StickyGardening

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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Building

Creating a chemical damp proof course Damp patches When a damp patch appears, most people do one of two things. They either ignore it or panic. Neither approach is the right one. Damp should not be ignored, but it is not usually the disaster that it may first appear to

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steadicam
Hobbies

Most people have a video camera of some sort these days, whether it is a dedicated video device, a setting in a camera or a feature of a mobile phone or tablet. In all cases most of us had wished we could make our movies look smoother.

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plug
Electrical

How to wire a cable to a plug There are either two or three wires in cables which need to be attached to a standard British electrical plug.

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Cleaning

Rule one is act quickly. As soon as a stain appears on polished wooden furniture (usually a ring from the bottom of a glass or cup) buff it with a clean dry cloth untill the water stain has gone. A paste of baking soda and water was a technique used by

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