Preparation preparation preparation…. As important if not on par with LOCATION is preparation. So here goes a city slickers journey from “SO…how about..” to “oh ohh “SO lets try”… to “oooooh so that’s how its done..” My journey is an adventure for those who dare to make a leap into the world of sustainable farming through the identification and utilization of every single plant/tree/shrub/herb/creature that grows, flies,crawls,trots or in any which way makes a home on our farm. Join me in dialogue through thoughts, poetry, photo’s, ideas, pictures, experiences on our or your farm and knowledge that you would like to share… AS ABOVE SO BELOW AS WHITHIN SO WITHOUT AS THE HEART.. SO THE SOUL..

Ghoultown is an out-of-common Texan band that really touches my heart. They perform a mixture of Horror Punk, Gothabilly and Country, combined with lyrics reflecting a dead Western, things I’m not used to listen to, once I’m more into Metal. But this band has differential, not only for their uncommon wonderful well conditioned sound, making you feel like you’re in the desert or in a Western bar, but also for the lyrics, which somehow sound like “poetry of the dead”. It’s fantastic, check it out! PS: The one being challenged by the ghoul in the bar is Count Lyle, vocalist and guitarrist of the band.

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~Eckhart Tolle


Today I’m going to suggest a small change in mindset that could change your life.

I won’t keep you in suspense. Here it is: think of nothing that happens as either good or bad. Stop judging, and stop expecting.

It’s a tiny change — all you have to do is say, ‘That wasn’t good or bad, it just happened, it just is.’ It’s tiny, but it takes practice, and amazingly, it can knock you on your ass.

Why? Because with this little change, you will no longer be swayed up and down depending on whether good things or bad things happen to you, whether people (and their actions) are good or bad. You will learn to accept things as they are, and move within that landscape mindfully.

You will no longer expect good things to happen (or bad things), but will just take things as they come, and be content with whatever comes. This means you’ll no longer be disappointed, or unhappy.

“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.”
~Lao Tzu

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There a couple Umgwenya trees surrounding the farmhouse, a lovely evergreen that attracts birds, bees, butterflies and even a local troop of vervet monkeys. Both the dogs and donkeys enjoy eating the bountiful harvests of bright red wild plums.

The Harpephyllum caffrum grows from the southern most point of the eastern cape along the east coast of southern Africa right up to Zimbabwe. The fruit is used for jams and jellies and because of its sour taste can be used to make a rose wine. This is why I have finally decided to ferment some fruits, piths and all. I am hoping the red bitter skin will give it a lot of flavor and and the seed i believe will give the brew a heavy almond flavor to.


The bark is a popular traditional medicine. It is used to treat acne and eczema, and is usually applied in the form of facial saunas and skin washes. It is used by people with ‘bad blood’ that results in pimples on the face. Powdered burnt bark is used to treat sprains and bone fractures. Bark is also used for dyeing, and it gives a mauve or pink colour. In some parts of Eastern Cape, root decoctions are traditionally taken for paralysis thought to have been contracted from walking over an area that has been poisoned or polluted through sorcery. Sauce



You’ve seen the TV shows about moonshiners, but they make moonshine in large quantities. This video is the easy way to make a small batch of moonshine in your own home without any special tools or materials. You’ll need a pressure cooker, basic tools and some basic supplies from the grocery store. Enjoy this classic hillbilly moonshine video

CochinealKon’nichiwa ( hello in Japanese ) is a way I remembered ( or not ) my experts identification of cochineal scale, found on our local prickly pears.

Cochineal is a tiny red sucking insect that draws the fluid from pads of prickly pear. As they feed, they produce masses of a white waxy material as a coating to help protect them from predatory insects and birds looking for a tasty meal.

If the infestation of cochineal scale is light, you can save the pads by spraying away the protective wax with a garden hose. After the pads dry, spray a soap solution on the now-exposed scale to kill them. An effective soap solution is two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent to one gallon of water.

Untreated, cochineal scale can do significant damage to the prickly pears they feed upon and control measures are advised. Pads that are heavily covered with wax and scales should be pruned off and removed.

This fungus lives on the leaves of the prickly pear fungus. When squeezed it pops leaving a red dye. This red colour is used in lipsticks, dye for clothing and for decorative face paint used by indiginous Peruvian people. Source


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