Posts by stormypagan

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    Quote from MrAHC

    would you put garry glass in harry hand bag a leave through derick door?

    Now that is just being simon silly now hehehe

    Yeah sorry about that I was aiming at felicity floor but your head got in the way eeeek!!!

    But serious what the **** have you been doing???? fighting again???

    Quote from MrAHC

    I have a disk cutter called 'Bedford killer' & a gass axe called 'transit trasher'

    Naming lumps of metal seems abit silly! Well hippys arnt exacly rational are they!

    That's coz we love everyone, float around, flip about in flip flops and wear flowers in our hair :hippy: :D

    .....The we get the meat clever's out, mine being called charlie chopper, and cut the b*****ks off 'ard as nails people :D :reddevil:

    Quote from Jule9

    Great post and advice Stormy:) - thanks!

    And to s0ck and Sensi - must be something in the air/ water - I'm really down too. I went into work yesterday and spent all my shift feeling like crying and staring into space. I phoned in this morning and said I would be in touch after I had seen the doctor tomorrow. So - group hug:D.

    Thanks Jules xxx and much positive healing vibes to you too xxx

    I have just come through a hard time too... well lets say I am feeling so much better than I was, after guilt and old emotional wounds got re-infected.... anyway, I went to see a healing friend of mine a few weeks back and since then I have felt so much better as she gave me Ghaen healing that made a lot of difference to my being.... and the rush of energy I received through my body was amazing and something I have never experienced the likes of, which lasted a few days...I was at the source of the healing so it was stronger as I was at her sanctuary but she also gave me healing over the phone and I still felt the benefits of it ... and the beauty of it all is that I can now tap into it when ever I do feel crap!!

    This is her web link ...

    She works on a donation if possible only basis.. she also works over the phone but read the website, and if you need more help contact her through her website ... I trust her immensely having known her for 8 years and she has certainly helped me :0) You may not want to know but if you do I hope you get what I have felt since and continue to feel :)

    Love and light to all of you xxxxx

    To both you Sock and sensi ...wishing you both positive healing vibes xxxx

    I know what people say to you dosen't always help but maybe think of a time when you were feeling good and try and aim towards it....

    Also a walk, good friends, and the support of a loved one is always good :) and if you think you know the route cause then think about avoiding the trigger or looking for an alternative!!

    I did a bit of a search and found this.... I know you probably know all this but hey it might help someone else too :)

    Self Help Techniques You Can Use to Help Yourself Feel Better

    1. Tell a good friend or family member how you feel-ask them if they have some time to listen to you. Tell them not to interrupt with any advice, criticism or judgments. Assure them that you can discuss what to do about the situation after you get done talking, but that just talking with no interruptions will help you feel better.

    Your friends and family members may not know what to say. You can tell them to say any of the following:[INDENT]"I'm sorry you are having such a hard time."
    "What can I do to help?"
    "Tell me how you feel."
    "I'm here to listen."
    "I love you."
    "You are very special to me. I want you to get well."
    "You will feel better. You will get well."

    [/INDENT]2. Get some exercise. Any movement, even slow movement will help you feel better-- climb the stairs, take a walk, sweep the floor.
    3. Spend at least one half hour outdoors every day, even if it is cloudy or rainy.
    4. Let as much light into your home or work place as possible--roll up the shades, turn on the lights.
    5. Eat healthy food. Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol and heavily salted foods. If you don't feel like cooking, ask a family member or friend to cook for you, order take out, or buy a healthy frozen dinner.
    6. If you are having lots of negative thoughts or obsessing about difficult issues and hard times, divert your attention away from these thoughts by doing something you really enjoy, something that makes you feel good--like working in your garden, watching a funny video, working on a craft project, playing with a small child or your pet, buying yourself a treat like a new CD or a magazine, reading a good book or watching a ball game.
    7. Relax! Sit down in a comfortable chair, loosen any tight clothing and take several deep breaths. Starting with your toes, focus your attention on each part of your body and let it relax. When you have relaxed your whole body, notice how it feels. Then focus your attention on a favorite scene, like a warm day in spring or a walk at the ocean, for at least 10 minutes.

