reply to post by superman2012
I am humbled, but in reality... all you need to do is talk to any older adults still around from the first Great Depression, go to living history
homesteads and farms, read, read, read... and then practice what you read.
Foxfire Books are the best... especially the first 4-5 editions.
I learned dowesing from an older gentleman. He used an old grape vine. I use a fresh cut Y shaped peach limb. here in the eastern US, you go back and
forth North to South as the underground aquifers flow east to west... everytime the branch bends down... mark it. Then connect the dots and there is
your underground aquifer.
My education comes from years of practice as my parents grew up during the Depression and WWII. Gardening, sewing, and doing for yourself and making
do was everyday life for us. I remember as a kid my Dad bringing home pallets and packing crates from work. My job was to pull the nails from the
boards and put them in a coffee can for use later.
Many was the night we would sit on the back porch shelling beans, and I would listen to stories of life from the 1900s, the 20s and 30s...
moonshinning, hunting, saynning... I guess I spelled that right. Basically, you get a long narrow net and get in the river or deep creek... a person
on each side in the water and walk it up stream. Then loop it around, drag it out and see what you got. Yes, I have one and we use it from time to
time in the deep creek behind our farm... you get pan fish, turtles, snakes... keep what you will and toss the rest.
We made hams growing up... salty, air cured, country hams... stuffed fresh sausage into long cloth tubes or sacks made from old pillow cases cut and
sewn... hang it up to air dry... I've made strawberry wine, peach brandy, and have some scuppernong grape wine working now in a old giant pickle
One of my favorite skills is moving an 800 pound log out of thick woods using only a rope, an axe, and brute strength and leverage. Got the idea from
a documentary on Easter Island Statues.
The best resource is to find that old person that is 800 years old, wears worn out clothes... bibbed overalls, throws nothing away, has a dribble of
snuff stain at the corner of their mouth, still walks everywhere or drives an old 1970 Ford or Chevy, has a yard full of chickens... pays cash for
What kind of info comes from someone like that?
If your chickens are still relatively young and have stopped laying eggs... put some red crushed hot cayenne pepper on their feed.
When you put your potatoes up under the house or in the root cellar, sprinkle a little hydrated lime on them to keep them dry and from rotting. The
potatoes you dig up can be planted the following spring.
For sore joints... hot cayenne pepper mixed with vaseline... makes a salve and rub on.
For a nose bleed, take a piece of paper bag, fold into a small folded piece and slip betwen the upper lip and gum... lay down and relax.
For deep set splinters that won't come out... take some salted pork, fat back, hog jowl... a small, sliced piece and set on top of splinter... wrapp
with gauze before bed. In the morning the splinter will be drawn out.
If you hear thunder in the winter time... count seven days and it will snow. It is statistically proven accurate here in NC.
If you see smoke curling down from a chimney or a ring around the moon in winter... it is gonna snow.
Mother Earth News, Country Living and Small Stock Journal, Home Again, New Pioneer... all good magazines for homesteading info. Rural Heritage is
great and aimed more at primitive farm living... like Amish style living. Read them and then practice what you read... Ride through the country and
stop at an old abandoned homestead or farm and look... note the placement of the buildings, the foundations, how the boards are cut and placed. Ask
why and try to deduce why... how far are they from a water source. Where are the old fruit trees... pears and apples and peach. Where are the barns?
How did they build the fences...look at the chimneys... stone or brick?
For instance, old homes used to face east to west... sun in the morning and sun in the evening to get the longest possible amount of light into the
house.. plus the natural warmth in winter... plus, in summer... you would sit on the east side as the hot summer sun set on the west side. Also, cold
air from the north hits the narrowest, closed off windowless north side of the house... wrap around porches block off the high hot summer sun from
heating the house in mid day. High ceilings in the south allowed heat to rise to the top of the room, cooling the floor space below and creating a
natural draft or breeze. Important if the AC goes out.
Today, too many write off our elderly and senior citizens. Of all the resources at hand for self preservation, they are the greatest.