Summer at Bealtaine Cottage.
The days are long and the simplest of good food is grown in easy ways…like this “Pick and Come Again,” lettuce in a slug-free hanging basket.
I have had lots of time to ponder the way of things in the world.
Listening, reading and watching allows one to build up a picture of what is really happening.
The strawberries, meantime, can take care of themselves…another hanging basket crop!
I do not have television, so my head is not bombarded by trivial nonsense.
Preferring to spend time, especially summer-time, in the gardens allows me to think.
Understanding that the economy is not collapsing, but, that it has been collapsing for quite some time now, is essential to developing a plan of action.
Since 2008 when the preliminary financial shock-wave hit, people have felt the slide into financial chaos.
Ensuring a small sum of money is kept aside, at all times, for emergencies, means one is less vulnerable.
Getting out of debt is essential too.
That noose around your neck will only keep tightening and there is no advantage in trying to keep up with one’s neighbours.
The likelihood is that they are deeper in debt than you!
Pay off your creditors in small regular amounts and keep one credit card…safe…at home!
Don’t go shopping with a credit card in your wallet…use cash only!
What if you are at rock bottom and have no money?
Turn your garden and especially your useless lawn into an edible paradise.
Tax free, organically grown, healthy food, growing as close to your home as possible, means more money in your pocket and better health!
Rent an allotment.
Do not rely on one source for your income.
Prepare for loss of regular income by becoming as diverse as is possible in terms of income.
For example, whatever you are good at can be turned into a micro business or even skill-swap scheme.
Be generous in all you do and with all you have.
Creating abundance and generosity around you will ensure the same will be returned.
Finally, let me just say this…
Much of our financial despair comes from the lunatic assumption that we can throw things away.
Well, ponder on this…THERE IS NO AWAY!
There never has been an “away.”
We live on one very small planet.
What we do, we do to the planet and all it’s inhabitants.
Start to live with the consequences of our actions and choices.
There is no “away!”
There is only today and what we choose to do.
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Over recent months it has become more and more apparent that there is a massive problem rolling towards us in the financial markets.
Making money without production has been the mainstay of the economic markets.
The men in suits deal in commodities, pension plans, mortgages and hedge funds.
Money that is put into savings and pension plans is being scooped up and processed out of the country, to be invested in other, slave-labour nations of corruption and despotism.
That money should be invested in our own economies, but, asking for integrity and honesty from the bankers and brokers is a useless and pointless exercise.
So, it behoves us all to think and act in a prompt and practical way to avoid, as best we can, being a hapless victim in all of this.
My advice is simple and easy to apply.
1.Grow food. Edible gardens, allotments, containers, patios and window ledges…great fun too!
2.Build a pantry and stock it well. This will cut down on multiple visits to the supermarket.
3.Learn as many practical skills and crafts as you can. Knitting, sewing, carpentry…everything is treasured that is hand made.
4.De-clutter your home. Let the energy flow freely around your living space.
5.Teach yourself to cook and bake. This is a real chance to improve your health and become powered up!
6.Collect together a library of knowledge and interest. The internet may never be as reliable as a solid book of information.
7.Invest in the most comfortable bed you can afford. You do, after all, spend one third of your precious life in bed!
8.Make your home cosy and draught-free. Your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your blessed space…be comfortable and warm in it.
9.Bulk-buy local when available. This will enable you to turn food gluts into storable feasts.
10.Invest in a chest freezer and put it in your new pantry…don’t forget, even a spare room will double as a pantry, especially a north facing one.
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