Quote of the Day
"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy."
Colonel Jeff Cooper
Monday, December 30, 2013
It's supposed to snow here before dawn. I went outside on the porch a little bit ago, and there are low clouds but I don't think it's cold enough. I've picked up some kind of loathsome bug and don't feel so hot, so I didn't stay out there long. Too chilly.
Spent some time on the Kindle laboriously going over different blogs and catching up. I have missed a lot, but I'm glad that everybody seems to have survived Christmas and now life is returning to normal.
Hopefully, if I can learn to use Windows 8, I can start doing more interesting posts tomorrow. That is, if I can get the thing to work. I have been reading about it on line on this tablet, and the more I read the less confidence I have in my ability to use Windows 8.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ragnar and Rowena went to the vet today. They probably have adrenal disease, but have to go to a specialist near Atlanta, Georgia this coming week. Then he will decide if they need operations or if they need medicine. The medicine is $250 per ferret for a years supply. It doesn't have a very good success rate. The sad thing is that Europeans dont' neuter their ferrets so young, and adrenal disease is virtually unheard of there. But here, some Senator from New York got a federal law passed that mandates early neutering .His rationale was that he feared some ferrets might escape and interbreed with black faced ferrets, the only wild breed in the U.S. That's BS since domestic ferrets can't survive in the wild, but he got his name on a law and that was the main motivation anyway.
They were working on my computer when I went by the store today. No luck, and the guy said they needed to do a full system restore.
Well, I could have done that by myself for free. But I think the young man has been doing what he could, so I told him to go ahead. I have also called my son and asked him to look for a good computer for me up where he lives because I am never, ever going to get into a position again where I have no backup system. It's supremely ironic, because I have backups to backups for almost every essential system on this mountain, but because I don't relate the computer to my survivalist planning, I didn't worry about it. Thank God I had the modicrum of good sense necessary to at least back up the important files daily. I'd be really shipwrecked at tax time, among other things, without that. All of my logistics records are Excel spreadsheets, as well.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
However, my son commandeered them and hauled them off to his apartment, where they are doing duty in his computer room. I don't know what exactly they are doing but they are dedicated to something or other.
The ferrets go to the doctor on Saturday morning. I am hoping she can give them some medicine and they don't have to have operations. The survival rate for adrenal disease is not good, but maybe that is not what they have. One hard thing about having little animals with a six year average lifespan is you have to watch them go through their whole life cycle. They go from young and strong to old and infirm, and it's hard not to think about how that applies to humans as well.
It is still cold here. Honestly, I don't remember having so much cold, for so long, in December since the late 1980' s up here. Now they are saying another rain storm is coming Saturday and God knows the last thing the mountains need right now is more wind and rain. I saw another edition of American Frontiersman today. I didn't buy the premier edition because it was mostly primitive living oriented. This one had a lot of stories with the word "survival" in them, but it still looked like it was more for people trying to go back to the days of the Mountain Men, so I passed.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Here's the CMP description of their operations from their web page CMP Sales.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. Any U.S. citizen who is legally not prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP, provided they are a member of a CMP affiliated club. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and state associations that covers every state in the U.S. The clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses as well as the opportunity for continued practice and competition.
Here is a copy of a letter from CMP in which they give their analysis of the ammunition situation in the United States for the immediate future.
Courtesy of Doug Rink, from today's CMP Sales Update:
AMMUNITION UPDATE. The CMP has been notified by ammunition manufacturers and distributors to expect price increases and significant delivery delays for all calibers of ammunition, especially for .22 rimfire. The price increases and delays apply to orders we have already placed with the manufacturers. Prior to 2013 CMP received deliveries of truckloads of ammo within a few weeks of placing orders. We are now being advised, as in the case of Aguila .22, that it may take several years to receive all of the 35,000,000 rounds of Aguila ammo we have on order.As a result of this situation, CMP has placed orders with several different manufacturers for large amounts of ammunition in various calibers. We expect to receive only a few pallets at a time because manufacturers and distributors are rationing the ammo to their customers. As we receive ammo, we will contact customers with oldest orders already in place with the option to purchase whatever we receive at the new prices, cancel the order, or remain on the list for the manufacturer they originally requested. All price increases to CMP will be passed on to the customer. CMP will not be profiting from the increase in prices.We will continue to accept orders for ammunition, with the understanding that the wait time for customers between placing an order and receiving the ammunition may be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Most other retailers are in the same situation as the CMP. We suggest that customers leave their CMP orders in place and not cancel until they are able to purchase ammo elsewhere. CMP customers will be contacted as to pricing and manufacturer before any orders are filled. We do not expect to have any additional information until after the annual SHOT Show in mid-January, when we will meet with all of the ammo manufacturers.
