More Updates from the North

I have been keeping myself busy up here in Whitehorse since I last gave an update. I made it onto the front page of the Yukon News because of a chance picture of me flying through the air on a boulder problem at a local Bouldering competition (rock climbing): Another day I tried my hand at ice climbing for the first time. This was on an artificial waterfall that was made at the same place with the hot springs (Takhini Hot Springs). It was a lot of fun. I want to invest more time and money into it, but at the moment I have too much on my plate… But next winter for sure, as I am dying for more climbing up here in …

Lockdown Winner – Underground Realty

How to spend it When the lockdown started, some people literally went down. Northeast Bunkers, a company in Pittsfield, Maine, that specializes in the design and construction of underground bunkers has been growing steadily for the past 18 years. Former general contractor Frank  Woodworth outfitted his first steel vault and changed his business model to focus solely on designing, installing and updating underground shelters. He stresses that these are not ”luxury bunkers” for the top 1 percent, and only a small part of the calls are coming from Doomsday preppers or Cold War-era holdovers. Rather, about two-thirds of his business comes from consumers who pay approximately $25,000 for an underground livable dwelling…

Is Washington Provoking India to a War With China?

F. William Engdahl breaks down the Anglo-colonial history behind China-India-Pakistan border disputes and how they fit into modern geopolitics.July 4, 2020 (F. William Engdahl – NEO) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a recent video conference suggested that the US might move some of its troops from Germany to the region around India, citing growing US security concerns in the Asian region. Given the dramatic rise in tensions between India and China over disputed borders in the region of Nepal and Bhutan where several soldiers from both sides reportedly died in hand-to-hand combat, the question is whether Washington is deliberately trying to fan fires of war between the two Asian giant powers. As unlikely as that …

Ciderish

A recent message to the team requested this old recipe, it must have got lost during one of the many transfers over the years. Found again from Archive.org 2004 ; Ciderish I call this Ciderish as

My tribute to Richard Briers

Monday was a sad day. I honestly couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve watched The Good Life. Watched, and laughed, and shaken my head, and laughed some more.I don’t know if it’s because I’m now pretty much self sufficient myself, but the program just didn’t seem to date.And leading it, was Tom Good. Richard Briers.I remember watching it in the 70’s as a small boy, sitting in a semi in a street of similar houses, laughing at it. Now, as a slightly larger man, i find myself watching reruns and laughing with it.Richard Briers gave self sufficiency…

Sad Little Tomatoes

So I am not doing any real gardening these days. The trees have just grow in so much that there isn’t enough sunlight in our yard but I still have pots of things. A few pepper plants, a few squash plants, potatoes in a pot and yesterday I picked up some of the saddest looking tomato plants. They were in little 4 inch peat pots and apparently hadn’t gotten much watering even though it has rained a lot here lately. They were marked down to $ .74 and I really think they are only worth about $ .10 but I was inspired by looking…

A refreshing smoothie?

A refreshing smoothie on hot summer days is not only incredibly delicious but also hearty and healthy. It’s not difficult to cook. To do this, you will need a blender for example https://mykitchenadvisor.com/best-hand-blender/, several ingredients, and only 5 minutes of free time. Ingredients: – Strawberry (about 10 berries) – Milk (100 – 125 ml). You can also use yogurt or ice cream. – Sugar/honey as desired (1 spoon) – Ice (several cubes) Cut the strawberries, place it in a blender, pour in milk (almond and soybean also work), add ice, grind all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, add sugar or honey, turn on the blender for a few more seconds. To make sure that you will like the drink, try a little right …

Survival Skills: Splitting and Seasoning Firewood

This article, Survival Skills: Splitting and Seasoning Firewood, was written by Michael Brown. See below for bio. Survival Skills: Splitting and Seasoning Firewood No matter whether you are interested in being a survivalist or self-sufficient there is a great deal… The post Survival Skills: Splitting and Seasoning Firewood appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

Recipes from Gram’s Recipe Box- Cakes/Candy

A lot of the recipes in my grandmother’s recipe box tend to have ingredients with no or very few, instructions. That is because she already knew what to do with the ingredients and didn’t waste time and space writing down what she didn’t have to. Today I’ll share some of the dessert or candy recipes from the box.

