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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Greg Martin wrote:I like the ideal of rural folks being isolated enough to avoid this but I'm also wondering how many folks are really isolated enough for that to happen.  There must be some, right?

I guess it would be ideal if people could isolate themselves in small groups?
I don't know if Poland compared rural and urban areas; I guess the rural lifestyle can be very different than what we think is healthy, especially when those people work in industrial farming.
3 days ago
I think we would generally agree that permaculture farms do better during this time than many other communities; especially densely populated cities, and highly industrial areas. But still, a lot of people who live in the countryside had Covid and struggled other kinds of trouble than city people; for example, needed to still do the farm chores every day. Or maybe had some accidents and needed to go to the hospital.
I wonder, if there are any communities which haven't really changed? I'm thinking of the most known permaculture farms and homesteads, which seem to continue their routines and maybe don't do workshops etc, but other than that, they're mostly unaffected.

I'm far from having a real permaculture system and I don't know if I will ever have - but I'm not at risk and the biggest change for me was that I had to teach mostly online. I think, that if I had a homestead where I could invite my students, or people I work with, we could do our jobs safely. We could do more work outdoors and avoid crowding in small spaces. I hope to have something like this some day.
3 days ago
Welcome! I'm a big fan of Li Ziqi who doesn't have a greenhouse it seems, but I'm curious about a Chinese greenhouse!
Or maybe she does?!
2 weeks ago
I have this beautiful quote about horses, but it could be applicable to some other domesticated animals...

"If you are fond of a horse and wish to do him a real favour - train him well. Teach him good manners, good habits, both in the stable and under the saddle. You need never worry about the future of such a horse if for any reason you may have to part with him. You assure him of friends wherever he goes. Perhaps the greatest kindness you can do any horse is to educate him well." - Tom Roberts - The Young Horse

It's easier to do with more traineable animals, like horses and dogs, but you can raise a decent cat too (congratulations on your new kitty!).

Another way to look at it, is having pets that simply don't live very long. Of which, rats are maybe the most intelligent. Their life expectancy is rather short - usually 2-4 years, up to six.
They're fascinating, playful, affectionate, not very expensive.

It's always good to have a network of friends who will know what to do with your animals if you can't take care of them anymore.
4 weeks ago
Now I dug up this! Don't know how I didn't smash it with the shovel.
4 weeks ago
I made roasted bone marrow once before, and it was delicious. Like a super tasty meaty jelly. This time, I ordered "marrow bones", but they were not the round cuts from the leg - these bones are flat, like part of a shoulder perhaps?
I found some that were "open" enough and roasted them like before, but this time the marrow was still hard.
The other bones were too thin, so now I threw all of them into a pot, to make a bone broth.

The only thing I did differently was that the bones were in salted water just overnight. Previously it was three days. But the marrow was also just different. So, did I do something wrong, or are they just wrong kind of bones?
1 month ago
Thanks, everyone! I chose Sansevieria (the "snake plant"), because it doesn't expand too much. Wikipedia says that it can yield fiber to make bowstrings! Maybe I'll make twine of it. I'm so obsessed with permaculture now, that I just can't have a plant that doesn't "do" anything... ;)
And the pitayas will go to more sunny places.
1 month ago
...and poor air flow, high humidity, and small space...

I do have the garden, but I like to have some plants indoors, too. Other than sprouts.

I successfuly grew pitaya cacti from seeds collected from a market fruit; but they stopped growing. I'll probably sell them. They are potential fruit crops, because they could bear edible fruits, but in better conditions...

They need more air movement (but no wind) and more sun (but not too much), perfect for a greenhouse or a winter garden patio. They develop mould each time they're watered, even if they're completely dry before.

However, maybe there are some plants that could survive in such place, and even do something good? For example: clean the air, suck up excess humidity, and not take up much space. They don't even have to produce edible fancy fruits...

Windows are to the North and the same relatively small area serves as a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom (which is somewhat separate, but the kitchen is not, and doesn't have a cooker hood).

Here is one of the poor pitayas - now about 2 years old - in a hanging pot which I made of calabash and crocheted net.

Edited to reduce size of the photo...
1 month ago

Hugo Morvan wrote:Flora what is a bower?

I mean the tiny house that people build in allotment gardens, not to live in but to keep their stuff inside.

I agree that sometimes people want to be 100% eco-friendly from day one and they're just exhausted, sometimes not even knowing what the good thing to do is.
1 month ago
I was thinking of a dry toilet, but I can't carry the heavy bucket... but I have an opportunity to get an abandoned allotment. I think it doesn't have any rainwater harvesting system (except for a broken gutter which points to the ground), nor a toilet. But it has a quite good bower (almost a tiny house) and impressive glass greenhouse (many glass windows broken and stuff needs repair, but still...).

That sounds crazy, if you can't use rainwater on your own land...
1 month ago