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Conservation and knitting - I do both (this was a commission)

Conservation and knitting – I do both (this was a commission)

When I started this blog I wasn’t really certain what it would end up being about, other than describing things that I was doing to make my life a bit more sustainable… now I look at it, I discover that it’s mainly about growing things and making things from natural fibres. It covers some places I have visited or taught at, along with some comments about what’s going on in my world.

As for me, I have a doctorate in ecology and have been interested in conservation and sustainability for a long time.

I teach (adults) a whole range of courses related to ecology, conservation and habitat restoration as well as anย occasional introduction to permaculture. I have just completed myย diploma in applied permaculture design.

Oh, and I’m a scientific editor too.

 

Want to contact me or buy something I’ve made? Send me a message via the form on my Shop Window page.

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89 Comments

  1. Hello and thanks for liking my recent post. Your blog is lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers,
    T.

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  2. Hi! That’s a very cute pair of knitted snails in your blog’s banner! If you are keen to share, I’d love to know more about your work as a scientific editor.

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    • The snails are from a lovely book: Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh… I use them when I am teaching permaculture. I must get round to posting about some of my other knitted animals, but will have to photograph them first.
      I edit scientific (and other) papers for authors who do not have English as their first language but want to publish in English (the language of many high-profile journals). They write their papers as best they can and I ‘polish’ their writing to make it publishable. I originally worked almost exclusively on forestry and ecology papers, but I am much more versatile now, covering a wide range of sciences plus education and anthropology. The advent of the internet has been a boon, especially now it is possible to send and receive remarkably large files – all my clients are overseas, but communication is so quick and all my work is done on a computer screen, so there is never any paper.
      All this means I can work from home and combine earning a living with gardening, cooking and craft projects… as well as blogging!

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      • Thank you so much for your reply; I really enjoyed reading about your work as a scientific editor. Itโ€™s great to hear how technology has aided the editing industry. Good luck with all your work and I look forward to seeing some more knitted animals and your blog posts too.

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  3. Wonderful blog you have here! Thank you for the like on my blog about my Lasagna Garden!

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  4. Just letting you know I’ve given you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! http://jammiekern.com/2012/07/31/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ Thanks for all your information!

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  5. I love your snail photo!

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  6. Maryanne Birch

     /  November 27, 2012

    I am looking for Bamboo Twine and cannot find it anywhere. I live in Canada but the teacher I am searching for might be willing to import it if I can find a brand name. She wants her class to build bridges with it. Thanks for any help.

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  7. I have enjoyed your blog so much I would like to nominate you for the wonderful team member award. Here are the details. http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/award-wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

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    • Many thanks for the nomination. I’m rubbish at getting round to responding… I still have one to do from the wonderful Lord David Prosser (Barcetshire diaries) from months ago, but I am very flattered!

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    • OK, I’ve finally set up an awards page and started doing acceptances… yours will be the next one I write about. So sorry it’s taken me so long to get to this point, the time has just disappeared this year! And I must apologise for responding to the one from Mr Rooster (see below) before yours.

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  8. Jan, I have just nominated you for The Liebster Award. You can follow this link to my oat so you will know what to do next: http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/the-liebster-award/
    Congradulations and good luck!

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  9. Congratulations Jan, I’ve nominated you for the Inner Peace Award. I really believe that having passion for sustainability and the environment and attempting to live a sustainable life is a key way of finding your inner peace. You can view the award here: http://wp.me/p43FEK-5y

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  10. Thanks for stopping by both my blogs, and for following. It’s a great feeling to be followed by the Snail of Happiness! I will be taking care where I place my feet! Best wishes, Jo

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  11. Congratulations Jan, I’ve just nominated you for the Blog of the Year Award. You can see it here: http://mychroniclifejourney.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/blog-of-the-year-nomination/

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  12. Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award (although I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already received it and I missed it). You can learn more about the award here: http://gatherandgrow.org/2013/12/02/versatile-blogger-award/
    – Mari

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  13. Hello, let me add to your already heavy burden of awards. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because I believe you’re living the life we should all lead, and are making interesting reading of it too. I can’t tell if you have it already, but if not, and you’d like to do something about it, go here: http://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/inspiration-has-struck-2/ โ€Ž

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    • I am going to try to get organised about all these awards… I think there’s about four or five I haven’t thought about yet (sorry people). Perhaps a special awards page is in order.
      However, for the time being,thank you so much!

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    • Awards page now created… just realised how many I have to accept officially (hangs head in shame)

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      • It’s not supposed to be an instrument of torture! Relax and enjoy, there’s no time limit. But a rogue’s gallery is a good idea if you have an embarrassment of riches…

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  14. that’s a multifaceted personality wow ! I am inspired ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Lovely blog. I’m a bit rubbish at reading other blogs but try to catch up every now and then. I notice in a recent blog you mention you’re in Wales. Dare I ask whereabouts? We’ve just moved to Wales – in my case ‘back to’ as I was brought up in Wales from the age of eight – and we’re loving it. Very excited that spring is on the way.

