Paul and Maria in Howth are expecting their fourth child, they have big plans for long term self sufficiency and Ella starts them slowly with some borrowed chickens! However it is the immediate day to day expenditure Conor Pope wants them to focus on. In Longford Ella has given Mary a budget of 30 euro for daughter Imogen's 11th birthday party. Last year Mary spent over 200 how will she manage this year? Meanwhile her husband Des starts digging and planting vegetables in the garden. Dave McArdle gets involved in skill swopping and creates a blog for free.
- Swop Like for Like
- Be specific on what is and is not going to be included in swop
- Do your research on the other party, ask for qualifications and references.
- Be open to suggestions and counter offers - flexibility is the key.
- Don't get hung up on the market rate for your skill, think of it in terms of how much you want what you are getting in return.
Planning a Party
- Decide on your budget and stick to it
- Use the internet for themes and recipes
- Make your own; invitations, food and party bag treats
- Get the whole family involved
- Ask for help with decorations or food lieu of presents
- Experiment and start small.
- Think about how many eggs you can eat (most hens lay one egg a day)
- Can you borrow or make a small hen house and run area?
- Keep the area around the hen house clean of any left over food at night
(Courtesy of Christine Campbell Anyone 4 Science)
Salt Dough (needs to be made in advance!)
Ingredients: Flour, Salt, Water, Cooking oil, Bread Soda, Drops of red paint
Drops of vinegar, A Straw, Drops of washing up liquid
Make Salt Dough:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
Put in a bowl and slowly add water to make dough not too sticky or too dry. Remove from bowl and on a flat surface and knead for ten minutes. Leave for 20 mins Shape into a volcano and make a hole in the top about 1 inch deep and as a wide as a coke bottle top. Put in to the oven at 100C or 200F or Gas 4 for about 1 hour (hard but not cracked) Take out leave till cool.
With the children:
Pour into the hole:
1 teaspoon of bread soda, 2 drops red paint, 2 drops washing up liquid.
Use the straw to draw up some vinegar and slowly release a couple of drops in to the volcano and watch it bubble!
2 tsp. Petroleum Jelly
1/8 tsp. Honey
10 chocolate chips/drops
Carefully mix all ingredients into a microwave safe container. Make sure they are all clumped together. (Do not put lid on) Heat at high power for 20 seconds, stir, and then repeat until fully melted. Then pour into a small bottle, and freeze for 15 min, or until solid. Then you can apply it on your lips!