Hello, Pack. The weather has been so normal this week it is kind of creepy. We have had hot summer heat – but not too much of it AND rain – but not too much of it either. This type of a rational weather pattern hasn’t happened in these parts for nearly two years.
Forest school with the grandkiddos was a huge success this week. They are not only turning into awesome foragers, they also took their first solo woods hike.
Alright, I was on the road below them and could have caught them if they slid down the bank, but still, that’s quite impressive for 3 ½ and 4 ½ years old.
I could see them through the foliage, but they would have to look fairly hard to see me. I walked ahead and told them what tree to look for to meet me to hop back down, and they found the oak with the wiggly branch without any problem.
I spent a lot of time weeding in the garden this week and that is surely what i am going to have to do this weekend. I have also done a lot foraging since many of the wildflowers I want for herbal remedies will be gone soon. I cannot believe it is August already.
A few of the kiddos and I made all natural herbicide – specifically designed to kill those dang Japanese beetles. I am paying $.10 for each beetle found and stomped to the kids, they are turning into quite the little bad bug assassins.
Today I made red clover lemonade and red clover tea. There is a pretty significant group of people that this natural medicinal plant is not recommended for due to other medications and conditions.
Fortunately, only one person in our extended tribe is unable to use red clover. I pick it with the kiddos during forest school sessions in the summer and then dry it for later use or use fresh flowers to make tinctures.
There is only one thing about red clover that baffles me… the name. I cannot possibly be the only person on the planet that thinks it is straight up purple – right?
The new horse in our herd is working out well. Some preppers do not see horses as a prep, but I definitely do. Even if the SHTF event has nothing to do with an EMP or solar flare, the domino effect after a long-term disaster leads me to strongly believe the light switches will eventually stop working.
If we are either suddenly or over time forced to live an 1800s existence, horses will once again be the primary mode of transportation. A survivalist homesteader that develops ferrier skills, be able to be a livestock first responder and make their own animal natural medications, and have a horse pulled wagon will have a lucrative post-SHTF career.
This Week’s Questions
- Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine?
- What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster?
- What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do?
- What did you do to prep this week?