Mark I love it lol
I live in a remote area in Scotland. Just the children, the two cats n lil ole me here. There is no noise from cars, no street lights that line our track, no telephone box or a post box close by.
Its like the good ole days in a lot of respects. In my garage we have some gas heaters in case we get snowed in and lose power. By my front door there are welly boots and torches, and both upstairs and down there are candles in drawers with a lighter next to them in case the electricity goes. And it goes frequently.
In our drawing room we have several shelves in one of the book cases full of board games and a pack of three of playing cards. During the winter months i have to always ensure i have enough food in the house to feed us if we become shut off for a week due to heavy snow fall..
The children love it
We get excited about being stranded, to us that means board games by candle light, grabbing the quilts and pillows and snuggling together in one room to keep warm, cooking by lpg gas. Its incredibly romantic in many ways.
we are surrounded by farm land, sheep & cows graze right next to my garage. There is so much land to explore, sheep to chase when they escape and cows to run from if they are moody. There is the gravel track to skid your bike on and tweezers to dig out stones in cuts. It dont matter if your bleeding as long as it dont drip onto the carpet lol.
Recently several friends came here for a weekend, and one mentioned that if someone had a serious accident here, what is the call. I said well if its one of the children, i can get them intot he car and drive to the hospital, which is some distance away, as a ambulance would never find me here. If its me, well then the children know how to call emergency services and that one would need to go down the track and show a ambulance where we are. if its a fire, then basically you would get the sausgaes out and feed yourself whilst the house burnt down lol.
Most children of today, live with small garden to attempt to explore, here we have the countryside.
I have often asked both of my children would they have preferred licing in a town, where evrything is more local to them, and both of them love it up here. I am sure once they both hit the later teenage years they might feel more isolated, though we often have friends over and they frequently have pyjama parties, and all of their friends love coming here and the freedom to roam and explore.
Most children these days dont have the luxury of being able to use their creativity. I love watching mine climb the fences into fields, running around with kites, playing badminton or tennis or football in the same fields with sheep. Its often hilarious.
Most children anda lot of adults have never seen a lamb being born in a field, and how it takes its first steps, and how lambs wag their tails when feeding from their mothers.
There is no fish and chip shop, no kfc, no burger king.. There is good ole home cooking each night.
Drinking from the grden hose is a normal practice when water fighting in the garden.
The closest shops are 7 miles away and you dont just pop out for something.
There is no pizza delivery, we have to do our own.
Here is good ole fashioned cooked breakfast, with white doorstopper toast and butter..
If you have a chocolate bar you share, if you have a bottle of pop you share and to us germs shared means we are protected more rather then put at risk.
Mobile phones is when you have a signal, depending on how low the clouds are, the same with sky tv and the internet. Once the clouds are lower then us we lose recpetion on most things.. Ironically when we are int he sky (due to living on high ground) we lose sky lol.
When the cows lay down its going to rain. When there is snow on the mountain across the way, its coming for us next.
So to answer the question about central heating, when its cold and we have no electric and no heating, we use jumpers, and socks and quilts and we snuggle. We shut down half the house and live in as few rooms as possible to keep what heat we can make in confined areas.
Its amazing what heat two children, two cats and lil ole me can make when we are sat playing board games and kicking each others butts at cards.
Life is good