*note: This letter originally appeared on the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog, and was referenced and linked on J.W. Rawles' Survival Blog.
The ammo is produced by a munitions company owned by the Turkish government. This plant makes small arms ammo, but also mortar rounds, cannon rounds, and a number of other related products. They are the suppliers of small arms ammo for the Turkish Armed Forces. Doing a little research on the company, they appear to be highly professional and have significant international sales. I worked in Turkey on frequent TAD trips from 1982-1985, from Izmir to Eskişehir to Diyarbakır and points in between. I can say without reservation that shoddy equipment of any kind produced in Turkey for the Turkish military would have immediate and unpleasant ramifications for the responsible individuals. Failure to meet quality control goals or produce spec equipment is punished severely.
The U.S. distributor has a web page : ZQI Ammo
ZQI currently offers 9mm luger, .380 ACP, .45 ACP, 5.56, 7.62X51 in the U.S. I read on the forums that other chamberings are available, but I can't confirm that. I did look at the Turkish web page but it is primarily concerned with items other than small arms ammo. MKEK web page
Here are some pictures of the ammunition.
I have not seen anyone writing about actually having fired any. Many people on different forums bought some, and I will be checking back to see what their experience of it was.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
We are holding up ok. I went out and checked the drainage ditches and the gutters and down spouts, everything is functioning properly. The barn, shop and apartment are ok and the main house is ok. I got soaked doing this ,but you want to find problems early on, before they become serious. So much rain has fallen, about two inches since noon yesterday, that the ditches upslope become critical. If they don't take the water out of the meadow and into the forest, the water flowing downslope gets up against the back of the shop and that can be a bad thing.
Yesterday I went to Walmart and saw a strange sight. The ammo cabinet had been filled with .50 caliber ammo cans. They were selling different types of ammo for $457.00 per ammo can. I saw 1200 rounds of 9mm luger in one can, 7.62X51 in another, .45 ACP in another, and 5.56 in still another. All the same prices but I couldn't tell how many rounds in a can on these later chamberings because they were all just stuck in the glass case in a haphazard fashion. Doing the math in my head on the 9mm this did not seem like a very good price. I couldn't tell who was manufacturing this ammo, but each can had a red, square sticker on it that said "metal cans made in Turkey."
We are just sitting this weather out today. Power has stayed on and my wife is watching Christmas shows. I've been listening to radio programs. Seems like the right thing to do is to fort up, and we don't have any pressing reason to go out.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
We remember when Jim Cantore had hair. Seriously.
But the Weather Channel lately isn't about weather. They have stupid shows like "prospectors" where they expect us to believe that some busty woman works her claim on the mountain in a red bustier. Or "Coast Guard Alaska" things like that. This new channel just has weather and their coverage is good.
My wife got in Friday and is leaving in the morning for Cincinnati. I spent most of today getting her car checked out, tires aligned and balanced, oil changed, and in cleaning the car up. I have never seen anyone in my life as bad as she is about letting her car get nasty, full of old coke bottles, tissues, McDonald's bags, that sort of thing. I wouldn't even get in the car until I cleaned it out.
There is a huge storm coming in tonight, and she will be driving in rain all day tomorrow. I asked her to wait one day and go Monday but she is too anxious to get up to the kids to wait. She's a grown woman and I can't make her do anything, but I think this is unwise.
