bob day

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Recent posts by bob day

Well, thought I should keep things half way caught up here, I'm still around, still having fun,, although a bit amazed at the different complications the outside world has been throwing at me. The latest is a rich vein of gold that is currently being looked at by a pit mining/cyanide extraction type operation--Aston Bay-- and they are currently trying to get a foothold and permission to start.

Just got done getting rid of the pipeline, and now this--if you don't laugh, you cry.

So I just keep on going, having as much fun as possible (maybe the universe thinks I'm having too much fun:-).

My upper pond is full and overflowing occasionally , so far I haven't connected it into the major swale system that is in place, but that will happen soon, and in the meantime everything is protected ,out of harms way.

I keep talking about the earth tube, and have most of the materials ready to go, so that will likely start in the next month. The upstairs is ready to be closed in/ air tight, so the thermal siphon can actually make the earth tube functional as an air conditioner with no extra energy use or machinery once it is set up.

I have decided to spend this next summer starting an out reach program, involving others in using some of the garden spaces my pond excavations have opened up.

I'll probably be putting in lots of blueberries, but no extravagant numbers of diverse trees this year. My new greenhouse is lovely, so far still an experiment, but with luck it will start some plants in another month or so, nothing too fancy, 10'x10', about 100$worth of material--just a typical plastic hoop house, but for the little bit of time I put in it was certainly worthwhile.

Thinking about a bigger one with a pond inside it by next fall, TWT.

Raising koi has become more of a reality, 6 fish I got last spring grew to 8 inches in a small molded pond, and the success motivated me to build a liner pond with wetland filters and waterfall. Everything needs to be off grid, so currently 2 solar panels and one battery power a small 25$ submersible pump.

The two wetland filters associated with the pond (about 15' diameter) along with the waterfall should offer many different  habitats, one  plant I'm thinking about is wasabia japonica (75$/lb-real wasabi) It grows in flowing water, so either one of the wetland filters or the waterfall should work.  I bought about ten roots that should get here sometime soon, so another grand experiment.

I have about 60 butterfly koi now growing out in the greenhouse, and another 9 butterfly koi growing out in an aquarium in the kitchen, and they will go into a setup of ponds that should prove quite nice. Sort of an expanded version of the system I used to grow out the small koi last spring, only the wetland type filter system will be used for them so I won't be constantly changing and cleaning filters, and should be able to get better water quality as well as helping plant growth. I'm especially interested in starting a good stand of horsetail, a very useful and medicinal herb-- often used as a pot scrubber, it is also a primary ingredient in Dr. Christopher's bone/calcium formula.One of those herbs I have been trying to get going  for some time.

Anyway,bigger and better, keep having fun, and all that, I know my website needs work, but pictures and such at www.permaculturebob.org
I saw where this thread had a new comment, and since this was where I got the idea of linux mint, thought my experience might be useful

I had an older hp , and installed linux mint 19.3, and the main issue was the wireless drive wouldn't work. Spent time in the linux chat rooms, lengthy software craziness and still no luck, bought a couple random usb wireless drives with no real luck, although a bit more experience with installing drivers on the system might have yielded results, was told about a panda usb plugin (ebay for about 12$) and after a year using a network cable, finally have a laptop that works with wireless, that was a plug and play with no  hiccups at all.

Since that I bought a refurbished lenovo thinkpad t550 16g ram i7 processor, high definition screen, and after a bit of fiddling with the bios (lenovo bios screen is different so I had to watch some utube tutorials to figure out the settings. I also figured out the hard way it wouldn't boot from the sd card, so had to plug in the usb drive--as it was booting,before the system was even installed it had recognized the wifi card . I had replaced the 256 g  ssd with a terrabyte ssd, and the thing takes about 20 seconds to boot, seems much clearer to look at, and I installed the full version of the 2020 upgrade, so I can hardly wait to explore all the possibilities

So my experience would recommend Lenovo thinkpads the T series, and or the Panda adapter if you get caught in a trial trying to get LM to recognize your internal wi fi card.
1 month ago
I thought it would be a good idea to add a conclusion of sorts to this thread, although the idea of dealing with mega corporations invoking eminent domain continues elsewhere.

Our fight was successful, in the sense that we delayed the project with court battles long enough and the ACP /Dominion finally had it's moment of internal  truth and sold gas holdings to Warren Buffet who agreed to pay substantial debts   --likely from it's legal battles and  numerous operations done anticipating the construction.  Paying me a lease fee was one of them and The ACP has become a company with only the mission of shutting down and restoring disturbed land to it's previous condition--Warren did not buy that corporation..

The lease  fee I was paid does not have to be returned  and my land will not be disturbed by the pipeline.


3 months ago
Hi Bryant, I see this is an old thread, perhaps you might update your herb garden contents for us since you mentioned you were in the process of adding.

My "herb garden" is primarily wild herbs and is likely different because of location, the nice thing about natural cures is the best cure for anyone is the one found in their backyard.

