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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

    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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    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 1st Aug 18, 6:23 PM
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    Fuddle, I use ovals in my stove, and found that if it was banked up well overnight, I could add paper rubbish, kindling, and a firelighter in the morning, it ignited well on its own, then I added a bit more wood and more coals - 5 minute job. DH didn't believe it would be as efficient as it is - our 2 downstairs rooms are now only divided by folding doors, but the stove alone keeps the entire space comfortable without radiators. The chimney breast and the stove radiate heat even when the fire's almost out.

    I sent my meter readings online the other day, and we're now only £30-odd in debit between both fuels (spent a bit early spring!), so definitely going back to more slow cooker meals, using the stove more, etc., when it starts to cool down, to save on energy costs.

    Our school dinners are now £2.12 a day, so over £21 for a week for both! Ours will be on pack ups in September, can't afford that! I've gone back to physical pots of savings, too, always done it towards Christmas, etc., but now I find I'm doing it most of the year, and it's been invaluable so many times.

    I'm going to grow some herbs in pots to use over autumn/winter, and some micro-greens, to help add some variety to what may well be some very plain meals if money gets any tighter!

    A xo
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 1st Aug 18, 6:28 PM
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    Mar we spent all last winter with a towel wrapped round the cistern. It looked an eye saw but was 95% better than without it. Get your knitting needles out and make a cistern cosy, doll body optional

    Thanks cheaps, i'll definitely have a play.
    Last edited by fuddle; 01-08-2018 at 6:34 PM.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Aug 18, 6:32 PM
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    Alfalfa seed sprouts really well in a jam jar on window sill. Just cover the top with a piece of cloth secured with a rubber band, I use a piece of the look alike J cloths as it's easy to tip out the rinsing water, rinse the seeds twice a day, just put the material on the jar against tap and turn on gently, swish the seeds and empty out the water. In 4 to 5 days you have some really nice sprouted seeds just showing green tips of leaves, crunch, full of vitamins and very easy to do regularly. The girls called it 'tickly salad' when they were little as it's curly! old fashioned mustard and cress grown on a piece of kitchen paper in a shallow container on the window sill also works a treat and the seeds are 50p a packet in Wilkos, you buy a packet of mustard seed and a packet of cress seed and mix them together in a jar. I tablespoon of alfalfa seed will give a jar of sprouts and a sprinkling of mustard and cress seed over the kitchen paper will give you a container of cress. Good way of cheap vitamins in the winter months.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 1st Aug 18, 6:35 PM
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    Ooh, I'd forgotten all about alfalfa seeds, Lyn, thank you for the reminder! . Where to buy nowadays, though?
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Aug 18, 6:38 PM
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    Health food shops/whole food shops/ online and a 125gram bag will last absolutely ages. You might even find them in a packet on a seed stand in the local garden centre and if they don't have them it's worth asking if they can get some for you, ask and if they say no you're no worse off are you?
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 1st Aug 18, 6:42 PM
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    Fab, thanks! That's going on my to-do list for next week x

    A xo
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Aug 18, 6:52 PM
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    I've just looked and amazon do sprouting seeds and you can get them on e.Bay too.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 3rd Aug 18, 11:15 AM
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    The first one or two blackberries were ripe here about a week early, mid-July instead of the last week, but this is my first handful of the year. From now on I'll carry a container in my bag whenever I go out on foot, for whatever fruits I can find, hurrah.

    A sign that the flowering of summer is giving way to the fruiting of autumn...

    And still, I can't post a ruddy photo, can I? Bah humbug.

    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 3rd Aug 18, 11:17 AM
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    This summer, for the first time, I was unable to grow mustard and cress - it germinated and then stayed about 2-3mm long for fortnight, at which point I gave up and tucked it away in the woods for the wildlife to eat.

    I can only assume it was the heat - that was when it was 24-27 degrees every day and the news were saying lettuce crops stop growing at those kinds of temps, etc.

    I shall give it a go again soon - I bought a load of seeds a couple of years ago, kept in the fridge, and they are mustard and old-fashioned cress, both really peppery and much nicer than the bought stuff! A bit of kitchen paper in the upturned plastic lid of a Nesquick box (!) works perfectly!
    • LadyhavershamLost
    • By LadyhavershamLost 7th Aug 18, 5:31 PM
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    up to 70% sale on items on the regatta website - got 16 year old son a lovely winter jacket for £30 instead of £100. Hope he likes it!

    only coat for awkward 13 year to get now.....
    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 8th Aug 18, 2:07 PM
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    Having stressed over how cold DS's room was over winter, it's been stupidly hot all summer despite black out blind and curtains and it's out of the sun after about 3pm. Fan every night.

    This coming winter though, his baby sister will be in there with him, she's almost four months old now and he's already moved to the proper bed (He's two in a few weeks) so the cot bed is free for her.

    At least she'll be a bit bigger before it gets really cold in Jan/ Feb, 10mths by then, he was five months when he went in there in mid Feb, too big to stay in his crib in our room any longer!!
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    • Pennydropped
    • By Pennydropped 10th Aug 18, 10:00 PM
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    Just taking stock of what I need to do and making a list at the moment. I have the fleece that I pin to the curtains. We've plenty of hats, gloves, and scarves. Winter coats from last year are fine as well. Eldest needs wellies replaced.

