“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fog in the Channel. Continent isolated.

That's a headline from an old Victorian newspaper.  Like the English of the day, I have a self centric view of the world as well.  It's so foggy here this morning that I can't see across the meadow. We are expecting rain later and that should clear it up.



I've been reading the latest Backwoods Home this morning.   This issue, like most of them, is a sort of "nuts and bolts" compendium of "how to" articles.  I keep them all, especially now that I get the digital version. A good reference library comes in handy from time to time.


Backwoods Home isn't very trendy and it's definitely got a "published in the garage" feel to it.

Still, over the years I've learned some very useful things from it. They sell collections of the magazine on CD's, and I bought a few of those here and there that dealt with specific subjects I was interested in.  I never paid much attention to the articles on growing food, but I am going back over those now, a few at a time.

They have some very well known writers who publish articles here, like Mossad Ayob and Jackie Clay.  Kind of long in the tooth now, but the things they know how to do are just as useful as they were ten years ago.

Backwoods Home also puts out a book on emergency preparedness, a how to manual that's updated every few years. I usually buy the new one when it comes out.










I've mentioned the Mother Earth News special editions before. They don't cost a lot, and they're good sources of information on a lot of self sufficiency issues that people who are living the lifestyle have to deal with.  They are all available from the publisher last time I checked.




Sunday night I watched the premier of "The Last Man on Earth."  It's a new Fox series. It isn't really a post apocalyptic theme, despite the fact that it takes place 2 years after a virus pandemic has wiped out the human race, with two exceptions.  The protagonist is in no way, shape or form a survivalist, and watching the things he does makes me cringe. However, if you remember it's a comedy and not a serious show, some of it is funny.  It tends to be vulgar, but if you can overlook that it has some interesting moments. I plan on watching it next week and seeing how it develops.




21 comments:

  1. I have subscribed to both of those magazines in the past. I liked Backwoods Home a little better, but they have probably both changed a bit since I last subscribed, so hard to tell how I would feel now.

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    1. I was poisoned against Mother Earth News because it was a hippy magazine in the 1970's, when I first came into contact with it. But it has changed with the times over the years and is more attuned to self sufficiency now. Backwoods Home has a real old curmudgeon at the helm and he aggravates me but I have been taking the magazine for eons, and now that it's digitized I just keep them on the cloud or on the hard drive for reference.

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  2. I remember Mother Earth from the 70s. I guess hippies tried to be self-sufficient while stoned. I have made a note of both magazines and will check them out. Thanks for sharing them. Most of all, thank you so much for your support, it means so much to me.

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    1. Mother Earth in the 70's was pretty far out there. I suppose the hippies must have gotten older and matured!

      You are doing a superb job of being a wife in a situation that is about the most demanding I can imagine. Your husband is a lucky man.

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    2. inger,
      look at 'countryside' magazine, too.
      it is changed in some ways i don't like but it is pretty good.
      deb h.

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  3. I have not seen that FOX show yet, but Have watched a bit of "The Last Ship" on TNT it is roughly the same thing, one lone navy ship and her crew are the only survivors of a world wide pandemic... Senior watched half an episode with me last season, and walked out of the room due to the poor naval reference and misrepresentations....

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    1. You do have to engage in a lot of "the willing suspension of disbelief" to enjoy The Ship, but I'm pretty good at that in plain old television series, where I don't expect any better. However, I can't stand lack of attention to detail in movies, where they should do a much better job of ensuring authenticity.

      The Last Man on Earth is even more this way. for instance, 8 billion people supposedly died but there are no bodies, no signs of disorder. It's really more of an examination of human behavior in a humorous way than anything else, and really nothing at all to do with anything related to survivalism. The Last Man on Earth premier left me kind of bewildered, so I am going to watch it again Sunday to see how they develop it.

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  4. Harry - we are having a nice, brisk, chilly day here today. clear skies and very blue which always means it's cold. we aren't babies and love our hottub too much to be put off by cold but today there will not be any hottub dips - that's how brisk it is!!! i noticed on the first pic of the backwoods home magazine that one of the articles is on tire gardening...seems a lot of people are jumping on that bandwagon in the last few years. i am glad as it means that those tires are being re-purposed and not going to landfill AND tires make awesome raised beds. we've been tire gardening almost 10 years now and we love it. tire gardening is great when you don't have soil that is good enough to plant in.

    i liked your statement "published in a garage" - our Harrowsmiths were published in a similar manner for years before the magazine made enough money to be able to get a little more slick. so backwoods home sounds like a magazine that i would enjoy.

    sending much love to you and yours always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I thought you guys still "hot tubbed" even if snow was falling! Must be mighty cold up there. Just drizzling and gray here, not really cold although I have a fire in the fireplace, just to have one. I have been sleeping on the couch.

