Getting the fundamentals right

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Getting the fundamentals right

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If there is one thing that 2020 has shown, if your lifestyle basics aren't right you are never going to be self sufficient.

I've spent the last couple of months renewing some of the basics on the allotment I plan to keep next year in order to ensure that I can grow as much as possible. After 13 years some corners were beginning to show wear and tear. Having two plots does make you a bit lazy - you can do a lot without using every single corner. Freezer has a lot of stuff in it and daughter has been making jam/chutney from the fruit. Well only so many hours in the day - not always enough to grow and cook the all round things.

With the news that Edinburgh Woollen Mills (their stuff fits in the way of trousers and the price is not too bad) is taking advice from administrators, I've had a quick look at the wardrobe to plan for the future. Actually the wardrobe is in good shape. I know, I know - charity shop and ebay but what with lock down the charity shops have been a little bit on the closed side. And could be so again locally from the looks of things. And no I'm not a dab hand at making my own. Fundamentally clothes not a problem then.

Furniture good - shame the local charity shop that did second hand furniture has closed for good. But nothing required.

Whether the local shops will stay in business with another round of lock down is a good question - looks as if it is going to happen round here. The buses are so under used that there may well be cut backs again which will mean supporting local will be hard as I don't drive. The daughter and I had a long telephone discussion and she did admit that she has a chain mini market, post office, chemist, doctor's surgery all within five minutes walk whereas I have a corner shop which isn't anything to write home about and certainly any use for vegetarian/vegan. Wasn't something that was given a thought to when a very nice bungalow in a nice village was offered. See - the fundamentals do seem to include doctor, dentist, post office and chemist as you get older.

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I agree, Flo. OH and myself had come to the decision that we needed to move to be nearer many of the things you've listed. However, after the debacle the NC500 tourist route has created we're not sure about moving any more. I don't know how easy it would be to fit ourselves into another community in the current climate and house prices are rising because second home buyers want to escape "the virus".

Taking stock of what we have here it's maybe not so bad. Our local shop/post offcie tries very hard to cater to most diets (it is quite pricey though), we've got veg box delivery that has been extremely reliable, the doc's are less than 5 minutes away and they dispense medication and we can self-refer to physio etc and get appointments really quickly.

Distance remains an issue but while either of us can drive it's not so big a problem. We have a bus service, although it's hellish expensive and takes forever to get to anywhere, which means you only get a couple of hours in Inverness before having to get on the bus to come back - and it only goes that far on high days and holidays. The rest of the time it only goes to meet up with the train 65 miles away. But, it's there if needed.

The recycling centre has at last re-opened, albeit on a much reduced basis.

Plus, and probably the most important thing, we're part of the community here. I'm not sure now is the time to try and move into a new area. Also....just one word....GREENHOUSE!!! :lol:
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Flo wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:45 pm
See - the fundamentals do seem to include doctor, dentist, post office and chemist as you get older.
Apart from dentist, all within 5 minutes' walk from where I live... Plus a Coop (not my favourite shop, but keeps you alive), and a farm shop a bit further away. I can't really complain. Bus service could be better, but it's there, and as long as I am reasonably fit, and I can get up the very steep steps into the bus, it'll do. On the other hand... The afternoon bus back from work is often over full, and then I have to wait 75 minutes for the next one. Because, of course, there are fewer buses at the busiest time of the day. :roll:
Now if I could only find a job that pays a little more, and is a little closer to where I live (currently commute on the bus at least 3.5 hours per day) - but that's not going to happen. Once you are the wrong side of 50 (let alone 60, as I am), and you've not made a major success of your life yet, you can be grateful to have a job at all. And I am. And my colleagues keep me sane. Could be a lot worse...
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I must admit it was not something that was on the list of important things when we were house hunting. But as luck would have it there is a post office and general store 3/4 of a mile down the road, and now there is a producers market too, plus a doctors surgery in the village hall once a week.
Other than that it's a 15 mile hike to a town and there used to be a community transport bus to town a couple of times a day, but I haven't seen one lately so might have stopped due to Covid as unable to social distance in a minibus.
Other than that we rely quite heavily on the postal system, which is remarkably good.
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Obviously none of us are prepared to live off grid and provide all our own utilities. That's a whole different way of being self sufficient.

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