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by saving-10-years
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Teardrop Trailer?
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: Teardrop Trailer?

@ffj Would love to see what you could build. We built one (well I designed it and DH built it) 7 years ago. Mainly wood, on a caravan chassis with a metal (salvaged caravan) aluminium skin to the roof (v2). We are continuing to tinker every year or two and belong to a community in the UK that get to...
by saving-10-years
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

+1 badass (totally agree).
by saving-10-years
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

+1 awesome. Have pointed out to my DH what your DH was up to in his 60s and also that I am not the only person who has bright ideas that get us into uncharted territory (and your ideas are brighter and bolder than mine IMO). Wondering whether you thought that by building a vast 'shed' at the bottom ...
by saving-10-years
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

@halfmoon - as one of your readers who with my own DH has been following with bated breath the bold exploits of your DH I am at this point reviewing some of those exploits mentally and thinking ... 'what? he was 55+ when he did that pole building/skimming lark?' 'and the tractor in the mud hole?' 'a...
by saving-10-years
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Wow. Wonderful photos. Wondering how near you would have needed to get to those bees to get a shot like this with your old camera from (say) 1990s journal pics. At least I am assuming you were not _that_ close when you did this last picture?
by saving-10-years
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: UK meetup in Leeds, Yorkshire - Saturday July 22nd
Replies: 11
Views: 848

Re: UK meetup in Leeds, Yorkshire - Saturday July 22nd

Hope that the meet up happens and you report back. I am already booked elsewhere that day (I organise monthly events and that is one I am involved in running) and no excuse to travel to Yorkshire given that DS is now back home for the holidays.
by saving-10-years
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

@halfmoon, I realised from what you have previously said about your DH's health that cancer would come up but its both startling and very sad to know that it happened in the midst of his feats of strength and stamina and plans for yet more derring do. This diagnosis must have entailed a huge shift i...
by saving-10-years
Fri May 12, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Re: University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)

@GTOO agreeing with all that. Its a curious thing that these loans are being made to young people in advance of experience of the thing they are planning for (so applying for these when aged 17/18 would be typical). Its not a nuanced process, you apply en bloc for all that you might need in the year...
by saving-10-years
Thu May 11, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Re: University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)

As I have a son at Uni at the moment I know that many students his age do not intend/expect to pay their loan back. Its a valid assumption (the FT expects that 70% of current students won't have paid off their loans by the time the write off cut-off is reached https://www.ft.com/content/55f4a6f6-3ea...
by saving-10-years
Thu May 11, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)
Replies: 7
Views: 623

University in England (Fees or Graduate Tax)

England in subject because Scotland and Wales have different (kinder) systems although these too may change? I did my degree way back when there were no fees (and got my employers to pay for later degree-level study). Times are different now and there are fees in the UK and no means tested maintenan...
by saving-10-years
Wed May 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Oxford versus Karolinska
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Re: Oxford versus Karolinska

+1 on parking in central Oxford being a notoriously big problem. Van living will involve a lot of moving around and/or taking a bus in from the outskirts. You might find this advice on parking zones useful https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/controlled-parking-zones-cpzs. While not car friend...
by saving-10-years
Tue May 09, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Want to lose people quickly - try traveling with them? Share your stories! (the good, the bad, and the ugly)
Replies: 8
Views: 902

Re: Want to lose people quickly - try traveling with them? Share your stories! (the good, the bad, and the ugly)

Thanks for the stories. I don't have any about falling out. I find travel an interesting opportunity to meet people who I would never have chosen to spend time with before and have made long term friends this way. My stories of travel with significant others are rather like the ones from @scriptbunn...
by saving-10-years
Thu May 04, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Russian-American journalist speaking about Trump, Russia, and conspiracy thinking
Replies: 3
Views: 967

Re: Russian-American journalist speaking about Trump, Russia, and conspiracy thinking

@scriptbunny ... I think I get the point you are trying to make but this para did lose me ... I've watched a lot of Masha Gessen's videos at this point, and I think she has a lot of interesting things to say about Putin's worldview and the structure of Russian propaganda. I think one of the most int...
by saving-10-years
Wed May 03, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Forum showing me logged in as different user
Replies: 39
Views: 2310

Re: Forum showing me logged in as different user

+1 Thanks for all the hard work to bring this back. Gosh I missed having this sane place to retreat to when online.

