Tag Archives: Solar systems

A Dream Come True

Years ago I read an article about how sunflowers track the sun. Until then I did not know this wonderful information. I had gone through life unaware that sunflowers followed the sun all day, recording the path in the fibers … Continue reading

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Self Sufficient — Sensible?

In 1989 a solar flare caused a blackout centered in Quebec, Canada that damaged systems as far away as New Jersey. In 2003, a massive power blackout left approximately 50 million people without power for up to two days. 11 … Continue reading

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Update 2014-Solar Installation at the Purple Gate Herb Farm

I posted “News from a Brighter White House” in 2010. http://www.pgherbfarm.com/MarysBlog/?p=186 My husband, Bud, and I have been thinking about solar installations for years. This year our small Texas rural farm catapulted into the 21st century.  We installed a solar … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal

The TV droned on in the living room providing one horrible story after another. A plane shot down with hundreds dead, a car crash killing 20, a lone shooter with an automatic rifle shooting people in a mall, on and … Continue reading

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Judy E.’s House Tour on Monday, 07/15/14

by Catherine L Mills Judy E.s lost her home off of Cottle Town Road in the Bastrop Complex Fire. After deciding to rebuild, she attended many of the wildfire information programs to learn about fire resistant building techniques. She learned … Continue reading

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Define: Sustainable Life

I began to wonder if I was living a sustainable life. What exactly did a “Sustainable Life” mean? So I made a list of things that I was either doing or aspired to doing. Here it is. Please add to … Continue reading

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Awesome “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas

The Bastrop Sustainable meetup group went on a tour of a “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas.  Catherine and I were curious before we joined the tour so we found 674 Cottletown Road on the internet. There were glowing descriptions by … Continue reading

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What is “Sustainable” and Why should I join Bastrop Sustainable?

It seems it is easy to believe that what exists now has always been so.  I felt that way when I was a young teen-aged girl.  I lived among people who had methods of harvesting wild foods that did not … Continue reading

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