Make your home resilient

Make your home resilient to the violent change that is coming to our world.

Most folk would agree that next year will be very different after the pandemic; we still are not sure whether it will be better or worse. One thing is certain; change had to come in one way or another. Now Mother Nature has struck back with a vengeance in response to the way we have been treating her.

Grow your own vegetables for Eggs Hilton with corn on the cob.

Whether politicians have the wherewithal to ring in the changes demanded to transform our world for the common good remains to be seen; most of us I think are doubtful. Unsurpassed greed, gross-incompetence and the destruction of the Earth are reshaping everything that is familiar and loved. There are not too many statesmen out there.

Does that leave us depressed, wringing our hands in despair and wailing about our lot? Perhaps not, I would urge. But let us assume that everything is going to become more difficult and it is time make our homes resilient in the face of the new-order and an uncertain future.

A world recession is likely and even another Great Depression is not out of the question. The war in Eastern Europe simply confirms that food is going to become scarce and expensive; and fossil-fuels a lot more costly. The stock markets are already on a roller-coaster.

Oddly in South Africa we have perhaps a small advantage; the writing has been on the wall for all to view and many of us I am sure have already been considering how to survive in a fallen world. Certainly, though we knew it not, for the last ten-years we personally have been preparing ourselves and our home for this unknown but foreseen future.

Will this year become the new BC/AD? Before and after the onslaught of Coronavirus, and how will it measure up to other pandemics like the Spanish-Flu and the Black Plague that preceded it?

Grow your own fruit for your breakfast.

Two issues have become an anathema to my humble mind; highly-processed food and dirty water. Already nutritious meals and clean drink are very hard to come by; it's going to get worse.

Not wishing to flagrantly blow my own trumpet, as I was collecting our breakfast from the garden, I reflected on how we have focused on making our home resilient to the coming change; we really do live now in a small world of plenty.

There is fruit in abundance; cherry guavas, gooseberries and granadillas for breakfast. Exotic tree-tomatoes for months and honeycomb on any chosen day are a given. The cream came courtesy of the farmers' market. A mealie each, plentiful greens and, after stooping into the hen-house, fresh eggs Hilton was assured.

After the rain last night, the underground reservoir is again full with enough pristine water to carry us through the winter. It took eight men two weeks to construct; it was cheaper than plastic tanks and has an indefinite lifespan.

An underground rainwater reservoir means pristine water for virtually the whole year.

Make sure you get the right information concerning the plaster for your reservoir, or you will have to fibre-glass it[2]; that is expensive. What is your rainwater innovation in the face of an increasingly thirsty planet? Will you make your home resilient too?

Workforce at the beehive.

The bees are very busy at this time and the first harvest was beyond expectation. A bucket of honey beer made from the gleanings is gurgling reassuringly too; who cares if the bottle-store is closed? It can remain shut for ever as far as I am concerned.


"Resilient people have a stoic acceptance of tough situations, creating meaning despite the current circumstances, and an ability to improvise."

- Diane Coutu


Unable to commit to formal work, the telephone strangely quiet, the morning was spent making butternut-soup and roasting pumpkin.

Four teenage cockerels have become arrogant but I am not alas yet able to harden my heart sufficiently to cut their throats without the help of my Zulu friend; dinner will have to be soup, homemade bread and avocado until he pays a visit after lock-down.

The flexitarian way of life means eating meat only occasionally in any case. Would you describe that as dining like a pauper?

After an afternoon siesta, rudely awakened by the good wife learning a new programme so that she can teach mathematics remotely over the internet, time was spent preparing a piece of ground for three rows of peas and yet another for broad beans. We practise crop-rotation; there were mealies growing there the previous summer. Legumes can capture nitrogen from the air, fertilizing the soil[3].

Mother Hen and her eight chicks, one taken last week by a sparrow-hawk, he too has a family to feed, were allowed in initially to scratch for cutworms but then had to be banished as I dropped the pea and bean seeds into the drills. Make your home resilient; actually it's quite fun and fresh food is without equal, says the epicure; or is he a food snob?[4]

Make your home resilient

Make your home resilient because each Earth Hour reminds us that catastrophic weather conditions are coming if we do not reduce greenhouse-gases; in fact have already arrived.

2.5kW of west-facing solar panels means enough power for cooking in the late afternoon.

The solar panels have been humming and there was more than enough for hot water, the oven and making sure "Onze Leafy" was fully charged. It is such a pleasure no longer having to buy petrol for our car.

Unwittingly for ten years we have been preparing for the tumultuous changes that the pandemic has rung in. One step at a time, little did we know it, we have been making ourselves resilient to the new and very different world that awaits us all. Then it was destined to get even worse, with a terrible invasion of a neighbouring country by one of the superpowers. Taiwan could be next.

Slow charge for E-cars.

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Make your home resilient so that you will be able to cope with the new world; it could be very different.


Newsletter

Our newsletter is entitled "create a cyan zone" at your home, preserving both yourself, the family and friends, and Mother Earth for future generations. We promise not to spam you with daily emails promoting various products. You may get an occasional nudge to buy one of my books!

Here are the back issues.

  • Nature is calling
  • Mill your own flour
  • Bake your own sourdough bread
  • Microplastics from our water
  • Alternative types of water storage
  • Wear your clothes out
  • Comfort foods
  • Create a bee-friendly environment
  • Go to bed slightly hungry
  • Keep bees
  • Blue zone folk are religious
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Family is important
  • What can go in compost?
  • Grow broad beans for longevity
  • Harvest and store sunshine
  • Blue zone exercise
  • Harvest and store your rainwater
  • Create a cyan zone at your home

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