Signs of a cultural spring

Posted on November 4, 2018

A few days ago, some daisies and plantains blooming and plantains seeding in a recently mown caught my eye. Then my friend Helen sent me a photo announcing the proximal coming of a zero-waste grocer.


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Energy-efficient driving

Posted on July 18, 2018

Owning a second-hand Nissan LEAF has changed the way I drive. Had I adopted these habits while driving a petrol-powered vehicle, I would have reduced my energy footprint even then.


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No till vege gardens

Posted on December 19, 2017

In August 2017, Phil & I taught a food gardens module of our permaculture design course. As a practical exercise, participants planted up two beds at the Ashhurst Community Library Garden. This post provides a bit of follow-up on those gardens, largely for the benefit of participating students who may not have all returned to Ashhurst to see how well their gardens fared.


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Appropriate scything

Posted on September 14, 2017

Wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh


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Garden redesign

Posted on February 10, 2017

Eleven years after moving into our Ashhurst home, we finally decided to redesign the beautiful gardens to the north of our home.


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Make your own tortilla press

Posted on January 24, 2017

When our family moved from my husband's hometown in Tucson, USA, to our current home in Ashhurst, New Zealand, Phil just about went into root shock. No matter how hard we searched, there was no way we could buy preservative-free tortillas.


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