Advertisement
John Adams |
Monday, 16th April 2012
Having sadly mislaid my trusty Gränsfors Bruks Hand Hatchet (reviewed in PM67) I decided to give the Hultafors Classic Mini Hatchet a try instead. What I like about this size of hatchet is that you can carry it with you without it becoming a nuisance. The curved face cuts well and should be good for limbing, etc., as well. The belt loop on the... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 16th April 2012
I recently discovered that my house had been called 'The Briars' for nearly 100 years – what a happy coincidence; I have planted an edible front hedge of blackberries and tayberries.   The wet spring/summer has led to a heavy crop of tayberries, so I used some of them to make jam, and try out the Burgon & Ball Jam and Sugar Thermometer. I... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 6th February 2012
In the UK, in the last decade or so many of us have been converted to drinking bottled water. Personally I have resisted for years but now, even I hardly ever travel without one. This easy access to water is probably good for us, though we seem to have survived for centuries on tea, beer and the occasional glass of water. My personal resistance to... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd December 2011
In the middle of topping up my loft insulation to current standards, my wife informs me that she has ordered a new carpet for our downstairs guest room. I had realized long ago that insulating under the floors would make a considerable difference to the comfort of the downstairs rooms, if only because it would stop the drafts through the cracks... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 8th September 2011
Nether Wallop have just launched two products that should help to speed up your fruit picking this autumn. The first, a Quick Picker, is a wire framed apple picker head with a catch bag attached. This can be mounted to a handle of your choice to suit the height of your trees. The advantage this picking head has over others I have tried is the... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 7th September 2011
I am a big fan of outdoor cooking so I was delighted to get hold of a Ronnie Sunshine's Classic Camping, Western Style Dutch Oven Cookset. This set consists of a 4 litre (7 pint) Dutch oven, a skillet pan and a griddle plate. They are all made of good quality pre-seasoned cast iron, so after a quick lick of oil, you can use them straight away.... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 31st August 2011
Good manual juicers are hard to find, and really good ones like the Z Star Manual Juicer, which can even juice wheatgrass, are very rare indeed. First impressions were that the juicer is made of quality materials and is slightly larger than other manual models I have tried. It assembles easily and fixes to the table top with a metal screw clamp.... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 4th July 2011
Zebra Loop Handle Cans have some-thing of a cult following. They are used as billy cans by survival instructors, bushcraft enthusiasts, wild campers, woodsmen and backpackers, worldwide. Made of high quality stainless steel, these pots come with an inner bowl which can either be used to keep the contents separate or to eat out of. They also have a... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 30th June 2011
I am usually quite a fan of PowerPlus products but their latest offering the PowerPlus Bear Camping Lantern doesn't quite live up to my expectations. The build quality is good and it has many worthy features from the solar, 12V DC, 240V AC, and hand cranked dynamo charging to the integrated hanging hook in the handle but I felt it was let down by... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 10th May 2011
Here in the UK, even in the wettest winter we are reminded that water levels are not as they should be and if there is a dry summer water may be rationed. On top of which, if your water isn't already metered it probably will be soon, so anything that reduces the amount of water we waste is a good idea. One water saving device that really stands... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 4th May 2011
Wood Jewel knives are crafted in Finnish Lapland in the arctic circle. They are made in the tradition style of the nomadic Sámi reindeer herders who live there, and have flat ground, high carbon steel blades, hardened to Rockwell 59 with handles of curly birch and reindeer antler. The Wood Jewel Combo Leuku Wilderness Knife consists of two knives... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 20th April 2011
'Save water, bath with a friend!' With the current lack of rain it may well be time to revive this well known 60's slogan. Certainly if the weather carries on being as dry as it is we will all need to save our bath, shower and other grey water for our gardens. My friends round the corner had another idea and re-plumbed their bath and shower... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 24th February 2011
Gransfor Bruks make some of the best axes in the world. The range runs from the diminutive Mini Hatchet designed for lightweight backpacking, through the Small Forest Axe, made popular by Ray Mears, to the impressive Splitting Mauls. All are hand crafted in Sweden and each head carries the stamp of the individual who forged it. I like all of them... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 10th February 2011
With the need to conserve energy where we can and fuel prices predicted to soar, Mr D's Thermal Cooker couldn't have come at a better time. This is a 21st century adaptation of a hay box but instead of being a bulky insulated box, this is a neat stainless steel unit with a highly efficient vacuum outer wall. It consists of two main parts: the... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 18th November 2010
I am still convinced that one of the best ways to save electrical energy in the home is by being able to see how much you are using. If you regularly read this column you will know my favourite monitor is the Owl. It has an easy to read display which my whole family take notice of. Since trying an AlertMe (www.alertme.com), however, which has no... more
 

Pages

Advertisement