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Having a problem? Try solvitur ambulando.

Solvitur ambulando is a Latin term, created by Diogenes, who replied to the argument that motion is unreal by standing up and walking away. So solvitur ambulando literally means that a problem is solved by a practical experiment. Which is something quite familiar to permaculture.

But in a broader context it can also mean other things. For instance: having a problem and you don`t know how to solve it? Go for a walk. There is no wrong weather, just wrong outfit :)

So, if you have a problem that needs solving, just get up and start walking. There is no good in sitting on a couch and waiting …  No doubt about that. Motion brings oxygen into brain. Some suggest you should dwelve on the problem while walking, other say, that you should just empty your head and  let it be (like John Lennon said HERE :) and it might dissolve by itself. Or at least shrink a lot. I suppose that depends on the problem – some will and some won`t. But there`s no harm in trying :) So – lets solvitur ambulando.

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Another tree falling …

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Life always finds a way.

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And so does water …

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Luna has no problem solving problems. Water? Great! Let`s take a bath.

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Almost back home again. Things that bothered me seem much smaller now.

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Solvitur ambulando – solved by walking

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Integral Permaculture Academy: On-line Permaculture Courses * Spletni permakulturni tečaji

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Mogoče se še spomnite, 5. maja letos se je odvijal Mednarodni dan permakulture – globalni spletni dogodek. Na blogu sem o tem pisala tukaj: https://permakulturazatelebane.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/happy-international-permaculture-day-with-love-from-slovenia-5-5-2013/

International Permaculture Day

Že takrat sem hotela objaviti organizatorjevo ponudbo spletnih izobraževanj o permakulturi (res so takšna, da se za vsakega najde kaj primernega), pa je zadnjih 7 mesecev zletelo skozi okno kot jata krokarjev :)

V zadnjem tednu leta pospravljam, urejam, pripravljam – treba je pospravit staro, da bo prostor za novo :) In tako danes končno izpolnjujem dano obljubo – eccola, tukaj je povezava do spletnih permakulturnih tečajev: http://www.integralpermaculture.org/what-is

Njihova stran je v angleščini in španščini; če boste rabili pomoč z razumevanjem, z veseljem pomagam.

Še povezava do pogostih vprašanj, lahko pride prav: http://www.integralpermaculture.org/advantages/faqs

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Perhaps you remember, the International Permaculture Day was held on the 5th of May this year – a global event. I wrote a post about it on my blog – here it is: https://permakulturazatelebane.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/happy-international-permaculture-day-with-love-from-slovenia-5-5-2013/ )

International Permaculture Day

I wanted to publish the organizers` offer of on-line permaculture courses (they really are very cleverly chosen so that everybody can find something for themselves), but it seems that the last 7 months flew through open window like a flock of ravens :)

I have been tidying, arranging, preparing things during the last week of the old year – out with the old as to make place for the new that is bound to come :) And so I finally managed to keep my promise – eccola, here is the link to their on-line permaculture courses: http://www.integralpermaculture.org/what-is

Their web page is written in English and in Spanish; if you`ll need any help please let me know, I might be of some help.

And here is the link to frequently asked questions, might come handy: http://www.integralpermaculture.org/advantages/faqs

Prihaja mladi bog sonca

Danes je zimski solsticij, zimski obrat, najdaljša noč, najkrajši dan v letu. Sonce, tudi če bi ga videli, bi se nizko na nebu prikazalo za rekordno kratek čas. In kot da to ni dovolj, je poleg te zoprnije današnje nebo svinčeno sivo, skozi gozd in okoli hiše se plazi megla, lepljiva, vlažna, gosta … Hotela sem na vrt, pa me je že ob pogledu ven minilo. Me res ni vleklo ven – če ste vi taki heroji, vam lahko samo čestitam.

Naši predniki so se bali, da bo sonce, ki je vsak dan težje in nižje plavalo čez nebo, na koncu štrbunknilo z njega, nekam za obzorje, v nepovrat. In zato so na najkrajši dan v letu praznovali Yuletide (Julov čas).

Švedi še vedno voščijo

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Vesel Jul in Srečno novo leto – in ne Vesel božič …

Praznovanje se je obneslo, ljudje so vsako leto znova preprečili katastrofo :). Vsako leto znova je staro zmatrano sonce komaj komaj še zdržalo, da ni telebnilo onkraj sveta, po praznovanju pa se je spet pomladilo, spremenilo v mladega sončnega boga, ki je svetil vsak dan močneje in se na nebu vsak dan povzpel nekoliko višje. In višje. Dokler ni v deželo spet prišla pomlad.

