Rabi'a Elizabeth Brown

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Aspiring permie! For now I am here to learn and I hope to be able to give back someday.
I'm a word nerd: writer, editor, translator. I left a fulltime tech job in May 2019 to wander around South America for about a year. I moved to Spain in January 2022 and plan to be here for quite a while Insha Allah.
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As it happens ... I watched the video and the unit is a nice small one. It's not exactly lightweight for scrawny old ladies like me, but it is compact enough to carry without too much fuss.

So I'll be able to take it outside to charge, then back inside which is where it will "live." I'll think of it as my sustainability kettlebell!
8 hours ago
I just bought this Ecoflow Delta 2 power station (https://us.ecoflow.com/collections/delta-series/products/delta-2-portable-power-station) and a 200 watt panel.

I live in a rented apartment with a terrace, and I'd rather keep the EcoFlow outdoors if I can, to save on indoor space. Plus, having to keep the terrace door slightly open for the cable to the EcoFlow is possible, but kind of ugly.

I should mention that I live in southern Spain, where sun is plentiful and summers are scorching hot. Rain is scarce, but rainstorms that shower desert sand on buildings are not uncommon. So anything that isn't just a simple piece of metal or plastic really does need protection from the elements.

I know some folks travel around with their lithium ion batteries in a cabinet on the backs of their tiny homes. Wondering if something similar might be adequate for a power station.

Has anyone housed their solar power stations or batteries outside? If so, how did you do it?

1 day ago

It's unclear to me

1) whether this site uses Markdown, BBCode, or something proprietary
2) where you would even find that information on the forums

Can someone guide me? Thanks.

Heather Staas wrote:the bright color of the vegetation growing on it, compared to the surrounding that can be seen,  is of interest.

Good point. Any hypotheses?

I think in any event it's best for me to assume that There Will Be Erosion And Runoff.

Looking for mitigation strategies, although here in Spain I'll need to get signoff from a technical architect anyway if I want to build on the property, and that person should be able to suggest some methods.
3 weeks ago
Hi all!

Haven't visited these forums in a while. I've found a little town in the province of Granada that suits me very well, and recently my thoughts turned (again) to building on a parcel.

Well, there's a little, inexpensive parcel right down the street from me. Sun exposure and view are ideal. Most of the space available is vertical, as you'll see in the attached pictures.

There is a huge, mysterious pile, seemingly of dirt, that occupies the middle of the lot. No worries if it is in fact dirt: it can be Bobcatted out of there. I will make sure that it IS dirt, and not rock, before I put any money down.

But... how did the dirt get there in the first place? Given what I see above the lot, I think it's due to rainwater runoff.

I do NOT plan to build a full-on multistory building: just a little casa de apero on the ground level and perhaps a platform for a yurt "living room" and a tent, at the height of the average story.

Oh, and I should also mention that this is a seismic zone. In my year here, I have yet to feel any tremors, but the designation is there for a reason.

How do I mitigate the subsidence risk?  I saw a suggestion for vetiver planting on the exposed hillside in this post, and that's a possibility depending on the upper bound of the lot on that hill.
3 weeks ago
I'm in southern Spain and we don't see many US-style pumpkins here, but several varieties of squash are grown, including butternut.

I made these lovely cookies with butternut squash yesterday.


Couple of tips:

  • If you immersion blend the cooked and peeled squash before it goes into the dough, it will be the perfect consistency.
  • You can decrease the sugar by about a third - in fact I'd recommend it.
  • Also: add at least a teaspoon of salt to the dry ingredients . (Why are baking recipes today so afraid of salt???) That way the other flavors come through more.

  • The finished product! I wouldn't top the unbaked cookies with almonds again, since they got a little bitter. But they did pass a stringent taste test:  I visited a family with a 2-year-old last night and I brought a few cookies over ... and the 2-year-old ate nearly all of them!

    3 months ago

    Carla Burke wrote: I'm very curious to know what these holidays look like, from your kitchens, around the world, and very curious about the southern hemisphere differences. What is Christmas & New Year holiday cooking like, down under? What hot weather holidays do you celebrate, and how do those celebrations look, from your kitchens?

    I live in southern Spain now and I'll be happy to report, a little bit at least - although most of the people are like me Muslim and we don't celebrate Christmas! That being said I'll be going to a few holiday concerts in the area and will  share on that topic God willing. And I might be able to wangle a cathedral visit since I live in Granada, God willing.
    3 months ago
    I have tons of sun and a hardy tile terrace here in southern Spain, so I would really love to give this ago.

    Konstantinos, the tempered glass: is it custom cut? If so how did you figure out dimensions?
    6 months ago
    Hi all! I'm making my first sauerkraut today.

    As a guide, I'm using the book "Fermented Vegetables" by Kristen and Christopher Shockey.

  • I think the quantity of brine is OK.
  • I'm using a glass jar since the kraut itself is low volume. The authors recommend using a cabbage leaf as a first follower and ... positioning the leaf was quite the task since the volume isn't sufficient to bring the leaf under the jar's shoulders. The brine is creeping over the leaf already.
  • I don't like the second follower setup at all, and am going to look for some river pebbles shortly to put into a Ziploc.

  • Other than that, anything look amiss?
    9 months ago
    I'm using a composting tumbler.

    I add 2:1 brown to green material every couple days, add a bit of water, and give the tumbler several turns.

    It's taking forever for the cardboard I use for brown material to decompose.

    However, the whole thing seems to heat up nicely, and it smells great: not like rot, but earthy and healthy.

    There are lumps of what looks like cured compost in there. Can I go ahead and use those?

    Getting impatient!
    1 year ago