Stone bath

Our landscape hero 阿雄 who patiently worked our land. The stone walls, when they are ready, will be a labour of love: digging out the stones, sorting the usable ones from the crumbly type, soaking and scrubbing them, and of course protecting the fertile topsoil in the meantime.

Dig out the stones and level the ground

Sort them according to type (discard the crumbly ones) and size

Clean and scrub in this giant container

Here are the stones all cleaned and ready for stone wall cladding.

Caterpillar dermatitis 毛毛蟲皮膚炎

The itch started on the inside elbow of my right arm. I thought it was a mosquito bite and didn’t pay much attention. The next day, the itch spreads to the entire lower arm. My arm was covered in rashes and fortunately no blisters.

Must be an allergic reaction. Medication? Food? Mites? Nothing I could do except applying antihistamine cream with steroid to reduce the itch and inflammation.
This is probably caterpillar dermatitis. I must have touched or brushed against poisonous caterpillar in the edible garden, or under a tree. I live in nature and there are trees everywhere. 
Now I know why long sleeves are recommended when in the wild.
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Day 7

發生時我只知道是敏感,但搞不清楚是什麼造成的,但我相信是觸摸,不是飲食。

經過臉書大神的幫助,終於解惑。

1. 急診內科醫生說是毛蟲造成的皮膚炎,自己會好,可以吃抗組織胺的藥。原則上不要洗太熱的水,會癢的話可以冰敷,盡量不要抓。有些人的過敏反應,並不會在當下就產生,而是在一、兩天後。

2.昆蟲專家說是毛蟲,通常是毒蛾、刺蛾類身上長滿刺毛的幼蟲所引發,沒刺毛的一般蝴蝶幼蟲反而較無殺傷力。

毛毛蟲身上的「毛」,含有毒素。裡面有組織胺(histamine)、組織胺釋放素(histamine liberators)、血清素(serotonin)及蛋白酶(protease)等化學物質。若毛毛蟲直接掉在人的衣服或皮膚上,或是這些「毛」隨著風,飄落在人的衣著上或皮膚上時,會直接刺激皮膚皮膚(irritation)或間接的誘發皮膚的過敏反應(allergy)。這兩種作用,都會誘發毛毛蟲皮膚炎。主要分佈的位置為脖子、腋下、四肢內側、腰部及足部。

沒想到我在鄉下生活十年,也喜歡戶外生活,這次是第一次碰到。以後萬一大家遇到,不要驚慌,只是毛毛蟲跟你交朋友。

http://jslin.tw/caterpillar_dermatitis/

Slug and snails

I don’t like slugs and snails. They eat my plants, especially fresh young shoots of beans, squash, peppers, cauliflowers and others.

The man at the seeds store suggested sprinkling these tiny pink bits around the planter. They are Metaldehyde 聚乙醛, a pesticide for slugs and snails. Judging from the instructions on the back of the pack, it is pretty poisonous. I found 12 dead snails and slugs the next morning, and another 12 the following day.

While it is great that my plants are protected, I do feel unease using a pesticide that might pollute the land and water.

Green slug festival 背刺蛾幼蟲

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Is this

Chalcocelis albiguttatus 

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lima/albiguttatus.html

Or

Eloasa symphonistis

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lima/symphonistis.html

Or

Limacodid green Slug Caterpillar (Belippa horrida walker

今天發現了一種神奇的生物,第一眼注意到時,還以為是外星生物的蛋。這看起來像是QQ軟糖的東西到底是什麼呢?

牠很慢速度的移動。好奇心的驅使下,把牠翻過來,應該一種毛毛蟲。費盡力氣上網搜查。先用形容詞如「毛蟲 」「圓形」「蛹」等字眼,找到 Green Slug Caterpillar。從這裡進而查到 Limacodid 刺蛾科。以照片的相似度,找到三種學名,所以還無法確定到底是哪一種。

可能是 Belippa horrida Walker 背刺蛾,真難想像牠長大後是一隻蛾,這麼醜的蛾。

台東的朋友周文一(天牛博士)證實是背刺蛾幼蟲。不會危害農作物,只吃血桐的葉子,也不會大量發生。

http://gaga.biodiv.tw/9708bx/400.htm

http://www.creek.idv.tw/Limacodidae_025.htm

Multicoloured carrots

The purple one seems to like the terroir best judging by their size compared to the others. The red and orange ones are smallest.

How to do justice to the gorgeous colours, flavours and texture of these carrots? Cooking them in stews would ruin their colours. At the end I decided to roast them in the oven, coated in olive oil for 30 minutes at 200 delicious. This turned out to be too long for the smaller size carrots. Served them up on a bed of carrot leaves, with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. To die for freshness, from garden to table in less than 60 minutes.

Savor your water. Savor your day

Ping and I set up the Ripplemaker Foundation to make a difference through entrepreneurship, community regeneration and circular economy innovation. This is our first experiment, putting the bottles of our beloved Antipodes water, which is already certified as carbon neutral, into the glass circular economy. Thanks to the help of Ting-An Wu of Spring Pool Glass, we turn these beautiful bottles into tumblers which can also be used as storage jars for seeds and spices.  

 

Enjoy this amazing mineral water from 327m beneath the earth’s surface with the handpicked roselle grown organically in our Nonzero Farm by the Pacific Ocean on the foothills of Dulan Mountain.

 

Since coming to Taiwan, a society with very high green-consciousness, I begin to notice how much waste we create, especially in the gifting rituals. The gifts must be beautifully boxed and wrapped with multiple layers of protection inside. This became a design challenge for us.

1. The beautiful white box carries a very subtle “savor your water savor your day” message, that’s it. No logos, no other visual branding wordings on it. The box is meant to be re-use, a place to store the postcards and thank-you notes.

2. The roselle from our Nonzero farm was handpicked by the farmer, choosing the most beautiful blooms and dried in an upright position to maintain its shape. We purposely not wrapped the roselle in individual wrapper, to minimise the use of plastics.

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3. The glasses come with a lid so they can be used as storage jars for spices. For me, I will use them to store the seeds I collected. Seeds are a source of life!

漣漪人基金會一直都很關注青年創業、地方創生及循環經濟等議題,希望基金會可以創造出小小的漣漪。最近,我們看到一個很棒的機會。

愛上紐西蘭Antipodes礦泉水是因為玻璃瓶子很漂亮,後來發現它是世界第一也是唯一得到碳中和認證的冠軍水。 喝完水後的空玻璃瓶,如何賦予它們新的價值?這是我們一直在思考的議題。謝謝春池玻璃的吳廷安,幫助我們把Antipodes礦泉水的玻璃瓶再製造成可重覆使用的杯子和可收納種子和香料的器皿。

杯子裡是我們非零農場(Nonzero Farm)有機種植的洛神花。用特別豎立烘乾法,讓它乾燥後仍保持原來的花樣,整朵花在杯中不但依舊是一朵美麗的洛神花,而且可以用Antipodes礦泉水泡製洛神花氣泡飲料。

美與實用,“美”一直是我們的第一選擇。 :)

記得不要把空瓶子丟掉,可用來插花!