Tuesday, November 30, 2010

rabbits

 the joliffs had some rabbits and the other day they killed the big ones to cook them. wolfgang, one of the two cats started to go crazy and managed to drink some of the rabbits blood. 
first they knocked the rabbits out of conciousness. that was kind of difficult to do because they still move even if they are unconcious (because of the nerves), so you acctually dont really know if they are still there. after that they sliced their throat, and hung them to let all the blood flow out.

then they cut the fur at the back legs and down to the belly on each back leg.
they "undressed" them by separating the fur from the muscles and the flesh (as you can see below).

they cut of the head and opened the belly very carefully, not to harm the intestines and took them out.
after cutting the paws and cleaning the rabbit with a wet towel anne hung them into the cellar
(so the dogs and cats wont eat them :-))
they killed seven rabbits and left the babys alive for next year.
(i took care of the baby in the meanwhile, whatching how the first one was killed was enough...)
from the heads you can make a soup and the meat is good with rice and vegetables.


in fact it is possible to raise rabbits in a flat, just make sure that you don't get into a personal relationship with them, because then it gets really hard to kill them...

the joliff farm in cobor

the farm of erwan and anne joliff where my boyfriend and i wwoofed was situated in a very smal village near fagaras in romania.

the village once was german but most of the people living there now are hungarian, romanian or gypsies. most of them dont have running water and electricity is not that strong. internet is only possible over a modem, and i think the joliffs where the only ones who had internet.

they have a blog too: viata la cobor

something i never saw before, but read in john seymours book about are dry toilets. it is an environmentally friendly toilet without the use of water.

 the waste is turned into compost.
and thats how it works:
after you did what you had to do, you put the toiletpaper into a garbagebin, take a hand full of sawdust and put it on your "deposit". the urin is separated from the rest and flows to a filter. 
when the box under the toilet is full, you just put the waste on the compost (not too close to your house because it is a bit smelly) and it will turn into good compost earth in some time.

by doing this you save a lot of water and you don't need a drainage system to get rid of the waste.
it is not working in a big city but i still tought it is a very interessting idea.

self-sufficiant life and how to live it by john seymour

it seems like everyone interessted in the topic of self-sufficiency read  it or has this book at home.
i got to know it because my boyfriend bought it while i was in israel. i had some spare time so i started reading and i found it very interessting. everything looks so easy and is well illustrated =)
as i told my mum about this book she showed me an older version that she bought many years ago.
the family in romania where we wwoofed had another version (it was mainly about gardening).

as i am going to live in a big city i am mainly interessted in things that i can realize in a flat or on a balcony.
in this blog i will hopefully collect a lot of helpful tips about "self-sufficiency in the city" (as far as it is possible).

luna design

luna design is an online shop with (as i think) the most beautiful clothes and accessiores. most of their designs are fairy like and unique like this one.

seaquence

"Seaquence is an experimental musical petri-dish. Adopting a biological metaphor, Seaquence allows you to create and combine musical lifeforms into unique, dynamic compositions."


"How to play

The way each creatures looks and sounds is determined by the step-sequencer pattern, and other parameters you can tweak including their audio waveform, octave, scale, melody, envelope, and volume. You can add multiple creatures to your dish by clicking the 'add' button at the top right of the screen. The combination of different creatures results in unique compositions that always change due to the creatures movement. You can click and drag on the world to move around your composition.
Compositions can be saved by clicking 'share', which can then be sent to others allowing them to hear what you've made.

Some tips!
  • The 12 blocks under the sequencer represent the scale. Play with different combinations to modify the tonality of your melody.
  • The + and - next to the scale represent the octave of the waveform.
  • The waveform control points that modify the envelope can result in some very unique sound qualities.
  • Click+Drag on the number underneath the waveform to change the waveform length.
  • Mouse-wheel up and down on a creature to change its volume.


Created by Ryan Alexander, Gabriel Dunne, Daniel Massey
In collaboration with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
‎"Women of the West" by Cathy Luchetti in collaboration with Carol Olwell, Antelope Press 1982

about me



i am a 20 year old girl from germany. half danish, half german.
i grew up near pforzheim, finished school in 2009 and made an fsj in culture in the nibelungenmuseum in worms, then i started travelling.
i participated in three excavations in israel and then (after three months in israel) went to romania to wwoof on a smal farm. i came back some days ago...

a new chapter


i started this blog because i am going to start a new chapter of my life.
a new country, a new city, a new flat and i will (hopefully) start studying at the university.

i just came back from romania and israel and will spend the holidays at my mum’s house.

in january or february i'll move to copenhagen to take an danish test that will enable me to start my studies in egyptologie
so why danmark? we have always been there during the holidays to visit my relatives (my mum is danish) so i fell in love with this country long ago and i just want to try living there.
and why copenhagen? because i always wanted to live in a big city and copenhagen seems to be perfectbecause it is big but not too big and it is a very beautiful place too.

i spend the last three weeks on a farm in romania and it made me think about our way of life and the dream a of self sufficient life. as i am going to live in a big city it won’t be easy but maybe i can realize some of the ideas that i had during the last months...

wrap your troubles in dreams

 

When skies are cloudy and grey
They’re only grey for a day
So wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream your troubles away

Until that sunshine peeps through
There’s only one thing to do
Just wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream all your troubles away

Your castles may tumble (that’s fate after all)
Life’s really funny that way
No use to grumble, smile as they fall
Weren’t you king for a day?

Just remember that sunshine
Always follows the rain
So wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream your troubles away

Your castles may tumble (that’s fate after all)
Life’s really funny that way
But no need to grumble, smile as they fall
Weren’t you king for a day?

Just remember that sunshine
Always follows the rain
So wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream... dreeaaam your troubles away