July 2016 in review

The days are lengthening, which means July saw the change from true winter, with its frosts and even occasional snow, to what I call “first spring”.  That’s the season recognised in the six-season indigenous calendar by the wattle blooming and the birds going a bit nuts. The mulch-obsessed blackbirds are starting to rip up my…

Good stuff: resilience, cast iron, Venezuela, beekeeping, regional rail, herb salts, and more.

Resilience, generally A practical infographic on increasing your personal resilience to adversity: practice mindfulness, beware of skewed perceptions, get enough rest, and other good advice. Food NYT: “Well-seasoned cast-iron pans are the new broken-in jeans: proof of both good taste and hard use.” On consolidation in the food industry: “In California, where I used to…

Good stuff: solar storage, food rebels, natural insect repellent, plastic-free July, and more.

Energy People in Newcastle, NSW are coming together to buy solar storage batteries, helping bring down prices. Nine Australian towns going 100% renewable. I particularly like Totally Renewable Yackandandah’s focus on “energy sovereignty”. Food Listen: Food rebels including seed savers, maple syrup smugglers, and guerilla gardeners on BBC World Service’s “The Food Chain”. Be careful…