Signs of Life (Instagram)

Winter is here and some fairly sleety snow is falling. Even though we air the flat frequently, the concrete heavy construction and installation of the window frames means that mould season is here too. Eventually the windows will be replaced, but for now I’m giving clove oil a try.
Clove oil is recommended as a technique for demoulding post floods and is a natural product. Mix 1 teaspoon per litre of water and shake well before spraying. Leave for 20 minutes then wipe before respraying and leaving for 24-48 hours.Just because a product is natural does not mean it is entirely safe! Clove oil, like most compounds is toxic in large doses. Be careful! Warning: your house will also smell like Christmas baking.
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Signs of Life (Instagram)

Even though I had to go bed early and missed out on the first night of #unlimited31 performances I woke up in the middle of the night and could not get to sleep again. Phone dead and podcast supply unavailable I found an early #billmollison PDC recording on my laptop.
Traditionally a permaculture course begins with “the reality” of contemporary challenges that we are facing and which permaculture offers solutions to. In the early 1980s acid rain presented a more immediate threat than climate change and so this made up the bulk of Mollison’s initial lecture. In between working out how on earth I could succinctly articulate the myriad of interconnected ways we are messing things up with a little more nuance than “we’re more than a little fucked unless we change now it is so much more than just climate change, capitalism is bad ok, biodiversity loss, running out of s(oil) and actually acid rain is still a thing” and thanking goodness for #doughnuteconomics as a teaching model, I realised that I’d forgotten how to understand and explain pH.

So this morning I started taking notes and working out how to teach what I’d forgotten over the last 20 years since high school chemistry.
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