Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food

This morning, I had a muscle spasm in my back, which was not only excruciatingly painful but caused me to collapse. So, that put paid to any major gardening activities, though it didn’t stop me sneaking out once or twice to pull up some weeds.

Fortunately, I have yet another MOOC to distract me. It’s with the same people at the GROW Observatory and this time is looking into polycultures vs. monocultures.

I am also pleased to report that the sweetcorn is starting to germinate, so feeling inspired I might just sneak into the shed for a bit more sowing.

And WordPress has just told me it is my 6th anniversary of blogging on the platform.

Have a good week – hopefully without any muscle spasms, as they are definitely not the best start to the day!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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24 Responses to Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food

  1. I hope you recover soon. All this sneaking outside to weed is a sign of a true gardening soul!

  2. Very sorry about your back. It must be excruciating, indeed

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    Oh, Helen! How painful that must be! I hope you are feeling a little better now. I have pulled a muscle in my thigh and am hobbling about a bit too!

  4. Congrats on the six years! Hope that back is better …

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  6. Helen, happy anniversary! I think I may have been following you all this time, too.

    How is your back doing? I’ve had neck and back flare ups over the years. They are the worst! I hope you’re feeling better.

    • Helen says:

      My back’s feeling a lot better now, Alys. I’m trying to look after it from now on!

      I hope you don’t have any more flare-ups.

      Anyway, I think you are one of the first people, whose blog I read and followed. Most of the people who I read at that time seem to have stopped blogging or perhaps blog somewhere else now.

      • Thank you, Helen. Like you, there are a number of bloggers I once followed that no longer blog. I’ve really missed some of them and find myself wondering what happened when people stop without notice. I followed a few bloggers who announced that they would be stopping and sadly, one blogger who died. Her husband kindly put up a post for all of her followers.

        It’s great to be connecting with you for so many years. My blog feels like such a part of me now, that I can’t imagine giving it up. How about you?

        • Helen says:

          I remember the post when the blogger you mention died. That is sad but at least there was closure.

          I think people perhaps just get bored. And one blogger I was following did announce that he was moving over to tweets as he no longer had the time to write full posts. I’m not a fan of Twitter, though, so haven’t kept up.

          Anyway, I would certainly miss blogging now. We’re an interesting international community – and by and large, posts have meaningful news, unlike Facebook (I deleted my account on that platform).

          I’ve just worked out that we’ve been connected longer than half the people I work with! They probably don’t know as much about me either 😉

          • Helen, I know a lot of people are fed up with Facebook, but I’ve connected with so many far flung friends, especially from my theater days, that I think I would feel lost without them. I have strict privacy controls and I’m careful what I share. Like you though, I find the deep connections made through blogging far more satisfying.

            We are an interesting international community, and that is what I would miss the most if I stopped blogging. I do get bored from time to time (with my own blog, not blogs in general), but I just look at that as a sign to shake things up a bit.

            As to your last paragraph, I feel like your secret pen pal. That makes me smile. 🙂

          • Helen says:

            ‘Pen pal’ is a good description!

            Re Facebook, everyone has different needs and I can see the benefit, depending on personality as well. I had felt it was a useful platform for staying in contact with people from the past – except most weren’t really in contact. So, I doubt they will be upset at my pulling the plug.

          • I’ve noticed that a lot of people “lurk” on Facebook. I would run into a neighbor who never posted or commented, yet they new all my news. Oddly, I found that disquieting. I like the conversation, the give and take if you will. I’m sure you’ll be missed more than you know, but it can be a huge time sink so you’re undoubtedly better off.

          • Helen says:

            Definitely better off 😊. And certainly, it is disquieting when people read but don’t comment (on Facebook).

          • It almost feels voyeuristic, although it’s not like I post anything that personal. I’ve “de-friended” quite a few folks over the years (what a terrible term). I’m better for it though.

          • Helen says:

            Yes, important to know when to draw the line!

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