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A warm glow

In 2016, on the Permaculture Design Course, I was told that a wood burning stove was the most environmentally friendly way of heating a house. I therefore set about investigating and discovered: My house was too small for even the … Continue reading

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Fields

I decided to take the train to work yesterday and therefore had a pleasant twenty minute walk along the bridleway which runs the length of the estate where I live. As I entered the lane, I noticed a rather curious … Continue reading

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The propagator

Today was the final one of the Permaculture Design Course, where we got to present our group designs of an allotment plot. It was a slightly surreal experience, particularly in view of the fact that I only met this year’s … Continue reading

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PDC Revisited

In January 2016, I started a PDC. My original thought was that I might use it as a stepping stone to a new career. But something extraordinary happened which has nothing to do with permaculture. I remembered how much I … Continue reading

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I’m not the only one who loves chives

Today, I should have been on the PDC course but I’ve decided to relinquish my place – at least for the rest of this year. So, instead I’ve been out in the garden and in the kitchen. Currently, a large … Continue reading

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Blistering!

Xscape at Castleford was baking already at 10 am this morning. A children’s birthday party kept me from the PDC until lunchtime but I did enjoy sitting in a cafe reading Patrick Whitefield’s The Earthcare Manual – A permaculture handbook for … Continue reading

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Out and about in Leeds

We had glorious weather today, perfect for looking at different ‘alternative’ gardens in Leeds on the ninth day of the PDC. The highlights for me, whilst out and about, were seeing a quince tree which had been repurposed into a … Continue reading

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All I wanted was a Christmas tree

   Today on day 8 of the PDC we were at LILAC (low impact living, affordable, community). It was great to have a change of venue and learn (more) about how to improve the carbon footprint of housing. Notwithstanding, the … Continue reading

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Toasting the Easter bunny

Today was officially PDC day 7 and today we were (mostly) out in the woods near Wetherby in West Yorkshire. Ostensibly we were there to look at a coppiced wood, which we certainly did.     However, most of our time … Continue reading

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PDC day 6

Yesterday, I spent a good bit of time outdoors with my daughter and the son of another family who are doing the course. It was a beautiful day and we saw some wonderful things   including frogs and frog spawn. … Continue reading

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