    8. If you are having trouble sleeping, try some of the following suggestions: drink a glass of warm milk, eat some turkey and/or drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed before going to bed:

    • read a calming book
    • take a warm bath
    • avoid strenuous activity
    • avoid caffeine and nicotine-both are stimulants
    • listen to soothing music after you lie down
    • eat foods high in calcium like dairy products and leafy green vegetables
    • avoid sleeping late in the morning, get up at your usual time

    9. Ask a family member, friend or co-worker to take over some or all of your responsibilities for several days--like child care, household chores, work-related tasks so you have time to do the things you need to to take care of yourself.
    10. Keep your life as simple as possible. If it doesn't really need to be done, don't do it.
    11. Avoid negative people who make you feel bad or irritated. Do not allow yourself to be abused in any way. Physical or emotional abuse can cause or worsen depression. If you are being physically or emotionally abused, ask your health care provider or a good friend to help you figure out what to do.
    12. Avoid making any major decisions like career, relationship and housing changes until you feel better.

    Things to Do After You Begin Feeling Better

    1. Educate yourself about depression so that if you ever get depressed again, you and your supporters will know exactly what to do.
    2. Become an effective advocate for yourself--figure out what you need and want for yourself, and then work toward it until you get it.
    3. Develop and keep a strong support system of at least five supporters, people you feel comfortable with, trust and enjoy. If you don't have five supporters, make some new friends by joining a support group, attending community events, or taking an interesting course.

    4. Write a plan to keep yourself well. Include lists of:

    • things you need to do every day to keep yourself well, like get a half hour of exercise and eat three healthy meals
    • things that may not need to be done every day, but if you miss them they will cause stress in your life, like buying groceries, paying bills or cleaning your home
    • events or situations that, if they come up, may make you feel worse, like a disagreement with a family member or loss of your job, and an action plan to follow if these events occur
    • early warning signs that you are starting to get depressed again, like feeling tired, sleeping too much, overeating, and dropping things, and an action plan to follow if they come up
    • signs that things are getting much worse, you really are depressed, like you can't get out of bed in the morning and you feel negative about everything, and an action plan to follow if this happens
    Quote from stuoolong

    There are hundreds of photos of UKHippy members on this site. We could practice by doing Jackie style comedy love stories and posting them here.

    I'm sure no one would mind... :whistle:

    We now know what teen mags you read when you were a girl hehehe :D

    Not to mention the wild names of hippy dogs, children and hey lets face it ... quite a few hippy travellers :D oh and we have a wild bunch of names on here too hehehe :D

    That's coz you are as 'ard as nails :D :harhar:

    Why shouldn't folk give their vehicles a name...people often give their brick homes names!!

    What you trying to say??? that full time travellers are better than those that just do it when they can?? I remember the snobbery among traveller folk too!!

    Anyway, there are plenty of full time travellers that have given their vehicles names... and I do believe Stardust who lives full time in her bus has a name for it!!

    Quote from frais

    Which book is that? :wiggle:

    I have a good little book called Tipi Living by Patrick Whitefield - it is more about living in one but has some good info in it is a booklet and you may be able to get a copy from as they were something to do with the publishing of it :0)

    Quote from Hawthorn

    Woo Hoo

    I have just ordered my tipi from Oregon! Nomadics Tipis I'm so excited!:happydanc
    Thanks for all the replies and especially to Jerel who has been so helpful and has saved me several hundred pounds. :bighug:.

    I'll post some piccies when its up :D

    Wow you ordered from USA, I put a link up for them in our forum the other day... dunno if it is cheaper with export and all...but when I was looking as we are going to either make one or buy one for our woods... I saw them for about £1600 for just a 16 footer from GB... but I may have a contact that makes them for half that price!!

    Looking forward to seeing yours...are you having it painted or you gunna do it yourself?? or leave it plain??