Megla in vlaga sta me začeli vleči v sivino, zato sem se odločila, da bom zadevi naredila konec. In zakurila v peči. Potem sem naredila niz fotografij in obsedela v fotelju pred pečjo, lepo na toplem in začarana z ognjem, v katerem je nekaj očarljivega plesalo svoj divji ples, vsakih nekaj minut pa so se mu pridružile še majhne, iskreče plesalke.

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Za nekaj minut sem izginila v kuhinjo po kavo, pa je bilo dovolj, da me je v toplem fotelju zamenjal Mike … in občudoval ples v peči. Kaj neki vidijo mačke, enkrat bi pa res rada izvedela, kaj vidijo s temi svojimi vsevidnimi očmi …

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Here comes the sun … definitely :)

Nelson Mandela`s garden * Vrt Nelsona Mandele

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Today is the funeral day of Nelson Mandela, a man I feel strong and deep admiration for. While imprisoned, he used to have a garden. That garden was one of very few or even the only thing that he was allowed to control, something rare that was in his domain in times when not much was left for him to decide … something to look forward to, seeing the seeds waking up and growing, admiring the unstoppable power of life … It is impossible not to be touched and transformed by it, if only you choose to open your heart …

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Here are a few words from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, about his gardening: “Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed in sun the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission. I requested that the prison service supply me with sixteen 44-gallon oil drums that I had them slice in half. The authorities then filled each half with rich, moist soil, creating in effect thirty-two giant flowerpots. I grew onions, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and much more. At its height I had a small farm with nearly nine hundred plants.”

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I think there is a strong lesson in it for all of us, especially for those who feel trapped, robbed of free will, of choosing what is good for them and what not … There are so many people enslaved in this world and even those who feel that they have their life in their own hands – even they sometimes wonder if that really is true …

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We all get these feelings of being trapped eventually, wondering about the purpose of our life and at the same time wondering what are we wondering about – isn`t everything just swell? :)

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So if you are at that point in your life, please consider starting a garden. It just might help :)

Danes so pokopali Nelsona Mandelo, človeka, ki ga iskreno in močno občudujem. V času, ko je bil zaprt, je imel vrt. Ta vrt je bil ena redkih ali celo edina stvar, o kateri je lahko sam odločal, jo počel po lastni presoji, v času, ko so o njem in o tem, kaj počne, v celoti odločali drugi … nekaj, česar se je lahko veselil, ko je opazoval seme, ki je vzklilo in zrastlo v sadiko, ko je lahko občudoval neustavljivo moč življenja… Nemogoče je, da se nas ta moč ne bi dotaknila, da nas ne bi spremenila, če le odpremo svoje srce …

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V svoji avtobiografije Long Walk to Freedom piše takole: “Po nekaj tednih opazovanja praznega prostora, ki smo ga imeli na voljo na strehi, kako ga obseva sonce, sem se odločil, da se lotim vrta in dobil dovoljenje za to. Od uprave sem si izprosil 16 sodov, ki so jih prerezali na polovico, potem pa polovice napolnili z bogatim, vlažnim humusom. Tako je nastalo 32 ogromnih posod za zelenjavo. Gojil sem čebulo, jajčevce, zelje, cvetačo, fižol, špinačo, korenje, kumare, brokoli, rdečo peso, solato, paradižnik, papriko, jagode in še veliko več. V najboljšem obdobju sem imel majhno kmetijo s skoraj 900 sadikami.“

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Mislim, da je v tem lahko močna izkušnja za vse nas, predvsem za tiste, ki se počutijo ujete, oropane svobodne volje in možnosti odločanja, kaj je dobro za njih in kaj ne … Toliko ljudi na tem svetu je zasužnjenih in celo tisti, ki menijo, da imajo svoja življenja trdno v svojih rokah, se včasih sprašujejo, če to res drži …

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Večina ljudi prej ali slej pride do točke v življenju, ko se počutijo ujete; vsi se v nekem trenutku vprašamo o smislu svojega življenja, a se hkrati vprašamo tudi – o čem sploh dvomim, nad čim se pritožujem? Ko pa je ja vse super? :)

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Če ste tudi vi sedaj na tej točki svojega življenja, prosim poskusite z vrtom. Čisto lahko, da bo pomagalo :)

 

Garden, full of perennials * Vrt, poln trajnic

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The last article I`ve written for the magazine Moj mali svet (My little world) was about perennials in garden. My garden is now much different from what it used to be, as there are more and more perennials in it. Some were sown or planted by me and others determined their place and stayed by themselves. The whole story proved what I already knew – whenever I give up the need to control and let nature teach me, I end up with much less work and much more success. Perennials gradually sneaked themselves into my garden – first those, who weren’t visible in garden beds during winter and hid themselves from cold (and me :) in the ground, and later those who insist growing in the garden practically all the time. And there are those, who stay in my garden permanently because they plant themselves by throwing away their seeds. I hope that in time my garden will become completely sustainable … which would be wonderful of course … having a permaculture forest garden. For now the permanent inhabitants include kale, bear garlic, radicchio, rocket, Jerusalem artichoke, rhubarb, straw- and other berries, onion, borage, New Zealand spinach – and from this year forward garlic as well (ha, that means no more planting!). Some of them are such hard workers that it is sometimes difficult to be able to eat them soon enough and prevent them to occupy the garden (for example the Jerusalem artichoke). The New Zealand spinach and borage successfully sow themselves every year, as well as calendula and other lovely garden flowers. And because of some „unknown reason“ I can find young and very healthy plants of tomato and zucchinis in the most unexpected places again and again … I can hardly wait for the spring to come :) Moj zadnji članek v reviji Moj mali svet je o trajnicah v vrtu. Vrt je danes precej drugačen kot je bil pred nekaj leti, ker je na njem čedalje več trajnic. Nekatere sem dodala sama, druge so se za takšne določile same. Tudi pri tej zgodbi se je izkazalo: ko vsaj malo utišam potrebo po kotroli n urejanju in namesto tega pustim naravi, da me uči, na koncu vedno znova delam manj, pridelam pa več. Trajnice so se v moj vrt pritihotapile nekako same od sebe. Najprej tiste, ki na gredicah pozimi niso bile vidne, pač pa so se pred mrazom (in menoj :) pametno potuhnile v tla, od koder so se spomladi spet prikazale, kasneje pa tudi takšne, ki na vrtu vztrajajo ves čas – in jih več ali manj lahko ves čas tudi jemo. Med trajnice prištevam tudi vse, ki se začnejo v vrtu obnašati „trajnostno“ in se zasejejo same – pa čeprav to ni čisto pravilna razdelitev. Sčasoma bo morda moj vrt postal povsem trajnosten … kar bi bilo seveda čudovito … kot permakulturni gozdni vrt. Pri meni imajo večen abonma kodrolistni ohrovt, čemaž, radič, rukola, topinambur, rabarbara, jagode in drugo jagodičevje, stoletna čebula, boreč, novozelandska špinača – in od letos dalje tudi česen (ha, nič več sajenja!). Nekateri so tako pridni, da jih moram res redno jesti, ker bi se sicer brez usmiljenja razlezli po vsem vrtu (na primer topinambur). Novozelandska špinača in boreč se uspešno zasejeta sama, prav tako tudi ognjič in druge koristne rožice. Iz „neznanega razloga“ se na mojem vrtu vedno znova same pojavijo tudi mlade in zelo zdrave sadike paradižnika in buč … Komaj čakam na pomlad :)

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And on this picture below you can see a type of more or less indoor winter perennial (doesn`t like to stay outside too long, because of cold weather). She`s the latest addition from the animal world, a small but very hairy black and white cat. I have found her in the middle of September last year in the woods below the house. It was already almost dark and very cold outside. She was perhaps two months old, hungry, cold and frightened as hell. But she managed to heal her body and soul and now she is the best little friend one can think of.

In na tej sliki spodaj lahko vidite sorto več ali manj notranje zimske trajnice (ne mara biti dolgo zunaj, na mrazu). Tale majhna in dolgodlaka črno bela muca je zadnja pridobitev s področja živalskega sveta. Našla sem jo sredi lanskega septembra v gozdu pod hišo. Bil je večer, skoraj že čista tema in precej mrzlo. Stara je bila morda dva meseca, lačna, premražena in grozljivo prestrašena. Pa si je opomogla – tako telesno kot psihično in danes je najboljša mala prijateljica, kar si jih človek lahko zamisli.

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Je 60.000 let trajnostnega razvoja dovolj prepričljivo za vas? * Is 60.000 years of sustainability convincing enough for you?

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Zadnjič sem med brskanjem po spletu naletela na pojem „Terra Preta Australis“. Doslej sem vedela za Terro Preto do Indio, ki so jo v porečju Amazonke več tisoč let ustvarjali tamkajšnji prebivalci, odkrili pa Španci v 16. stoletju. Zdaj pa terra preta australis? Najdba mi je samo potrdila mnenje, ki ga imam o vseh največjih in najboljših idejah – ideja nikoli ni osamljena, omejena zgolj na en del sveta; odlične ideje lahko v enaki ali podobni obliki najdemo povsod po svetu. Mogoče je res kaj na kolektivni podzavesti, o kateri je pravil Carl-Gustav Jung. To pravilo velja za olla namakalni sistem, za fermentiranje zelenjave, … nič čudnega torej, če velja tudi za terro preto. In sem šla raziskovat. Našla sem nekaj, s čimer lahko v kot postavim vse, ki ne verjamejo, da je možno na dolgi rok preživeti na naravi prijazen način :) Aborigini so v Avstraliji, ki je daleč od prijaznega okolja (se je treba kar dobro znajti), udobno živeli 60.000 let (nisem prepričana, če obstaja kakšna skupnost ljudi, ki bi se bila sposobna ohraniti dlje časa – se morda motim?). Dokaz, da je bilo njihovo življenje res udobno, je njihova močno razvita duhovnost, kultura in mitologija. Mislim, da je to najboljši dokaz o trajnosti in vzdržnosti njihovega sistema. Ko so jih belci prvič obiskali, so se čudili, kako da Aborigini niso razvili nekega agrarnega sistema, v takšni ali drugačni obliki. V tem smislu naj bi bili popolna izjema. Kmetijstvo ima svoje prednosti, pa tudi slabosti. Ne-kmetijski način Aboriginov morda prav tako – a glede na vzdržnost njihovega početja bi lahko rekli, da je precej bolj kakovosten. In na količino vloženega dela – koliko ur na dan delate, da preživite? Verjemite, da nekajkrat več kot Aborigini. Naj bi bil zahodni način življenja boljši, udobnejši? Ste prepričani? Kaj definira srečo – nov avto ali podpora prijateljev, ko vas kaj muči? :) Zahodna civilizacija (grem stavit desno roko do komolca) zagotovo ne bo zdržala 60.000 let. Mislim, da se o tem vsi strinjamo. Ko je neka bela priseljenka z zanimanjem klepetala z Aboriginko o njihovem načinu življenja, jo je ta začudeno vprašala: „Ne razumem, kakšen smisel ima to vaše početje (mislila je na vrtove in polja belih priseljencev). Toliko se mučite, da nekaj pridelate, pri tem pa vam velikokrat niti ne uspe. Zakaj je to dobro? Saj vse samo raste, le pobrati in nabrati je treba.“ Cook je s spoštovanjem govoril o Aboriginih in njihovem načinu razmišljanja. Danes vemo, da so Aborigini imeli nekakšen način kmetovanja, a je bil ta tako zelo v skladu z naravo, da belcem zaradi njihovega pogleda na svet dolgo časa ni bil opazen, ni bil dojemljiv. Uporabljali so lokalno omejeno požigalništvo, s katerim so spodbujali rast tistih rastlin, ki so jih radi jedli, za sabo so vedno pustili dovolj rastlin in živali, da se je narava lahko obnovila, nikoli niso vsega do golega in mrtvega pograbili, iztrošili, izrabili … Za sabo so pustili okolje v enako dobrem ali boljšem stanju, kot so ga našli. In tako so lahko živeli večno – kaj pa je 60.000 let drugega kot večnost :) Enako, kot je v svoji definiciji permakulture napisal Geoff Lawton: … permaculture is a system of design that will allow us to meet all our needs while benefiting the environment, so that we can live in the world “forever”. 

