Monday, May 9, 2011
roo stew, and thoughts on the land
I made roo-stew on the wood-fired heater today. Slow cooking and house heating one. The snow on Mt Wellington is blowing straight to my feet. Winter really has hit, and I am glad not to be diving or fishing today. One has to remember this when talking about self sufficiency in a nice urban home -- it doesn't stop for rain or cold. It must have been even worse for those first settlers, especially ones that came from cities and then found themselves without the skills or background, trying to live off a very very different land. I think those who were clever, and flexible and tough (at least 2 of the 3!) survived. This is quite a kind land compared to Northern Europe or even the desert bits of Australia - but it must have seemed inhospitable if you were hoping for a pub or a shop or even a cultivated field.