Fructaholics Anonymous – Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Thanks to a reference from Jonathan Gittos (many thanks Jonathan), I have just watched this video. It really is worth watching the whole 1.5 hours – you will NEVER look at sugar the same way again. I had heard of much of this stuff before, but the missing bit for me was just how dangerous fructose is to your health. I, for one, used to drink gallons of orange juice thinking I was doing myself a lot of good – nope  – real damage!

Incredibly enlightening – if you want to do one really meaningful thing today, this week, this month, this year – watch this video!

 

Pond Life

Putting a small pond into the garden has transformed it. There are more birds, more insects, the sound of burbling water and wonderful lillies and reeds. I have the definite feeling that all of the plants in the garden have benefitted from having the pond around. There are newts in it and I hope they have had an effect of the slugs in the garden , but they still have a lot of work to do! These are some of the pictures of a hover fly and small dragon fly that seemed very happy to pose for me!

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Dragon fly nymph getting ready to transform
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Ant attack
Ant attack

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Cool aviators!
Cool aviators!

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Urban Craft

Why a Blog called Urban Craft?

This picture captures some the esssence or Urban Craft for me: On old tumbledrier tub, local wood, reclaimed grill = magic bar-b-q grill
This picture captures some the esssence of Urban Craft for me: An old tumble-drier tub, local wood, reclaimed grill = magic bar-b-q grill

I am involved in a lot of activities that are in many ways similar to Bush Craft but are more Urban than Bush so a better collective term for all that I am doing is Urban Craft. Many of my activities may appeal to others:

– Self Health Management: what are the best and most enjoyable ways of staying healthy, keeping fit, eating well and de-stressing aka mindfulnessTai Sabaki.

– Enjoying my Environment: making the best of where I am and what I can readily do: Canoeing, Camper-vaning, Camping, Cycling, Walking, Photography

– Portfolio Working: Working in a way that is fulfilling and helpful – using my skill base to assist others.

Urban Survival/ Self Sufficiency:  for me not what happens when (and if) disaster happens, but what can I pro-actively do to reduce my dependence on other organisations and reduce my footprint.

– Continual Learning: Looking at learning at every opportunity

– Great Toys: Enjoying technology, quality toys and tools