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  1. We found the problem was not when to relocate as the change in situation and circumstances steers you to this decision and it is then easy to make, for me it was an accumulation of small things not one major factor that made the decision easy and you also get a gut feeling that the time has come to move on (not sure if that makes sense?). The problem is once you decide to move you can then encounter other issues outside of your control, e.g. at one point we moved to Turkey, but overtime it became clear it was being steered away from being a secular state towards becoming an Islamic one and having lived in one for many years I was not willing to do so again so it was pack your bags and move time again, then we forged a pretty good life for ourselves in Bulgaria, not an easy one as we have to work hard to be as self sufficient as possible then Brexit comes along and we will be having to move again as we do not have the finances to meet the proposed criteria that would allow us to stay here so we will be packing our bags and moving again, so even looking and planning for all eventualities be warned wherever you end up the old curveball can and probably will be thrown at you to mess up your best laid plans. Good luck and hope all goes well. PS The above is not meant to offend anyone, just a personal view from my own experiences.
  2. To add my two pennies worth....... I like the fact that most posts on here always address a subject and are written in a thoughtful way with opposing views accepted and discussed unlike the the mass of conflicts that seem to happen on other forums. I do not post a lot but enjoy reading through the information here, I see no point in putting on a post when I have no idea what I am talking about!!
  3. That is the truth of the matter, we were told it was impossible to grow rhubarb where we live in Bulgaria but after a couple of years experimenting we now grow enough for all our needs and the surplus makes a lovely wine, it is all trial and error plus a lot of fun! For some reason we seem to have a different crop failure each year, this year it was onions they were fine for pickling etc but none reached a decent size.
  4. Keep them well-watered, the soil should be damp enough to stick to your fingers but not saturated especially when they are in flower and the new tubers are forming. Water early in the day or late evening if possible avoiding the foliage as if wet this can cause damage to the leaves and make the plants susceptible to disease and bugs.
  5. On advice from a Bulgarian neighbour I tried out this system for planting potatoes in winter, bearing in mind our winter temperatures are @ -25 celcius and we often have 3 foot of snow on the ground: Dig a trench and line with leaves and sawdust. Plant potatoes and cover with more leaves and sawdust. Stack a mound of soil above each potato and cover with straw/hay. The lower layer of leaves/sawdust feeds the potato while the upper layer of leaves/sawdust/soil/straw/hay insulates the potato over winter resulting in stronger plants and growth during spring. We tried it last year alongside the traditional way of planting in early spring and also by just placing a potato on the ground and placing a mixture of of soil and straw on top, so a three way trial and no one system proved better than the other but all resulted in a cracking harvest of potatoes with the ones planted using the above method being ready a lot earlier. I enjoy reading about these different methods, it shows various systems work in different situations.
  6. 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................
  7. We normally find this happens when they are picked late, so they get fed to the chickens as they love them!
  8. 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!!!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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