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  1. Out of curiosity, what would it take for you and your family to relocate states/countries preemptively? I am not talking about a disaster but rather something more benign like a profound social shift or a rise in financial insecurity within your general area. Very curious to hear what @dthomasdigital , @zackmars & @Gary_Gough think about this. Its something Elise and I have been thinking about recently.
  2. Rainy & cold Canadian day. Not going anywhere, just sulking with my pipe. Items Meerschaum Pipe (I think its the "diplomat" ZIppo "Spyder" lighter. MacBaren Plumcake tobacco SOG Flash II (EDC'ing it for review purposes- definitely not my favourite knife). What are y'all carrying?
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    Now that I live in a crazy hot country, I may look into this sort of thing for the garden. Would be nice to have an outdoor cooler!
  4. Haha, great point Gary & in line with my own feelings on the matter. Yes, definitely. I do have to admit a fondness for old school Chinese oils (eucalyptus based) when I am stuffy. If it works without bad side effects, I think its fine but as you said- knowing more is the key- research, looks at side effects etc.
  5. Interesting. Our garden has 5 lemon trees, we are thinking of adding berries and small fruit trees too but my worry here in Portugal is the water- how do you guys deal with it? Complex reservoir systems?
  6. Thomas

    Hi yall

    As @dthomasdigital said, when something does pop up, we do tend to drop by. The issue with forums that are not created as commercial entities, is that there isn't a push for traffic/financial reasons. This is a free platform that doesn't allow politics and is general speaking created as a non-toxic place for people to discuss prepping without pressure, being spammed with ads or "buy a subscription" nonsense. Glad to see you again though, how have you been?
  7. Elise & I now live in Portugal in a much much better situation. I'll do a proper write up soon but I just wanted to drop in and update y'all. Sadly, I am not off-grid as I have to be connected to work, but I am planning to have solar panels put in at some point next year & will no doubt make a thread for suggestions on what I can do! Out of interest, my home is heated with as water heater connected to external propane tanks- does anyone else have such a system? Any pros and cons?
  8. Aye, I might switch to full electric once we go all Solar (300 days of sunshine a year in Portugal!). And yeah, always moving- hopefully this will be the last time. Thanks for sharing your experiences Pappy- i honestly am not sure on my current system- never had a propane system before. i'll take a picture and you can educate me! The tank(s) have their own little shed. Very discreet!
  9. Why does that happen? I have been interested to have chickens for a while now, I sorta assumed hens laid eggs consistently?
  10. Whilst the social divide in SA is definitely an interesting topic in terms of social collapse and potential issues with regards to prepping- please remember the forum rules, specifically the no politics section.
  11. I've heard a lot of people talk about using silver as an antimicrobial agent- wasn't there a trend for a while for people who drank so much of the stuff they turned blue?
  12. That looks pretty awesome, say what you want but those "ancient" structures really stood the test of time.
  13. I see so many custom kubaton & knucks on the market these days and I frequently find that a lot of the stuff I carry on an everyday basis would fit the "impact weapon" purpose quite well without being specifically designed for it. I recently picked up a Cross Century Classic fountain pen, for instance, and it's a nice slab of pointy metal that is as good as many tactical pens on the market, even though it's not at all designed or intended to be used this way. What are some other everyday items you have lying around the house that you think might make for good impact tools? (the pen in question)
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    Buy a Homestead

    It's a conundrum isn't it? its something the girl and i have been struggling with- how far removed can we be from society without it negatively impacting our future.
  15. Why would you have to move if you are already in Bulgaria? Applying for permanent residency should be easy enough no? I presume you entered as an EU citizen in which case, even after brexit you would have the same rights (in Bulgaria) as before.
  16. I can't break the no-politics rules.
  17. Beautifully put @PappyHiker , I 100% agree that with @Elise with me, I can handle almost any change. I imagine once I reach retirement age that I will be in a situation where I am happy where I am (hopefully). Because Elise and I work online, we have a more flexible mindset to location compared to how it would have been in the past. Our current issue is the cultural shift and changes happening in our current enviroment and wanting to be somewhere more like "us". Lots to think about.
  18. Wow, the price went up on bahco's. Eek. At that price, the Silky is worth it I think (relative to the bahco). I think that style of saw is called a Sierra Saw? I believe Canadian Tire sold a "Colemans" branded one for under $10 too. That said, this was 5 years ago so who knows now!
  19. Grab yourself a bahco laplander, around 20 bucks and i found the performance to be exceptional- took apart a picnic table in minutes.
  20. How do you feel about silky saws? I tried a bow saw in the past and found the cutting performance lackluster compared to my Silky fatboy.
  21. As an EU citizen, I can thankfully have my choice of countries within the EU as well as Canada due to being married to a Canuck. Definitely see your point about moving towards friends but honestly, most of my connections are forged online. Yup, 6-7 years in Toronto. Been in the UK since May 2016 and I imagine we won't be here come this time next year (i'll make a proper posts on MTJS once the plans are in motion). I find myself in agreement over your list. Elise and I are young enough that we feel "now" is the time to relocate and find our happy as opposed to staying and watching a questionable situation get progressively worse. Aye, Elise and I are very close to our next step and it won't be in an apartment. We are becoming more and more disillusioned with our current enviroment and the idea of hunkering down in a proper house is looking more and more like the logical next step. My worry is being too late- i see signs and feel the pressure to preemptively deal with my enviroment instead of sticking around until its too late.
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    Medications during a SHTF.

    I hope some new discovery occurs that mitigates the risk for folks with diabetes, must be stressful.
  23. Good to know, do you think IMR cells are worth the extra cost relative to the "safety" they offer?
  24. Very interesting, i noticed that the total charge they would hold seemed to wane over time, is it just the imr ones i had? or is that the standard with li-ion?
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    Highrise rescue backpack

    I think you either run or work for that kickstarter but since it provided some conversation I shan't throw the ban hammer (for now). As @Rick said, it looks like a knock off to me.