eden waters

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal
Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world
By Anna Leach

The land is called Tamera, the name given to these 330 acres in southern Portugal by a community of 30 people who moved here from Germany in 1995. Today, 200 people from all over the world live here. Through simple practices of digging swales (ditches) and creating water retention spaces, Tamera’s ecology experts have transformed an area on the brink of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world.

“The ecological knowledge is there and its effectiveness can be proved in so many cases,” he says. “The problem lies in political strategies and social habits.”

(via Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal | The Guardian)

WATER IS LIFE - The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera

Sepp Holzer and Bernd Mueller explain the construction, the effect and the basic ideas for the construction of a water retention landscape: a local and natural solution to the global problem of disturbed water balance.

(via WATER IS LIFE - The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera | Grace Media)

Chapter VII | Tell Me - A Harry Styles Uni AU

Main Story page is here.

Song for the Playlist - Dirty Laundry by All Time Low

Instagrams are here - (none for this chapter, again, because the app is still being a dick)

Word Count - Almost dead on 4000

“Morning!” Gemma startled Eden as she walked out of her room and they met in the hallway. “Harry’s been up for hours, it seems. Probably wouldn’t be if he’d come back any later. What happened to you?”

It took a moment for her mind to adjust and understand what Gemma was saying before she replied. “Oh, uh…he was so slow that by the time we could back, there wasn’t any point in me going out again,” she faked a smile.

“Ah well. You all packed? Breakfast is on the table if you wanted some. Think we’re leaving in about an hour.”

When Eden left Gemma for the meantime, she walked lazily down the stairs towards the kitchen for food, and stumbled a little when she spotted the frame of Harry in the living room, his face staring into nothing.

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-  Ashness Bridge, Brougham Castle, Crosby Ravensworth, Langdale, Grasmere, Pendragon Castle, Hawkshead, Windermere, Hill top Farm, Orton

The Ebsdorf Map is a map of the world, but from the Middle Ages, which is interesting because it showed the structure of the world as medieval people saw it.

A few things to notice:

  • Jerusalem is at the center of the world
  • The earth is divided into three parts, just like the Classical Greek view
  • Africa is circular. Come to think of it, nothing about Africa is even close to right: from magical animals like the manticores and mirmicaleons (what the hell is that?) to Meroe, the land of midgets that ride crocodiles. Don’t forget the dog-headed men, the people with four feet, and cave-dwelling giants.
  • The Garden of the Hesperides is in Africa, marked by a winged serpent guardian
  • The location of the Garden of Eden is marked, watered by 11 rivers
  • Up around the Caucasus, you can see the homeland of the terrible cannibal giants Gog and Magog
  • If you look in Northern Asia, you can see where the mapmakers wrote in the homeland of the Amazon Women
  • Colchis, the city on the Black Sea that was the legendary home of the Quest for the Golden Fleece, is clearly marked
  • In Israel, you can see the Tower of Babel and Mt. Ararat, where Noah’s ark landed
  • Mostly the map of Europe is right, but it’s fascinating to see things like ant-dogs on the map, to say nothing of the total absence of anything like Switzerland.

anonymous asked:

What do I do if I HATE eating healthy?

Most people HATE the alternative to their problem, at first.

But eventually, if change doesn’t occur and severe harmful behavior is allowed to continue. When you hit rock bottom …it might not be in this life.

People can dig their grave with a bottle, pills, needles, one puff of smoke at a time.
But you can also dig your grave with a fork. Very slowly….but the hole is being made.
Healthy eating can be so frustrating at first. Especially because it’s sooo hard!

It would be sooo much easier if I could just stop by a McDonald’s drive thru on my way home and pick up dinner. It would be easier if I can just make a routine to stop by the donut shop and grab some donuts and eat on my way to work. It would be less frustrating if I could simply eat whatever I saw on the menu that looked good when I was out with my friends.

But how long would that “easy” last? Till my 30’s, 40’s?? When would a flight a stairs be too much for me to handle? When would my knees start to ache from carrying extra weight? When would my insulin levels start to get off because of my easy habit to snack on candy while in the office or class. When would the elevators become a requirement because the stairs make me sweat too much. When would my stress level increase every time I need to see my doctor and the conversation about my weight will come up? When will the “I’m just big boned” not cut it anymore?
When will my preference for fast and easy food start to hinder my everyday activities??

Healthy is hard. But so is unhealthy. Unhealthy will ruin you.

Healthy doesn’t mean 100% all the time always nothing but organic blessed and grown in the garden of Eden with holy water. It means that you prefer to reach for an apple the majority of the time, but will munch on your favorite chips a couple times a week or order fries when you go out on the weekends. It means ditching soda for water except Tuesdays because that is when you watch sports and drink a soda or two with your friends. It means you hit the gym 3-6 days a week to give your heart some much needed work and than rest on the off days. Healthy means choosing baked over fried the majority if the time.

If you hate healthy eating, I don’t think you’re doing it right 8)
Try to make it about you and also keep your health in mind. Because remember, easy will never remain easy.

It’s not easy but it’s worth it.