Just as an aside, the new premier date for Survivor Man, the new series , is now Tuesday, January 7th, 2200 (10 pm) on Science Channel.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
R makes this trip between the Sierra's and Boise pretty frequently. His girl friend lives in Boise and he spends about a third of his time there. He's been a survivalist (not a prepper) for about twenty years. Because he has significantly greater financial resources than I do, he's been able to cover multiple bases while I concentrate primarily on my place in the Smokies and on my kids. One thing he has done is to establish caches along this route. They contain food, fuel, and other necessities . He has them marked with GPS coordinates. While these might be nice to have if he got caught in an ice or snow storm and was stranded along the way, his real purpose was to ensure he could get to Boise, get his lady friend, and get back to the Sierras in the event of a collapse. He leaves nothing to chance. The guy made a lot of money after he left the Marine Corps through his capability to anticipate trends and take advantage of them. He applies those skills to his survival preparations as well. While I always think in terms of a fixed base, he plans to get from whatever point he's at, to whichever of his safe locations he thinks will be best depending on the situation. He is far more flexible than I am.
|Left to right, my brother T's son, brother T, brother R.|
Just past midnight here in the mountains. I spent some time out on the front porch this evening. No need for security lights, the moon is doing that job. For once, it's not really cold outside so I was able to stay and enjoy the view for awhile.
Tomorrow I have more work to do on the roof. Went into the town today, to mail some books to a friend , go to the doctors office, and pick up a few things at the grocery. I should have gone to the hardware store, but by the time I finished all that I was running low on energy. I'll go back in tomorrow, the change of pace will be good for me.
You can tell that Christmas is fast approaching because people are not posting much on their blogs. Lots of people are having big family get togethers at their homes, and I suppose there's still a lot of shopping to be done. I think if my wife is not up to the trip to the kids place, she and I will go to Chattanooga this weekend . She loves to see the decorations at all the stores. It's a nice trip over there, through a river valley that leads to a lake. Not much traffic.
Very quiet out there tonight, not a single sound except the creek running. If you were looking for a peaceful place, you could hardly do better than here unless you were out in the desert somewhere.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
End of the line for the lead bullet? Regulations, bans force switch to 'green' ammo
Naked and Afraid is on, but I haven't watched it because it doesn't really seem relevant. I watched a few episodes of the first season though. Tonight at 10:00 the first episode of Les Strouds new Survival Man show was supposed to be on, but it has disappeared from the Direct TV listing, and I can't find anything on the premier date on line. I don't know what happened there.
There are several reality shows that they are trying to tie into the survival theme, mostly based in Alaska and from my view, not very useful or interesting. I haven't watched any of them.
So tonight I think I'll just listen to the scanners and read a book.
17 Dec 2013
A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill.
The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday.
Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.
A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.
Sessions wanted to instead eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I have been outside feeding all and sundry, and I'm thoroughly frozen. It's good to be back in the house. I checked the propane gauge, as I do every single day, to track usage. We are burning a lot. In a normal December, we have a good many days where we don't have to use the propane heater during daylight hours. But lately, it just doesn't get warm during the day and the nights are very cold. Last night, according to the Weather Channel, our low was supposed to be 31. In fact, when I went out on the porch at dawn, it was 19 degrees above zero. Not their fault, though. They get all their numbers from our airfield, and I am very much higher in elevation than the town is. That changes things dramatically.
I went to town today. Our town is not very picturesque. We have the red brick court house in the town square, like every small town in the South. But instead of tourist shops and restaurants, we have pawn shops and thrift stores. Down by the four lane road, there are motels and fast food joints, but no one ever tried to do anything for the old town. Most counties up here have made their old towns into tourist draws. Ours looks like 1936. I saw a man there with a sign that said "looking for work." I don't think he will have much luck. Years ago there were old buildings from the 1890's around the town square, and it had some dignity if nothing else. But the county commissioner cut down all the big old trees there, and the old buildings were torn down and replaced by shabby commercial buildings. The only really nice thing we have in the old town is our War Memorial. It's a good one. All marble, with the names of all the military people who served from the county. When it comes to the War Between the States, there are close to 100 names of Confederate soldiers, and about six Union soldiers. I expect at least some of the six were "galvanized Yankees". Those were Confederate prisoners who were released from prison and sent West to protect settlers from the Indians while the regular army of the United States was busy attacking the South. This was not considered being a turncoat because the federal government had already decided not to reassign regular troops to the West until the war was over, so it wasn't like these men were freeing up federal troops for use against the South.
