Saturday, 26 November 2016

Time share....

A recurring theme; the ongoing tussle between all the competing demands upon that most precious of resources.
It's not hard to see,  why so many religions and philosophies come up with the idea of an afterlife,  or indeed multiple lives.
Elsewise; how will we ever get to fit it all in?
So build an agroecological farmlet;  because feeding people well seems like a reasonable undertaking....
But just as it takes a village to raise a child,  so it takes a community to build a farm.  To do the physical work,  of course,  but also to support with money, and goodwill.
Then there's that all the essential 'joined up'  yoga to practice and share....
There is only one way to do it, and that's to put the time in.
And then joining up with others to make more of the good stuff happen.
Collective minds,  and sharing of knowledge, bouncing ideas about. Evolution through revolution...
And of course, the wanderlusty itchful feet that need to be attended to on occasion... There are wonderful places, and people beyond the valley edges,  that can inspire and instruct.
Not forgetting all the friends, and family who need reminding from time to time how important they are....
So finding a balance, time shared between the roles of settler,  nomad,  warrior, and creator.
Whilst making space for recreation...
Literally the 'remaking'....
Which can take the form of 'proper' meditation,  or a few moments staring into space; if the body can't always go 'a wandering'  Then the mind,  through memory,  or its own storytelling; can go wherever it chooses..

Stories,  those that we tell each other, or the ones we narrate to ourselves will always be an important way of explaining,  or understanding how we fit in,  to the grander scheme of things...

Not so much what are we here for?
More; how do we invest our precious time to best effect whilst we are here?
So much, and so many,  to see and do.
Whilst making sure that none of it is taken too seriously.... Life is far too important to take all the fun out of it...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

There's never enough time...

How on earth; I sometimes wonder; do folks find time to get bored?

When there's so much to see and do.

Frustrated yes, exhausted and confused, on occasion for sure...

But how so bored?

Plenty of farm work continues through these cooler, but still bright weeks.
Mainly maintenance, harvesting, and the ever ongoing weeding.

That's the downside of applying generous amounts of compost, to a warm growing site, where in the absence of hard frosts, everything continues to flourish.


Great for year round veg production.
But just now and then, I envy those growers in colder climes where work can cease for a few weeks over the Winter...

Perhaps a case of the grass being mercifully less green, on the other side.

But looking forward, all the same, to another farmerish excursion.

Going here....

http://landworkersalliance.org.uk/2016/10/landworkers-alliance-agm-2016/


Which has excitement as a venue, in addition to the event itself.

I have fond childish memories of visiting this open air museum, dedicated to the agricultural vernacular.

Excursions there, were often the high point of otherwise somewhat 'beige' sojurns with grandparents in Worthing....

A particularly quiet town on the South Coast of England. And deemed an outpost of the 'Arid Cake Belt' a moniker bestowed by my father upon those respectable suburbs to be found circulating post war London.

I have a sneaking suspicion, that 'The Weald and Downland' will still hold a few thrills...
Maybe this is where my fondness for diminutive; hand built sheds; and barns was born?


And the phone to blog photo posting, is still not resolved.
Tech support, are being very quiet on the communications front.

So a picture of last years squash will have to do to brighten up this page.
The colours, and flavours, being no less vivid this year.

Overall harvest weight slightly down on last year, due, one surmises to a drier Summer . But the quality and variety are undiminished.



Golden nuggets of sunshine.




Hoes down for the ho - down