We (my family) have a summerhouse (rus."dacha") outside my city.
It is not permanent settlements - people usually have gardens there and use this to either grow their own crops or as a place to rest and relax. These people are city dwellers who were granted these small pieces of land by the state in the Soviet times.
There is nothing like luxurious cottages or swimming pools there - just small cabins these "settlers" managed to build with their own hands for their scant earnings. Sometimes just a shed on a piece of field where they keep tools and a small brick house (such as mine) at most.
This "settlement" (quite a lot of land owners) is outside the city, near the adge of natural and old forest, neighbouring a village.
There is no electricity, nor running water, not even to mention natural gas or centralised heating.
So i see this summer "cottage" as my survival site - only option that i can have at this time, and not bad at all.
Few years ago i assumed larger part of responsibility for this patch of land as my aging grandparents are no longer able to devote the effort needed. I am trying to learn gardening, and am doing carpenter choirs needed.
I want tro share my experience, and hope it can be an inspiration to others!
Back to basics, great pictures Andrew.
No shelter yet??
greetings from Stuttgart
Thank you for sharing your photos, Andrew -- very beautiful and inspiring, and hey, you will be growing bananas and coconuts there soon! lol