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swisscheesetony Mon 30-Nov-15 20:02:42

OK, just finished this and it's given me food for thought.

Those of us out in the boondocks are fine.

Things I'd not considered before:
1. Ducks/geese/rabbits - easy fodder around here for some reason I was focusing on fish as I'm coastal
2. Suet - what a way to make a dull soup/broth/stew more interesting with dumpings
3. Making an oven from a biscuit tin - anyone tried this?
4. Her obsession with washing... hmmn, think I'll be going "Daryl Dixon"
5. Old-fashioned household items will prove priceless. I already have an old singer sewing machine but I could use simple things like a pasta machine - so many of our devices are electric.
6. How important chickens are - I need to get myself a coop sooner rather than later and get some chooks
7. The sheer grudge of being at the mercy of the weather

Win items:
1. I tend to hoard old clothes so it's easier to make do and mend.
2. I'm good at making good food from shit ingredients grin
3. I have a good selection of clit-lit can be sacrificed as bog roll

Lose items:
1. I'm not currently growing any veg - I need to make this a project for 2016
2. Wellies - my current pair are a bit leaky - I usually replace via ebay... that option might not be available

So my real takeaways are that 1) I want to become a lot more self-sufficient in terms of eggs + veg - i.e., things I can do at home which I can use already but would have a lag time in times of need and 2) keep an eye open at carboot type things for "old-fashioned household items".

Anyone else have any thoughts from the books?

Stratter5 Mon 30-Nov-15 21:28:23

My first thought on reading your list was how relevant the antibiotics thread is. In a situation like that, we would absolutely be practicing the best hygiene we could, ABs are going to run out PDQ, with no access to replace them.

Stratter5 Mon 30-Nov-15 21:30:11

My second thought is, do I really need to know what 'clit lit' is. My third thought was a resounding 'no'.

swisscheesetony Mon 30-Nov-15 21:40:42

Oh you know, the "Jackie Collins genre"... But not as well written.

Martin saves 50 shades from the big roll pile.

swisscheesetony Mon 30-Nov-15 21:41:13

I have no ab's - but have a huge amount of morphine I could trade.

howtorebuild Mon 30-Nov-15 21:45:03¬if_t=group_comment_reply

This Man¬if_t=group_comment_reply makes a burner with oven above, they would have liked that .

grin @ 50shades

Water and wood struck me as huge issues.

Stratter5 Mon 30-Nov-15 21:46:08

I have fentanyl lollies to trade. smile

howtorebuild Mon 30-Nov-15 21:52:24

I think I would have to Chuck a lamp shade and drawer in my garden here, so looters think we have already been raided. wink

ClashOfUsernames Mon 30-Nov-15 22:00:49

Sounds like an interesting book. I can't seem to find it on amazon? Or have I got it wrong and this is a film?

howtorebuild Mon 30-Nov-15 22:14:02

Look n the other thread for the link. The author is starting it again from tomorrow.

swisscheesetony Mon 30-Nov-15 22:18:37

Just start on that page and click next - laborious blog set-up and a few other authors, so just click past them to get to Suzanne's stuff.

Oooh is she howtorebuild ? Tell us more!

I can't swing a cat for hitting a loch around here so water's not a worry... wood is hard to come by.

howtorebuild Mon 30-Nov-15 22:20:52

SideOrderofChips Thu 03-Dec-15 10:32:57

a biscuit tin oven is quite simple to make, we get our scouts making them

zombiesarecoming Fri 04-Dec-15 20:12:18

If you can't be bothered making a biscuit tin oven and there is time before the SHTF to order from ebay in the states then the Coleman camp stove oven is a good bit of kit and will work on a normal gas camping stove

Managed to get one earlier in the year when we were over there as the one we had is getting on a bit now and Coleman no longer sell these in the UK

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