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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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    • 26th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    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

    Other links that may help:

    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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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 26th Nov 14, 12:19 PM
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    Thanks ZIPPYCHICK for starting this new thread.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 26th Nov 14, 12:23 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 12:23 PM
    Ooh shiny new thread! Thanks, zippychick!

    Let's get back to the friendly prepping banter, folks!
    Bossymoo

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    • southantrim3
    • By southantrim3 26th Nov 14, 12:41 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 12:41 PM
    Just in time for winter. Any more news on the big freeze expected this winter or is it all a hoax?
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    • fiftyeighter
    • By fiftyeighter 26th Nov 14, 12:52 PM
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    You took the words out of my mouth Southantrim3. I was just wondering that myself.
    Lovely new thread. Thank you.
    • Doveling
    • By Doveling 26th Nov 14, 1:07 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:07 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:07 PM
    Thanks for the new thread .
    So paper spills and kindling or firelighters? Which do you find best or is it wise to have some of each?
    • quidsy
    • By quidsy 26th Nov 14, 1:50 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:50 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:50 PM
    Subscribed to this new thread.

    It's always advisable in this country to prepare for cold in winter & warm in summer, moderate cross between the 2 during Spring & Autumn. If you do prepare, no weather should be a total surprise.

    When it snows in June is when I will really get worried.
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  • CH27
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:51 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 1:51 PM
    anyway, I shall be preparing for winter...cos it's winter!!

    I'd love some snow but unless you live up north I doubt we'll get much...
    Originally posted by Karen in the Garden
    That's just what we all do.
    Prepare for the worst & hope for the best.
    Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
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    • 26th Nov 14, 2:02 PM
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    • 26th Nov 14, 2:02 PM
    Exactly. It's kind of fun as well preparing for winter. I secretly like the idea of being snowbound for a few days...candles burning, homemade soup, snowy walks. beautiful scenery...NO CARS DRIVING ABOUT!

    Of course for the elderly and disabled it's probably not a good time. So look out for any elderly neighbours if the weather gets bad...
    Originally posted by Karen in the Garden
    I worry about my Dad & not being able to get to him if he needs me.
    Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 26th Nov 14, 2:29 PM
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    and I'm not having a go at any poster....these are just my thoughts[/QUOTE]

    lovely new thread

    and HERE WE GO AGAIN. Go on spoil it for everyone, please be my guest
    Last edited by kittie; 26-11-2014 at 3:23 PM.
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 26th Nov 14, 2:34 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread Zippychick, we rattle through them don't we?
    Can I just pass on a little tip to users of microwave heatbags? I find that sometimes they can be quite damp when heated up. Keeping them hanging over a radiator means they are alway dry and ready for use. I also place a heated one on the dashboard while I'm de-icing the windowscreen. Hurries the job up and means that you have a lapwarmer to use on your journey!
    A reminder too: I've just realised that both of my oven-type gas lighters, which I use for candles in the winter, are in the shed at the bottom of the garden. (Used to light bonfires in the summer) Must remember to rescue them before snow or flooding prevents me from getting down there!
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 26th Nov 14, 2:41 PM
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    It's starting to feel like a witch hunt, why not just wait and see what does happen, then anyone who needs to can feel smug or not as the case may be when the snow does or doesn't happen. Me? well I'm going to Berlin just before Christmas because I KNOW they'll have snow, lots of wonderful dry powdery snow that you can stay upright on if you have the right boots, and I do, and temperatures of -20 and below and white lights and bratwurst and gluhwein and if we DO get snow here? well hopefully all of us who have seen the sense in being prepared will be ready won't we?
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 26th Nov 14, 2:48 PM
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    eenymeeny, where can you buy those cooker lighters? Do you fill them from a canister or are they disposable. I could with adding some to my preps as I only have matches

    Thank goodness for genuine lovely kind people. The man who came to look at the flue today spent quite a time re-building it and the stove is now on. He didn`t ask for much money so I gave him some extra, he was so so nice and meticulous, a real find

    I used to make those bags to sell on ebay. Easy to make from wheat grain and some lavender flowers and sometimes I used to add hops. I put the mix in a bag and again into another bag with hand stitching that anyone could loosen for washing. They are great made as small sachets, from hops and lavender, to put on a pillow
  • Karen in the Garden
    lovely new thread

    and HERE WE GO AGAIN. Go on spoil it for everyone, please be my guest
    Originally posted by kittie

    Did I mention your name? No

    You seem to take offense very easily if someone puts up a robust argument against your point of view. Sorry I didn't realize we weren't suppose to disagree with you.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 26th Nov 14, 3:17 PM
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    PEACE my children, calmness and tolerance all round might be a very good thing?

    Each is entitled to their own opinion, and we don't all have to agree but it would be nice to think we could be civil when disagreeing with each other and actually listen instead of instant hackle raising wouldn't it?

    Harmony is ALWAYS nicer than discord, so peace amongst us please.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 26th Nov 14, 3:25 PM
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    I have just worked out how to add to an ignore list, always been empty until today.

    got to stay logged on but that isn`t a problem . The green light will be permanently on
    Last edited by kittie; 26-11-2014 at 3:28 PM.
    • toozie
    • By toozie 26th Nov 14, 3:49 PM
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    Got a few days off work this week.
    I've just rescued all my "bought through the year when on sale" Christmas presents hidden in many corners of the house.
    I intended to just to check them against the list I make when I buy them-and who they are going to.

    But....needed to wrap 2 as I won't be seeing part of the family after this coming Sunday.......I ended up wrapping them all
    Also ordered 2 last ones from Amaxon on my Free Prime trail-which will be cancelled next month.

    Just need to put money/voucher in 3 gift cards, and that's me done, so there certainly won't be any shopping going on here in December other than groceries-well fresh stuff as I have a very well stocked store cupboard & freezer.

    The car is ready, the presents are ready, our winter wear is ready, we are draft proofed and I'm feeling quite smug........sorry to boast ....but it's the only place I can do it!!

    Here's a BIG THANK YOU to all who contribute, with idea's, help, information, pre-warnings, and those why try and help novices -such as me!
    What will be...will be......but if we're not caught short it makes our lives much easier......well my life will be easier and if I'm in control, I can help family and friends around me that may not be as prepared for what is to come.....or not to come.....it doesn't matter........?????
    Last edited by toozie; 26-11-2014 at 3:56 PM.
    • peony40
    • By peony40 26th Nov 14, 3:58 PM
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    Oh please stop all this back and forth 'posting' it is getting tiresome.

    Perhaps I should keep quiet as I don't often post on this thread, but I do read daily and have gleaned a lot of information from the board, so thank you for all the information/chat giving tips and advice.
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    • Doveling
    • By Doveling 26th Nov 14, 4:01 PM
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    Well done toozie! Can you come and sort me out please?
    Freezer still not got space for any Christmassy stuff - I despair.
    So many jobs I would have liked to have done for winter but physically unable this year.
    Still not many weeks now till the longest night and then we can start Preparing for Spring
    Gotta stay positive!!!
    • SpikyHedgehog
    • By SpikyHedgehog 26th Nov 14, 4:30 PM
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    It's not been too cold here today, but it is wet, & I came home to find DS1 upstairs in his room, lovely & cosy with the curtains drawn & a candle burning (playing computer games because he's got time off work but all his friends are still at work/college ;-) ). But the rest of the house looked dark & folorn with no curtains drawn or blinds down. I'm going to plug a nightlight into a timer switch in the hallway so that won't be so dark when we come in. I'm tempted to leave the curtains shut since it's still dark when we leave & dark again when we get back, but then any condensation will just stay trapped on the window.
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