Solar Flares - Do you
Survival Skills to Survive the Predictions?
The news of late are solar flares. Do
you have any traditional skills
or country knowledge? Could you survive a worldwide disaster? Read the
article on smart farming by Gypsy, our resident blogger.
It's summer here in
the US and time
most of us are outside rather then on the computer. I know this is the
time of year you hear less and less from me. Holding down a farm by
myself is time consuming at best. I do apologize for my absence during
these warm seasons.
that has come into the news
lately and has sparked an interest in survivalist type living as well
as homesteading is solar flares. I'm hearing more and more from the
groups I belong to about what will happen when the solar flares hit
like they did in 1859.
says that these predicted solar
flares will literally take us
back to the 1800s. This is something that scares the living crap out of
some of us, while others won't really notice. For me personally, I can
haul water, I can live without the Internet, I have a horse and buggy,
but I will desperately miss my washing machine. It's a mile walk to the
river, then down a steep bank that the county lined with huge rocks due
to floods in the 90s, then the act of actually having to wash by hand.
Oh how I admire my grandmother more and more, just thinking about it.
said many times I think this
country would do better to have less. Our children and even people my
age take so much for granted. I take so much for granted.
were taken back in time for
only a month, what would we learn about ourselves? What would we learn
about us as a nation? I don't think it would be a bad thing, I do think
it would be very hard. This in itself is sad.
forget how to care for
ourselves, be self reliant, depend on our own hands not the hand outs
of the government to support us, fix us and parent us. If you stop and
think, where did Betsy Ross get the materials to sew that flag from? It
wasn't Wal Mart.
saying I want solar flares to
happen. I really don't. I like my washing machine and running water.
I'm saying that we in this time of plenty take so many things for
granted. How many of us can make simple cheese, or soap? How many can
butcher a deer or kill a rabbit? The things that grow in our yards that
are edible are most likely what most people are killing with weed
killer. Left with only grass, what will they eat? It's something to
think about in deed.
thought about this for a
while. I haven't acted on it, but I have given it much thought. Over
time, three rabbits produce as much meat as one cow. One goat can
provide enough milk and dairy products to support a family of 4. 12
hens and 1 rooster can supply enough eggs and meat for a family of 4. 6
geese can provide enough down to fill bedding and pillows as well as
meat for a family of 4.
thought out garden of 70x70
can produce enough vegetation for a family of 4. You need 5 acres or a
trip down the road hand cutting grasses to do this. This includes your
more about knowledge then space.
It's more about not being lazy then it is about what you actually have
in front of you. Working smarter not working harder. I have heard from
many people who have spent small fortunes on alternative energy and the
like. If you think about it they didn't have solar panels in the 1800s
so they weren't spending thousands to buy it.
don't have to be rich, you have
to be smart. Back in the day a normal wedding gift was a pair of geese.
This was a symbol that the marriage would last as long as the geese
lived. Geese live 75yrs and more. It was also a start for a home as
geese supplied a soft bed, and meat. They weeded the garden, they
fertilized it too. How many of us today weed our gardens instead of
allowing a goose to do it while we do more important things?
Our lives are about
the quality of
our lives, not how hard we can work, but how much quality of life does
our work bring to us?
to think about
as we near the
year NASA tells us solar flares will hit, the year 2012. Nope... I'm
not a doomsday person. Nope.. I don't want solar flares to come. I do
live better, work smarter and laugh more.
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