47 AM
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    Anyone read recently about bee sting therapy for MS? Amazing but painful treatment. (Poor bees aren't too happy either, as they die after stinging.)
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 17th May 17, 9:12 AM
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    Lillibet - hope your Freesat is all right now. Ours has been fine.
    • lillibet dripping
    • By lillibet dripping 17th May 17, 2:40 PM
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    Lillibet - hope your Freesat is all right now. Ours has been fine.
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    Thanks Ivy - it seems OK now. Weather was absolutely gorgeous so nothing to do with wind or rain.
    As I said, anything out of the ordinary at the moment .....
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 17th May 17, 4:04 PM
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    36 lb on an American flat bow, cappella. I can draw 45 lb but with difficulty, Teach said I could draw 45 lb easily but not with only one 2 hr practise session a week, I wouldn't be doing enough archery to keep my muscles conditioned for that poundage. Archery uses the minor muscles of the arm and shoulder so it's not like some gym rat with bulging biceps is going to be any good at it - there's a fair overlap with the same muscles being used by climbers, apparently (Teach teaches climbing and archery and canoeing too).

    Most amusingly, one of my classmates (I'm the only one not using a recurve) had a go with Teach's flat bow and their arrows went all over the shop, they hadn't realised that they're a lot more difficult to use than moden bows. They looked at me wiv respekt afterwards, lol.

    For non-archery people, the American flat bow is a development on the trad longbow (eg Robin Hood stylee) made possible by improvements in adhesives in the 1920s - it's laminated you see.

    Mind you, I find the trad longbows very difficult to use but can't be arrissed with recurves although they dismantle and pack away very sexily into sniper-style carry-cases. And they have sights.

    Rest assured, come the zombie apocalypse, I have your back. It may be full of arrows like a hedgehog has spines, but I have it.

    Just taking five with a cuppa after w*rk and will be heading up to the lottie - the rain we've just had won't have watered the cold frame so I have to go up to deal with that and check that the weeds aren't getting insolent.

    ETA; the leeks have germinated! Phew, sowed them on 20/04 and hadn't seen any until now. What a relief. Spent 5 mins on the plot, watered cold frame, hacked off some chard leaves and picked some mint, dumped rotables and headed home. Very humid here and seems likely to rain again - bring it
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    • daz378
    • By daz378 17th May 17, 6:27 PM
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    My dads funeral yesterday all went well especially different parts of family not arguing , ashes are being interred in a couple of weeks in his local church where he was quite active..

    i have a wicker wall unit but the glass shelf broke will replace with wood but need a piece cutting for it only 65cm/29cm will B&Q do something like that not a big job....still filling up my veg and beans tinned cupboard..... you all take care
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 17th May 17, 7:11 PM
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    Oh daz, so glad the funeral went all right x
    • jk0
    • By jk0 17th May 17, 8:26 PM
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    i have a wicker wall unit but the glass shelf broke will replace with wood but need a piece cutting for it only 65cm/29cm will B&Q do something like that not a big job
    Originally posted by daz378
    Not sure about B&Q. I think you only need to go to a glaziers shop with one of the other shelves, and they should be able to cut one the same.
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 17th May 17, 8:29 PM
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    Anyone read recently about bee sting therapy for MS? Amazing but painful treatment. (Poor bees aren't too happy either, as they die after stinging.)
    Originally posted by jk0
    If there is anything in this then that is brilliant news - I would not wish something like MS on my worst enemy.
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 17th May 17, 8:35 PM
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    And they have sights.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    You can fit a sight on a straight bow.
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