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by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Create a self sufficient community
Replies: 27
Views: 7403

Re: Create a self sufficient community

• All beings are welcome. Hmmm. Sounds fine in theory. What happens, though, when someone shows up who isn't welcome? Like the guy who takes advantage of the communally cooked meals without doing his share of the work, or the folks who want to hold all-night raves when you have to be up at 5:00 am ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:19 am
Forum: Reporting spam
Topic: tourcjyc029 is a spammer
Replies: 0
Views: 431

tourcjyc029 is a spammer

http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/ ... 41&t=16125 is spam. I'm guessing that all that members' posts probably are. I came across at least one other by the same member.
by KathyLauren
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Plan/build a sturdy shed/workshop for windy location?
Replies: 17
Views: 4945

Re: Plan/build a sturdy shed/workshop for windy location?

Foundation: You probably don't need much of a foundation for a wood structure. If you are going to build out of concrete blocks, you need a frost-proof foundation that goes below the frost line. Your climate is similar to ours: here foundations need to be 12-18 inches deep. Concrete blocks: I have b...
by KathyLauren
Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...start?
Replies: 18
Views: 2202

Re: ...start?

Congrats on your purchase! I would suggest that the first order of business be talking to the neighbours. They can help you with information you didn't know about the land and the house, and they will be a fountain of information about what does and doesn't grow well there. If I had a stream on my p...
by KathyLauren
Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: So who manages without TV?
Replies: 46
Views: 2660

Re: So who manages without TV?

We have the equipment, but there is no reception here. There is one channel that we can almost receive, with really bad static, with the aid of an amplified antenna, but it is one that we wouldn't watch anyway. There is no cable TV, and we don't feel like getting satellite TV. So, we just use it to ...
by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Are there any actual Scots, Irish or Welsh on this forum?
Replies: 36
Views: 1870

Re: Are there any actual Scots, Irish or Welsh on this forum?

Half Scottish, half German, born in Northern Ireland, living in Canada.
by KathyLauren
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?

All the experts say you can't really save brassica seeds, because they are too promiscuous, your cabbage and brussels will get all mixed up. Is it true, has anyone tried? What do you need to do to prevent it? What they told us in the workshop is that you can prevent this by cooperating with other g...
by KathyLauren
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Jobs
Replies: 32
Views: 1760

Re: Jobs

I work as a system manager for a computer installation two days a week over the Internet. It is a great gig, since I live on an island and don't want to pay ferry fares to commute. It gives me free time to do chores and home improvements, not to mention a bit of relaxation.
by KathyLauren
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:23 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: What can I grow that I don't need to keep buying seeds for?

Could anyone tell me what I can grow that I can easily save seeds/ cuttings from? and how do I save seeds?? I imagine some must be easier than others :flower: Anything!! :cheers: :flower: I just attended a seed-saving workshop today. The basic rule of thumb is that, if it grows from seeds, you can ...
by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Change from "How" to "Why Do I?" on breadmaking machines
Replies: 19
Views: 3006

Re: Change from "How" to "Why Do I?" on breadmaking machines

There is no requirement for milk in bread. Some recipes use it for taste or to enhance protein content.
by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1844

Re: Rainwater collection

Hello there , she found a bit of a snag , they needed planning permission ! I've heard that - that some jurisdictions require planning permission for collecting rainwater. To me, that is truly bizarre. I mean, if you were planning to pump the water into trucks and export it, then sure, you are robb...
by KathyLauren
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency and money
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: about not paying tax

Like 'em or hate 'em, the government has a job to do and they need money to do it. If everyone's income was low enough that no one paid income tax, then they'd just change the tax regime: lower the threshold for paying income tax, or switch to a sales tax / value added tax or something else as their...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

I came across this BBC news story that is relevant to this topic. Cuba is a fascinating example of how to deal with peak oil, because they went through it 20 years ago. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8213617.stm There is also a 53-minute documentary on Cuba's experience with peak oil, called "T...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

if it wasn't for the fact that a small minority own the vast majority of the land, every family could have 3 acres of agricultural land each. This would be sufficient to provide most of your food and heating, and you would still be able to do 4 days a week working elsewhere. This is a good statisti...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

Imagine that cities do fail, where does that mass group of people go to get food? If they come knocking on your front door, hungry, angry thet you have and they dont, and quite prepared to take from you and you family, do you defend yourstockpile then or happily give it away? That's why survivalism...