Make your home resilient

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

Most folk would agree that next year will be very different; 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 and 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 world 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 is likely to reshape itself in the years to come. There are not too many statesmen out there.

Where does that leave us? Depressed, wringing our hands in despair and wailing about our lot? I should think not. Let us assume that everything is going to become more difficult and it is time make ourselves and our homes resilient in the face of the new-order and an uncertain future.

Oddly in South Africa we have perhaps a small advantage; the writing has been on the wall for all to see and many of us I am sure have been considering how we could survive a fallen country. Certainly, though we knew it not, for the last ten-years we have been preparing ourselves and our home for 2020.

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?

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. Not wishing to flagrantly blow my own trumpet, as I was collecting our breakfast from the garden, I reflected on how we really do live in a small world of plenty. There were cherry guavas, gooseberries and a granadilla; and even tree tomatoes; the cream came courtesy of the supermarket. A mealie each, plentiful greens and, after stooping into the hen-house, 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.

The bees are very busy at this time and the first harvest was beyond expectation. A bucket of honey beer is gurgling reassuringly; 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 is strangely quiet, the morning was spent making butternut soup, and roasted 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 and homemade bread and cheese until he pays a visit AS; after shutdown.

After an afternoon siesta, rudely awakened by the good wife learning a new programme so that she can teach remotely over the internet, the cool of the day after the bees had quietened, was spent preparing a piece of ground where there were mealies for three rows of peas and yet another of broad beans.

Mother Hen and her eight chicks, one taken last week by a sparrow hawk, he has a family to feed too, were allowed in initially to scratch for cutworms but then had to be banished as I dropped seeds into the drills.

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; that is expensive. What is your rainwater innovation in the face of an increasingly thirsty planet?

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.

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


Our newsletter is entitled "create a cyan zone" at your home, preserving both yourself, your 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.

  • 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

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

Unknowingly, for ten years we have been preparing for the tumultuous changes that C-19 will ring in. One step at at time, little did we know it, we have been making ourselves resilient to the new and very different world that probably awaits us all.

Slow charge for E-cars.

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

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Hilton, KZN

South Africa