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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 12th Jun 18, 12:39 PM
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    Prepping for Brexit thread
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    • 12th Jun 18, 12:39 PM
    Prepping for Brexit thread 12th Jun 18 at 12:39 PM
    Hi guys
    Iím pretty well resolved to the fact that Brexit is going to affect us all. I donít want this thread to be a good or bad, right or wrong type thing.
    Just a positive, what can we prepare to make life easier, less expensive, less disruptive when it does happen.

    My aims are to stock up on items I think are going to get more expensive. Also to try and save up an emergency fund ( that will be slow going as OH took early retirement due to illness) and Iím unemployed at the moment.

    So my aims are to work out what items need to be stocked up
    To look for a job
    To live as frugally as possible while eating healthily
    To make sure the savings we have already donít get touched

    So guys please feel free to join in and list anything you think may be affected. Or just to comment. That way we can help each other.

    Hope to hear from you all soon
    Cuddles
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    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 29th Jun 18, 5:37 PM
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    The only store that still seems to do the basics stuff is Asda. I get a home delivery every now and then to stock up. Dishwasher tabs, washing up liquid, washing powder and disinfectant and stuff.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 29th Jun 18, 5:47 PM
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    My sister has booked to holiday in Italy next May. While I realise that many people won't think at all about any changing situation, I'm struggling with knowing my sister is blase about the unknown and that is because I think she's really quite ignorant and I doubt any thoughts about anything has crossed her min d at all.

    I think you're wise Lyn. It feels very much like jumping into the unknown at the minute and I'm too square for such nonsense.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 29th Jun 18, 6:00 PM
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    Hi guys

    Mrs LW I think the UK and the EU high ups are all are as bad as each other. Give and take doesnít seem to be in any of their vocabulary. But at the end of the day it will be the normal peeps that pay the price for the stubbornness.

    Katieowl im finding that Mr T have dishwasher tablets, soap, etc but I think itís only a matter of time until they get rid of stocks and then discontinue. Iím tending to keep an eye out for offers and then stocking up.

    Not Europe related but weíve just had on the local news that we might be getting hosepipe bans next week. In my view cars can stay mucky for a couple of weeks, also a lot of watering can be done with a watering can rather than it get to the stage where we have to get water from standpipes. We are ok cos we are fairly fit, but where we are there are a lot of oldies who will struggle. But as my OH has just pointed out there are a lot of folks that will carry on regardless just expecting everyone else to cut back.

    Anyway enough of my grumpiness
    TTFN
    Cuddles
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 30th Jun 18, 9:32 AM
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    I always run with containers of tap water in store 'just in case' and yesterday we used the water for the water butt in the garden and I refilled with fresh tap water to be a buffer for all sorts of uses should we get restrictions on the supply. It seems totally daft to carry on sprinkling lawns and having baths when there is a supply problem but I'll bet my last sixpence that lots of people think this current situation doesn't mean them!!! We always shower anyway and water the plots with a watering can. We harvest rainwater from every available roof so the house, the greenhouse, the barn and the summer house all have at least two barrels under the downpipes from their roofs and in fact the barn has 8! all we need is some decent rain and they'll be to the brim again but until then it's on with the watering cans!
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Jul 18, 11:35 AM
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    We're possibly going to get some rain this evening as there is a chance that the thunderstorms forecast for the west country might reach Hampshire and even as far as Sussex, all we can do is wait and see...and hope!

    The powers that be both here and in the EU seem to be like a pack of terriers scrapping over a bone! my biggest wish is that they would ALL grow up and have an adult conversation about how to make this happen in the best and most advantageous way for all parties concerned and stop behaving like two playground gangs in a territory war! 'm beginning to think we should have a Norland Nannie in the chair to ensure good behaviour. I don't suppose they have a naughty step big enough to accommodate all the transgressors!
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jul 18, 11:52 AM
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    Great thread, lots of tips.

    Severn Trent sent a call out yesterday asking people to conserve water. I'm doing my bit....

    Politicians make me sick......I am fed up with the lot of them.

    Re preparing.....one thing that struck me is how vulnerable we are for energy.....gas and Leccy. Nothing to stop the Russians cutting off our gas and I understand that we buy a lot of our electricity from France. I am going to try and prep for possible power cuts.

    I am buying a new house. Luckily it has an open fireplace, so one of my first jobs will be To ensure that it is in good working order, maybe get a multi fuel burner installed, but at least I could use the grate as it is.

    I also have a small bioethanol fire and a crate of bottled fuel. It throws out a surprising amount of heat.

    Need to buy hot water bottles just in case I couldn't use my electric blanket.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 01-07-2018 at 11:56 AM.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jul 18, 11:59 AM
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    Re holidays in the U.K. we live in a beautiful country and there's loads I have not seen yet. I will definitely be taking more holidays in the UK.

    I'm so done with hanging around crowded airports......

    I am resolved to support the uk economy and especially local businesses.

