In other news i am excited to tell you i have a new job looking after an allotment for a local junior school, see pics above and below, it is a well established site but does have a few issues to contend with, i am currently assessing the site and have started a permaculture plan, ill document this on the blog and on the website but if you would like to come along and visit (or lend a helping hand) to see what permaculture practices i am implementing please get in touch through our contact page. I have also been given the go ahead to hold workshops at this site...which is fantastic news this is in the planning at the moment as soon as we have events going on they will be posted to our news and events page.
SEEDBANK LIST Autumn 2016
We did have a shared dropbox with lots of information about Permaculture, herblism, Law and ebooks to name a few with the idea being people can join and not only use the resource but add to it too. Due to the cartel like nature of large digital corporations we hit a ceiling on it and could no longer able to upload to it unless we paid them money. I have now moved the entire content onto Mega a cloud storage service with an interesting background http://www.backupreview.com/mega-review/
We are now able to carry on uploading, we are still exploring the sites usability but if you would like to join please contact us and we will add you, we have been adding resources for a few years now so it really does contain a wealth of information.
Harvest Nettle now for fibre and paper making as it is the best time of year...i have been busy doing this myself and hope to have some to bring to Nettlefest so we can have demonstrations of working with the fibre and also papermaking...this will be interactive so people can also have a go at this themselves on the day. If you do want to have a go yourself and cant wait till next May then i cant recommend the book
Yarn from wild Nettles : A practical guide by Birte Ford highly enough it contains everything you could possibly need to know and is useful for those of us in the UK as she is based in Scotland therefore her experiments are and have been done on our native Nettle as opposed to Ramie which is a Nettle species native to Asia and the one more widley used especially in commercial terms to make fibre.
that covers Leicestershire and Rutland...so if anyone spots any let us know and maybe we could start plotting locations on a map. Interstingly whilest some of this species is considered a pest a large number of species are natural enemies of other crop pests. Their larvae are predatory, and some are even reported as parasitoids. The most common are aphids and spider mites, followed by scale insects, then other small prey such as whiteflies and thrips, which eat the eggs of other insects or mites. Investigations are ongoing but as ever the Nettle being the adaptable plant she is didnt seem overly fussed by the whole thing!
In the latter half of this year for a number of reasons i found myself in a physical and mental place where i felt drained, empty and stuck this lead me to working through this by applying permaculture principles to myself and getting creative to shift the blocks and reach new levels of understanding in order to move on ...See below for a couple of my offerings....
I have been making alot of Pagan Madelas with the same general meaning as the Hindu ones representing the universe/all that there is. So of them are abit off-piste in mandela terms...there is one i did to represent the Sun/Moon, Male/Female but also encompasses non- duality. I also did a Celtic Trinity Knot for Love, Honour and Protection. I have been making quite a few lately for a few reasons, firstly as a kind of meditation....while making the mandela first breathe then focus on the self....i also make them to give thanks and also because i have been sending them to someone i love but cannot be with at the moment...they are inspired by what we talk about, lately we have chatted about love as energy, love as a state you exist in and how it radiates out. The true nature of male/feminine aspects of the self and true, pure human interaction....which incidentally with me loving word play lead me to notice that you can break the word mandela down into Man Del (Spanish for of the or from the) Her.
Please see the short film below of a few mandelas i have created......
Messages of the Birds
In drops first words
on a Bran new page
resurrection through the flame
Initiation with the White Lady of the Woods
Kindles the Spark of Passion
leads to new Magik
which holds ALL
To go where no other will go
passed the point of no return
Truth is in the eye of the beholder
Eye (I) contact - Know Her Arc
It is luminous at the point of proximity
The trajectory IS the pathway
Adaptability flows into the path of least resistance
Guided through visions of black, white and Grey
Brings me to an irridesant shimmer
Now I endevor to show my true colours
shake it all off and stand tall
Ascend upwards to kindred gods
then ground and be ital
Strut with a mindful placing of feet
Refined and incorruptible in my outward display
Graceful femininity - BEFORE THOUGHT
An emblem of Love
through the Vault of Heaven
Watched on by the Eyes of the Stars
I look back from the light - see a shadow is Cast
It grants the ability to see the spaces in between
there appears a Golden Egg
As I channel emotion and expand the source of life
it brings forth a State of Mind that runs deep
with a majesty of press ance
There also lies the Schism
Stitched together with a Divine Common Thread
It’s about simple steps that can be taken by anyone...it can take a lifetime to make the steps alone, some people have in the that hope others would not have to....
In the summer of 2017 Paul Haydon is undertaking a mammoth journey from Alicante Spain and travelling across Europe to the UK on his Harley Davidson Roadster 883. You can see a map with his planned stop off points here....
Paul arrived in Spain 4 years ago from the UK as a medical refugee in order to be able to legally produce Cannabis Oil as medicine for both himself and
Others. Working together in Spain with just medical users they took what had been left by others and set to work. They were not lead by anything but pushed to find another way to live, some did not make it - they died. It’s not nice but that's the way it is in the world of mainstream medicine, others will die before he sets off.
Many have spoken out on this issue and taken the moral approach over legal responsibility. Medicine should not be bought into the political arena. We are left in a situation where the healthcare of millions is being cast around by political groups and organisations, whilst the health benefits of Cannabis oil are laid to waste. This issue is one example of many problems we face today living in the shadow of corporate greed and corruption, destroying the planet and seeking to control others...it is time to take back self- responsibility for our own well-being, put forward solutions and share open source information.
Refugee - The Ride to Return
In this world we all ride together, it is time to put differences aside. The ride to return highlights what can be achieved when people can stand together in compassion and work together with honour, respect and dignity.
All are invited to join Paul and ride with him at any point along the journey whatever you ride be it motorbike, pushbike or mobility machine. If you would like to offer a stop off point on his journey for a meal, a nights’ sleep or a cup of tea and a chat please get in touch.
Along the way we will be tracking the journey online and through social media and asking for your help with this by filming and taking photographs also. We would like to chat and document your stories, those who have been affected by the laws surrounding Medical Cannabis.....
One thing is for sure Paul will set of heading for patient number 8 one of many that now have a life to live, thanks to YOU that's right YOU all of YOU.... every one that spoken out over the last 50 years. Or even longer... from your grandfather and mother to your children around you now... together we are showing the world we can and do make change and it’s for the better... Bob rides to honour the ones that are no longer with us.... what he calls his fallen brother and sisters, his army of the dead or Angels..... They are no longer with us....but they sure live on in everything we do...................Please share far and wide..............
Thanks for reading...in case the dark nights are getting you down i leave you with the words of Albert Camu...
In the depths of winter i finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer....catch ya next time....