SA Hunter: Well, it's cold, wet, windy here in SA - more to come - welcome to winter!
Jul 16, 2021 19:56:35 GMT 10
myrrph: I have been thinking about savoury long life survival food coz I am not a big fan of sweet stuff. but you're right, the thirst factor is a major point. I've tried making pemmican (and failed) now gonna try hard tack (like at last!).
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:01 GMT 10
myrrph: One good thing about this pandemic, is that it allows me to try all these nice prepping things ^_^
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:24 GMT 10
malewithatail: Also enables one to go over the preps and tidy up the shed.
Jul 19, 2021 14:50:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, SA going into a "not a lockdown" lockdown. Yay!
Jul 19, 2021 19:47:28 GMT 10
spinifex: And now SA is in a full Lockdown for 7 days ... toilet paper sold out within hours!! LMAO What the heck is with that behavior??
Jul 20, 2021 17:01:57 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: Plenty of time to do some weeding, since i spent an hour today and barely made a dent. But QLD, so no lockdown. But if we did, ammunition supply is essential, thus still going to work.
Jul 20, 2021 18:23:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: We've got up to 40mm rain coming next 7 days - another shed clean up is on the cards.
Jul 20, 2021 22:21:35 GMT 10
SA Hunter: People on social media whinging that the shelves at supermarket empty, nothing for them to buy - lessons not being learnt!
Jul 20, 2021 22:23:04 GMT 10
malewithatail: Went shopping today, holes appearing in shelves at wollies. Amazing. get prepped people.
Jul 21, 2021 18:09:12 GMT 10
Joey: Anyone with mates in Talisman Sabre that can hook us up with a box or 2 of US MRE's?
Jul 22, 2021 13:52:51 GMT 10
SA Hunter: 22mm rain so far-more to come.
Jul 22, 2021 22:45:03 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: We been getting the yanks in the shop here, they think the games are some secret hush hush thing.
Jul 23, 2021 19:30:43 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: What an afternoon. 4 hours of trying to set up and position my 4g directional antenna (1hour to drive into town for fittings and back). Sealed up hole and roof. Then realize i forgot to re run my VHF/UHF antenna wire.
Jul 24, 2021 17:49:20 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Finally out of lockdown
Jul 28, 2021 9:01:10 GMT 10
malewithatail: Will you ever believe anything the Medical Establishment or Government ever tells you again ?
Jul 31, 2021 9:26:14 GMT 10
The dome hut has survived a year. Only damage is minor, the whole structure remains perfectly dry inside. A good design; and I see why Advoko settled on it for his structure. I have thought of some simple improvements to its construction to make it even better.
After a spot of lunch with a nice fire we moved on to visit the box hut.
That was an abject fail. It seems it is a poor shape for pallet wrap to adhere tightly to and retain its integrity. We removed the plastic cover but left the frame.
Looking to use my practical discoveries from these experimental units to build a nice big dome hut at an entirely new location - the eagles nest. As name would suggest, the new location has outstanding views. I'm going to spray the top of the new dome with a light dusting of matt black and drab green paint to make it less visible from the air and attach an exterior camo curtain which can be raised and lowered to let in light or conceal the structure.
Looking good. The camo of the eagles nest site would be best, you don't need it standing out like a crop farm or something in the bush lol That box hut designs seems like it would be more suited to coreflute paneling
By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. -- Ben Franklin
Smart luck is when you work your arse off, so when the opportunity presents itself, you don't have to pray for dumb luck.
A couple of ideas. The plastic on the box hut seems to be dragging down from where it was initially placed. Either from water (roof) or gravity (sides). The roof and sides could be pre-made as rigid frames then mounted/joined to each other. So 5 panels to build the hut. For the roof, back and front I'm thinking of a rigid square frame which is covered with 2 thinner layers of pallet wrap at 90 degrees to each other. Similar for the sides but the tops would be angled down to give the roof angle. The perpendicular plastic might hold it all in place better. A steeper roof angle would probably help too. Possibly the ends of the frame wood could be shaped or notched so they lock into each other to a degree for additional strength. This would also allow putting leaves/branches between the two layers as in survivy's great idea previously. Additionally this would allow a staggered build. Build the roof on day one and use it as a lean-to. Build the back and one side the next day and have shelter on two sides and the roof. Finish it on the third day. The dome design looks like a winner but I have always found round or curved to be annoying. Everything gets in the way.
I suspect you already know this but if you try legumes again grab a couple of handfuls of soil from the nearest crop paddock and sprinkle that over where you are planting the seeds. That will supply enough bacteria for them to fix their own nitrogen. Also give them as much sun as possible. None of the crops are bred to grow in shady conditions.
The scrub spuds are doing great! Started themselves off from tubers the size of marbles left from last year.
The first structural component of the new bush shelter project. The arch is made from two live trees and measures 5m wide and about 2m high. More construction scheduled.
I gave up on the Eagle Nest location ... too far from good building materials and too exposed. I'm back down in a hollow for this build. The trees are Sugar Gums in natural scrub which came up after bushfire in 2005. I think I'm making something shaped a bit like Sydney Opera House - or a dome (like a Spinifex grass clump). Haven't decided yet. The exterior will be clad with wattle sapling stems to help it blend in. Might spend some time digging around on YouTube to see what others have done.
The construction of the big dome. It's been an entertaining learning experience!
I learned how far a sugar gum sapling can be bent before it shatters under the strain. I also learned how to almost pull a shoulder out of its socket. There is about 10 hours work of work in this set of pictures.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2020 18:13:46 GMT 10 by spinifex