13 skills – Little Tassie Prepper

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin

I have finally finished my work on the Studio… well, apart from putting up tiles around the kitchen wet area. I paid for, and took delivery of, the tiles from Beaumont Tiles.  I don’t really like the place, yet Kitty found the tiles that she liked, for the price that worked… so we had to Read more about “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin[…]

“The more we do, the more we can do.” – William Hazlitt

I have been working on the collection of seeds from my plants.  With the growth of the plants nearing their end, or at least  before they go dormant for winter, many of my plants are putting out their seeds, ready to propagate themselves.  Rather than allow this to be left to chance, I am spending Read more about “The more we do, the more we can do.” – William Hazlitt[…]

“My advice is don’t keep asking yourself if you can do something. Just get out there and do it. You can really surprise yourself.” – Roz Savage

One of Kitty’s friends recently gave me a gift from her Husband.  This was very unexpected, and welcome.  Apparently he has a very keen interest in Permaculture, so I am looking forward to meeting him and learning a thing or three.  I too have an interest in the subject and I am little more than Read more about “My advice is don’t keep asking yourself if you can do something. Just get out there and do it. You can really surprise yourself.” – Roz Savage[…]

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.” – D. H. Lawrence

My attempt at growing mushrooms has shown some great results.  As I have mentioned, in post on Christmas Eve last year, I was going to attempt to grow two different types of mushrooms which I bought from a local market… mushrooms that had been harvested from the wild.  I mentioned that I was going to Read more about “The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.” – D. H. Lawrence[…]

“His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.” – Lewis Carroll

My Mushroom growing has been making some great progress.  While I have still to harvest any from the wild mushrooms I cultivated, I am very happy with the mycelium growth in the straw.  It should only be a matter of time before I harvest the first of many delicious mushrooms.  I plan to take as Read more about “His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.” – Lewis Carroll[…]

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” – Steven Wright

We took some of our new rods down to the local shoreline, for a fun afternoon and also to attempt to work on my 13 skills.  We decided to walk down there, thinking that we would find a place to fish from at the local harbor.  We have seen Jetties down there that, from the Read more about “There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” – Steven Wright[…]

“No one is more miserable than the person who wills everything and can do nothing.” – Claudius

I have finally found enough courage to go through my 13 skills for last year, looking at those which I have completed and those which I failed to meet.  It seems that each year that I have done this challenge, I go in with hubris, only to fall short.  I know that I could have Read more about “No one is more miserable than the person who wills everything and can do nothing.” – Claudius[…]

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

My tomato plants have been growing very well and I am happy with their progress.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have been staking them up by using some sticks from trees which have fallen in and around my property.  They make excellent stakes and don’t cost anything but for a little effort Read more about “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi[…]

“The important thing is to just get started. Because once you show people you are willing to do the work all kinds of opportunities will present themselves.” – Curtins Stone

I was listening to a few podcasts from Permaculture voices, with Diego and I was really inspired by episodes 8 and 26.  These episodes, Curtis Stone covered the concept of SPIN farming  which was interesting in itself, and the other was Paul Greive in episode 8 who talked about Primal Pastures, really fired my imagination.  Read more about “The important thing is to just get started. Because once you show people you are willing to do the work all kinds of opportunities will present themselves.” – Curtins Stone[…]