Inge Leonora-den Ouden

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Accompanying the gardens (front and back yard) of my rented ground-floor appartment in the transformation to a miniature-food-forest, following permaculture principles (nature's laws) in different aspects of life
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Recent posts by Inge Leonora-den Ouden

That's great Fred! You saw the Ant Lion and you made a photo of it! It's a bug I know exists, but I never saw it ...

Melissa Bracy wrote:This string made me laugh.

It's a perfectly great idea, as logical ideas go. Completely the opposite of what I was compelled to do when moving off-grid though, which was throw away all my calendars and clocks. I just kept a journal of weather and blooms and bug populations (etc) to track the yearly cycle.

The interesting bit - which would be the same for the 13 month format - was syncing up with other people.

Melissa, if it wasn't for appointments and meetings with other people, I think I would love to live without clocks and calenders, only watching the 'phenomenology' of nature!
1 week ago

Caleb Hattemar wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi Caleb, that 'kind of Daisy' has the Latin name Erigeron (if you want to know ...). There are many species and varieties of Erigeron though

Hey Inge,

I have to admit I buckled with all the wild varieties of plants and my curiosity needed instant gratification, so I got a plant identification app...hah :(.  I took a pic of it and the most likely % match was 'European Michaelmas Daisy' or 'Aster Amellus L.'  I'd prefer to know thru experiential feedback tho so yeah I appreciate your input.  Maybe we all learn this as 'yes' flower.  I just know it as a pleasant contrast in the chain of mountain mosaic morphs of color tho.

Maybe it really is an Aster amellus, and then it's a European plant. My thought was that it's an American plant, and it looked like some kind of Daisy that's called Erigeron. But it doesn't matter, nice flowers are welcome, whatever their name is.

Hi Magdalene, do you have a recipe for 'biscuits and gravy'? This is probably a very American dish, I don't know it ... (biscuits here are some kind of cookies ... )
I feel lucky to have an 'average' size and body shape, at least for a western European woman. So I keep some patterns from the Burda magazine (known as Burda Style in English) that fit me perfectly. With those patterns (dress and pants) I can make any garment I like to make for myself (it might have been of help that I did two whole years of study in textile crafts, including sewing and pattern making too)
1 week ago
Hi Caleb, that 'kind of Daisy' has the Latin name Erigeron (if you want to know ...). There are many species and varieties of Erigeron though

Hi Stephe. Finally I found out who's the guy with the orange hat ... And that you're a boot (already for a month!). So now I can follow your posts and photos too.
I love following 'boots' through their posts, photos and videos!

I just happened to discover you, Cory, because you said goodbye to Briella, also a boot I didn't know about for long ... And now here I find the other new boot's name: Hao. I hope he shares news (and photos) too ...

r ranson wrote:I was talking with another ex-pat (person who used to live in the UK, usually English but now lives abroad) the other day about Boro repair traditions.  They were repelled.  They hated the idea.  Why would you want to wear rags on top of other rags?  That's not the first time I've heard this from a Brit.

However, it is moving the other way because visible mending now means that you have enough free time to mend your clothes, enough pride to mend them, and enough money to buy clothes that are worth mending.  Either that or enough money to pay someone to mend them.  

Interesting to read about this part of English culture. Although the Netherlands as a country is close to England (only the North Sea between us ...) the two countries (and their inhabitants) are really different! I think there's a history of many centuries of a 'love and hate relationship'. Having much to do with that North Sea ...

(now I ask myself: what influence could this have had on people from both sides of the North Sea emigrating to America in the past, and their influence on the culture of the USA?)

But that is history! (is it?) We are moving in a different way now, at least we as Permies are ...
1 week ago

Paul Cereghino wrote:I usually see it recruiting on poor bare ground.  I have moved starts from dry bare sites into my food forest, but on my site the seed fall hasen't resulted in more seedlings under mulched or competative situations.  I would describe it as a 'ruderal stress tolerator' specializing in colonizing bare dry ground and surviving drought.  I could imagine growing it with lupines

I visited this topic through the 'dailyish'. Started reading at page 1 ... When I came at this post I thought: that is exactly what I found out about mullein! It wants to grow in very very poor sand, it even seems to like to grow in the cracks between stones or pavement! And when I try moving it to a 'better place' (not right in the middle of the path), it doesn't like that, the plant dies, or behaves poorly ...
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