Was at the Leith permaculture introductory session today. Lots of good stuff: a selection of permaculture books and magazines; watched three sections of Bill Mollison – Global Gardener (Urban) and saw interesting stuff about city garden in NYC and the designed houses in Village Homes, Davis, CA; shared and recieved some good vegan food; chatted with lots of people and promoted EdinburghLETS; learnt a bit about 12V electrics.
Tatties and Herring:
Bloke from Aberdeenshire with a mandolin played us Tatties and Herring. Fantastic song I’d not heard before, obviously from the Aberdeenshire region as it’s singing the praises of lads from the North over the lowlanders and English, and there are namechecks of a number of places throughout the North-East. Thread on mudcat.
12V electrics often used in Kitchen lighting. Maybe there’s scope for putting a lot of it into the kitchen — obviously it won’t be all of the room since there’ll be an electric oven and a washing machine.
Gets me thinking … when we redo the room, what else can we incorporate to make it more efficient? I’ve still got a soft spot for a heat exchanger under the sink but I would have to do rough calculations as the to heat energy that’s available first.
- Just for the love of it — free skills exchange
Wood recycling in Leith
- a couple of people have vans
- Why not have a fruit espalier in the garden? Why not raspberries?
- Global Gardener (Cool climate) and other videos of Mollinson
- Permaculture courses in Edinburgh: LETS member; Transition Town Edinburgh; informal Leith permaculture group.
- Bridgend Allotment Potato Day – 24 February
- SG: Raspberry industry in Scotland — need to tie this in with the soft fruit talk on Monday night, and there’s a research paper from 2001 on there too.
- Aaaaargh … still gotta finish reading
the SAGS allotment report& those permaculture primers …