It’s not been a gardeners summer so far, but despite the slug and snail onslaught there are still a few edible things still growing in the garden.
I don’t use a mobile much so have always been on a PAYG package but was getting a little fed up of paying 20p a min for calls and 10p for a text, so I looked around for an alternative. I quickly moved to a new community driven network called giffgaff. Not only are the PAYG rates just 8p a min to any number or 4p for a text, but you also get free calls and texts to anyone else on the giffgaff network. There are also ‘goody bags’ which give you a monthly package of minutes and texts etc for heavy users. You can keep your old number and do all the other things you’d expect from a mobile network, and giffgaff runs off the O2 network so is covered wherever you are in the UK or world.
It works via word of mouth and is driven my it’s customer community so just thought I’d mention it in case others want to explore a cheaper network. You can order a free SIM card here. By ordering through that page you’ll also get £5 extra credit for free when you activate your SIM (they also give me some credit to, so we all get something). Happy Friday!
Had a great week in the Woodhouse cabin last week. Completely off-grid, with composting toilets, power from wind and solar, solar hot water with a little wood-burning Rayburn to supplement – all lovingly put together and added to around a Finnish ‘flat-pack’ cabin. Great ingenuity and skill showed by owners Jeff and Carey who build it themselves. All seemed quite familiar and so wasn’t a surprise to hear that many of the ideas were inspired by technologies they’d seen in action travelling in Africa.
Having to be mindful of how much hot water you were using and how many appliances you had on at once (that’ll be one at a time then) perhaps ironically made it an even more relaxing holiday than on-grid versions. With an amazing permaculture designed garden with amazing fruit and veg, which you could help yourself to, plus a farm shop ten minutes walk over a field, there really was no need to leave the farm it is on. Felt like the ‘middle-of-no-where’, whilst there was a road just beyond a couple of fields, so it was more accessible than it felt (for the Welsh borders that is). Needless to say the children loved the grazing sheep, horses and tractor! Happy times!
I’ve been enjoying the new album Go by Jonsi recently (spotify link) – including the acoustic film Go Quiet that accompanies the album (jonsi.com). The album is upbeat and chilled at the same time. Ayla likes dancing to it, which in my opinion is a good test for any song.
I came across this video of the volcano that no-one can name, and which has been keeping planes firmly on the ground, which uses one of the tracks… dramatic scenery and a good song from the album: Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010 on Vimeo