    We, the people, can make brexit work. Our government may be half hearted about this but I think the public will get behind it and want to make it a success.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 01-07-2018 at 12:03 PM.
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 1st Jul 18, 11:59 AM
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    Hi guys
    Thereís no sign of rain for here in the North West and the amount of grass fires seems to be growing. There needs to be a no barbeque rule. You would think common sense would stop people but apparently not.
    OH has absolutely loads of sport to watch this weekend so I might just have a nap. Cheap and lovely (one of my lifeís pleasures is a nap)
    There was a sign of things to come when I read yesterday that we might have to import lettuce from the US because of a bad season due to the dry conditions. Personally I would just make do with something else, it strikes me as idiotic getting something as simple as lettuce with all those air miles. We are going to have to learn to make do with the food on offer I think.
    Anyway better go for now
    Have a good day guys
    Cuddles
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Jul 18, 12:14 PM
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    It IS idiotic Cuddles, I shall make coleslaw from spring cabbages grown right here in our polytunnel and make grated carrot and beetroot salad the way they did in wartime, both of which have far more flavour and fill you up rather better than an imported lettuce would!

    Common sense and people? I don't think so !!! xxx.
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 2nd Jul 18, 5:48 AM
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    Y'see I agree with this to the core. As a novice allotmenteer I realised that lettuce was somewhat pretentious, it's dehyrating for the rabbit folk so leftovers wouldn't be any use there and it tastes like, in my opinion, of nothingness. My summer salads are wild rocket based. My plants are doing well and not molly coddled.

    The thought of a lettuce, as pathetic as they are (sorry, its that pretentious thing again) being needed to be shipped to satisfy 'our' need for choice makes my blood boil. Lettuce goes limp very quickly once picked so gawd only knows what preservative filled gas will be applied to get it over the water.

    Ho hum. As you were fuddle pet, you as you were.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 2nd Jul 18, 6:32 AM
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    Well they can keep their American lettuce because I shall be making a lovely salad of homegrown sliced courgettes today with a lemon vinaigrette dressing which is just right for this hot summer weather and hopefully I shall munch it for supper this evening whilst watching some Wimbledon coverage too.....it's a hard life but someone has to live it!
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 2nd Jul 18, 7:40 AM
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    Gawd....lettuce is sooo boring and tasteless. and as you all say, so many better alternatives. Homegrown leaves and green stuff is so much better.

    As for shipping it in from the States. Unbelievable, the world has gone mad. The air miles!!!!
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 2nd Jul 18, 10:18 AM
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    I quite like lettuce of various types - but not enough to justify buying them shipped in from wherever...

    I am not sure what 'preps for Brexit' specifically i need to make, as opposed to usual preps? i realise some foodstuffs may be harder to get so might need to stock up on stuff, but what specifically is recommended?

    Also <<whispers>> i wasn't planning to give up foreign holidays any time soon.....
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 2nd Jul 18, 10:35 AM
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    VJs we'll let you visit outside the EU Howzat?

    I don't really know what I need to to prep for either but I don't know what any of it is all about so... I suppose I'm watching the thread poised ready to pounce when alarm bells ring.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 2nd Jul 18, 11:33 AM
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    Hi guys
    We are still planning hols outside of the UK but the major problem ( which exists now) is the exchange rate is making it much more expensive.
    We are planning on getting a little Campervan now we are retired and explore our own lovely country anyway. We never had the time before.
    We used to camp in France when the kids were young and Europe is lovely so once the dust settles at the borders will explore there too.

    Stocking upwise Iíve hardly touched last weeks cans and only a small dent in the freezer so a lot of this weeks shop will be stuff that lasts. I know a lot of people donít like them, but Iíve got 2 fray bentos pies ( I love them), more baked beans, and other bits and bobs that will keep.
    As we only have limited space I rotate and fill my usable shelf and then just have 2 shelves of saved stuff ( I hope that makes sense)

    I hope all you frugallers and keeping well.
    I normally donít get hay fever but am suffering today so I really feel for you guys that get it all the time.
    Anyway keep cool and weíll
    Cuddles
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 2nd Jul 18, 12:09 PM
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    We will still go abroad, but it will be Scandinavian countries that we will go to, because of the family link but mainly because we like Sweden and Norway so much. I will miss Berlin very much indeed, and I'd be sad to think I wouldn't go again for the Christmas markets but if it gets too complicated and the exchange rate is dire then we'll cut our losses and enjoy a British Christmas time instead. We shall embrace the little country markets of local produce, the school fetes and bazaars, the pantomimes, the carol services and the midnight Masses of our local churches. We will explore some more parts of this lovely island that have been unexplored up until now, we're relocating to further west and further north than we've ever lived before and it opens up multitudes of opportunities for finding beautiful places to enjoy. I would far rather eat seasonally and as locally as we can too and I think what we gain from that will easily balance out not being able to have expensive in terms of money and miles foreign produced things.

