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Month: August 2013

Lessons from water

Lessons from water

In the developed world we take water for granted; we don’t appreciate it and we brutalise it, alternately contaminated it and then treating it with harmful chemicals.  We barely stop to think that without it we would not exist, many of us don’t even like to drink it.  This is the result of our deep disconnection from nature, from life and from ourselves – we are after all at least 70% water, just like our planet.  This disconnection has allowed…

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Free Finca Philosophy

Free Finca Philosophy

Life isn’t to be studied, it is to be lived! The other night I dreamt I was at a wedding and some one said to me, very clearly, “It’s just like Plato’s cave.”  I can’t remember much about the rest of the dream, but that remark stuck with me.  So much of our experience is performance that we can’t even recognise what is real anymore and, just like the people chained up in Plato’s cave, we resist it when it’s…

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Chamomile/manzanilla

Chamomile/manzanilla

Chamomile/manzanilla grows wild around here and I’ve been picking and drying it.  It smells beautiful and fresh and tastes much nicer than any of the commercial versions.  Only a few heads are needed for a cup, which I sweeten slightly with local honey.  I also use it when it’s cooled down as a compress for tired or irritated eyes – especially for the dogs.  

Low impact laundry

Low impact laundry

We’ve got a bit of a water shortage at the moment until we put in a new well, so we have to be careful about how much water we use.  I’ve been experimenting with the laundry and found that the quick wash at a low temperature, 25 minutes on 30 degrees, gets our white sheets clean if I put white vinegar in the rinse.  Our sheets get dirty as the dogs sleep on the bed and outside is all clay…

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