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Scavenging...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 31 Dec 2007.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Being driven back to Leicester on Thursday by Mum, in slowish traffic, I found myself looking at all the litter and stuff that had collected along the verge of the A34, and realised that I was evaluating it for usefulness in the event of complete society breakdown - so plastic sheeting was good for shelter, paper and card could be used for kindling, oddments of wood as fuel, decent lengths of rope or ratchet strap would be really handy, old glass or plastic bottles for storage, etc.... Add that to the fact that I asked for and got for Christmas, Richard Mabey's book "Food for Free", and I think I'm subconsciously preparing for something. I've always been a bit of a skip diver as well... Is it just related to my hoarding tendencies (never throw it away if it might come in handy one day)....?
     
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    If people are throwing stuff away it's usually rubbish. I've been at the tip a few times this last couple of weeks and at least twice I've seen people throwing computers away, I thought about salvaging them but they're probably throwing them away for a reason.
     
  3. andygates

    andygates New Member

    I'm glad it's not just me. Mind you, I check out the roadkill too. Always remember Lovely Hugh's golden rules: How fresh is it? How flat is it?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Not necessarily. I dunno about computers, I admit, but the amount of bikes and items of furniture that are just dumped, when they are still perfectly useable, is amazing. Despite there being some way of recycling stuff, for almost every town (charity shops, council/community projects etc), many people just think it's easier to dump it at the tip. And the staff at the York tip used to salvage stuff to sell, including TVs and so on - they simply intercepted working stuff before it got chucked in the skips. It seems these days that a lot of people have the money to buy a new one of something before the old one wears out, just because they want to. Especially with stuff like electronics that goes 'out of date' quickly.

    I got a nice old leather sprung bike saddle out of a skip once. Gave it a quick wipe over to get the dust off, and sold it a little later to a mate for a tenner.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Not that long ago, a friend and I retreived a stoat so that she could demonstrate skinning it - saw it on the way out to riding, moved it to the verge, picked it up on the way back, on our bikes, having cadged a plastic carrier back at the stables. Very fresh it was. Rigor just setting in when we picked it up, and wearing off an hour or so later.

    Not that I'd fancy eating stoat. Nice fur though.
     
  6. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Older Dyson hovers always get chucked, its the switch that goes on them

    A new one is about a fiver, takes about 3 minutes to replace with a screwdriver
     
  7. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen

    You're not setting yourself up as the community hangman are you? ;)
     
  8. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I'm sure Arch would just love to make sure that you are well hung Patrick.

    I love finding wild food but roadkill bothers me. Probably because I'm just squeamish.;)
     
  9. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    They can taste a bit rubbery from the tyre. :biggrin:
     
  10. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    But at least your meat is pre-tenderised.
     
  11. girofan

    girofan New Member


    Is that in the Chinese vernacular of "rubbery" Patrick.
     
  12. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Excellent book that Food for Free. When you're next walking along some grass, walk round the edges of the field, look for blewit mushrooms. Loads about at the moment.
     
  13. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Just be sure they are the right mushrooms

    You dont want the police to find you running around the fields naked, smeared in animal blood, claiming to be the horned god
     
  14. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Ah. Wood blewitts are easy to id on account of being purpley blue. They're nice. I was never brave enough to try the red ones with white spots....:biggrin:
     
  15. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    The thing is, people will throw things away if there's not much wrong with them, just to have an excuse to buy something new. I knew someone who got a new laptop largely because she was always having problems with viruses on the old one - physically there was nothing wrong with it.