My wife is sick again, so now her trip to visit the kids is in question. My daughter wants her mom to come, but this is a very busy season for people in the restaurant business and she can't afford to get sick. So the two of them will have to decide if mom's visit is worth the risk. I wouldn't mind having my wife home for awhile, but I know how much she looks forward to visiting the kids.
I spent a good part of the afternoon up in the study. I have a big, plush easy chair there, and my satellite radio is set up next to it. That's a great piece of gear. You can listen to any music you like, any time you want, with no advertisements. It's crystal clear. If you want to you can get news, weather, talk radio or whatever but mostly I just listen to smooth jazz. The radio will run on AC power or batteries. If I'm using batteries, I use a headset. That lets the batteries have a much longer useful life since they are not powering the large speakers on the radio.
Technically, this is a man portable device but actually, because of the satellite antenna, it's not practical to haul it around. The antenna has to be oriented directly towards the satellite, and have a clear shot. No trees, mountains, or any other obstruction.
For $16.00 a month you can't beat it. Mine is a pretty old radio, I think it's probably six year or more. At some point I should get a new one but this one is fine for the time being.
We do have one FM station you can pick up. It's a good one, with lots of local news shows, and conservative talk radio. But that's it. So the Sirius/XM radio gives me some variety, and I do listen to a lot of radio.
It's been a good day to stay inside and the temperature is dropping out there fast. I have one of those devices where you put the little transmitter outside, and the gauge inside the house gives you the outdoor and indoor humidity and temperature. Living up here is like living on the surface of Mars. The whole system has to function or you are SOL.
Monday, December 16, 2013
My wife will be home Friday and leaves Saturday to go spend the holidays with the Kids. I wish I could go, but with the property and the animals to take care of, I can't. Maybe, if it were summer, I could go for a day or two but in winter it just isn't possible. They are moving to a new apartment , something a little closer to my son's job, and my wife will help them with all of that.
I cleaned a good many rifles today. They seemed in good condition, no sign of rust, but I gave them all a wipe down with Rem Oil , and ran a patch through the bores. It never hurts. I don't seem to have the desire to get out and shoot as much as I once did, maybe I need to start doing more plinking with .22's and less of the full power battle rifle shooting. I was looking at some of the older guns today, and it's strange to realize that every single human being who was alive when that gun left the factory is dead now. Yet here I'm holding this rifle and it's as good as the day it was made. People don't do that kind of work anymore. Everything is just designed to have a finite life and be replaced.
I am reading a book about a family from Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War. I particularly searched it out because it deals with the same Regiment my Great, Great Grandfather was in. The book consists of 357 letters between a mother and her three sons written before and during the war. Here's an interesting passage:
The day after LIncoln's election:
A public meeting was held at the Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Bull and Broughton, drawing a large crowd. Captain Bartow spoke for all Savannahians when he said "If any man is to peril life, fortune and honor in defense of our rights, I claim to be one of those men.....I do not wish to destroy the government. I am a Union man in every fiber of my heart. But I will imperil all- ALL- before I will abandon our rights or submit to be governed by the unprincipled majority........."
..... The platform for speakers was graced with a large framed picture of a rattlesnake, with the words "Don't Tread On Me"....
The sentiments seem familiar , you could just about give that speech today and a lot of people would understand it.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
One of my dogs brought home what was left of a deer somebody field dressed. I tried to take it away from her, because I don't want her to start getting a taste for deer. Couldn't catch her though. I just hope she doesn't swallow a bone splinter.
I bought this book on Kindle for 99 cents. There are all kinds of survivalist lists on the internet, and I think this fellow laboriously went through most of them, then prioritized what he found there and made his own list up. That's fine with me, I'm always curious to see what other people think the essentials are.
The best book I ever found on this was the Mormon version, but you never can tell what you might glean from a new book. All I need is one new thought from this one and I've more than justified the dollar I spent on it.
If nothing else, it will make an interesting read some evening when I haven't got anything else to do. Those nights come along fairly frequently now that it gets dark so early.
Unless something unforeseen happens today I'm just staying at home. I don't need anything from town and it's too cold to be out in the wind without a good reason.
The rifle used to be tremendously popular in the 60's through the late 90's. Most rifle shooters had one, and it was the weapon of choice for NRA High Power matches.
