I am constantly surprised with my infinite attic (loft, whatever) and the amount of stuff I can bring down from it and sell on eBay or at car boot sales.
Last year, I thought I had sold just about everything that I no longer needed and drove off to Spain and later, Ireland, for five months of touring.
But no, this year I have found yet more stuff. Old computers, bits of lawnmowers and microwave ovens. You name it, I have it in my Obtainium 123 pile in the attic.
Obtainium 123 is a special element. Consisting of metal, plastic, wood and anything else. It is anything that you find that might be of use to you or someone else in the future.
After sorting out my pile of Obtainium, it is fetching a nice price on eBay.
In the garden, I have mountains of lettuce, onions, potatoes and tomatoes growing. Everyday, I come in from the garden with hands full of lettuce that is incorporated into my meals.
I recently started brewing cider again. After selling off the bulk of my equipment on eBay, I am just left with 2 demi-johns, 2 airlocks and a hydrometer. That's all I need.
For the first time, I added sugar to the pre-fermented juice to get more alcohol and aim for a medium sweet cider. The specific gravity was 1.160 to start and 1.000 after 8 days of fermentation with champagne yeast. According to my table, that is about 8% alcohol.
The cider was siphoned into bottles with a sugar cube added to each bottle to restart fermentation. This will create a sparkling cider, after the cider has settled and cleared.
You can see the bottle at the right rear just starting to clear at the top. I struggle to find much difference in taste and colour between my cider and a bottle of sparkling wine.
I drank some of the dregs that weren't enough to fill a bottle and it was rather potent!
At the moment, I am shoving all my money into silver bullion. It is do or die time. Unlike shares, bullion will always have value. A company can go belly up and its shares become worthless.
Even buying government bonds is a risky business. Certainly, if you buy Greek government bonds then you can't be sure if Greece will default on its repayments of the principal.
Silver, is real money, unlike those paper IOUs that our governments print with reckless abandon these days. I am either going to make a lot of money with my silver purchases or it will dwindle to a still survivable amount but never to zero. Physical stuff has real value, like the junk in my attic.