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A SIMPLE, DOWN TO EARTH, HANDS-ON, SELF-RELIANT LIFE #ONTHEMOUNTAIN

About marta pakovska

Marta is born in the Balkans, raised in the Lowlands, and now living at the foot of the French Alps. She has worked most her life on 'the internet' and was educated as an historian. On this blog she tells stories about her life.
Latest Posts | By marta pakovska
A mind-boggling visit to the local recycling-centre
3 months ago

A mind-boggling visit to the local recycling-centre

I want to tell you about my very inspiring visit to the local recycle-centre yesterday afternoon. Yes, I’m going to write about trash. Our trash. I hope you won’t leave …
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How to germinate peppers in soil blocks
4 months ago

How to germinate peppers in soil blocks

Having just sown my pepper seeds, I thought it might be useful to show you how I sow different crops in different ways. Some as an experiment and some by …
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What to sow in January
4 months ago

What to sow in January

Oh boy, it’s snowing outside! There were little piles of snow lying around in shady corners, from the last time it snowed, but todays snow will leave a white carpet …
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Testing the DIA sweater by Misusu
6 months ago

Testing the DIA sweater by Misusu

By  •  make, sewing

I’m wondering how to tell you the story about the handful of DIA sweaters that I made this October. Do I just shout out immediately that you HAVE TO BUY …
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Frugal gardening: how to mark your saved tomato seeds while they are drying
10 months ago

Frugal gardening: how to mark your saved tomato seeds while they are drying

Years ago I wrote a blogpost on how I save my own seeds from homegrown, shop bought or given tomatoes. I save my seeds the easy way, what others might …
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17 crops to sow halfway July
10 months ago

17 crops to sow halfway July

It’s halfway July and therefore the very. last. chance. to sow some fast-growing crops, winter crops or early spring crops. Ofcourse you can sow some seeds a bit later as …
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How to root a fig tree cutting and grow fig trees for free
12 months ago

How to root a fig tree cutting and grow fig trees for free

Let me show you how I rooted seven fig tree cuttings in just a months time. The subject of this post just ‘came into my life’ today, I didn’t plan …
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April 2018 garden update
1 year ago

April 2018 garden update

Today was a perfect gardening day for me. Besides a few orders that had to be done, I could spent all my day in- and around the garden. In practice …
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A winter- and a spring-hike at Les Adrets
1 year ago

A winter- and a spring-hike at Les Adrets

When we first arrived here in the French Alps, we often said to each other that we would never re-do one specific hike, because there was so much to do …
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Posna Sarma or Vegan Sarma
1 year ago

Posna Sarma or Vegan Sarma

It’s time for some tasty winter food. And nothing says ‘winter’ better than ‘sauerkraut’. Don’t you think? And when I say sauerkraut I actually mean sarma. Sarma [Сарма] is how the …
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