October 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm #476686
My best skill is always being able to see the bright side of any situation.;)
And my wife and I have decided that we are going to learn to shoot so that we can (and please don’t be offended) hunt.
What are you going to hunt in Mt Cotton Andy?;)
I plan on keeping chickens for meat and for eggs. I just need to learn how to kill and dress them. I don’t think I would have a problem killing a chook but it’s highly unlikely I could kill anything with a cute face, like a wallaby.October 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm #476687
Has anybody been treated with success using homeopathy?
I used a homeopathic remedy for anxiety with great success. Now in saying that I did do other things as well like walking, Tai Chi and meditation, but I do believe the remedy helped alot.October 3, 2010 at 12:23 am #476688
I found these 2 websites that might help in skiling yourself
http://www.lorettawallace.net/medcab.html she has a print out on the Holistic Medicine Cabinet from A to Z and childrens section as well
The other is a bit Gun Ho for me but she has put across a good
10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival
1. Medical training I have booked myself in for St John update
2, Disaster Training. SES has this skill won’t hurt to have it up your sleeve
3. Gardening. Needs for food
4, Fire Arm classes learn to shoot through a local gun club will help with food or safety
5. Preserving and food Preperation. Canning extra that you grow will help through times of none growing.
6. Amateur Radio Classes we have a radio in the truck might come in handy to keep in touch sadly every one will hear we also have hand held set.
7. Sewing classes need for clothing
8, Outdoor Survival Skills classes will come in handy if you need to move on
9. Candle and soap making good to use also good for bartering
10. Hunting skills this one will fill in withthe guns skillsOctober 3, 2010 at 12:49 am #476689
Leave out the bush survival stuff and I would have a go at most of the stuff Di can do, in a suburban setting also –
Develop and construct alternative energy systems
Oxy and arc welding
meeting facilitation (ok, so it is a ‘soft” skill)
Plan development and implementation (this one too)
Solar cooker construction
I think your ‘soft skills’ are actually going to be VERY important. While WE are all considering important life skills, the majority of the population isnt, and it’s probably your brilliant negotiation skills that will save your butt when Mr Zero-Life-Skills demands the veggies from your veggie garden, or hand milled flour from your pantry because it’s a case of you have it and he wants it! I think there will be a desperate need for people who can lead, organise and plan to stop this kind of panic.October 3, 2010 at 1:19 am #476690
😀 Thanks B!:hug:
nevDecember 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm #476691
Wow I am impressed with all this skill learning and what everyone can do already.
So How are you getting on with the skills learning?
Between the two of us
I can make a real fire without firelighter or petrol (very Dangerous)
cook & bake in/on any heat source
garden for veggies
I am a great fisher women, even better than DH
I paint anything if it stands still long enough
Mow the lawns and brush cut with a commerial straight shaft cutter, they not light weight
Knit, sew, crochet, quilt,
trim the dog,
cut HD’s hair
Play nurse, podiotist, massure no not that, to old never mind
restore old furniture,
can process a lamb and chooks
welder, elect/plumber, metal worker, fitter and turner
Build with brick or wood
cook if he has to
Could be a few others that I have not mentioned atm
Want to do a first aid cource
I want to learn to shoot,
and get a cattle prodder to zapp someone for defence.December 20, 2010 at 12:00 am #476692
would anyone following this thread like to share and expand on the discussion of skills implicit within the recent topic: “Are we there yet?” would like to know what you think about where we’re headed and society’s/humanity’s future prospects?December 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm #476693
Wow there are so many skills around! All goes to show how important community is, as opposed to one person being able to do everything (cos that’s impossible – there’s too much!)
I give my kids homeopathics when they are sick. For colds and flu it works amazingly well. For physical pain it doesn’t work, need to go herbal remedies or even panadol. I know there’s no scientific research to prove homeopathy; but at the same time, I give it to my kids and I see they feel better so I don’t really care about scientific evidence when I can see it working!
That being said I like delving into natural remedies and using things from my cupboards and garden to treat us. The best by far was a poultice made from baking soda and honey, bandaged onto my 2 year olds terribly swollen arm from an insect bite. Within an hour, every part of his arm that had been in contact with the poultice had gone back to normal – no swelling at all! I realised the next day it was a redback spider bite. So I’m keeping that remedy in my arsenal!
Hmmm….so skills I already have?
-Basic natural remedies knowledge
-Illness prevention and recovery through healthy diet and lifestyle
Skills I want to grow in the next couple of years?
-Maintaining fruit trees
-More animal husbandry skills
-Firelighting (pretty damn basic at the moment!)January 9, 2011 at 1:18 am #476694
I’ve come across a list of downloads of skills. This is an American site so some are quite “gung ho” but some of the skills downloads would be very handy to have:January 10, 2011 at 8:19 am #476695
We know you can do all those things plus more its just that you don’t want to pat yourself on the back. :laugh:January 10, 2011 at 8:35 am #476696
The skills are a must for everyone. But I guess we all vary in our ability.
Mine at present are these few but still learning.
Building and cabinet making.
Some degree electrical.
Alternative and natural healing.
Farming, cattle goats.
Still got more to learnJanuary 21, 2011 at 2:40 am #476697
Milk, butter, cheese sources and making
Building and cabinet making
Survival skills – psychology
Herbal and natural healing
We can do theseJanuary 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm #476698
Seems like you’ve got just about everything covered GG. Good for you. Now if I was at least half as prepared as you I’d be much better off.January 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm #476699
Hiya. I think what we need to do is learn how to work together in our communities and tap into all the skills available locally.
Can anyone help me add an event to the events section?
CheersJanuary 22, 2011 at 12:21 am #476700
I was lucky because I was raised into alot of it, my partner had to learn from scratch. I think the easiest way is to just do it, pick a project (small one) and make use of the net for “how to’s”. We read an awful lot and when situations turn up you kind of just “recall” reading about it somewhere.
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