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I have talked with a few of you out there about the University of Saskatchewan's research into hardy, zone 2 fruit trees and bushes. In my search to see where you can buy the plants, though, all I could find was DNA Gardens which seemed a little far to travel just to buy a bush. There is actually a place just east of Sherwood Park by the Blackfoot that sells them, including the new "fruit of the future", the haskap aka edible honeysuckle aka honeyberry.

I definitely recommend visiting Shallow Creek Nurseries - knowledgeable, friendly, and good prices.
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I've discussed this idea with some of you, but I'm wondering why more people and politicians haven't thought of it.

Imagine walking through the local park past apple trees and crossing through a raspberry patch. Native flora like saskatoons and high bush cranberries are also scattered throughout the park.

Why don't we plant fruit trees and shrubs in public parks? It could be harvested by both the general public and the food bank. They would provide food as well as offer beauty to the surroundings. It seems like such a simple idea to get the most out of our park space and would allow for those with lower incomes to have a chance at eating fresh, locally grown food.

I realize there are hurdles - the possibility of vandalism, the cost of maintenance, and the difficulty of finding volunteers to harvest - but I think it would be worth trying out.

Has anyone ever heard of such an idea?
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Ricotta made and sampled with a drizzle of honey. It is indeed wonderfully creamy and warm and definitely heavenly. I had a few problems trying to get the milk up to 90C, but otherwise it was incredibly simple. Definitely worth trying again with some other people to help sample the results.
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I plan on trying to make ricotta cheese at home.

I plan on buying some rennet tablets from Danlac and trying my hand at 30 minute mozzarella.

Anyone want to help?
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Every once in a long while, I like going to the Olive Garden. Watching this video, put out by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest is definitely making me reconsider my restaurant choices:

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Kitchen - Sept 2nd
Originally uploaded by boubabe.
Here is today's photo. You can see the big changes (although the mess remains the same). There are a couple of other photos on Flickr if you want a few different views including one of the front entrance.
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Kitchen - June 30th
Originally uploaded by boubabe.
Here is a before photo of the kitchen with the awful floor and icky backsplash. Ignore the mess at I originally was just keeping this for my own purposes.

Soon after this photo was taken was when I painted the backplash the colour "Wine Tasting".
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[livejournal.com profile] lindylousmith suggested that I post about these beautiful lights that I came across. The designer is Tord Boontje from the Netherlands. All his works, lighting and otherwise, have the same airy, delicate feel; I wish I had a place for some of it in my home. The Garland Light that you see is on permanent display at the MoMA in New York and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

There are at least two places I've seen his work being sold:

YouSayTomayto - a funky online store that is chock full of fun and sometimes useful things for your house. The Garland Light is listed at US$60.

Fireworks Gallery: Celebrating Art in Life - a lovely shop in Seattle that seems to ship worldwide. The light seems to be listed at US$65 here.
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I came across this site via Radio Paradise and liked what I saw. I don't know how many of you are interested in it but I thought I'd pass along the info about Kiva.org.

Read more... )

I've put down a small contribution on a couple of businesses. I'll write about how it goes.
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Bed. Cab. It's all the same thing.

Sigh...
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One of the best things about participating in last week's roadside cleanup was getting to hang out with a bunch of really amazing teenage girls. This was my third time getting to participate in one of their activities (the other two times were doing a first aid course and trying out ice climbing). These girls are tomorrow's Amazons of Alberta - dynamic, curious, fearless. They are a joy to be around.

One of my conversations with the girls led to the discussion of making a list of things you want to do in your lifetime. It was interesting and exciting to find out what was on their list

When I was 13 years old, I formed the goal of living and working in Japan. It took 15 years but I did eventually make it there - the problem is that I had that as my main goal for so long, that there hasn't been a similarly significant goal to take its place.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with at least 10 things that you'd like to do before you die. Feeling brave? Try to make it 100 things. Need some inspiration? Try looking at these sites:

http://www.staff.uaf.edu/fnnjp/100_Things.html
http://members.forbes.com/fyi/2000/0918/082.html
http://brass612.tripod.com/cgi-bin/things.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1361676,00.html
http://www.travelerslunchbox.com/journal/2006/8/21/calling-all-bloggers-things-to-eat-before-you-die.html
http://www.barryhughes.com/1001-things-to-do-before-you-die/

Due date? Let's say the end of June?
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i have a couple of friends who sing in a local acappella group known as "Apocalypse Kow". Recently I discovered that they have a portion of on of their performances on Youtube so I thought I'd do a little linky and let you enjoy their singing:

Four songs, five singers... )
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I don't know if this is old news, but there is this offer on the table from CO2RE:

Free Programmable Thermostat
Homeworks is currently offering any CO2RE member who books a FREE Homeworks house call before April 15, a programmable thermostat. Call 1-877-658-7878 (toll free) and mention that you're a CO2RE member.

http://www.co2re.ca/


Membership appears to be free.
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I just came home from an amazing conference focused on helping at-risk youth. The presenters were passionate, controversial, and entertaining.

One such presenter was David Bouchard. I had come across him in my hunt to try to find First Nations focused books for my teenagers. His books are wonderful - well worth checking out. Hearing him talk, though, was a whirlwind of emotions, opinions, and lists of books to read.

He feels we're failing our youth; we need to get them to read as it is the key to success, self-esteem and freedom. We don't need to just tell them to read, we need to read with them, have them see us read, and hear us rave about books we've read.

Along the way, he listed books upon books to try reading. I thought I'd share them with you...
Read more... )
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Tom Waits and animation - this turns out to be a lovely combination. Have ye a watch:

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Originally uploaded by o2ma.
This photo comes from Ottmar Liebert's photo blog.

One of these days I'll wander over to China and take this photo myself.

flight

Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:16 pm
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flight
Originally uploaded by listen1.
I saw this and thought of puppytown.

Happy new year, folks. May many of your dreams take flight this year.
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Many moons ago, I caught this video on youtube and giggled helplessly at the evil geniusness of it. Science fiction/ninja/western - it's a beautiful blend.

Coming across it again, I had to share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV1bRfLHA3A
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