hi my name is Robaire. from Canada (west coast). I feel a number of concerns regarding the honesty of the descriptions given by Mr. Megre. The most pronounced concern has to do with weather. No where in the books have I found anything close to an honest appraisal of the very severe winter conditions prevalent in this part of the world. This is not some idyllic Pacific island here. It is one of the harshest known climates with winter temperatures often going below minus-20 C or even much colder, and for prolonged periods, many months.
The current weather in Surgut city is minus 1 C (link) and this is April springtime. In deep winter, the conditions are fierce. For January and February the average lows are around minus 23 C and this I feel is mild compared to other regions in Siberia.
So my question is: how is it possible to enjoy any kind of nice outdoor lifestyle in such conditions? I would think that people in such a climate simply have to hibernate for at least a few months. How do they feed themselves otherwise? Perhaps Anastasia's grandfather has a clue. They seem to be doing all right in that location. But to me it's a real mystery. Seriously, do they just traipse down to the Mediterranean for a few months (as anyone would normally do)? Especially now that they are "famous stars" ..... So why not be honest about it?
Well I can't comprehend how the little chipmunks would come on over to the dugout in a 50 below C blizzard and offer up some nice nuts and mushrooms. Nope doesn't make sense. Also that little pond would make a nice ice rink, if you could stand the howling winds.
And by the way, I like the books a lot because they aptly describe what I guess is "ultra-primitive" .... I mean, not even any furniture, no refrigerator, no local restaurants ..... I mean, just the wild animals to play with? Ultra-primitive. But I've read that the Chinese Daoist masters who escaped society to live in mountains and forests did pretty much the same kind of thing. They managed to find their place with no "artificial conveniences" ... For surely 99.99999% of [people, being asked to give up everything in such a way is rather preposterous to put it mildly. But then... it's a dream of absolute opposition to the established order, which of course makes it compelling. We all agree on the premise that mechanization invariably leads to the soul's demise in the absolute sense. And that nature provides "love" just by being what it is. A place of abundant living pure energy. I can therefore well comprehend the deep and visceral attraction to Megre's descriptions of this pure natural living-style.
on other topics:
I concur that having a physical domain of one or two hectares would surely provide an idyllic "space" from which to create an amazing result. People have to claim their right to the homeland rather than cede that ownership to invisible "governments", who in turn seem to be very incapable stewards of the land (for example, selling profitable leases to forestry firms for clear-cutting etc) ... so damaging to the ecosystem and such irresponsible use of land that actually belongs to the people who live in the region and could be using it in a much better way ...
In North America also, we need political parties who promise land ownership for the local people. And there is currently a party called "the Green party" however, if you will allow me to be a bit cynical about this, I think they might have been formed to track and consolidate the "green sentiment" on behalf of the existing forces. I say this because the one elected member from that party in this province (BC) has been a widely known "authority" on global-warming, which has been conclusively proven to be a complete fraud to begin with.