Cauliflower’s Calendar

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Totally enjoyed putting all these annual things down and putting a humorous label on it.

p.s. Stop the spelling mistake on the image.


Hugal bank

Over forty years ago, along the north side of our garden, hubby’s family dumped tree trunks and covering them with rough stone filled sod.  It now stands around four feet high, with well established trees, shrubs and native plants in it.  Some might call it a simple Hugal bank or perhaps Hugelkultur pronounced “Hoo-gul-culture” meaning culture or hill mound.  Whatever it’s gonna be called, it’s a valuable barrier from the cold air flowing down from the field above in the north, from water during heavy rainfall leading to soil erosion.  The phrase permaculture didn’t arrive until the late 70’s, but this permanent looking ecologically sound hugal bank, is a sure sign of what permaculture stands for, with its carbon sequestration.  I’m sure there’s future archaeology to be found in there too, from my hubby’s childhood, his siblings and our children who played on it also.  So far I’ve found plenty of plastic toys, parts of clothes pegs, once some WW2 shells and an actual spent out land mine!      Hugal bank


  • It would be a bad idea if you live in the northern hemisphere, to build a hugal bank on the south side of a plot of land, as it would trap the cold air during the winter months.
  • Sod means about a spade full of soil.

UK Nov Tatties

Potatoes I grew

Potatoes I grew previously

Picking seed heads from the petunia plants ready for next year, there’s not much left in the garden edible this time of year, but yum to my tum:  Today’s potatoes (grown from seed potatoes taken from previous years harvest) and kale were from the poly tunnel, with gluten cooked through with a pinch of sage and all covered in onion gravy.


Network tidal wave phenomenon

Does anyone actually believe that when dropping a pebble into a pond, the ripple will be just as strong onto the banks as it was in the centre?  Surely it dissipates and most words do the same, but what about online?

TalkersDo some words online seem to grow like tidal waves that crash into our many innocent online minds?  Without ethics towards others and our environment, Our footprintwhat I will phrase the network tidal wave phenomenon could be being used at this very moment as a weapon to manipulate us.  Bexy for one, does not intend to be driven by the profit-driven few and the megalomaniacs.

My advise is to interconnect with reality as much as possible on a regular.  It’s like putting up levys against any network tidal wave phenomenon.  Don’t you think our realities need to be ready, so we really can LOL!  smileFor the online world is just (‘insubstantial and disconnected glamour’ Borgmann) compared to kneading dough and baking bread, planting an acorn in a pot, washing up whilst looking out at the clouds in the sky, taking a walk just to listen to bird song, smiling for no apparent reason… and the list of positive things to do in life goes on…

Note:  Sorry, but for the life of me, I just cannot remember where I read the Borgmann quote.

All Kale!

So many long slender kale seed pods, with so many seeds and still kale in the poly tunnel.  I love this plant.  Mmmmm hot mash potato mixed up with steamed, shredded kale and seasoned with fried onions and chilli.  Was out in the garden, picking seed pods, rolling out the seeds for next year, with plenty to take to the seed swap too and also found yet another butternut squash t’boot the frost hadn’t got to.  Happy me.  Smile

Social media

Just a very few words:  Give up social media if you know what’s good for you, for others and for the planet.  How about a few little hashtags too:


You know it makes sense not to be on that all day.

Tap the window

tap on the window treeAs you can see, the tree at my sister’s old house used to tap on the window, but my how the tree and the house has grown since!  They must have chopped off the branch that would tap on the window and this has made the tree lob sided.  The tree was far enough away from the house not to disturb the foundations, but look how they’ve built more house encroaching on the tree and probably meaning they will ask for it to be culled.  I wonder if they will find pellets in the bark the hard way from where my nephew put a target for practice?  Guessing they never did an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) when they applied for the extention.

One so far

Red oneI have planted many garden tomatoes called Outdoor Girl into bales, pots, straight into the ground.  Yet the very first red tomato so far, is from an up~side~down patio tomato growing in the lean~to.  In Japan it is lovely custom and gesture, to give the first of the fruits or veg to someone important in your life (usually a boss).  I’m leaving it for hubby to pick and enjoy, this will give me the giving joy.  Love

Sorry to anyone reading this who is colour blind, as the image is mostly green with one being red.


Lots of sunshine kisses!!

So it all started as cuttings from a yellow raspberry growing in the garden, then more from them, then some more and now I’m picking so many yellow raspberries! You see, the birds think they are not ripe and leave them for me (cannot be said for the strawberries though).

Anyways, I’ve made some “Golden Sunshine Kisses in a Jar”.  The simple recipe:  I boiled them, let the juice cool a little and then drip through a kilner cloth, added sugar and Pure marg, boiled it all up again and bottled it.  The consistency is a sort of gelatinous syrup, with a margarine top to help it to keep better.

kissesWhy call it “Golden Sunshine Kisses in a Jar”?  Well because so many times my hubby asks “What is it dear?” at meal times and I mentioned this to a friend who suggested I create some really interesting names for my creations.  So there we have it:



A little blog post I made earlier, all about the lovely summer carnivorous, flappy round the drinkies, don’t touch me I’m busy: WASPS!!!   Here’s the educational bit:  Around 125 million years ago when flowering plants evolved, some wasps found nectar and pollen and switched to a vegetarian diet.  These were the descendants of our beloved:  BEES.

Well, some bees still look very wasp like, and by the way wasps are good guys too you know.  I’ll hear none of this “Bees are good, wasps are bad” crap.  With their quick action to the call of Security! and eating vegetation pests, they are all like: “Clean up on aisle three” Along with bees, they are another vital part of our delicate, wonderfully complex, fascinating ecosystem, so please don’t waste their life and harm them.

I can still hear the cry of “Vasps!” from our Dutch friends in my minds eye, bless ’em with their flappy, flappy, flip flops in the garden being chased by an imaginary dragon.


Here’s the French bit:

Wasp = Guêpe

Bee = Abeille