Krystelle Ellaby

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System World Tour
Loads of dates all over North America, Uk and Europe......


May 05 Everyone's Favourite Secret Venue Kaimuki, HI

May 06 Kailua Artisan Craft Fair Kailua, HI

May 07 International Permaculture Day @ Ai Love Nalo Waimanalo, HI

May 13 Green Festival Washington, DC

May 21 Shambala Bakery & Bistro Mount Vernon, WA

Jun 01 GrowHaus Denver, CO

Jun 02 Pennsylvania Permaculture Convergence Tamaqua, PA

Jun 09 Green Festival New York, NY

Jun 18 3 Wishes Faery Festival Torpoint, United Kingdom

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival Pilton, United Kingdom

Jun 26 The Bell Inn (with Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan) Bath, United Kingdom

Jun 27 Tinkers Bubble (with Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan) Somerset, United Kingdom

Jun 30 Magic Garden (with Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan) London, United Kingdom

Jul 01 Foxy's Place (with Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan) Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jul 08 Seed Festival w/ Rising Appalachia Stroud, United Kingdom

Jul 14 The Hopyard (with Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan) Forest Row, United Kingdom

Jul 15 Free Harmony Festival Bristol, United Kingdom

Jul 16 Compost Festival! Mgarr, Malta

Jul 20 Nordic Permaculture Festival Reykjavik, Iceland

Jul 23 Secret Garden Party Northampton, United Kingdom
3 years ago
Glad you had fun with it.

Yeah, steering is an issue with google, you've got to keep pressing on the N on the compass in the top right, to keep everything "right way up".

Dfb is extremely outside my sphere of reference, lol. Like you said there is nothing really on the southern hemisphere at 51 degrees.

3 years ago
myTracks - The GPS - Logger, Dirk Stichling (free:iphone)

I've only had this for a couple of days.
It seems to be fairly accurate, and Ive used it in a place that has no wifi, or phone reception...

*You could probably map your maple trees, by recording while walking along and when you find a tree you want to mark, walk around it a few times.
Each tree would show up as a blobby blue circle in Google earth, you could drop pins to mark and label them.

(I haven't done this yet)
Use an a-frame, or other method to mark out a contour.
Start at your first marker, start recording, walk along contour to next marker and so on, stop the recording at the last marker.

Sections and elevations
walking in as straight a line as possible record your track
The app gives you a fair idea of the distance of the slope you walked up/down
The app tells you the highest point and lowest point, so you have the rise and run if you feel like doing some math...

Share/export/email your "track" as a .kml file (this requires a AUD$4.50 upgrade, about USD$2)
Open the .kml file in Google Earth. It becomes a "Path", in the "places" toolbox, left side of screen.

Take a screenshot, which can then be shared/downloaded/exported/printed
You can open multiple .kml files at a time, so you could have a contour map, good enough for illustration purposes at least.

The accuracy is the same as Google Earth paths.
Google earth said max elevation was 96m, my tracks said 92m.
Google earth said min elevation was 88m, my tracks said 82m.
Google earth said my drive way was 144m, my tracks said 150m.
Discrepancies are because the two paths didn't start and finish in exactly the same spot and the google earth path is by default less detailed.

I only walked down my driveway to test it. I think i swung my arms around a bit...
Heres some screen shots.
3 years ago
A Climate analogue is another location that has a climate similar to your project.

Climate Analogues are useful to Permaculture designers in many ways.

1. Discover the vernacular architecture of a place that will translate to your location.
Vernacular architecture is climate sensitive, low environmental impact and made from renewable resources. You will get hints for low tech, passive heating and cooling features, you can apply to your project.

2. Find plants that will thrive in your climate.
Online plant information will usually state a USDA hardiness zone. If you aren't in the US this is useless to you. Unless you know your US climate analogue, that is.
I know my zone is 10, because I know my climate is similar to Southern Florida.
You can also use species lists from other places. If a website states that the plant grows well in South Africa, Brazil, Taiwan, or Southern Japan, I can probably grow it at my place.

3. Communicate your climate quickly to people who have never visited your location.
I can tell an American that my climate is similar to Florida, but with less rain and they will probably have an understanding of what that means.

4. Understand the climate of a place quickly without having visited.
There is no substitute for first person observation and local knowledge. However, if you want to get an insight into the climate of a place you have never visited, you can look for the climate analogues.
I've never visited Las Vegas, but I have been to inland South Australia, so I can appreciate the environmental folly of a large city located in an area with that climate and rainfall.

5. Choosing Animals and designing animal housing.
When choosing an animal it can help to take it's native bioregion into account.
You can choose a species ideally suited to your climate, (chickens and goats are great choices for me), or design their housing with their original climate in mind.

I'm sure there are many more uses for climate analogues, if you think of any let me know.

How to find Climate Analogues.
Note:Google Earth will come in very handy for this, but any globe, or world map will suffice.

-Find your latitude.
Just find the wikipedia entry for your city and the coordinates will be in the right hand side-bar.
You can also search for your address in Google Earth. Hover the mouse over the location and you can see the latitude, longitude and elevation, in the bottom right corner. (You'll need to take note of the elevation as well.)

-Which side of the continent is your location? East coast or West coast?

-How far inland is the location?

-What is the altitude, or elevation?
Geoff Lawton has said that for each 100m rise in altitude, you move (climate-wise) 1 degree closer to the pole. I believe this pans out, generally its cooler in the uplands.

-What is the Köppen climate classification of your site?
I discussed an easy way to find out over here

-What other factors affect the climate? Large bodies of water? Mountain ranges?

To find Climate analogues, we look for places that are on the same latitude, both north and south of the equator, that also match all the other factors.

Here's an example:

Location: Brisbane, QLD Australia.

-Latitude 27.5 degrees South
-East coast
-Close to coast
-Altitude lower than 100m above sea level. Mostly lower than 50m above sea level.
-Koppen: Cfa
-Other: Hills to west, (less than 400m), situated along a river and estuary.

Now we know all this, I pinpoint Brisbane on a globe, or in Google Earth. I spin the globe and run my finger, (or mouse) between 27 and 28 degrees south, heading west.
I'm looking for the next continent, which is Africa, my finger hits the East coast of Africa. I only need to look at the coast, because Brisbane is a coastal city.
There aren't any towns exactly where my finger hits the coast, but Maputo is to the north, and Durban is to the south.
I keep travelling along S27.5, I hit Brazil, and quite close to my finger is a city called Florianopolis. It is on an island off the coast and it reminds me of Stradbroke island, or Fraser Island, the shape is incredibly similar. The ocean currents off the coast of Queensland and Brazil, must be similar.

I now turn my attention to the northern hemisphere. I follow 27.5 degrees north this time, focusing on where it crosses the East coast.
On mainland China there's a city called Cagnan. It's a little bit further inland than Brisbane, but not so much that i think it will affect the climate.

Further west, I hit Florida, and I find a lot of cities around 27.5 degrees. I pick Port St Lucie, as it has a bit of a river. I think the fact that Florida is on a peninsular might affect the weather, I think it would be wetter. I check the Koppen classification and Port St Lucie is just inside the Cfa border.
At Texas, just north of where my finger lands, is Corpus Christi. It even has a river running through it, and some islands. It's got high mountains to the west, which would make it cooler than Brisbane, though.
I can stop my travels now, after America is the Pacific ocean and I'm back in China, where I started.

I think my best choices for Brisbane Climate Analogues are Corpus Christi, Port St Lucie and Florianopolis. They tick most of the boxes.

Now I know, my climate is close to, but not exactly like, Florida, East Coast Texas, East Coast South Africa and Mid-Coast Brazil.

I can now use this information, to help me make appropriate design choices.
3 years ago
Here's a tip for Permaculture Designers and PDC Students:

Climate is one of the first things you will analyse when you are beginning a Permaculture design project.
You can add a climate classification layer to Google Earth, and find out the climate of any location in the world. It's a huge time saver.

The Köppen-Geiger climate classification system is much like hardiness zones, except they are standardised and they apply globally. This system is useful, because it takes into account rainfall, as well as temperature.

Here's the wikipedia entry about the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system

The climate classification information and a link to download the Google Earth layer is available here:
The map is free and is for non-commercial use only.

-Download Google Earth if you haven't already.
-Now download the .kml file of the "detailed info version", then open it with Google Earth.
-To do this on a Mac, right click on the highlighted text, then click "download linked file".
-The file will be called "World_Koppen_Gerrit_Hendriksen.kml".
-Find it in your downloads folder, right click on the file, then click "open".
-Google Earth will launch, and in the "Places" toolbox, (on the left of your screen), you will have a new layer called "World Koppen" in the "Temporary Places" folder.
-If you right click the layer, you can save the layer to the "My Places" folder.

You can now zoom in to any location and find the climate, this is also a really great way to find climate analogues of your site, (places with similar climate).
The layer can easily be toggled on and off.

NB: You need to reference the map correctly in your assessment, ask your instructor how they would prefer you to do this.
Here is the complete reference: Peel MC, Finlayson BL & McMahon TA (2007), Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1633-1644.
3 years ago
I've never heard of spoon theory. I love it. It sounds similar to Covey's "Love bank account". If you keep making withdrawals, you end up in overdraft.

I don't have any chronic illness, I just have a low tolerance for noise and excitement. I've always struggled to explain to people that i can only do one "big thing" per day. My big things aren't what other people might consider a big deal, but i find them emotionally and physically taxing. One trip to the shops, a few hours cleaning, a few hours pushing wheelbarrows. If I do a "really big thing", like spend all day at a market/festival walking around, stay out late, have a family function at my house, or even just a day at work, I need a day to recover. End of semester exams take a lot out of me, and sometimes I'm not ready by the time the new semester rolls up. I'm lucky I have a job that is mostly every second day, but it means I try to rest on my days off, because i know i have work the next day. If I don't replenish enough, I drag myself to work, usually end up arriving late and spend the whole day in a bad mood. If one thing goes wrong, I'm suddenly in spoon overdraft and challenges can seem insurmountable.

If I look at life as "spoons" maybe I can force myself to do some more "little" enjoyable things and see if I can build up a spoon surplus. You can't give out spoons/love/energy if you don't have any to start with.

Some people like the things that sap me of spoons, which I am only just starting to understand. When I think people are being unreasonable in their expectations of me, they honestly can't see the activity they want me to do as taxing, because they find it replenishing. They just earn and spend their spoons differently to me. A loud night out with friends is energising for some people. A bit of drama at work is a refreshing change from the norm. A day in the city, with busy crowds and rushing traffic, is a rush. And vice versa, a day sitting on a verandah, reading a book in the sunshine, no matter how nice the view, or pretty the birds sound, is stultifying for some personalities.
5 years ago
i like the cards, i bought 1 pack and it is beautiful. i was considering 24 packs, (is that 2 bricks?)
12 would be resold, 12 would be for clients/gifts.
shipping is the issue for me as well.
Personally, that "damage" doesn't seem much like damage at all. Man you would panic if you saw my garden.
They really look pretty healthy. Unless you want to get on the martha stewart show or something a few blemishes won't matter.
It's definitely not enough to affect the production. Just leave it and see if it sorts itself out.
Would you be willing to try some mulch? Lucerne chaff or sugarcane? just don't let it touch around the trunk, or the plant might suffer. bare soil is just an invitation for nature to fill it up for you, especially if you are doing all those great amendments mentioned before. It'll also help with moisture retention since you're in summer, (it's 'winter' here). the mulch will also provide habitat for good bugs, lizards and frogs who want to eat the bugs eating your leaves.
thanks for the posts, photos, and photos of posts.
hope you are having fun.
5 years ago
I didn't know that parts of the plant were hallucinogenic. I had a little giggle, because I was wondering how someone who was high would react to the sentient looking movements.
At work when we sell medicinal plants there are so many legal BS things, that we tend to shy away from selling known hallucinogens. We used to sell coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), but it got removed off the shelf by higher ups. Same with blue lotus, dagnabbit. I'll consider not telling my manager this new information.
Shamans are people too, we shouldn't discriminate, they have a right to buy quality organic plants ) I'm sure that's an under-catered for market.
5 years ago