Survival

As I walked the mile down the hill to town the other day I suddenly became aware of the passing of time. I managed to reach my destination without talking to a living soul! I was not trying to avoid people; it was that I saw nobody on my expedition. How life has changed over the past 31 years.

The journey once I leave my small estate has more houses now than it had when I first arrived in this town. One side had houses all the way, some set back from the road with the boundary marked by high walls, and further along a long terrace with postcard sized front gardens. These gardens were so small that I actually remember seeing an old man regularly cutting his square of grass with a large scissors! An opening led to a small Housing Executive Estate where on a sunny day the women stood at their front doors chatting. The once green area on the far side now sports apartments, town-houses and a small estate of semi- detached houses before joining an old terraced row that faces directly onto the street. There are more cars now, but where are the people?

In my early married life there were always people about no matter what time of day it was. The early morning saw folk walking briskly to work and children sauntering along on the way to school. Later women armed with shopping bags hurried to find the fresh bread, vegetables, meat or fish for that day’s main meal. Everyone had a word of greeting as they passed, some stopping for a chat or the opportunity to share the latest gossip, or perhaps dig for a fresh snippet of news. Every second shop on the main street was a ‘Home Bakery’ but they never heard of fresh cream in those days or of a Coffee Shop.

The town has changed over the years as has the world. Every other house has a satellite dish on the roof, a car or three on the drive and every modern convenience indoors, yet you seldom see the occupants. With modern day internet it is possible to purchase every bite we eat, every stitch we wear and everything we need for living, pay our bills and deal with the bank all at the press of a button. There is no need to go out.

Now if the worst happened (and everyone in the South of Ireland is prepared, we know that, because the Irish Government has sent out books of instructions on how to cope with all eventualities) how long would you survive if trapped in your home?

I did a test and should last for:


Created by OnePlusYou

How Long Could You Survive Trapped In Your Own Home?

What about you?

Update: If you click on the link go to the bottom of the page for the Quizzes.

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13 thoughts on “Survival

  1. I managed 78 days.

    GM, is that 120 days on your own or with some guy that you picked up on the OnePlusYou site?

  2. Darren

    120 days all on my lonesome because I am loyal to all my Toyboys and have no time to pick up anyone on a dating site!

    I am not a fast food person so my store cupboard might have a high count.

  3. Grannymar,

    The test said that my husband and I could live for 58 days.

    That is if we didn’t kill each other, trapped in the house like that.

    After a week or two I would be drinking the Isopropyl Alcohol which would leave a shortage in the First Aid kit and perhaps shorten our time to 57 days…..

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  5. Grannymar,

    Ooh! What a lovely thought!

    No shopping, no traffic jams, no rushing about…

    just LOADS of time to blog!

    Reminder: Must stockpile more coffee and booze 😉

  6. Steph

    On a diet of booze and coffee we should have some interesting posts to look forward to! 😀

  7. I wonder myself what would it be like to not be able to leave your home. In the US when I was a kid we had shelters filled with food and water etc. This exercise made me wonder if things were heading in that direction again. I hope it’s cycles and that we’re smart enough to see them coming and make amends before the bad things happen.

    So here we are life just keeps on coming at us..

    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call gram
    grammology.com

  8. I could last 73 days. I’d probably go stir crazy after about a week though! I’m not one for staying in one place for too long. 🙂

    Tis true that we spend way too much time inside with these darn modern conveniences. We pay a price, whether we realise it or not, for every new convenience/liberty that we have.

  9. Alas I am a fresh food freak apart from the odd tin of tomatoes or beetroot and 20kilo bag of dog food . . I’d be done for in 55 days (probably less because I would never eat my dog!)

    Grannymar, you’re right about people staying inside though. My brother and his wife live next door and I could easily go 3 weeks without seeing them. I only know they’re home due to cars in the carport and the banging of the plumbing! I only see my neighbours when they take their morning walks as I drive to work about 7:30am.

  10. Grannymar,

    The Government not only sent everyone the booklet, they translated it into Irish for those who don’t speak English

  11. 😆 Ian!

    Apologies everyone for my disappearance, I had to test this survival business… see next post!

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