Archive for April 3, 2008

Very funny cartoon!

Well, the gardening course finished earlier than I’d thought, so I’ll leave it a teensy bit early and get to the meet-up late.

Went to knitting on Monday, and got the big hole in my cardigan sorted out. Hurrah. All back on track now. On Tuesday evening I went out for a walk and found a suprise field that I didn’t know was there, and a little path through some trees. Last night I had a friend over for supper, which was nice. I did pork with olives, braised in tomatoes and red wine and we set the world to rights over the rest of the bottle.

Sourdough is still sitting by the radiator, in its third stage now. This evening I get to add more flour and water, and in a month or so I might be able to add some salt. Looking to fire up the oven sometime in 2012!

In the excitement of the publication of the Self-Sufficientish Bible and Andy and Dave appearing all over the media, there has been much talk of allotments, so I emailed the council and found out I’m now 22nd on the waiting list, which is a vast improvement on 65th!!! I was told it would be about 6 months to go, and I hope it is six months, because by all accounts autumn is a good time to take over a plot, especially if it’s covered with weeds. I explained all this to the bf the other night, and was impressed with how much I’d learnt about gardening just from forums, blogs and books. I mean, I know you can’t really learn much about growing things other than by doing, but I’ve absorbed a lot of background knowledge nonetheless.

None of my blimmin’ seeds have germinated yet, though.

I have about four posts in draft form, but am madly busy with work. You’ll probably get a flood of them tomorrow afternoon!


April 3, 2008 at 9:19 am 2 comments

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Rob Hopkins, Transition Handbook

“Environmentalists have often been guilty of presenting people with a mental image of the world’s least desirable holiday destination – some seedy bed and breakfast near Torquay, with nylon sheets, cold tea and soggy toast – and expecting them to get excited about the prospect of NOT going there. The logic and the psychology are all wrong.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

"Food is that rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure."

Carlo Petrini

"A gastronome who is not also an environmentalist is an idiot. An environmentalist who is not also a gastronome is, well, sad."

Sharon Astyk

"I am, of course, firmly opposed to consumerism and corporatism in all its forms, and I believe that we are deeply confused about material needs and wants. Now let me explain how books and yarn are totally different than the material things that other people want ;-)…."

Raj Patel, at Slow Food Nation

"Biofuels, which is the preposterous policy that we should grow food not to eat it but to set it on fire."