Category Archives: Self Sufficiency

Permaculture Introductory Course

Just a short one as I troll through my to-do list, while sat on a rail replacement (due to land-slip and excessive water) coach…..to say that I have changed the dates of my upcoming “Introduction to Permaculture Course”. The course … Continue reading

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Could You Survive the Next Truck Strike?

I was listening to a Radio 4 program the other week, about Mao Zedong, his Chinese dictatorship, and the famine which started in 1958. Very simply, in an effort to increase industrial production, Mao Zedong enforced the use of communal … Continue reading

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Compost or Wine? How do you look at food past it’s prime?

“I’m a rubbish gardener”, is something I have said many times, but actually, I need to clarify: I am rubbish at growing annuals. I could be better. I just haven’t prioritized the time. I like foraging more, and if we … Continue reading

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The Summer of Music and Slugs

As I’ve gradually come to terms with the fact that I have moved to one of the rainiest towns in Britain, on the rainiest year on record, the slugs have gradually worked their way though everything. I wouldn’t be surprised … Continue reading

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My Pain In The Arsenic

Hectic. There is no other word for it. Which is good, because if I wasn’t really busy right now, I might stop and get depressed about the lack of sunshine that my skin has seen. As we say in the … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Jam

This week has been absolutely rubbish, and I look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards. Literally. Three of my closest friends are departing my life, and Tavistock. I will forgive Max. He is embarking on a moneyless … Continue reading

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What, You Don’t Have A Bath Tub In Your Garden?

So this is what you do, when you find out that your garden is full of Arsenic: You put a bath tub in the middle of your lawn, and plant it up. My neighbour gave it to me because she … Continue reading

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