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Post: # 292154Post Flo
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:03 am

What can you do that helps to make you self sufficient?

I can knit (but have to buy the wool as don't live with a supply from a sheep) so only half useful.
I can sew well enough to do repairs on clothes.
Did learn embroidery but don't feel that cushion covers, table clothes and such are exactly necessary but could if I wanted them.
Never mastered the full on make your own clothes (last school that was too posh for that sort of skill).
Can make small rugs but don't live in a house that needs these things but it's still there if needed
Can garden well enough to fill the freezer and supply enough veg for me for most of the year.
Can do basic cookery and clean
Can't drive but live near enough to a bus stop to make this unnecessary. You can live without a car surprisingly if you choose where you live and it can still be fairly rural.
Could probably remember the skills of cane work enough to make baskets, trays and such
Can use a computer so can use a digital camera
Not sure if I could still raise a campfire for cookery in the case of a long period of no power
Have a certain amount of foraging skills - for fruit and veg at least

Looking at that list, not sure I could build my own lodgings and live off the land.

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Post: # 292155Post Odsox
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am

First off I can't claim to do any household craft skills because I've never tried
I can do a lot of things to do with self sufficiency though.

I can lay bricks and blocks, I've constructed extensions to 2 houses.
I can build sheds and greenhouses from scratch.
I can mend most engineering type things
I can weld, both gas and electric ( I was an Admiralty certified welder working on submarine parts in my younger days)
I can grow enough food to feed us, but it would have to be meat free now and protein might be a problem, unless we had beans every day !!!
I could generate electricity if I put the wind turbine back up, but it "generates" too much radio interference for non emergency situations.
We do have a car, now petrol instead of diesel, because we live at the back of beyond, but could conceivably do away with it as a rural transport minibus service passes the house and we both have bus passes

Oh, I can also use a radio (transmit) in any situation where all other forms of communication have failed.
Tony

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Post: # 292156Post Weedo
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:04 pm

Thought provoking! Who would survive armageddon?

Hopeless at any household crafts (with you Odsox) except perhaps basic basketry but I know how to prepare a number of fibres for spinnig and dyeing
I can cook in almost any situation from campfire to range and Le Creuset to leaf lined hole in the ground.
I can clean, wash and iron.
I am quite skilled at protein foraging (AKA Shootin, Huntin Fishin) including using a wide range of traps . snares etc (AKA Poaching) BUT my veg foraging is only basic.
Hopeless at anything mechanical etc. but reasonably skilled with bush carpentry.
I can grow stuff - meat & veg.
I can do basic blacksmiting


So far it seems the three of us should form a clan
The winner of the rat race is still a rat!

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Post: # 292158Post Odsox
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:15 pm

Weedo wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:04 pm
Hopeless at any household crafts (with you Odsox)
I found the best way is to get a wife, Weedo.
That was the best 30 shillings I ever spent (marriage licence)
That works out at 3p a year in new money or 7d in old ... so far.
Tony

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Post: # 292159Post Green Aura
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:28 am

You're both cruising (for a bruising)!

OK, I can spin, weave, knit, crochet, sew by hand and machine. Some of those better than others but if cold enough I'm sure the other skills would speed up. :lol: I also have a huge stash of fabrics and yarns so it wouldn't necessarily be from scratch. I can also make baskets but find my hands are not strong enough these days - I'm sure they'd improve if necessary though.

I can grow veg and fruit but our diet would be seriously depleted if we had to live on what we could grow up here.

I'd probably have to develop sheep wrangling skills - at least they're in the field opposite so no major trekking and there's trout in the loch, although we've never fished once, so they may just be for show. I also have the equipment, but not necessarily the skills for mackerel fishing, which is seasonal but as I do have good skills of preserving, pickling, drying etc they could last a while. Seasonal, of course, there's plenty of shellfish in the Kyle.

Edited to add - OH has also pointed out that I have fairly good butchering skills and we make bacon, sausages etc which would keep a while, particularly if hung and dried.

I reckon I've got a good level of knowledge for foraging, certainly round here, but I'm not sure I'd dare do mushrooms - which is a shame because my neighbour regularly brings me field mushrooms, in season. Maybe I'd have to do swaps, or get her to teach me.

If I had access to milk I can make butter, cheese, kefir and yoghurt so that would supply us with a good supply of fats and protein and OH would finally have to give in and let me have those chickens I've been after ever since we came here!!!

No known building skills but I do make a pretty good labourer and builder/plumber/sparky's mate (well he says so anyway). And I can and have built a campfire and cooked on it. I've also heated our living room with one of those tealight candle heaters when we had an extended power cut, a few years back - it wasn't great but it kept the worst of the January chills off and we have loads of homemade blankets and rugs.

Finally, I've got a good knowledge of herbalism, aromatherapy, nursing and first aid so could deal with many health issues. We'd just have to hope the cavalry arrived before too long (and not with the hideous burger van they brought last time :lol:)

The last, long power cut we had made me give some serious thought to some of this stuff - can you tell?
Maggie

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Post: # 292160Post KathyLauren
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:15 pm

I worked as a carpenter's helper a few years ago, so I am pretty handy with building skills, including wiring. I can make a generator transfer switch for $10 that may be ugly but is just as safe as the store-bought one costing $200. I have built two awesome woodsheds and have perfected the design, so the next one, if there is a next one, will be perfect.

I can grow veggies if I absolutely have to, and can cook, though my wife finds her cooking preferable. I can sew quite well, and I think I still remember how to knit.

I am handy with a chainsaw and a splitting axe, so firewood is no problem. I can build a fire with minimal kindling and light it with a single match. But I prefer building a fire that lasts overnight, so I don't have to use a match the next morning.

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Post: # 292173Post Weedo
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:46 pm

Odsox - is it possible to get a refund, at least in part?

Here, and I presume there, effective protein foraging (I think I will lodge IP rights for that term) necessitates less than legal methods such as illegal equipment and taking undersize / unseasonal material.
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