    I think one of the best preps for Brexit is to start to think British and celebrate Britishness in things like Wimbledon, where else in the world can produce a venue so lush and gorgeous, lets stand up and be proud Brits and enjoy strawberry summers, cider apple autumns and Christmas puddings along with January snow and the good old cuppa!
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 2nd Jul 18, 5:44 PM
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    I have just sat and read the whole thread, thank you all for all of your input and wise words.
    I!!!8217;m very concerned about the impact of post Brexit, my husband was made redundant after nearly 30 years last October, he was lucky that he was given 2 job offers, one of those though was with a well known company who have since made thousands of people redundant, he decided to not go with them and take a job closer to home despite the drop in pay but it has proven to be the best decision. Money is very tight as I don!!!8217;t work due to being a full time carer and home schooling my son. But the work hubby does is in a field that is suffering from the Brexit decisions and so we are now having to think about ways we would cope if he got made redundant again and having nothing to fall back on, unlike the last time. Also his age and health mean he!!!8217;d unlikely end up in another similar position. It concerns me very much.
    I am not very good at storing things, we live in a very small house so storage is an issue but I!!!8217;m definitely starting to consider storing things like sugar, tinned fruit and veg, olive oil - I wish we could sensibly store flour but having had weevils before I!!!8217;m not sure this is a good idea.

    I!!!8217;m trying to teach my little boy about consuming in season foods but with his autism comes huge food issues so we can only but try.

    My biggest concern is the fuel costs, our costs have already gone up by 20 pound a month and its not even in credit yet for the winter.

    We used to get Mr T delivery but i feel ive been out priced by all their price increases, changes and removal of value products. Now I shop around where i can but mostly buy meat from Mr M and everything else from Mr A.

    I pick up old fashioned war time cook books from charity shops but struggle to decipher them - if anyone has any recommendations that are a bit easier to modernise I!!!8217;d love to know which ones to look out for?

    We use our slow cooker a lot, i think its a godsend and I!!!8217;m looking out for a cheap 2nd one so i can run 2 at a time

    I have started to research more about war time cooking, my FIL is my best source of information.

    I think its really important to have some cash available, a week or so ago I went to the supermarket and all of the card payments where down, a banking issue i read later that day and yesterday the store had 4 power cuts in one day. It has really made me think about the importance of cash in our techno world.

    I wonder also about having books which people seem to practically give away, with information like basic first aid etc I!!!8217;m not expecting apocalyptic events but if we have energy saving times or the like people will be totally lost without their phones and computers and televisions. We!!!8217;re so quick to !!!8220;goggle!!!8221; everything!

    Anyway, sorry for rambling, I love this thread and if its ok ill be joining you. Ive really enjoyed reading everything
    Everything is always better after a cup of tea
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 2nd Jul 18, 6:03 PM
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    Hi Chirpychick
    You are most welcome to join our merry group.
    We donít take much sugar so most of the stuff I put away are tinned.
    The problems banks seem to be getting is a worry. I think the problem is that all our appliances are getting so clever that we are going to suffer if they fail for any reason.
    Itís probably worth looking in charity shops for basic cookbooks but donít forget that you donít need loads of cookbooks to make a decent meal and that most recipes can have ingredients swapped in or out. One of the best little cookbooks I saw was the student cookbooks ( they are really good for cheap and cheerful meals)
    Can you involve your son in basic ( safe ) cooking maybe to introduce him to foods ?
    Also I think we need to look at ways of lighting our homes and keeping warm ( not a problem at the moment I know) I have a wind up torch which is great because you donít need batteries, I always seem to run out at the most inappropriate time. Safer than candles with littlies in the house.
    Blankets and throws go out immediately in the CS I help in and are great to snuggle under to cut your heating bills down.

    Oh I better go Iím waffling now
    Bye for now
    Cuddles
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    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 2nd Jul 18, 10:51 PM
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    The reason for my sugar hoarding is simply for things like cakes, biscuits, jams, and yes tea too lol. I figure it means we can make luxuries in times that they might not be affordable

    We are working on new foods but a lot of the problems are sensory so texture is the biggest problem, we try something new each week.

    I brought last winter 2 blankets from C-stco and i cant really describe them well but they are kind of like a crushed velvet one side and a wool type texture the other. They are quite big (covered 2 of us on the sofa) and were about 13 pounds. The best throw i have ever come across, one has been allocated to the dogs as a good bed for them as it goes in and out of the washing machine every week. I think i saw a few left so i might get 1 or 2 more to put away for this winter. I want to hunt down so brushed cotton duvet sets and hot water bottles - carboot is where i will be hunting for most of this kind of stuff.
    Everything is always better after a cup of tea
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 4th Jul 18, 8:08 AM
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    I have two slow cookers too, inherited a small one from DD1 when she and James became an item and hers wasn't big enough to feed them both. Very useful not only because they are so cheap to run but because you can load them up first thing and know supper is bubbling away and will be ready when you want it without having to keep an eye on it. Slow cookers are liberating! The best thing I do with the small one is cook fruit for compotes, things sty whole if you use the low setting and don't turn to mush except apples which you want to go mushy anyhow!
    You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself!

    Ours is not to wonder what is fair in life but finding what may be, make it up fair to our needs.
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