Burro in Print: 2nd post and still not sacked!

Blimey folks, yet more from me in my local paper! Surely someone will realise I’m winging it? I keep expecting it at work, but no one seems to clock on I’m just a cheeky a chancer 🙂

Read my amazing* second post here – ahhh, go on now… go on… go on…

* honest 😉

A Coke Moment…

Bloggers for a positive global change award memeRight… I’ve been tagged again. Thank’s KW 😉

I’m dead busy right now so I’ll have to keep my tags brief (unlike the time I had to tag my briefs because of that strange man who liked my washing…). This meme comes to me via Kitchen Witch (and a damn fine Witch she is too) from this worthy site.

My five sites are…

1) Bean Sprouts – bloody great site full of useful, real-life stuff. If Mel and her family can do it, we all can!

2) Self Sufficient-ish – cracking site that will inspire and inform.

3) Honeybee Network – protecting rural knowledge for all.

4) Down The Lane – Richard downshifted… so can you!

5) Moosey’s Country Garden – Huge site with tonnes of help and advice.

That’s it folks – gotta dash. Check these links out and have a flick through the ones to the left as I had to leave loads of brilliant people and their blogs out 🙂

Home Recycling (dot com)

Right, I haven’t plugged Chris’s company on here for blinking ages so here goes – go to http://www.homerecycling.co.uk/ and take a look at their great range of stuff to help you recycle. We’ve had the 4-bin thing, the other 4-bin thing and a carrier bag thing from them and they make my messy life so much easier (hell, even the mistress likes them and she would live in a house so minimalist that it would contain no furniture at all. Or walls. Or roof. Or me. In fact just a white box without the box would suit her, so getting 3 bits of furniture past her has to tell you how great they are). Anyhow, check out the site and the forum. Hope you find sommat you like 🙂

Post FAQ:

A. What? Why?
Q. Eh? Why not!

A. Are you on the payroll? Is this viral marketing?
Q. No, I’m not. It may be, but if so I’m not being paid for it. I just like Chris – he’s a nice guy.

A. You lie! You work for him!
Q. Honestly I don’t. I do boring spreadheety stuff around funding. And some wetwork.

A. Which soap do you like best?
Q. Hmmm, Corrie I’ll have to say. Emmerdale is OK. Hollyoaks is utter shite (and without Becca wholly without merit for a Sunday morning perv). Eastenders is total drivel – miserable cartoon cockernees shouting (or shaaatttin!) at each other like so many angry chavs in Primark rejects. No thanks, I prefer the offshoot – Beast Enders.

A. Are you a good kisser?
Q. Come closer and find out, you minx!

My Neglected Compost

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My Neglected Compost

Tsk! I had done so well in 2006. The compost bin was working well. I was even *ahem* activating it. But now… Shamed! Shamed I tells ye! I have neglected my compost. I have not turned it. I have not mixed my browns and greens. I have just dumped stuff in. I BARE MY CHEST! BEAT ME NOW!

But Lo! What is this? What waits beneath the sleek black skin* of my compost receptacle? At first glance, whilst the upper half seems unkempt and unloved, the lower quarters offer a damp, warm promise of pleasure to any and all probing hands…

That is until you smell it. Feck me sideways! Did a rat throw up in there? Did it throw up, die, come back to life a zombie rat**, throw up again and then open a public latrine for all other zombie rats*** to come a throw up in? Bastard zombie rats!

Gagging (see *), I dug the whole lot over and mixed it with grass, card and paper. Then I sealed the stinking thing and washed the whole area down with a hose. And then my boots. And then me. And then I had a shower. A long, hot one like the one I had the morning after I got drunk and woke up in Fife with nothing but Turkish sailor’s hat and a deep sense of shame to keep me warm.

I shall try harder in the future. With the compost, I mean.

* Like so much latex streched o’er the body of the Dalek’s little known Empress – DominDalix!

** It can happen, people.

*** Really. It’s the start of World War Z, I tells ya!

A Greener Burro

Never mind answering the last post (not that anyone did, boohoo) as I’ve done my google research and found out the following:

  • Most LED replacements are not bright enough and the light doesn’t feel quiet right
  • The LED replacements that come near to being bright enough are too expensive
  • The only other alternative are Compact Fluorescent bulbs

Phew! These three factoids belie how much bloody surfing and reading I’ve had to do 🙂 Still, it’s all grist to the Wild Burro Eco Mill and in the end I’ve plumped for ten 11w CF bulbs from TLC which I’m hoping will reduce our energy usage quite dramatically.