I ran into the concept „Terra Preta Australis“ the other day. Up until now I`ve only heard of Terra Preta do Indio, which the local inhabitants were creating in river basin of the Amazon for several thousand years and the Spaniards discovered in 16th century. And now terra preta australis? The finding confirmed my opinion I have in concern with all the largest and best ideas – a great idea is never isolated, limited to only one part of world; we can find strokes of genius in equal or analogous shape everywhere across the globe. There might be some truth in the idea of collective subconsciousness that Carl-Gustav Jung was talking about. Such ideas are olla irrigation system, fermenting of vegetables, … and obviously terra preta as well. So I started to investigate the matter. And found something, with which I can put into corner anyone who doubts that the possibility of sustainable long term living is possible :) Aborigines lived comfortably in Australia, a place far from abundance, for 60.000 years (I am not sure if any other human community managed to do that?). Their highly developed spirituality, culture and mythology are strong evidence of their life being comfortable enough. Which I think is the best proof of durability and sustainability of their system. When the first settlers from Europe visited them, they wondered how come the Aborigines didn’t develop any of the possible agricultural systems. In that sense they were a unique exception. Agriculture has its advantages, but also disadvantages. The non-agricultural way of life of Aborigines maybe has its pros and cons as well – but considering the sustainability of their way of life one could say it is of high quality. And considering the amount of needed work and sources – how many hours per day do you have to work to survive? Believe me, it certainly cannot be compared to the amount Aborigines had to do to live a comfortable life. Is western way of life better, more comfortable? Are you sure about that? What defines happiness better – a new car or support of friends in times of trouble? :) Western civilization (and I am willing to bet my right hand) definitely will not last for 60.000 years. I suppose we all agree on that. When a white lady chatted with an Aborigine woman about their way of life, the latter asked rather surprised: „I don`t understand, what`s the point in your activities (she meant the whites working in gardens and on fields). Why do you torture yourself this much, just to grow some food while you often fail to produce anything. Why is this wise? When everything grows by itself, you only have to pick it up and gather when necessary.” It was discovered later that Aborigines had a certain manner of agriculture, which was in accordance with nature and therefore not easy noticeable and understandable to the first settlers. The Aborigines were using locally limited slash and burn, they were encouraging growth of the plants they liked to eat, but they were very careful to always leave enough plants and animals behind them, so that nature always had a chance to regenerate,. They never took everything, leaving a disaster behind them. They always left the environment in the same or even a better shape than it was before they came. And in that mode they were able to life for ever – because what is 60.000 years other than eternity :) Just as Geoff Lawton says in his definition of permaculture: …permaculture is a system of design that will allow us to meet all our needs while benefiting the environment, so that we can live in the world “forever”.

More than honey

Čebele umirajo. V zadnjih 30 letih se je njihova populacija zmanjšala za polovico. Če ni čebel, ni opraševanja. Če ni opraševanja, bodo cvetovi na rastlinah, ki ga potrebujejo, ostali prazni, jalovi. Potem se lahko ljudje lotimo dela s čopiči (kar ponekod po svetu že počnejo …). Ni povsem jasno, zakaj čebele umirajo, možnih razlag je veliko, pa kaj pomaga. Lahko da bomo kmalu vse razumeli, a če spomladi na cvetočem drevju ne bo več drobnih čebelic, nam ves naš razum ne bo pomagal.

Poglejte napovednik filma More than honey (Več kot med) na dnu objave in če utegnete, si oglejte še film na tej povezavi: More than honey

Izumiranje čebel se pospešuje sorazmerno z rastjo uporabe mobitelov (članek; It`s official – cell phones are killing bees), z elektrosmogom, ki uničuje ne le njih, pač pa tudi netopirje, ptiče, spravlja kite ob pamet … in ljudi. Umirajo pa tudi zaradi strupov, ki jih ljudje trosimo, zaradi stresa, zaradi bolezni …

Danes je tako lep dan, mene pa vse skupaj spravlja v žalost. Spomladi bom na vrt in okoli hiše nasejala in nasadila še več medonosnih rastlin, ki so jim všeč. In mobitel nima kaj delati tam … stran z njim. Strupov pa itak ne uporabljam. In vem, da vi tudi ne. Hvala vam za to.

 

Bees are dying. The world population of bees has decreased for a half during the last 30 years. Without bees there is no pollination of crops possible. Without pollination, the beautiful blossoms on plants will remain empty and futile. And then people can start pollinating plants by using brushes (which is already going on in some parts of the world …). The cause of their dying is not absolutely clear, there are many different theories, but – does it matter? We may soon be able to understand it all, but if there will be no more bees on our trees in the spring, all of our intellect and understanding won`t be of any help.

Watch the trailer of film “More than honey” below  the text and if you have some time to spare, here is a link to the film: More than honey.

The dying of the bees increases proportionally with usage of cell phones (article: It`s official – cell phones are killing bees), with electrosmog that is killing not only them, but also the bats, birds, driving wales into madness … and people. They die because of poisons we spread around, because of stress, illnesses …

It`s such a beautiful day today, but I cannot help myself feeling sad. I will sew and plant many more plants they like in my garden and around the house in spring. And my cell phone has no business being there … I already don`t use any poison. And I know that you don`t either. Thank you for that.

Film: More than honey