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  1. Stroke of luck! I have been grape picking for a local Co-Operative these past few days (they find it highly amusing to have a Brit Ex-Pat working with them), one of the bosses was using a mora knife it seems his brother works for the company that imports them in to Bulgaria so I negotiated away my wages (including my wine and rakia allocation) together with several more days of labour in exchange for a couple of knives. As good as his word this lot turned up today. A couple to keep and a couple to barter with................
  2. We normally find this happens when they are picked late, so they get fed to the chickens as they love them!
  3. An update as to my progress so far.................none!! I should seriously adopt the "Pathetic Prepper" tag!!!! I secured some work harvesting some fruit and helping to set up/run a rakiya still for someone which was meant to be in exchange for a Berghaus rucksack his son owned, anyway the backpack did not appear (why was I not surprised!) but 4 sacks of ground wheat, a stun gun with pepper spray, another pepper spray together with several slingshots/spare elastic/loads of ball bearings and two packs of tongue and groove wood did. All useful stuff so not altogether unsuccessful but................ back to the drawing board!!!
  4. With our fruit and what we collect when foraging we make jam, compotes, wine, all the usual cheese cakes/pies/crumbles etc also we freeze them for winter use. Like @crazyman our jams last for well over a year and I have just eaten some cherry jam that was made two years ago, still full of flavour! I am not a great believer in use before dates they should be called "lets make more money for big businesses" dates! The compotes are lovely for our cold winters we jar the fruit using brandy/rakia which again preserves the fruit for longer and when the temperatures are down to -25 a serving on your morning porridge/cereal/yoghurt gives you a warm glow before heading outside to start working! Lots of information out there for different recipes/methods it is trial and error to find what works for you. If starting to make jam I would suggest investing in a jam thermometer which we have found out after several years of jam making to be a lot more reliable than the cold plate/wrinkle test! Good luck and happy experimenting!
  5. Not sure if this should be here or not so Mods/Admin feel free to move if required. I was reading an article about the benefits of paracord which then set me off on a tangent, it may be fine and easy for me to go out and buy some paracord but would I know how to use it and get the best from it once it arrived?? The answer was a simple "No!". Keeping the above in mind I headed of to Mr Google and found a wealth of information on knots that would allow be to put said paracord to good use. I started of on the basics, reef knot, clove hitch, square/diagonal lashings, round turn two half hitches but the more I looked at different Survival/Prepping sites the more I found a wide variance at what knots were recommended as "must know" ones, so.................rather than head of in the wrong direction I thought I would throw it open to you more knowledgeable people out there for a few suggestions/ideas about which knots are worth learning. With our winter not far away there will be plenty of time to practice them. Thanks in advance.
  6. Well this Pathetic Prepper is still wading through the many subjects on this site and many of the other links that run from it, thanks everyone for an informative site. We are currently putting up a couple of new pens for the geese, rabbits and chickens and getting in all the harvest to feed ourselves over winter but I have been making time to tackle that old subject of personal fitness. We walk our dogs every morning between 7-10 kms but with the way things are going today I thought an extra effort was needed to raise my fitness to another level so after returning with the dogs, I started dragging out my old trainers and hit the hills running (well shuffling to start with!), first 1 km then 2 kms now I am up to between 7-10 kms runs depending on where I go and the terrain involved and for the first time I have totalled over 100 kms running in a month which may not be much to some but its not bad for this oldun even though he does not always enjoy it! So I was wondering what people think is a reasonable level of fitness and how they manage to maintain their own fitness levels or if they do?
  7. Rabbits

    Thanks for the replies, rabbits are @ 4 months old now so another couple of months and they will be , looking forward to my attempts at tanning after first learning to dispatch and skin rabbits. Never realized the number of different methods to scan a skin but enjoying finding out about the different approaches.
  8. Tomatoes

    We use the water bath canning method, just add lemon juice and salt then place in the water bath and heat. Sometimes we add a herb such as basil for a slight flavouring, easy and simple which is what I like! We have also dried some tomatoes this year by placing them on foil and leaving them in the car, works a treat.
  9. Tomatoes

    You are well in front of us, here our tomatoes are only just turning red though we have been picking our small yellow cherry tomatoes for a couple of weeks now. What we do not eat or feed to the chickens and rabbits we jar so we have sufficient to see us through to the following year. I did not know you could just freeze them so will find out how and give it a go this year. The main reason we jar them is that power outages are a regular occurrence here during the winter months and can often last for several days and in exceptionally bad weather weeks!
  10. Thanks for the idea, I had a quick look at what is available and will definitely do some further investigation. Thanks for the reply and link, I am not in the UK but can get things from the UK brought here for me. There is a wide variety of equipment for sale on the site so I will keep an eye on what becomes available. Thanks for the informative post, certainly not worried about the "cool" factor just practical and efficient factors, also a reasonable backpack fits in with one of my tentative future plans if I have to leave here. Thanks everyone for your replies.
  11. I am not sure if this is in the right place so MOD's/Admin feel free to move if you wish. I have been working my way through this site and a couple of others and feel it is now time to start putting together a Grab/Go to/Bug Out Bag or whatever you wish to call it. Bearing in mind we have no income here (not complaining this life was our choice!) so it will have to be done on an "Add to when you can afford it" basis over a period of time and strictly budget gear through necessity. First thing I started looking at was bags and I soon discovered the prices for gear in America is so much cheaper than UK prices in fact, often the dollar sign is dropped and it is replaced by a pound sign! An example on Amazon.co.uk is the 3V GEAR PARATUS 3 DAY OPERATOR'S PACK £110 + £5 delivery in the UK, on Amazon.com $80 which is £62, so UK buyers are paying nearly double the price, many other items follow the same lines, some rip off!! Still an old holdall will do for now Anyway I my rant causes me to digress..... I am starting this thread in order to monitor how I get on over the next..............months.............years!!! Should be slow but fun to see how things progress and what I end up with, time to get my bartering head on. Oh, I forgot to mention we have no mail service in our village to receive anything but that is just another minor problem we should have resolved soon!!!
  12. Geese

    Just been given these today as payment for helping out a neighbour, they are only 4 days old, so................what do I do with them? Luckily they came with a bag of food!! Looks like another area to be fenced of for them when they grow and another night on the internet reading up how to keep them but for tonight they are in the porch with the broilers, rapidly running out of space at present but it would seem they are cheap to keep and easy to breed. Normally these neighbours give us a fresh goose every christmas but it is already prepared for cooking, another learning curve begins but this life of self sufficiency is certainly not an easy one and I admire anyone that is attempting it.
  13. Short answer is "Yes" on occasions, but they never seemed to suffer any long term effects from it. Cats are naturally inquisitive and are born predators when a scorpion bumps into a cat it would try to make a swift exit (they literally turn tail and scarper) but the cat would chase it, play with it and often actually eat it. Fascinating to watch and it would seem the agility and speed of the cat is the determining factor. Apologies KCM for wandering way off topic!!
  14. Rabbits

    Using battery acid made me wonder as well! I am looking for the more natural approach as I am sure people in "earlier times" did not use battery acid!! So far the egg or brain method seem to be the way to go.