Jane Johnson

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Have done WWOOFing in early 70's
Discovered Henry Doubleday Soil Association
Organic methods of cultivation
Grew wide range of fruits and veg
Read up lots and admired others
Now have own garden again to tame
Mixed habitat (mature bamboo & trees)
also fruit trees and bushes, vines & shrubs
want to establish self-sustaining permaculture.
Soft rich soil, temperate/humid/mountain climate
Am also a writer artist poet and musician
House needs doing up to be lived in so
living in caravan in garden. Disabled so little
hard digging etc - soil is rich friable and crumbly (waterlogged at present) natural springs -
would like to re-establish veg garden
build a cob house and kiln for pottery
possibly use bamboo to create a platform dwelling.
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Blanche maPoule is a survivor, has outlived her three sisters, and loves gardening.  She carefully tends plants such as currant bushes, raspberry canes, flowers and deliberately planted growing things, but tears up weeds with relentless ferocity, down to bare soil.
She can't bear overgrowth or anything that might harbour unfriendly or predatory animals.

My daughter went into hospital, so Blanche went to stay at my neighbour's place, who now has three french hens (no turtle doves).
Once I got back home again, after a couple of weeks, I went to check on my chukkie friend. Now, dont get me wrong, we were the best of friends. I would only have to poke my beak out of the garage door, and wherever she was, she'd come running!

She loved wandering around the garden alongside me, companionably, scratching up seeds I'd just p!anted, or tearing into seedbeds I was preparing. We used to cluck to each orher and have pretty far out conversations.

So you can imagine the scenario... I turned up, after a couple of weeks absence, looking forward to seeing her. I'd missed her.  But I needn't have worried.  She'd made friends with one of Juliette's two little red hens. They were inspecting the grubs in the boundaries, along by the hedge.

I knew before, when she was at home, that Blanche was missing the girls back at ours. First the red was taken, then the black, and finally the grey had gone, leaving a pile of beautiful feathers.

So it was no surprise when she got chummy with the little red hen at my next but one neighbour's. She was a bit of a ringleader. But I didn't expect her reaction when i finally got back to check on her. I felt like a mum arriving to pick up my toddler from a playdate.

Blanche took one look at me and, abandoning her peaceful copine, took off running
- but in the opposite direction! She was even pretty perturbed that her friend wasn't at all fazed and carried on gardening, right next to me.

It was such a beady look, a deliberate 'Oh no I'm not!' moment of rebellion, I was shocked!
Mentioning it to my friend, her response was 'Well, what do you expect, Jane? She's a chicken, of course she's not going to remember you!  

Except that I had the disinct impression that she remembered me very well - we were best mates - but that she'd rediscovered chicken love, and wasn't about to go back to solitude and a human substitute!

She was actually ashamed of her previous chumminess, strutting in the houae, and her knee jerk rushing towards me, Pavlovian responses, whenever I appeared! Nope. Shed definitely decided the grass was greener with her new flock!

I tried a 'Baaak buk buk' and a 'Buk buuuk bukbuk?'  but she wasnt having any.
'You can Baaak buk off!' she thought, loudly.... And...
She let her feet reply.
1 year ago
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1 year ago

Leigh Tate wrote:My journey into baking without baking powder started with a simple question - what did cooks do before baking powder was invented? When I read the Little House on the Prairie series, I read that they used "saleratus," but what was that? I started to research historical recipes online, but discovered that most of them had been updated with modern ingredients and techniques. I finally found some answers in historical cookbooks, plus videos by historical reenactors.

Here are links to many of those wonderful resources, so that you can experiment too. All of the cookbooks are public domain, and are either online versions or PDF downloads.

The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Child

Mrs. Beeton's Cookery Book

Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management

The Practice of Cookery by Mrs. Dalgairns

Dr. Chace's Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician

The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia M. Child

MSU's online collection of 76 historical cookbooks

TWU's cookbook digital archive

Dr. Chace's Receipt Book and Household Physician

I have more on my other computer, which I'll try to add later today.



Definitely found tje Mrs Beetons household management and recipes useful to adapt wjen my kids were small.
These days i use yeast to make raised cakes, buns, brioches, puddings, breads with grains and nuts, seeds and dried fruit.  I preferto use honey over sugar as its bery healtjy in terms of antiviral anyiseptic and if selected can be organic. I avoid sugar for health reasons.
There are other ways of creating a 'fizz' using eg very bubbly yogurt or fermented jam, and for tjose wvo use eggs, making stiff dough or thick batterpancales will create a lifted bubbly texture.
Classic acid /alkali mix (vinegar pie/cake mix with fermented soya yogurt, carob, or cinnamon and spice mixwith raisins, honey cake with ginger, all can be raised with eg sourdough, using buckwheat or ryeflour, or spelt.
If anyone's interested, i could post some experimental recipes , but mostly I would 'make it up as i went along' with balancing acid alkali and mixing, particularly with rich fruit cakes for Christmas, Easter Simnel cake with marzipan, family celebrations, Christenings or birthdays.
2 years ago
Just for a bit of fun...
To user. First....
Last:
Find User
Subject
'I am the Alpha and the Omega'
(famous first/last words)
Or in 'contemporary' English 'I am the A to Z'
So, User 'First', 'Last',
Before anything else, Time was established

Time needed to happen for Space to happen IN.

