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post #1841 of 1883 Old 05-15-2019, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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In a PS to @Knave , I found a version of the song you got me into which shows us the actual singer - and isn't she young to be so profound! Because that needs supporting, Brett says that when he gets home this afternoon, he's going to buy her EP for me off iTunes, as a reward for finishing this quarter's business paperwork which I'm finishing today.

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Time for a song on the general theme...


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3) The average yearly salary in Spain is €24,000. The average salary in Castilla-LaMancha (my province) is €17,500/yr. However, most average Joes (gas station attendant, workers at supermarket, cashiers, etc) make only €1000/month.
I don't know what I'd do if I lived there...I spend the average Joe salary on my horses every month.
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That was a good post and a pretty song Sue. I like your grassroots movement. The way you wrote your post made me think more about the injustice of not being able to sell or buy or trade for a gallon of milk or anything of the sort which is just silly. We can’t either here.

On a different note, I also like Ruth B, and I have that album of hers. I listened to her because of that Lost Boy song, and I loved a lot of her music. Lost Boy is still my favorite though.

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I was thinking of your movement, and then I was thinking about how laws like this come to be.

I was in a public position once, which I really didn’t like, but I did learn a ton and start to understand things a bit more. There was a point when we had too much power. It was the school board, and with a superintendent being pushed out we inherited the power to hire the principals. Once a new superintendent was hired, they refused to take that step back and allow him to hire the principals.

It was odd, like any touch of power they received they refused to let go of. Now, these weren’t bad people, so it confused me. They truly believed they were better apt to make decisions than the people under them, and so they ruled areas where, in my opinion, the people with the knowledge were now unable to make decisions.

So, things that are obnoxious like that, the law to not sell raw milk, I believe came to be with an honest intention of protection. Maybe in the beginning, like the Taylor grazing act, it was even a necessity for some reason, but then the hinderance of over governing came to be.

I have a really hard time using words to explain my thoughts, but maybe I touched the edges enough for you to understand what I mean.
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I don't know what I'd do if I lived there...I spend the average Joe salary on my horses every month.
@gottatrot , then you would be like me and ride other peoples' horses.

@sue , when I say that 'we built' our house, it was not with our own two hands like you & Brett! I designed the house, my BIL the architect made modifications to make sure it wouldn't fall down, and then we hired a builder. That was the easy part. Then, I got bids and bought materials and hired/coordinated all the tradesmen (many of whom I am sure considered me "the crazy American"). Building is still very much a male sport in Spain, but I have to say that everyone was very open to working with me and professional in demeanor. I was only duped by the kitchen cabinet maker, who took our €5,000 deposit and ran, but that was when the economic crisis was in full swing and companies were folding left and right. In fact, ours was the last house the builder finished before declaring bankruptcy.

Do you have any regrets about building? Things you would change or would have done differently? I am quite pleased with how it came out, but one thing I had wanted to do was a grey water collection system, but they are illegal here. Have you done something along those lines?

And, yes, you are correct in pointing out that we are in a very high-expenditure phase of life. I just hope I am still healthy and lucid when we finally see a turn-around!
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@Spanish Rider , we've got no regrets really, other than that we would never have called one particular contractor when we needed help after someone rammed up the back of my car and totalled it mid-build, which caused my old back injury to flare up. He did a shoddy job we had to go to court over, and he's the prime suspect in a building site burglary that cost us a lot of money (tools weren't covered by insurance, and we didn't realise this). This guy had form - a lot of people came out of the woodwork to tell us about theft, assault, intimidation etc after similar experiences with him, when it got around what had happened at our place. He had a fishing knife to one woman's throat etc, and left a suitcase full of sex toys on her doorstep. At our place, he hung my underwear (from the rag bin) up all over the house, slashed our mattress and poisoned the horse food (but I noticed, so didn't feed it out). We were still living in town at that stage and commuting to the build. After that, we moved on-site into a caravan a neighbour loaned us. In the gap, a retired neighbour moved onto our property with his own caravan and a shotgun, to make sure he didn't come back and do more damage.

We do have a greywater system. Because we have compost toilets, there's no blackwater; all the greywater collects in a tank we can pump from; else it goes into a French drain which has bottlebrushes etc planted against it, and when we don't pump it, these plants use it directly. We used to use the greywater to flood sections of lawn, but since we had a bore installed two years back, we're letting the bottlebrushes have the greywater. And for what it's worth: Pumping greywater is illegal too, but lots of environmentally conscious Australians ignore that. The main thing is not to aerosolise it - use it for flooding, or in large-droplet sprinklers.


