30 de enero de 2017

Alma y la isla

Leer este libro, con una crisis humanitaria como la que hoy existe con los refugiados de Siria, hace que tenga aún más significado del que tiene por si mismo.

El escenario es el Mediterráneo. El puerto de partida Trípoli (Libia) y el destino, el incierto azul en que miles mueren en busca de un sueño, que aún cumpliéndose, no está exento de dolor, pérdida y rechazo.

La autora, narra la historia de Almaz, una niña negra, arrancada de las garras del mar, por un pescador que la lleva con su familia y que desde la incomprensión de los niños, establece una relación de amor-odio con el hijo pequeño de la casa.

Es un libro lleno de ternura, escrito con una delicadeza que sorprende por la dureza del mensaje que esconde.

No sólo por su calidad literaria, sino por el trasfondo de la historia, por mostrar una realidad paralela a los niños occidentales, es un libro que recomiendo a un abanico grande, desde los 8 ó 9, en adelante, incluyendo adultos.



Autor: Mónica Rodríguez
Ilustrador: Ester García
Nº pags. 117

24 de enero de 2017

Solitario


De entre toda la oferta de libros que existe, pasados y actuales, cuál leemos y en qué momento lo hacemos, suele tener una componente de destino, esa que dice que los libros nos buscan.

Este título me lo dejó un amigo cazador, una pieza de coleccionismo que ya no está en las librerías y que por su corta tirada, tampoco está en bibliotecas.

Jaime de Foxá era un naturalista, involucrado en la protección del monte y los animales durante toda su vida, y amante de la caza en su juventud. Las ilustraciones son de otro cazador, también autor y defensor de la naturaleza, el Conde de Yebes.

Con una prosa que raya en lírica, nos descubre el monte a través de los ojos de un jabalí solitario; la belleza de la naturaleza, las relaciones entre las especies, la forma de vida y el impacto, casi siempre devastador, que el hombre tiene en ese hábitat en delicado equilibrio.


Autor: Jaime de Foxá
Nº pags.: 150

9 de enero de 2017

¿Qué puedes hacer en 1 acre, 4.000m2?






Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat.

For myself, on a 1-acre farm of good, well-drained land, I would keep a cow and a goat, a few pigs and maybe a dozen hens. The goat would provide me with milk when the cow was dry. I might keep two or more goats, in fact. I would have the dairy cow (a Jersey) to provide the pigs and me with milk. More importantly, I would keep her to provide heaps and heaps of lovely cow manure to increase my soil fertility, for in order to derive any sort of living from that 1 acre without the application of a lot of artificial fertilizer, it would have to be heavily manured.
Raising a Dairy Cow

Cow or no cow? The pros and cons are many and various for a self-sufficient homestead. In favor of raising a cow is the fact that nothing keeps the health of a family — and a farm — at a high level better than a dairy cow. If you and your children have ample good, fresh, unpasteurized, unadulterated dairy products, you will be well-positioned to be a healthy family. If your pigs and poultry get their share of the milk by-products, especially whey, they likely will be healthy, too. If your garden gets plenty of cow manure, your soil fertility will continuously increase, along with your yields.

On the other hand, the food that you buy in for this family cow will cost you hundreds of dollars each year. Compared with how much money you would spend on dairy products each year, the fresh milk supply from the cow plus the increased value of the eggs, poultry and pig meat that you will get, along with your ever-growing soil fertility, will quickly make a family cow a worthwhile investment. But a serious counter-consideration is that you will have to take on the responsibility of milking a cow. (For different milking plans and estimated savings, see Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More.) Milking a cow doesn’t take very long — perhaps eight minutes — and it’s very pleasant if you know how to do it and if she is a quiet, docile cow — but you will have to do it. Buying a dairy cow is a very important step, and you shouldn’t do it unless you do not intend to go away very much, or unless you can make arrangements for somebody else to take over your milking duties while you’re gone. So let’s plan our 1-acre farm on the assumption that we are going to keep a dairy cow.


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by John Seymour