"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Alternative uses for alpaca fibre...

... is over at my other blog.

6 comments:

  1. That bird stole your alpaca hair! Time to break out the bb gun.

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    1. Harry - LOL - Given the size of the nest, (and thus the adult bird) I'm picturing how blooming small the bullet should be. Anything larger than a match head would completely destroy the bird...

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    2. Don't you folks have bb guns? They are what we train kids on at about age 6 here in the South. They shoot a tiny copper projectile. First, a bb gun. Then a pellet gun. Then a .22. Then standard firearms. By the time ours are physically strong enough to stand the recoil they are already well versed in firearms handling and skills. And it all starts with the lowly bb gun. In the United States, the South supplies a number of military men and women far out of proportion to our percentage of the overall population, and Southerners win more awards for battlefield valor, in proportion to their numbers, than any other region of the country. Think what we could do if the Yankees hadn't virtually exterminated us in the War of Northern Aggression.

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    3. Harry - Dunno if I agree with: "By the time ours are physically strong enough to stand the recoil they are already well versed in firearms handling and skills" - seems to encourage youngsters to become older than their years too soon, give them too much responsibility, and does this not encourage abuse of the privilege? Old debate I know. But, I also feel that most of the school / college incidents that seem prevalent in the US, could be as a result of this "freedom".

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    4. Dani, school shooters are mentally unbalanced, and few if any of them had any training at home with firearms. They also tend to come from very affluent families, though why that should be so I don't know.

      We try to teach kids here to be responsible for themselves and make good decisions from an early age. Our juvenile delinquency rate is much lower on average than that in the North, although we have a high percentage of minorities here and "minority youth" often have an unsavory reputation for violent crime and drug abuse. Still, it may be a regional issue. What works for one part of the country may well not work in another. As it is, the West and South (with the exception of the left coast) are completely different countries than the North anyway. They call us "the flyover" states because in their general opinion all we are good for is flying over and flushing the aircraft toilet!

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    5. "They call us "the flyover" states because in their general opinion all we are good for is flying over and flushing the aircraft toilet! " Bloody cheek!!! ;)

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