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Our harvest & preparing for winter…

Our harvest! ©copyright2014owpp

Our harvest!

Today it started to freeze… I had to quickly bring in the last green tomatoes to go on riping indoors & try to protect the plants by wrapping them up with thin plastic sheets.
Without knowing if I was doing the right thing I cut the leaves & put them around the root to keep the heat assuming the plants needed all their energy to stay alive.
As we have many gardeners out there I’d like to ask if I did the right thing or did I weaken them by taking it off & is plastic enough to stop them from freezing as I have no place for the portable greenhouses suggested by other bloggers?
Here are photos of our “garden” & of our seeds drying system 😉

Our "garden" ready (?) for winter ©copyright2014owpp

Our “garden” ready (?) for winter

Our leek seeds drying system ©copyright2014owpp

Our leek seeds drying system

Oregano leaves drying too ©copyright2014owpp

Oregano leaves drying too

And onion seeds...set for next year! ©copyright2014owpp

And onion seeds…set for next year!


No School For My Kids: Radical Unschooling Methods

This video gave me food for thought. It gave me the opportunity to see the subject under a different light.
Many years ago I had read this fascinating book called “The children on the hill” (see photo bellow)
which treated the same subject with an extraordinarily gifted family, each one of them systematically coming out to be a genius in his own activity. I recommend it to anyone looking for an unusual well written-real-life-story.

Bringing out the best in our children doesn’t always necessarily mean they have to follow the main stream educative system.
Those are the words coming out from a strong believer in regular schooling!

I had said I was not going to post until after the holidays but this called for an exception 🙂


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Published on Dec 9, 2013
No School For My Kids: Radical Unschooling Methods


YOU’VE heard of home schooling, now meet the mum who calls herself a ‘radical unschooler.’ Maryanne Jacobs, from Gorebridge, Scotland, is part of a new wave of women who don’t send their kids to school — and don’t teach them at home either. The 32-year-old says her daughter, Rio, nine, and son, Bryden, eight, learn ‘naturally’ on their own by playing computer games like Minecraft and through life experiences — like baking and shopping and being outdoors. Maryanne says Bryden, a numbers whizz, picked up numbers on his own through a Pokemon card game. And her daughter’s love of words came from board games like Monopoly and Scrabble.

Videographer / Director: Lenny Warren
Producer: Hannah Mouland
Editor: Ian Phillips

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