Always expect the unexpected, l like to say to people, especially when it is something l am involved with. Earthly Comforts is a business blog with a twist. The twist is that it doesn’t automatically fall into the ‘conventional style of thinking’ regarding a business blog.
So with that in mind, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook inspired by nature focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.
I am also in the early stages of starting my own worm farming business and am a massive fan of ‘earthworms’ hence the logo on the blog. I will also journal about my adventures as a novice worm farmer.
I will write about many different things, covering many topics and digging into many subjects. The blog has several categories specifically designed to cater to many tastes – environmental, inspiration, history, community and entertainment, to name a few, and some light-hearted fun is thrown into the mix for variety.
I am sure that most visitors will find something to tickle their fancy, light their fires, and stimulate and excite their senses. Be this located in The community-inspired Country Life Style Diary hub or within Earthen Tales, where there are series concerning wildlife, gardening and herbs, or maybe digging for victory in the composting pile is more your thang?
Of course, perhaps like Earthen Wurmin and me, you like mooching around in and with the verm herds. Failing that, there are always photo galleries.
Now, if that’s the thing you are keen to boogie down with and read, welcome to my blog – Earthly Comforts!
“I am proud to say I have worms big ones, little ones, fat ones, thin ones, well all sorts really and l’ll be writing about them here in Earthly Comforts.”
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“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn *** “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson *** “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher *** “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” — Winnie the Pooh ***
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Welcome you to EWWW Quick Tips – that’s Earthen Wurmin’s Worm’s World to the unknowing – it’s a term l hear a lot from people when they first meet the worms and the compost and the compost worms “Ewww!”
So l figured, well, why not capitalise on that!
The quick tips series covers composting, gardening, hacks and other bits and bots too!
Whilst, nettles are weeds, they also have many uses and don’t just serve gardeners and composters, but can be used medically, herbally, and be harvested and eaten. Nettles can be cultivated and designated a part of The garden to be grown. Once ready, they can be cut and hung and allowed to dry out and shredded down or be used as they are and for whichever purpose they were initially grown to serve.
There are many benefits to nettles. They make significant foliage areas for butterflies and contain an abundance of food sources for caterpillars – so having a nettle presence means butterflies will head for those rather than perhaps one of your more prized plants. Aphids and ladybirds love nettles, and an army of ladybirds will devour some pests.
You can use nettles to enrich your soil, should you wish to grow them directly in your beds – remember at the end of each season to dig them and their ROOTS up, as they don’t need any encouragement to stay. Once dug up and fetched out, chop them up and add them to your compost heap as they are great activators as well as accelerators for the whole decomposition process.
Make sure to chop them up, dig them into your heap, and not just leave them in one massive clump because they are like grass and can become incredibly slimy and remarkably offensive to the smell!
Also, a word of warning – if you run a hot compost heap, you needn’t worry. However, if you don’t and place the nettles into your compost, de-root them. Otherwise, they will seed in your heap!
Now, if you don’t wish to add them to your heap, then l would further suggest steeping them for around a month or so and turning them into nettle tea.
Chop the nettles up, or pending the size of the bin/container you are using, stuff them in, cover with water and a brick or two, and leave for roughly a month and let them steep.
Like the ‘weed teas’, don’t sit too close to the house or neighbours as the smell is rich. If the neighbours overreact with you and your tea, offer them some potent nutrient endowed nettle fertiliser! That should bring them around.
Wealth doesn’t make us rich Richness of the spirit and soul needed Needs and wants vying with each other Others dreaming of what we have Have and have-not in a clear dichotomy Dichotomy dividing the society Society in disarray Disarray of the soul Souls deprived of true values Values that give purpose to lives Lives lived empty in a moral vacuum Vacuum that expands to envelope our beings Our beings empty like deflated balloons Wealth and riches are useless if we have poverty of spirit.
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Walking around Sandwich and the surrounding countryside as l do daily, weekly and monthly, I take many photographs. Ten to fifteen per cent are held back in folders and will be used in the blog’s gallery features, prompts, or published articles, whilst some are specifically kept back for this series only.
My main photography focus is wildlife, flora and fauna but also architecture and quirky captures.
Only some of the galleries here will be specifically themed all the time. They might focus on specific events or moments that were chanced upon or hold a fascination for me.
“If you’re not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You’re not going to start using it more by shoving it in a closet somewhere.” Joshua Becker *** “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” Joshua Becker *** “Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you’re not organized costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money.” Jean Chatzky ***
In the first week of this month, a single off-chance peek into a forgotten drawer of one of the pedestals beside my desk began a minor declutter. Twenty-four hours after that decision, l opted to look at the built-in cupboards and give them a clear-out. Why not, l thought, what’s the harm? Well, have you noticed how – The little things that are usually at the start of the big stuff signal the commencement of significant change. That simple declutter transformed into massive upheaval and the birth of the euphoria of glitzy nuts! Why glitzy nuts? Why not. From decluttering, it then added in furniture shift around and sales. Willow has been undergoing tremendous changes internally. Decluttering is like a mysterious contagion here, like a spreading plague of what if and what else and ooh, maybe that too! We are entering the third week of that simple start and have concluded that everything is somewhat complex. The house is 40% completed, but our light bulb moment a few weeks ago decided to take Willow through a complete overhaul to achieve much cleaner lines throughout the house. Less clutter, more breathing space and more sterile definition in each room. The simple start should be complete by mid-February, considering everything we have going on. Some stuff is selling faster than others – like practical or quirky, whilst others are taking their time to move quickly. Advert manipulation and rearrangement have become my standard practice every few days. People are watching the adverts and, l guess, waiting for the drop in place to hit their sweet spot. That’s fair. I want things gone now, and what doesn’t sell or isn’t trash or items meant for someone’s upcycling craftiness, then are bagged up and walked over to the charity shops in town. Considering how much decluttering Suze and l have taken part in since we first began this cult of ours in 2017, l am always startled at just how much stuff there is and how much stuff still accumulates in house space. But no more, things are going for good, and we are done with hoarding stuff that might have a future somewhere in our lives. If that ‘use’ isn’t blatantly apparent in the first sixty seconds of pondering upon it, it’s not needed, and it then experiences the ‘three R’s – reduce, reuse or recycle. We both know that by the time we have finished this exercise, Willow will look quite bare in places, and we have accepted that is the new norm for us. We have changed as not just people or as friends or as a couple, but as personalities. We have gotten to that point where our direction is obvious. I know what l want from my life – how l wish to see my life unfold from this point on, and Suze is the same. We are both chasing business ventures, each of our own and as a couple, which requires a clearer mind and no clutter. The decluttering operation is a huge undertaking, not just of material items that you can touch and handle, but digitally as well – the computers are to experience a throwing out of unwanted stuff, and we, as humans, are working on a cleaner mindset—a detoxing of negativity—having a clearly defined purpose and making that happen and working towards that in a specific unified approach. Sure, in places, everything looks like a mess here. There are things everywhere, not in a chaos theory way, but there are designated dump zones awaiting bagging to be walked over to the goodwill stores and items in separate piles awaiting buyers. But you have to have the chaos first to see the order second.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein ***