Ruth Meyers

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Nearing retirement and looking forward to getting on with my gardening. I've got several acres of wild blackberries and have come to terms with that. In fact, I've decided to cultivate them and wrestle their space back from honeysuckle and cat briar. I make a cordial that is well received wherever I introduce it.
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Hi Sean,

Checking in with you.

I agree with Lora - good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone.

What's your favorite meal to prepare?

18 hours ago
Oh.  I guess I thought there would be little interest because the bookstores said "No thanks."

Here are the specimens (8, not 9):
Banksia coccinea
Hakea laurina
Telopea speciosissima
Telopea truncate
Actinotus helianthi
Gossypium sturtianum
Dendrobium bigibbum
and three cultivars of Grevillea:
'Robyn Gordon'
'Sandra Gordon'
'Merinda Gordon'

Not my typical garden flowers, but may be yours.
18 hours ago
This may be a long shot.  

Author is Annette Rich.  Published 1999.  81 pages.

Shipping would be $3.27.

Lovely directions on how to make dimensional embroideries for nine species.
20 hours ago

Rick Martin wrote:These countries where Gates is trying to solve the waste problem are very poor and have cesspools everywhere.  Wastewater literally is dumped into the rivers not far from where others are getting thier drinking water.  Not surprising that diseases are out of control.  

Anything will help, but it has to be affordable for the locals or they can't do it.

It was Rick's comment that had me searching my reading records, and I think the title I was reaching for today is The Big Necessity : the unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters.  I had followed up on my other reading with this one, and at first missed what the author was documenting - the sociology of poop disposal in various cultures.

Rose George travels the world to learn about what is and isn't available to people. What she finds is often disgusting, and would have us "civilized" types cringing in horror. All the same, many of the people she meets and speaks with have no choice in the matter. When you have to go, you have to go, and you have to make do with what's available.

In her travels she sees everything from people going at the side of the road to people using "high tech" toilets that use a minimum of water and do more than just dispose of human waste. She learns about how various countries are working to deal with the problem of disposing of human waste, and what's often involved in trying to change peoples habits.

I've read all three of Carol Steinfeld's books on waste management.  

The Composting Toilet System Book was her first, and it is basically a buyer's guide to the choices available to homeowners in 2000, when it was published.
It covers the range of technologies and products that are available.  One page devoted to bucket collection ala The Humanure Handbook.  Also has some examples and information about greywater treatment systems.  This is meant to expose the reader to the full spectrum, so it doesn't offer in-depth information about any of the systems.  Still interesting.

Her 2004 book, Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants, spells out the ridiculousness of flushing human liquid wastes through wastewater treatment- being a hazard to the environment and costing money (and clean water!) to neutralize while farmers are paying for nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers produced with imported energy.  It discusses old and new techniques to recover this resource safely and productively. Programs in Sweden, Denmark, Wales, Nepal and Mexico are on the cutting edge. A sustainable future may include peeing into new containers rather than a bowl of water.  Photo examples of plant growth using urine as fertilizer are compelling, and safety concerns are included.

Her 2007 survey, Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling, is much more ambitious.  Here, she collects in one place a huge variety of current systems of managing wastewater, from residential to municipal to industrial.  Though not exhaustive, it covers systems from around the globe, and offers a brief understanding of the importance of the trend to managing our wastewaters more organically.  Enlightening and hopeful.  

I recommend all three, but especially the third one.

Here's her homepage:

And her Liquid Gold site:

Okay, Judith, I've waited enough time to allow someone else to take you up on this terrific opportunity.  Mark that vessel mine, please.

PS:  I see the other pottery offer thread has been locked down, so I will express my joy here about the bowls Judith sent me.  Wow!  They are even more beautiful and impressive in person.  I can't wait to present them to daughter.  Yay!
1 day ago
You need to bait your traps with a strong odor they can't resist.  I've found peanut butter works pretty well, but a dab of tuna is even better.
2 days ago

Annie Collins wrote:I found it quite easy to unscrew the pipes underneath the sink to unclog the trap which is where I would find the clog was.

I was going to suggest this as well.  There's a good reason this area is removable.  If it's further down the line, you may be able to locate where by thumping on the pipe and noticing where it sounds more solid, not hollow.  Before I had my children trained as to what is allowed to go down the drain, I had to cut into the drain line and install a clean-out just above the clog.  It never needed it again, but I was glad to have improved what the plumber neglected.
3 days ago

That Norman Rockwell picture is not in any way associated with the Audel books.  It came up when I was image searching the book title, and I thought it'd add some whimsy.
3 days ago
Well, that first offer went well; so I'll try again.

I've got three of the four 1925 (first) editions of Audels Plumbers and Steam Fitters Guides, volumes #1, #2 and #3.

Who might treasure these?  They are fascinating.  Volume 3 has a nice section on domestic water supply that includes wells and windmills.  20 pages of windmill diagrams and parts labelled photos and tables!
Volume 1 has an interesting section on bending lead waste pipe.  Somewhere in there is a hot water radiator system mounted under cast iron streetcar seats to warm passengers.  Interestingly, I was reading yesterday about the Milwaukee streetcar workers (my grandfather was one) striking to have the cars enclosed.  One of their drivers had frozen in his seat and unable to avoid a fatal accident for all occupants.

I would call these near fine.  They are green leatherette and the gilt edging wraps around all three sides.

AbeBooks pricing starts at $9 each.  I'd like $15 for all three, plus $5 shipping.  
3 days ago