Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
My compost bin is, at the moment, half full. I sometimes leave the lid off to catch a bit of rain. On my last visit to the bin, this is what I found.
My friend Alida said: They're very pretty, but I do suggest your compost needs more nitrogenous material so bacteria grow as well. This seems to have too much carbohydrate in it. Add manures if you can, or fresh green waste. And turn it.
I said no to the manure. A couple of inches below these beautiful things is a couple of inches of horse manure. I did say yes to the turning. Will see to that.
My friend, Denis, of The Nature of Robertson has identified the fungi for me. The elegant black and white mushrooms are Coprinus calyptratus. The small white hooded ones are the young of the species.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Talina Edwards, Substainability Architect - Green Drinks at Mr Rede's - Knowledge Hub and Ballarat Bloggers
Last night was our monthly fix of Green Drinks.
Our speaker was Talina Edwards
who, to-morrow, is Mistress of Ceremonies
Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Concern about chemicals. Is the concern only in relation to the bomb-making brigade? Do chemicals of environmental threat get the same concern from the Attorney-General?
However, the Attorney-General has some concerns.
The Australian Attorney-General is Senator George Brandis. It needs to be noted that George, a libertarian of some note, has not been travelling to well politically this week.
The Attorney-General - well, his department actually - wants to receive submissions up to August 27, 2014. Please for here for details of what is required and how a submission can be made.
I have no opinion on this because I don't know what the existing situation is. So I have no idea whether this matter can lead to an overreach or it might lead to sensible and necessary regulation.
I am concerned though - because George has background and form.
The Abbott Government of which George is a member seems to want over-reaching freedoms of a most dastardly kind for their friends such as employer organisations and wealthy institutions while cracking down in many ways on lesser mortals. So until someone well-qualified advises me otherwise, I am suspicious.
I am more concerned about the adverse impact on the environment and living species of manufactured chemicals. I wonder if George shares my concern. Again, a well-qualified adviser might like to enter into converse with me on this matter.
This has come to me from jonny baker's blog. I think it is wonderful.
If you don't own the latest thing,
it won't go out of date.
If you don't own much,
you won't have much to lose.
If you own next to nothing,
you won't worry about ending up with nothing.
If you own less than you want,
you will still have more than you need.
If you spend less money on things,
you can spend more time on you.
If you own less, you will value it more.
If you own only what you can carry,
you will carry less baggage around with you.