The Bloody Raven's entry for Contest 7 : My Green Side!

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Second year Temperate Kiwi Vine (Actinidia Arguata Issai)

I'm not all black and white and so for a different subject lets add a bit of green as my choice of the Three Questions is this...

What do you do for the environment and what is your best tip? Tell us about your 'Green' side!

Before I go any further, if you'd like to participate the deadline to keep in mind is November 15th, 2020. The contest details and Rules are in the Original post here, Ladies of Hive Contest 7

My Green Side

A part of my personal Environmental strategy is incorporating food waste composting with my Fruit shrubs and Vegetable garden. Though I do have a chemical fertilizer I try to use as much composting as I can.

While soft foods from fruit peelings, rinds and cores are saved for my own composting, Tree trimmings, weeds, and other kitchen waste will go into the City Composting program.

Last of the mid-Fall produce.

My vegetable garden has wound down for the Winter season and I may leave it fallow next year since my Tenant and I both agree the soil is somewhat depleted. So, the plan is to accelerate composting supplemented by soft food waste to return the needed minerals and micro-nutrients back into the garden.

Quite Sad looking but temporary

I will be liming this fall to keep the soil ‘Sweet’ and reserve light fertilization as required.

Last winter was quite mind, I’ll have to be cautious with my berries this year if it turns out colder than usual and lose more fruit plants. I'm going to add a fresh layer of compost mixed with new topsoil to these strawberries too.


I enjoy a meditative approach to gardening as one way to relax, shave a few dollars off my grocery bill, learning a useful skill, and recycling some of the food waste in a positive and environmentally friendly way.

As far as Community Environmental initiatives my Municipality does have a sizeable Recycling program for a majority of consumer and household waste but fails on some aspects. Living a first world country, we tend to be sloppy or inconsistent with separating the recyclable waste into their proper categories. The central depository packs the product for the Bulk Buyers to recycle. The Bulk Recycling buyers would reject shipments if they are contaminated with too much other non-desirable contaminants.

Here is where I come in. I help sort out some of the ‘Contaminants’ and part of my recompense are these bags of beverage containers. And I return to a Bottle Depot for the 10-cent CAD deposit per can/carton/bottle, that's cash on the barrel, Tax free!

The Bottle Depot

Payday of $51.80 CAD Tax free on this trip.

My running total for the year beginning January 1st, 2020 up to date is $1,153.80 CAD.
And where do I spend it?
A few pizza dinners for my kids as a treat… but also feeds my Stackitis!

Buying Silver coins as a way of saving for the long term.
This 1979 Mexico 1 Silver Onza is one of the coins I purchased with funds from the bottle deposits.

Junk into Silver savings for two short evenings a month!

“I changed my mind” Question 3 Bonus!

What music needs to be played at your funeral (or wedding, if you want to write about a happier occasion)?

The Christian Irish Hymn: ‘Be Thou my Vision.’

Based on the poem "Rop tú mo Baile" written by St. Dallán Forgaill (560 – 645 AD) , translated from Olde Irish to English by Mary Elizabeth Byrne 1905 and put to the melody of ‘Slane’ Hymnal in 1909, and Published in 1912.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
Be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord;
Be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my Breastplate, my Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my whole Armor, be Thou my true Might;
Be Thou my soul's Shelter, be Thou my strong Tow’r,
O raise Thou me heav’nward, great Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise;
Be Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Be Thou and Thou only the first in my heart,
O high King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, Thou heaven's bright Sun,
O grant me its joys, after vict'ry is won;
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be Thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Thought there have been various English and non-English versions, my favorite Rendition is the Alternate Eleanor Hull’s 1912 version as sung by Christian singer (Sandi Patty)[

I like to play this anytime I am feeling down and for my funeral for that matter. The folk style, the English lexicon of the lyrics, poetic imagery, the sweeping orchestral melody and singing style of Sandy Patty’s rendition all matching my persona if anyone has followed me since my YouTube days.

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Thank you for stopping by my Blog today.

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1. All are my own pictures shot with a Samsung SM-A530W unless otherwise indicated.
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R. Clip art from 123RF
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Oh my!
Watch your garden grow!
Not bad for two months work,,, recycling that is.
Love the music... to be played during your funeral, you say?
Good luck with the contest!!!!

That's Ten months so far with two months to go and most of it goes to Silver for sure, budget-guilt and Tax free cash!

