lesley verbrugge

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Back in France after six years living on a sail boat in SE Asia. Discovered Permaculture (on permies.com) when researching RMH in 2015 and appreciated the help and support I received in that forum. Thanks to this website husband and I are embracing permaculture and enjoying the way our attitudes are changing towards many things, and how we're reaping the nutritional rewards. I completed the OSU online intro to permaculture in 2015 which opened my eyes to so much. Successfully completed Geoff Lawtons online PDC in 2018. Have had a life-long interest in Herbal Medicines, crafts and community. Love this website!
48°N in Normandie, France. USDA 8-9 Koppen Cfb
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Recent posts by lesley verbrugge

I had a Czar runner bean that came up by itself near to where I had grown others, I presume it was a pod I missed. It came back for three years running, and each year had more beans than the last. It didn't appear last year but we did have some late cold weather and some early very dry. I leave all my bean roots in the ground and mulch them in the hope that some will re-appear. I'm going to direct sow beans from that plant this year to see if any have a natural inclination to reappear.
Could it be a tiny sliver of metal or something similar that was on the dishcloth? I've had something similar happen more than once - no blood just a red spot that got more and more achy and then painful and then went away - there was always a 'lump' there and when I had a go at it months later, a sliver of something popped out. I've popped out various metal and plant spikes over the years.

I have had two shocks though. Doing some wiring I felt a 'wobble' pass through me. On another occasion, I cut through a live wire and that gave me a belt.

I totally second thomas' reply whether you got a shock or not your stove is dangerous. The landlord by law must fix this. Easy to say, so I hope you have a good landlord.

Hopefully someone more qualified in electrics than me can advise you.

best of luck!
3 months ago
Can't believe I'm the first here, I thought I'd be scrolling through pages of wonderful creations to upload my evidence.

We built our rocket in 2015 and I've at long last gathered the evidence for this, my first BB! I've put the full build (as well as the changes we made in 2019) into an 8 minute video. If this is not acceptable I can post the separate pictures as you wish.


3 months ago
Hi Marco,

In the end, we used potters stoneware clay (I have loads) let down with water. It did the job and if we ever need to take her apart it will be easy. Taking apart the first design where we'd used refractory mortar showed how hard it is to get the bricks apart without damage. There are probably different types of refractory mortar, we definitely used the wrong one LOL.

Lesley
3 months ago

Heidi Schmidt wrote:

lesley verbrugge wrote:

I hiked up a narrow trail to reach a high
school. Imagine! Teenagers learning permaculture principles, and I was their
lunch lady.  At first I served food from a box
but then they started clamoring for stinging nettle soup and
I had to warn them that the nettles don't go
anywhere tender, unless they've been cooked first. Their first assignment
was making nettle pie for principal Wheaton, but prankster Johnny
chanted "wheaton, sweet'n" and dumped a bunch of sugar in
a nearby wasps nest. Well, you can imagine the sheer
negligee the lunch lady was wearing, which made the wasps
giggle and titter, then go into swarming mode. They surrounded
the music teacher, huddled, then broke out into a rousing
, if a little buzzy and not well enunciated, round of
frisbee golf. They all could fly so they all won
the game. The students and scantily-clad lunch lady secretly
planned a surprise party for principal Wheaton with lots of



pie. Wheaton's love for pie was a mathematical constant, an


incredible 3.14--that's 3.14 pies per week--constantly. Never before


in the life of pie, was so much sliced by
8 months ago

I hiked up a narrow trail to reach a high
school. Imagine! Teenagers learning permaculture principles, and I was their
lunch lady.  At first I served food from a box
but then they started clamoring for stinging nettle soup and
I had to warn them that the nettles don't go
anywhere tender, unless they've been cooked first. Their first assignment
was making nettle pie for principal Wheaton, but prankster Johnny
chanted "wheaton, sweet'n" and dumped a bunch of sugar in
a nearby wasps nest. Well, you can imagine the sheer
negligee the lunch lady was wearing, which made the wasps
giggle and titter, then go into swarming mode. They surrounded
the music teacher, huddled, then broke out into a rousing
, if a little buzzy and not well enunciated, round of
frisbee golf. They all could fly so they all won
the game. The students and scantily-clad lunch lady secretly
planned a surprise party for principal Wheaton with lots of



pie. Wheaton's love for pie was a mathematical constant, an
8 months ago

I hiked up a narrow trail to reach a high
school. Imagine! Teenagers learning permaculture principles, and I was their
lunch lady.  At first I served food from a box
but then they started clamoring for stinging nettle soup and
I had to warn them that the nettles don't go
anywhere tender, unless they've been cooked first. Their first assignment
was making nettle pie for principal Wheaton, but prankster Johnny
chanted "wheaton, sweet'n" and dumped a bunch of sugar in



a nearby wasps nest. Well, you can imagine the sheer…
8 months ago