F Agricola

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On ‘mental health’ issues concerning isolation:

We’ve been working from home for about (3) weeks now, having Microsoft Team meetings every other day in addition to daily emails and phone calls.

Each person has different environments - a few are isolated single people, others have families with grown kids or babies, some have house mates. Similarly, people live in houses with backyards, on rural properties, in small/large apartments, etc.

So, to keep some type of normality, a few creative people have organised ‘virtual’ Morning and Afternoon Teas, and Lunches i.e. they send an invitation, each person makes a coffee/tea and sits in front of the screen chatting with colleagues for 5-15 minutes, or, does the same at lunch time.

They may take a ‘virtual’ stroll with their phone or laptop to show gardens, meal preparations, pets, whatever.

It’s proving to be a great way to get things off ones chest and just chill with others.

It’s all about perception and coping skills: we did a lot of caving back in the day, if people got claustrophobic in tight tunnels we’d all turn our helmet lights off. In the complete darkness you envisage being in an enormous stadium rather than a shoe box. After a few minutes of relaxing, we’d switch the lights back on and continue on our way.

Like all exercises, more exposure builds strength and flexibility.

It’s all just a mind game.

3 years ago

This BBC 4 documentary aired on our TV tonight (29/3/2020), initially I thought it was one of those ‘end-of-the-world’ movies, but then found it to be a science program posing the pandemic ‘what if’ scenario.

It was made in 2017, and in 2020 is scarily prophetic.

It supposes a ‘moderate’ level pandemic akin to the Spanish Flu … for 2020, take two: Coronavirus-19 is about twofold worse!

The lessons are there: isolation, segregation, cleanliness, time lines, etc.

Typical of BBC science programs, it's clearly supported by reasonable assumptions and technical experts in their fields.

Suggest taking a look ...



3 years ago

Marty Mitchell wrote:

Many states are now in lockdown. If lockdown lasts more than say 3 months and food is all gone within a month. I expect mass starvation to ensue.

FYI: The USA produces more than enough food to feed itself - it won't starve by any stretch of the imagination.

There are several (lucky) countries that do the same, our Prime Minister stated the other day that we produce enough to feed our entire population three-fold - backed up by the link below. Even India can feed itself - surprising, isn't it?


3 years ago
We used two typical types of clothes lines:

1. the quintessential 'Hills Hoist': generations of kids got into big trouble swinging on these. Most people have them if their backyard is big enough. Also, throwing a tarp over it means clothes can still be dried in wet weather. Some entrepreneur also manufactured a fitted tarp so it could be used as a sun-umbrella or shelter tables of food during parties!

2. the lean-to design: two sturdy posts placed in the ground as far apart as you like. A timber cross-member bolted to each post so it can tilt. Then string two or four lengths of wire between the cross-members and pull tight. Clothes are then pegged to the wires - a large stick or pole can be used to hold one side of the wire higher than the other e.g. for large items such as sheets and towels. (The photo shows a fixed cross-member version, which isn't as good.)

3. a creative Permie version.
3 years ago

I reckon a big bunch of herbs given to neighbours is probably the most useful.

Easy to grow, most don't need continuous replanting, very nutritious, nice perfume, and adds natural flavour to what could otherwise be quite boring flavoured foods.

We have two main types of freshwater crayfish here: Yabbies on the east coast, Marron on the west coast.

There's not a lot of mammal competition since most are herbivore marsupials - a lovely native animal erroneously called a 'Water Rat' will take them, but mostly in the wild.

The biggest predators other than birds are eels. Eels are known to travel kilometres from a creek through wet grass just to get to a dam or pond to eat the crays.

Commercial operators net sloping concrete ponds to prevent these types of predation. (The sloping ponds have a drain hole at the end so as the water slowly recedes the crays follow it down, making harvesting a lot easier.)

Home farmers also use nets - one eel can wipe out a whole dam in a day!

3 years ago