In case I didn't tell you, my Choice of Wedding music if the Lord ever blesses me so is Canon in D minor, but not the Pacabelle's Canon, No no no. Pirate Canon!
By Thomas Bergersen, complete with feast and sword fight! ⚔️

Always, with love 🤗🌺💖☠️

EPIC!!! I can imagine you walking down the aisle, in black attire and all the works...
Do not forget to invite me!!!!

Of course I will Sis.
Did I mention the Pirate ship mock up?
The Pastor will pose as Black Bart (The real Bartholomew held pirate church services on Sundays as he used to attend a church in his youth and able to read).
The Captain would be dashing with his senior officers.
Mirrored by the fabulous appropriately attired Tavern wenches.
And the bride will be swinging in! Literally.
And we'll handing out real Silver ...doubloons (Engraved)
☠️⚔️ "Captain and First Mate" ⚔️☠️

I think my father would love the idea!

Reserving my next Ladies of Hive Question:
What is your ULTIMATE Wedding?

Ooooh... come to think of it, I want to be at the wedding entourage! I want to be dressed as a Tavern wench!!!
Wait, when do you hand out the real silver... before, as you process in? or after?
You never spoke of your father before!
Hmmm... what is your ULTIMATE Wedding?

That can be arranged.
1 oz. Silver Dubs, during the program...maybe, but not before.
My Father was my original Captain in my childhood card board sailing ship, the dolls and stuffies were the crew with the occasional special guest neighborhood kids.
He has a secret gift for me, I believe it as intended for a wedding, The genuine 1794 Mexico 8 reals coin.

Perhaps you can pose the question and I post a response to see.

Now I remember.. how can I forget!!! My illness ... brain cells lost!!!
Wow ...1794 8 Reakes coin!
Why don't you do an independent article!!!!

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$1,153.80 CAD, that is awesome @kerrislravenhill!!!🤗 I don't think most people realize how this can all add up!! I'm glad you enjoyed some of the booty, and stacked some!!! Take care my friend!!😀

This is how I was able to afford a good two thirds of my silver world coins, like all my Mexican silver and sailing ships coins I have shown in my blogs. The Bullion silver comes only from a fixed portion in excess of my regular household budget.

So that $1,153.80+ almost represents the net of taxes one paycheck's buying power. Guilt free Stacking cash! It all adds up.

Thanks for commenting @silvertop

That's awesome @kerrislravenhill, almost free silver sort of Lol!!😀

Nicely done and an excellent choice in hymns! Nice bit of silver to boot! Thanks for sharing @kerrislravenhill. Take care sis!💜

I told my Pastor, this will be my exit music! 🎹

Likewise, Sis! 🎼


How cool ! What a great blog, I am so glad you entered. That garden looks sad now but did his job and look at that I think a sort of pumpkin I think that will make a great soup. I have a tip for worn out piece of land. Just put furtiliser you still have left and than a large piece of plastic ( like you use over the garden furniture or caravan ) and pin it down with pins on the sides. And leave it for three to 4 weeks and the land will have a new humid life growing there.

The recycle ♻️ I love and it makes money I do the same but I only have 270 euros untill now. That’s money the boys may spend at the end of the year on a present or save in the bank

Thanks for always having the ladies at hart

Good luck this week

Yes, there were a few Pumpkins with the Spaghetti squash.
That's my weekend plan. I see my neighbors doing the same thing with their veggie gardens too.
Just ignore the harvested Cannabis plant remains hiding in the back behind the tomatoes. 😅

It's a pleasure having you here @brittandjosie

That’s pretty good money for the bottles. We don’t really have such a thing here and if they exist, it’s not widely known and you can’t definitely make such amount from waste here. Happy to know you try to reduce the chemical fertilizers when planting .

The Greater Vancouver region has a strong sense of preserving the natural beauty of the area and one of the original concepts was a returnable deposit system for drink containers and to divert objects like Aluminum and glass pop and Beer containers from the garbage and into the recycling stream was a start. Unfortunately a lot residents don't bother returning their containers to the store for Ten cents ($0.10) each and gets tossed into the bulk recycling bins.

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My pleasure

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Oh my goodness! You are on it I think you have the right idea with little bit of extra on top of your berries to save them all though for the most part I use soil and leaves if I don't have enough compost. The big thing is to keep it insulated.

Thanks @dswigle
I may resort to a some extra shredded deciduous leaves with my compost-top soil mixture to top up the berries.

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