Kath Thomas

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since Jan 11, 2018
After many years looking we've just bought a small house with land in Bulgaria.  We will be using it as a holiday home initially with the long term aim of moving there full time and living off the land.
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Same here (old fashioned life) if I cannot afford something I either save for it or do without, never owned a credit card in my life and because of this attitude I have a very poor credit rating which is just fine by me, I'll stick with my "make do and mend" life.
1 month ago
Sorry for Tot Boy read Toy Boy, our sons when they first visited us had similar ideas to you but after staying a few days agreed with us that a move into the basement would be preferable also in the winter many people move into and live in their basements to reduce heating bills. Thank you for your suggestions.
1 month ago
I've only just seen this topic but what great ideas projects I'm going to do this nest year meanwhile one of my new years resolutions is to buy no clothes this year as I already have enough to last me a life time. I'm also clearing out my wardrobe and either passing items on,  giving to charity shops or making cleaning cloths. Oh and thanks for the fasting tips  I currently fast around five days a week for about 16 hours at a time and its doing me no harm.
1 month ago
Thank you for your reply S Bengi, true at the moment we have a fridge and a table top cooker in the hall way but the only water is in the bathroom and theres no kitchen storage we use one of the rooms as a sitting room and when the weather is good we have a table outside but I don't like washing pots in the bathroom and I have to hand wash bedding and clothes in there as well as their is no room for a washing machine so I really do want to get the basement sorted and your list at the end of your post has been helpful. I thing that double or triple glazing will be a must as will thick heavy curtains thanks again.
1 month ago
Ok I'll make this as short as I can, me a UK pensioner with a Tot Boy husband with a major heart condition.  
We bought a small house in a Bulgarian village last year the house is detached and facing south with a large productive garden to the front running down the side, the house itself has three large ish rooms upstairs plus a corridor which we use as a kitchen area and an internal bath room at the end of the corridor.
Downstairs we have a basement two rooms, one of which would have been the kitchen with a wood burning stove and a large sink and a corridor as above but no internal stair case and all need more power points, sockets and plastering oh and its a bit damp but this is cured by leaving the windows open when we're there.
No heating but lots of chimneys/
We want to get it up to all year living standard on a limited budget, all the windows are single glazed.
Husband thinks that an internal staircase should be the first priority.
I'm over there in early March by myself and it could be warm or freezing but no heating,we have a little money but where do I begin, upstairs is furnished and I can sort the garden but I need to prioritise works in the house before husband joins me for a weeks holiday in April as he shouldn't do any heavy manual work with his heart condition.
In short where do I start?
1 month ago
I've been making jams and chutneys in re-cycled jars for many years with no problems I just store them in the fridge once opened. As long as the jars are sterilised before use I intend to keep on doing it, why bother buying new jars and lids when my old ones work so well and save me money.
6 months ago
Thanks Phil
The basement is constructed from stone (which is common in this country). I suppose we could knock all the remaining plaster off keep the basement well ventilated and think again. When we manage to use the basement as living space it will be heated in the winter by wood burners and there are chimneys in each of the rooms. At the moment we keep the windows open when we're there in the summer and this has had a positive effect on the damp problem. Tanking out either externally or internally is out of the question at the moment as we have no money.
6 months ago
USA only, ah well nevermind
6 months ago
We want to make our basement "habitable" it has a problem with damp but we cannot afford to get it "tanked out" so the plaster is coming off the walls. How do I re-plaster it?  I know that I'll have to knock off the old plaster and I know that the damp won't disappear but when we're able to live there full time we will keep it well aired. In the winter we'll be moving down stairs just to keep one area of the house warm by using a wood burning stove in the kitchen and a wood burner in  the other room.  We hope to build a rocket mass heater in the future but is it possible to raise the out pipe up the wall to pass out of the chimney?
6 months ago
Do you ship to the UK because I'd like to win these tools.
6 months ago