Anyone Fancy Their Own (scottish) Island?

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  1. lonewolf

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    28 acres of land
    former lighthouse keepers cottage with 5 bedrooms
    2.5 acre walled garden
    and a Bothy.
     
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      Okay, I will bite ---- What is a Bothy?
       
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  3. lonewolf

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    its a small hut or basic cottage normally used as a refuge by hikers and walkers during bad weather.
    its something that is only found in Scotland and the Scottish islands, it dosent exist in England.
     
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    If only I had the money :)
     
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    probably too cold and too far North for the Wife, if I was on my own, and had the money, I might go for it.
    I like the idea of being alone on a remote island.
     
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    My wife loves lighthouses. But, we have all manner of medical conditions.

    If a healthy crew wanted to move there, seems a robust idea. Among them should be a very experienced ocean fisherman and a paramedic +med supplies / emergency injury supplies.

    If grasses could survive, maybe a few goats (?) -- very few.

    Lotta fish on the menu, that would be good. Not enough light for solar powers, but plenty of wind for windmills.

    Short growing season. Maybe could build robust greenhouse and ship-in composted manure to get the soil prepared. The goats could provide milk, i.e. some protein. Chickens would have to have very robust coops. Chickens could be fed fish leftovers. Fish bones could be composted for soil additive.

    If the windmills proved productive, they could build a state of the art sound studio (I had an uncle who was a small-time record producer / engineer who built his own studios, i.e. due to poverty). Before the SHTF, they could generate some money by leasing studio time.

    Who could "just show up"? Lord only knows. Need some rifles and shotguns. The rifles might be called upon to "reach out there." Surely on an island, one could hide illegal weaponry from socialist government.

    Tsunami? Head for the lighthouse. The thing might not tip. Who knows?! I'm assuming that the lighthouse has already survived some beyond-evil storms.
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    never heard of them in England, down around here we get hiking "bunkhouses", not exactly the same thing, more like a hostel than a bothy.
     
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    LW look at the link and it explains how it works. I've been to one in Wales, none in England but a few in Scotland over the years.
     
  10. Old Geezer

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    The American Appalachian Trail has shelters, but usually the front is open to the elements. They are basically a place where one can get in out of the rain. Of course, you gotta hang your food away from the shelter and suspended from a limb out from a tree. Black bears are always looking/smelling for food. They can climb a tree. Bears have zero manners, they WILL steal your food.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=appalachi...xt&atb=v320-1&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images

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    The Appalachian trail is over 2,000 miles (3220 kilometers) of forested mountaintops. National forests are something about which I can go socialist. President Teddy Roosevelt was a head-banging capitalist, but he wanted enormous swaths of wilderness set aside to maintain native plant species and animal species. He loved their beauty and too, they guy was big on hunting. There's a part of my backyard that's going feral. In the South, if you leave land alone, it will immediately start growing over. Were humans to go away, in 100 years, you'd not be able to tell that they ever existed.

    https://www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm

    Hiking during the winter is profoundly dangerous up in the mountains.

    https://appalachiantrail.org/explore/what-to-know-before-you-go/

    When I was a kid working for them, one ranger said that the winds up on Mt. Pisgah scooted a Dodge Power-Wagon (a big 4x4) across the parking lot on the winter's ice, plus a wind meter was ripped-off its mount. Some conifer trees only have limbs on one side due to hellish winds.

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    Notice that many trees up on Roan Mountain only have limbs on one side. In the 1960s, during Fall before the weather started getting bad, my mom's family (clan, Scots-Irish) would camp-out just down from the top of the Roan. There was a gravel parking lot back then (it's now paved, of course) and they'd all bring their tents and have big cook-outs. Lord how I loved those cookouts! When the air is crisp, your hunger goes berserk. We humans are like bears and groundhogs -- we put-on fat before the winter rolls-in.

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      The memories are streaming-in. The Roan is around 6,500 ft. We'd be eating in the clouds. Foggy. Misty gray trees. Canvas tents. Campfire smoke. Frying bacon. Pots of beans seasoned with fatback hanging over the fires wafting their wondrous aromas.
       
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      Wait, there's not that much wooded area over there. Because I'm American, I said firewood. We have endless supplies of firewood (just cut-up trees that were downed by last winter's winds and ice). What would you burn there? Coal and peat? Holy crap, do I ever love the smell of coal burning -- kept me warm when I was a kid. As an adult, I've always had wood-burning stoves and fireplaces.
       
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