Thereafter, once Consciousness had awoken,
Then and Now became the A and Z Timeline of the First Dimension (Line AZ)
From which, as soon as awareness of that happens (Almost simultaneously) the Point of Power or of Observation perceives AZ  (one, two) becoming B, Beta (three).
B or Beta is also aware of Then and Now in terms of perspective, (was, is and shall be, where Is is Intersection of Observation upon Timeline AZ)
Thus an infinitely extending cross is established with unending axes or arms A, Z, (Alpha, Omega) and B, T (Before, Then) with the point of Intersection, where they cross, being ION Intersection Observation Now

Which brings us nicely on to the first ION + o r
Positively Charged Particle

So,

Time + Space = Matter or Mater ial. World

Did i say Matter, Mater? Er, Mummy?
What does it matter?
(I, you, We) Begin (become aware) in Mater,
Mater is Matter (stuff, whirled, and sky, firmament)
Heaven and Earth
(Are Full Of Thy Glory)
Matter, Flesh is Birthed, breath-ed breathed... (Positive IONs)
And begins
Living (conscious)

Perm -a- Culture

Love from PeemaGreenGro  (Google it)
permagreengro@gmail.com
Jane, ceo

Adrien Lapointe wrote:

Miles Flansburg wrote:Adrien, so when I quote someone it will copy and paste their whole post in the composition  box, then i reply from there?



That's right. The whole post will be in between the quote code.

What if I only want to quote one sentence out of a paragraph? Do I just delete everything but that sentence or is there a way to just quote that sentence?



You can put anything between the quotes. So yes, you can delete the parts you don't want.

I see people quoting several different posters or several different sentences in one reply box. How is that done?



This is an example!

Santa Claus wrote:Ho ho ho



Below is the code for this post.

[code=css]

Miles Flansburg wrote:Adrien,

Not Miles, just an example, using Miles' post
Sorry,

Jane, ceo permagreengro, wrote :

,

Jane Johnson wrote:[Ha Haha Cosmic Laughter]



Just for a bit of fun...
To user. First....
Last:
Find User
Subject
'I am the Alpha and the Omega'
(famous first/last words)
Or in 'contemporary' English 'I am the A to Z'
So, User 'First', 'Last',
Before anything else, Time was established

Time needed to happen for Space to happen IN.

Thereafter, once Consciousness had awoken,
Then and Now became the A and Z Timeline of the First Dimension (Line AZ)
From which, as soon as awareness of that happens (Almost simultaneously) the Point of Power or of Observation perceives AZ  (one, two) so becoming B, Beta (three).
B or Beta is also aware of Then and Now in terms of perspective, (was, is and shall be, where IS is Intersection of Observation upon Timeline AZ)
(Hence ISIS )
Thus an infinitely extending cross is established with unending axes or arms A, Z, (Alpha, Omega) and B, T (Before, Then) with the point of Intersection, where they cross, being ION Intersection Observation Now

Which brings us nicely on to the first ION + o r
Positively Charged Particle

So,

Time + Space = Matter or Mater ial. World

Did i say Matter, Mater? Er, Mummy?
What does it matter?
(I, you, We) Begin (become aware) in Mater,
Mater is Matter (stuff, whirled, and sky, firmament)
Heaven and Earth
(Are Full Of Thy Glory)
Matter, Flesh is Birthed, breath-ed breathed... (Positive IONs)
And begins
Living (conscious)

Perm -a- Culture

Love from PermaGreenGro  (Google it)
permagreengro@gmail.com
Jane, ceo


This is a great idea, using bases as support for the fence g in between, as rocky soil would discourage burrowing, and cleared rocks from the soil could be placed at the base of the fencing, wire or whatever material. Growing sturdy thorn or similar against the fencing could provide useful deterrent, if it wasn't eaten, or quick growing woody shrubs to eventually harvest some for a small rocket stove, depending on rainfall and abundance of water. Haven't needed this for myself as my neighbours already put up side fencing, and my ground is soft. I tried using upended bamboo (inherited a huge clump of it, at least 100mΒ² - any ideas?) Some of which I used for fenceposts, but it still took off, so I don't recommend it.
2 years ago

Judith Browning wrote:Thanks Jacob,  My problem digging is my sixty two year old back...The potatoes are all grouped right at the main base of the plant so a potato fork works fine to lift them I just like the leverage of my broadfork so I am trying it again just to lift enough to loosen and then I am able to pull up the whole mass of roots at once...they are fist size and larger so no problem finding them.  The smaller ones that have formed along the vine in my path might  work well with your idea.  We usually shovel the path onto the raised bed in the fall so sifting for more potatoes could happen then. Now that the weather here has cooled I feel like I am catching up on a whole summers work.


Judith my 70 year old arthritis scolioses ostΓ©o porosis back is also a complication
Has anyone tried growing sweet potatoes in a raised strawbale bed? Or in general, creating raised mounds in a circuit ? For disabled gardening?


3 years ago
I found all of these infos fascinating, wondering if it's cool to send this to a friend off site, or provide them with a link to join the immediately be redirected here...
What do you think?
Looking for
Power solutions
Water solutions (running submersible pump to push water from a pond uphill to use for grey water purposes, washing, laundry etc)
Capturing rainwater for drinking, purifying same
Building rocket stove for use in a caravan
Building a simple living structure from locally sourced renewable materials - on a budget
Getting help for planting fast growing wood eg willow, hazel, etc for hedging, boundaries, coppicing for rocket stove firewood (twigs etc) and for useful utensils eh containers, mats, to mark seed rows, fire starter.
Batteries - what's the ethics?
What about embedded plastic bottles in the ceiling, with mild bleach in,  used as solar lamps?
Powering up a caravan or small earth bender or wofati
Solar showers
Compost loo
The lo consommation of this simple home energy solution is equivalent to 6 amp. I have that running at home, in a standard house, runs fridge microwave, led lights, phone charger and a TV/ video player. What's the next step for warm showers?
Thanks for all the info, great post