Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Stroud Off the Grid Preview

This one is for my friends who have an old farmhouse and land EXACTLY near where this show is located. They are doing the exact same idea as one of my heroes...Les Stroud.

I wrote him a fan latter last year and haven't heard back from him...maybe he'll see this...here is his blog...

5 comments:

cappy said...

check out the english guy RAY MEARS. think you may enjoy him!

Red said...

This sounds excellent. How are your friends faring? Are they well on their way to becoming self-sufficient? We have pretty much decided that the next house we buy, we'll install solar panels in. In the meantime, we keep consuming, consuming, consuming... depressing, really.

(BTW, you would love this: there's a new TV series called Cooking in the Danger Zone. We caught the tail end of the first episode last night. This guy had travelled to Chernobyl and was investigating the effects of eating potentially radioactive foods grown in that area, as the locals do. His producer had told him that he shouldn't eat anything, but he kept being offered food and felt really bad at turning down everybody's hospitality. So he started eating soups and butter and what not. He went to pick mushrooms with the mayor of a new town built to rehouse the people of Chernobyl. Then he had the mushrooms analyzed and it turns out that they were highly radioactive, like dangerously so. He called the mayor to tell him, "Don't cook the mushrooms!", and the guy just said, "Yes, don't worry, they'll be fine". Crazy.

Then at the end of his two-week stay, he underwent radiation tests. The results? He had higher than normal levels of radioactivity in his stomach. And he'd been there only two weeks! It's scary stuff, really. We'll try and catch the rest of the series for you.

Candy Minx said...

Cappy, thanks I went and looked him up, he is totally someone I am going to track down his programs...looks like I can order some online. Thanks man!

Red,I have followed his "Survivorman" programs for a couple of years, just love it, he goes out with camaeras for a week somewhere remote. Then the other night I stumbled on this whole documentary of his wife and him working on their farmhouse...really an hour from where my friends have 100 acres. They have follwoed, over much slower time, less budget than Stroud family...a similar set of challenges. They also abandoned renovating the entire farmhouse...also building separate buildings. The first year they took all summer to dig a well and rescue the water. Then one summer they cleared out the main kitchen in the farm house...opened up the place early and discovered under the kitchen floor a spring of bubbly water which sort of amazed them and frightened them. It was an artisian well. Apparently some houses were built over these wells to provide "indoor plumbing".

I am very interested in that story Red. One it pertains to soem events in The Road, which * is now reading...and up at the land/where we all go to a cottage, 20 minutes from thsi "off the grid" concept of my friends...we pick mushrooms all summer, chantrelles and portobello...it's a real feast!

The Chernobyl story is terrible and it's not just in those mushrooms, people across Europe were exposed to fall out...some believe causing all kinds of cancer, birth and pregnancy issues in the 90's.

FOUR DINNERS said...

What??? no tv??? no Simpsons??? brave people....

cappy said...

pleasure nice lady!