Friday, 20 April 2007

asparagus and straw

Asparagus SeedlingsDespite feeling that in some ways antibiotics are a Tool Of Satan and not having taken any for ten years (and then only involuntarily because someone shoved a suppository up my bottom after an operation while I was unconscious) I think they are working pretty well; and I am very pleased.

I am still a bit giddy, particularly when I first sit up in the mornings, but as the day goes on I seem to get a lot better.

Chandira, I think you might be right - if I've been carrying some kind of low-grade ear infection around for a few weeks it won't have been helping with the morning sickness. However, the womiting seems to have stopped and I am even having whole hours at a time when I am enjoying being pregnant rather than hating ever single minute. Which is nice.

Re asparagus seedlings Boy, someone on downsizer.net very kindly send me some seeds a couple of months ago. I thought I'd managed to kill them, but they just took a long while to come up. I've got about three dozen little feathery plants that will be ready to plant out in to an asparagus bed next year and crop two years after that. Very exciting.

Also very exciting, this weekend we are going on a Strawbale Building Course with Amazonails.

This is part of our New Plan. It is only a proto-plan at the moment, whilst we find out about funding, planning and building regulations; but after a little digging around, we think it should be possible to buy a bit of land and build our own house on it out of straw bales. If we can do this it would be a) brilliant fun and b) incredibly eco-friendly.

Of course we will still need to sell this house first; but we are both really keen on the idea. So the weekend course seemed like a good step forward to find out more about it.

Today I am tidying the house so that when we come home on Monday we are ready for all the floods of viewings that I am expecting next week. And I need to find my lump hammer to take on the building course.

12 comments:

  1. It's kind of nice to hear you're enjoying being pregnant some of the time. Fingers crossed that this state of affairs continues and even grows.

    Good luck with the strawbale building course. The whole idea sounds like fun, especially the giant 4-poster pictured at their website! I'd better stop there, I think, on grounds of public decency.

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  2. It's kind of nice to hear you're enjoying being pregnant some of the time. Fingers crossed that this state of affairs continues and even grows.

    Good luck with the strawbale building course. The whole idea sounds like fun, especially the giant 4-poster pictured at their website! I'd better stop there, I think, on grounds of public decency.

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  3. Okay, you know the first thing that came into my head was a three little pigs reference. But those houses look quite substantial. I see the haybales are treated with something (render?). Will that also keep the hay from bothering people with allergies? I have only been around hay on hayrides and am usually blotchy. tichy and sneezing by the end.

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  4. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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  5. Those seedlings look v v healthy, well done. Mind you, you've got three years before you can crop!

    My dad experimented with straw bale houses out at the coop farm they were (still are for my mum) a part of.

    It was just a small outbuilding to trial, but 15 years later is still standing and in use (though they have had to use chemical pesticides a couple times). Its interesting stuff.

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  6. Those seedlings look v v healthy, well done. Mind you, you've got three years before you can crop!

    My dad experimented with straw bale houses out at the coop farm they were (still are for my mum) a part of.

    It was just a small outbuilding to trial, but 15 years later is still standing and in use (though they have had to use chemical pesticides a couple times). Its interesting stuff.

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  7. A Plan, hurrah! Less womiting, hurrah!
    Enjoying your pregnancy - ahhhhh!
    Love the idea of the strawbale housie.

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  8. A Plan, hurrah! Less womiting, hurrah!
    Enjoying your pregnancy - ahhhhh!
    Love the idea of the strawbale housie.

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  9. I'm generally in agreement with you about antibiotics being atool of Satan. I almost died once when I took some, and have been antibiotic free for about 10 years also now. But I think there are times when they do make life less hazardous, and much more comfortable. Take some pro-biotics, too, like some acidohpilus or something similar. They replace all the 'good' bacteria that the antibiotics also kill.

    SO is your asparagus really long and spindly? it doesn't look it! Mine is all about 8 inches long, and about a mm thick, so a friend suggested I repot them a bit deeper in the soil, to support the stems better. And yes, they take forever to come up!

    I know a person here who has a strawbale house, and it's GORGEOUS... Hexagonal, so it feels like living inside a really organic thing, much better than a square box. Her stair railings are also tree branches, and all tree-shaped, too, and totally beautiful!! Good Plan. Very good..

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  10. I'm generally in agreement with you about antibiotics being atool of Satan. I almost died once when I took some, and have been antibiotic free for about 10 years also now. But I think there are times when they do make life less hazardous, and much more comfortable. Take some pro-biotics, too, like some acidohpilus or something similar. They replace all the 'good' bacteria that the antibiotics also kill.

    SO is your asparagus really long and spindly? it doesn't look it! Mine is all about 8 inches long, and about a mm thick, so a friend suggested I repot them a bit deeper in the soil, to support the stems better. And yes, they take forever to come up!

    I know a person here who has a strawbale house, and it's GORGEOUS... Hexagonal, so it feels like living inside a really organic thing, much better than a square box. Her stair railings are also tree branches, and all tree-shaped, too, and totally beautiful!! Good Plan. Very good..

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  11. The organisation I work for are about to order some straw bale houses but these are based on a structurally insulated panel system and as such they should have a much longer life span.

    Email me if you want futher info...

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  12. The organisation I work for are about to order some straw bale houses but these are based on a structurally insulated panel system and as such they should have a much longer life span.

    Email me if you want futher info...

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