Meet the latest member of the family – albeit more a foster one….  it’s Meriwether!  🙂

Day oneHe’s a two year old Merino wether ( that’s a boy without his bits) and he’s here to eat the grass down in the small orchard.

He had been running with cattle, so has some identity issues….. and this shot was taken just after his arrival when he was still quite wild.  But given a week to settle in and think things over, he’s now eating out of my hand 🙂

HulloHe’s also doing the job he’s been employed to do 🙂  Much nicer than spraying weedkiller around, don’t you think?


True Cost of Fast Fashion

I simply cannot enter a K-Mart store anymore – I can smell the toxins well before the entrance and that’s sufficient warning for me. Start tuning in to your body and make better clothing choices please.


Summer has been beautiful in Seattle this year – and I’ve been taking advantage of it.  My month turned into almost two months – I just couldn’t bring myself back to the computer.  But now I’m refreshed and ready to go again.

We’ve often had people question why organic sofas cost “so much” – and I’ll address that next week.  This week let’s talk about what has become known as “fast fashion” – the idea of moving the newest trends from the catwalk to the store quickly to capture the newest design trends.  And the consumers are responding:   A Cambridge University study[1] found that  people were buying a third more clothes in 2006 than they were in 2002, and women have four times as many clothes in their wardrobe than they did in 1980.  And they get

rid of a similar amount.   oscar-wilde-FAST-FASHION-quotes

Fast fashion is all about having trendy…

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So close to Spring….

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Anne Bradstreet
Peace on the lakeI drove past Lake Frome again today. No, I didn’t.  I had to stop. To pause. To listen to the frogs.  The pobblebonks.  So wonderfully peaceful.

Just lately I’ve been off-line more or less, getting a different internet connection organised.  Now I’m back, and will try to catch up a bit on other’s postings as well as update here …..   although the sun keeps calling me to work in the orchard!


I found this dear little creature running about my kitchen bench, (probably it had hitched a ride on produce from the garden) and as some rare afternoon light was coming in the nearby window, I grabbed my camera and took a few shots of the very tiny spider.  Then had some fun processing in different ways.  After I had finished photographing the spider, it was allowed to go its own way…..  🙂  It’s a very long time since I read Charlotte’s Web, but I’m thinking it’s time for a re-read.

Click on an image to view full size – don’t worry, it won’t bite you!  🙂

The itsy bitsy spider   (or The eensy weensy spider)
climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider (or eensy weensy spider)
climbed up the spout again.

There is an Eden…

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

bealtaine cottage posterThere is an Eden…we stand upon it.

Our potential to change the environment we inhabit is boundless.

permaculture gardens at Bealtaine CottageIf we started today and worked hard for all the changes we want to see, the possible transformation is beyond our wildest dreams.

bealtaine cottage pathsWhether we have land or not, what we are capable of implementing, in terms of creating Eden, is only limited by two things…our imagination and our ability to use our energy. entrance to bealtaine“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Arundhati Roy

missy in the kitchen by the stoveThis is my favourite slice of text written by Arundhati.

I have mentioned it before, but, personally, never tire of contemplating her wise words…

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our…

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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” –

Winnie the Pooh

It has been anything but still in my little place on this earth lately.  Strong winds day after day…. but at least the roof is holding on.  One day, it will be still.  One day the winds will stop blowing.  Until then, I’ll try to find the stillness inside.  🙂

Not so GREAT for Photographers

Speaking up, not letting them get away with it, that’s the name of the game!

Photo This & That

The UK Government’s GREAT Project Cons Photographers

Campaign Pleads Poverty Even Though

It Has £55M To Get Free Pictures

Three prominent UK press photographers were contacted by the marketing assistant of the government’s UK Trade and Investment office to supply photographs for the GREAT Campaign. In her email to one of the photographers, Isabel Bustillos goes on to say “The GREAT campaign showcases UK excellence in a variety of sectors”. The photographers contacted, Glenn Copus, Shaun Curry and John D McHugh, have with their work shown excellence and as a result were contacted for the photograph needed by the GREAT campaign.

So far, so good. Sadly, the GREAT campaign and the UK Trade and Investment office, showed absolute unprofessionalism and utter disrespect towards the photographers and the value of photography, by initially saying they had very tight budgets so were after a collaboration, asking for the pictures for…

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