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Not just the WHY but the HOW

As the Administrator Alex put's it....

Suffice to say many of us believe that the need to live a more sustainable life is about to become a necessity (instead of a luxury).

So for all the readers that are working on living a quality life more sustainably a new forum is now on the web dedicated to working out the details of HOW to do it from those actually endeavouring to make changes in the way they live.

So if that sounds interesting to you please check it out. HERE

The setup is well organized and clear and I believe it is a community that will answer some of the specific issues with decoupling from the system at the same time as being supportive for people working on their own particular projects. If you grow your own food or raise chickens or home school or just want to understand how to go about those projects then I believe this online community might be for you.

Creative people living in the here and now and redreaming and reassessing what is important.

At the same time of course we are knee deep in several projects here at home.... we added more ducklings to the flock..... we are harvesting daily.... and of course with that comes the canning and the drying and the processing of the bounty. The weather has been mild and cloudy good gardening weather.... and we are also beginning to think about rehousing plans for winter for the poultry... it is high time we re-evaluated the way they are managed over winter.... and we believe we have a good plan,,,, Upstairs in the barn.... we are building them a new home... its amazing how much space there is up there,,, photos to follow,,, the boy's are very motivated.


From early morning until late at night it seems there is always an element of working with the produce going on..... picking, washing, cutting, canning, dehydrating. bagging, freezing.... then of course the clean up...... rinse and repeat.

This year the garden is producing heavily the weather has been kinda and there is no blight to contend with. More produce planted means more work going into preserving it.
One of the best resources i have come upon for supporting canning efforts is THIS

WHAT an amazingly useful sight for information and of course the best part for me is the photos that go with each of the recipes and methods and the step by step format. WONDERFUL discovery that supports and adds to the knowledge i have already gained from doing it for myself.

More photo's to follow.... sneaking in time when i can as the tomatoes are really producing strongly at the moment. Partly drying and canning are my preferred methods of storage with also some frozen cooked pulp as vegetable bases for winter stews.


 I made a small collection of my photographs to express my perception of the world and the way i look at things..... there is a purpose behind it.... it is about REDREAMING.... that is to take yourself into a position of starting anew each day.... almost recreating your self on a daily basis as a way to see anew and fresh the things around you and beside you and within you.

I hope you enjoy.

Some inspiration for the end of the Month

So this month i managed to keep the vegetable garden under control and it is now producing! More photo's to follow.... our chicks are hatched safely and we have increased our flock of ducklings with some more Muscovy ducklings. I started another painting... a LARGE painting called Redreaming Antipodes.... photo's to follow! It is turning out lovely. So we are flat out harvesting, drying, canning, storing wood and generally living a rich life. I found a FANTASTIC new book for homeschooling that is just stupendously useful called How to Home school For Free. The beauty of this resource is the data that is up to date regarding web sources for QUALITY internet experiences for learners. (adult or child).

So enjoy the images below and be inspired going into August!