    Quote from ecomamma

    itz in the blood isnt it? ;)

    Too right... all animals are nomadic...even Human ones :0)

    I never lived full time on the road but I spent a lot of time in my various live in vehicles over the years, travelling around with a couple of friends in their vehicles to festies or just away through summer and winter... and I can't tell you how wonderful it is to open the back doors of you vehicle on a beautiful morning, and lay in bed looking out to usually a lovely view (depending where you are parked up) ... the highlands being the most amazing :0)

    It has its highs and lows but definitely the appeal was there and still is after all this time :0)

    Sorry just have to share this photo again to prove my point, as it is sadly one of the few I have left after splitting with my ex.

    Quote from uma

    Which part of Scotland is your woodland in stormy? Let me know when you're up this way as I would really love to meet you!:)

    Well, me and my fiance have just bought a beautiful converted barn on the west coast, in rural land. Its beautiful and it has a few trees, a garden and a paddock my my horses. We will be surrounded by fields and theres a wee burn flowing through the bottem of the field down the hill. Oh and a ickle village where our future kids can go to school (its an eco school too:D ). So at the moment this is my dream, and it comes reality when we get the keys on the 8th june...can't wait.
    I think I'll always want to have a house as a base, but ideally I'd like to buy a bit more land and have a yurt on it for all my herbal supplies for when I'm qualified as a herbalist. I also want to get a wee gig for my ponies at some point, but it wouldn't be big enough to live in-just for running around in.:D

    Sounds wonderful Uma xxx you lucky thing :0)

    We will be joining you that way in a few years time to build our eco house .... our woodland is in South Ayrshire, I have just PMed you and we hope to have a tribal gathering up there in August this year but I will let you know more as I have put in the PM :) xx

    We live in a house at the mo.... but we have just become the proud guardians of 8 acres of woodland in rural Scotland ....and we hope to move on to it in three years time (because we want our children to have finish the schools they are at and raise some money in the meantime to build) We will live in a combination of caravans, our ambulance and hopefully a tipee.... and while we do that we are going to build an Eco house totally self sustainable (hobbit house) and live off the land there as we have quite a bit of land that hasn't got trees on it too :0)

    And I hope folks will come and visit and stay and help us :)

    I have to agree on that one Stardust..I wasn't there but to hear the eye witness accounts and see some of the footage, it was definitely an awful day...not only were peoples homes trashed, folk beaten up and young children witness to all of this...but peoples dogs were unnecessarily shot dead because they were in the it was deservedly named a battle...even if it was totally onesided.....I am glad I missed that year.... it would have disturbed me for ever more!!!

    I have made the informed choice not to use wool either Uma mainly because of its association with the meat trade, and also because I see so many sorry looking uncared for sheep in the fields around where I live and just don't want to be apart as much as I can of their misery.

    We have to remember that sheep today have been intensively bred to have thick woolly coats for maximum production of wool... so yes they do need caring for but because they have been bred this way, and shearing is more to extract the coat obviously for the wool industry, but in doing this it does help rid the sheep of an unnaturally large amount of coat, and any infestations that they may have... but often sheep are then exposed to the elements that their coat to a degree protected them from etc. Also sheep are often handled roughly and often cut until they bleed by the shears when this is done, and also have to be put through toxic sheep dips did to get rid of infestations. The list is a long one in relation to their exploitations so here is a link to help anyone who reads this and wants to know...…ls/exploitation/sheep.php

    I once remember going to a so called green fair and they were shearing sheep (I didn't know that they we going to do this otherwise I would have boycotted it anyways) ..the demonstration on one of the sheep was being done by a young lad... he obviously wasn't very good at it and ended up cutting the sheep until it bled on several occasions. People complained and it was then at last he was removed from doing it but it makes you wonder how often he had done this before!!

    There are sheep in the paddock behind our house at the moment, and they look a sorry state and one is limping badly... I would ring the RSPCA but I don't think they would do anything to be honest!! It makes me so angry though :mad: and you can see this happen all over the area I live in which is very much sheep country!! We have even found dead sheep on the walks we have been on, just left to rot which is disgusting!!

    So I even if there are ethical guardians of sheep, and I am sure there are those out there that are, then I will continue not to use wool, mainly for the reasons I have given already, and on the principle that A) I don't need to ..and B) it is bloody itchy stuff hehehe.