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Doris Day

Not the TV star from yesteryear but the Day Of Storm Doris.

Went up to have a look and see the damage. Wasn’t as bad as expected with three big trees being blown over, funnily enough various size silver birches with not very solid roots. Must be a species thing. Two of them have blown over onto paths which makes getting in a bit difficult but besides that the result of Doris has been cosmetic. Lots of wood all over the place, some items have been blown around but nothing major.

Chickens are all unhurt and still laying fine. Cages all undamaged although there are a lot of small branches and twigs caught up in the mesh that needs tidying.

Bees are fine, well from Doris anyway, with the hives in the sheltered areas being untouched. Worryingly the hives in the new area had two that were moved by Doris. One had the roof blown off and the other had chambers that had been moved leaving gaps into the hive. As these hives were empty we had no issues but it is worrying for the future as open hives lead to massive heat loss and dead bees. I may need to set up some windbreaks around the hives for freak winds.

Everything else held together fine with no damage although tidying up the debris will take a while.

At home things are a going pretty well. Sorting is starting to bear fruit and I can now see an end to it.

Storm Doris did have an impact at home though as a power fluctuation blew up my router and brought my broadband down, I’m typing this from my daughters house as it won’t be replaced till next week, although everything else did well. Again, some tidying up is required but not much.

Plans are starting to come to fruition and it is looking good all around so should have more time for the sites. Already working on updating the sites and adding more files. Again, I’d like to call for anyone who has any files that can be shared to send them or contact me and we can discuss how I’ll download them.

Back in the saddle

Well it seems like winter is over despite hearing predictions of really cold spells for the last fortnight. It fills you with confidence that they can predict to a few degrees what it will be like in 2050 when they can’t even get anything more that a few days right.

I’ve been busy over the last few months getting everything sorted out for my parents, with my dad being ill I needed to make some changes which are now coming to fruition. That is one big problem out of the way and should make my life easier.

I’ve also done very little on the land. The bees still need moving and I can’t till I’ve done the new bases which I’m almost ready to do. I have all the bits just need a day to assemble and then fill them in. Then I’ll have to replace the bees that didn’t make it. This has been my worst year for losses and I’m right back at the beginning with just two hives.

The chickens are doing fine though and I’ve still got a couple of empty coops. One of which needs moving up to the land. I’ll move that, set up my duck cage and then purchase some more livestock.

One thing I did make a mistake on which was trivial really is I skimped on the feed bins. I bought some plastic ones and over the winter they have been ripped apart by squirrels and the feed ruined. I bought some galvanised ones and they weren’t even double the price and since then I’ve had no ruined feed.

So hoping to get back into things moving on and contact the people I’ve not spoken to for some time as well as trying to do regular posts. Although to be honest I’m at the stage where I’m all out of any new info, I have passed on everything I can think of so now it is simply repeating some things.

I have lots of new files for the files site and will be updating that starting in March. Send me anything you can for that. I’m always interested especially anything on improvised weapons such as 3D printer schematics and weapons made from household items. Always suggest you download everything to a stand alone drive and keep it offline. I’ve set up my own Linux Build just for that which I will write about soon.

In the meantime good luck with your continued prepping. I think the pressure is less now due to Trump being in power but that doesn’t mean something won’t happen. Blackouts are still predicted in Oz and we don’t have a coherent energy policy.

If there is anything you think we should be exploring then let me know and I’ll write something about it or if you have any articles then send them in. Not interested in discussing what will be the results of Trump or Brexit though. They will play out just fine imo.

Mid January 2017 Update

Been a busy time since Christmas. Mainly sorting inside and moving things around as my dad is really ill. NHS screwed up again and he is much worse than he was before. They really need to be held accountable for their actions but not in this mickey mouse country.

The land is pretty static. I’ve prepared the hives for moving and going to do that the next frosty day. The remainder is just keeping the livestock fed and clearing up after the strong winds.

Besides that it is sorting and moving stuff around. Pretty boring really but busy.

Happy New Year

River-Mountains

Happy New Year to all of you. Hope you are yours have a fantastic, event free, 2017 while you continue your preps in peace and comfort.