I will only mention a couple additional herbs, red clover is one, easy to grow here, really more an ag crop then a garden herb , but when Dr. Christopher (founder of the school of natural healing) was asked for one word associations with each of 100 herbs, red clover was the only one he said cancer for.  Red clover is a blood purifier, and since cancer is primarily a disease from  environmental toxins, purifying the cellular environment reduces the risk of most cancers  and can even help some  cancer tissue heal and revert to normal.

I know the big C scares everyone into chemo, but the master herbalist that ran that one word association list, Richard Schulz, had a very successful practice when he taught at the school, and his experience taught him that he would not even work with anyone doing chemo. Since chemo puts a severe burden on the liver which should be working overtime to detoxify the blood in the first place.(The liver is the primary organ associated with cancer formation, since it's job is to clean the blood) The actual cancer may form elsewhere, but the origin of that cancer lies in it's toxic environment'

To that end, Garlic is one of the best liver herbs around--fresh and raw is best. that's an easy herb to grow with multiple uses.

The idea of a clean vegan diet just to live and maintain health was paramount, and mono juice fasting was also part of the regime..the three Dr. C preferred were carrot, apple, and grape, fresh squeezed, but Dr. C used to say more people had healed themselves of cancer using Welches grape juice than ever squeezed a grape. (sort of a light humor exaggeration of the point --don't get too obsessed with perfection.

One story told was of a woman with a breast cancer open and weeping, the size of a tennis ball, and the hospitals had not treated her since she had no insurance and was quite poor.  Along with the diet, the specific herbal treatment used a shredded poke root poultice (don't take poke internally experimenting with poke on a non professional level can cause SEVERE vomiting-- I've read that chamomile is the antidote, but if I need to vomit I'd use a larger amount lobelia))   Poke has the power to draw toxins out of the tissues and is quite well known for this effect.  The tumor shrank back down to golf ball size, was clean and no longer weeping but showed clearly several tendrils running off into the tissues. At this point they talked with a surgeon friend of theirs because they thought they could speed the healing if they could just get the golf ball out of the way, so he simply grabbed the remaining tumor , twisted and broke it free of the tendrils leaving a crater with tendrils running back into the body.  They continued the poke poultice  and the woman eventually was free of cancer.

So I would add poke to that list (an eastern  US herb)

Which leads to another herb for the "garden"  although I have yet to be able to coerce it to grow in my garden,  is lobelia, which comes up wild where it pleases.  While not a cancer specific, it has been used as a "lead sheep" in formulas, opening up centers of diseased tissue and allowing other herbal phytochemicals to penetrate more easily.
3 months ago
Thanks, I tend to agree , except for the idea that any fencing is invincible forever, so at the least it would be good to have a backup or two.

I just found an old piece of pipe, 10inches across and 6 feet long which should defeat an otter, but I'm not sure about mink since they are so much smaller. everything I' m reading suggests dye in the water for mink, and a two strand electric fence for mink and otter-one strand at 4 inches the other at 8 inches. guess it's time to get the solar fence charger a new battery.
5 months ago
sorry to hear about your loss and the neighbor's, thanks for the good wishes.
5 months ago
What happened to your older koi , I never think of koi dying of old age, weren't there babies to carry on the tradition?

The barrel does sound like a good idea,  similar to a built in pipe "cave" I have in mind. how big are the holes in your barrel? how deep is the pond?  Is the water clear or murky?

How did the eagles defeat your defenses?

I have a bigger mud bottom catfish pond, and predation seems less problematic there, but for now the pond is young, and putting young  koi in there just ends up as bigger catfish.  The pond stays pretty murky all year, which may be why the mink didn't just clean it out
5 months ago
I am building a new pond that will generate a fertile wetland as a filtration system. I plan to stock it with Koi etc,and have seen evidence of mink/otter predation in my other mud bottom ponds, and am planning to put in a fish cave as part of the construction.

 Knowing how capable mink and otter are in the water, I'm curious if anyone here has any advice /experience, at whether the typical fish cave approach will keep fish safe from  these predators..Or would some specialization of design be in order? IE  how small, long, tight bends in pipe cave construction, etc etc.

Mink will likely be the main issue, but some otter might show up in time.  

I haven't installed the liner yet and the pond construction could have all sorts of preventive measures built in.

Any ideas?
5 months ago
I agree with the differential heating idea, With gaps in the bricks you are asking those bits of exposed metal to radiate more heat than the covered sections, those bits will also cool faster possibly causing warping or cracking.

Clay is a real easy effective alternative, use the bricks where they will receive the rough treatment of wood being shoved around, and mold the clay in places where it's  receives less  rough treatment.

The nice thing about the clay is it's easily replaced or repaired,
7 months ago
Your little dam is a nice little watering hole,  
What fun you must be having. that's really a beautiful site. congrats on the trees.
7 months ago