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Old 03-22-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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"Free British style medical care": Yep, that is what I am talking about, and better by the sounds of it, when I talk to my friends in the UK. I have heard that health care insurance is essential in the US.
"Better" depends on what the measuring standards are. British style is probably friendlier and more personalized, and you can wait a long time for treatment. American style is very technology-heavy, and you can get instant treatment. For what it's worth, it's a fact that American medicine has the most advanced technical facilities and equipment. Sometimes dizzingly so...

If one has no medical insurance in the U.S., one will be accepted and treated in certain hospitals in every city and most towns. But having insurance -- which MS will provide for you -- makes it certain that treatment will be available anywhere, anytime, for just about any condition imaginable.

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Old 03-22-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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1. I've grown potatoes in the Seattle area, but I'm just not much of a potato fan.
2. Area just south of Issaquah, close to Renton, and rural: maybe Newcastle?
3. City of Seattle allows three chickens per household, and Seattle Tilth teaches chicken in the city classes.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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SEATTLE ALLOWS CHICKENS??????????? Who knew????? Well, someone who's a student of Seattle Tilth, that's who!!! Imagine the glee of neighbors in Ballard or Capitol Hill!

2. Great minds think along the same lines!!! :-)
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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Eastside was previously farmland I believe, and some of the farm practices in the olden days lead to long term soil contamination. As I plan to grow vegetables to feed my child, that is an important issue.
This is a point I'd like to revisit. All of the east side used to be wild forests. Some fairly small percentage was cut down and turned into small family farms. Then more was cut down and turned into housing developments.

So there is, actually, only a small percentage of land on the east side that might contain, for example, DDT residue and chemical fertilizer residue, and so forth, and those areas, which used to be rural, are now urban and suburban, covered with office buildings, shopping malls, stores, apartment buildings, and homes placed close together.

In the several places I've mentioned -- from Woodinville in the north to Issaquah to the south -- the only previous inhabitants, before the houses were built, were likely mountain lions, bears, deer, marmots, squirrels, foxes, elk, and a zillion types of birds, as well as the forest sprites and flower faeries. Although the cougars (mountain lions) and the other big fellows have been pushed away, the nature devas still largely remain, a fact to which I can personally attest, meaning the area is clean.

There is little or nothing to be concerned about regarding the earth, and Seattle Tilth will teach you how to inspect, evaluate and nourish your land.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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Hey, I'm glad to meet a fellow gardener! And someone interested in cobbing! I may be digging your brains for info about this as much as real estate.

The Seattle Tilth website really fired my enthusiasm. What is so wonderful is there is a very strong emphasis on involving children! And I love it that they encourage growing heirloom varieties, it's a really sensible way to ensure what you grow is well suited to the local climate.

My main gardening interests are native plants and vegetable gardening, but I have a weakness for spring bulbs as well - and one big draw card for me is that Washington State just might be cold enough to perennialise tulips. I have to chill mine in a fridge for months where I am currently.

Straw bales seem faster, but you need to be water tight. I think for an amatuer, cob house is a safer option. Check out this cool hobbit house though, they used straw bales: A Low Impact Woodland Home

There are lots of gorgeous cob houses on Mayne Island, B.C. and workshops there too. cobworks.com : Your guide to building cob and earthhouses (http://www.cobworks.com/workshops.htm - broken link) Also in Oregon, News for 2008 | Cob Cottage Company
And I'm reading The Hand-Sculpted House and The Cob Builder's Handbook, both are very good.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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Ooh, you post fast allforcats! I hadn't even read your post before I posted mine. Mind, I did go and feed the family in the middle of my post (and have infact just gone to change a nappy just now).

Wow, the wild life sounds absolutely stupendous. Looking forward to meeting the locals.

Re the chickens: you learn something new every day!

Um, don't get me wrong, I don't need acres of space - I'm a home gardener, not a market gardener, and wouldn't have the time to tend to extensive gardens. And definitely no chickens or animals for me. I don't think it is fair to make my MSer commute for hours just so I can have a farm.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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There is some truly contaminated land in south King and Pierce Counties, including Vashon Island, as a result of the copper smelter in the Tacoma area, which shut down around 25 years ago...On Vashon, which still has a hippie/agricultural bent, they did a lot of soil removal and bringing in new soil.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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... I have a weakness for spring bulbs as well - and one big draw card for me is that Washington State just might be cold enough to perennialise tulips.
Oh you are going to love it here!!!

The crocus blooms in January.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is world-famous.
The 25th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The Daffodil Festival is world-famous.
THE DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

Yummmmmmmmm.......... (The third pic is daffys.)
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:29 PM
 
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...And Walla Walla Sweets, arguably the best onion in the world, grows just fine in Seattle. ( Speaking of bulbs.)
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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"arguably"? -- absolutely!!! :-) Oh I yearn for them now.....
"an onion so sweet you can eat it like an apple".
Wally Wally Sweetums with salmon and lime juice and cilantro. ....... .
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