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About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.

Water issues: Future proofing the garden (part II)

The above diagram shows the settling tank we now have. Grey water from the house must now pass through it before being released into the wetland area next to the pond. The wetland area itself is at a level slightly … Continue reading

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Water issues: Future proofing the garden

different measures and systems we use to save water Continue reading

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Bees and honey?

By the end of this year, or more realistically, next year,  we hope to add honey to the list of foods we provide for ourselves. To get us started a local beekeeper provised us with 3 traditional style hives to … Continue reading

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Winter fuel (part II)

In addition to the earlier post here two other sources of winter fuel: salad (chard, muzuna, lettuce) and a few other vegetable greens (spinach, konmatsuna, tat soi) which are available when the snow is not covering them deer meat (venison) – … Continue reading

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Winter fuel (part I)

Harvesting food and preparing pr Continue reading

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Insulation, insulation, insulation

review of insulation and it’s performance during winter 2017 Continue reading

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Ecolife video message

During the Autum (2016) I was asked by my university (The Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) to be the subject of one of their promotional videos aimed at highschool students here in Japan. It’s now finished and part of a … Continue reading

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1 step closer

Thursday night (14th April, 2016) one of our goats gave birth to THREE kids. And although they are all boys – not ideal – the good news is they are all healthy. So this is one step closer towards our … Continue reading

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Water harvesting and conservation

As part minimising the impact of our house and lifestyle, conserving water is just as important as conserving energy. Indeed, if we consider that it takes energy to clean, move (pump), and then dispose of water, saving water goes hand … Continue reading

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Green (living) roof

A quick update and review of the main green (living) roof on our property. The attached photo gallery shows the 5 main layers needed to make a successful green roof, and how well the sedum has established itself and matured … Continue reading

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