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Flora Eerschay

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I love Eckhart Tolle's views on spirituality, Neil DeGrasse Tyson's cosmic queries, Anne Carson's poetry, Anne Lister's secrets, Sally Wainwright's storytelling, Vandana Shiva's fight for food sovereignty, and of course all the permaculture heroes!
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Recent posts by Flora Eerschay

I heard that tamarisk is good at filtering stuff. Some people plant it on the edge of their gardens, I have it together with my beach rose bushes.
8 hours ago
Sounds cool already!
I like sightseeing, nature, but also architecture and art.
Local food, and restaurants in more remote areas, which serve local food.
I sometimes travel with friends, but would be great if it was safe for a woman travelling alone.
I like horse riding! I love to watch horse racing, isn't Ireland like a capital of that? I don't ride racehorses (anymore), but watching them is my guilty pleasure.
And I don't like sleeping in tents.
1 day ago
My dog still doesn't play fetch, although it's been a long time since he had any related trauma. When someone throws a tennis ball to play with another dog, he will hide and be like "people are throwing stones at dogs!".
I believe in creating a happy life, whether it's a pet, or breeding stock, farm animal, or a pest. Which reminds me of this article: Why I'm ashamed to be a vet: a shocking exposé of the profession that puts pets through 'painful and unnecessary treatments to fleece their trusting owners'. Quote:

"Common sense must prevail. A loving pet owner does not humanise their cat or dog but realises it is an animal. The loving owner does not want to maximise their pet's life at any cost but puts their animal's welfare first. Do not fear the death of your pet when the time comes. Instead, embrace it and ensure your pet has a good death in the same way you gave it a good life."
That's great, John. My dog is recovering too. I still believe that it was unethical what we did to save him, but we're past it now. He will be mostly fine (just with some scars), I guess he might develop some problems later on, because we stuffed him with a ton of drugs. But he's relatively young for a dog so there is probably a couple of good years ahead of him.
2 days ago
I've never been to Ireland, but I think I would love it there. A few months ago I spoke with a Polish friend who moved there years ago with her family. She convinced me that I would love it there.
This year I didn't travel abroad, but maybe next year Ireland could be on my list. What should I see?
2 days ago
Even simple painkillers have negative impact on the environment, when their processed remainings are flushed down toilets. This reminds me of when my dog was on antibiotics (three kinds of them for two weeks, along with other drugs), he never wanted to pee in the garden. I had to take him out to the street every time. Maybe he somehow wanted to protect the micro life in our soil? That would be some clever instinct.

Eric, that reminds me of when I lived on the Lesbos island. Long before the refugees. It was quiet and beautiful and abundant with incredible wildlife. There were regular blackouts after storms, especially in winter. We had no generators in the apartments we rented, and few people had, probably. I sort of miss this, although it was annoying! And I'm sorry for both people and nature that are troubled there, nowadays.

For me, the most expensive stuff would be my art supplies... of course I use them, but I always buy things that I then never use, or just once or twice. And the professional stuff can get really expensive... I'm now planning to sell some of that, but it will be missed.
4 days ago
My advice: tell everyone! When you go on holidays, I suppose it's somewhere rural if you're drawn to it. Tell them. When you buy food from local farmers, tell them too, and ask them farming questions (even if they're no permies; work with what you have).
4 days ago

Trace Oswald wrote:My own rule, that I try my best to live by, is that it's time to put them down when I'm keeping them alive for my sake rather than theirs.  And yes, I think that same rule should apply to humans.

I agree with both! With humans, it's a bit complicated as they tend to get scared of the idea that they lose independence and opportunities, as they age or their health issues get worse. Animals are much easier to reassure. Although working animals seem to have similar issues when they can't work anymore. They get depressed similarly to retired people sometimes.

As for dogs adjusting to new places: with mine, it was different each time. There was a drama queen who would try the Lassie thing even long time after parting with his owners, and there was a happy-go-lucky goldie who thought that her home is where her furry butt is, as long as she's fed. For my current dog, it takes a week to get over the 'grief' when I leave and another week to bond with a new person. He is a dog of one owner. He's also a bit wild, so he would probably escape if he had to change houses too. He was sort of a "working dog", because he's a sighthound and people used to keep them in orchards so they would hunt rabbits. It's illegal now, but some people still do it illegally, and he was one of such dogs.

I like the idea of having multiple dogs; that's one thing I envy the breeders. They get to observe the pack behaviour, and also maternal instincts in females. But it's hard to manage a biodiverse permie ecosystem that includes dogs, especially when it's relatively tiny; so I never had more than three at once, and even then each usually had a different owner, they just lived together (or rather: used the same garden as their toilet...).

My rule (which I broke) is that my dog shouldn't be more miserable than its food. I can't grow dog food (although I know owners who do - mostly rabbits and sheep), but I know where it comes from and what impact on the environment it has. I now have a more "permie approach" to that, and I suppose that in the future all animals in my homestead will be something in between pets and parts of the ecosystem.

There is a wonderful book by Kay Milton, titled "Loving Nature: Towards an Ecology of Emotion". She described two seemingly opposite approaches to environment protection: one is to rescue any living being, regardless of its status, and the other: to maintain biodiversity and protect endangered species mainly. Of course we can only go so far down the rabbit hole of "pet food chain" and other supplies... but maybe it's worth a thought.
Cindy, that looks exciting!
About glue: do you know about wheatpaste? It's fairly easy to make and I use it for bookbinding, or making paper & cardboard boxes. My mother used to have it at school as a paper glue that kids used regularly back then.

A skill I would add to the list: asking for help and/or hiring help.
Currently, I imagine my future homesteading sitiuation as a single woman with goats and chickens, and a forest garden and workshop/art studio. That sounds unrealistically romantic, but I'm optimistic about it...
But such lifestyle is not only about making art, milking the goats and chasing the chickens. It's also a lot more heavy / construction work than I can handle, and like I wrote in the "Things every lady should know" topic, I'd rather hire a man to do these things, than marry one ;)

Whatever one chooses to do, for some it's surprisingly hard to simply ask for help. Maybe it's even easier for a woman than for a man who is supposed to be strong enough to do it all by himself.
4 days ago