April 2018 - Week 1: Berry Jams and Natural Dying
Updated: Apr 17, 2018
I experimented a little more with natural dying during the week. I had made some blackberry jam, and after extracting the seeds I ended up with some pulpy stuff I thought might work to stain/dye some clothes. There's one way to find out...
The diluted pulp ready for soaking the tied up shorts in, along with a mesh bag I gave up on.
2/4/2018 - Monday
I started using another bar of the over-super-fatted soap that went a bit rancid. It is now about fourteen months old. It works well, but is a bit soft because of the excess oil.
Discoloured soap from
excess oil going rancid.
I made some raspberry jam in among doing domestics (a load of washing and meat loaf for dinner - so much for no meat Monday).
to the boil.
I ended up with 6 ½
little 125gm jars of
my first home-made
I continued working on the timeline (which took much longer than expected) and sent to Andrew, ready for our meeting on Thursday. The timeline breaks the year up into two week blocks and outlines what I’ll be doing at those times.
3/4/2018 - Tuesday
I did my weekly blog upload for week 3 (a day late because of working on timeline etc…
I continued working on items to take to my meeting on Thursday (Prioritised reading list, Chapter Outlines, Table of Contents matched against readings, etc…
I emptied the jars of raspberry jam and cooked the mixture a bit longer because the jars of jam haven’t set properly after being left overnight. I put a jar in the refrigerator yesterday and it also has not set.
I was student representative for two PhD candidates completing their RPRs during the afternoon (2.30-4.30)
4/4/2018 - Wednesday
I went to the library to get a copy of Manuel Castell’s Social Movements in the Internet Age.
I went to an HDR social catch-up with other PhD candidates that commenced with me (replacing the Semi-colon reading group which was overburdened by additional readings). Four of us had a cuppa and chatted for a couple of hours about how things have been going for us. This was enjoyable and therapeutically beneficial and will be sure to become a regular event. We’ll meet every month and change the day to something that suits more people… possibly a Monday.
I read a little of Castell.
5/4/2018 - Thursday
I had a meeting with Andrew. Everything is going well, though Andrew suggested engaging with other movements/groups who are employing Situationist strategies, such as detournement. He showed me a site (AnnaNicoleSmith something or other… I’ll have to try to find it). This is a way to connect and spread my own word through ‘exchange’, i.e. sharing each other’s message.
6/4/2018 - Friday
I helped Ruchi organise the details for the upcoming Digital Art exhibition at Project Gallery from 7-20 May.
The flyer for the
I went and gave some raspberry jam to Matt and Deniz and they gave me some jalapeno-mayonnaise and pepperoni. Nice exchange… or at least mutual giving.
I worked a little on another rewrite of Fuchs.
I started taking some notes from Castell.
7/4/2018 - Saturday
I bought some more blackberries to make jam and continue with my shorts dying experiment. I didn’t quite get the jam ready by the time I had to leave.
I went to Dad’s for lunch. I finished the jam in the afternoon and moved on to dying.
8/4/2018 - Sunday
I made pizza in the morning.
Rob and Jason called in to say hi… we discussed planetary problems, the idea of cooperation as opposed to competitiveness, and community building.
I went for afternoon tea with Bryce and Deniz. I spoke afterwards to Bryce about community building.
I worked a bit on Castells.