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Permaculture Photo Challenge - December 2019 - January 2020

 
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Had no choice.....built in the late 1800's it was scary and leaning way too far.....foundation posts were rotted beyond salvation.....thankful we had a fellow just down the road who knew how to do this...now the granary has a better foundation than the house.....and the barn swallows came back ( we made sure there was an open window for them to get back in).
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WRITING...trying to plan what will go where in the garden, while looking back at what was where the year before. (I know there's software for this but Luddite that I am, I still use a pen and paper).
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

D. Nelson wrote:Repurpose ... A gift of feathers


Tell and show us please, what did you make out of those wonderful feathers?


I actually ended up using them as bookmarks in my bible.
 
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White, cold, repurpose, and new

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Snowy and cold outside, warm inside, new seedlings and reused toilet paper rolls.
Snowy and cold outside, warm inside, new seedlings and reused toilet paper rolls.
 
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This is what you might call efficiency...
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Repair, time (1960's Singer)
Repair, time (1960's Singer)
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Red and Green, sweet (potatoes, leftovers from last year)
Red and Green, sweet (potatoes, leftovers from last year)
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Reduce (growing my own sphegnum moss)
Reduce (growing my own sphegnum moss)
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Halfway out of the dark, save energy (passive), solar, warmth
Halfway out of the dark, save energy (passive), solar, warmth
 
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WRITING

My husband gave me a very nice journal for Christmas. I use my blog as my homesteading journal and a calendar as my garden journal, so I wanted to do something special with this. My New Year's challenge to myself was to write a haiku a day - 365 366 haiku in all. So far so good!

 
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Solar
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Community—they come from all walks of life in all shapes and sizes and ethnicity. This community just happens to like trail riding in their Honda Pioneers to high altitude places like Flag Mountain in Colorado at around 12,000’
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Not your average Garden Gnome...
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Decoration
Up to my old bad habits. Not my best as I haven't painted much in years. Freaking Mandalaman....

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COLD

It's been mild and rainy so far for us this winter, until this past weekend. Finally getting down into the 20s, so I was finally able to get a photo I felt like I could label "cold." I thought the ice formation on the water was unusual.

 
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DISTAFF

r ranson wrote:

Leigh Tate wrote:

Su Ba wrote:...Though I've got a silly idea going for "distaff".


Then I'm looking forward to it! Distaff is a puzzle for me too. It's probably the only piece of spinning equipment that I don't have.


hint: The word distaff has a lot of meanings other than the thingy that holds the fibre.



That hint helped!

Distaff definitions - involving women, female, work and concerns traditionally considered important to women, women considered as a group, characteristic of women, anything traditionally done by or considered of importance to women only.

Here are some of the distaff treasures I've inherited from my female ancestors.



The quilts were all handmade by my great-grandmother in the 1940s and 1950s. The coverlet was woven by my great-grandfather's great-grandmother sometime in the 1800s.
 
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27. white, unusually so for 650’ above sea level on the coast!
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28. tradition, family ornaments going back to my grandparents, and a wreath I made from some of them.
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29. dirty dishes. I made turkey mole for my parents this year over the holidays. This is only the beginning of the dirty dishes generated by that dish!
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14. rest. Rest for my new hugelbeet, and also for my new straw bale garden-to-be, and also, rest for me!
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NEW



This is supposed to be the new moon. I had some troubles getting the photos, and well, this was the best of the lot. But I like it.
 
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Actually that is pretty cool looking. Looks like an artsy photo done on purpose.
 
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REFLECTION

Now that my farm is many years into its development, I often reflect back on the way things came to be. But of course, I can't take a photo of that. Soooooooo, I look around the farm for something for the "reflection" category and gaze upon my fish pond. Ah-ha. For several days I check to find a good photo and came up with this choice........

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The clear blue Hawaiian sky reflecting on the farm pond.
 
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DISTAFF

I am neither a spinner nor a believer in gender roles, so coming up with something for the "distaff" category has been challenging, especially since I'm trying to look through permaculture eyes and keeping my photos related to my own farm and farm life. So I've turned to humor.

I once upon a time was an enthusiastic day walker. I've walked parts of the Eastcoast of USA, eastern Canada, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, the U.K., and some parts of the Far East. Except for the Far East, I was seldom without a walking staff. I still happen to own 20 well used and fondly cherished walking sticks, all which hold their own travel memories for me.

So........... "Distaff" I made myself out of eucalyptus wood. It helped me hike across a 5 mile lava field and up to the active lava flow. I burned off its frayed tip by plunging it into red, fresh lava ....singeing the hair on my arm in the process! "Distaff" holds lots of Hawaiian memories.

"Datstaff" I made from a piece of wood given to me, so I don't know what species of tree it's from. It turned out to be so beautiful that I've never used to for hiking. It serves as a wall ornament and holds the memory of a cherished friend who gave me the wood.

So which of the two is my favorite, distaff or datstaff? Neither and both. Dosz-staffs are both beloved.
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Distaff
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REPAIR

This is my final category to complete. Here on my farm, there's always repairs needing to be done. It's just a part of homestead farm life. Most repairs are simple. Others more complicated. We just completed one of the complicated ones ---- repairing the collapsed equipment open shed. It is essentially a roof held up by posts. Due to age and dry rot, plus nudged along by a storm.

We repaired this shed by removing the broken log pole upright roof supports, and replacing them with 4x4 dimensional lumber posts. Replacing 10 posts took two people 1 1/2 days labor, with much of the time spent jacking up the collapsed roof.

Repairs on a farm are a given. One needs to do them all the time. I rejoice if I can get through a month without needing to repair something or other.
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Repaired equipment shed.
 
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R Ranson, would you care to start another photo challenge? I, for one, really enjoyed the photos folks posted. Plus participating in the challenge was interesting. I'd like to try it again.
 
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