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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 12th Jun 18, 1:39 PM
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    Prepping for Brexit thread
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    • 12th Jun 18, 1:39 PM
    Prepping for Brexit thread 12th Jun 18 at 1:39 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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    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Aug 18, 4:37 PM
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    We went to see the Clearview showroom in Ludlow when we were on a weekend break out that way. They've taken over a big old Georgian house and there are stoves in every room and the whole house is decorated in English Country shabby chic style. We really enjoyed looking round and learned a lot about running our stove. It has always given me a nice warm feeling inside as well as outside to know that we can have heat even if there are power cuts. Note to self - order more logs. We always have two years worth in stock at the beginning of winter so that by the time we burn it, it is at least two years old and well seasoned. But last winter went on soooo long, though it seems strange to think it now, that we used up some of our reserve
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • zeupater
    • By zeupater 9th Aug 18, 5:01 PM
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    We went to see the Clearview showroom in Ludlow when we were on a weekend break out that way. They've taken over a big old Georgian house and there are stoves in every room and the whole house is decorated in English Country shabby chic style. We really enjoyed looking round and learned a lot about running our stove. It has always given me a nice warm feeling inside as well as outside to know that we can have heat even if there are power cuts. Note to self - order more logs. We always have two years worth in stock at the beginning of winter so that by the time we burn it, it is at least two years old and well seasoned. But last winter went on soooo long, though it seems strange to think it now, that we used up some of our reserve
    Originally posted by maryb
    Hi

    We've had a Clearview stove for about 25 years which came from their old show-room (down the hill from the Feathers Hotel) before they moved next to the castle & it certainly doesn't look it's age despite the amount of logs we've thrown into it over the years ... I'd recommend them to anyone - they are expensive, but they do last!

    If anyone's been in Ludlow on a cold & rainy winter's day, the current showroom is probably one of the best places to visit to thaw out ... it's one of the best showrooms/shops we've ever been in, think National Trust, but warm!

    HTH
    Z
    "We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit. " ...... Aristotle
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Aug 18, 5:05 PM
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    Sadly, our living room is lovely and cosy but not National Trust elegant
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Aug 18, 5:06 PM
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    Wow....thanks for all the advice....really helpful.

    The open fireplace is the one in the large open plan living dining kitchen area across the back of the house and there is a further fireplace with a gas fire in the separate sitting room/snug at the front of the house.

    There is a new boiler, still under guarantee, so the heating system is bang up to date so hopefully I should be nice and cosy.

    The lady who lives there said she never used the back fireplace, she said the heating system was enough but I think I will bring it back into service one way or another.

    I'm a big fan of all things "hygge" and I think a stove would be perfect. Plus of course you can't run a heating system during power cuts.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 9th Aug 18, 5:29 PM
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    I had a Parkray before this current stove MrsL, it was great.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Aug 18, 5:30 PM
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    I love interior design.....it's my thing. I used to love it when I worked on site titivating the show houses.

    I just love rescuing unloved houses and I fill them with preloved furniture, art and treasures I pick up from sale rooms, junk shops and charity shops, that I renovate and revamp. I often visit NT houses and get lots of ideas which I then adapt.

    What started out of necessity when I was skint when I bought my first
    House has turned into an all consuming hobby and passion. I can't wait to get started on this one.

    Technically this one is not a period house. It was built in 1935 but it does have good sized rooms with nice high ceilings and it has a nice sized garden. It has a lovely big kitchen with rather tired looking but solid handmade pine cabinets which are too good to rip out so I shall paint those. And I have already been gifted some lovely furniture which I can get to work on.

    In my earlier posts when I likened it to Miss Havershams house I probably made it sound pretty dire but I can see that, beyond the cobwebs and dark gloomy decor, it really can be a very pretty house.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 9th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
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    That is what I don't understand, the govt are advising us to stock up and yet people continue to say it isn't necessary. .
    Originally posted by humptydumptybits
    There has been no official advise to stock up by the government, actually quite the opposite the statement was for the public not to worry about there plans to stock pile blood and medicines and some food stuff to ease the risk of any delays that may occur.

    Its common sense to have extra in if you can, nobody will argue that but there will be enough to make a meal if you can't regardless of any stock delays. Some people I guess are just trying to create enough fear to force another referendum im actually more fearful of that because it proves democracy is a dead idea in the UK. A view shared by many of those that voted to remain.
    Those that are creating this fear should also remember that the current form of the EU is not the same the original common market referendum that the UK signed up for in 73/75, the UK people had no way of opposing the Maastricht or Lisbon Treatys.
    We also have to ask who stands to lose the most with the EU changes the citizens or a government that will be solely culpable to its citizens.
    im out again, all this talk of politics makes me feel so dirty i need to wash my hands
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    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 9th Aug 18, 7:34 PM
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    I'm not bothered about the food, I'm sure there will be food but maybe not as much choice but as long I have tea bags and milk the rest will be fine. I struggled in the snow this year so I had already decided to have enough in this winter so won't make much difference. The med issue is rather different.



