Please give an example of how to develop self-sufficiency.
Having a bugout location (an agreement with a family member, or your own little trailer or house for instance) is a good start to self-sufficiency.
In my own bugout location, I forego installing heating or cooling systems that depend on electricity, because I have been creating (a work in progress) a basement instead. Even with below-freezing temperatures outside, a basement stays at approximately 55 degrees year-round.
Wearing a few extra layers during the winter around the house is a good solution if a wood supply for a wood stove isn’t available. A basement’s cool temperature is also ideal for food storage. As far as possible, relying on natural solutions is best.
“As far as possible, relying on natural solutions is best”.
In the face of a societal collapse, not kocken me lonesome for wanting to bug-out to them happy, community, country hills. But, hold up a second! Just lookin at the differences; tween a responsible bug-out, as opposed to an escapist mind-set.
…So Bumpkin (talking to myself here), Have me learned? …the full expression of me sacred impenetrable space? Here! Nowz? Cause, there ain’t gonna be no escaping me lonesome.
Bumkin! Gotta get real with meself here! It’s bout dealing with them things! You know, them things that need a’deal’en with, like Nowz! Cause, bumkin, gotta learn to stand. Ya gotta show me them spartan warrior muscles. Not saying it’s got’ta be about fisticuffs. But, at the very least. Has me learned to come ‘into’ thou most holy sacred impenetrable space? Hold up! spread that sovereignty out-ward, from with-in. Cauze Bumkin! Without mastering my internal/external reality, even if I got land, even if I broke away. Them issues I haven’t dealt with in my current reality… Them a’gonna be follow’en me. So yup, bug-out location on hand; just to be a responsible chap, but sure as hell ain’t going to be about running-away. Cause there ain’t no here’s or There’s to run to, but me lonesome. But, options are good, like chocolate is yummy.
Joanne Harding says
Thank you Tina and Almine for this post.
I’m thinking it could be more challenging for those who live in a city and find it daunting to go without so much of their every day conveniences.
I subscribe to this Volg channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIix6MklfJFywa_36iDj8Sw
these are extraordinary people and they inspire me so much…they are the epitome of self-sufficiency and elegant living with such simple ways (if you decide to watch them try and start from the beginning). They have been doing
this their whole lives so I understand this level would be unlikely for many to achieve. But they do show us the peaceful, hard-work (yes they make it look easy) of living with nature and growing and cooking without all of today’s conveniences. They are much more fun and beautiful to watch then what’s on TV, I have watched them often just for enjoyment and inspiration…and I have learned and done a few things they showed, but I do live in the country.
Barbara Kathryn says
Super! I’ve been watching them all evening by our woodstove. Figuring out ways of cooking right on the coals. Love their cat and rabbit pals 💚
A real find.
So glad BK😊they have sweet animals, so well taken care of…such pristineness in my opinion. 💚💛❤💜
Thank you so much for sharing dear Anna I will be watching also, I love this subject so much due to its pertinence !
A wood stove will heat the whole house with relatively small amount of wood. The smouldering embers will stay warm for hours and hours.
Thankyou for this 💖
Beautiful idea 🌸
Wood must be seasoned and preferably dry. Prepare a woodpile a couple of seasons (or a year) in advance – green or wet wood is no good. I used a combination of wood pellets and gum for my woodstove – that’s a roaring blaze! This can also be used to cook on at a push. And open up all the doors so the heat can evenly distribute.
This is superb advice , we used to do this with the wood growing up (we had a ‘wood shed’) and it would be filled up for the year coming.
🙂 Something else to remember is that hardwood will always burn longer. Pine offers a quick heat, but the coals don’t last. It’s a trade-off between affordability and accessibility. I had wood stoves in NZ and got pretty handy splitting the wood. It’s great, but hard work (and sometimes a bit dangerous too!).