Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 3rd June 2012
I gave my neighbour aka The Jam Queen 2kg of rhubarb yesterday and she made rhubarb and ginger jam. Delicious. Today to compare I made rhubarb and vanilla jam. Both have the refreshing sharpness of rhubarb and the complexity of the spice but are different. The vanilla makes for a smooth taste, the ginger is even more exotic (I'll make that in a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 22nd May 2012
Our one third acre garden started life as a permaculture design on paper before it was made, but 20 years later Tim and I are erring more and more on letting nature take its course and as well as experimentation. Our vegetable patch is an example. We sow winter vegetables in August, eat them well into late Spring, pull out what has gone over or... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 23rd February 2012
In Permaculture magazine issue 69, I interviewed the barrister, Polly Higgins, who is proposing to the UN that Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of Genocide, becomes the 5th International Crime Against Peace, alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes. Polly, with a group of UK barristers and lawyers are... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 18th February 2012
We have a special tree deep in a beech wood that gives us oyster mushrooms every year, usually after a cold snap. I went there this morning to see if the mycellium was running but it is still dormant. When the muchrooms grow they appear in wonderful fluted abundance and we can never eat them all fresh. Storing Oyster mushrooms do not like sealed... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 22nd January 2012
For four decades, Richard Heinberg has been observing why our current growth based economy is unsustainable. He has written seminal books on peak oil and the global effects of the end of easily extracted cheap oil. We are now entering that period in human history. Oil prices are on the rise again and companies are mining oil from less easily... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th December 2011
2012 is a turning point. Of this be sure. It is our opportunity for positive change, yet most of us sense that the transition from the fossil fuel based hierarchical societies that run this planet will not be easy. There are struggles ahead. One of the most powerful agents of change is information so here are some free sources, plus inspiration... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 8th November 2011
I have been slowly reading a book for the last few months, a few pages at a time, like savouring a good meal. It is The Biochar Solution by Albert Bates. I met Albert at the Ecovillage Conference at Findhorn in 1995. He was an established permaculture teacher and leading light of the ecovillage movement and I was an unknown editor. It was an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 31st October 2011
What Did You Do? It’s 3:23 in the morning And I’m awake because my great, great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. ... My great, great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do when the planet was plundered? What did you do when the earth was unravelling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing as the mammals, reptiles,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 24th October 2011
Transition is now a worldwide grassroots movement that looks climate change and peak oil squarely in the face and dismisses the utter impossibility of endless economic growth on a planet of finite resources. It offers community based solutions to help people in villages, towns and cities adapt to the inevitable challenges of the oncoming reality... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 28th September 2011
Today I discovered a photo blog by Colette O'Neill that caught my eye. So beautiful are the images in front of me and so powerful is the sense of connection with the land that I asked her if I could share them with you. I have visited The Permaculture Cottage before and admired the simple artistry and love of the land. Today I feel I am travelling... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th September 2011
The Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental campaigner, Wangari Maathai, died aged 71 this week. She founded the non-profit organisation The Green Belt Movement that helped to plant an estimated 45 million trees in Kenya since it was founded in 1977. The environmental benefits of this acheivement have been huge, but Wangari also saw it as an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 28th August 2011
I love camping and cooking outdoors and try to get outside all year round. I use some wonderful gear for cooking outside in all seasons (see my third Connemara Dreaming blog) and it also comes in very handy when the power goes down at home, usually when we have deep snow. Last winter we lost power for most of three days but enjoyed cooking inside... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 19th August 2011
My father was born in India two years after WW1. His father was a doctor and, having survived Gallipoli, went on to serve in the Indian Army. His mother had witnessed the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. They were both Irish and had romantically eloped. Grandfather, as the legend went, had played rugby for Ireland but he wasn't good enough for my... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 4th August 2011
We love camping and especially in the wilds or on modest campsites with few facilities, good people, lots of wildlife and wonderful views. We got all of these in abundance at Acton's Eco-Caravan and Campsite Park reviewed in my first 'Connemara Dreaming' blog. This blog is about some of the equipment we took with us and tested. Some of it we sell... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 2nd August 2011
We like making jams and chutneys to give as presents and for our larder. The first fruits to come are plums, closely followed by Oulin's Golden gage, an exquisitely juicy fruit. I usually pick early in the morning when the fruit is soft and before the wasps are too active. Making plum or gage jam couldn't be easier. Plum Jam Ingredients: 4.6... more
 

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