Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sheep cream

I tried and tried to churn sheep cream into butter but it just wouldn't turn.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Freedom from falsehood

“If we really want to make things better, I

suggest we introduce a law that makes it an of-

fence for politicians to lie,”

Oh. My. Goodness.

"I can balance the budget twice as well as my opponent,

because once a budget is balanced, it cannot be bal-

anced any better. From a mathematical perspective, the

size (and hence the appeal) of a falsehood can be in-

flated by saying that 2 + 2 = 5, or 7, or even 27, but the

size of the truth can never be inflated by saying any-

thing more than 2 + 2 = 4.

Because the size of falsehood and favoritism can be

inflated and the truth cannot, corrupt politicians can

attract more supporters for the same amount of effort.

A corrupt politician can promise more, evoke false

enemies more, push the fear hot button more, pursue

wrong priorities more, and use more favoritism than a

virtuous politician can. The result is the race to the

bottom is normally the dominant loop. Thus the reason

that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts

absolutely” 10 is not so much that power itself corrupts,

but that the surest means to power requires corruption."


Today we planted potatoes, dozens of them, in sites all around the garden. I removed the ground-cover (grasses and herbs) with a sharp spade, made a slit for each potato, pushed them into place then replaced the plants as mulch, then added a thick layer of the wood chips I'd been gifted by a student from years ago, now in charge of a commercial wood-chipping operation. Those spuds will thrive in that environment, I believe, and establish colonies of urenika, hua karoro, Bluff Whaler, La Ratte and so on. It looks as though it will rain tonight, so the tubers will be throwing out shoots like no-bodies business.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Praguematique tonight!

Everything is ready for the team from Prague to transform us sober Rivertonians into funky gypsy swingers. The weather, as ever, holds the trump-card for any southern out-door event, but so far conditions are warm and calm. It's an international event; were taking our quota; a Japanese,  a Yorkshireman and a French Canadian. I'm assuming the band are all from Prague, but time will tell. One of the musicians is camping-over with us tonight.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Outdoor eating

Three kiwis, a Limey and a girl from Nippon, two toasty-pie makers and a wood-fire, in the forest-garden.
Very nice, thank you.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Councillor Cockburn, excited over climate change declaration

A momentous 15 minutes in the chamber today, as previously truculent councillors finally smelled the coffee brewing in the pot that is the over-heating climate. Like old sailors grasping the sheets, previously-in-denial sea dogs like Councillors Cockburn and and Hubber enthusiastically backed Chairman Timms quite freely given offer to sign the declaration that seems to mean something quite different to her than it does to me, but never mind, every good councillor voted yes and the pen twirled daintily. The Southland Times article below represents the tidy version of events, and doesn't include the wrangling from me over what signing will mean for the council, but that can wait. For now, some progress has been made :-)

"Environment Southland Council is signing up to a local government declaration on action on climate change with one councillor saying it needs to be in their minds when granting consents.

The motion was carried by the Council on Wednesday for Chairman Ali Timms to sign the Local Government Leaders' Climate Change declaration on behalf of the council.

The declaration calls on councils to acknowledge the importance and urgent need to address climate change and to support the New Zealand Government in developing and implementing an ambitious transition plan towards a low carbon New Zealand.

Last week Auckland's deputy mayor Penny Hulse launched the declaration on behalf of Local Government New Zealand.

Timms said it was initially proposed by metro councils, but support was now sought from mayors and chairs from throughout the country,

Names of councils would be added up until the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 where the declaration would be presented by Sir Bob Harvey as the sector's special envoy.

This was something local government should be united on and showing leadership, Timms said

Councillor Robert Guyton said he was very pleased that the council was on board and showing support.

"I'm very much in support of that."

Councillor Nicol Horrell said it was putting more pressure on central government to act, while councillor Jan Riddell said it was her hope that all regional councils would sign up to this.

"I think it's important regional councils take the lead."

The council needed to be keeping the declaration in mind when granting consents, Riddell said.

"There is work to be done."

Councillor Maurice Rodway said in the planning area generally council needed to be looking at opportunities to encourage the community to reduce greenhouse gas contributions.

Councillor Ross Cockburn said he was quite excited because council were actually going to be talking about prevention of disasters.

"It's time we got on to that boat," he said."

- Stuff