I am very excited to find out that there is a 'new to me' tool available from Yury Smirnov, of Ecominded.net for a very special giveaway of four Fokin ploskorez hoe blades!
" The Fokin ploskorez hoe was invented in by Vladimir Fokin. It can be used as a hoe, spade, rake and even like a mini scythe, as it is sharpened on all planes of the blade. This tool is used and loved by Sepp Holzer! These are genuine ploskorez (flat-cutters) made by the Fokin family. They are crafted from forged, tempered steel which makes them very strong and hard to bend. "
I am looking forward to being able to test out this incredible tool - if I am able to win it - here at my own place. The very fact that it is durable is extremely important to me - mainly because I am constantly killing my tools when out in my garden. I have very hard clay soil and many rock hiding below ground. I have already killed 4 hula-hoes : some by breaking the metal stirrup part of it from pressure exerted trying to dig under the surface and others by snapping in half the old wooden handle of the tool.
I would very much like to win one of these indestructibly sturdy steel Fokin Flatcutters. Thank you, Yury, for putting on this give-a-way for us here at Permies!
My husband has been wearing two kinds of wool socks most of his life. They keep his feet very comfortable in all seasons. In the winter by keeping his feet toasty warm in his work boots and in the summer by wicking any sweat that his feet might make.
We have a hard time finding any when we are out and about shopping for clothes. So, when we do find them we usually buy the whole lot ; )
One favorite is a ragwool made by WigWam and the other is a slight blend made by Cabela's. Both styles which fit him well and makes him happy.
I am so glad to hear of the new to me company who has Norsewear Socks available.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention!
I hope I could win him a new brand of wool sock to try and love : )
The recipe that I used comes from "ArtisanBreadwithStev on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJfNB7T-zg It is a large batch recipe and makes 5 regular loaves of bread.
I used a commercial bread pan that my husband gave me - so I made three very large loaves : )
Recipe: 7 1/2 cups cool tap water
1 Tbs salt
1 rounded tsp of rapid rise yeast
1 - 5 lb bag of flour
In a large tub or bowl mix water, salt and yeast. Add the flour and stir with a wood spoon handle - then using a spatula. This dough will be sticky.
Put something over the top - either a lid to the tub or plastic cling wrap.
The dough will double in size. Let the dough sit on the counter at least 8 - 24 hours.
I let mine sit for 24 hours and it had such a marvelous flavor : )
Spray the 5 bread pans with cooking spray.
Stir the dough to reduce the size before working.
Flour the board and put dough on the flour.
The dough will be moist and sticky. Divide the dough into 5 'pie slice' portions.
Separate and put into pans - using a dough scraper or large spatula makes it a bit easier to get them into the pans.
Cover with a flour sack towel and proof for 1 1/2 hours.
After 1 1/4 hours into proofing - move the oven rack to the center and turn on at 400F to preheat.
After proofing, put all pans on the center rack and bake for 45 minutes.
I am sooo looking forward to what Diego Footer has thrown in with Permaculture Voices !!
Carlos Gomezvelandia wrote:Paul/Shawn .. 116K WOW Amazing!
If I may add a suggestion .. Please send another email to all folks in all your mailing lists, promoting the 125K Stretch goal that is sooo close, the Permaculture Voices 1 videos, !! Its really close!! and this one alone, worth 75$ on its own will surely drive many to upgrade their pledge to the 100$ level just to get these amazing videos. I'm guessing most folks here would already have most of your stuff already (RMH, WDG etc) but not the PV videos these alone would drive lots of people to increase their pledge.
I have been listening to his podcasts while out in the yard ; )
I am sooo excited and encouraged by all of
the responses to this massive amount of information
that will be going out to infect and spread a better
way of taking care of ourselves and sharing with others.
I have several wisteria plants that have been growing for many years.
The one thing that I wish I knew about them is that in the fall when the leaves
turn brown, fall off the stem that they were on - this stem then falls off and makes a
bigger mess than the leaves.
I usually gather the leaves to put into a trashcan and then smash the dry leaves to
add to my soil. The stems are stiff and don't degrade as quickly as the leaves.
When my wisteria blooms - it smells wonderful and looks so pretty.