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Natasha Abrahams

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since Jun 22, 2018
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Bettet to face the fears head on than to live in denial. Another new skill I am learning is to see possibilities where I used to be blinded by privilege.  You are going to be ok - and more fortunate than most
5 days ago
Rene please draw the conclusion of your own observations. Climate change means the system is collapsing. Everybody I know is struggling, including the salaried supposedly safe and secure options. A trader cannit be richer than her market, so one of the new lifeskills I am learning is how to do more with less. How is reality going to affect your plans?
Adaptability is the heart of permaculture. Indeed Nathanael is right, the most important thing you have to teach may be how to survive under adverse conditions. Not how to carry out the original plan as if climate change was not there. I too would focus on food first, and decent shelter. Everything else is optional.  Except also medicinal plants - one of the obvious consequences of global warming that we seldom think of is how viruses and bacteria can multiply faster because of warmer moister conditions. Sounds to me like you should still be convalescing. Rest and meditation will do much towards a calmer state of mind so you can cope better.  Find the resources within you that you are looking for out there.
5 days ago
Dear Rufaro you are, as ever, an inspiration!
1 month ago
Thank you people! We are having the same problem here with massive floods in the east. It is easy to feel overwhelmed.  You give me hope
2 months ago
Dear Rufaro, how are you? It is good of you to check in! Your harvest looks delightful! Well done!!!
I hesitate to alarm you, but it is only fair to tell you that there are rumours down here that the amount of water in Mozambique is so high the secondary rivers are flowing back into the Cahora Bassa Dam. They are going to have to open the sluices of the dam sooner or later, it is only a matter of time. And choosing whether a slow inundation is better than another flood.
I have no way of checking if the rumour is true, nor do I know where you are in relation to the dam, but wanted to warn you in case you need to do anything to prepare for flood and to warn your neighbours. At least beware when you cross dry rivers so no lives are lost.

Your thread should be renamed "too much, too little water" :)

With your sandy patch I see nothing that more humus cannot improve. Making it the focus of your compost building efforts should make it the ideal mealie field, especially if it is at the bottom of your slope where you can slow down the flow of water off the field, always with an easily removable midpoint in case of flood. This site has many discussions of the pro's and cons of hugelkultur swales, I have never had the opportunity to try it on my dry land, sunken hugels are the only thing that works for me. Still, I suggest you look into whether it might be a possibility for your land.

Praying for you!

3 months ago
If your neighbours have similar problems perhaps you could club together and have the river dredged? It sounds to me like it could well be topsoil runoff from higher up that is causing your problem so hauling up the rich silt from the riverbed and using it to raise the level of your land could prove a win/win.
Also I would be curious to hear what your waterside plantings look like. Willows are indeed great for situations like these and as you do some research there are probably other trees that would grow practically in the water if given a chance. Because while a sudden flood is dangerous it seems to me your deeper problem is damp ground which is never healthy for humans. Eucalyptus is a terrible invader here in our dry country but I have heard that parts of Australia would be uninhabitable without it.
3 months ago
Dear Rufaro, it is so good to hear that you and mom are doing well! No rain from Cyclone Idai? Even so far south I hear such distressing news from the cyclone, and am only happy to hear that you and yours are OK. What a tragedy, just as you are recovering from the recent troubles too.

Like you I am learning to be thankful  for small mercies.  The way everyone is pulling together and trying to send help warms my heart. I remember how parts of Puerto Rico have not had electricity for eight months and then I see how from government to civil society people are contributing to make sure that no one waits for help in vain. In action we are showing that we are one species, one ecosystem.

Your  beautiful seedlings give me hope too. Such triumph over adversity! Warm hugs.
3 months ago
Scythe sounds great. I am planning to get a couple of sheep to cut back on my workload- they will cut, compost and distribute in the wilder areas if I ask them very nicely :)
3 months ago
Dear Rufaro, I am so sorry the rains are ended. But indeed it would have been much, much worse if you had not done all those preparations years ago. And you will find it gets easier as time goes on, as your soil gets full of humus and your trees get big. My first ten years were the hardest and although it never gets easy the garden is standing up to the challenges of the changing climate.

You should think about making large batches of that incredible lotion and selling it. That is how I make a cash income for myself, by selling soap and beauty products. You might think it is simple to make but it is surprising how happy women are to pay somebody else to do the work :)
3 months ago