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Home and Hearthside Skills Exchange Programme

Home & Hearth-Side Skills Exchange

At Judith Hoad’s Home in South West Co. Donegal
This series of working weekends with Judith is organized to welcome participants on Friday evenings with a simple meal. Up to six people can be accommodated. There are two bedrooms, each with a pair of adult sized bunks and one double bed sleeping loft in the main living room. The Saturdays will be spent with Judith showing and assisting in the learning of a selection of simple skills that have fallen out of fashion during the last generation or so. The Sundays, up to 3pm, will be spent by the participants undertaking tasks around the inside and outside of Judith’s home; these may be home decorating, or hedge cutting, or firewood splitting, gardening etc. etc. Judith intends to offer these weekends on the third weekends of each month from January to July, 2009. This may be extended, depending on the interest. Judith has other skills, not listed here, which may be useful.

Judith offers:
DARNING, PATCHING & MENDING January 23-25th 2009
MAKING BUTTONS & TOGGLES March 20-22nd 2009
HANDSPINNING WOOL April 17-19th 2009
MAKING A BRAID LOOM May 15-17th 2009
LICHEN DYEING/VEGETABLE DYEING (wool & silk) July17-19th 2009

Judith asks:
Each participant to bring any ORGANIC fruit and/or vegetables as a contribution that she undertakes to cook ; bring materials and tools, as requested when you book to come; bring working clothes for Sundays. Please DON’T bring any processed, convenience, non-organic food as a n offering.
Judith’s home is ‘off the grid’ and totally eco-friendly; there is no indoor plumbing, so no shower ; there is an indoor, compost toilet that needs emptying on a daily basis; no proprietary chemicals are used anywhere around Judith’s home, so no washing-up liquid, or usually cleaning materials; the lighting is by electricity which is generated on site by both photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine; it has to be used economically. There is, therefore, more to learn than just handskills! The life-style is simple, but it is NOT austere – the living spaces are warm and comfortable and warm/hot water is always available on the range.

Enquirers are asked to telephone or email, initially – 0749 736 406,

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How a New Money System could help stop Climate Change

Positive Money are pointing out two inaccuracies (while otherwise recommending the article).
1. there is actually no requirement for UK banks to hold any amount in reserve…

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 13:30

No to Fracking - The People's Declaration

Say no to fracking

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The People's Declaration

We, as people united across Yorkshire and across Britain, declare that we remain opposed to fracking in Yorkshire, in Britain, and across the world. We know that fracking carries serious…


Posted on May 25, 2016 at 5:30

Zero Waste North West Flashmob Sat 12th March 3pm Cornmarket Belfast

"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary - guiding people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use."

"Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.…


Posted on March 7, 2016 at 19:06

County Clare is a TTIP Free Zone!

It’s official - County Clare is now Ireland’s first TTIP Free Zone!

The night of Monday 8th February was a milestone moment in our fight to stop the toxic deal TTIP. Following a campaign led by Uplift members, Clare County Council passed a motion to declare the county a TTIP Free Zone.

This victory is a huge step for our community’s campaign to stop TTIP…


Posted on February 18, 2016 at 16:30

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At 20:27 on March 22, 2011, Daniel Acheson said…
Hey marian,

Cheers for the welcome.  Aye I'll fire up a blog post with some of my favourite books on it and a wee description of each at some point.  Not all of them are directly relevant to transition-town stuff and some have just been helpful for thinking about how to live life but it's always good to share ideas anyway.  Trying to get really involved with all of this stuff locally at the moment so if there are any events worth going to it'd be great to know about them....

Take care,

At 2:11 on November 20, 2009, Caroline Mc Guinness said…
marian i was hoping to come along tomorrow for the talk on the cuban health system but i'm heading to the marxism weekend in dublin early, it would be great to hear about how it goes, enjoy :-)
At 17:28 on September 30, 2009, EmmaJane Logue said…
hi marian

I'm interested in the identifying and gathering you have anymore info

At 15:28 on March 27, 2009, billy, said…
hi Marian, i,ll see you at the bio diversity workshop,
At 0:21 on February 8, 2009, Steve said…
Great day today. Thanks

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