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide Bulletproof vests are part of every survivalist’s supplies list. They protect the torso from firearm projectiles and from shrapnel from explosions. A lot of people have the mistaken assumption that only law enforcement can have… The post Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

North of 60: Annie Lake Cabin and Summitting Grey Mountain

A couple weeks ago Julia invited me to go on an adventure out to Annie Lake, where she said there was this cabin that you could stay in for the night for free. It’s run by the ministry of education or something. The idea was that we would xc-ski in 20km, snowshoe around the area, sleep in the cabin, then xc-ski out another 20km. Sounded like a great idea. Only problem was we didn’t have a clue where the 20km started, or where the cabin was supposed to be. [waxing my skis before we head out. We thought we were anywhere between 10-30km from our destination. Turns out we were probably 15km. The prominent red thing …

Reuters Foundation turns on to off-grid

Real Estate is the key Here is a recent Reuters Foundation report on off-grid real estate: Often called survivalists or “preppers”, many escapees twin an expectation of impending doom – or outright social collapse – with a deep disbelief in the government’s ability to cope. Buying land — or “bugout” property, derived from military slang for a retreat — is a priority, with real estate networks compiling national lists of “prepper lands”. Most survivalist land purchases are in the mountains of the U.S. northwest, primarily Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In 2011, a blogger and former U.S. Army intelligence officer named James Wesley, …

Tesla and SpaceX: What America Still Has to Offer

February 16, 2020 (Gunnar Ulson – NEO) – Washington and Wall Street and the collective international order they’ve built over the decades following the Second World War appear to have run their course.To adversaries and allies alike, the US has become more of a liability than the global leader it attempts to present itself as. Yet there are still nations around the globe, including those which find themselves the target of Washington and Wall Street’s most aggressive machinations, who still desire to work with and benefit from cooperation with the American people at large.There is no doubt that nations like Russia and China which find themselves the subject of sanctions, trade wars, covert subversion and even covert terrorism and proxy war, still benefit greatly from the ties, trade and…

Mind, Body and Spirit Workshop

??? Simon Dawson??? Tickets now on sale!Join us for Simon’s 2013 Mind Body Spirit Workshop: Self-Sufficiency – An Empowering Path to Your Best SelfSaturday 25 May 18:30 – 20:00 Self-sufficiency is an empowering and enlivening way to take control of our lives, honour ourselves and our planet, and safeguard the future. Join Simon to learn brilliant, easy-to-implement ideas on how to joyfully spend and waste less, whatever your circumstances. Grow your own veg, make things, cook from scratch – discover simple steps to feel more in touch with nature, and your own best self.Workshop tickets only £15.00 ABOUT Simon DawsonAged just 32, Simon Dawson took a risk, sold his London flat and moved with his wife to a cottage on Exmoor…

Vintage Sewing Machine Repair

I have become a collector of vintage sewing machines. It is an easy hobby to get hooked on as normally vintage machines are quite cheap. Most of them are not in working order and the people who have them don’t really know what to do with them. The first one I bought was a Singer 401A for $7.50 in a thrift shop.I now have: 2 Singer 401A’s, Singer 15-90, Singer 128, a vintage Necchi, a 1913 White Rotary, a vintage Sears/Kenmore, a 774 Singer Touch and Sew. and a Singer 215G.None of these machines worked to begin with but none of them were really “broken”. They just had sat unused for so many years that they had …

Cornbread

I love me some cornbread. It’s about up there with bacon. It goes good with meat and vegetables. Here’s a pic I just made. Jalapeño cornbread.910B9C24-1D6C-4E0B-859A-B246E422A2CF.jpeg Attached Images 910B9C24-1D6C-4E0B-859A-B246E422A2CF.jpeg (27.1 KB)

The Top Ten Most Common Emergency Food Fails

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Looking for homestead partners in Maine!

I’m getting tired of the hustle and bustle of capitalism and the fast paced lifestyle. My ideal lifestyle is not completely off-grid, I’m not totally against tech., I just want a slower paced lifestyle where I can work hard and enjoy my down time. My idea would be 4-5 other people/families working together to support the land and each other, but also allowing for personal space. I am a blacksmith and welder, so a workshop would be crucial for me. My ideal time frame would be before next spring. Looking for other like minded individuals to help me forge a vision for the property and really create a community. If…

North of 60: Belated Winter Updates

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve done lots, so there hasn’t been a dry spell of things to post about. Perhaps there’s been too much, and there simply hasn’t been time to spend at a computer. Whatever the reason, I seek your forgiveness in the matter. Here’s an extremely compressed update on life up in the Yukon: Here’s a view from a cross-country ski trip out to Marsh Lake, in March, with Julia: Next up is a visit from my lifetime friend Ryan. Ryan, being the gracious gentleman he is, became the first person to visit me up in the Territory. …

