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The Prepping Thread - A Newer Beginning ;)

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    :pCappella, a couple I know live in a quaint cottage in a village. One wall of their sitting-room is a huge inglenook fireplace. If you visit at certain time of the year, you will find it draped in netting.


    It isn't some cultish home decor fad, it's because the jackdaws nest in the chimney. At a certain point the fledglings exit the nest, always coming straight down the chimney and into the hearth, where a cushion is waiting to catch them. The net is to stop their sooty selves flapping all over the cottage and making a terrible mess, which is what happened the first year.


    Jackdaw-catch-and-release is just part of their social calendar now - to the great bemusement of their puddytats.:rotfl:
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    Second pigeon catch-and-release happened today. Different bird, yet another in the process of becoming one legged. 'Pleasant' exchange with another staff member [strike]smiling with the Look of Death in my eyes[/strike], suggesting that the unfortunate 'Filthy Vermin' was still a living creature and attempting to kick it was not particularly nice. Said member of staff laughed. And trotted away rather quickly.


    In my old flat, because the Local Authority was a little remiss [strike]didn't believe in wasting money on repairing chimneys on blocks of flats when they could spend it on employing their mates in consultancy roles[/strike], I had the joys of various unidentified birds nesting above my living room. Fortunately, where the chimney had partially collapsed, it had blocked the top, so I never had to deal with fledglings behind the plastered up fireplace [strike]as I'd have taken a 2lb clubhammer to the work and claimed that it 'just collapsed one day' [/strike]
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    A close colleague and I compared notes on our tins this morning as we both arrived at work very early. We both come in to contact with a large number of people per day and it isn't hard to see how precarious household incomes are as things stand.

    She isn't usually a prepper as far as I know but she did acknowledge she is slowly building up her own stocks for what might happen between now and next summer. I cautiously agreed that it wouldn't be a bad thing given that there was about a week earlier this year when bad weather meant there was no milk, bread or fresh fruit and veg to be had in my local shops. At the very worst, we already have a head start on donations via work next December?

    I'd love to be growing my own produce but I live in a flat that only gets a limited amount of proper light over the winter. Outside of what I am doing, I'm going to check and refill my prep bag kept at work: couple of days of meds in addition to those I keep with me at all times, change of more comfortable clothes and socks, travel sized essential toiletries and various cupasoup-style emergency lunches and drinks. It's in a far from rural place but bad weather trapped staff there one night years ago and that won't be forgotten in a hurry!
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    singlestep wrote: »
    A close colleague and I compared notes on our tins this morning as we both arrived at work very early. We both come in to contact with a large number of people per day and it isn't hard to see how precarious household incomes are as things stand.

    She isn't usually a prepper as far as I know but she did acknowledge she is slowly building up her own stocks for what might happen between now and next summer. I cautiously agreed that it wouldn't be a bad thing given that there was about a week earlier this year when bad weather meant there was no milk, bread or fresh fruit and veg to be had in my local shops. At the very worst, we already have a head start on donations via work next December?

    I'd love to be growing my own produce but I live in a flat that only gets a limited amount of proper light over the winter. Outside of what I am doing, I'm going to check and refill my prep bag kept at work: couple of days of meds in addition to those I keep with me at all times, change of more comfortable clothes and socks, travel sized essential toiletries and various cupasoup-style emergency lunches and drinks. It's in a far from rural place but bad weather trapped staff there one night years ago and that won't be forgotten in a hurry!

    Good point. Many of us commute long distances to work. Getting stuck in the snow would be horrible.

    Personally, I am back working in the highways depot in the midlands I was working at when the Beast From The East hit last winter. My team we’re all in the depot that Thursday and left together at 2.30pm, having first checked with the gritted supervisors which was the best route back to the motorway (“best” as in”most gritted”.) One of the team still got stuck overnight, in Wiltshire, while heading home to the West Country. This year, we have already agreed to work from home if the bad weather hits first.

    I have spare drugs in my handbag, together with toothbrush and toothpaste. My high viz parka is already in the car - it’s very warm - and I will add my waterproof site-boots when I get home from New Zealand. My regular coat is virtually a duvet.

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    :) I'm very fortunate in that home and workplace are a 5 minute stroll apart so don't have the severe logistically concerns that some of you have to factor into your preps. All power to your considerations.


    Can I ask if anyone has added a small towel to their in-work emergency bags, as well as toiletries, so one could shower/ wash properly? Mebbe a thought.


    In the dreadful December of 2010, even the Sarf where I roost had appallingly cold and snowy weather. Two of my neighbours sustained broken limbs in falls here at the flats. Not the usual age groups either, one being a woman in her twenties who broke her leg about 2 yards from her door, the other a man in his forties who slipped on ice and broke his arm. We were in the bizarre position of having our block of flats surrounded by a de-facto ice rink, which made getting anywhere difficult.


    What I shall do soon is to get the yax-trax out and use some of my spare nylon webbing to make over-the-instep straps for them. Some models of YTs come with these pre-installed but mine don't and I think it would be a good idea; a pal lost one of his YTs in the Beast from the East snow this year and never did get it back again, which was a blow as he's very poor.
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    Good idea re the over the instep for the yak traks.
    I did notice they were prone to slippage but didn't think of that. Couple of hooks and a piece of broad elastic will sort that out in no time :)
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    Just a quick prepping thought for pet owners. Last year we ended up snowed in at my other-much nicer- sister in the wilds of Lincolnshire for three days. We'd gone over despite the weather warnings (stupid I know) as she wasn't at all well, and her daughter panicked and said we should go "just in case".
    Anyway, she keeps a well stocked pantry so food for us wasn't a problem but she hasn't any pets so our dog also ate extremely well for those days. It really didn't:) take him long to get used to chicken, liver and stewing steak. and we had quite a job persuading him that dried dog food was his only option when we got back.
    So now, when the weathers bad we always have an 'emergency dog bag' in the car as well as our own blankets, chocolate, flask, torch, water and first aid kit.:)
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    but NOT on the scale of the OH'S bogmageddon stash, we still have over 100 loo rolls.



    I LOVE that expression ... and glad its not just me that hoards loo roll!!!!


    thank you for the shiny new thread .. I joined the first one very early on but drifted away and need to be back on track, so hello everyone :)


    im on two weeks annual leave (cant afford to go anywhere so its a staycation, according to my teenagers!!).
    today is sorting and cleaning and binning day .. cupboards to sort so I can be on top of my meal planning :)
    need to have a rummage in the garage for the box of seeds so I can prep my veg growing this spring - haven't grown much for last couple of years ... the black dog has been laying heavy on me for the last couple of years, but is finely lifting and the future is looking brighter, for the time being at least :)


    happy prepping ladies and gents!!!


    Sue xxx
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    I have for some time wanted to try solar cooking, and will over winter see if I can collect the materials and build my own solar oven, for use in spring and summer.


    ooh, that sounds interesting!!
    let us know how you get on .. im off to google it now!!


    S xx
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    Just read the posts about chimneys - remember as a child when the chimney sweeps came we would all sit on the green in front of the houses and cheer when the brush came out the top of the chimney - no TV then lol.
    We had a woodburner fitted a few years ago and its got an outside flue. Although there is a cowl on the top we kept getting starling fledglings down the chimney. The cat would sit in front of the doors in anticipation! One week we had about 4 come down. We got our friendly roofer to take the top stack off & DH wrapped the gap under the cowl in chicken wire and roofer put it back. No more Chickie's down the flue now ;)
    I have got jackdaws nesting in the old chimney pots on the other side of the house though - they've nested there for over 20 years - quite comical to see the babies poking their heads up when being fed.
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
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