Category Archives: survival

You say patatas – I say potatoes

My seed spuds are on the chitting-tray, but it’s cold and the sprouts are a long way off, and my hands are numb so I’ve come indoors to google. patate – it can mean an idiot [invective] or a punch,  … Continue reading

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Water

Every week around Wednesday on The Oil Drum.com the editors invite a guest to propose a topic that addresses some practical aspect of the Peak Oil situation. This week it was a guest post from Sharon Astyk (TOD reader jewishfarmer). … Continue reading

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One train – or the other

I was first made aware of Peak Oil by my wife Mary, nearly three years ago. She had started to read The Oil Drum which had been running for some two years. I was just getting deeper into the archaeology … Continue reading

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The man with the hoe

It’s a comfortable 68F./20C. here, at 8 pm, with the doors and windows open on a still evening. Tomorrow we’ll go walking the hills, it’ll be 70+, the warm low 20’s of an early summer’s day. But there’s a chill … Continue reading

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Digging it.

Summer here in Languedoc went by as usual in a blur of work: cooking and cleaning, teaching and entertaining our residential art groups. The weather couldn’t have been better – but the money could. Global crises were echoed by family … Continue reading

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a golden greengage summer

Greengages are for the rich – or the scavenger. A little punnet at the market was priced at the equivalent of E 4.90 per kilo – by far the most expensive fruit on the stalls. They were large and green, … Continue reading

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wells and water restrictions

We live in an arid landscape. This is our village huddled at the foot of the biggest of the Corbieres Hills. It has just a small stream running through it, but many wells. Our house is the big building at … Continue reading

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swords – and ploughshares

What is the gun doing there? Is this a ‘Peak Oil doomer site’? Is it going to be full of talk about ‘guns and food and bunkers’ ? Well yes and no. Yes, that’s a gun.  It’s leaning against an … Continue reading

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