US Policy Vs. Iran: Apex Desperation

February 5, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – US policy versus Iran has reached new heights of desperation and new lows in terms of undermining international law and norms.In Washington’s losing battle to maintain hegemony in the Middle East at the expense of the actual people and nations that exist there – it has resorted to high-level assassinations, unilateral strikes against targets within sovereign nations against the expressed will of the governments presiding over them, all while exposing what appears to be growing American military, political, and economic impotence.In sharp contrast, nations like Russia and China have made gains as Washington’s flagging fortunes create a power vacuum in the region. Rather than replacing the US as regional hegemons themselves – Moscow and Beijing are …

Latest news

With loads of fun, quirky and interesting bits and pieces on the go right now, I thought i’d just do a quick update on the digital version of my book, Pigs in Clover, that comes out a month earlier than the paperback!Out very soon, you can check it out at itunes hereSeriously, be the first to find out the whole, utter, messy, often painful and always hilarious truth of how i accidentally fell in love with the good life.It’s all right hereBack soon with more updates…

Ground Philly Cheese Subs

This recipe came from a recipe that showed up on my facebook page and I changed it some to fit what I had at home.2 lbs hamburger1 green pepper chopped1 red pepper chopped1/2 onion chopped2 T. Worcestershire sauceSalt and pepper6 sub rollsShredded cheese (8 oz) of your choice- I used an Italian blend of 4 cheesesPut a little butter or margarine in the pan with the chopped peppers and onion. Cook them just a little while– you do not have to cook them until they are completely soft just get them about half cooked. Add the hamburger, scramble and cook it until…

Pie

Stunk up the house with one of my favs. Strawberry-rhubarb pie.EC9B0DA5-7D4C-4936-A7D4-841F4391A939.jpeg Attached Images EC9B0DA5-7D4C-4936-A7D4-841F4391A939.jpeg (34.4 KB)

Survival Myths Debunked

There’s a lot of good information for survivalists on the Internet and on TV. However, not all of it should be believed. And, unlike getting the wrong sports score or the incorrect list of ingredients for a recipe, getting the… The post Survival Myths Debunked appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

The Green Spot has moved address!

The Green Spot PermacultureMy blog has moved, and is now available at www.greenspotpermaculture.blogspot.comPlease change your links to this new address! Thanks 🙂

North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities…

US Helping ISIS? One Accidental Airdrop vs Billions in Covert Aid

October 23, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – The Washington Post would report that the United States military accidentally dropped by air at least one pallet of weapons and supplies that ended up in the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS. While a combination of factors about this particular story appear suspicious, including SITE Intelligence Group’s involvement in quickly disseminating an alleged video of ISIS terrorists rooting through the supplies, one fact remains. While the US claims it has “accidentally” allowed weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists, in reality, the US has been arming, funding, and aiding ISIS and its terrorist affiliates either directly or through Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, or…

Coturnix (Japanese) Quail Laying Nesting and Egg Management Tips for the Backyard Grower

When it comes to growing quail in the backyard environment one of the big advantages we have over a commercial operation is the lack of any market pressure to sustain a product all year round. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Therefore, we don’t need to worry too much when our quail go off the lay for a few months and that’s a really good thing because it’s actually natural for quail to stop laying over winter. And, the reason quail don’t normally lay through the winter months is because the daylight hours are less during this time of the year. Quail need about 12 hours of daylight…

Foment in the ferments part 3

Well someone has to say it – if you’re going to make your own Christmas cake you need to start planning it just about now. I know no-one wants to think about Christmas yet (OK just me then) but it has to be done. They not only take time to make, but you also need time to feed it with alcohol, marzipan it and then ice it. Each step needs time before progressing to the next. And this type of cake improves for the keeping, I think. A couple of months is just about right. Many folk have their own favourite recipe and this is mine, which means that it’s made from spelt flour and also sourdough – how could it be any other? …

How to Shop

I had a friend who once told me that she never learned how to shop. What she meant was she didn’t know how to “bargain shop”. She said she went to one grocery store and just bought what they had. This was kind of amazing to me. It never occurred to me that people didn’t watch the sales and shop accordingly.I was quite pleased when I moved here to find that there were 4 large grocery stores in town to choose from (we only have 3 now) and they are all no more than a mile from each other. It didn’t take long to establish ‘what to buy where’. This has changed some over the years but I still know what is mostly on …