Larry Korn, a permaculture teacher and advocator of natural farming the Fukuoka way, told a story about a radio interview with another permaculture activist. The first question put to him was: “What is permaculture?” Giving a succinct definition that would inspire anyone to engage with permaculture seems elusive. Permaculture practitioners demonstrate what it is by doing. … More What is Permaculture?
I’ve never watched Poldark, I’m not sure that I ever will. But one single episode of the series very quickly became the subject of local gossip. Rather than give a wordy explanation, I’ll give you a glimpse of what all the fuss was about: The scene also caused controversy. The first was due to the sexism … More The Zen of Scything
My daughter and I used to have a favourite walk. It took us from our home, high on a hill into the more sheltered climes of an old woodland on either side of a small river. In the summer we’d collect the bilberries lining the path, and in autumn, the blackberries. If we were lucky, we … More Not one for the Permaculture Plot
I observed a good reason for never using snail and slug pellets. For those following the blog, you’ll be familiar with my winter observance of non-interference in the garden. The patio outside the living room window is now an natural habitat for many visiting birds, a squirrel and a nosey fox which paid a brief … More Observe and Learn – from a song thrush
“Don’t do a do until you know the undo.” I will, at some point in the future, share how Irél, archmage of the Caemantarii, came to share this particular lesson with her eager young students of sorcery. Irél is an eccentric character I created some years back, and I’m hoping to revive her again as … More The moral of today’s lesson: “Don’t do a do unless you know the undo.” (Irél)
Nick Robson posted a beautifully constructed documentary short by Spencer Cathcart. It is visually inspiring and the issues raised have formed the basis for Blisters, Bunions and Blarney. However, like many similar documentaries and literature, it fails to address solutions. It urges us to make a change, but neglects to advise how. Similarly, I wrote an article on the International … More In Search of a Lost World