Anita Martini

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This might be the or one of the underlying problems (but honestly I don't think the difference in the acorns is that big). Same can happen with correct pronunciation and the unability to reproduce sounds correctly in a foreign language.

Regarding penmanship in general, I am currently (re-)learning German shorthand. I learned it 30 years ago during my studies as an interpreter. Now I want to take it up again as I am doing genealogy studies and trying to decipher the notes of my late great aunt (in shorthand).
But apart from the usefulness I find it suprisingly satisfying. To me the strokes, lines and curves are very aesthetical. I have always felt the aesthetical side of the printed word, e.g. in the format and print form of a poem, the length and letters of the single words. I find the same appeal in shorthand words. Some are just so beautiful that I am tempted to fill entire lines with them.
Which is a good reminder to get back to my studies...
1 week ago
Palm oil is a big topic here in Germany so I am a bit surprised that this doesn't seem to be the case in Canada.

As we hardly plant any soy here it gets used in a lot of products. But I am sure it is not so much different in North America. Some of the things that contain palm oil here: chocolate, cookies, other sweets, breakfast cereals, Nutella spreads, puff pastry, shampoo, body lotions, soaps (yep, also soap bars).

I avoid almost all of these.
For cosmetics, I buy soap bars made from other vegetable oils (like olive oil), shampoo (for the girs mainly) I get one with no palm oil, Nutella spread is a bit difficult because even the organic ones do contain palm oil, although "sustainably sourced" - but I prefer to have none whatsoever. There are only one or two brands that fit the bill.
Sweets and cookies: I only make my own with ingredients sourced locally, as far as possible.

There is also one brand of puff pastry made with only real butter and no palm oil.

So my advice: Cook and bake from scratch and keep an eye on cosmetics.
1 week ago
I would also ditch the bark chips.

Regarding process: Water the seeds overnight, then strain. With a spoon spread them out evenly onto the previously (!) watered and flattened soil.
According to Peter Burke's book, you could then cover the seeds with soaked and drained newspaper, folded to the required surface.
Dual purpose: You keep the soil/seeds constantly humid without the need to bother with them and at the same time you put some weight on them which results in stronger growth (i.e. thicker stems).
Only when the stems are fairly tall and pushed up the newspaper, you place them in the light. They will go from yellowish to green within a day or so.

I also have that seedbox with three stories. I like it for sprouting wheat. But for real greens, I prefer the soil method as you can actually "harvest" them without the roots. I acknowledge it is a bit less clean and easy though.
4 weeks ago

Hugo Morvan wrote:
Come on fellow europeans, pull your maps out with the permaculture communities, i'm dying to be proven wrong.

Sorry, can't prove you wrong...
Apart from the fact that Germany is not quite Mediterranean, the fact about over-regulation is true. There is a growing number of people interested in organic farming and self-sufficiency but the bureaucracy here is so big that it slows down almost every impulse. Besides, the stability, health-care etc. benefits come with the downside of very (very) expensive property prices. The acreage of the land owned by people and quoted here on this forum makes my heart bleed and eyes brim with envy!

France: Know too little.
Spain: Galicia is great weather-wise, but be aware that there is also the risk of wildfires. Same goes for Portugal. When my parents looked for a retirement place however they were dissuaded from Portugal by the surprisingly high prices compared to Southern Spain.
They are in Andalucia now (well, for many years already). They live on the outskirts of a small town on the Atlantic coast, among agriculture. The soil is fertile, there is (still) ground water, you can plant year round but the locals use lots of pesticides etc., you have very hot and dry summers and a nasty strong wind almost year round.

From other forums I know of some Germans who live a bit more solitary in the hills of Andalucia, trying to be as eco-friendly and self-sufficient as possible. But these are individuals/couples who cannot be called communities.

ETA: In fact, considering possible food and economical problems in the future I have been thinking about that place as well. My parents don't only have their house but an adjacent field that is being used by a farming neighbour. In their own yard they have olives, citrus, vines, persimmons, figs (all quite untended, my parents have neither the energy nor the knowledge or ambition). Not sure what it would take to "heal" the soil of that field that is farmed with chemicals. But the soil is really fertile and it is so good to have very fresh produce and perfectly mature fruits year round. Here in Southern Germany this is a great luxury.
4 weeks ago

Richard Gorny wrote:Good luck and please let us know how it goes!

