Sunday, April 19, 2015

Modleing plant sugars as toprgraphy in fruit ripening

Picking fruit, especially of quick ripening plants such as berries I have noticed that as a fruit is removed a relaxation happens within the plant, other berries across  the plant light up,. Its subtle, and immediate, almost like a chemical sugar hormone surface defined and attracted to the nodes..
My visual map looks a bit like this bird net that been stretched by the tree growth.
When a fruit is ripe it fluoresces a bit.
Once you train you eye to see this ripe fruit stand out like lantern.

Pan baked breads

Friday, February 20, 2015


The little red hen.
Many wild apple trees along the roadsides in the highlands.
They are good.
Juice, jam, dried
Must make an apple cheese cake.
or maybe a tea cake


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Integrated duckponics

They found it
A few day later , evicted
ducks and small pumps don't work together..

Friday, August 15, 2014

Daddy long legs Breakfast

Spiders - Pholcidae

Early morning in the laundry.

I noticed a bit of a commotion.

long legs is having breakfast.

 Whatever it is ?

Get red of the nasties

Good spiders to have around.

Thursday, August 7, 2014



Throw the instruction book out..

An old plum tree  
Weaving a tree nest
A platform to pick fruit from.

Weaving this basket has shown me culture is a weave

When it is done well

Sturdy branches to start
Trim side branches
Trim small branches

No joint is stressed to breaking point

The whole basket holds each joint

Weaving layers
Each branch supports and spreads tension
Many interwoven braces
The stressors spread 

 Spreads the tension

It is ergonomic

Smaller branches
 Rushes from the water chestnut

Forming to the minimal average surface energy

A friendly Supporting Space

Comfortable space

playful space

learning in a basket
 Exploring friendship and skills

Weave it

Be creative

Ellie's space as well
We dont live in a box
learning skill is for all

Throw the instruction book out..

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Duck fed aquaponics

One lonely duck, 

I had more but due to "DOGS" in this street  they have all been destroyed.
There is a small drain in the pond. Once a week empty and fill this small pond

A converted double bed, Bath beneath, kitchen sinks as a wet bench

First crop, peas


Sweet Peppers.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Husband the Earth - Stand Proud

Husband this Earth
 Be mindful!   Husband the Earth.   Protect her from greed and violence.
Build humbly, plant trees, grow flowers and cloth her with dignity.
Respect all her creatures.
Honer her natural laws & the universe witch cradles her.
Above all Hartley worship the source of all that is.
This world needs secret heroes!
Be brave, speak the truth, heal the sick, make peace, be strong, serve patiently. love generously,
live simply, enjoy fellowship, eat & drink modestly, celebrate the festivals.
Breath deeply, sing & make music, walk often, cycle & recycle.
Be thrifty, prefer cash flow to possessions, and give good measure.
let your work be your prayer.
Put on the whole Armour of light!
Unearth the beauty in everything. Inhale the spirit of goodness.
Kindle kindness, especially towards yourself.
Embrace the sweet silence of your own soul.
Fear nothing, Accept what you are & while you have breath.
Give thanks.
unknown author 

Stand tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source

Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance

The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and quiet renewal of Winter."

- LLan Shamir

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Rocket Stove 

A moderate fire.
Flaming Bones, boiling water.  how hot ?
Encased in stone, earth and adobe for thermal mass containing warmth..
Oven on top of the two drums.
A heated bench. Timber slabs, backing insulation
Food for cold bones and the soul.

Fire pit -
Wasting this type of brick on this. to hot for cheap extruded bricks. The iron bit is an experiment flame/heat wick. Ill run some wide metal pipe under the grate to deliver clean heated air to the secondary combustion zone, it should rock. (failed) trial and error makes the expert

Donkey boiler - A water jacket
It need to be put to use. Wheres a home ?

The space between the drums to be wider.
A heated bench and timber back rest ?
A heated bathtub ?
A warm place to sleep for traveling souls ?

Hot water for washing.

 Steam - This is difficult getting the heat transfer to the boiler right.. 

Food cooked. 

 oven, a bathtub.

horses ass tolerances


The metal plate buckled breaking the flue gas seal. ?


Aprovecho research center stove design
more photos  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moist carrot Cake

Moist Carrot cake.

250g flour
200g light brown sugar.
1tsp baking soda
2tsp Cinnamon
1/4tsp nutmeg
2tsp vanilla 
1/2tsp salt
125g butter
60g room temp yogurt
260g finely grated carrots
3 large eggs
150g pecan pieces

Combine, sift the dry ingreadients.
Soften butter, add yogurt, beet in eggs,  mix in carrot.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined, do not overmix.
place in pan and bake for 30 min. A tooth pick comes away clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

224g cream cheese, softened to room temperature
115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
240 - 300g castor sugar
30 ml heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt ?

Beat the softened cream cheese and butter together until soft, creamy.
Add sugar and beat until thick and combined.
Add heavy cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Add more powdered sugar until desired thickness is reached.
Add salt to taste.