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On the left and beautifully poised is my last bike ride to the north of Poland, Gdansk. It was a thrilling journey all the way, not least for the fact that in Italy they wouldn't let me on the boat to Croatia because my passport had expired and Croatia was not Schengen. I was shocked, and when the customs officer told me I had to stay in Italy I gritted my teeth and flew north past Venice and into the Alps. Hence the t-shirt shows an alternative route which added 700km, and I duly took a marker pen to the fabric, meticulously scribing the way of the tortoise. My two compatriots who left 5 days earlier from Rome continued on the original route, but of course, nothing beats the guitar and the hammock. The full blog can be read here at Destination Poland

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    The olive trees and land are typically looking pristine and ecologically lush through the practice of leaving the herb to flower and set seed in order to enrich my bee activities. We have at least 4 types of olive including the renowned arbequina which makes a most delicious olive oil when eaten raw and pure. Cold-pressed and chemical-free our oil is available in the Market with discounts for bulk orders and membership. An abbreviated market page can be found at our sister site Solteriologic Garden. See also the link above for other Bum Products and this weblink Molí d'Oli Tradicional for more in-depth historical information and the location where we press for our oil.

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    If anybody has any homemade permaculture videos that they would like to share, post them on. In the future I may even be willing to offer a page for other work. They can be of any nature, festivals, music, narration, teaching sessions, even comments to the editor etc. if, for example, you have any bugbears you want to air. For any members wanting to contribute then I am willing to give free advertising here also on this blogspot but the only on condition that it is ethical and supports the greater environmental cause.

  • HOME GROUND
  • Look at the Market Place and you'll find an opportunity to advertise your wares. My sole motive here is to get more people reading this site. I have a few things to offer and in the future we hope to participate in the creation of a food cooperative that delivers to remote places. In the meantime I need to get the network more active, so here is the opportunity to advertise for the cost of a 1st-class stamp and a 10% cut on all sales. Give it a go!

  • MARKET (under continual development)
  • Even though we encourage the support of farmers to grow food and make a livelihood from it regardless of what political or philosophical association they might have, SLP remains the financial arm of Solteriologic Garden, a spiritual organisation for the purpose of developing the awareness of Providence and belief in God. Thus, future international contact will show no bias towards any particular religion or spiritual organisation. As well as this we have our own products for sale including olive oil and carob. I consider our very own Catalonian olive oil to be the best in the world, and I have tasted a few. All SLP products will go under the trade name of Bum. Go to Bum Products for a fuller description of our products and philosophy regarding the understanding of food and why I consider it asexual for the promotion of health and good toilet manners. Alternatively email SLP for a personal explaination. Please note, all products can be bought in bulk. Inceasingly I find that Virgin and non-Virgin oil is difficult to sell. And due to better practice it is unlikely that I will stock it in the future. Enquire within.

    After years of failure and bad luck, we should be producing our own honey soon. See our sister website for activities on the farm. The best times both for olive and honey production are between November and May, but it can get windy and very cold at night. Volunteers are always welcome.

    Bulk orders of 5ltrs at £58/50/42 (plastic £2 refundable bottle) subject to availability.

    MEMBERS of SLP will get a 15% discount in future.

    Bum non-certified organic Extra Virgin, Virgin, and non-Virgin, cold-pressed Olive Oil in sealed dorica 1ltr, 750ml, 500ml and 250ml bottles. (Refills also available for 1 ltr and 750ml bottles provided by the customer.)

    Extra Virgin / Virgin / non-Virgin

    1ltr £13 / 11 / 9 (refills only)
    1ltr £14 / 12 / 10 (£1 refundable dorica bottle)
    1ltr £12 / 10 / 8 (retailer's price)

    750ml £10.50 / 9 / 7.50 (refills only)
    750ml £11.50 / 10 / 8.50 (£1 refundable dorica bottle)
    750ml £9.50 / 8 / 6.50 (retailer's price)

    500ml £8.50 / 7.50 / 6.50 (50p refundable dorica bottle)
    500ml £7.50 / 6.50 / 5.50 (retailer's price)

    250ml £5 / 4.50 / 4 (50p refundable dorica bottle)
    250ml £4 / 3.50 / 3 (retailer's price)

    Bum carob pods picked straight from the tree.
    Non-certified organic 1kg bag (£5 / 4 Mem)

    Enquire within concerning cheaper floor-collected and unwashed items, or bulk purchases. Watch this space for olive leaf tea, almond oil, wax products and honey in the future.

