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18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY IN AUSTRALIA.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Memory of Cornish coast dwellers kidnapped for slavery 'culturally erased'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/memory-cornish-coast-dwellers-kidnapped-slavery-culturally-erased/

Wilderness Camping & Safety. FIRE.



 Any fire small or large, day or night has the potential to attract unwanted guests, so an all night fire is going to at least double that risk. Raiders are opportunists & a fire glowing in the night or the smell of smoke will draw them like ants to honey. Because I am a living historian, my historical treks have to be as authentic as possible. Now even today there are risks in camping out, but back in the 18th century those risks were far greater, so I set myself scenarios. Some nights I have camped with no fire, this requires knowledge of how to stay alive in winter with little bedding, because bedding is bulky & adds weight to your pack. It also requires knowledge regarding what foods to carry, because with no fire, you can not cook food, so you need to carry some food that can be eaten without having to cook it.

Other nights I do light a small fire in a fire hole. This is a scrape in the ground to contain the fire surrounded by rocks back & sides. The heat reflects off the rocks back into my shelter, & they help hide the fire from prying eyes. But a small fire does not last long once I have fallen asleep, & at some time in the night the cold will wake me & I will stoke the fire from my supplies under cover behind my bed & from a supply of wood at the end of my shelter. Despite the fact that I am always mindful & therefore alert to sounds in the forest, this waking up from the cold is for me a security measure. It is an opportunity to look & listen to the sounds around me before I make up my mind as to whether or not I should re light or stoke the fire.

If I had placed a large log on the fire to keep it going all night I would probably sleep soundly, certainly I would not be waking frequently because of the chill seeping through my bedding. This would create a security risk, one because as I have already said, the fire would be noticeably visible from a distance at night, & secondly because I would not be so alert. Just something for you to think about next time you are camping out & practicing your skills.
Keith.


Monday, 25 December 2017

Friday, 22 December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

Xmas Wishes to All.

David Jacobson Selling Christmas Trees.

My wife & I do not celebrate Xmas, preferring to celebrate Winter Solstice. But I know many of you do celebrate Xmas especially when you have young children in the family. So from me to you, wherever you are, I wish you all the very best for this Xmas season & the coming new year.
Sincere regards, Keith.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my followers & visitors for sticking with me all these years. My thanks too for all the comments & the helpful information & corrections to my posts. Very much appreciated.
Keith.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

17C American Women: 1629 The Countryside in New England

17C American Women: 1629 The Countryside in New England: A Short and True Description of New England by the Rev. Francis Higginson, written in 1629  Printed for Michael Sparke, London, 1630. ...

Friday, 15 December 2017

17C American Women: 1629 Song birds & "strange fowls" in New England

17C American Women: 1629 Song birds & "strange fowls" in New England: A Short and True Description of New England by the Rev. Francis Higginson, 1629 Francis Higginson (1588-1630) was an early Puritan mini...

Australian Survival and Preppers..: How to join the fight to save your way of life

Australian Survival and Preppers..: How to join the fight to save your way of life: http://www.sportingshooter.com.au/gun-law/how-to-join-the-fight-to-save-your-way-of-life-the-loose-cannon?utm_medium=email&utm_campai...



This applies to muzzle-loader gun owners too. Muzzle-loading guns as far as the government is concerned are the same as breach-loading guns, all are bundled in together. You can own an antique flintlock but are not allowed to shoot it. The government does not class ALL flintlocks as being the same! You can not own a replica flintlock pistol unless you have an "H" class license, & even then the only place you can shoot it is on a club range with club membership.



Our law makers are totally ignorant when it comes to firearms. We need to ALL pull together & fight this injustice.

Keith.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Survival Prepper Forum



I am constantly looking for a decent Australian survival forum, so far no luck. The Australian survival forums I have found so far are no better than the American ones. America is different from Australia in many ways, so the discussions on those forums are not of much use if you live in Australia or the UK. Australian forums have other problems, the forum managers & moderators are slack & do not control the forum members when they get out of line. The other factor with Australian forums is that they often look at someone's post, but do not comment. It does not take much to comment, preferably a nice comment. Fair enough if you think the post is totally pointless, just say nothing or politely point out where you think they are wrong. But to say nothing when in fact it was a good post is not very encouraging for the person who made the post.

Anyway, not commenting can be a problem on all forums, but some forums are better than others. I decided to register on two forums, one is an American forum on which I am a moderator, & the other is a UK forum on which I am a forum manager https://www.preppersforum.uk/  I find that on this UK forum we have more in common than any American one. For the most part members are friendly & the managers & moderators do a good job of keeping spammers out & controlling disagreeable people.

Anyway, if you are in Australia or America or the UK & are looking for a decent survival prepper forum, come & check this one out. Frankly I could do with a few more Aussies on this forum!

Regards, Keith. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

17C American Women: 1629 Native Americans in early New England

17C American Women: 1629 Native Americans in early New England: A Short and True Description of New England by the Rev. Francis Higginson, written in 1629  Printed for Michael Sparke, London, 1630. F...

Thursday, 7 December 2017