    I need to go through all the clothing and pass down what's been outgrown, replace what's needed, and generally take stock of what there is.

    Then it's just a matter of building up a winter store cupboard, which I've already started.

    No garden work needed, thankfully, as we live in a flat.
    Saving, decluttering and doing alright.
    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 11th Aug 18, 11:22 PM
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    muffin man 7
    Fuddle - will you tell me how you do this?
    "we'll also be lining the toilet cistern internally to stop the cold water/warm atmosphere producing condensation on the cistern"
    because this happens here, the cistern is continually dropping onto the floor.
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Mar I had this problem and found that when i put bubble wrap around the cistern it made a big difference as im still waiting to move id been collecting bubble wrap every week when i went to town i also added tbe bubble wrap to bathroom window and the glass on both the front and back door so much better than soggy windows every day hth
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    • wannalot
    • By wannalot 12th Aug 18, 8:07 AM
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    Hello all

    What a great idea for a thread! I must admit, I am not as keen on winter as many many on here are. The darkness in particular is an issue up here. I get very depressed on days when I only see daylight on my 15-minute jaunt to work!

    The weather here seems to be turning much cooler and the nights are lengthening already, so my mind is turning to ways to make the winter a bit more bareable. The past few years have really caught me out on the mercifully few occasions when snow and freezing temps have hit, so I want to buy some grit to deal with the path and the pavement just in front. Each year, these freeze very often and the lack of sunlight means they don!!!8217;t unfreeze for days. Does anyone know where to buy grit? I do not have a massive amount of space, so I am just looking to buy a biggish bag which I can keep behind the door in my porch.

    Apart from this, I really want to minimise heating costs, so I also want to wash and line dry a lot of throws and cushion covers to add to the cosiness factor of the living room. I have also gathered together all the candles into a basket so I can see what I have (which is a lot!).

    I am also debating whether to combine my desire to exercise more and my desire to save energy costs. I might start going to the gym in the morning before work, which would mean I would not need heating in the house in the morning, and I could also shower there instead of at home.

    This weekend, I have also decided to create an extra stockpile of food. This is mainly in preparation for Brexit shortages, but would also come in handy for any times when I cannot get to the shops.
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    • Lucy5781
    • By Lucy5781 12th Aug 18, 8:53 AM
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    I need to check the wellies I have for DS. He'll grow more before winter and he's actually walking to and from places sometimes rather than buggy etc.

    Need to check the snow suits I have for DD. Think I have a 9-12mth stashed but not a 6-9 for over Xmas!!
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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 12th Aug 18, 9:17 AM
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    Hi guys
    Iím stocking up on winter clothes in the sales at the moment. I got 2 chunky cardigans and a jumper from one of the catalogues for under£50 last week, these can be layered and will last at least a couple of years, probably longer. Then when we get to autumn Iíll stock up on summer stuff.
    As oldies we tend also to holiday in winter, cheaper than summer hols and it means the winter has a couple of bites taken out of it.
    Iíve started crocheting a throw now the weather has cooled a bit ( my hands got too hot and sweaty when it was hot) and Iíve got some scruffy handknit stuff that Iím going to unravel to add to it. That should keep me out of mischief for a while.
    I hope everyone is keeping well and thinking ahead.
    Personally I hope winter stays away as long as possible but I do like my little nest when itís dark, warm and cosy.

    My cupboards are now full and I plan to keep them that way.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 12th Aug 18, 9:32 AM
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    After seeing last winter's snows I think many people will be wanting some well stocked store cupboards. Foe those without a lot of built in storage cupbords, these deep see-though plastic storage boxes often available in bargain shops are ideal. You can cover them with a decorative cloth and keep them anywhere without anybody knowing what,s inside. Just be sure to keep a paper inventory list inside so you can keep track of what you,ve got, and perhaps an aide memoire list of quick & easy meals which can be prepared in a power cut situation
    Last edited by Primrose; 12-08-2018 at 12:56 PM.
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 12th Aug 18, 10:51 AM
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    . Does anyone know where to buy grit? I do not have a massive amount of space, so I am just looking to buy a biggish bag which I can keep behind the door in my porch.
    Originally posted by wannalot
    I lived in Scotland for years and we found that dishwasher salt is actually the best thing - and cheaper than grit unless you're buying pallets of the grit/rocksalt.

    It is in granules, so you can scatter it and it works instantly as grit, but then as it melts it acts as salt, so you get both effects

    Tesco's 3kg bag is currently 57p/100g

    We also carry a bag in the car all winter - comes in very handy indeed.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 12th Aug 18, 11:40 AM
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    Starting to get dark early up here now... this is when I get the urge to knit lol
    Sorry meant to say ty muffin man I will try the bubble wrap on the cistern, but I like to open the windows to let the steam out so will leave them.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 12th Aug 18, 12:28 PM
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    lessonlearned centres, diy sheds, builders merchants

    It actually feels quite autumnal here today.....I'm wearing socks.
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