  • COMMEMORATIVE ORCHARDS
  • SLP's project facilitation. The idea was born from the work done at the Sceaux Garden Estate where the fire that caused the death of 6 innocent victims gave rise to a community voice. In particular this voice was about how to breathe life back into a community, especially since neighbours were still living within the vicinity of the buildings or even in the buildings themselves. The horror of those moments are preferred to be forgotten, but the reliving of fond memories is something a commemoration can achieve; a commemoration need not be about death. One may like to commemorate the life achievements of a friend, even an ancestor. It could be a national event like a British victory in sport. Or maybe political in which, for instance, one gains assylum.

    Possible areas include private as well as public spaces, and in all cases expertise will be given for the tree's maintenance in respect of permission to plant. We would welcome other potential sites and request that you contact us sooner rather than later at South London Permaculture.

  • SPECIAL THANKS TO...
  • South London Permaculture would like to thank the following organisations for their precedented support towards us during the years:
    Spike Community
    Evelyn Community Gardens
    Urban Green Fair Community Interest Company
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    Purple Broccoli Theatre Company
    Pure London Honey
    Transition Town Brixton
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    Woodlands Farm
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    Barcelona Botanical Gardens
    Cummin Up

  • FURTHER LINKS AND DOMESTIC ISSUES
  • SLP have for a time had a page on the excellent ProjectDirt platform but has never really utilised its full potential. Go here for current news of events also. Likewise, I have a personal Facebook page and a few community pages, Destination Africa, Destination Poland, El Camino de Santiago and my sister project in Catalonia, Solteriologic Garden if one would like to see what I am up to around the place. They are very graphical and include musical recordings, videos and photos of all my adventures around Europe and Africa. For photos and videos of the presentation of £250 to the Abolicao Trust at the Lambeth Country Show collected in sponsorship from the Africa journey click this Facebook link or here for the capoeira video. Most of these journeys try to raise awareness and sponsorship to fund international work. If there are any potential donors plese contact the editor personally. Plans for the future include the Orkney Isles and Portugal.

    The original images I proposed for the last bicycle trip from Catalonia to the north of Poland. From the t-shirts (above) you can see how they used the elements to construct something a little more affordable to print.

  • PUBLICATIONS
  • This seems to be occupying most of my time as my hands grind to the stone in sunny Catalonia whilst the mornings and evenings are pleasantly tapping away on the laptop. Of note are the newsletters which rely on contributions and keep the reader informed of current affairs. They can be very political and contentious reflecting the editorial input of the founder. See the listing (right) for the full download or go to the Editor page for a selction of best articles. Please donate (above) to receive any free listed PDF copies online. Normal price is £1.50 each with the most recent editions being bumper double issues but (when available) you can purchase a bundle for free distribution.

    Secondly, the journals had been progressing with very good articles and contributions. These and my academic works can be found in succesive editions of my journal, Destination God. They include in edited form the serialised book of my first on-line journey, to Palestine on a bicycle, also available here at I am Augustus Caesar Merlyn Peter of the House of Elias Jacob, Son of Richard, Conqueror of the 15 nations, and Descended of Mother Earth. (Due to the Posterous platform terminating the blogsite has been uploaded to Wordpress in a rather haphazard way.) The journey to Africa, Destination Africa, has also been serialised into written form and in the future the jounal will document the other journeys including the UK tour, the Camino de Santiago, and Poland. In the meantime these journals have been put on hold whilst I focus on other writing adventures. Incidentally, contributions are always welcome on the subject of anthropology, spirituality and permaculture. Just email me a copy ideally in Word format.

    As an experienced traveller a powerpoint presentation of these and other long bike rides can be made available and will cover many aspects of the journeys, including political, ecological, religious, geographical, archaeological, recreational, and survivalist. Talks and presentations would be available at £150 and £250 per day plus expenses, broken down into one-hour, and three-hour discussions respectively with illustrations and a break in between. Of a side note, there is also a song I wrote for the Palestine journey with the same title and can be found on YouTube by clicking the video link here. Likewise, a radio broadcast with Alternative Maniax was made just before leaving and can be dug out from here Alternative Maniax. I give a background on my permaculture studied at Middlesex University, and later talk about the journey to Palestine. I play a few songs but alas, they are okay. I always get sticky fingers when I am being recorded. And I always perform better without a mike. Anyhow, enjoy.

