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  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
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Re: Preppers
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2019, 04:32:49 pm »
I've got a Brexshit cupboard.
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  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cattle and sheep!
Re: Preppers
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2019, 06:11:24 pm »
Lambing in winter means we honker down, bread flour, butters, tinned toms, beans, uht milk, sugar puffs etc! Few years ago, I was wakened by a beep! House was On fire!!

Fire inspector couldn't understand why we needed so much food in stock, after all, Tesco is 5 min car journey away!!

Long story short, 72 litres of uht milk does not extinguish mass flames though sugar puffs become a fabulous lumpy bumpy blob (took me a while to realise what had exploded as I had heard several pops!!)

A comment off one person, when sorting out the ruined freezers was "are you expecting Armageddon?"

 Two weeks of eating nothing but tinned peas, spuds and canned meat due to no cooking facilities has put me off them for life!!

Brexit supplies are in though - Drugs for dog!! Very important! dog food, (note how dog comes first!!) Drugs for me, in the form of paracetamol! (Bad back). Bread flour, butter, butter, butter, uht milk, several kilo pasta, tinned toms, baked beans! That's it. Spuds in storage and meat in freezer. I think we'll be ok...........
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!


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Re: Preppers
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2019, 08:18:16 pm »
Wow Cloddopper that really sounds impressive and an awful lot of work, not something I'd want at the moment as busy with craft business, cheesemaking and having to cook everything from scratch (gluten intolerant). :tired:

We have an 80 mile round trip to nearest Tesco, so I too tend to stock up and bulk buy things. The worrying thing for me re Brexit is lack of fresh food and I haven't sown any winter lettuce, but it might all come to naught. :thinking:
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Preppers
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2019, 08:27:29 am »
My youngest is allergic to most foods so everything is meat, fish, fruit and veg, cooked from scratch.
I bought up the last tinned tomatoes in the county without added citric acid which he's allergic to... 50 odd, not brexit related but am no stranger to the looks and comments at the till!

I'm stocking up on olive oil and gluten free oats as these are our household staples and can imagine olive oil shortages/tax increase and there are some good offers on at the moment. Gluten free is a middle class luxury to some people but essential to us. Organic means I don't feel guilty, but if imports are tricky demand for the very limited uk supply will shoot price up.

I think it's likely there will be some fresh food shortages in the foreseeable future. I have no idea how it will affect stuff like heating oil or petrol but probably worth getting a bit extra just to ride out any bumps.

Ive also bought a 2kg stash of soap from France which is fab, three ingredient stuff which lasts for years. Just in case tax or whatever would create a hold up in future. Turns out if you eat healthily you don't need shampoo or deodorant.

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Re: Preppers
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2019, 12:34:43 pm »
It struck me , after the last bout of snowy weather in the UK (which affected the South West too) how the fresh fruit and veg availability in the supermarkets took two weeks to recover fully.   This is due to the just in time supply chain being disrupted due to road closures etc.  In some parts of the US prepping can be seen more of a resilience effort.  They are subject to hurricane, tornado , snow events and earthquake.  With bigger distances , logistics can be more difficult than in the compact UK. 
We have a few resilience tricks : Multifuel stoves with stockpiles of wood and low sulphur coal, a well with drinkable water, rechargeable lighting and good larder.
As the next step, I want to get a new incomer supply plug and isolation  switch from mains incomer , so I can energise my consumer unit from a local source e.g. a 3KVA gen.  Good enough for lights , security, entertainment and central heating.  Reading between the line, I think blackouts my become more frequent in the near future


  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Preppers
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2019, 08:13:33 pm »
Really interesting thread!Twelve years ago we lived on an estuary that had flooded the houses previously.  I used to keep bottled water and supplies on the top floor of the house.  At the time I thought I was being overcautious then I discovered that most of the neighbours did the exact same.Now living in Scotland in a rural area I think it is wisdom to keep supplies in. Especially the basics and of course loo rolls!!!Whatever Brexit or the winter might bring it pays to be prepared.


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Re: Preppers
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2019, 12:47:59 pm »
I'm stocking up on French and Italian wines and cheeses  :excited: :excited:
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Preppers
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2019, 03:47:05 pm »
Having just discovered a very nice New Zealand wine at Aldi I will be stocking up on that instead.

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Re: Preppers
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2019, 12:08:09 pm »
You might find it easier to source New Zealand stuff after Brexit.   

I find it difficult to stockpile wine anyway   :trophy:

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Re: Preppers
« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2019, 12:48:30 pm »
Those of us with lots of space have more choices.  We are lucky enough to have a well and have installed above ground rain water storage, which we want to take over 6,000 litres.  New capacity will be collocated with the new polytunnel.
I have a timber store and ironmongery for spares too.
Resilience is a good thing.  But I believe its the incompetence of HM Gov and its quangos that poses the biggest threat, followed by weather events
Anyone got any unusual and imaginative ideas ?  (no firearms or Brexit related stuff please)


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