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by cave
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: New dad needs some advice.
Replies: 31
Views: 8477

Re: New dad needs some advice.

1. Drinking straws. Lactating is thirsty work. 2. Baby wearing. Keeps the hands free, easier to do for hours, settles the baby. Many brands of wraps and carriers. The ones where the baby's legs are wrapped around the torso are better for the baby's hips than the ones like in the "Baby Hjölster" post...
by cave
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Henry Shire's Tarptents
Replies: 20
Views: 2098

Re: Henry Shire's Tarptents

I have a Double Rainbow from one of the early production runs. I've spent about 16 nights in it (2006, 2007) and my sister has borrowed it since then. Overall I think it is a *very* good light tent. If you are habitually in very harsh rain / wind (don't know about snow so won't comment) I'd at least...
by cave
Tue May 10, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Tactical pack or hiking pack?
Replies: 34
Views: 8853

Re: Tactical pack or hiking pack?

Some brands/models available here for you to consider, looking at about 50L for a BOB: - Osprey Kestrel - One Planet ultralight series - Aarn bodypacks as well as others mentioned above. Again, if ever you are in Melbourne, have a wander down Little Bourke St from Elizabeth to Queen St; the outlets ...
by cave
Tue May 10, 2011 7:21 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Tactical pack or hiking pack?
Replies: 34
Views: 8853

Re: Tactical pack or hiking pack?

A few points: It is useful to have more than one compartment for a BOB. I prefer a single compartment pack for bushwalking, but for a BOB you will have everything packed for an extended period of time rather than packing/unpacking every day. This means your sleeping bag will get crushed and things y...
by cave
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Advantages of Going Large?
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Re: Advantages of Going Large?

15 acres with your current support structures in place, and closer to services, sounds like a better play to me. It sounds like it is better for your current circumstances. I'm a fan of systems that work well now, but still give you an edge when things go pear-shaped. I'm less keen on the idea of du...
by cave
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Tell Me About Hand Spinning
Replies: 22
Views: 1526

Re: Tell Me About Hand Spinning

A big bag of cotton wool is probably the easiest thing to come by to test things out. My grandmother used to use either a drop spindle, or just the stick from the spindle without a weight, which she would twirl in her left hand. The right hand would feed the wool. The wool was wrapped around a forke...
by cave
Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Gaelin's BOB update
Replies: 38
Views: 5577

Re: Gaelin's BOB update

For the nappies (diapers) add some disposable (or reusable, I guess) nappy liners and a couple of reusable waterproof nappy covers. Makes washing them much less ick, and means you can improvise with an absorbent mid-layer (I haven't tried the improvised absorption layer). The nappy liners should be ...
by cave
Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Rice eaters/stockers. A ? about current & future cooking.
Replies: 25
Views: 1251

Re: Rice eaters/stockers. A ? about current & future cookin

Hmm, my reply seems to have disappeared. Short version: 1. You don't need to wash rice these days (but steamed rice is a better texture if you do) 2. It is safer to wash the rice immediately before use, rather than washing and then drying for storage. Still, it seems like you know how to do it safel...
by cave
Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:36 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cooking rice
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Cooking rice

There seem to have been a lot of posts lately on stored rice and what to do with it. I thought I might add my spin on things to the record. Types of rice: - Long grain: If in doubt, use this. Basmati, jasmine, long-grain white rice. - Short grain: Best for risotto, Japanese or Korean dishes, soups. ...
by cave
Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:44 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Alternatives for cooking beans and rice.
Replies: 14
Views: 1240

Re: Alternatives for cooking beans and rice.

You can find insulated pots for slow cooking in camping / RV shops, they have one or two pots that you start the cooling process in, then you put them in an insulated close-fitting cover. Same as a hay box. In Asian store they're sometimes called Magic Cookers. Dried beans don't work so well with sl...
by cave
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:38 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: DIY Silnylon Review
Replies: 49
Views: 9665

Re: DIY Silnylon Review

Very, very interesting. I wonder how durable the coating is. I've use mineral turps (paint thinner) to thin silicone sealant for sealing the seams of a silnylon tent, that worked pretty well and dosent take too long to dry. Light silnylon can still let a tiny bit of moisture through eg. pressure on ...
by cave
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Deadly Flooding across Australia
Replies: 28
Views: 4298

Re: Deadly Flooding across Australia

Hi all, I'm trying to get a handle on the timecourse of response by those affected and by the SES and other emergency services. It seems to me that there was some warning ahead of time but evacuation warnings came relatively late in the game (perhaps not as bad as the Victorian fires, although there...
by cave
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Melbourne
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Hi from Melbourne

Hi all, thanks for all the interesting discussions, I've been lurking for a while and thought it was time to join in.

Cheers!

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