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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:22 am    Post subject: Viable self sufficiency  Reply with quote

"VIABLE SELF SUFFICIENCY", Tim and Dot Tynes much delayed book is finally due out in May. Anyone else looking forward to this?

It's a long time since I bought any of the smallholder magazines but Tims articles in COUNTRY SMALLHOLDING and Dots articles in HOMEFARMER were the only reason I ever bought them in the first place
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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uh-oh, it seems they've hit a snag, Dot Tyne wrote this on the VSS website the other day,


"The very small publishing company that's undertaken to bring our next book to life is struggling to meet the production costs.
This is partly due to the fact that it's a much bigger project than they'd anticipated, but primarily it's because they insist on having it printed by a small UK based (Scottish) company rather than export the whole job to China - admirable ethics, but unfortunately they come at a price.
Therefore they've launched a crowd funding bid to help cover the costs.
https://www.kickstarter.com/proje...omefarmer/viable-self-sufficiency
We think that the rewards for pledges represent very good value, but if you feel it's not for you please help anyway by circulating this request among other social media sites you may be involved with.
Thanks for reading"
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wayland



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge respect of Tim and Dot. I like Dots diary column in the Smallholder mag. She never stops. I will look forward to their next publication.
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drowned_pig



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She seems to be making butter and cakes every day ...I wouldn't mind hanging out in her kitchen for a week or so!
I like Tim's bluntness, no flaffing about with that man, calls a spade a spade!
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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, he doesn't seem to suffer fools. They really push the idea that a small-holding must be profitable, I'm really hoping that this book is realistic and VERY different to Seymour and those other jokers.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would never call Seymour a joker.Bless him, but I know what you mean
Where did Tim find a wife like Dot??? What I like about Tim and Dot is shear down to earth practicality and hard work. I dont know how much land they work but they clearly can make ends meet and raise a family. HFW often talks about adding value which I suppose includes writing books and doing talks, Whatever, best of luck to them.
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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, they managed to hit their target (plus a bit more) so I believe this means the book is going ahead, due out in the summer I think

Anyone chuck 'em a few quid?
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont buy books anymore but here I have made an exception. It is a well taken point that to make a living off a small acreage, it is essential to add value to your product and this includes skills. I used to have a forge and did well out of it until the order book got to big which gave me no time for anything else.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the Kickstarter campaign page, there were 2 contributors from Ireland....you and me Wayland
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fame at last.
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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you get your book yet Wayland?

I got mine today, it looks good. At 450+ pages, it's going to take a while to get through, especially with these long evenings and lots of actual small-holding to do....
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you missed the kickstarter project is it still possible to buy the book? Now you've had chance to check it out do you recommend it?
Thanks  
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book is for sale now from all the usual spots, Amazon etc. or direct from HomeFarmer.

I did think it was good, its extremely practical, there nothing in it that they haven't done and re-done for the last many years, so everything is possible and they've refined everything to be done as cheaply as possible.

Its not a list of skills like john Seymours book, its more a manual on small-scale farming. there is large sections on land management and livestock which are very relevant to anyone struggling with poor land in an Irish climate.

if you only buy one book this year about self-sufficiency then it should be "How to print money and get away with it" but if you can afford 2 books (using some freshly printed money!) then you should buy this!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks tractorpunk...sounds like a good buy. We are new to the Tynes so it will all be new to us  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="wayland:26779"]I dont buy books anymore but here I have made an exception. It is a well taken point that to make a living off a small acreage, it is essential to add value to your product and this includes skills. I used to have a forge and did well out of it until the order book got to big which gave me no time for anything else.[/quot


Hi  (again must stop meeting like this people will talk)
But being serious for a minute why dont you buy books anymore?

I like nothing better than the car boot sales and its the old books i go for,And the rusty tool stalls,

Ive books on all subjects but as the norm its anything about the country way of life from years ago,

Your going to laugh your cock off now

"but " the last books i bought at a car boot over here was an early mrs Beatons house managment and mrs beatons gardening,

And honestly they really are full of the old ways of gardening and the cures etc for all kinds of gardening problems that can still be used today,

I got both books (well worn covers) for 5 euro
So dont you think you might be loosing out by not buying anymore.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cant live without books here
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jansee



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcon wrote:
Cant live without books here


Hear hear, well said.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The likes of Mrs Beaton and others of her eira I would collect and do brouse boot sales for them. I have a few of the "Complete Gardener" series of the 1930`s and love to read these old gems. I also have a number of John Seymour's books, but later books to me seem just repeats of what I already have in my extensive library. I did not intend to give the impression that I dont read anymore. Its just that 95% of my books are reference and I have most subjects that I have an interest in covered.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto.  99.9% of the books written nowadays are trash.  I'd go as far as to say 100% where fiction is concerned. Regarding the late John Seymour, I don't think he gets the credit he deserves.  I first read his "Self-sufficiency" more than forty years ago when he was a voice crying in the wilderness.  I still have the same copy - well-thumbed now - and like to dip into it every now and then.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of his first books on Self Sufficiency. Its entitled "The Fat of the Land". Although it has mistakes which he acknowledged in later publications, this book got me hooked. Incidentally he lived just down the road from me here in Wexford, and has a stone raised in Duncannon church yard.

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