I got caught badly on this one. In March before we self-quarantined, I stock up on alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, hand sanitizers and apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and cloves. These are all things that I use in place of traditional medicines.
Dear hubby takes several prescriptions which over time have been stockpiled. One is an over the counter item that I only had an extra three month supply. I picked up an extra package of 25, just in case. Now it is hard to get so I wished I had stocked up on more.
The "Family Resource Journal" that Nicole mentioned is a really handy item. It can be found here:
I have several lists in different locations so it would be really handy if I put them all in a journal. I do have taped to the front of my fridge door a list that has the sheriff's and fire department's phone number, our GPS location, our gate code, our telephone number, our address and direction on how to get to our property. The reason for our phone number and address is that in an emergency sometimes people get confused or maybe someone else who does not live here is making the call.
All apples and the PIE has been given! Henry's contest is still going as far as I know. I thought long and hard about how to pick the winner of the piece of PIE. I thought about using the way we pick promotion winners, an apple poll, or asking members to pick their favorite. In the end I decided to pick the TOPIC with the most replies. So we have a winner! This topic was the winner of the piece of PIE: https://permies.com/t/148274/Bicycle-riding-UK-Ireland
All apples and the PIE has been given! Henry's contest is still going as far as I know. I thought long and hard about how to pick the winner of the piece of PIE. I thought about using the way we pick promotion winners, an apple poll, or asking members to pick their favorite. In the end, I decided to pick the TOPIC with the most replies. So we have a winner! This topic was the winner of the piece of PIE: https://permies.com/t/148274/Bicycle-riding-UK-Ireland
British cuisine has many regional varieties within the broader categories of English, Scottish and Welsh cuisine and Northern Irish cuisine. Each has developed its own regional or local dishes, many of which are geographically indicated foods such as Cornish pasties, the Yorkshire pudding, Cumberland Sausage, Arbroath Smokie, and Welsh cakes.
Leigh, when I found permies in 2016, I was trying to identify all the beautiful flowers and edible plants on our ranch. I had never heard of permaculture.
I began to try to find the meaning and learn as much as I could about permaculture. Some of the permaculture websites at that time said that Bill Mollison was the "father" of permaculture.
Here are some of Bill Mollison's quotes that I like:
These are a couple of quotes by Bill Mollison that I like: We’d had agriculture for 7,000 years, and we’d been losing for 7,000 years — everything was turning into desert. So I wondered, can we build systems that obey ecological principles? We know what they are, we just never apply them. Ecologists never apply good ecology to their gardens. Architects never understand the transmission of heat in buildings. And physicists live in houses with demented energy systems. It’s curious that we never apply what we know to how we actually live.
Make the least changes that you need to achieve what you want.
Ann Torrence said I know it's expensive. It's a massive textbook, hardcover, printed in Australia. I got my copy as a birthday gift (thanks mom!). A small reward for another decade. By planning to start a month from now, you can a) reserve it from the library, b) drop hints to loved ones about a tasteful gift, c) buy a copy to write copious notes in, d) rent a copy from Amazon, or e) buy a copy and plan to sell it back, since the going used price is 1¢ less than the new price. In fact, instead of whinging about how expensive it is, you could buy a copy, take good care of it, sell it to someone else on Permies.com for $5 less than the original price, they could read and resell for a similar reduction, and then 20 people could read it for $5 each plus shipping. A lot of shipping. But effectively renting a $100 book for $5 plus shipping isn't bad. That would be an interesting experiment in free market economics, but I digress.
Sunflower said What are some precautions that you might consider to include when building a homestead in a place known for wildfires?
When we bought our current home, I called our insurance agent to get a quote for the house. They ask me if I was in a wildfire zone. Luckily I was not. If I had been the insurance was going to be really high or maybe they would not even insure my house. The policy would have to go to an underwriter to be approved.
Some other things you might want to consider:
Also when buying raw land you need to find out if you will need to drill a well or hook up to a water supply company and buy a meter.
Also, the electric company charges by the foot to bring in electricity from the nearest electric line.
Then there is the cost to add a septic system.
When we bought our current property I looked at properties that had all of these already in place.
T Melville, that post about Dr. Who would look really nice in the UK and Ireland forum and might earn some prizes, apples, or PIE. All you need to do is hit the button on the top right that says "New TOPIC".
George Yacus, I liked your joke and that would look really nice in the UK and Ireland forum and might earn some prizes, apples, or PIE. All you need to do is hit the button on the top right that says "New TOPIC". And just says something.
Lif Strand, that is a really nice post which would look really nice in the UK and Ireland forum and might earn some prizes, apples, or PIE. All you need to do is hit the button on the top right that says "New TOPIC" then post it there.
I keep looking at that piece of PIE and I am getting hungry so if no one posts some new threads I just might have that PIE all to myself.
To me, homesteading is how my great-grandparents lived. They had animals to provide meat, milk, and eggs. There was a garden to provide food and maybe there were crops such as hay or grain for the animals. They had a smokehouse to preserve the meat. Great grandmother and her girls did the canning. They were truly self-sufficient.
When we had our homestead, we did a lot of those things though we were not self-sufficient like our great-grandparents were.
To some, the modern homestead is just an exemption on their taxes. According to Mother Earth News, there are some modern homesteaders who are really self-sufficient.
Being self-sufficient is not needing to earn cash from a job or be independently wealthy. A person might earn money selling eggs and other homestead items.
Permaculture: is according to the "Permaculture a Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison."