Bees, Peru

Working with the bees – the move to the African top-bar hive

Had a wonderful time, even if slightly nerve-wracking, working with the bees this past Saturday.  Day 2 being the practical day there was no ifs, ands or buts about it - you suit up, but some solid boots on and off you go to the hives! We did hive inspections - taking them apart gently… Continue reading Working with the bees – the move to the African top-bar hive

Bees, Peru

one of Earth’s worst species in which to be a male – the world of the HoneyBee – Part I

An intro into the world of the honeybee colony. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a beekeeping workshop this past Saturday.  It was Day 1 of a two-day workshop, the first day being more theory based and the second day more practical.  So far, due to weather and health reasons we've postponed Day 2… Continue reading one of Earth’s worst species in which to be a male – the world of the HoneyBee – Part I

Peru

Neat local Peruvian fruits and edible flowers

A little inventory of some of the indigenous fruits that we have growing here on the property. The first - a dark, purple cherry type fruit - grows in abundance all over the place.  There must be at least a dozen trees here beaded with these little guys. the name? I've forgotten. Rats. The second,… Continue reading Neat local Peruvian fruits and edible flowers

Health, Peru

a visit to the Willka T’ika Retreat Center

Had a wonderful opportunity today to visit Willka T'ika today, and even got a private tour of the place by its owner, Carol. their page: http://196.33.120.67/WillkaTika/willka_home.asp Instead of charging in and forcing the land into the desired image of its new owner, it seems as if the story here is one of respecting exisiting energies… Continue reading a visit to the Willka T’ika Retreat Center

Health, Peru

Holistic Healing Center K’anchaynuny – my current home

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of my sister's friend, the owner of the K'anchaynuny center, I am currently living here and taking in the wonderful and healing atmosphere of this place. Although the site does not follow Permaculture design principles, there are elements of self-sustainability that are a constant discovery and comfort to me.  There… Continue reading Holistic Healing Center K’anchaynuny – my current home

Casual, Journal, Peru, Travel

Ecology or practicality? Musings on “developing” vs. “developed” countries

Interesting that what we take for granted in the West (cleanliness, timeliness, accessibility etc.) are naught but whispers of a dream in the developing world and what we take to be an ecological or ethical approach becomes a question of practicality in a place without...garbage or recycling services. It's also interesting to see how the… Continue reading Ecology or practicality? Musings on “developing” vs. “developed” countries

Peru

Peru – made the move

Am now living in Peru, in the Sacred Valley around the ancient Inka city of Cuzco. My sister has lived here for a few years now; I've come to spend time with her, escape the Canadian winter (which I find to be much less enjoyable after Christmas is over!) and discover more of Permaculture and… Continue reading Peru – made the move