The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning.
The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man.
“Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.”
~ Girdhar Joshi
Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard to believe when one watches the circus of life on MSM.
Bread and circuses, but we all know and recognise real life.
It has a colour and fragrance all of its own.
“The earth is a mosaic, and most fail to notice the gossamer tesserae floating down from the realm of the mind that form its images of beauty and horror.”
~ Lawren Leo
It’s been a long and lovely day, filled with wonderful garden visitors, followed by some serious cutting back and clearing over near the tunnel.
However, before I begin, I must say that I’ve been reading the comments on the Bealtaine Cottage Magical Gardens site on FaceBook and feel compelled to make a very important comment, for all to read…
The lovely Bridget Birkner had this to say about her garden…
“Colette, my dear sweet friend. You know I started this year as my first year with Goddess-Inspired Permacultre Gardening and Food Forest since moving here some months ago, but being now in August, having only 1 cucumber, 6 cherry tomatoes that only turned orange and one sweet banana pepper, I wanted to sit down and cry at the lack of harvest. My soil is so insanely poor, and it looks like I need to do some more tending and research. My Willows, everything you sent me, the moment I transplanted it, it withered. I’m crushed to say the least, but I promised myself at least 10 years before I can say “goal!” It truly is hard but amazing work, but right now I feel so defeated because Mum Gaia seems so sad at the state she is in my area. I look to you with such hope and KNOW She WILL prevail! Why? Because SHE can live without us, we however, cannot live without Her. And for that, I humbly bow before her in grace and humility, that she give me another chance in helping me tend to the area where she is so sad right now in the United States”
So in response… and for this valuable knowledge to reach the wider world…
Especially for Bridget…and those who are struggling with restoring fertility to soil…here’s a little secret…and what I have done and continue to do to restore health to the soil…
I pee in a bucket and mix it 10:1 with rainwater…it is marvellous liquid fertiliser and helps to get good bacteria developing in the soil.
However if you are on serious medication it’s best not to use it!
Fresh urine is high in nitrogen, moderate in phosphorus and low in potassium and can act as an excellent high-nitrogen liquid fertiliser
In a healthy person, urine is sterile.
Urine is great as an activator for compost heaps and, in highly concentrated form, as a weed-killer.
Dilute fresh urine at a 10:1 ratio and apply to the root-zone of fruiting plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, or to leafy crops like cabbage, broccoli, spinach and lettuce every two weeks or as needed.
Dilute fresh urine at a 20:1 ratio and water in to the root zone of seedlings and new transplants.
So, there you have it folks! No more supporting chemical fertilisers or paying extraordinary amounts of money for organic fertiliser…get yourself a bucket and a watering can and help Mother Earth the natural way!
Now that’s out of the way, here’s an update on garden work today…this has involved an immense amount of cutting back. I have stacked all the cuttings and wood into various big piles to biodegrade naturally, whilst at the same time providing essential habitat for hibernators and small mammals.
You can see from the followings pics the difference this has made in terms of light and space for the woodland floor to regenerate.
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Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles!
However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it!
Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog.
Be that as it may…I must press on!
Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear.
Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for my children and grandchildren.
I am fearful for what I have come to shape my entire being around…Mother Earth.
The violence and uncertainty that lies ahead.
I am not going to put an excess of climate information in this writing.
Step outside and tell me what you experience.
That is all you need to know…FEEL what is happening!
There is something very wrong!
Feel it in your entire being!
Yet…there is hope…for where there is life there is hope and I have always been a pragmatist, optimist and carer.
Hope for me is in the form of pledging…and knowing that I have done my best…that is all I can hope for!
I will do whatever I can to help stop this mad spiral dance of death!
Here is what I pledge…
Only vital air travel…use rail and sea!
No more meat or dairy!
Don’t buy it unless I absolutely cannot do without it!
Power down…use the bare minimum of electricity.
Walk or cycle whenever and wherever I can.
Avoid goods wrapped in plastic.
Absolutely NO VOTE from me to any politician who supports war, on any level…and that includes abstention!
No supporting Fracking…I will not even have a gas lighter in my home! Many in the anti-fracking movement choose gas cookers over electric cookers, despite living within sight of wind turbines!
As for that most contentious of issues…Here are a few facts that may persuade us of our complicity and responsibility in this growing nightmare scenario!
A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. ~ George Monbiot, The Guardian, 22 Dec 2015
“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.”
― Terence McKenna
I was shocked when I first read this quote!
However, it is not a statement I can debate, because, from where I am at this moment in time, I have to agree.
It is short and succinct!
It is true.
Returning recently from a shopping trip to Sligo, my head aching from the slow trawl around shops, keeping apace with other shoppers, most of whom seemed in a trance-like state, almost zombified; it struck me that many were there as a source of passive entertainment.
Shopping has become a pastime for many.
What does this say about our society?
Is it merely that we are nothing more than consumers?
Let’s face it, our governments have long since created the global economic model upon that premise, that we are consumers of a vast global shopping mall.
I live in the EU, where the government in Brussels are continually at odds with people, like myself, who demand a more democratic representation of our views.
Many of these disagreements focus around the EU contamination by big business and corporations which run inherently different policies to the representation of the people.
Those I speak with, especially on the Bealtaine Cottage website, are sickened and angry with such things as the TTIP, Monsanto, agricultural policies and suchlike!
For my part, I loathe guns and any analogies to them.
I do not want to be part of a loaded gun pointed at Mother Earth!
Yet, we are governed in a way which is opposite to what we believe to be right!
I was happy to get home from shopping.
My head was sore!
All the over-wrapped, cheaply produced goods made me feel sick.
Plastic and chemicals that I knew my beautiful Mother Earth would have to deal with!
As the car turned into the entrance to Bealtaine, I heaved a sigh of relief.
I imagine that feeling to be an integral part of what the land releases on a daily basis…
I can’t change the system of corruption within government, but I am aware of its inexorable collapse…for this madness is not sustainable.
We all know, like the Titanic, it’s going down.
And, like the Titanic, those on the bridge can neither see the disaster in front of them, nor believe their vessel to be so easily destroyed.
There is so much happening in the world at present that many of you are struggling to keep abreast of all the doom and gloom, with the war machine ramping up into full steam ahead and governments failing to really listen to the will of the people.
Of course it is as much about money, power and control, as all the previous slaughter on this struggling little planet. Make no mistake, there are forces of evil at work…and they are ALL man made…there is NOTHING supernatural about them!
The bigger picture is, as it always was, about life on this small, perfectly designed and formed Sacred Earth.
This is what is important…the sacredness of Mother Earth.
How much longer can the Great Mother tolerate the slash and burn tactics used by the criminal elite?
When governments and government funded (through tax breaks) corporations, are not slashing and burning the Earth, they are usurping the natural world away from the people they are supposed to serve and represent, by privatizing and corporatizing OUR natural resources.
This is not about protecting Sacred Earth, but creating fiefdoms to harness all the resources of Mother Earth into a vast monster, that is regarded as unassailable and protected by the very laws meant to protect us from such iniquities.
So when I refer to this madness as “Forces of Evil,” I am not exaggerating…for evil is not a part of the natural world, but a dark, malevolent force of great destruction created by Man!
Evil must be resisted…always.
For my part, I am never afraid of evil, but simply contemptuous of it…it is not to be tolerated!