Bernard Preston Blog

If Bernard Preston's inspirational books do not awaken in you the desire to live long in the land, then alas I have failed! Oh yes, and the desire to sit under those trees you once planted, to nurture those grandchildren you have borne.

Alas, sometimes it takes a fist banging on the skull, or a pick axe to break open the frozen sea within us. Is poor health trying to tell you something...? Just where are you planning to live, if you don't look after your bod, eh?

Mar 30, 2020

Growing coriander is also known as cilantro and dhanje; it is a weed.

Growing coriander is just the easiest of all the herbs to plant and enjoy; it needs full sun.

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Mar 30, 2020

Going to seed can be a disappointment after a long and full life.

Going to seed is part of the cycle of nature and we must challenge the aging marbles with new projects and take advantage of it by gardening.

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Mar 30, 2020

Getting siphon started on sump is easy if you can get the principles.

Getting siphon started on sump is simple if there is a significant drop to a lower part of the garden. It enables you to empty a tank without pumping.

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Mar 29, 2020

12, 24 or 48V solar generator is an important factor before starting.

12, 24 or 48V solar generator will determine whether you end up being a happy greenie opines Bernard Preston or not; he wishes he went bigger from the start.

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Mar 28, 2020

Honey brown beer is not in the slightest difficult using a brew kit.

Honey brown beer is at least fifty times as nice as any from the bottle store; you can be sure no noxious chemicals have been added. It is known as a braggot.

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Mar 27, 2020

Treat brother Ass kindly or he may turn and bite his owner.

Treat brother Ass kindly, feeding him properly and making sure he gets plenty of exercise, as he bears not only you but also the Almighty.

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Mar 26, 2020

Attention deficit Bernie relates how I have suffered from this malady.

Attention deficit Bernie expresses alarm that today he would certainly have been treated as a child with mind altering Ritalin.

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Mar 26, 2020

Lithium batteries are in now the best way to store electrical energy.

Lithium batteries are far more compact and enduring than lead cells and at last are becoming much cheaper. Redflow and others are in the pipeline.

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Mar 26, 2020

Darwins theory of natural selection; created by design or accident?

Darwins theory of natural selection seems to be inordinately difficult for fundamentalists but not at all for Christians from a scientific background.

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Mar 22, 2020

Health benefits of kale stem from being in the top ten best foods.

Health benefits of kale include protection against many malignancies including the breast and prostate; and serious eye diseases like macular degeneration.

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Mar 22, 2020

Health benefits of spinach include fibre, vitamins, and many minerals.

Health benefits of spinach with garlic makes great eggs Florentine. The folate and lutein alone make it vital along with magnesium for prevention of arthritis.

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Mar 21, 2020

Growing peppadews from seed to bushes heavy in fruit is a breeze.

Growing peppadews begins in a warm spot in the spring once the danger of frost is over; they have a long growing season. They are a rich source of vitamin C.

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Mar 19, 2020

Kefir benefits are many but foremost is a probiotic for a happy colon.

Kefir benefits can be obtained simply from a few coconut granules and a cup of milk; you will need two glass bottles and a plastic sieve. It is basic and easy.

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Mar 19, 2020

Definition of cutworm may help you control this nasty pest.

Definition of cutworm is for the backyard permaculturist who does not want to use toxic sprays.

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Mar 19, 2020

Cumin plus lime for weight loss is surprisingly effective.

Cumin plus lime for weight loss is perfect if you are enjoying homemade hummus every day with a green salad.

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Mar 19, 2020

Frailty and vitamin B6 are strongly linked.

Frailty and vitamin B6 means that prevention is still better than a cure; this subject is just as much for the young as the elderly.

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Mar 18, 2020

Raising chicks from a hen is actually quite routine.

Raising chicks does mean some planning and working out exactly what your long-term intentions are.

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Mar 17, 2020

Special honey is a beautiful short story by Geoff Elliott.

Special honey is by an author potentially as good as the great George but he has been hiding his light under a bushel.

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Mar 17, 2020

Recipes for cooking kale enable you to escape age-onset blindness.

Recipes for cooking kale take a doubtful contender to the throne she rightly deserves; it is the richest of lutein that helps prevent macular degeneration.

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Mar 17, 2020

Bernard Preston invites you to think, laugh and relax with his books.

Bernard Preston writes these delightful cameos taken from the life and work of a DC. Now it is matters like harvesting sunshine and rainwater that consume him.

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Mar 16, 2020

Where is our water is a cry heard increasingly around South Africa.

Where is our water really should be rephrased to where is the clean stuff, devoid not just of pathogens but also with no plastic particles or other chemicals.

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Mar 16, 2020

Corn in flower is a beauty to behold until it becomes a bit blase.

Corn in flower boggles the mind as each of those tassels ends in just one pip. There are three whole months of happiness ahead as we enjoy a mealie most days.

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Mar 16, 2020

Stunting of children begins in utero and continues with the newborn.

Stunting of children is not only a third world problem but is prevalent in the west too, if one includes mental backwardness from poor nutrition.

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Mar 16, 2020

Turning over a blue Leaf means a Nissan EV this year.

Turning over a blue Leaf takes on new meaninging with our first electric car this January; it is the next step in our green journey.

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Mar 16, 2020

The wonder of worm farms is the organic fertilizer they produce.

The wonder of worm farms is that they also turn kitchen and garden waste into protein for your chickens; and a surge in the flowering of fruit trees.

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Mar 15, 2020

Make your own wormery since composting happens so much faster.

Make your own wormery because is so easy and inexpensive and the leachate adds a lot of oomph to your plants.

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Mar 15, 2020

Spicy ginger tea recipe can be enjoyed hot or ice-cold.

Spicy ginger tea recipe is lovely before lunch, or in the evening as a tonic to help you sleep.

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Mar 15, 2020

Chilli chicken recipe using your free range cockerels.

Chilli chicken recipe needs to be marinaded first overnight otherwise it will be tough; the flavour of your own birds is without equal.

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Mar 15, 2020

Harvesting rainwater for your home means avoiding microplastics.

Harvesting rainwater is best stored underground where it is kept very cold and less prone to bacterial contamination.

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Mar 15, 2020

Capsaicin health benefits include anti-inflammatory effects.

Capsaicin health benefits also cause malignant cells in the prostate to undergo apoptosis, and are used as an analgesic in shingles and diabetic neuropathies.

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