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  1. Toddy

    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...
  3. Toddy

    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...
  5. Toddy

    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 damn 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 they...
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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 hell of a lot 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...
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    Growing food - small garden tips and tricks!

    I laughed about the sloes :) but pears, ripe pears are delicious, and absolutely wonderful dried. They become almost like chewing a toffee :)
  12. Toddy

    Water dilemma

    Yes. The one I use most still predates silicon type bladder ones. It's some kind of laminated plastic. I have three, and they're all sound, even though the oldest one is now twenty years old ......maybe I ought to update ? But then, if it's not broke, why look for a fixit ? These seem to be the...
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    Water dilemma

    I just use a Platypus. They last me years. I admit that they have a plastic sooky cap thing, but I just bleach that fairly often and it's fine. M
  14. Toddy

    Should boots last more than 5 months?

    Himself's don't, and we don't buy cheap ones generally. He just wears them dead. Boots aren't what they used to be :sigh: I still have boots that are over twenty years old, they're pretty kicked now to be honest, but still wearable, still comfy, while he goes through three or four pairs a year...
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    Paypal refund

    ???? I have no idea how to help with that, I've never heard of it before ....did you buy on eBay? because if you did, and you paid by Paypal, you will get your money back pdq. If it wasn't on eBay, then Paypal still say you'll either get the goods or your money back. You might need to raise a...
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    Paypal refund

    Not necessarily. I had one yesterday morning. A seller in China and the item was out of stock. The refund, and the notice of it in my Paypal account, came through this afternoon. Similarly with a British seller who could no longer find the item, told me so and offered a refund. Two days later...
  17. Toddy

    What’s this cheeky little chappy called?

    @slowworm Thank you :approve: :bigok: :)
  18. Toddy

    What’s this cheeky little chappy called?

    This is the link to the old thread. If anyone can suss out how to open it properly, will you please let me know ? http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=124275
  19. Toddy

    What’s this cheeky little chappy called?

    It's a Japanese quince. It's looking exactly the same as the two bushes in my garden. The fruits are not ever good eating, but they make a really good jelly with sugar added. It's known as membrilo, or cotignac. We had a long thread on them a few years back. I'll see if I can find a link. If...
  20. Toddy

    State Pension Awareness.

    @Paul_B I think he was in a unique situation. Nowadays private pensions are more common for people to top up state pensions. @TeeDee Those families who had taken on mortgages and expectations they couldn't cover with one salary, or those from the other end of the scale and even though they...