Friday, 30 June 2017

Frustrated

- at the attitudes of some folk who seem to think that things just happen; lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm on their part have taken their toll, and I now don't give a flying fuck - just like they don't.

Withdrawal  from society is happening faster than I thought it would, I just don't want to know any more, going off on my own road as alone as I can.  Sod them all.

Meanwhile, here's a photo of my wee flock of White Campbell ducks, hatched by me in 2015; great characters, great fun, wonderful eggs.  They're very pleased to be back outside in their run again.



First of the sweet peas at last, beautiful scent; lots of buds coming on



Good lot of flowers on runner bean 'Hestia'


The striking flowers of escholzia are a great pick-me-up, a real pop of colour



\weather has been cool today, but dry so far; little watering needed in the garden.  Spent a good part of the day reading back numbers of Permaculture magazine, and have ordered some wallflower seeds.

July tomorrow :)


Monday, 26 June 2017

Summer rain

Summer rain


Sky turns to gunmetal grey,
Birds' songs cease and
Cool air swirls its welcome through the open doors and windows
Scenting the air with fresh;
I lean on the door and wait.
Rain arrives, welcome against the recent scorching heat
The fat wet drops lift the mood with their splashing quiet
Playing on the dusty green of sun-worn planting.
I drink in the sound, the sight, the promise of new growth
And renewed spirit.


 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

5 top crops to grow for survivalists/preppers and other things........................

Useful link


http://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/the-5-most-important-crops-you-need-for-survival/

Carol Deppe's 'The Resilient Gardener' is a book I can recommend


 
Weather was fine all day, just a few spots of rain; had a couple of hours in the garden, did a bit of crochet and knitted the pocket linings for a new winter jumper
 


My corner of the community polytunnel is looking good, and proving productive


 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Bearing fruit

First of the strawberries and purple podded peas are ready



There are also lettuces and spring onions ready, broad beans soon.

I got mail

Nice post today :)

'The  Tao of Prepping'

Latest edition of  'The Idler'

New earrings

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The view from here

This is the view I had whilst eating my lunch out on a terrace today at an event I was attending - the gardens immediately below the terrace and the view to the hills beyond.  What a place to live :)


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New hair

Treated myself to something I've wanted for a long time; quite a change!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Solstice blessing

May you always be your wisdom,
And never lose your way,
Stay close and near to loved ones
On each and every day.
May your soul be filled with sunshine
And your problems be released,
Be guided by your conscience
And fill your days with peace.
Solstice blessings

x


Order not chaos

'Anarchy doesn't mean chaos or disorder, it means freedom from an oppressive centralized authority with a monopoly on force. The philosophy of anarchy lies in empowering people to take control of their own lives and not on having others having power over them.'




(Strictly Voluntary FB group post)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The story of your enslavement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbp6umQT58A&t=630s

Hot..................

Very hot here today, too hot to do much outside, apart from checking things over and a bit of watering; more watering later I think. Things are doing well, though.




  I managed a bit of crochet in the sun, and started off the next solar dye jars - foxgloves (which will be added to as and when, from the garden) and marjoram.  I've read that wild marjoram will yield a violet shade, but this is cultivated golden marjoram, so not sure what to expect!


I took the skein out of the bracken dye, it's come out a very pretty pistaschio colour, which will lighten a bit as it dries, but I'm pleased with it.
 



I've left it drying on the sweet pea poles.

I spent a happy couple of hours last night playing a friend's piano;  surprised myself that I wasn't as rusty as I thought I'd be, so that was good.  A piano is high on the list once the house is sorted. I'll be painting it too :)

Sundays are my quiet day, I rarely do much, it's like a day off :)
 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Except for salt

I've just read this interesting, inspiring article  from New Zealand about the importance of seed saving, good food and living off the land.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/nz-life-leisure/69305038/meet-the-seedsaving-couple-living-entirely-off-the-land-except-for-salt

I'll be saving seed from a couple of varieties of vegetables this year, but I really need to do more.  It's really inspired and encouraged me for the day.

The book I would recommend is 'Back Garden Seed Saving by Sue Stickland

Anyone else save seed?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Quiet day

Weather was nice in the morning, rain by early evening.

Potted up a couple of patty pan squashes that had got waterlogged, I need to check the drainage holes in the container they were in.  I've put them in the polytunnel to dry off for now, hopefully they'll survive, as they are both showing tiny fruits.

Cast on a new winter jumper for myself in my favourite turquoise colour; easy start with the pocket linings.  The pattern is Ceilidh by Julia Farwell-Clay, published in Pom Pom Quarterly.  Nice pattern - a jumper with pockets, a rare beast indeed.........

 
My fire starting kit came for my b.o.b. - pleased with this, I need to get on and practice using it before the need arises.

 
Oredered a Dutch oven - I found a small sized one - 0.7 L - which will be ideal for me.
 
Pleased with the latest socks; a change in colour from my normal choices, but the Adriafil was lovely to knit with.  They're being stashed away for the winter.
 
 

Spoon carving

This is something I've wanted to try for many years, but for several reasons I've not managed it so far.   Reading up on bushcraft, ...