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  1. oldtimer

    VE Day

    Celebration wise, bit of a damp squib compared to the original which I remember vaguely being only three and a half at the time. However, being one of the cohort of children whose fathers were away at the war, it is touching to see our parents' generation being remembered with respect. Let's...
  2. oldtimer

    80th Birthday celebration suggestions, please. Update.

    Now, if we did have a thread for the old, this could be posted there. However.... In one month's time, Madame will be 80 years old. I started thinking about some sort of celebration back in January as we usually mark the decades with something more than the usual family meal and birthday cake...
  3. oldtimer

    Blandford Fly

    Warning ! The Blandford Fly has made its presence felt in our Oxfordshire village already this year, slightly earlier than usual. It is a small, black fly which lives near rivers in the South of England. The female takes a good slug of human blood prior to flying off to seek a mate for the...
  4. oldtimer

    Death to Dandelions. The upside of staying put.

    Another thread discussing raised beds interested me greatly. This year, although not really a keen gardener, I'm following the Homestead thread with heightened interest. OK, I know dandelions are a valuable resource but it is possible to have too much of good thing. If anyone wants dandelions...
  5. oldtimer

    All dressed up and nowhere to go!

    As is usual at this time of year, my travelling kit is all ready to go. Camper van serviced and MOT ed, rucksack contents checked, date sensitive items replaced, prescription medications up to date, documentation done, waterproofs waterproofed, boots, socks and undies cleaned. Medical checks...
  6. oldtimer

    2000

    Just realised this will be my 2000th post. It's taken me nearly 15 years. I think I've grown into my nom de guerre but I don't feel any older: just still old.
  7. oldtimer

    Site not secure message?

    When I use my Kindle Fire, it won't connect me to the site on the grounds it is not secure and someone may be trying to steal information. This affects only the Bushcraft site. I have tries clearing cookies and attempting to log on again but to no avail. No other of my bookmarks seem to be...
  8. oldtimer

    Do it NOW!!!!

    I'm not often given to offering unsought advice and even less prone to advising those younger than me ( which is now the majority of humanity). After a working lifetime as a professional educator of students and pupils ranging from 6 to sixty years of age, I reckon I've learned more from them...
  9. oldtimer

    Ladies' trouser advice sought

    As she knows what a fund of collective wisdom exists on this site, I have been delegated to seek advice on winter/cold weather trousers to fit small wife! She doesn't like wearing longjohns or overtrousers which would be my solution. Criteria:- To fit size 8 or children's size to fit 80 year...
  10. oldtimer

    What next- locusts?

    We've nearly finished dealing with the plague of clothes moths, only the rugs and carpets to be done, but now we have mice. They seem to be carrying a super-intelligence gene as they have developed a strategy for getting peanut butter off the traps without tripping them. So far I've only caught...
  11. oldtimer

    Clothes Moth Alert

    On checking over our winter woolies last week SWMBO was dismayed to find that many of her hand-knitted and other pure wool garments were riddled with clothes moths and were full of holes. Such as could be repaired have been and the rest disposed of, including the first sweater she ever knitted...
  12. oldtimer

    Celestron scope gorilla pod

    My birthday is coming up and the family are asking what I want. I'm thinking of asking for a gorilla pod to go with the Celestron scope they bought me last year. Is this a good idea? If so, what model should I go for? Up till now I have been using the tripod stand that came with it (too low)...
  13. oldtimer

    The last word?

    I hope I haven't killed off the Word Association Game. Nobody has posted since me last Monday. I'm just assuming that regulars are busy with the Moot but SWMBO cannot bear the thought of me having the last word!
  14. oldtimer

    Lose your knife, lose your life!

    Have you ever had that awful sinking feeling when you tap your pocket or sheath to check your knife and find it isn't there? It happened to me today. OK so it wasn't in the middle of the wilderness but in Sainsbury's car park and the knife was not a high end hand-made bushcraft fixed blade but...
  15. oldtimer

    Old but still relevant!

    A topic on another thread the other day got me reaching for my copy of "The Art of Travel or Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries" by Francis Galton. My copy is a 1971 facsimile reprint of the 1872 book that is a revised reprint of a book first published in 1855. Francis Galton...
  16. oldtimer

    Electric tyre inflator recommendation, please.

    Garage tyre pumps are increasing hard to find and I had a wet and miserable time today on the Sainsbury's petrol station forecourt wrestling with an underpowered and inefficient air pump. It would have been easier and quicker to have inflated the tyre by blowing into the valve, but I didn't...
  17. oldtimer

    Toxic Metal Utensils?

    My racing spoon is normally wood. However, they don't last long for one reason or another and after my last one split along the grain across the bowl. I decided to go back to using an old EPNS spoon that lived in my pack years ago. From research, it is apparently a Victorian or Edwardian fruit...
  18. oldtimer

    Lengthening days, but by how much?

    Our recent various rites, rituals and sacrifices have succeeded in lengthening the days and shortening the nights, but by how much? SWMBO asked me yesterday how much longer each day is until we get to midsummer and I realised that not only did I not know the answer but didn't know either how to...
  19. oldtimer

    Walking Wellies?

    I have a birthday coming up and SWMBO has suggested a pair of wellies to keep me mobile during the winter months. They need to cope with mud and slush and to be comfortable enough for field edge and footpath walks of five to ten miles. Sort of thing for walking the dog if we had one. Up till now...
  20. oldtimer

    Wild Food Photo Tip

    I caught part of an item on French TV last month about a guy travelling through France living off wild foods which many members would have found of interest. In his early 40s he had decided to change his life and walk through France living off wild food and promoting this to others as he went...