One simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization

Hello, I am 24 years old. In September of 2013 I've started a historical project, the essence of living on the farm (it was a copy of ancient farm house) for seven months without any accommodations and modern communications. A lot of people were interested to this Russian adventure. So I decided to describe a common day of my life. My colleagues gave me a camera with a notepad in order to take notes. Since I do not have access to the World Wide Web all the material were handled to my friends with a request to send it to the community. Here I will show you my 111th day of the project. At first it was very hard in the begining despite I have lived alone in the past.
back time


7:30 I wake up in the house. It’s dark and cold inside. The oven has cooled down during the night and the temperature in the house has dropped.
outside civilization

I pour linseed oil from a small jug into Svetets (early medieval nightlight) and then set on fire.

outside civilization


Wrapping legs from feet to knees around with long and narrow strip of cloth which never rewinds and is tight during the whole day. This takes some time to complete and it was considerably difficult in the begining but experience and skills gained have improved my speed.
dress smartly winding


I have made my own calendar.
production calendars


.. It's my second calendar on the door. I am trying to track my days on it. It's 111th now. But I'm not sure if I haven't lost the number already.
111th day - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


It is still dark outside as well as inside the house.
leather shoes


Went to grab some dry wood I store.
furnace - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


I've thrown a couple of logs, and there will be a lot of smoke in the house soon.
bigger logs


The first thing I check when I wake up is the barn. There lives my only friends, those with who you can chat: 3 goats and chickens.
check crib


Goat is already waiting in her place for the morning milking. The whole process takes less than a minute and finally I get about 200ml of milk (for me it's not much). I immediately drink my breakfast. After this I go out and release the animals.
morning milking


It is time to chop some wood. ..
chopping wood


.. Draw water from the well.
well - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


It's very warm inside the house but also so smoky that nothing can be seen...
starting cooking


In a special hole on the top of the stove I've put a pitcher with water. I've added some berries and a little of honey into the boiling water.
boiling water


After a few minutes my drink has boiled, poured myself a cup.
compote - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


9:00
It is time to start the main activity. I came to the well and stood here for some time, thinking and making a plan for the coming day. Suddenly, I heard something in the forest. I immediately grabbed weapon and ran to the edge of the forest by quickly examining the area. A month ago foxes killed some of my chickens, so I'm cautious now.
signs nature


After some time spent in the forest, I came back and caught some chickens. I've checked each chicken by twisting the wings. Some days ago, I have sorted birds into three groups for the different purpose: for laying eggs, for meat and for feathering.
catching chickens


I will share with you a secret on how to identify which chicken will lay an eggs and which is only good for meat. First of all you have to touch chicken's belly. If it's soft, chicken is carrying an egg and ready to lay. Secondly you have to look for sacrum. It will be wider and flexible if chicken can lay an eggs.
chicken - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


I chose least beautiful bird. It will be my dinner tonight.
beautiful bird


Next step is to make myself a pitchfork to more easily clean up my small barn.
making short forks


I clean my barn 1-2 times a week.
cleaning barn


Next I'm bringing back some hay.
hayloft hay


I've revealed that chickens lay more eggs if I put more hay and stack it in piles.
stack piles


While I was cleaning I found two eggs.
two eggs


11:00
Had to bring fresh branches because old ones got dry and animals stopped eating them.
a goat - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


I took an axe and rope in order to bring back some branches.
a couple - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


Again chopping some wood.
ruble wood


warm up - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


13:30
It's time to start preparing the food. Basket of products stand out and all the animals are pulled behind me, waiting for something tasty.
preparing food


I will cook a soup, so I'm pealing onions. Peals are dropping on the ground which are eaten then by the goats instantly. Preparing dried mushrooms, chopping them in squares.
goats eating


I add two eggs and grits. Put everything in oven. Have to check it every 20 minutes or so. Now it's time to prepare chicken.
dinner - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


I cut the chicken into parts...
birds - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


This chicken was small, not like the one you would buy in the market. I will add chicken legs to my soup
chicken butchered pretty quickly


shoes - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


Getting the basket of moss. I'm going to fix the cracks of my house.
a basket - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


Laborious and lengthy process. It took more than four baskets to remove all visible cracks inside and outside the house.
laborious lengthy process


17.00
It is time to milk goat again, this time I could get only 100ml of milk.
caught goat


Now it's time to cook chicken.
legs barbecue


After 20 minutes of cooking I've prepared a royal dinner for myself.... including soup I've cooked before....
royal dinner


When finished with my dinner, I have decided to clean up my shirt. I took some hot coal.
faded shirt


.. Threw those in a barrel of water and soaked my shirt.
barrel water


I've dipped my hands into warm water. I miss hot bath very much.
warm water

collar sleeves


.. And after several rinses - clothes are done, I hung them on a stick.
clothes - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


18:30
Because it is quite dark now I'm getting ready for the bed.
singing - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


.. shoes and socks are put on the stove to dry during the night.
shoes socks


.. then dipped my bare feet in a bucket of hot water to prevent getting cold.
bucket hot water


Checked animals for the last time.
silence - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


I have carefully folded clothes and laid the sleeping bag made of fur. I'm happy that one more day is in the past now. Different thoughts visit me here, strongly changing outlook and values of my life. I think more about the life of our ancestors, and the meaning of our existence.
went sleep

sleep - one simple day of a man who spends 6 months isolated from civilization


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  • Beast
  • January 16, 2014, 1:38 pm
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  • 3

    inspiring but you wrote "catched" instead of caught

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  • 3

    good for him preserving the lifestyle of his ancestors.

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  • 2

    he sure is dirty

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  • 1

    I think it is fantastic

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  • 1

    Why do you wrap your legs? I really like your blog!

    • Terz1
    • January 17, 2014, 8:44 pm
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  • 1

    I understand that you would wanna know how our ancestors lived but...111 days? Common, we didn't evolve too live in the past.

    • kalel
    • January 27, 2014, 12:14 pm
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