mikro2nd Blog Posts

  • Truckalorry Time
    on Mar 2, 2016 in earthstuff ecology ecotechnology
    There's that grumbling thunder in the distance again, the grunting roar of another truck rumbling downhill, picking up the speed to make it up the next hill, gears grinding as the driver changes up and up again to goad his vehicle, burdened by its lo...
  • Experimental Gardening: QuinoaQuinoa is one of the things we like to call Ooh Aah Foods – wonder foods that some of our hippy neighbours consider a cure-all for everything. Originating from the South Americas it really is a wonderful grain, and very healthful; stuffed with esse...
  • Cultivating Communitytl;dr: We're forming a local conservancy with the goals of preserving our neighbourhood's natural and historic environment, and, hopefully, as a tool to help us build a community with some resilience against climate change and post-carbon energy desc...
  • World Made by Nuts
    on Jun 14, 2014 in climate-change insanesociety
    So yesterday was one of those days when you just know you're going to waste a bunch of time attending to annoying, but sort-of necessary, stuff.The car has been giving some trouble, and nobody in town was able to pin it down. Yeah, it is an almost 20...
  • Today I Learned...
    on Jan 13, 2014 in beer brewing learning
    A friend visiting from Sweden brought us a few beers to sample, chiefly a few Christmas (spiced) Ales, or Julöls, which are apparently popular there. Among them a Cacao Porter from the Malmö Brewery which he praised highly. Now both of us are very...
  • Measuring Energy
    on Dec 19, 2013 in energy madscience
    Not sure why the picture shows cost in £. The device is equally happy to display cost in our native R.One of the best birthday presents I've ever received was an Energy Monitor given to me by one of my sons this year. Electrical Energy Monitor,...
  • Spring Planting has Begun
    on Sep 16, 2013 in seed-sowing spring
    Hopefully slightly more relevant than my last post about The Crooked Car Dealer.At long last. The first seeds of the season have been sown.It's been a very sullen, cold and slow Spring so far. I know that some of my neighbours have taken their chance...
  • Crooked Car DealerThis purpose of this post is simply to get the word into Googles Enormous Engine about a particular crooked car dealer so that any poor soul searching for a used car might be lucky enough to search first and so avoid dealing with this particular cret...
  • Lettuce Prey
    on Jun 1, 2013 in lettuce seed
    I've been updating some of the info pages on the wiki... writing down some of the initial info (with pictures) of some of the Lettuce varieties I'm growing for seed this Autumn. The aim is to record much better notes on the habits, uses and cultivati...
  • Home-made No-Rinse SanitiserA major part of being somewhat self-sufficient is the need to safely "dispose of waste". For example, how do you "get rid" of paint thinners or leftover paint? In some parts of the world towns and cities provide places where you can take these noxiou...
  • Having difficulty viewing my Braamekraal Farm site?
    on Jan 30, 2013 in meta
    It has been brought to my attention that some viewers (or should I say Viewer Wannabes?) might be experiencing some problems when trying to browse to my Braamekraal Farm site... The problem seems to only exist for users of Internet Explorer 9. All...
  • Turkey Leftovers
    on Dec 28, 2012 in recipe
    Along with lots of you (including @grumpyoldrick) we're into Day 4 of Turkey Leftovers. So here's a recipe idea... Finely dice a medium Onion into a cast-iron pan with a glug of hot Olive Oil. Add some chopped Chiles and Sweet Peppers. I leave quanti...
  • New Addition
    on Dec 19, 2012 in dogs
    A very small addition to the menagerie... Just 6 weeks old, and we're still searching for a good name for her. Looking at the pedigree certificates we discovered that this little one's Dad and Keira are brother and sister - probably from the...
  • Spring
    on Sep 2, 2012 in planting spring
    A beautiful, warm Spring day. Just the sort that irresistibly invites you into the garden. Bees droning all about in the sunshine. The Flock of Chickens clucking and scratching somewhere distant under trees. Dog joyously hunting rats in the tall gras...
  • Stuck Pickup
    on Aug 11, 2012 in howto vehicles
    Bakkie (local term for a pickup) stuck solidly in the mudbath that was once a lawn. No tractor handy to pull it out. No team of oxen. No bunch of strong friends to help push. Just the two of us. How to get it out of the mud? Read more »...
  • It Never Rains, But It Pours
    on Aug 7, 2012 in planting winter rain
    After a particularly wet July the ground is saturated and dams are happily full. And now this... A small river through the front garden... ...and out back, where beer-bottle cleaning has been brought to a temporary halt... And Bakkie...
  • Preparations for Leaving the Grid
    on Jul 21, 2012 in energy ecotechnology
    We always planned on a solar-power setup. It's a natural and obvious part of our attempt to live a more sustainable, eco-resilient lifestyle without forsaking all the perks of technology. When we designed the house we knew we would be unable to a...
  • The Joy of (Willards) Snacks: GMOs in Big Korn Bites
    on Jul 5, 2012 in gmo kakistopoly
    Not that I'm planning to turn this blog into a GMO-activism sort of thing, but, consonant with the notion that self-sufficiency is inherently anti-corporate (and possibly a bit subversive) here's more follow-up on my comments about the fraud...
  • Brew Day: Belgian Blonde
    on Jun 10, 2012 in brewing
    I've long debated with myself over adding brew-blogging to this blog. After all, the main mission here is self-sufficiency. On the other hand, I often do want to record thoughts and feelings about a brew day beyond the bare facts that I record in my...
  • New Kid on the Block
    on Mar 24, 2012 in genetics chickens agrobiodiversity
    An unexpected phone-call from Deborah next door a few mornings ago. "Do you want a Rooster?" A bit of discussion needed, there... On the one hand our flock really does need a Rooster to look after them after the Tragedy On Honey-Badger H...
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