Wednesday, 24 June 2015

It has been reported in the news that a wild beaver has given birth in the English wilds, for the first time in around 400 years. The European Beaver was once a native of these isles, so it is good news to hear that they might just retake their place in the British countryside.

A large part of the problem is that species no longer have a natural bio-region, free from interference, in which they can survive. The Romans, Normans and later the Victorians imported hundreds of species into the UK. This placed pressure on native stocks which often could not compete. We only need look at the most obvious examples - the red squirrel, the English bluebell, the native honey bee, white clawed crayfish - everyone of these examples now faces massive decline in numbers because of the deliberate introduction of non native and more aggressive foreign species (ie the grey squirrel, the Spanish bluebell, Italian bees [often disease ridden], American Signal). 

And what of our native peoples? We are a part of a natural order and if we do not learn from what is happening all around us, we will soon follow suit. 

England is our Lebensraum - our space to live. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Solstice ritual at the White Horse Stone, with hand stitched runic banner and the Need-fire.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Well as you can see I've slowed right down with the number of posts I've made to this blog - this is because I've been busy in the veg garden mostly, and we also have extended our self sufficiency efforts to include bee keeping.  

For those who follow the Ethel Project, some photos of the garden in its present state. In addition to this, I've planted honey berry, pear and a third grape!

Above and below, various peas now growing their pods. Most of the veg I have planted is native to Europe and are heirloom, meaning I can save the seeds (this does not work with F1 types from garden centres). There are obvious exceptions to this, notably the potato which originates from the America's, though I've managed to find a variety called 'Saxon'. A friend tells me he once grew a variety of beetroot called 'Wotan'!! 

The pods are a wonderful yellow and the flowers vary from blue thru purple!

above - young blue berry in the foreground with red current behind. In addition to these fruits we have white current, strawberry, gooseberry, honey berry (a member of the honeysuckle family) black berry and raspberry, tay berry and wine berry.   

Squash and courgette (zucchini to our America friends) with the start of a coppiced wood frame which they'll grow against. Cut the bottom off old plastic tubs / garden pots and put these into grow bags, then back fill with good compost. This helps keep the fruit (yes they are a fruit!) off the ground, holds the water for longer and helps protect against the snails and slugs. 

one of our few Wyandottes - a hardy small breed from America which are ideal for small holders. I've bred chicks for about eight years, and Wyandottes are by far the best breed I've kept. They lay good sized eggs (for a large bantam) and still can be used as a table bird. As I only keep pure breed birds I don't get eggs over winter (you'll need a hybrid for that).  They go broody maybe twice a year but are excellent mums! John Seymour suggests if you want ducks, use a broody chicken to hatch them -  chickens make better mums to ducklings than ducks!!

Monday, 8 June 2015

“A solid stock of small and medium farmers has at all times been the best protection which a nation could have against the social diseases that are prevalent to-day. Moreover, that is the only solution which guarantees the daily bread of a nation within the framework of its domestic national economy. With this condition once guaranteed, industry and commerce would retire from the unhealthy position of foremost importance which they hold to-day and would … no longer constitute the basis of the national subsistence, but would be auxiliary institutions. By fulfilling their proper function, which is to adjust the balance between national production and national consumption, they render the national subsistence more or less independent of foreign countries and thus assure the freedom and independence of the nation, especially at critical junctures in its history.” 

– Adolf Hitler