    I thought the govt was supposed to be issuing information but it was delayed so we will hear the details later this month, or is that a rumour? This is the sort of thing I had read, so OK not official as it is a leak https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-no-deal-food-medicine-shortage-doomsday-armageddon-david-davis-a8381076.html



    To be honest I am so sick of hearing about what is happening I tune half of it out.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 9th Aug 18, 7:56 PM
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    It's not really a leak. 'A source said' That could be anyone with any agenda. The Independent has used Doomsday and Armageddon in it's link to the article for a reason. There's agenda everywhere.
    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 9th Aug 18, 8:04 PM
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    Just words! we've got an agenda too and that's to be OK whatever this Brexit brings because we've thought what we needed, got it and got ready for the end of March in as many ways as we can. Even if nothing happens to rock a boat the size of a coracle and the leaving is as smooth as silk we'll have thought about our lives and in doing so maybe know ourselves a tiny bit better than we did. We'll also know other people a tiny bit better too won't we and know who to listen to and who to smile about and leave alone.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Aug 18, 8:21 PM
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    I am very lucky in that I am really healthy apart from a a few niggles.......or as my dad used to day. "Nothing serious, just Old age and poverty".

    I am fortunate that I don't need or take any prescription meds. However, I do like to keep a well stocked medicine chest of Comfort meds.

    Today I bought some paracetamol. I noticed they have gone up yet again......I buy the high strength ones with added caffeine and today I paid £0.80 for 16. Not so long ago I was paying around £0.50 so quite a jump. I noticed the use by date was end March 2021, so a nice long lead time.

    I have a keen interest in complimentary medicine and have done several courses. Both my grandmothers were born in the 1920s and both were midwives, one in Belguim where there was no. State funded healthcare available and one in The U.K. who practised before the NHS was created. Between them they had a wealth of practical know how and knew a lot about about basic healing.

    My English grandmother was also a herbalist and she used to let me "help" her when I was little, brewing up her concoctions in the kitchen. I remember she had a Physic garden where she grew all her medicinal plants and herbs. I wished she had written down her recipes.....

    Anyway I have finally got round to treating myself to Culpeppers herbal, just ordered it online. Apart from being an interesting read in itself ...it might come in handy helping me decide which plants and herbs to grow in my new garden.

    Has anyone been to Alnwick - I loved the poison garden there.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 9th Aug 18, 9:12 PM
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    That a garden I really want to see LL, I love the physic garden at Buckfast Abbey run by the benedictine monks.
    My herb garden is my favorite space im lucky enough to have access to a specialised herb nursery so if there is anything you can't get hold off, give us a shout you'd be more than welcome to seeds or cuttings.
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Aug 18, 10:01 PM
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    Tori....that is so kind. Thank you so much. X
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Aug 18, 6:57 AM
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    Another one that is moving in the direction of planting medicinal herbs in my garden - and, on that note = a note of caution. I planted 2 comfrey plants for healthcare for me/food for the garden and then changed my mind.

    Ahem....well I thought I'd removed them all. I've now got a noticeable number of comfrey plants there. Have now learnt that "once you've got comfrey - you've always got comfrey".

    I don't think I'm going to be short of comfrey for salves ever somehow - unless/until I do a total "pull the garden apart" job on it - as I did with the house.
    If you feel like you don't fit in in this world, it's because you are here to help create a new one.
    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 10th Aug 18, 7:50 AM
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    Comfrey is a great fertiliser for your other veggies Money. An old trick is to put comfrey cuttings in the trench when planting potatoes. Also, it can be put to steep in a water butt or watering can to make liquid fertiliser. Apparently its long roots bring up beneficial minerals into its greenery from deep underground.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 10th Aug 18, 8:27 AM
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    You can also let it dry out and grind it into powder fertilizer ( go easy as its very concentrated) chop and drop as a mulch. Its a gift that keeps on giving but a key player in any permaculture garden.
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 10th Aug 18, 8:39 AM
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    I recently bought a small Comfrey plant and put in herbaceous border for the benefit of insects, I had not realised that it had a deep rooting system so think that perhaps I should move it into a container, I don't intend using it for plant food.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 10th Aug 18, 9:55 AM
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    Just words! we've got an agenda too and that's to be OK whatever this Brexit brings because we've thought what we needed, got it and got ready for the end of March in as many ways as we can. Even if nothing happens to rock a boat the size of a coracle and the leaving is as smooth as silk we'll have thought about our lives and in doing so maybe know ourselves a tiny bit better than we did. We'll also know other people a tiny bit better too won't we and know who to listen to and who to smile about and leave alone.
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker

    That's the thing isn't it. We aren't hurting anyone by having some stores in and they will get used so no loss to us. I can't see why people seem to get upset about it, no one is forcing anyone to buy extra.
    • auburnette
    • By auburnette 10th Aug 18, 11:40 AM
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    4kg of allotment potatoes peeled, chipped, blanched and frozen

    A few more kg to go.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 10th Aug 18, 12:03 PM
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    Humpty I agree that what we do as preppers is our business and we are not pressurizing anyone to follow suit. I believe that this thread is for like minded people. i.e. preppers, and those who would like more info on prepping or share thoughts and ideas on the subject.
    Auburnette can I ask do you blanch your chipped potatoes before you freeze ? Mine have never really been successful, do you have any tips ?

    The only meds I am concerned about is DH's cancer ones, but I'm not going to start worrying yet, as I'll end up as an emotional wreck / gibbering idiot before March.
    I did go to town today to replenish some OTC meds though ( cough medicine, throat sweets etc ), but I do that every year before the winter because we live half way up a mountain, so if we get snow, we get cut off.
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