Your on the wrong Phase.


‘Yes’ said the young man at the other end of the phone. ‘The reason you can see your neighbours lights on while your house is in darkness is that 1 in 3 people are affected with sort of outage’.

‘Ok well we have a 7 day old here any eta on when the power will be back on?’ was my reply.

‘Oh sometime in the next 4 hours. Have a nice evening’

This was the conversation I had with the supplier of power services in our area last night. This was after ringing the retailer who we get our power through and being told they could help but could give is the name and number of the supplier of lines and services in our area.

So there we were with a 170 odd other households in our area in darkness no lights, no power for heating or entertainment.

For us it was not such a big deal our house is now well insulated we have the wood stove, torches and candles. Even our dinner was nice and warm having just been warmed in the oven prior to the power going out.


We had a great evening eating by candlelight and watching the fire on the couch. We even heated up the water for the kids hot water bottles on the stove !

And just after the kids went to bed up came the power. Outage of less than two hours.

Got me to thinking though! What about some of the other people without preparation and without a wood stove to heat. It is winter after all and a tad cold …

When we got the nectre woodstove the primary reason was cost and environmental reasons. There was also the small but compelling argument that having this piece of infrastructure is handy for when things like outages happen. I have had several friends in the USA loose power for a week at time in the middle of winter. And that was only 20 miles from a city of 100,000 people.

With the finding against the pole and service companies in Victoria over the last few years and the arguments over the power grid there will be more down time not less in the future and getting ready for a short to longer outages is probably worth at least being ready for.

But on the upside we had a chance to chat to our kids and discuss the unique experience in their young lives of no television. The oldest looked horrified as we discussed that a lot of people do not have access to power let alone television 🙂


And some sober reading to finish up 😦 . I read this, this morning.









There is always more to do in the hippy household and less time.


Just to add to my time (and with number 3 a week away) I have enrolled in a diploma of ‘Organic Farming’ to fill my time.

In the end all you can do is what you can do. I want to be able to have some flexibility with my kids and know in their teens I am going to need to be around a lot more. I can also see a time with the way things are going that having a business is going to be important to ensure some of my children at least have a place to work.

Despite the lack of posts we are still working towards self-sufficiency more now than before and it is well worth while reminding myself of the increments get done each day.

This weekend has been busy.

I picked up a second hand bath and built a new garden bed. I am very much into the ‘obtain a yield’ principle at the moment.


While we are not perfect from an environmental point of view it has been a long time since we bought salad greens, eggs or many veggies.

We still get some veg from farmers markets and my parents but each plant, each garden bed, each bath used as wicking bed brings us a little closer to being independent. One more dollar or set of dollars, one more increment to move towards other goals.

It is the same with cooking from scratch or drying my own nettle tea rather than buying it each little amount adds up and allows you to do the next step. For us the cash saved from foraging wood for the fire, and heating with it will hopefully allow us to put PV solar on by the end of the year.

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Each day you pick up new skills. Who would have thought 12 months ago that I would be able to quickly whip up a bee feeder to make sure our third hive will be ok over winter. (again we have not paid for honey in the last 12 months and have traded it for a number of other things over time) each day pickup new skills and work on you and ours resilience.

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But mostly enjoy 🙂

Oh and I must admit to being a bit chuffed so far my perennial basil has been producing both leaves and flowers with no heating or costs. Just a nice spot sheltered spot. No greenhouse gases and full flavour, kids loved it for dinner in the spag bol

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