If I could make 10$ a day it would be enough to make a living here, Gert style ;)

I have my pics sorted, filed, divided by places, topics and years they have been taken. Underwater photos separately, garden separately, etc. The only thing unsorted is related to camera evolution - the older the picture the smaller size obviously. I doubt a bulk upload makes sense, as your chance to sell any is as good as keywords you add to each picture. And that might be time consuming.

On the other hand, while posting here I could upload a pic or two, and then, who knows ....

Yours sounds like a good plan. And I envy you your sorted pics. That is really something that you have to do constantly if you don't want to have an overwhelming backlog of huge amounts of pics.
And I also think keywords are very important.
I researched the situation for Germany about two years ago, and made a note to myself that it is not really generating much income compared to the effort it takes, and if you want to stand out you have to have good (=costly) equipment and really get into taking good pictures (I am more the type of half-ambitious but sloppy hobby photographer).

Regarding copyright, if I remember correctly you don't lose your rights if you upload to flickr. Does anybody have the latest water-proof info on this? Otherwise I will not upload good pics to flickr anymore to be on the safe side.

Roy Hinkley wrote:I've had something of a change of heart recently.
I had an audiobook, How Not to Die.  I'm not going to preach here but it's convinced me to try and make vegan work.

He has a website - actual results from scientific studies ... before the results get sanitized for public consumption. This is truly the best "food as medicine" resource I've ever found.

I stumbled across Dr. Greger about two months ago. I started by reading Michael Pollan some years ago and then dug deeper into nutrition, also watching documentaries like Forks over Knives and similar. I think they are really convincing, with lots of testimonials. Then you come across other diets like low carb / paleo / keto etc. And they also have convincing testimonials.

So is there more than one truth?

Yes, I would say so.

There is no One Nutrition Fits All. There is also genetics and lifestyle.
For example, my grandparents and their siblings. Very long-living, around 100 years. They ate traditional German food, some meat, but not too much. Mostly local and regional veggies and fruit. Fermented food (sauerkraut, yoghurt, kombucha), sourdough bread, linseeds. They did not exclude anything. But they cooked every single meal from scratch. They had an active lifestyle, did most errands on foot, drank only water (and coffee and very little alcohol). They had no overweight, no allergies or chronic diseases (although one grandmother had Diabetes the last years of her life). In some members (maternal side) there were extreme levels of colesterol but it had no harmful influence on their cardiovascular system.

My husband's family from Argentina: Lots of meat and refined carbs (white bread, pasta, pastry). Cardiovascular diseases, cancer. I have never met his grandparents as they were already dead when I met my husband so I can't say anything about their lifestyle. My FIL died from cancer, my MIL is currently struggling with cancer. Did they just have bad luck with their genetics, or did their nutrition and lifestyle not match their genetics very well?

I think everybody has to find out which nutrition suits them. In the meantime, I stick to some rules that seem plausible to me:
Maintain an active lifestyle. Eat lots of regional and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Buy ethical meat only (and eggs from my own chickens). Buy raw milk. Consume fermented food regularly (kimchi, yoghurt, kefir). Include cruciferous vegetables and pulses in your diet. As little sugar as possible. Only drink water (we never buy any soda).

Apart from that, I am still trying to find out the best diet for me as I have some problems with bloating. I know I can't go totally whole-grain, I can't tolerate much from the cole family in one go and even have to have an eye on all garlic/onion/leeks etc, carrots, corn, bell peppers and much more. But luckily those are minor problems, I feel well and don't have any weight problems (never had).

1 month ago
Thanks for sharing! If you find the time, would you mind sharing the names as well? TIA!
2 months ago

Lee Gee wrote:What's a weed?

I know the plants y'all mention, but I don't see any weeds.  :)

They are all my friends, the plant beings.

"For the optimist every weed is a flower. For the pessimist, every flower a weed"

When I was a child, my favourite "flowers" were bindweed (pink) and hedge bindweed (white).
OK, I am not the big lover of those anymore but I still have a soft spot for beautiful, useful, often healing plants coming up in unlikely locations and taking care of themselves. Frankly there are so many, be it dandelion, malva moscata, oenothera...
2 months ago
Thanks for this opportunity, hope it will work this way.

ETA: Works like a charm!

Judith Browning wrote:

I wonder if a thread here just for folks to post their profile pics to copy from would help...not too redundant

Maybe that's why so few have loaded photos to their profile?

Excellent idea. I just tried linking to some pics I have on flickr but this doesn't seem to work. So a thread for uploading pics without deviating / spamming other existing threads would be fine. Thanks!