Ramblers Rest

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978.220px-maler_der_grabkammer_des_sennudem_001

Echinopsis pachanoi, San Pedro cactus, Huachuma, Chuma, and Wachuma.

Cactus of the 4 winds

Buy San Pedro now


This plant is native to areas of the Andean Mountains where extremes in temperature and altitude are experienced, affecting and influencing the growth of this green columnar cacti, which can stretcsan-pedroh out half a meter per year to it’s common length of 3 to 6 meters, but growth will continue until finally succumbing to it’s own weight eventually.



  • 1/4 cup sugar for simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons julienned mint, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 lemon, sliced 1/4-inch thick, plus more for garnish

Directionsmintand lemonjuice

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1/4 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let stand until completely cool.

  2. In a large pitcher half-filled with ice, add 2 cups water, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices.

Made our first fig and lime preserve from and on the farm. Recipe as follows:

1kg Brown sugar
Half a packet of baby green figs ( get them before the mousebirds do)
5 almost ripe limes, cut the skins and rind in thin lines, squeeze the juice of two of the limes into the pot.
A tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
A table spoon of nutmeg
1 litre of water.


Put on the stove at medium heat for about 2 hours.

Sterilise glass jars and bottle mixture with figs and lime.  Check out last years fig blog post.



Third Eye Cinema

Parisian Sketches

Regular readers of The Journal are doubtless quite familiar with two of my favorite authors falling more or less under the umbrella encompassing varations on the literary and philosophic aesthetic of Decadence: Theophile Gautier and J.K. Huysmans.

While I can hardly count myself among the man’s admirers, I am also inclined to rest in firm assurance that all and sundry in attendance here will be similarly familiar with the Poet Laureate of Decadence, the esteemed Charles Baudelaire of Fleurs du Mal infamy.

What I’m sure most of you would not be expecting is a discussion of the short subjects, essays and impressions provided by each member of this troika of literary leading lights as contained in the two works under discussion tonight: Dedalus’ Parisian Sketches and Alma Classics’ Hashish, Wine, Opium.

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Just Fletcher


Interesting article about conspiracy theorists. I have always said and I am saying it again,  they  conspiracy theorists, hav e an (interesting ) not so balanced psychological profile with a ‘ touch of ‘ paranoia of course. No point arguing with them either.I have known a  few, say no more!

Once you buy into the first conspiracy theory, the next one seems that much more plausible.

To believe that the U.S. government planned or deliberately allowed the 9/11 attacks, you’d have to posit that President Bush intentionally sacrificed 3,000 Americans. To believe that explosives, not planes, brought down the buildings, you’d have to imagine an operation large enough to plant the devices without anyone getting caught. To insist that the truth remains hidden, you’d have to assume that everyone who has reviewed the attacks and the events leading up to them—the CIA, the Justice Department, the Federal Aviation Administration…

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