      I really never heard of tire gardening until the last year. We don't keep old tires here because in summer they are mosquito breeding grounds and equine encephalitis as well as some weird Central American disease are now carried by mosquitoes here, where there never used to be either disease. But then, if the tires are full of earth they wouldn't collect water so that wouldn't be a problem.

      Backwoods Home is still pretty unpolished, but I get the impression it's because they want to convey that image, rather than anything to do with capability or finance.

      It's good to hear from you, and I am glad all is well in the great white north.

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    2. oh Harry - we'll hottub in snow, sleet, rain - whatever. we are like mailmen that way. but today was just way too bloody cold to go out there and take off our robes - we could seriously frostbitten parts that should never be frostbitten - bahahahah!!!!

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    3. I can see how that might spoil the fun!

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  5. I used to subscribe to BACKWOODS HOMES, it was (and probably still is) a good magazine. I think the Anthologies are a gold mine of information without the ads and if I recall, I think I have the 1st 13 years of them. I should probably buy those while I still remember - I think 'hard print' information will become golden soon. I don't even trust e-readers, a pity because talk about condensed information - Wow! Anyone else remember that survival 'micro-fishe' library they used to sell ?

    I was totally unaware of that FOX TV series you mention - I'll try and give it a look. Thank you for mentioning it.

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    1. Anon, I don't promise great things for The Last Man on Earth. In truth, I haven't really figured out the first episode, but it was different and in this jaded society where all they seem to do anymore is remakes of old movies and series, I guess that's worth something.

      I keep a lot of things on flash drives. I figure I can access my flash drives on my laptop as long as I can power the generator. Same with printing things, as long as I have fuel (and , I suppose, ink cartridges) I should be able to print anything I want. I like hard print into but I am having trouble finding places to keep large amounts of printed material now.

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  6. Harry,

    Good to hear the weather is starting to clear up. Ours cleared, just in time for the temperatures to drop with more snow coming tonight.

    I subscribe to Mother Earth News and keep all of my magazines for quick referral or resource material. I used to subscribe to Backwoods, dropped the subscription and now only buy their magazines when there's something of interest to me or hubby.

    Hugs to you and Sweet Wife,
    Sandy

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    1. Particularly when it comes to gardening, I think my reference library might come in handy some day. Like you, I keep everything that has potential stored away so I can refer to it later on.

      I hope this new storm "Thor" doesn't cause trouble out your way. Looks like the worst will miss us here.

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  7. We have the cds for Mother Earth and it goes back to the 70's. I also have some very old farm books, sort of like How To or Almanacs that are original which is really interesting. We picked them up a flea markets.

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    1. Those old farm books would be ideal in a situation where people suddenly had to rely on themselves instead of the grocery store for food. Mother Earth News is a good magazine these days, and even way back when it was about yurts and power stones it had good information on practical matters as well. I get things like tools at the big flea market across the state line in North Carolina. One of the things we like to do in summer is ride up there, look around the flea market, and have dinner at the lake.

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  8. We subscribe to the Backwoods Home and Countryman. We have stopped Mother because of the leftist letters that really aggravated me. They are still a hippy rag under their skin. Too Urban for me.

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    1. Mother Earth News has always leaned to the left, but I think I am better about just filtering the nonsense out and looking for the scraps of useful information than I used to be when I was younger. However, I don't buy it routinely as I already buy a lot of magazines and I have to work within a budget. I like Backwoods Home, although I am aggravated by some of the things the old guy that publishes it says. I have not seen countryman, they must not sell it back here.

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  9. I think I'd get into Backwoods Home a little more. I'm not sure though. I haven't read either of them.

    This year we're talking about doing a lot of our own gardening. My husband still talks about making a studio in the backyard. It wouldn't be up to city "CODE" though. I wish we could get some chickens. Chickens aren't up to city "CODE" either.

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    1. I think you would like it. Mostly it's a bi monthly collection of articles on things to do with homesteading, but sometimes they have articles on different but related subjects.

      We don't have to worry about "code" here. One of the nice things about being so far out in the woods nobody really knows you are there.

      I have lots of chickens. Sometimes I wish I didn't!

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