I want to live on my own terms. Independent.
Imagine no gas bills, no electricity bills, no water fee’s and buying dry goods with cash or trade. I’m working towards that, I grow some of my food, I hunt, I fish, I try to live simply. But it’s not as ‘extreme’ as I’d like it yet, but in the mean time living in a converted 19th century school house, heated by wood fires and lit by kerosene lamps will do for right now.
I like candle light too. I made a few candle holders from discarded oak branches that I picked up on the side of the road, the council workers had cut down some old oak and it was destined for the chipper. I grabbed a bunch of it and cured it over a year with the idea of using the wood for something more useful than just wood chips. I used a spade bit on a drill to make a seat for tea light candles. Works well.
At nights I light the kerosene pressure lamps, a few candles, pour a wine and cook. We have a Coleman, an Aladdin Storm Light and a Tilly Table Lamp. They give off a bit of heat as well as around 300 candle strength light. It’s a beautiful warm light that makes the school room feel like a cabin. And when the fire’s roaring and some Gillian Welch on the speakers, it’s just……bliss.
I slow cooked a rabbit in bacon and onion broth, then made a sauce with french Dijon served it on polenta. A beautiful meal. One of my favourite ways to cook hunted rabbit. It’s a nice comfort meal. Perfect to eat under the warm light of a kerosene lamp.
For lamps parts and service…I’ve discovered TW Sands and Co (Est 1918) in Melbourne. That shop….it’s like walking back in time. If you find an old lamp and need it serviced or want to buy one for yourself, or even if you just want to go and be amazed by old lamps then I urge you to go in.