A Little Home Grown Prepping

P1000801Honestly, this is mostly the wife’s doing. She’s been very busy and homely. I was fascinated by the sourdough starter she created – just flour and water, and it develops a culture and starts fermenting. You get a yeasty dough that you have to partially discard – the discard being made into pancakes and crackers. 

Eventually you get a base for making bread. Apparently this is how folks of yesterday used to make their bread – with a living yeast culture.

PS: the pancakes were amazing!

Anyhew, I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad if they’re just kicking back and using their free time to take a break – I totally get it  – but there is something to be said about using the time to help make some changes.

Seems like people have been taking some time to not only make bread, but also to plant some vegetables.

So while I’m home with the boy and the wife, we got down to some horticulture: beans, squashes in the tub next door, couple of beetroot, chard and other stuff potted up. The veg trug has some strawberries in it too.

This is, of course, a long way from being prepped for the end of the world, but I’ve always had an interest in being self sufficient because when you rely on someone else to provision you with food and water, all it takes is the withdrawal/breakdown of that provision and you are screwed.

And I think we can see from recent events that civilisation really might just be three meals away from chaos.

Or is that three bog rolls?

Anyhow, as I got older, I retained the desire but was faced by the one thing that anyone who wants to start self sufficiency has to deal with: access to land. For most people trapped in low pay work and high costs, trying to find the land and time to grow their own food is near impossible. We have rent and council tax and other overheads that make it difficult to transition to self sufficiency. 

But the dream is still alive. As I continue to work on writing I’m sure that over the coming years I’ll no doubt be returning to this topic, starting with why and how the three of us came to live in a yurt (yeah, another project still half done), possibly followed by a few miniposts about things like the chickens we’re planning to get.

And it doesn’t have to be a big project like I originally envisioned either. Like us, I’m glad to see some of the folks in the local community really getting into some homegrowing with whatever space they have (even just a window sill), and many coming to the realisation that we might want to think a little more about how our food is produced and transported.

Finally, sorry that I haven’t finished When The Tide Comes In. I’ll make an effort to get it posted next week. In the meantime, stay safe and well.

All the best,

DJC


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