Real value here if us ERE types are willing to pay a monthly sub to keep this going (and going).
by saving-10-years
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Where do you fall on this 4-axis political spectrum?
Replies: 38
Views: 2469

Re: Where do you fall on this 4-axis political spectrum?

@7w5 Same rating here but I did feel like @jennypenny that some of my strong views were pulled back by other strong views.
by saving-10-years
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best solution for ~3 mi professional commute: Electric Bike, Touring Bike, Scooter/Moped, Car, Shuttle, etc.?
Replies: 32
Views: 2339

Re: Best solution for ~3 mi professional commute: Electric Bike, Touring Bike, Scooter/Moped, Car, Shuttle, etc.?

Do you have a car sharing scheme at your new employers? I managed to do a car share where the other person was always the driver because my place was en route. This could be only for the more inclement weather and walking sounds fine for the other occasions. Three miles is a nice but not onerous wal...
by saving-10-years
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: You only live once - help
Replies: 41
Views: 3507

Re: You only live once - help

@distracted +1 Dragline. Speaking from experience, I am the older sensible sister who worked hard (perhaps too hard) at work she enjoyed (I moved jobs when that was not the case) and retired early. Its possible to do very interesting work and get paid (and travel) - these are not mutually exclusive....
by saving-10-years
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sock longevity and darning
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Re: Sock longevity and darning

Mainly for 7w5 - with all my knitting books (and I have plenty) - this online free pattern for socks is well explained and works for me (reinforced heel so not the easiest). http://susanbanderson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/how-i-make-socks.html Same author also has a pattern for worsted weight socks (fo...
by saving-10-years
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sock longevity and darning
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Re: Sock longevity and darning

@Jacob - I can probably do a sock in a long car journey (as passenger) while listening to the radio or chatting. That is one of the lovely things about knitting. You can enjoy/entertain yourself (pointless otherwise I agree), make something good (productive and creative), while not taking up any mor...
by saving-10-years
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sock longevity and darning
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Re: Sock longevity and darning

@Ginger1 This won't be the solution for your work socks but if you can teach yourself to knit socks (think you might enjoy this) and/or have someone prepared to knit socks then _these_ will be worth darning and last a very long time. You can knit in double toes and reinforced heels to give longer be...
by saving-10-years
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Sisters birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 1441

Re: Sisters birthday

@Did, Thrifty++ is based in Auckland I think, so its not quite such an expensive trip. (There is also the new niece angle). He is taking your advice I think in going later and with a friend and staying longer. Hopefully that worked well as a counter-offer (along with a thoughtful gift?).
by saving-10-years
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Personal emancipation day
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: Personal emancipation day

My required period of notice was a year, but because of the long term project I was heading up I gave them over that. I also did quite a few last/leaving lunches with people around the organisation beforehand - those I had worked with in different projects. Some knew what I was planning and they wer...
by saving-10-years
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 397
Views: 34153

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Keeping those beautiful blankets in store until you are safely within a moth free zone is a great idea. I marvel at how moths here (not many and taking measures) will ignore the grotty serviceable woolens and the washed fleece (only ever found them in one so far) and hone in on cashmere- my only two...
by saving-10-years
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 2472

Re: Frugality fail list

@7W5 thanks for the hug. Reading this while my son is in the room and his take is that large parties/birthday parties/whatever have evolved from banquets where the whole message was 'Look at me I can afford to spend this exorbitant amount of money'. So I suppose that if its for showing off/grand ges...
by saving-10-years
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 2472

Re: Frugality fail list

@7W5 I get what you are saying. But in the sandwiches example I just hate the lack of quality and the waste. Too many corporate sandwich lunches where I knew the food sucked _and_ that it cost far more than real food. I did say for a party at your home , so not a business. If it were a business I wo...