Gaz and Lou's Safe House

Gaz and Lou's Safe House

How to survive the apocalypse age...

Congratulations Survivor and welcome to Gaz and Lou's Safehouse. From now until the cloud comes down we'll be posting and sharing all the info we can find to help you live, eat and travel safely, with as little energy, money, and environmental impact as possible.

How to layer clothes

Safe travelsPosted by Judageddon Thu, February 05, 2015 12:11:34

Hello Fellow Survivors,

I thought it would be a good idea to have a detailed look into the science of layering clothes to stay warm. I'm glad I did, because it was.

Beneath all the fashion advice about how a sleeveless jacket should be worn over a polo neck, I found this guy, Wes Siler, who's been to places colder than I'd care to brave and gives detailed advice about more things layering against the cold related than I'd ever imagined mattered. E.g...

Being too warm could kill you -
just as easily as being too cold, particularly if you're wearing the wrong fabric for your base layer, such as cotton for example, which soaks up sweat and loses its insulating factor.

A few layers of the right clothes - is better than many layers of the wrong clothes. The number of times I've dressed up lovely and warm, then reached my destination, drenched with sweat and freezing cold. Now I dread to imagine what might have happened if I'd been lost, up a mountain [childood flashback (story for another day)].

Wes's knowledgeable advice can be found by clicking this link to Indefinitely Wild.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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Surviving a winter breakdown

Safe travelsPosted by Judageddon Wed, February 04, 2015 10:16:54

Hello Fellow Survivors,

Even in Britain, where journeys between cities can be completed, sometimes, without leaving the safety of suburbia, there is a danger of becoming stranded in a car.

The A98, between New Pitsligo and Fraserburgh, in Aberdeenshire, is one road where I have experienced this first hand (almost). On New Years Day 1994, I was collected from Fraserburgh for a lift home in New Pitsligo. The driver (my Dad) had encountered no snow on his twenty minute drive out, but on the way back we were crawling through it, twelve inches deep. Thankfully, we were in a Landrover and made it home safely, helping an elderly couple who were stuck and turning others back before they hit trouble. It hadn't snowed at all in New Pitsligo. This was not unusual.

I think you know where this is going - It's important to carry a winter survival box, in your car, at all times; not just during the colder months.

In Britain it can rain any time, day or night, and those few hours between four and seven a.m. are cold, even in the height of summer, so there are only a few small items you might consider superfluous, like the ice scraper. Even that can be useful, if you don't want dog plop in the footwell after your August walk in the park.

The list I'm linking to here, from Stan G. Kain, is the best I could find. The only thing I'd add is a packet of baby wipes. Also, if you can get a wind up radio, have that rather than a battery operated one.

In addition to the list, Stan has given some good advice about journey prep and travel safety practices.

CLICK THIS to access the list.

I hope you find this as informative as I did.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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Staying warm at home

ShelterPosted by Judageddon Tue, February 03, 2015 11:44:38
Hello Fellow Survivors,

As the weather is playing up and the winters biting down, I thought it would be best to dedicate this week to not freezing. I was surprised how hard it was to find tips that weren't either...

Impractical - "Heat yourself better this winter by changing your energy supplier to..."

Expensive - "Simply turn up your heating."

A little bit obvious - "Drink warm drinks and wear more clothes."

I suppose the wear more clothes suggestion has some value. More layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. It's all about trapping warm air, I understand.

But let's say you've closed the curtains, insulated windows and doors, wrapped up and you're still cold. You should try a candle heater.

Placed in the middle of a room, on a table, the candle heater uses over turned terracotta plants pot to radiate the heat of four tea-lights. If you don't think there's much heat in four tea-lights, try holding your... no, take my word for it. Like any heater, the candle heater is hot to the touch, should not be left unattended, and should be allowed to cool before handling.

See how to build a candle heater, and evidence of the heat it produces here:

Thanks for reading, and keep surviving

Judageddon out.

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Soya for Survival

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Thu, January 29, 2015 13:36:47
Hello Fellow Survivors,

Yesterday I looked at the calorific intake a survivor needs. Using the latest formula, I calculated a personal need of 1600+ calories per day. I then looked at which vegetables I would be better off eating to match this. What I learned was that I would need a lot of the type of vegetables I, as an inexperienced gardener, could grow. I was surprised, and a little bit disheartened. but all was not lost.

We could eat meat...

Yes, we could eat meat, but I'm trying to focus on vegetables here. I've nothing against eating meat; I eat it myself and would be happy to consider keeping a few bits in my apocalypse age stronghold. The reason I'm focussing on vegetable crops is that they tend not to attract foxes. Rabbits, sure, but I live on the edge of a city and (strangely, now I think about it) I've seen foxes in the area, but not rabbits.

We could eat Soya...

Yes we could. What a great idea. A hundred grams (100g) of Soya beans, also known as Soy beans, will give you over 400 of your calories and plenty of fibre. I'd been looking at numbers between 30 and 40 per 100g for things like carrots and turnips. I'd have to eat over two pounds of carrots to reach the same calorie value as Soya, and while salad leaves are easy to grow and can be good for iron and minerals, they won't give you much survival power.

Go on then, how do we grow Soya?

