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    Gaiters and tall boots? Yes? No? Why?

    @Erbswurst :lol: We have wooden letters found at Vindolanda fort in the north of England. Even the Romans wrote home asking for wool stockings :) I like that my gaiters keep the wet off my trousers, they keep the wet out of my boots too, and the brambles, ticks, muds, snow, etc., they also...
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    Spyderco Bushcraft BCUK

    I hung onto mine :) It's a truly 'good' bushcrafting knife :cool:
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    Gaiters and tall boots? Yes? No? Why?

    I wear gaiters because they keep the mud out of my boot laces and the wet off the bottom of my trousers when I'm walking/working in wet grass.
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    Whin?

    There's also whin stone though. It's a hard stone, much used for paving.
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    Whin?

    We use it. Whin bushes are gorse, sometimes broom if you can't see it nearby but you know it's one or t'other. I'm in Lanarkshire, but friends in Stirling use the same word, as does at least one Glaswegian I know. M
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    Furniture making weekend course at Williams & Cleal Furniture School, Lydeard St Lawrence, Somerset.

    Sounds absolutely excellent. Brilliant birthday or Christmas present for someone too. I do like your stool, it looks 'right', it looks sound and a decent piece of practical furniture, a nice thing to have in the house. M
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    Vikings

    But there's an awful lot of 'old British' right through Britain. More than all the proponents of Anglo Saxonism and Celticism are either aware of or prepared to admit. Language evolves, and modern 'English' is so removed, so hugely a parasitic language that it would be inintelligible to the...
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    Acorn Flour

    Oh well done :) How does it taste ? M
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    Vikings

    Do you know where to go to find the finest of 'dark ages' British craftsmanship ? gold, jewellery, bookplates, etc.? Scandinavia. Not traded, raided. From anyone other than a Viking advocate there appears to be an incredible gratitude that they ended up settled and Christian within a very few...
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    They can have a kind of gritty mouthfeel at times.....make pear leather with them or pear butter, instead. Just use the juice and not the flesh for them. Basically cut up pears (remove the wee flower stamens bit, otherwise you'll be fishing black specks out of everything) add very little water...
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    Vikings

    Everybody they blooming well could :) From 'criminals' within their own society, to the people they raided, to prisoners of war. The very word, slave, comes from their use of captured slavonic people. Here we know they enslaved monks (look up eunuchs/christian/monks) people like the Britons...
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    Water dilemma

    If you open the valve and leave them sitting upright, yes. Once frozen screw the cap down tight again. Mine have frozen solid when camping before now, but I'm inclined to squish the extra air out of mine anyway, so there's always a bit of leeway.
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    Vikings

    They had 'issues' at home. They opened up iron mines, and from that iron they produced farm tools. You can open up a great deal more land using a metal shod plough than you ever will using a wooden foot plough. So, within three generations they had more arable land= more food=more children...
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    Water dilemma

    Lightweight, easily cleaned, visible internally, robust, packable, and my big one comes with a seperate nozzle that turns it into a shower if I leave it out in the sunshine to heat up :)
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    Me too. I think the best bit is that they're big enough, with thick enough flesh around the seeds, that you can just peel them and leave the seedy innards alone. I bought me a new tattie peeler. It wasn't very expensive, but it's the best one I've ever had. It's made by the same folks that make...