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Having a Doberman as a Pet

This sign sums it up

And they do tend to bark a bit.

But the fact is that the doberman is an especially loving dog. Only to its family. Those not in the family are suspect. And the doberman will defend the family turf. And not just by barking. While they are not lunatics, they do not tolerate intrusion.

If this sort of defense is needed, the best solution is to have two. Instinctively, they share the protection duty. One barks and keeps the attention of the intruder. The other circles around and attacks from the rear.

Ouch! But they do this only in crisis. Otherwise, they love luxury and peace. Errr … though they do not love cats wandering through their garden. They run faster than cats and unless they are trained, are not sure what to do with their prey. The untrained doberman tends to nudge the cat from behind to try to get it to run faster. After all, ti is all in fun!

Ah, the doberman.


I’ll Have a Kouign-Amann with My Renovation

A Houign-Amann, if you didn’t know is

… a Breton cake. It is a round crusty cake, originally made with bread dough (nowadays sometimes viennoiserie dough), containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry albeit with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough (resulting in the layered aspect of it) and the sugar caramelizes. The effect is similar to a muffin-shaped, caramelized croissant.

It looks like this

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So, what does it have to do with renovation? It was a staple of the Dave Lebovitz kitchen while he didn’t have a kitchen.

Yes, we are talking renovation. That process of slow torture that many of us have endured. But not so many have endured this in Paris. Dave has written a book about how it went.

Clue: It was not easy.

Connecting to the Agrihood

I readily admit that I am a sucker for this sort of thing –  connecting home and food production. So the idea of building a community around a farm makes sense to me.

And that is apparently a new living concept called the “agriuood”.

Agrihood developers aim to bring the amenities of a rural farming community, like fresh produce and ample outdoor space, to modern, metropolitan neighborhoods. The homes are typically built to high environmental standards, too — think solar panels and composting.

Very cool idea!

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter

This is not something that I do. Most years, I  get overwhelmed by the apples and leaves and hope for snow to cover them over. But this year, my pal Imre has raked the yard and I have to confess it does look a lot more civilized. Which, of course, got me interested. Just what should be done in the garden in November.

Ask and you shall receive! NYT offers some expert guidance. Will I do all these things. No. But it is fun to read about them!

Self Watering Plant Pots? Old Hat!

Click & Grow is an Estonian company that started up a few years back in the “smart gardening” market.  Their first product  is on Amazon., called … drum roll please …  the “Click & Grow”.

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This was a cool idea.  Set it up and let the plant grow itself. And not surprisingly, a lot of folks began tinkering with the concept to make gardening easier. Click & Grow now has its “Smart Garden 9”. Tech Crunch gave it a review back in November of last year.

Click & Grow founder said

“The Smart Garden 9 got it’s start from surveys we made among our clients,” he said. “More than 80% indicated an interest in having a bigger garden than our previous one. The bigger bulk of the 9-hole product specific wishes came from the backers of our last project on Kicsktarter. So we decided to give people what they want and also improved some key features on the new garden: we featured high-end LED lights that offer plants the perfect spectrum to induce photosynthesis while focusing the lenses in a way that there’s much less light pollution coming from the LEDs.”

It got other press, for example, this review by Investor Ideas

From the Click & Grow website, it appears that Smart Garden 9 will be available in November of this year.

It will be fun to see how it sells. Meanwhile, the smart gardening market is evolving — here is an example. A smart outdoor pot from Grow.

A growth market? Errr … sorry for the pun. I could not resist.