    Finally, any prospecting publishers should contact me directly here.

    My dissertation title ran as follows, "If land economies are the ecological imperative of the rise of the modern environmental movement, may one find an historical precedent in the origins of Christianity?" There are extensive appedices to look over, and modern day movements like Permaculture and Transition Town get more than a welcome. Due to the mass of academic material left over from my studies much of it has found its way into my recent books. As well as revising and thoroughly improving the thesis due to the rushed nature of completing the degree program there is an extended essay (15,000 words) available from the appendix entitled "Christianity, science and technology as indicators of humanity’s changing relationship with its environment". Future copies, like the journal, will be printed in A5 format and as a special offer, anybody buying the thesis will get a free copy included with it. Please indicate on the application form or online market page. A4 bounded versions of the thesis are also available for sale at £9 each to members. Again, go to the Market page under education to order. For other publications available in print only as well as on-line essays see the link for Solteriologic Garden

    Of recent I was going through some old folders and I found this video amongst a stock of photos given to me by one of my former students, Mada. She was a superb photographer and it must have passed me by why I hadn't used it before. Anyhow, I have uploaded it to YouTube and you can play it here. Click this link Permaculture Design Course 2006/7 to view it.

  • INTERNATIONAL
  • The development of our sister website for my activities abroad, Solteriologic Garden, assumes the name of my former project. I have also set up a chat forum in which you don't have to be a member to contribute. It is never used probably on the basis that I don't really have a member base. And besides, the topics I air are only temporary, extracted from my literature. To engage in chat and maybe start up your own topic go to SLP's chat forum.

  • COME TO CATALONIA

  • With the view that SLP is going international I will be posting updates from abroad regarding any sustainable developments, including my prior activities in Spain and the increasing possibility of developing a market. This is all in concordance with my natural travel program of going back and forward to our land in Catalonia where we grow mainly olives among carob and almond. Of course, Catalonia offers a variety of nuts and dried fruit like hazels and figs. Maybe in 20 years time I'd like to think that I could be making a regular income from it, tax free of course.

    Volunteer camping opportunities for one or two individuals at a time to help work the land in a beautiful part of Spain. Access to the sea and neighbouring towns, and a shared caravan. Self-catering but many benefits include trips to regional mountainous and valley beauty spots, as well as direct rail services to Valencia, Tarragona and Barcelona. Cycling is a must in this country. The project is the beginnings of an eco-settlement illustrated in the books below. The first phase building the large cistern is progressing. Other learning experiences include dry-stone walling, walking and mountaineering, olive and carob cultivation, biochar and vegetable production. Only companions are sort and must be of a spiritual disposition. Please contact the editor for further details or go to our sister website Solteriologic Garden.

  • VOLUNTEER EXCHANGE SYSTEM

  • More information will be posted in the future regarding setting up an exchange between Africa and Spain. For now you can click on the poster above and print out a Volunteer form to join the venture in The Gambia on a 1ha moringa and mango farm. After filling in the small CV and posting it to us you must register overseas membership with SLP on the Market page. Watch this space!

    The front covers of the latest books entitled The Carob Pod: An Anthropological Guide to Permaculture and Petriarchy: The Law of the Land. Click on the images to read a 4,000 word preview to the first, and in the second an excerpt of the latest book in journal format, broken down into 8 editions including photos and diagrams. The new journal to be released starting April (2013) also includes my journey to the Middle-east on a bicyle and is open to contributions. Copies are subject to availability in the Market section of the website or contact SLP directly. A full synopsis and (somewhat outdated) personal CV is also available for VOLUME 1 and a short précis for VOLUME 2 also. Below that VOLUME 3, as a compilation of essay-chapters, is in the process of being written. Both VOLUMES 2 and 3 have been serialised in our journal.

    Had the current work been any shorter it may have found itself in VOLUME 3, as such is now the 4th instalment the both illustrated below. Click on the image for a bastardised version without illustrations and reduced by 100 pages.

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