Now, those guys are getting too old to do much shooting or take the buffeting the M-1 deals out. The newer generation of veterans is all about the AR-15, with a few die hards still shooting the Springfield M-1, which is actually an M-14 for civilians, and has nothing to do with the M-1 Garand. The M-14 is a modernized M-1 but the Garand is still unique.
So, for those out there who own one, I wanted to do this post tonight. I hear from a friend who should know, that AIM Surplus is expecting another shipment of the specially made M-1 ammo from Serbia.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The only other thing I found that was a good deal was Italica whole green olives. A 7 ounce jar was $1.00.
I didn't buy a case of them, because my wife likes green olives, but not all of them. I bought two jars, and if she likes them I'll go back up and get more. That's risky, because by next weekend there may not be any left (though they had a wall full at the store), but I'd hate to buy 48 jars and have her say they are not good.
Friday, December 13, 2013
There was a young woman who had a flat tire. A middle aged woman and her twenty something daughter stopped to help. So did a minister. The "affluenza" victim hit them and killed them all. But it's ok, he's going to a country club for counseling.
There is a much better news story on CNN about it. CBS was tip toeing around the whole thing.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
These people don't sound like followers of Gandhi to me.
Lisa from Two Bears Farm has rescued a small mare that had serious health conditions. This caught my eye because my daughter rescued a horse that was starving to death ( she really needed a $200.00 a month stable bill, but I understand why she did it.) so seeing someone else willing to do that surprised me.
If you would like to read about it, here's the link. There are some good people left. It's too easy to start thinking that most people are a waste of air. That's not really true.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Some years, I think we have made significant steps forward, and others, it's clear we have lost ground. Usually, the latter happens due to circumstances beyond our control. Unexpected events occur that take precedent over your plan for the year and that causes missed goals. Life has a way of changing your priorities.
This year, we've done fairly well. Despite having given away a significant amount of food to our guests in October, and transferring still more up to the kids in the form of long term storage items, we have more in our supply rooms, and of better quality, than we started the year with. I am particularly pleased with the fact that we utilized a lot of the canned goods and replaced them with new supplies. We added large quantities of dried fruit, spices, butter and cheese to the stored supplies and now I feel like we have close to what we really need.
The situation on arms and ammunition is very good. I was not much affected by the great panic that ensued when Obama went back on his word not to try to take people's guns away. Although I've bought some ammunition during the shortage, I already had plenty and the means to make more, so that is not a problem for me.
All of the vehicles are in good condition, though my daughters Commander needs some cosmetic work. Her proclivity for running into things in parking lots makes that a normal state of affairs.
The house and outbuildings are in good shape. Log buildings always require maintenance but there are no major jobs pending and everything is in good condition.
We have paid off a significant amount of debt this year. Largely this was related to my daughters medical expenses. Even though we had fair insurance, her medical costs were high and will continue to be so. Even more now that Obama has caused us to lose our HMO and we have been dumped into a Health Expense Reimbursement Account that is worse than useless. I did not worry about debt to any great extent in years past, because I figured if things got really bad nobody was going to be coming around asking about payments. But I've learned that it's the grey times, in between all's well and total calamity, where you need to be cautious about debt. So we've launched a program to get out of debt as much as possible , as quickly as possible.
The damage from the wood burning stove chimney fire has been repaired and the stove is back in order.
On the debit side, I have not replaced the electric fence that was destroyed in a big storm last Spring. I will have to completely replace it, down to the last insulator and pole. If I had done so, this big storm last week would have torn it to bits with trees coming down and limbs falling out of trees. I am not sure it is cost effect or practical to rebuild the fence, though it is nice to be able to look out from the porch and see the red light on the energizer which tells me nothing has broken through the fence. I don't think it ever kept anything out, but it did let me know, before I walked out in the dark to the barn or shop, if something was inside that perimeter.
I have not replaced the security camera system. The one we had worked well for many years, but when it failed, the cost of replacing it was , by my standards, exorbitant. Some friends sent me specs on nice systems, but they obviously had more in their operating budget for security than I did. I'll have to address this though, because the camera system was a great boon on dark nights when the motion detectors started going off.
