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The Local _ Svealand _ Any Brits Live In Wilderness Locations In Sweden?

Posted by: Cheryloptomen 14.Nov.2014, 03:55 PM

I am a television producer working for major independent production company Optomen Television in London. We are currently producing a new documentary series for Channel 4 in the UK about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations the world. It will be an inspirational series following the incredible stories of ordinary people who are living a unique way of life in some of the most beautiful and breath-taking places. The presenter, Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series

Posted by: oldscot1 14.Nov.2014, 05:20 PM

I guess living off the land here, is limited by the weather. All last years lambs are safely frozen in freezers. as are my neighbors ducks and geese. Living on the norweigen border, at a height that I am not worried about global warming the cold can be quite intimidating.. I considered chickens but I often travel and after a few days the poor beasts would either starve or freeze to death, if a fox or wolf did not get them. Yes, they tracked a wolf locally withing a few Kms. Diposing of the local deer population would be moderately easy, but the neighboring swedes leave food out for them, so putting one in the freezer would not help my popularity. I am not quite high enough for reindeer.
I do try to run all my outside lighting by solar power, but have not seen the sun for weeks and my batteries are now all flat. The same applies to my solar heating.
I do have a lot of wood, which I cut down, collect with my tractor, and use to heat and cook with, I had thought s of fish, but basically there are not enogh fish in my river to last any length of time. We do grow vegetables, but any one can do that. Mushrooms are also available locally but you will not live very long on those.
I do know a few northern swedes, who used to make sure there were several kilos of salmon, arctic char, reindeer, elk ready for winter, but as the population grows, killing and trapping animals is much harder than it was. Few rivers have slamon any more. Hydro electric has killed that source.
You can live close to nature in many wilder parts of the country, but living off it is , i imagine , very difficult.Best of luck with your search.

Posted by: Svensksmith 14.Nov.2014, 05:52 PM

Chickens are tougher than you think. One time I killed one that had decided to roost in my tool shed and crap on all my tools. I threw it under a washtub with intentions of burying it on the weekend. Saturday morning (after 4 days in the hot sun) I went out to take care of the funeral duty and when I lifted the tub, the chicken ran out with a squawk and damn near gave me a heart attack.

A fenced in run to keep the predators out, an hopper style feeder and a waterer and your chickens should be fine.

Posted by: Jooligan 11.Dec.2015, 12:38 PM

I can make a lot of introductions to all kinds of 'alternative' people out here for you Cheryl (if you are still looking), from the mild to the extreme.

I just saw your message as I only joined 'TheLocal' today.

Your email address doesn't work (anymore?).

Cheers jules

Posted by: DuneSunny2 11.Dec.2015, 09:04 PM

YAWN! Done soo many times before.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 11.Dec.2015, 10:16 PM

American TV is filled with Alaskan pioneers that are really off the grid, there are several series, and I enjoy them...However it's too late for me to be on e of them...

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