Constructing the Rubble Trench - Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock, on Flickr


Completion of Rubble Trench - Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock, on Flickr

You can see the tank lid here - in another life I want to pretty it up with a sunflower mosaic:



You're still a house designer and owner-builder, just like us! We just used less contractors than you did - mostly because straw is more conducive to doing DIY. We did outsource the slab, the frame and the roofing. Oh and I'd love to see your floor plan / elevations - ours are back here: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970635935

@Knave , yes, I do understand what you mean and that makes sense. I think it's a big problem with centralisation everywhere - you get people a long way removed from a situation making the rules, when they aren't in a good position to do it, but they always think they are... Having now earnt my RuthB EP reward, by the way, I'll let you know how her other songs go for me, when I've been in iPod-land a while.


ANOTHER GRASS ROOTS LETTER

One of the Grass Roots Feedback characters, John Chester, has featured in this journal before when he wrote me a classic letter in response to a big rant I had in Feedback: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970706797

GRs often exchange letters / emails, so I replied to him the next time I did a batch of snailmail, which turned into a general sendout of Eucalyptus citriodora leaves as scratch-and-sniff (heavenly scent!), with jokes about the upcoming federal election etc. Well, today Brett came home brandishing an envelope which he said was totally bonkum. I said, "Oh, that's just John Chester being creative!" That's his style in Feedback as well. He's 70 and lives in a caravan in Hopetoun, about an hour from us. Turns out he's a horse-person and had a few horse anecdotes in his letter. I've also attached his unusual envelope art!
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PAPER JOURNAL STUFF

Here I am posting at an ungodly hour because I didn't get to do outdoorsy things or exercise today - made myself do all the paperwork instead, which is deadly boring but unfortunately necessary. I finished with sending the quarterly business activity statement to the ATO online at around 9pm and woke up at 1am because paperwork days always wind me up. The forecast cold front is coming in as we speak - rain, hail and squalls are forecast for tomorrow, and the horses, plus blind Sparkle, are all rugged up (the other four donkeys actually use the shelter). I'll go back to bed in a minute; the rain on the roof will be conducive to sleep. Brett has a day off tomorrow, so we can sleep in - best thing to do given the weather forecast. I do hope we can get outdoors at all tomorrow, or else I'll have to do endless Pilates, and maybe Brett and I can chase each other and the dog around the dining table, as we sometimes do for fun and exercise.

Anyway, attached are a nice piece I found on autumn in this region, which I wrote in 2010; and also something from last week, about intimate relationships. My excellent friend, fellow writer and sister Elizabeth (of the amazing memoir which she's just finishing off now) says my brain has an "acid trip" setting apparently, no mushrooms required. However, journals are nice places for bashing out metaphors, and generally reflecting.

My husband, after reading Stars, said, "I think you're turned up to an 11/10 setting experientially, while I plod along at a 7/10." Hmmm, maybe women just have a more complex imagination!

The Stars scan came out funny - the ink is actually purple. That's an Artline pen drying up, so hard to write neatly with. My standard blue is a uni-ball eye micro pen and doesn't drag against the paper, so easier to shape things nicely with. The 2010 journal has finer-quality paper, not as absorptive, so it was possible to write especially neatly in it.
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AUSTRALIAN NATURE SNAPSHOT

Occasionally I pull out some nice photographs of Australian scenery because this is an international forum, and lots of us like having windows into other places.

On the topic of Australian trees:

Here's some nice Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees, by the roadside:



These are Paperbarks:



These are eucalypts I've not identified, near Wineglass Bay in Tasmania - gorgeous old-growth trees, existing on quite an arid coastline:





The bark is so beautiful; the squiggly patterns are made by moth larvae...



These are Kingias, a type of grass tree. They take 10 years to start a stem, and then 10 years for every 4 inches or so of stem length... This is at Mt Hassell, in the Stirling Ranges... all these are hiking photos...





Those three are nearly as tall as me, so 150-200 years old... and they grow back no problems after hot fires, they just lose their "hair"

Heath and woodland approaching the Nullarbor Plain:



Eucalypts growing in paddocks near the Flinders Ranges in South Australia:





Woodland near Cradle Mountain, Tasmania:



Ancient pencil pines, Tasmanian highlands:





I was looking for a rainforest photo but couldn't find one this morning. Maybe next time. Anyway, you can see why we're so attached to the outdoors here... magnificent scenery...

You can't ride in these places, they're protected, which is one reason we do a lot of hiking. The other is that it's something we do together as a couple, and because we need exercise...
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I love the grass trees. They look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book! Beautiful photos, I love seeing other parts of the world.


I just got to thinking. Do you have Dr. Seuss books in Australia?
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