I know more people via the internet than I did a year ago, and that's a positive thing. Not only can I learn a lot from others with similar interests, but I get a better feel for conditions around the country, and even in foreign countries. It's a much more reliable way of keeping a finger on the pulse of things than listening to the bleating of the talking heads on television.
All in all, I 'd be inclined to put this down as a good year. I feel like we are going into 2014 with a good handle on all these issues, and if nothing dreadful and unexpected happens, I think next year will be even better.
This is the first clear night we've had in a long time. There's a moon out, and it's good to see stars again. It's still cold and windy, but at least the rain isn't pouring down.
The UPS guy called me and told me he left a package at the gate. I walked down to get it, and it was Omaha Steaks , which is nice. Unfortunately, the FEDEX guy had left a can of ammo for me down there too, and I had to carry both of the boxes up. The Styrofoam container for the steaks was big and bulky, while the ammo was heavy. I barely made it back up to the house. I didn't drive down because I thought I needed the exercise and it wasn't raining. I certainly got what I asked for.
My computer "blew up" and shut itself down today. I went through the whole drill of starting in safe mode, then restoring the system files from a restore point, and it seems to be working ok now. I guess I am going to have to buy a new computer. They are cheap these days and buying a new one isn't the issue. It's trying to get all the correct drivers and niche programs I use on a new computer. I dread it.
A friend sent me a book, which came in the mail yesterday. I finished it a few minutes ago. The book rates a posting in it's own right, but tonight I'm not up to doing it justice. If the computer will start and stay on, I'll try tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
When a comment can stand on it's own as a posting, I will retransmit it so people don't miss it. This is one of those. It's from Sol.
“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ― Winston Churchill
On a personal note, my great grand parents dug all of their valuables into the garden wrapped in news paper and sack cloth. I think this is where I get all of my 'barter' skills from. And also don't forget they never ever forgot when the helped another. you really did owe your life to someone who gave you food. You had to reciprocate or the village ousted you. The children used to climb the trees in the copsed areas. and tie themselves on with any food they had so that the 'officials could not take it'.
I will say one thing that is a very stark realisation, being that we are in the EU, people were very very worried about all the Poles coming. They are more worried now about the Bulgarians and Romanians but that is another comment for another time. But the Poles, just like the people who came from the West Indies in the 60's. They have come from somewhere worse than here.
Communism and the teachings in the school (one that I know if being a book that has to be learnt), even now is Marx and hegeil (cant spell that). No one can deny that the Poles really do work. they work bloody hard. They do all the jobs Brits don't want to as they think they are above it. They band together. And they do what my nan used to call money bouncing in the community. They make the money and it passes between 4 and 15 times before it is spent in a place like Walmart or Tescos. That is how they become richer. Yes they send the money back to Poland and they live 6 or 7 people to one small house. I do not begrudge them the jobs. They work hard. and I think it is in them from an early age.
the change to communism must have been so harsh and completely beyond anything I can comprehend. Like your picture says, we have to learn from the past to make the future better. We just have to pick the best bits of everything that has happened before and some how force it through.
I can say at work I used to barter at least 3 times a week. kitchen scraps for eggs in winter, my surplus crops in summer for something I haven't been able to grow or even with someone who is the most excellent bread maker.
The prices of food are already a problem here. That is why so many Brits are returning to growing food and keeping chickens. We can see it coming. We are digging in and trying the best we can. We just have to help each other the best we can.
Transition towns are the way forward.
we know the end of life as we know it is coming to an end.
On a higher note, you could build something like a high fruit cage, digging the fence into the soil to stop pigs and foxes digging under. and then like the person above mentioned. Make raised beds, use the Lasagne treatment as mentioned with the card board. We cant keep up with eating it all in the summer and we have red clay like you.
Good luck. (sorry about the massive comment)
Going outside isn't much fun though. Even the dogs are all forted up in their straw house. It isn't the ambient temperature that makes things so dicey, it's that roaring wind.
After so many days of rain, it's almost inevitable that more trees will fall. As long as it happens out away from the house I don't mind that so much.
I don't think I've been into town since Saturday, but I'm not sure. When the weather is like this, one day tends to blend into the next and you begin to lose track.
Probably I will ride in today and have lunch, then maybe do a little browsing around at Walmart. Just for a change of pace.