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First Swales and Pond on the Land

First Swales and Pond on the Land

Ever since we arrived here in 2015, we’ve been thinking about how to improve the water situation on the farm. Sweden has been drying out for the last ten years or so, with 2016 the dryest year in 40 years. This year, so far, it’s quite a bit worse. So the need for good water management […]

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Hugelbed Diary: Mountains of Food

Hugelbed with produce

The hugelbed’s first growing season. Success or what? The third hugelbed diary, shot on 28 July 2016 (see the previous ones here). The last episode saw a finished bed with a few careful seed leaves showing through the straw. This episode… a bed exploded into greenness and HUGE plants. I expected plants to grow, but […]

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Brexit a Momentous Non-Event?

Brexit a Momentous Non-Event?

“If they give you lined paper, write sideways.” ~Daniel Quinn “The first rule of propaganda: if you can slide your premises by people, you’ve got them.” ~Derrick Jensen The UK is to leave the EU. The whole world (or the parts which ‘matter’) is in shock, be it in a happy or horrified way. The […]

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Moving Heavy Logs Low Tech

Moving Heavy Logs Low Tech

A double “how-to” on moving heavy logs when you happen to be fresh out of tractors, quads, or any other high-tech logging and moving equipment (it happens!), but do happen to have a saw, a hammer, some nails and some rope.

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Permaculture Learning Teaching Community …

What are we? One reason why we struggled so long – and are still struggling – to find a fitting explanation or name for what we started to do on this land is because all names are already occupied by meanings that we partly like but partly do not feel quite comfortable with. ‘Permaculture’ is […]

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Developments on the Duck Front

Developments on the Duck Front

Winter is coming. The nights are frosty and today we’ve had the first wet snow of the season. The main house is ready for winter now, but mum’s still very busy with improving things indoors. And… we’re about to invite our first true farm animals: ducks. The pond is now ready for them, apart from […]

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Cranes spectacle over Två Ekar Gård

Cranes spectacle over Två Ekar Gård

  Alas, for now only a very short but spectacular sign of life. We’re working fulltime to get the house ready for winter, and have a friend over for two weeks who’s helping us with some tricky things in the bathrooms. In between painting, sanding and plumbing and so on, I have managed to make […]

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Getting to know the land of Två Ekar Gård

Getting to know the land of Två Ekar Gård

Last week I went to Två Ekar for the very first time. Living in the South of Sweden, it takes all together 7 ½ hours by public transport to get to Råda, about 8km away from the farm, thus I couldn’t be there when my farm-mates visited the farm in May. Luckily last week Arthur […]

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We Have Arrived On Två Ekar Gård

Rådasjön.

We have set foot on Två Ekar Gård. Carla and I arrived on the 31st of July, and Annika joined us on the 11th of August. Only yesterday did we finally manage to establish internet connection, so hence the silence. It has been wonder-filled to take the first tiny steps of the long process of getting […]

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Why We Left Scotland: Land Ownership Needs Refo...

Mum and I lived in Scotland from 2008-2014. In November 2014 we left and moved to Sweden. Why? The picture here explains a good part of it, because much of it comes down to land ownership. The following points say a bit more: There is a lot of land, but hardly any of it is […]

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