Building a Better Home

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Château de Peyrelade dates back to at least the 12th-century. Objects discovered in this area date back to prehistoric times. (YouTube Tour
There are some who dispute the value of a compound. 
However, history shows that it’s better to be hard than soft. And it’s better that people don’t know precisely where you are or what your defensive measures are — until it’s too late.

I do not argue that entropy takes everything that we are and everything that we build. That’s obvious.

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  1. I like those digs. Pretty hard to defend from siege, though. The hordes can starve you out in 3 months, tops. But you can certainly pour cauldrons of boiling oil on them in the interim, loads of fun to be had before the end.

    Just to go on record, I don't dispute the value of a compound. The more the merrier. I just wanted to point out that the compound way of life didn't work out so well for David Koresh and his flock of idiots.

    I'm confident your compound will be filled with love and happiness for all. Except for those who are on the receiving end of those cauldrons of boiling oil, that is.

  2. The compound at Masada worked well for the Jews until the Roman Army showed up.

    However, we all take life as we find it. Some make it better. Others don't. All any of us have is TIME and the CHOICE of how we want to spend it. But mark my words, none of us can beat the clock.

  3. It looks like there was more to this abode at one time. And there is barely enough room on the roof for a satellite dish.

  4. No, it's not the ideal abode. Where is the hot tub? Where is there room for a king sized bed? etc…

  5. Interesting but certainly not the place for a sleep walker.

    When do we get an update on your place?

  6. If that place is plumbed right, I shouldn't think there would be much worry about the loo backing up. Probably not much burning oil needed in that quadrant either.

  7. I'm sure that the scuttle empties out onto the outside of the battlements.

    As to cooking, I regret that it has no microwave oven. The up side is that it has no Internet and there's no need to see Obama's goofy mug ever again.

  8. If things ever get out-of-control nutty here and we have to bug out, the in-laws have a "compound" up in the hills, we're told we are expected there if TSHTF.

    I'm just over-the-top ecstatic that we made it out of Kommiefornia…..

  9. A truly secret tunnel with an exit beyond the lines of a besieger is needed. How you do that these days without enslaved miners that can be killed after the project is done, I don't know. There may be things are best left unknown.

  10. Jules has "castle" as part of her heritage/genetic structure. Her home is in Nottingham, and there's also Sherwood Forrest. She got all the good stuff showered upon her at the quantum level.

  11. A back hoe rig and precast concrete pipe (about 6' in diameter) will do it, with drainage in mind. It's a one-man job.

    Cautionary notes:

    (a) If there is a lot of water underground, the large pipe will displace water and will become buoyant and will "float" through the ground to the surface.

    (b) Ground penetrating radar will register the void.

    (c) Magnetometers will register the re-bar.

    (d) Depth is always an issue, but for most applications, six feet of soil over it is sufficient…but it will always be detectible by modern means unless it's deep. The more water in the soil, the better to reduce detectability (see 'a' above for the problem to 'd').

  12. "However, we all take life as we find it. Some make it better. Others don't. All any of us have is TIME and the CHOICE of how we want to spend it. But mark my words, none of us can beat the clock.

    A bit of profundity, LL. I'll add it to my Commonplace Book.

    As to the castle? I get queasy just looking at it. Too high…

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