Sunday, March 11, 2012

Beautiful old buildings

The owner probably doesn't really care about these buildings, but they are very picturesque.  Taken at Moonambel.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The joys of op-shopping

It's a wonderful thing to shop in opportunity shops in the country.

The products are different, the "sales girls" are delightful women and one comes home with arms full of things that might come in handy one day.
 There was another book but it was so terrible that it was "accidentally" left behind; and the apples are from an old tree down the road (still to discover what type of apples).

Forgot to include in the photo the cut glass decanter which will be a classy dispenser of home made lemon cordial.
Some things were from Avoca and others from Maryborough.  As previously the women in the Avoca op shop were difficult to deal with - they wouldn't raise their prices to something that looked vaguely realistic.

Originally I thought the tins would be useful to store small irrigation bits but a couple of them I've fallen in love with - especially the fruit one next to the christmas goose.

The other pleasure of shopping in op shops is seeing how much you can get away with, while the dearly beloved is hurrumphing behind you muttering "we don't need that". He bought the double steamer and found the faux-crocs!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Have you by chance come across Todmorden?

I've never been there, and had never heard of it until recently. But boy do I admire the residents.

This small market town in West Yorkshire, in the UK, is planning to be 100% self-sufficient in food by 2018. This is only six years away!

Seventy vegetable beds around the town are supplying the locals with their vegetable and herb needs.

Here are some words stolen from their website:

The ethos is not about me me me. It is about us us us, thru the shared medium of food and towards a sustainable, survivable future. 

We need strong communities to weather the tough times that we believe are coming. We need to re invent the collective skills of community.  People that can rise to the challenges of the future without waiting for “the powers that be” to do the thinking and acting for us.

For that we need to take risks, to learn to not always ask permission, to step out of comfort zones risking embarrassment or worse in order to do what we know is right and necessary.

Initiative taking, leading by doing, generosity and sharing, these are keystones.

You will find us sharing land, looking for new ways to be giving and receiving.

There is some pain in learning to share, but a lot more to gain. This is as much a campaign about behavior change, a cultural shift, as it is about growing leeks.

So, yes, we worry about peak oil, and global warming but we dream of a future where we might have to work harder and live on less but have fuller lives and fuller hearts.

There's a great article here in the Daily Mail.