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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly. Born and living in the Thames Valley west of London, England. I have an office job during the day, but evenings and weekends are all about making.

Kitchen

We made cherry brandy last year but we haven’t finished all of it and it is now cherry season again… and my head still hurts. So this years crop will be turned into a delicious Morello cherry jam … or possibly a conserve. The difference between a conserve and a

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CleaningGardening

You start with nice new clean decking, but wood left out in all weathers quickly begins to look ‘weathered’. However, the change in colour is not a sign of decay; weathering is often only skin deep. To bring back some of the original look you can clean decking in a

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Hedgehog night shot
HobbiesNature

We wanted to photograph the local wildlife at night, so we bought ourselves a trail camera for Christmas. Four months later, here is my honest review of the Browning Dark Ops Apex Trail Camera. Trail Camera Styling There is something fundamental that you need to get your head around. The

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Hobbies

I recently got asked what was the most useful thing I ever made from pallet wood. I knew the answer immediately, but was somewhat reluctant to reply. Truth is, I’m almost embarrassed to say ‘made’ with regards to this object, but it is a fact that my little wooden phone

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Raised bed
Gardening

Of all the larger scale garden construction jobs, this is certainly one of the easiest and one of the most rewarding. Building a raised bed for your garden is a beginner level project that can be completed in just a few hours. The benefits of a raised bed Less bending

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spaceship
Hobbies

A beginners guide to kit bashing. If you want to build the Millennium Falcon you go and buy a millennium falcon kit. But what if you want to build a spaceship that only exists in your brain? What if you want to build something that would leave Han Solo in

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chitted potatoes
Gardening

In late winter while there might be snow still lying deep in the garden, it is time to start getting seed potatoes ready for planting. If you are new to growing tatties you might not be aware that you are about to lose the use of your windowsills for the

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Hobbies

You might have seen the Cricut Maker described as “the ultimate smart cutting machine” but what does it do? Prepare to be pretty impressed. The best short description I heard was “it’s like a laser printer except with knives”. Cricut Maker Review The unit itself comes out of the box

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HobbiesHome brewing

Crab apple trees are generally grown for their ornamental benefits. Big beautiful blossoms in spring and tiny apples from late summer onward. Most people take a bite from a crab apple once in their life and promptly consign the fruit to a category marked ‘inedible’. This is a shame, because

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Cavity Wall Ties
Building

They are cheap, and simple but they stop your house from falling down. Cavity walls were invented around 100 years ago. They provide an enormous advantage over solid walls in terms of thermal efficiency. Basically a house with cavity walls is warmer than a house with solid walls. However two

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