Troubled times ahead
by nicole peulevey
(Saint Tropez (Var) - France)
Forget my English, I am French.
What with supervolcanoes ready to blow our heads off, unprecedented world-wide economic crisis, and whatnots looming up ahead,I have gradually become aware it was about time to apply to myself my good old Epicurus' teachings relative to self-sufficiency.
I live in a small flat south of France in St Tropez, so I have very little room indeed to grow indoor vegetables, but still I can make it against my left-hand window, which does not open. That should at least save the extra electricity, I hope.
Two dogs and a cat living indoors make it rather difficult to house other pet animals such as a hen for eggs, for instance, however ... My dogs won't touch a feather, I am not quite so sure concerning my cat. He has wrought havoc among the resident rats around indeed !!! However I dearly love eggs ... and have been used to hens at my granny's when I was a little girl. Well, I have yet to think on it.
I am no 2012'er, however, analysing what's going on around is rather fearful as to the near future. And as a survivalist I do feel concerned about at least escaping the first rush into the shops in case anything "unexpected" happened. It may be all for nothing but at least I won't have to kick myself for not having done things beforehand ...
Nicole, we are indeed heading for troubled times and being as self-sufficient as possible will make that period of our lives more bearable.
One only has to see what happens to towns when there is a natural disaster and suddenly there is no way in which one can go to the bank, draw some money and head off to the shops to buy one's food.
One of the reasons for being self-sufficient and keeping money at home for events like this. I was shocked to hear the other day that only 12% of all currency exists in the world, the rest exists electronically! Now there is a sobering thought!
All the best with making your flat as self-sufficient as possible. One can easily grow herbs indoors and vegetables in containers and if your balcony is big enough a small hen house. Rabbits, of course are another food source and their droppings make good manure for your vegetables.
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