lanterns
Gardening

Here is a quick tip for getting a good effect from candles in the garden. It is best summed up by saying “when it comes to candles more is better”. Take a look at the photo. I saw this the other day at a very nice hotel close to our

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Gardening

If you have a log fire, then you probably spend quite a bit of time chopping logs with an axe. You might own a big felling axe and or a small hatchet, but whichever you have, the same rules apply. A sharper axe is a safer axe. When axes get

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wooden ball
Hobbies

I don’t really know why wooden balls are so interesting, but they are. Having just watched the video again I would say there is something about the juxtaposition of material and design that appeals to the crafts person inside us all, while there is something about the purity of a

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Pallet
BuildingHobbies

I finished my simple log store recently and in doing so I have fallen in love with free pallet wood as a construction material. I have been scouring the web to see what I could do next and have been astounded by the talented folks out there who are turning

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Gardening

Pallet wood is a free resource which is surprisingly useful. Building useful stuff from pallets is great fun and can really improve your home and garden. If you are looking for a first project, then this woodstore is a great introduction to the world of pallet recycling. Getting hold of

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Serrano ham
Kitchen

Spanish air dried ham has come down in price recently and is now available on the bone from local butchers and supermarkets at amazing prices. At the moment in our area we are paying just 6.15 a kilo for a leg of ham which would cost 40 per kilo when

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Hobbies

If you find yourself doing lots of typing on a Ipad (if you write for a blog for example) then you will soon find yourself coming up against one of the few limitations of an Ipad.  They are horrible for typing on because the in-built keypad simply isn’t designed for

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Half an apple
HobbiesHome brewing

300 years ago, if you asked about the ‘proper’ way to make cider, you would have been astounded to discover that the ‘proper’ technique was probably the easiest method there is. You just take a pile of apples (any old apples will do) and mush them to a pulp. Next

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town crier
Hobbies

Town Criers are a tradition that goes back for thousands of years. Back when few people could read or write town criers were the key method of getting information to people. These days Town Criers do lots for charities, add a bit of spectacle to the streets and help to

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brew
Home brewing

Homemade wine is actually quite easy to produce. The basic process is simply to add yeast to sweet fruit juice and wait for the yeast to turn the sugars into alcohol. This is the same process as for brewing beer or making cider.

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