Saturday, November 08, 2008


Don't you just love that word... Stromatalites... I don't get the chance to use it that often so i like to savour the opportunities when I do. I used a pic of them, these strange shapeless rocky nodules growing on a shallow sea in a talk I give on the Introduction to permaculutre course at the Workhouse the other weekend. They are not exactly the oldest living organisam on the planet, but they are crucially the very first ones to breath in Co2 and breath out oxygen. They turn up in the fossil record about 3 1/2 billion years ago, and were widespread around the globe. You can still find them in certain special places, like off Western Autralia. Before them there was no oxygen in the planet's atmosphere, we have a lot to thank them for, as oxygen breathing organisms ourselves.

I want to thank everyone who came on the Permaculture course at the Workhouse, the first of what I hope will be many we do there. Its kind of interesting running one in the shell of an empty building, right at the beginning of a new project. A blank canvas to apply your imagination to.

we are planning another permaculture weekend in March, and a yurt making weekend course in April, again both at the Workhouse. I am currently posting information about m courses and project on the Sector39 website, the which is the permaculture design team i work with to develop courses and permaculture projects.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

PDC - Class of 2008

Here is the course group of 2008 on the first day.. we are playing a name game and have arranged ourselves in alphabetical order, whilst balancing on a couple of scaffold planks.


Monday, December 17, 2007

I have been writing a series of posts for Channel4's Green website, use the link to check it out. feedback welcome! It is an extension for the work I did on the 'Dumped', landfill site survival TV prog in the summer. which was a fun and interesting diversion back in June. I wrote a piece for CAT's Clean Slate magazine about it.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Workhouse latest

Well its very exciting folks, but I hear that the Llanfyllin workhouse is going ahead. the peopel behind the festival have won the backing of the trustees of the building and the Ecology building society.. and are going to buy the building and land as part of a community orientated project.

I am already seriously thinking about running a permaculture design course there in the Spring, i think it wold be a great way to get some creative energy into the place, work on a design, and draw in some new involvement into it.

No doubt there will be much discussion in the coming days, but if anyone is intereste d in being a part of a design course there, please get in touch.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Its all been so busy...

Since the design course finished in the beginning of June, i don't think my feet have touched the ground. I cant believe its that time in August when we thinking about our annual party and another year has slipped by. We are 12 years old this summer, as a co-op, community of friends and believers and still trying to make our way in this mad world of ours.

Me? well I have been working for the Ch4 TV show Dumped, which comes out in September, 3rd I think is the first episode. A chance for TV to take a serious look at what we as a society throw away, and the impact which that has. Since doing that I have been off sailing on Ed's boat. check out Mangosailing if you have not seen it yet, Ed's site, with some lovely pics of the boat.

I am pretty excited in that since doing the work fo Ch4 they have re employed me to write stuff for an up and coming Ch4/green website.. its early days so far so it might not work out .. but it should at least keep me in sweeties til the end of the year, so I am pretty pleased about that. Getting a chance to get paid for writing blogs ranting about the environment, pretty much what i do in my spare time for free... so if i go silent here, then you'll know where to look for me if you are missing me.. ha ha.

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