I'm glad you asked. I don't know, or I didn't know until I started looking into it and found that it can be quite complicated and that yields might be small. THEN I found that the wizards at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are on our side and have advice about a Soya type bread specifically for British weather, and a second which doesn't really mind.

I advise you to take a look at these two links

Growing Soy beans in the UK from The sustainable Smallholding catalogues one guys experiments with growing Soy back in 2012/13. I found it interesting to read about his discoveries.

How to grow Soya beans from RHS Gardening tells you all about planting, growing and cooking the Ustie breed of bean. It has a growers calendar, and may be worth bookmarking for other growing tips.

I plan to grow Soya beans in April, some of them I'll try to incorporate into the grow tower system. I'll keep you updated.

Thank you for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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How much is enough?

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Wed, January 28, 2015 09:52:19
Hello fellow survivors,

Before I say anything else, I must make it clear that I'm not suggesting anyone should be gaining or losing weight. What we are looking at here is the calories needed to sustain weight.

OK, so, I've been looking at home grown organic vegetables as a source of nutrients, alternative to shop bought produce. I think its time to take a look at how much vegetable produce we need to consume to retain a fighting fitness.

First, the numbers

This is the Mifflin - St Jeor formula. There are others, but this is the latest:

Men (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) + 5

Women (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) - 161

I'm a man, let's say I weigh 76Kg (12 Stones), I'm 178cm tall (5' 10") and 40 years old. The calculation would look like...

(10 x 76) + (6.25 x 178) - (5 x 40) + 5

That works out at...

760 + 1112 - 200 + 5 = 1,677 calories per day. That's how much fuel my body engine needs to carry me about and power activities. 1,677 calories, per day, would be, for me, enough.

What does that look like in vegetable form?

Working with a small growing space, we need to be sure we commit the greater portion to crops with a high calorific value, while still leaving some room for things we like, and things that provide other vitamins and minerals.


I'm not going to mess about, there isn't time. 100g of Soy beans provides 471 calories, nothing else, in terms of things you could grow, comes anywhere near. The best effort is the avocado, which provides 160 calories per 100g. Believe me, I'm as surprised as you are.

So how do we grow soy beans? I'll be looking into it and sharing what I find tomorrow.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out

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Storing all that food #2

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Tue, January 27, 2015 00:04:03
Fellow Survivors...

Of all methods of sorting fruit and veg, drying is my favourite. The result is light weight, easily packaged in paper bags, and there is little to no impact on the flavour, unlike pickling, smoking and salting. Also, there's no pre process cooking needed so, other than slicing, there's little energy expense.

On that note, I'd like to draw your attention to the solar drying frame. I've chosen this design because I've seen it working, and the build simplicity/enhanced performance trade off seems generous.

The instructions I've found seem thorough, though you will need to drill holes in the tops and bottoms of the cans to allow air flow.

Tap the link below to see how it's done, and keep surviving.

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Storing all that food you've grown

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Mon, January 26, 2015 11:07:26

Hello Survivors

When I was a teenager, my Grandad had an apple tree. It behaved like I imagined an apple tree would, in so much as it filled up with apples every year. Nan would make apple pies and apple sauce, but no where near enough to consume each yield. I assumed the rest were thrown away, given away, or composted. I asked Grandad which it was and he said none of the above. I thought he was joking when he told me that he kept them in drawers. that's right, drawers, like you'd use for your socks and T-shirts.

He wasn't joking. He showed me a tall chest of drawers in the spare room, full of carefully arranged apples, potatoes and carrots, all buried in dry compost. I thought he'd lost it, but no... burying is just one way of storing your excess crops through the winter.

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There are slugs in your kitchen, what are you going to do?

ShelterPosted by Judageddon Mon, January 19, 2015 11:47:26

Hello Survivors.

While we're busy worrying about the dangers out there, in the big bad world, it's possible that we might overlook a few big bad things inside; in our homes. Slug infestation is a problem that few will admit to experiencing and many won't even realise is happening, but, if left unchecked and unattended, slugs lead to mice, which lead to rats, and that's the last thing you need scrambling around your pocalyptian kitchen.

How do we stop them?

The good news is that slugs will tend to clear the area before sun up. You won't need to deal with a slug nest hanging from your ceiling, they'll have returned to the soil and shade where it's damp and cool. Here are some things that will stop them from coming back.

1) Don't spray chemicals everywhere, but do be clean. Slugs have incredible smell skills and will come after the crumbs on your work top, the bits of peel under the chopping board, and the smears on your unwashed pots and pans. So, sweep up, wipe up, wash up, and if you keep your food waste bin inside, line it with a carrier bag that you keep tied.

2) Block their entry points. If you can, check around for holes and fill them, particularly around your appliances. Washing machines, dishwashers, fridge freezers, all produce a little moisture, then a little damp, then a little rot where a little slug can squeeze through a tiny hole. If you can't find where they're getting in then...

3) Restrict their movement. Two things that slugs can't travel over are copper and sandpaper. Both of these will turn a slug back without turning it inside out. Strategically place strips of sandpaper or copper tape to stop slugs moving beyond any suspected entry points, or climbing onto your work tops.

4) I'm not keen to encourage you to kill anything, so traps are the last resort. Beer seems to work well as slug bait. Try to use a dish that a slug can get into easily. Don't drink the beer.

I hope you've found this helpful. Thank you for reading and, as always, keep surviving.

Judageddon out!

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