I am a thistle shifter….

And that’s about as far as I got with that particular tongue twister !! But it did remind me of last Saturday in the sauna. Well less of a posh spa day and more like an episode of attack the weeds in the polytunnel. After being abandoned for four years the place was thick with thistles […]

Let there be light!!

Four week in and we have now done a detailed survey of the site and its buildings and identified what we need. As in the best of traditions the problem is the solution and we need above all heat and electricity for the structures (I’m already tired of typing greenhouse and polytunnel!!) and electricity in […]

Dibbing about in Donny…

Well,  It’s a new year and a new you. So hello to you !! After much ado this year that has kept us pretty busy we are officially launching the DUG network in the salutation inn on January the 24th at 7PM I’m sure your asking what the hell all this is about, so sit […]

MAKER SPACE

  or how I learned to stop worrying and just love stuff !! In 2012 we exported a lot of stuff. One direction, rain water into the north sea, British pride and the royals ( the Americans get that last one free to make up for 1776 ). But the export business started long before […]

Future scenario’s of an energy descent world

The transition town model has a big weakness. Whilst it covers most aspects of providing resources for its members in a post peak/low energy future it hasn’t sufficiently dealt with the aspect of keeping what you have when faced with people who are willing to take it from you. This article is an attempt to […]

How to humanely harvest and efficiently butcher a chicken.

The following won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you raise chickens for meat as well as eggs (or if you ever need to put one out of it’s misery) then you need to know how to dispatch them respectfully and humanely. The following videos were originally posted on Paul Wheaton’s You Tube channel… […]