15
Nov
11

Greening Babies

Our little boy is arriving end Jan 2012. I am wondering what to do about nappies and came across the following stats

6000: The number of diapers the average baby uses before potty training.

200 to 500: Years it takes petroleum-based disposable diapers to decompose.

49 million: The number of disposable diapers used per day in the United States; Australia uses 2.2 million, Japan uses 6.7 million, and the U.K. uses 9 million.

53 percent: A home-washed cloth diaper has only 53 percent of the ecological footprint of disposables, and a diaper laundry service has a mere 37 percent of that footprint.

$1.4 billion per year: The estimated amount of money Americans spend on complicated births due to smoking while pregnant.
(http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-babies.html)

22
Apr
11

Integrating the Abundance

The bottles were heated and plonked into water to crack off the bottle bottoms.

Tucker sticking down the aluminium print sheets as dividers to pour the spiral pattern.

22
Apr
11

Refreshment

I like the farmers hands and the hammock being used in the background.

12
Feb
11

Wwoof exchange: Edith and Jo.

Edith and Jo are keen gardeners. Together with Charley their efforts made for some significant transformation.  Here are some of the pictures they took during their stay.

 

Lucy (previous volunteer) and I named Dr Evil after the Zulu legend that God sent the chameleon to the people with the message of eternal life.  He walked so slowly and took so long that the lizard brought the message of death first.  Many Zulu people have the same fear of a chameleon as they have of a snake.

 

The pictures tell the story.

Jo teaches me to use a sythe. Simanga in the background found a squash while cutting the long grass.

Scythe \Scythe\ (s[imac]th), n. [OE. sithe, AS. s[=i][eth]e,

   sig[eth]e; akin to Icel. sig[eth]r a sickle, LG. segd, seged,
   seed, seid, OHG. segansa sickle, scythe, G. sense scythe, and
   to E. saw a cutting instrument. See Saw.] [Written also
   sithe and sythe.]
   1. An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by
      hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with a sharp
      edge, made fast to a long handle, called a snath, which is
      bent into a form convenient for use.

            The sharp-edged scythe shears up the spiring grass.
                                                  --Dryden.

            The scythe of Time mows down.         --Milton.
http://dictionary.die.net/sythe

In preparation for a kitchen garden, Edith and Jo did the follwowing layers. 1) thick layer of well decomposed manure 2) wet cardboard 3) grass and 4) decomposing pine bark.

Late afternon on Sodwana beach. The warmest ocean these two have ever swum in. The ocean is often upto 29 degrees Celsius in summer.

07
Nov
10

Violin Spider?

The images on the net are not very clear. Would you say this is a Violin spider?

 

07
Nov
10

Snake eats Snake

Grillerig!

Olive Grass Snake eats Red Lipped or  Herald snake.  Would I have released him closer to home if I knew that it was an olive grass snake and it eats “lizards, small mamals, frogs and snakes, including venemous species such as small black mamaba and puff adders.”? (Johan Marais)

 

 

Olive Grass snake with Herald snake in tummy.

 

 

 

15
Sep
10

Hlaphi Zikhali- a keen food gardener

Hlalaphi recently did a two week permaculture design course and is very enthusiastic to get into her garden and start applying what she has learnt.




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