Sunday, March 22, 2009

Oracle of Sorts...

Marjory the Trash Heap is a large, matronly, sentient compost heap from Fraggle Rock. According to her rat-like companions Philo and Gunge, who serve as her shills, the Trash Heap knows all and sees all. In fact Marjory is all: "I'm orange peel, I'm coffee grounds, I'm wisdom!" She serves as an oracle to the Fraggles, dispensing advice and wise sayings, and the Fraggles stand in awe and reverence of her.

That is who I thought of as I photographed our progress in the garden. We were adding our compost to the garden beds, wishing we had done a bit more chopping before we threw our food refuse in the pile, when it dawned on me...we have our own Marjory the Trash Heap! Our own all-knowing oracle, who just is...just happens. I love to think of our backyard compost pile in this way, makes me grateful. More importantly, let's not forget the wonderful benefits of composting...from pumping up the garden, to lessening the load in our landfills, to making a person think a bit more about how wasteful humans can be...

How 'bout you, do you have your own Marjory the Trash Heap residing in your garden space as well?


G. Harrison said...

Hi Myshell,

Thanks for your visit back at It Strikes. Long time no see, as we say in Canada.

I'll add compost to the garden next week; as I raked a lot of sawdust from the workshop into the soil I encountered ice and frozen earth just under the surface in one or two spots. Early days here in the far north.

I have never heard of a cob oven. When you mentioned it I thought "cobs of corn in a solar oven." So, I've spent an hour reading up; I found several good links @

Now I know a bit more; lots of work, but they'd last a lifetime. Very interesting. If you ever build one (you have the necessary extra hands!) let me know.



Myshell said...

Hey Gord,
Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. The first cob oven I saw and fell in love with was over at -have you visited this site yet? So much useful knowledge to be had. There really is a "Homegrown Revolution" happening.

I noticed Four Mugs is kinda MIA...everybody jump ship?
Cheers to you as well!

G. Harrison said...

re Four Mugs: Crock, a student from North Carolina, went overseas for a long stint, two mugs got busy with other projects and my sis and I started our own sites. A natural progression I think.



PS I'll check out the link you provided. Cob ovens look like a ton of work, or more!, and a fire pot might be more up my alley, since I have good scrap lumber to burn on a regular basis.