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Paintings and Photos; nature, cartoons, satire

photos flowers gardens nature Cornwall trees, paintings cartoons. Bude, landscape, cottages, cliffs, blossom, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, valleys, rocks, butterflies

Paintings / Photos: grass carp farming

I've always liked pasture, especially with real, native, mixed species hedgerows and the occasional mature native tree in the field. There's lots of beef and sheep farming hereabouts (North Cornwall), which is fine, but: a. In an overpopulated world, 500 lbs of of meat per acre every other year seems a small crop; b. Small farms are failing, because the profit per acre is miniscule with large tags:
agriculture, books, carp, Cornwall, fish, food, gardens, grass carp, growyourown, healthyfood, photos, popular, self-sufficiency,

Paintings / Photos: allotments landscape Cornwall

It makes a change from photos of flowers and food: this is the landscape from the top of the site. Many of the allotments are organic. Most appealing feature (for me) is the diversity. It's amazing how inventive people are when they have the opportunity (in this case, access to land). Related: allotments, Cornwall, landscape, photos, organic, gardens tags:
allotments, Cornwall, gardens, landscape, organic, photos,

Paintings / Photos: biodiversity photograph prizes

Photographs taken in Ireland that won prizes in a recent exhibition: biodiversity Starlings bathing (1st prize) The photograph entitled “Riverdance” shows a group of starlings at the edge of the Corrib, outside Claddagh Hall in Galway on one of the hottest days in May. biodiversity - Fox with reflection in water Second prize in the competition was won by Christopher Howes for his tags:
biodiversity, birds, foxes, nature, photos, wildlife,

Paintings / Photos: biodiversity and organic farming combats drought in Thailand

A joined-up-thinking (and feeling) approach to food production has produced signs of hope in Thailand. Rather than leaving food production and the survival of life on Earth to mutants with calculators and profit and loss obsessions, a small group that turned its back on industrial farming and monocultures has been able to weather the storm surprisingly well - by focusing on organic farming and tags:
agriculture, biodiversity, food, landscape, organic, photos, Thailand,

Paintings / Photos: Cornish footpath on midsummer's day

Try not to laugh ... Even with Wellington boots, it was tricky. My dog was not amused ... tags:  climate change, Cornwall, photos tags:
climate change, Cornwall, photos,

Paintings / Photos: organic veg with comfrey compost

The compost experiment I described earlier has been successful, apparently. These are the crops , photographed on 26th May, a few weeks after the very cold weather abated. I'll take more photos today (8th June) to add later. The potatoes are Duke of York. I dug the first root yesterday and the crop is good quality and very tasty. They'd be a lot bigger if I waited, but patience is on vacation tags:
comfrey, compost, gardens, organic, photos, self-sufficiency,

Paintings / Photos: GMO cartoon

GMO takeover cartoon Copyright 2016 Marty Downs recent posts: caffeine, salt and sugar & learning piano #1 GMO cartoon & what NOT to eat for health Renewable Energy success & biodiversity photograph prizes tags:
cartoons, GMO, miscellany 1, paintings, satire,

Paintings / Photos: images to define my project

the whole!! more of the whole!! poems short stories Music Books corporate / banking matrix Environment wellbeing diet alt="nutrition / education for best diet on a budget" exercise self sufficiency tags:
admin, exercise, internet, miscellany 1, photos, publishing,

Paintings / Photos: building a robust hen house on a budget

A hen house I made a couple of years ago. The raised floor is damp proof and rat proof, and it has done a good job.  The uprights are 2" x 2", 6" x 1" boards for the floor and base, 2" x 1" for everything else. The timber is tanalised, except the floor which was recycled (found in a skip!). I used plywood for the roof, covered in felt, but coated in bitumen first. related: chickens, DIY, tags:
chickens, creativity, DIY, photos, poultry, self-sufficiency,

Paintings / Photos: Where bottled water really comes from....

  copyright 2016  Marty Downs   Americans love their bottled water. It seems that they can't go anywhere without a bottle in their hand...and of course, in the other hand a smart (dumb) phone.  A satire of modern American materialism ... even when the product contains NOTHING ! Related: cartoons, consumerism, paintings, satire, miscellany 1 tags:
cartoons, consumerism, love, miscellany 1, paintings, satire,

