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Allotment update

In about me, eco-friendly, garden, gardening, good life, сад, organic on December 12, 2013 at 12:35

Hopefully it is ready for the winter. I am not very experienced gardener but I love to experiment.  Lucerne and Alexanders are sown as green manure,  soil is covered by autumn leaves. 
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Young broccoli and cauliflower plants plus salad leaves are covered by glass jars,  soda plastic bottles and some bubble wrap on top. As people say it in Russia, “голь на выдумки хитра” / “poor are inventive”.

My autumn sown Scorzonera is doing well. Apparently its young leaves make tasty salad and it is slug proof!
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Did a garden sign and a few sketches today

In acrylic, art, crafts, folk art, my artworks, organic, painting, powys, sketch, spring on May 15, 2013 at 20:57

This is for the Royal Welsh Spring show this weekend and then possible to be placed at the entrance of the garden. Something I haven’t done before.  Had to be improvised very fast on the spot. Acrylic on chalkboard paint.

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Harmful foods

In cooking, ethics, good life, healthy life, organic, religion, shopping, traditions on February 4, 2013 at 11:03

This is weird. This is wrong. Some people think (without any scientific evidence) that some foods will harm them. Contaminated burger is found and there are public apologies on the news, etc. Meanwhile our ordinary food is full of sugars and unnecessary additives, some of which are proven to be harmful.  That’s not worth mentioning by some reason. ..

Dried Rowan Berry and Mixed Beads Necklace has been sold

In jewellery, jewelry, necklace, organic, sales on April 19, 2012 at 05:03

The Eye of the Storm

In beach, gypsy mermaid, holey stone, jewellery, necklace, organic, textile art on September 5, 2011 at 11:39

One of a kind Gypsy Mermaids Necklace /Pendant

Quantity: 1 available

Product Description

The lenght is about 32 cm (12.5 inches), the weight is about 35 g (1 1/4 oz).

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

This is a part of my Gypsy Mermaid collection, which is all about uncharted seas, empty beaches, pebbles, driftwood, and even mysterious water-polished remnants of long gone civilizations. Something for an “inner mermaid”: original, natural and wild.

Materials Used

holey stone (pebble, flint), a bead, yarn

More Info

A “magical” holey stone from Norfolk

Dream House

In about me, eco-friendly, gardening, good life, organic on October 12, 2009 at 11:25

Etsy site is having maintenance at the moment so they put this video for people to watch:

That’s probably the closest thing I’ve ever seen to my imaginary dream house. Being a child I have been daydreaming about 3-4 families of friends living self-sufficiently in a very close tied community (but it looked a bit more Siberian, less Californian!). Even now, when my daughter got Sims3 game and I sometime play it, I desperately try to build a homestead like this. What if I found some like-minded people and we could build something like that near Aberythwyth?… Enough day dreaming, back to work!

Wild Food in September: Himalayan Balsam and Cherry Laurel fruit

In cooking, eco-friendly, healthy life, organic, wild nature on September 27, 2009 at 06:29

Both invasive (but beautiful) plants are abundant by the river where I live (Wales). Cherry trees have plenty of fruit, and the balsam has flowers and seeds on different stages of ripening at the same time. After reading the articles here and there, I collected some wild food (under surprised glances from some locals) and made cherry laurel and Himalayan balm petals jam (I added to it a little bit of orange juice and plenty of brown sugar). I had to do quite a lot of skimming. Now I am very happy with the jam, its dark (apart from little bits of chopped pink petals) and doesn’t taste too sweet, in fact it reminds me of true cherry jam cooked with pits (mine one was without pits). We don’t eat much jam at all, so I made just a little, mostly to use later as a middle layer in cakes. As for Balsam seeds I found them very tasty, sort of nut-like, but they don’t need shelling. I hope to collect more before the winter. Happy foraging!

Christmas Turkey

In computers, cooking, healthy life, organic, shopping, writing on December 5, 2008 at 11:36

Mrs Sad and Angry 🙂 is back: I wanted to buy a turkey in the Iceland shop. But found out they all are “ready basted” with E numbers. Thank you very much, eat your E-E-E yourself! Why can’t they have JUST TURKEY? They never have.

Also my browsers go mad when I’m trying to read other people’s blogs in Google Reader – I guess its because I’ve subscribed to so many of them. I do enjoy reading you, people out there!

I’m into publishing my old poetry on a Russian poetry site at the moment and surprisingly, there are some people who even like it! Amazing

Fighting additives

In cooking, eco-friendly, good life, healthy life, kids, organic on November 20, 2008 at 09:52

An interesting site about natural living:
http://www.imperfectlynatural.com/index.php
I’ve read Janey Lee Grace book “Imperfectly Natural Woman” last year and in some respect it was an eye-opener, especially about unnatural fragrances and other additives. Well I think most people still don’t suspect that if you can smell something – there is some substance in the air and it may be very bad for you. Natural essential oils are easy available, I think lavender (for headache and just very nice smell), Olbas (oil mix for blocked noses) and tea tree (for scratches, etc) are must have in any household. But people still use artificial perfume dispensers to mask perfectly natural cooking smells… Instead you can either open the window, or peel an orange, or boil a bit of apple with cinnamon. I sometime put some mandarin peel in the microwave or hot oven (just for few minutes).

Few years ago I bought a little packet of child juice drink (you know, that square type, with a straw) and found out it was full of artificial colourings. Why??? There is no way a child could see what color is his drink inside the carton.

Another thing which bothers me is additives (colorings, flavourings, even perfume) in medicines. Why again??? I’m an adult person and can swallow any bitter pill if really needed. Even kids at eight can. As our funny doctor said: stick it into his baked beans…

Saying all that, I still have lots of problems trying to feed my family healthy food. I don’t have a strong will, and even small amount of nagging, moaning, screaming or frowning makes me give up. My son often points to me how much factory made food is better than mine. All those E numbers which enhance the flavour plus I’m not a very good cook… Well yesterday improvisational “curry” sauce was a success and I even was asked to make more of it:

Take 2 chopped onions, 2 garlic cloves, some fresh ginger, a teaspoon of
oil, a little bit of lime, cranberry and orange juice, plus a lot of your
favorite dry curry spices (e.g. coriander seed, chili, cinnamon, allspice, curry
leaves, black pepper and so on) and put with enough water in a food processor.
Process until smooth then gently boil for 5-10 min, adding creamed
coconut. Could be added to meat or vegetables when they are almost
ready.

Food home delivery in Newtown.

In car-free living, eco-friendly, organic, shopping on November 10, 2008 at 09:34

Somerfield people are thinking to start home delivery service. They’ve got a piece of paper by the front cashier to put your name on. So, if you are eco-friendly, car-free, want so save money on fuel, etc, please, do it. Somefrield has a choice of organic and healthy food unlike Iceland – sole home delivery service provider in town at the moment.

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