Survivalist Wisdom 

“In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it” Lao-Tzu

My thoughts – as the rain lashed down here today, thoughts about flash floods and crossing rivers streams, 2 ft of water can move a car, 6″ of water can knock you of your feet.

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Podcast Recommendation -Paul Kirtley

Paul_Kirtley_Podcast_fire_250Having discovered a new podcast this week, Paul Kirtley at episode 15, it was great to listen to Paul interview John Rensten on Urban Foraging, John had a good sense of humour and really connected you to the aspects of foraging in the most unlikely places in London.

Episode 14 Paul interviewed Mark Kalch who has “made it his mission to paddle the longest river on each of the seven continents – seven rivers on seven continents”, one word review WOW! I have been blown away by the interview and was hanging onto every word of Mark’s stories of his adventures. True expedition survival from someone who lives this.

I would also recommend checking out Mark VLOG’s on his YouTube channel

Looking forward to listening to the remaining episodes on Paul’s Podcast and would highly recommend anyone with an interest in Bushcraft, Survival, Foraging and outdoor pursuits to do the same.


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Survivalist Wisdom

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die” – G.K. Chesterton

My thoughts – Having seen  first hand  the courage of another person fighting to survive cancer, I can fully respect the attitude and will required to live with the readiness to die. Also listening to a couple of stories recently of explorers, soldiers  and adventurers who find themselves facing life threatening dangers and having the courage to stop, think and with rational make decisions that allowed them to survive – it makes you question, would I have courage in the same situation? I hope so!

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Survivalist Wisdom

“If water is scarce, travel at night with a slow steady pace to keep from sweating”

My comments:  Perspiration wastes water, it can be reduced by wearing the correct clothing, lack of water intake, dehydration, is a serious life threatening condition.

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Survivalist wisdom

I’ve been handed the “survivalist little book of Wisdom” that’s apparently been sitting on my mums bookshelf for the past 20 years! By David Scott (USA), no idea how it ended up here but could have been from my late father, who, just maybe was a Prepper just like me – I’d like to think that anyway.

So for a bit of fun I’ll share some wisdom from the book, with my comments added.

“Reading a good book on survival does not guarantee you will live through a survival situation”

My comments: Something that we all need to be aware of in any subject, practise, use your gear, the first time you do does not want to be in a survival situation, make sure it functions and you are proficient in its use.

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Paleo – Part 1 – A Lifestyle Change


Around December 2015 we went through a traumatic time with health, as it turned out luckily it wasn’t anything too serious, but it made us think seriously about diet. As an avid follower of Jack Spirco’s podcast I was vaguely familiar with Paleo diet and had heard Jack and Gary Collins (The Survival Podcast expert council member and creator of the primal power method) discuss the benefits of the diet. Not a big fan of the term diet which conjures up fads, quick weight loss and going hungry only to pile the weight back on in a few months once all of the will power is drained!

Paleo however is more of a lifestyle change, a bit like when people say that they are vegetarian or vegan. Having already made contact with Gary Collins, the first stages of becoming paleo was to understand what was involved, starting with Gary’s three books.

I started the change to Paleo in March at a starting weight of 105kg (231lb), It took a few weeks to get used to the change in foods, not so much the eating and digestion but more the method of purchasing / acquiring. Luckily I have a very understanding wife who see’s the benefit of the change and was supportive, after all it was her who would suffer the change the most being the food shopper of the family.

What is Paleo?  I’m a beginner so I’ll refer you to the experts Paleo-Diet-Food-List-Infographic is a concise visual of the do’s and don’ts of the diet.The simple concept is that we eat how our ancestors ate, whilst according to official sources “Limited data exists on the metabolic effects on humans eating the diet, though the available data suggest following this diet may lead to improvements in terms of body composition and metabolic effects as compared to the typical western diet” The fact that we, as humans, have been around in the our current form for 200,000 years is proof enough. Really its only in past 60 to 100 years that the human race health has deteriorated. In my lifetime I have seen allergies and obesity problems increase. This is most likely down to the additives and methods of processing our foods to make them last longer with no real thought or care of the long-term effects on the human race, Monsanto chemicals added to pretty much anything that’s grown commercially ends up in our bodies.

I have held off discussing this topic until i can see the effects of the change, however since March to now (June) I have reduced my weight down to a steady 96kg (211lb) a loss of 20lb (1.5 Stone). Moreover the digestive reactions that I used to have seem to have gone? As a precaution I went and had my cholesterol levels checked at the beginning of the change and at that time they were not good, high bad levels but this remained unchanged from a previous test around 10 years ago, so it will be good to check it again 6 months later to see the change.

If this subject is of interest please follow me on my journey as I discuss my experience in paleo and introduce exercise to the lifestyle change and ask the questions of food storage from a preparedness standpoint on the paleo diet.




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The Bee Diaries – Part 12 -New Bees Please

bee dairies logoIn Part 11 we alluded to the fact that the colony may be in trouble as we found that the queen had died over winter, the colony, as we dreaded, eventually died off as there was nothing that we could have done, the queen hadn’t been replaced naturally, so with no laying queen there was no new bees. It took a few months but eventually all activity ceased just before Spring sprung.

Getting in touch with the local Bee community brought new contacts, keeping a close eye on swarming I offered my services as a novice to go out on any swarm captures that may take place and hopefully be able to bag myself a new colony.

20160527_201933828_iOSI was called out to meet a pest controller who had been called out due to kids setting fire to a swarm, when I arrived over half lay burnt and dying on the floor (clearly no parental discipline or education in schools).

I rescued what I could but the queen I am guessing was already killed. 20160606_045403765_iOS



Some weeks later a captured swarm from one of the members of the group was offered and I gladly snapped them up. We amalgamated what was left of the rescued bees and settled them into the hive. The next morning they were grouped on the outside of the hive, at this point they are likely to abscond so I collected them up back into the hive and provided a syrup feed. That was two weeks ago, since then I have left them alone and so far there has been little external hive activity. Fingers crossed when I open up this weekend they will still be there!

The plan is to expand to two hives to ensure a complete loss is not going to happen in the future.

Stay tuned to see how the new bees are progressing.



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