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  16. You’ve been so very nice that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here are the details: http://willowscottling.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/liebster-award/. Thank you!

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  17. Tony

     /  March 14, 2014

    Hi I see you have a Vantage Vue, do you have it online? It would be good to compare figures as I have a weather station near Lampeter.

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  18. Hi there,
    Following your contribution on the WordPress forum about the recent problems, I have written to the CEO’s Office at TalkTalk asking them to look into the way TT blocks sites after an alert about inappropriate material. I’ll let you know when/if I receive a response! Best wishes, Martin.

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  19. Barbara

     /  June 8, 2014

    Hi Jan. I am the lapsed member of the Diploma group, looking to “jumpstart” myself this year. I love your blog and its title. I want to start a blog myself and I am wondering how you did this and who hosts it. I already have a domain name and am tempted byiPage’s introductory offer, but would appreciate you telling me about your experience.

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    • Hi Barbara… losing momentum seems to be a real problem with the diploma… I’m not sure whether I would have found it easy to start again if I had ground to a halt! My blog is here on WordPress and they host it, but I’m not sure how to use it if you already have a domain name registered. I really like WordPress and find it easy to do most of the things that I want to do. E-mail me or message me on FB if you have any specific questions or want a bit more support!

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  20. Hi there. I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a post as part of a Creativity Blog Hop? I have been chosen to do one for next Monday and need to choose two others for the following Monday. I can’t think of a more creative blogger! http://paulinekingblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/blog-hop-around-the-world/

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  21. Hi and thanks for asking to join the Wool n Stuff Facebook Group. I’ve accepted your request so you should be on board now. I love your blog, you constantly echo and expand my thinking. Thank you. Moke xx

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  22. ourworldheritagebe

     /  August 15, 2014

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that we have received a blogger award and decided to nominate you as well… More on http://ourworldheritagebe.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/our-very-first-blog-award/ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Greets – Annick (http://catstitches.wordpress.com)

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  23. Have only just now found your comment on my blog! How the hell did I miss that? Love your blog and thank you for stopping by mine.

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  24. enjoyed meeting you over at KerryCan–we have excellent taste is friends ๐Ÿ˜€ The pieces you sent her are exquisite. So much fun. I can’t even imagine putting something like those together. Must take so much patience! But I love the colors and design.

    Love your mission and that you care so much about the planet. Very cool.

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    • I’ve only been crocheting for about three years, but it seems to bring out the creativity in me!
      The rest of the stuff, like caring for the planet, I’ve been doing for longer!

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  25. You are surely multi-talented, I love visiting with you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Very happy to see you still on WordPress. I am an old familiar face using an alias for the time beingโ€ฆ But, I will soon return and unveil the maskโ€ฆ Sorry I disappeared from WordPress in January 2014. Keep up the good work and GET DIRTY! P.S. I don’t have a mustang and my name isn’t Henry.

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  27. Thrifty Weaver

     /  July 16, 2015

    New blogger (2 1/2 days), came across yours whilst looking for like minded peeps.. it really is all rather overwhelming. Lovely blog, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. Hi Mrs Snail, I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award:

    https://kittymag.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/sunshine-blogger-award/

    Please don’t feel you have to participate but I love reading your blogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  29. Thank you for following my blog. I like what you do very much. I am hyper-concerned for the planet and my daughter and her family work in conservation.

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    • Hello Viv… I’ve managed to sort out following all the sisterhood blogs on WordPress, but not to reading them all… I could have spent all afternoon enjoying them, but sadly I had to go and see the accountant (oh, joy!). Anyway, it’s lovely to make contact with more creative folks from around the world… and the sketchbook is such a fantastic idea!

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  30. Andy Laub

     /  July 27, 2016

    Dear Ms. Snail of Happiness,

    Do you think stringing beads would have a similar effect on the alpha brain waves? I am thinking of introducing stringing of beads in a residential treatment setting as an example of a mindful activity.

    Andy

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    • Yes, I think so – any small repetitive activity that does not require lots of concentration should work. I also highly recommend wet-felting – anyone can do it and you can easily make flat pieces of felt, balls or a simple pouch… it can be a little bit messy, but it’s only soap and warm water, so easy to mop up.

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  31. Hi, and thanks for the follow! Your blog looks very interesting, I’m glad to have discovered it. Pleased to meet you, Marina

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    • Hi Marina… I got to you via Anne Lawson…. I’ve been so busy following all her links I haven’t had time to browse through the blogs she pointed me to! I need to settle down for an hour or two with a big cup of tea and do some exploring!

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