Cooking

Livestock

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Part of our reason for buying 40 acres is so that we can work towards a higher level of self-sufficiency. While I recognise that we will never be fully self-sufficient – and I don’t believe we should be as we are naturally gregarious creatures – we are keen to control what goes into our food […]

Farm

Jagged Crow Farm

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It has finally happened.  After three years of searching, looking, walking over blocks, thinking about what’s important, setting criteria and reviewing possible purchases against that criteria, we have finally become the proud owners of our very own farm.  Well, its really a bit of land that will become a farm.  It has a rusty old […]

Permaculture

Why “The North Glass”?

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Trying to live a sustainable life means, in part, trying to utilise the renewable resources around us – often in place of the fossil fuels to which we have become accustomed. Living in the Southern Hemisphere means the north glass of a house is one of the warmest places in winter and one of the […]

Permaculture

Autumn

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I love autumn. It is my favourite season of the year. As summer fades away, I enjoy the temperate days that the beginning of the new season brings, and then as winter draws near towards the end of the season, we light the fire, with wood gathered from friends and kerbsides and trees taken down, […]

Permaculture

Death, taxes and change

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They say there are only two things in life which are certain: death and taxes – and probably not in that order!  In this millennium, and certainly within this decade, change is, almost unarguably, a certainty too.  Whether we like it or not.  We often react to change a lot better when we feel like […]

Permaculture

The First Post

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This is my first post.  Hopefully it is not the Last Post.  (With all respect to those who honourably gave their lives for our freedom.) I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while, to share my journey into the post-cheap oil world.  Life as we know it is changing, whether we like it or […]