Fashionable Composting, re-visited

Fashionable Composting, re-visitedComposting is one of natures unwritten laws. Like many of these laws, by keeping to them we uphold the food cycle, by breaking them we herd ourselves into a dead end.

A visit to your local garden centre should convince you that composting is now very fashionable as there are now umpteen systems to contain it and apparently ‘create it’ – not so. Nature has but one way through decay to break up stuff for recycling – ’tis so.

I am a bit miffed that so many western societies are still way off course when it comes to recycling. The biggest bloomer that most promoters of recycling make is to call used material ‘rubbish’ – it’s not; rubbish is worthless, useless stuff. And if someone can recycle stuff and put it to use then it is not ‘waste’ either.

We try to re-cycle and compost down everything at the HoBB but ours is but one voice. Your voice is important to this issue and your efforts to underline the truth about the way we all use and abuse ‘matter’ will help. Take every opportunity you discover to press the message home and support the continual re-use of everything possible.

At the HoBB we put nearly everything to use and re-use, giving all materials the longest life we can design for them – plastics are still the most challenging of materials. So when visiting HoBB Real, bring nothing with a ‘half-life’ over two months!

Waves ~~~~ (please re-cycle these around your friends) ~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Seed Pod Door

seed pod doorHave you got any interesting, hard, large seed pods in your garden? This rather complicated door design for the HoBB needs seeds from around the World to make it happen.

As a features artist, I have designed many doors and gates but this one is special and it is for the HoBB.

We are collecting the largest of dried seed pods from friends around the world to produce this artistic door and donations [of unusual seed pods] are very welcome. As we are in the UK, we have already got things like chestnuts and small fir cones so we are looking for sub-tropical and tropical seeds that will be new to us. They may seem regular and common to you but in the UK they will be strange and wonderful.

The door is one of our ‘team artworks’. Many artists visit the HoBB to produce artworks that need a group to create. This door just needs the right shapes to represent the “Harvest of Nature” and to show how different it all is. I can see the door going on tour eventually, when it’s not swinging at the HoBB!

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant