All the people who are making a difference to make the world better. Stopping using so much glass in buildings in Toronto and putting little white dots on big panes of glass so the birds can see them. Wonderful. An initiative in Hull to make a rewards system for volunteer workers.
A sort of goodness currency using blockchain. You cash your credits for discounts in businesses that offer them as a form of giving. That’s if you want to use them. It will definitely help people on welfare with no job to make their money go further. Finally the silver lining to this speculative and damaging Bitcoin sort of money. This Hull coin does have value, it is a stored worth of ‘Goodness’.
An inspiring story of a young woman who is working through mental illness and now making up helping boxes for people going into a Psychiatric ward setting. I felt as though watching this little series of clips about the genuine good things people do was like my own little ‘help box’.
Another wonderful project was to help children develop empathy with each other. Learning how to see themselves by interacting with a baby once a week. A stunning idea.
I was very low yesterday reading and seeing the sort of machines being made ready to tear up the Ocean floors for minerals. I just felt helplessly depressed by it. Like this was the last straw. I am sure this sort of mining will be devastating. Once these last places are destroyed they will never recover. It would be better to spend the money developing filtration tanks to put in waterways and Ocean to get the plastics out of the water. Also to reclaim all the metals from landfill sites.
We have all the things we need already to make what we need. I don’t think we need to make all cars from electric batteries. I think Hydrogen fuel cells are probably a better option. We can make Hydrogen from Methane. Which we can get from processing all our manure. Both Human and animal manure. We can put the processed reduced nitrate compost left at the end to all sorts of uses.
I have recently put in a Clearview Pioneer oven. We have not needed to use our electric heating all winter. We cook most of our meals on it. I have been using smokeless fuel, but I want an alternative.
As Jersey is an Island of Cows, we have a heck of a lot of raw Cow manure going on our fields.
I would like to see it all put through anaerobic digesters, along with all the waste from the waste treatment plant. Generate electricity during the process. Then use the final product to see if fire briquettes can be made of it. There are some young girls in Ireland who are selling Cow dung fire Briqjuettes. Great stuff from young entrepreneurs.
My Pioneer stove combusts ideally between 400-500 degrees. It is a clean burn stove, and meets the DEFRA specifications. It’s not like an Aga that has to be on all the time. It isn’t cold enough today to light the fire, so we are making the coffee on the Hob. I haven’t used my Economy 7 heaters this winter either. They are ideal for a prolonged cold spell. However once they are on, If it gets too hot we have to openness the windows! You can’t regulate them as easily as deciding when to light the fire.
I put in underfloor heating with the electric mats under out new tiles. I just thought for the extra expense it would be worth doing. The very cold weather we had, I did put them on Twenty five degrees for a couple of nights, as I was waking up at three and four in the morning and felt cold.
I dont think our electric bill should be much more than the Summer months. We have spent a lot of money on wood though. We have to buy Kiln dried wood from France this winter. However during the summer I will be organising storage behind the garage, and just gleaning wood off the ground as we go for walks with the dog. If it Is very dry it’s fine. We can also bring our own wood from our orchard in France back with us. We lose branches off the trees, Also we need to cut them back, and prune them every couple of years. I will be looking for alternatives to the smokeless fuel ovals we have bought.
The little Pioneer Stove is a great joy, and gives a wonderful sense of homeliness to the house. Also our food and coffee tastes completely different cooking on the little stove. It is ideal when it is lit all day to have a stockpot on the top. A kettle with fairly hot water in it for washing up. I think it would be almost hot enough to make tea. I am looking for a copper kettle that has a metal handle and is wide and low, so I can actually boil water in the lower oven section.
My friend gave me a great tip the other day. She uses the brown palm leaves from her cordyline palm to make firefighters. It’s a nuicence having to take all the leaves To the dump. They don’t break down in compost. She bends the leaves over into three, puts a few leaves together, and tears a strip off one leaf and ties it in a bundle. She says because they have a kind of resin in them they go up with a whoosh. Happy days. I wonder if all the countries with palm trees could make fire briquettes out of all the dead palm leaves... If they don’t make a lot of smoke, it would be an ideal source of renewable fire briquettes.
My homemade washing powder is amazing. I washed the dogs bedding with it yesterday. On a 60 degree wash as well. She has a cotton blanket and a wool blanket, depending on the weather, and the cover for the bed is made from synthetic. All came up so clean, fresh, and absolutely no hairs left in the corners of anything. It just smells slightly of the Savon de Marseilles perfume. Which I think I should be just the natural smell of Olive Oil. Normally using regular shop bought washing powder, I can still smell dog, masked by the smell of artificial perfume.
My Husband put our newly washed Cypress sheets on the bed yesterday. A huge difference in my breathing during the night. I slept really well, hardly any coughing, and wheezing. So the homemade washing powder should a winner. The sheets are a lovely white too. The brightness in washing powder have a slight fluorescence to them. It makes the sheets reflect ultra violet. This is idiocy, as hanging washing on the line helps to sterilise it with ultra violet from the sun.
I cant go anywhere where there is traffic. Even with a scarf over my face I still taste the kind of metallic carbon taste in my mouth. The fumes make me very agressive and feel sick. I just stay at home mostly. Happily detoxing my laundry! I did put the recipe I used on my L’Autocuiseur blog. I decided I didn’t want to use Borax Substitute. It isn’t needed evidently.
My chemistry exploits are going to be posted as I find out what works best for me. I cleaned the Hob last night with a desert spoon full of liquid soda crystals. I just mostly used a soft sponge. It all came off. Perhaps a little more rubbing, but if I had walked away and left it for tem minutes I am sure It would have been easier. It will work better with the towelling cloths I am finishing this morning.
If I decide that buying Savon de Marseilles is too expensive, I will start to make up Olive Oil soap myself. It takes about a year to cure, so it would be a long term solution! I enjoy soap making. Just make sure if you do, stay safe with all the protective clothing.
I have gone back to using coal tar soap as a cleanser and body wash. I bought a very luxurious bar in the chemist in France. A fragrance free body lotion was about 16 Euros and the soap 6 Euros. This will last me about six months! That is a daily body wash as well. It fluffs up at the slightest provocation this soap. It is a lovely product.
Right, I want to finish my bit of sewing this morning and get on with my accounts. The lead from my sewing machine fits The dc adaptor for my decrepit laptop. Happy days, Accounts here I come!