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“Make hay while the sun shines”

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“Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be”

Glengall Wharf Garden before and afterGlengall Wharf Garden, London

‘Eyesore’ to some, a beautiful, wild place for others, albeit with ‘issues’…

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“You can’t work on an empty stomach”

Obtaining a yield. And in particular I’ve been reflecting on the crops we are harvesting here in our remote farm and home 1200 ft above sea level in the Yorkshire Dales.

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

Since being introduced to permaculture four years ago, I’ve found permaculture design principles to be thinking tools with very wide application…

‘Observe and Interact’ and ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ reminds us that the interpretation of our observations is something constructed by ourselves. We shouldn’t make a judgement prematurely.

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"The bigger they are the harder they fall", "Slow and steady wins the race"

We have a large building that was designed for veal production, but we are vegetarian so the building was redundant – not a waste, but a resource waiting to reveal its new purpose.

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“Many hands make light work”

… at Wildgoose Rural Training

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Can’t see the forest for the trees

This principle is perhaps one of the least obvious, but also one of the most helpful in terms of design. We intuitively design like this all the time. When we cook a meal we work from a pattern – meat and two veg or for us vegetarians, carbohydrate, veggies and sauce – and determine the details from our preferences and available ingredients.

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Waste as an unused resource

With this issue’s principle 'Produce no Waste', it brings to mind one of my favourite Mollison principles 'waste (pollution) = unused resource'. This can be turned around to make an unused resource = waste (pollution).

Apply this to time, unemployment, food, energy, water… any resource and it is clear to see that there really is no such thing as waste as we define it.

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