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  1. cariboo

    Henry David Thoreau and George Sears, Nessmuk

    We've lived in a 800 square foot cabin for 23 years. 3 of us for 17 years. A bit more furniture, internet, solar panels, vehicles and more garden space. Relative to the time and times. A transcendentalist design. The space we have is outside the cabin. Life is art for us.
  2. cariboo

    Henry David Thoreau and George Sears, Nessmuk

    "Walden" is a good read. In the book Thoreau reflects on living simply in the natural environment. Both Thoreau and Sears are environmentalists advocating for simplicity and a light footprint. Sears more for it's own sake, Thoreau for it's own sake and humanity.
  3. cariboo

    Henry David Thoreau and George Sears, Nessmuk

    Two who have had an impact on our lives here. The potato patch. It wasn't until Aki and I moved into the bush in '97, started to make hunting and survival knives that we learned of George Sears (pen name Nessmuk), his methods, bushcraft skills and the famed design, the "Nessmuk" knife. "Go...
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    Survival... Indian time

    I don't have any bones sticking up. That seems a bit harsh. Bones are still moving around. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-really-happened-in-the-chilcotin-war-the-1864-conflict-that-just-prompted-an-exoneration-from-trudeau Not that long ago like a 75 year old's great grandparents...
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    Survival... Indian time

    Fractured 2 ribs.
  6. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    We transplanted cat tails awhile back. They are prolific. We harvest shoots in the early summer. Ribs are feeling good enough. Back to the grinder.
  7. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    We live in the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) territory, a rugged environment. Most Tsilhqot’in live on reserves. Hunting and gathering is alive and well within the communities for some. The reserves here are challenging. They say this area saw the only wars in Canada. The gov’t’s answer was to bring...
  8. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    . The idea of “Indian time” is the recognition of the critical moment. That time when a decision has to be made in order to exploit the opportunity given. Recognition seems to be the key here. Probably more of a survival skill but I know it applies to the bush. Maybe a stretch to see it as a...
  9. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    We ”got out” 25 years ago. Two with the wilderness making art. By June now, we’re prepared to “bug out” at a moments notice. Just being a tiny bit outside has ended up clearing the picture, putting society and it’s culture right in our face. Preparing for a bug out is easy. Physically easy but...
  10. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    I'm hearing the click. Trying to find a position to sleep in.
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    Survival... Indian time

    Completely. No offense, but I think most have their heads in their butts at the moment.
  12. cariboo

    Survival... Indian time

    Awhile ago, sitting in my truck on a cold winter evening listening to a radio program on CFNR called "Journeys", an indigenous-run show out of Terrace B.C., the guest talked about "Indian time". What Indian time was. When salmon are running it is time to fish. If you don't you'll starve over the...
  13. cariboo

    Ready for Winter

    I think witches broom is mistletoe.
  14. cariboo

    Ready for Winter

    Aki tells me we slaughtered at 11 1/2 weeks. I tried to embed this video but it wouldn't do it. Youtube, a few years ago, some of our chickens...
  15. cariboo

    Ready for Winter

    I'll try and get a picture. The effect is grotesque and beautiful. When the pine beetle began it's rampage on lodge pole pine the affected mistletoe trees died first. We treat our chickens well. To start, we feed them bugs and slugs and worms the minute they are settled in, 2 days old from the...
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    Ready for Winter

    My son and I brought in our last load of firewood. Some nice standing dead pine that had pine affected by some mistletoe and killed by the beetle. Dripping with pitch the wood will make for quick and hot sauna's and easy hot fires in the cook stove. A finishing touch on the wood pile.The root...
  17. cariboo

    Homestead solar power

    We use the power from the sun for electricity and heat with wood. We run our shop, home and lights for the chicken coup, sauna, sheds with solar energy. During the winter months here it can hit -40 c. When it snows we pile snow against the cabin. Plumbed in a water tank through our wood cook...
  18. cariboo

    Homestead solar power

    I've read they lose output over years of use. We haven't checked the current because there has been no need. Haven't noticed any drop in energy. If they have become less efficient it is by not very much. We have BP panels that are 22 years old. 2 panels that are 17 years old. We had a panel that...
  19. cariboo

    Homestead solar power

    Sorry, back on track. ...and one can start with one panel, one deep cycle battery and a controller.
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    Homestead solar power

    Aki goes for a walk most morning with her camera. She takes all the pictures. The long shadows in November and December before the snow stays is a special time in the boreal forest.. A couple of mornings ago a big live spruce had fallen across an old logging road, bushy it was. She went into...