Paintings / Photos: Solar power inverters - efficiency and self-reliance

Tata, the car manufacturer (and more) and one of the first to make a budget electric car, now has an offshoot called Tata Power Solar. It is releasing a solar PV unit that stores electricity from PhotoVoltaic panels in batteries to power an inverter (to mains AC) to replace the domestic mains when there is a power cut. This is designed for helping customers in remote and poor areas where tags:
environment, photos, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar,

Paintings / Photos: Li-air batteries - electric car prospects

With environmentally friendly fans of electric cars bouyed by the performance of Li-Ion batteries and the increasing installation of PV (photo-voltaic) cells on residential roofs and industrial premises, the outlook is now even brighter with the advent of Li-air batteries. BMW i3 2013 electric car The new BMW i3 claiming a 100 mile range is due to go on sale in September 2013. BMW predicts tags:
electric vehicles, environment, photos, renewable energy, solar, solar storage,

Paintings / Photos: Solar PV progress

The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy has published a report on the problems of merging large scale PV (photovoltaic) solar energy generation with existing AC (alternating current) distribution systems (like to your home and businesses). Dependence on PV to a large extent causes problems associated with daylight being limited, which is easy to manage (other sources of energy are timed tags:
environment, photos, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar,

Paintings / Photos: organics, soul and planet

On (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8174482.stm) the news  there is a report that organic foods show no benefit to the consumers compared what they call 'normal' foods. By "normal", they mean artificially fertilised, pest controlled etc. It seems typical of this fragmented age that the report doesn't even mention the planet or the human psyche and soul.  The organic movement started to tags:
biodiversity, Earth, gardens, organic, photos, soil, soul, wildlife,

Paintings / Photos: Electric car charging in Manchester

Manchester UK now has 250 electric car recharging points. The charging facilities are free, at the moment, in a drive to get more commuters committed to buying an electric vehicle or converting an existing one. The chairperson of the TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said once users were paying for the service, they expected a full recharge would tags:
electric vehicles, environment, photos, renewable energy,

Paintings / Photos: Solar farms in Egypt

Annual Solar Energy input to Earth With an average level of solar radiation between 2,000 to 3,200 kWh per square metre a year, Egypt has significant potential for solar energy. To date, however, uptake of solar projects has been slow because of high capital costs, but the country has recently moved to expand its solar capacity. 3,000 kWh over 365 days would power a well-designed, energy tags:
Egypt, environment, featured, photos, renewable energy, solar, solar storage, sustainability,

Paintings / Photos: Stone Gods Jeanette Winterson

I read this novel three times in a fortnight, so it surely qualifies as one of the most engaging novels I've recently found. It is partly a contemporary and near-future satire of consumerism (particularly sexual), space exploration, robots, the media as non-elected government, environmental destruction, the individual versus the system, techno-information and computerised impersonal policing. tags:
authors, books, fiction, Jeanette Winterson, love, open minds, photos, Social media, video,

Paintings / Photos: cosmological standard model news

It's about time there was an upset in theoretical physics. Sadly, the cosmological standard model seems to have become dogma in much the same way as other theories over the millenia.  Several news stories, a positive flurry in fact, have emerged over the last few month:   Dark matter theory challenged by gassy galaxies result 25 February 2011 Dark matter may solve 'radio filaments' mystery tags:
astronomy, cosmology, dark matter, galaxies, gardens, photos, physics,

Paintings / Photos: What Dark Matter?

quote: Theoretical physicists have discovered that we live in a universe where dark energy pushes things apart while dark matter tries to pull things together. from today's post  - http://bit.ly/1hfzcJq Have they? Mach's Principle states that only relative motion exists. So if the universe revolved around us (relative to what?) we would feel centrifugal force exactly as though we had revolved tags:
astronomy, dark matter, photos, physics, relativity,