This leads me onto another purchase I’ve made (you’d be forgiven for thinking that wonga was in serious danger of going out of fashion over here on the cyber paddocks, but all these purchases are designed to save your favourite Burros money in the long run so fear not): An Electricity Meter! Oh yes! Soon I will be able to tell the mistress exactly how much each light left on is costing us and the planet. As soon as it come, I’ll look at running an experiment and keeping you informed via the blog 🙂

p.s. Thanks to the forums at Moneysaving Expert for the thread that showed me the light (see what I did there)

p.p.s. Here’s a great little article on LED truths and myths from a UK cave sport website. It’s a little old now (2001-2) but from my research most of the points are still valid. Here’s an update from May 06.

LEDs for Halogen

Hi all,

As part of the new look Wild Burro Paddocks, we have installed the halogen strip lighting so common at B&Q (no doubt assembled by Chinese dissidents or kids in India). Now, I’m not happy with having ten 50w lights blazing away in the house and I’ve been looking at replacing the bulbs with some kind of energy efficient replacement. Anyone got any ideas or advice? The LED versions here look fine but may not be bright enough – the cold fluorescent seem brighter but the cost / lifetime ratio doesn’t add up.

Hmmm. LEDs, Halogen or sommat else – any ideas?

There is too much packaging in life!

I recently read about some WI-types who were taking all the unnecessary packaging used by supermarkets back to those supermarkets and good on ’em I say! I’m sick of food being 3 times wrapped in stuff that can’t be used again. I’m also sick of people making useless shite that just pollutes the world and it seems I’m not the only one (thanks to El Gordo for the link)

Building my greenhouse

My new (second hand) greenhouse in bits.Ohhh, woe is me. And woe is you. And woe is the mistress. Especially the mistress. HALO is a terrible addiction and I fear I shall soon forget to eat, drink, sleep, bathe and even breathe! When I’m not playing HALO, I’m planning of times when I can play it and when I am playing it I’m planning the next time I can play it. It’s a good job this addiction doesn’t require me to rob grannies as I fear I’m too weak to resist 😦

Sigh.

Anyhoos, here is the first of several updates I promised you, this one on about my See-Thru Tease (watch my google rank soar!). I now have the base built and only need to lay a row of bricks to raise the roof a little. The real fun comes when I try to fit it all back together again from its current flatpack status. HoHum. I’m also planning to sink a 600ltr water tank into the floor and use it to collect rainwater. Eco Burro, that’s me 🙂

You can (as always) follow my progress over in the gallery, which seems to be working fine after my recent troubles – I think it was just the host moving servers wot did fer me.

Ringing in the changes

How many mobiles do you get through in a year? If you are my folks then the answer is “We’ve had this one for years and it still works and I can see the screen and the new ones are all too small and the buttons are tiny and why should I get another one when this one does just what I want and if I wanted a camera I’d get a camera and there are all so small now that I’d only lose it anyway” *and breathe*

If you’re my wee baby sister down in the Big Smoke the answer is “But this one is just so much sexier and it fits in my bag better camera? what camera? it has a camera? well I didn’t know that but I’ll not use that and hang on I’ve got a call hello” *in 1-2-3 out 1-2-3*

If you’re my wee middle sister then the answer is “Burn all technology as it is the work of Satan and yee shall return to knitting your own yoghurt lest yea be taken up the bum by a robot turned agin us for yea verily I have seen the future and it is not orange but red red with blood as the foul machine turn on us with murderous doings – ohh how do I work this video for Six Feet Under?” *lungs burning*

If you are the mistress then the answer is “this one is ok and does what I need I mean I don’t use the camera or the radio and a new one would just cost money but I’d like some covers for it yeah they’d be nice but I don’t want a new one no just some covers can you get covers” *need air*

If you’re me then you are lucky devil indeed, but the answer is “but this one has a better camera and it has flash and I can use that instead of the old point and shoot digi that makes my pocket sag and look it has a radio and a video recorder and I can play great 3D games on it” *ohhh, pretty sparkly lights in front of my eyes and I’m moving down a tunnel… thunk!*

I think that’s everyone in the UK covered. So for those of us who change phone either when our contract allows us (moi) or with our eye-shadow (sis in the smoke) but want to save the world for future generations of mobile phone users, the idea of a case made of biodegradable plastic and circuit boards made of pasta sounds like a dream come true. And the sunflower seed in the case that will grow once the phone is dumped is just genius.

Read more over on the BBC, here.

Wormery Update 6 – Wormageddon!

Dead. All of ’em. Even the new ones less than a week old. The tap at the bottom was blocked and the liquid they produce had backed-up and drowned them. The stench when I opened it was horrible, really really horrible. I’ve ditched the lot and washed out the bin ready to start again, but I’m not going to do so until I’ve sought advice.

Check out the disaster here – look for Update 6 pictures.

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