Edward Norton

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Expat Brit and stay at home Dad, currently living in the US after six years in Singapore. Keen outdoorsman and photographer, cook and gardener. Looking to buy a place summer 2022 and significantly ramp up my permaculture. Currently studying PDC with Geoff Lawton, online.

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Surrey, UK to Singapore to New Jersey
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Jan White wrote:I cook mine in a thermos, a similar process to haybox cooking.

Thank you Jan. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. When I camp, I cook rice this way. In the morning when I’m making coffee, I boil a jug of water. I add half a cup of rice and a cup of water to a thermos pot, put on the lid and it’s cooked and still hot for the evening meal. It’s economical on fuel and a real bonus having instant hot food after a day in the hills.

There’s almost no financial incentive for me to use less gas here in NJ. I have a gas hob and massive, oversized oven. I do a lot of baking, roasting, grilling (broiling). I don’t have a microwave or any other kitchen cooking device, cook all our food, so the hob is in constant use. My gas bill is typically less than a dollar a day. Getting into a “use less” mindset though is a future investment. When I have the opportunity I intend to go all electric and generate some of it myself, so units of energy will have a far greater worth and value beyond finance.
16 hours ago
My dad harvested quince when I was a kid and made the most amazing jelly - right up there with crab apple. This was back in the late 70's and early 80's when they seemed to be everywhere.  I guess they went out of fashion - don't seem them in such abundance. I guess people are reluctant to grow a fruit that requires some kind of processing to eat.

Most definitely high on my list of fruit bushes to grow. I remember them flowering for months on end, got to be good for bees. They're also a great place for small birds, providing a dense well protected thicket and a safe place to nest.

18 hours ago
And welcome to Permies!

Great question. I'm sure someone will be along soon to help.

In the meantime, you might want to check this post:


There's some good suggestions on extending the life of fence posts
18 hours ago
Hi Simon,

The [img][/img] BB Code only works for the image not the page address. Try using this - I got the link by right clicking on the image and selecting 'copy image address'.


Some of the image sharing sites won't let you share the image directly, they make their money by people visiting the page the image is on and then serving up adverts. That's not the case for imgur fortunately.
18 hours ago
As a knitting newbie I quickly discovered a few things which I couldn't have predicted.

1) I finally gave in and got some proper glasses. I had been making do with off the shelf ones which were ok for reading in bed, but with knitting, I didn't want to be focusing on just the work all the time. As I improved, it was nice to knit in the evenings in front of the telly. And I definitely needed glasses for crocheting.

2) Good light! Kinda goes with the glasses

3) This might sound bizarre if you've knitted all you life, but knitting initially gave me some really uncomfortable back ache - I don't know what was going on, you'd assume it was all arm work, but it was my lower traps that ached. I had to go easy for the first week or two, only knitting for ten to fifteen minutes and going off and doing something different. I still limit myself to half an hour at which point, I'll notice a couple of mistakes a few rows back, unravel the whole thing and the next day start again!

I really like the sewing bird in Raven's YouTube video. I think that's a great tool for anyone making their own clothes.
1 day ago
In my house FINE often always means NO
1 day ago
I have friends with RV's, some with lots of cash who pay other people to fix things and some who are skilled up and learned how to maintain on their own. You're a PEPPER so know the value of running a self-sufficient homestead. I think you need the same mindset for an RV. If you're initially semi-permanent, you'll have plenty of opportunity to learn without the risk of being stranded. Good luck, sounds like a great plan.
1 day ago

Amy Gardener wrote:My favorite way to cut angles on straight cut piece of wood is to use a pencil, knife and Japanese double sided pull saw. Draw the perfect 45' angle on the horizontal surface using a sharp pencil from the outside corner on both sides of the wood. Draw the perfect 90' angle on the vertical side of the wood and make sure this line meets both 45' inside angles.
Next, take a short, razor sharp carving knife (1 inch long blade) and cut the pencil line about 3/8" deep by hand on all sides (the outer corner is challenging and optional). Now switch from the knife to a super thin, double sided Japanese pull saw. Work the small teeth side into the thin groove, guiding the blade with your left thumb. Cut the inside and outside corners first so the blade can rock slightly as you proceed. Once you slowly perfect the line with the thin saw, the groove serves the same purpose as the miter box and holds the blade steady so you can cut the line exactly by hand. Switch to the larger teeth on the pull saw once you see that the line is straight and deep enough to hold the saw steady without your left thumb guiding the blade.
This groove is thinner than the opening on the miter box and the saw is much more stable while cutting. I also find it easier to clamp the wood without the miter box.

I should have guessed from your previous posts that you’d drop by with a Japanese solution. Wow, so simple and elegant, on paper. I really appreciate your detailed instructions.
1 day ago
Damn - think I used up all my words first thing . . .taken me a while to recover.

Here’s the thing about failures. In theory, I should learn from them and yesterday I messed up on something so basic. It took me a long time, decades, to even own up to mistakes. I can be a bit of a perfectionist which can lead to very binary outcomes. I’ve left the online photography world where mistakes were a big deal and lead to loss of credibility. My search for perfectionism eventually lead to self sabotage.  I’m not a homesteader, I’m practicing 1% of permaculture from a suburban house in NJ. So making mistakes is still a big deal to me. Which is dumb. This is a nonjudgemental extremely helpful community. If I can own my addiction, i should own my mistakes! Thank you all for suggesting I post them and how to post them and giving me permission to post them.

As for a book - thank you Jordan for the suggestion. I wouldn’t know where to start but seeing as there’s a whole Commerce category and I don’t have a single BB, I’m going to have to figure something out.

Pearl Sutton wrote:Good afternoon y'all, my name is Pearl, and I'm a permies addict. It started with a laugh and a question about sewer lagoons  My first post on permies and here I still am, 6 years later,  8,698 Posts, 676 Threads, 4319 apples and still loving it   :D

Three cheers for all the Permies Addicts!!  

Those are some mighty impressive numbers! Cheers to the Addicts!
1 day ago