Dice game painting
fantasy the interstellar digital library
leg before whippet watercolour comedy
Spring Illinois
daily planner satire
trees on Dartmoor
Goldfinch photo
Dartmoor trees landscape
otis artery-clog esquire satire
Dartmoor landscape near Okehampton
Bonehill Rocks, Cut Hill, Dartmoor
two black sheep photo
spoiled brat cartoon
Wizard of Video Creation
paintings n photos icon
Lace Cap Hydrangea
Garden View -Illinois (U.S.) Marty's garden 2013
Lavatera - Mallow
leafy footpath North Cornwall
12 fold symmetry rotator
young apples photos
Mixed Garden Border Flowers
Hereford cross heifer
Peony garden flower
Flower and Fly
Corkscrew Flower
Panoramic Rural Views through woodland
Geography / Topography

damaged trees - and natures recovery
snow, trees, dogs and hens
Plants in bloom and berry
Freezing snow Illinois 2013
Clydesdale cross Shire Horse Foal
first hedgerow blossom of Spring
fishing boats in Bude Harbour
Sir Wembley Suchlike - cartoon, satire art
Oil paintings - impressionist. Cornwall and beyond
Vertebrates - experiment in emulsion
Uncle Blue-Nose satire
Limp Investor satire
Two Fat Bullies cartoon
Butterfly on Butterfly Bush
Roughtor, Bodmin Moor, photos
Cornish landscape with sheep - nature photography
Bude beach and cliffs videos

the coast from Bude to Duckpool
adventure holidays, Bucket Hill, Bude, Cornwall, Duckpool, Northcott Mouth, photography, photos, Sandymouth, seaside, sheep, tourism

Eroding cliffs
North Cornwall, North Cornwall, coastline, seascapes, beach

Tidna Valley Morwenstowe
Cornwall, walks, tourism, rural life, woodland

cottages in Boscastle valley
Boscastle, Cornwall, cottages, rural life, tourism, rivers

Slate roof, Boscastle
Boscastle, Cornwall, countryside, slate, photography

The Path to Lydford Gorge
footpaths, walks, tourism, nature photography, Lydford Gorge, nature reserves, Devon, National Trust

Battle of Stamford Hill photos
Battles, Stamford Hill, Bude, Cornwall, photos, historic, tourism

mixed media painting of fantasy aliens
mixed media, paintings, fantasy, aliens, symbolic art

King Arthur cartoon
King Arthur, cartoons, comic art, illustrations for stories

photos of November 2010 freeze in Devon and Cornwall
Bude, Holsworthy, landscape, rural life, weather, climate

Flowers fruit and veg
rural life, nature photos, Devon, markets

Application of Evil in Sound Investment Strategy
satire, evil, money

puberty nick illustrations for stories
Beelzebub, bimbo, stroppy youth, illustrated fiction / stories

Fantasy painting hermits cave
fantasy, experimental art, hermit, daughter

photos of horses (and sheep) in Cornwall

Roughtor, Bodmin Moor, photos
landscape photography, nature photography, Cornwall

Cornish landscape with sheep - nature photography
Cornish, Cornwall, landscape photography, sheep, nature photography

Growing watercress at home
Gardens, self-sufficiency, watercress, home and garden, organic

mixed border flowers are weeds
border flowers, weeds, gardens, flowers, wild flowers

blue garden flowers
blue, gardens, flowers, Love in a Mist, Pulmonaria, Lungwort

Dragon and Serpent Paintings
Dragons, fantasy, watercolour paintings

Portugal photos
Portugal, photos, seaside, tourism, cliffs

Flowers in Pasture
flowers, nature photography, gardens

Bude beach and cliffs videos
Bude, Cornwall, beach, surf, cliffs, video

photos of cottages gardens flowers
cottages, gardens, flowers

Comic art - mad aristocrat
Comic art, aristocrat, oil paintings, psychoanalysis, whimsy, satire

cottage garden flowers and wild flowers
cottages, gardens, flowers,wild flowers, nature photography

fox video and photo
fox, video, photos, nature photography, wildlife

Crabapple blossom
Crabapple, blossom, flowers, trees, gardens, nature photography

Horse Chestnut tree and blossom
Horse Chestnut, trees, blossom, conkers, nature photography

November 2011 nature videos
nature photography, video, Cornwall

Cameldung - King Arthur's Seat
comic art, satire, illustrated stories

Annual Garden Flowers
gardens, flowers, annuals, nature photography

Rocky Valley video and photos
ornwall, tourism, nature video, nature photography

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