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Returning from our morning walk, my wife turns to me, “Pat, the field is looking seedy. Should we mow it?” “Yeah, let’s mow it,” I say, wondering if there’s enough gas. Hmmm, I think I’ll try the new EGO battery mower to see if it’ll work on the thicker grass. To my surprise it works well.
We usually mow the field with the big DR Brush cutter. It’s about 11 hp and uses quite a bit of gas, so I was very impressed that the EGO cordless mower could handle this thicker and taller grass.
With the advances in battery technology, it’s exciting to be able to do more and more things without using fossil fuels. If it’s true what most scientists are saying, then our grandchildren are facing a future of mass starvation, cities underwater, and out of control wildfires. With that being a possibility, we are very willing to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible.
The small fire was lit on Sunday, the day before ‘bread day.’ Enough heat is stored in the dome to bake 125 to 130 loaves of bread the next day.
Do you ever wonder what to do with old table cloths, jeans, or scraps of material? Recycle them into a very usable rag rug.
Posted in Bee-loving flowers, Drip watering, Natural Beekeeping, Raised beds, Sustainable living, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, bees on catkins, bees on Oregon Coast, bees pollinating turnip flowers, deer netting in raised beds, drip watering, Gardening, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, nature photography, pussy willow trees, raised beds, Sustainable living, Turnip flowers, Turnip flowers for bees, turnips, vegetable growing on February 12, 2014| 16 Comments »
When we planted turnips, lettuce and kale in July for our winter garden little did we know we were planting for the bees as well as ourselves.
Posted in Burley bicycle trailer, Solar, Sustainable living, Uncategorized, tagged bicycle trailer, bicycle transportation, Car-free days, Solar electricity, Sustainable living on December 31, 2013| 11 Comments »
Riding a bicycle for errands is a “win, win, win!” We don’t pollute, we don’t use gasoline, and we get some exercise…gets the cardiovascular circulation going. Of course we use the bicycle to get groceries and other items like crab shells and coffee grounds, too. Occasionally I’ll even deliver print jobs from a printer I know. A few years ago someone on NPR said he was trying to cut down on his carbon footprint by not driving at least one day a week. We thought that was a great idea, so in 2006 we set out to get at least 51 days without using a car.
The following are the totals of “Car-free days” per year and rainfall totals.
2006 59/365=16.2% No rainfall report.
2007 76/365=20.8% No rainfall report.
2008 134/366=36.6% No rainfall report.
2009 144/365=39.5% Total rainfall 49.27 inches (1251 mm) Avg. rainfall 64.41 inches.
2010 153/365=41.9% Total rainfall 66.1 inches (1679 mm) Avg. rainfall 64.43 inches.
2011 186/365=50.1% Total rainfall 39.16 inches (994 mm) Avg. rainfall 64.91 inches.
2012 162/366=44.3% Total rainfall 54.89 inches (1394 mm) Avg. rainfall 64.57 inches.
2013 149/365=40.8% Total rainfall 29.5 inches (749 mm) Avg. rainfall 64.57 inches. (Footnote: 2013 is driest year on record)
2014 183/365=50%. HOORAY!! 50% Car-free days, and that’s with 18″ more rainfall this year. Total rainfall is 47.58 inches (1233 mm) Avg. rainfall is 64.57 inches.
2015 180/365=49.3%. I couldn’t quite get my 50% car-free days. Rainfall for 2015 is 44.89 inches (1140 mm)
As you can see 2011 was our best year at 50.1%. That works out to be 3.5 car-free days a week. Rainfall was comparatively low that year, so it was easier to get around. The next year I started beekeeping so the numbers have dropped a bit since I started attending bee meetings, hanging bait hives, and chasing down swarms.
I can’t remember what this lumber was for, but my little Burley Flat Bed trailer was able to get it (and me) home in one piece.
The point of car-free days is to try to limit our carbon footprint. We live in a small town so it’s easy for us to bicycle. If we lived in a large city with public transportation, we would use it. We feel that it’s important to cut down on our energy usage (and pollution) as much as possible.
Just for the record I want to add the totals from my little solar system…
12-31-13…..5139 Total Kilowatt hours produced from start up in June 2009
12-31-12…..3915 Total Kilowatt hours produced from start up in June 2009
1224 Kilowatt hours produced Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013
12-31-13…..188.1 Total kilo-amp hours produced from start up in June 2009
12-31-12…..143.2 Total kilo-amp hours produced from start up in June 2009
44.9 Kilo-amp hours produce Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013
1-1-14…..Zero’d out the meter today.
12-31-14…..45.6 Kilo-amp hours produced Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014
12-31-15…..48.6 Kilo-amp hours produced Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015
12-31-15…..1,320 Kilo wt hours produced Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015
12-31-15…..Note to Pat…Did NOT zero out meter…Didn’t remember code. 😦
— Emily Heath (@Emily_Heath) December 21, 2013
This was brought to my attention by Emily Heath, a fellow beekeeper in Great Britain whom I follow. George Menbiot states the situation much better than I. (I’m a printer, not a writer)
Think about this the next time you are tempted to buy that useless gift.
Before you leave the house to go shopping, take a re-usable cloth bag. Don’t buy plastic gifts that will end up in the garbage in a few days. RECYCLE AND RE-USE as much as possible.
Ah humans. So superior to the Mother Earth which puts up with us.
Photographer Chris Jordan is doing a fantastic work on Midway Island in the Pacific. It’s so easy to consume something in a plastic container, throw it in the trash can, put it out for collection, and COMPLETELY FORGET ABOUT IT FOR FOREVER.
Meanwhile, this plastic can’t be easily disposed of. So it’s thrown in the ocean by bad businesses and governments and collects mainly in the Pacific where it is creating quite a disgusting and embarrassing problem. We should be very embarrassed. We should be apologizing profusely. But who we are really hurting are animals who can’t call out to us, who can’t hurt us, who we don’t even think about EVER.
Please do your part. RECYCLE and REUSE when you have to buy plastic, but do NOT buy PLASTIC if not necessary!!
Please see Chris’ documentary…
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