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  Topic: Blowy!
kevin.vinke

Replies: 7
Views: 27668
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Mon Mar 01, 10 5:53 am   Subject: Blowy!
Xynthia made her way through Germany last night and took the roof off the chicken house. Chooks are ok but not happy. Will have to see if it can be rebuilt
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  Topic: My first sheepskins
kevin.vinke

Replies: 8
Views: 3117
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Fri Feb 19, 10 5:16 pm   Subject: My first sheepskins
Thank you. Pleased with the way they turned out.
Iīll take the white one up to the farmer I got the lamb off (plus 130€) this evening. He wants it for his Mercedes MTrac 1000 tractor.
  Topic: My first sheepskins
kevin.vinke

Replies: 8
Views: 3117
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Fri Feb 19, 10 4:29 pm   Subject: My first sheepskins

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs499.snc3/27246_1252588827779_1021267530_30671314_5039477_s.jpg

These were two of the three lambs slaughtered before Christmas Sadly the other was ...
  Topic: What will your next project be?
kevin.vinke

Replies: 98
Views: 19969
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Mon Jan 04, 10 11:42 am   Subject: What will your next project be?
Building a replacement shed for the one that had itīs roof ripped off in the storm.
Start planning projects for the coming year
  Topic: Slightly too salty ham
kevin.vinke

Replies: 13
Views: 3595
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Mon Dec 21, 09 6:12 pm   Subject: Slightly too salty ham
tried ours on Saturday night at the firebrigade end of year party.
10Kg fresh weight. 31 days in salt. Then 9 months hanging in our beech tree wrapped in muslin with a dustbin lid as cover and chicke ...
  Topic: Dear Hens
kevin.vinke

Replies: 66
Views: 20911
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 09 11:44 pm   Subject: Dear Hens
dear Hens,
I bring you a nice clean drinker with lukewarm water a touch of vinegar and garlic and what do you insist on drinking? the ice that I broke out of your drinker a few minutes ago. Ps thank ...
  Topic: Brrrr!! its cold..!!
kevin.vinke

Replies: 86
Views: 227041
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 09 11:36 pm   Subject: Brrrr!! its cold..!!
-15 have the heating on in the chicken hut..... seems a little strang ethat we heat the house with wood fires yet keep the chickens warm with an electric heater. Animal welfare before the planet?
  Topic: Electric fencing for hens.
kevin.vinke

Replies: 17
Views: 7716
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 09 6:28 pm   Subject: Electric fencing for hens.
http://www.forshamcottagearks.com/electric-fencing/electric-fencing-products1.htm

We have one like this, on a mains connection (not battery). Thankfully in fours years we've not lost a hen to the ...
  Topic: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
kevin.vinke

Replies: 97
Views: 420806
PostForum: Shooting and Trapping for the Pot   Posted: Tue Dec 15, 09 5:59 pm   Subject: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
Just a quick update. I ended up putting both through the washing machine. On the wool setting 30 degrees extra rinse and 1000 rpm spin. Came out much cleaner, still a few bits of poo but uch better.
  Topic: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
kevin.vinke

Replies: 97
Views: 420806
PostForum: Shooting and Trapping for the Pot   Posted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:40 pm   Subject: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
I'd worry about felting the hair side in the washing machine, but if you felt a 'wool wash' cycle would be gentle enough, aand that the machine could cope with the amount of dirt that might come off, ...
  Topic: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
kevin.vinke

Replies: 97
Views: 420806
PostForum: Shooting and Trapping for the Pot   Posted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:27 pm   Subject: Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
I have two fairly small sheep skins which I want to try. They are very mucky though and itīs freezing outside! Any reason they couldnīt be put through the washing machine? For the first stage.
  Topic: Brrrr!! its cold..!!
kevin.vinke

Replies: 86
Views: 227041
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Mon Dec 14, 09 12:34 pm   Subject: Brrrr!! its cold..!!
-7 this morning. Just the sort of waether I like for cutting wood for the burners
Still having trouble getting across to the kids that the reasons they were cold sitting at the breakfast table ...
  Topic: Stollen
kevin.vinke

Replies: 61
Views: 25102
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Fri Dec 04, 09 2:14 pm   Subject: Stollen
Dot: if you're using 100% wholemeal I'd add 1/4 tsp citric acid to the mix: helps it rise. Or you could do half & half with white.

Only keeps a few days uncut, but freezes well.

dare I disag ...
  Topic: Broadband access to remote locations
kevin.vinke

Replies: 4
Views: 1767
PostForum: IT Matters   Posted: Tue Dec 01, 09 6:10 am   Subject: Broadband access to remote locations
We now use satellitte should be 1024 down 256 up (no phone line required) only that quick in the middle of the night mind you but 1/2 the price of ISDN and more reliable.
  Topic: Anyone using LED lighting at home?
kevin.vinke

Replies: 19
Views: 7244
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Fri Sep 25, 09 4:45 am   Subject: Anyone using LED lighting at home?
Iīve just got some combination low energy led bulbs for the hallway stairwell.
We used to keep the hall light on (low energy bulb) for the kids.
The new bulbs work like this: switch on and the led s ...
 
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