Real Crisis in the Economy, Economic Forecasts, Economic Recovery, …the list of headlines, news and political in-fighting over the economy seems endless.
However, the figures that are collected year on year, collated and spun out to us all, regarding the state of our country’s economy, are referred to as GDP or Gross Domestic Product.
GDP is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a year.
This includes trees.
Only dead trees!
Trees that have been cut down and transported out of the country, or sold.
Now, imagine this…
What if living trees were included in GDP?
For, after all, a tree is of more value to us all, alive than dead!
A tree is worth $193,250…
According to Professor T.M.Das of the University of Calcutta. A tree living for 50 years will generate $31,250 worth of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, control soil erosion and increase soil fertility to the tune of $31,250, recycle $37,500 worth of water and provide a home for animals worth $31,250. This figure does not include the value of fruits, lumber or beauty derived from trees. Just another sensible reason to take care of our forests.
From Update Forestry Michigan State University
GDP is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy.
It represents the total dollar value of all goods produced by that country…
But, surely, the health of an economy is as much predicated on the health of it’s people, land, air and soil, as it is on exported dollar goods?
Can you begin to imagine how the inclusion of all living trees could change how we regard economic health, wealth, growth and progress?
This small step could change the world!
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This arrived by special delivery this morning from a lovely lady who visited Bealtaine Cottage all the way from Austria.
Her name is Monika and her kindness for animals is abundant.
Monika has a gorgeous little dog named Bimbo, seen here.
Monika has donated this £375 to the fund-raiser weekend total of 200 euros.
The grand total now stands around 600 euros!
Christine, who runs the sanctuary, is in hospital this morning having an operation…please be mindful of her and wish her a speedy recovery, for she does amazing work and is quite devoted to unwanted animals…97% are re-homed!
I have organized to visit Christine next week to hand over the entire donation.
Once again, bless you all for your kindness and generosity to this cause, so close to my heart. XXX
Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre 0719648300 email@example.com
The Open Weekend at Bealtaine Cottage approaches…
It’s this weekend everyone!
You have a special invitation to come and spend as long as you like on either Saturday or Sunday, this weekend, exploring the gardens, asking questions, looking inside the cottage and just having a lovely time in the permaculture gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…and…it’s all for charity!
I am posting directions at the end of this blog, so you will find Bealtaine Cottage quite easy!
Carole from Whispering Pines in the U.S. has already donated the entrance fee, of 10euros, despite the fact that America is a long way off! Carole at http://whisperingpinesfiberandherbfarm.com/ writes a lovely blog every day all about her homestead and lovely animals…I often pop by!
Hopefully there will be at least 100 euros to donate to The Leitrim Animal Sanctuary by the close of the weekend!
Your 10 euro donation includes tea and lashings of cake, home made soup with home made bread and staying all day if you wish! How’s that for value…and you will be helping animals in distress!
There will be lots of tea, fresh coffee and home made cakes!
If it’s wet, don’t fret…with two covered verandas and a cosy cottage, there will be lots of dry space to enjoy your morning or afternoon tea!
I am selling a lot of my gardening books too…some great books!
There is lots to see and many secret paths to explore…so come along to the Permaculture Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage this weekend..
Directions to Bealtaine Cottage…
From Ballyfarnon travel on the R284 to Keadue for approx 4km. In Keadue turn right at the top of Village, signposted Leitrim Village. Travel for approx 2km and take right (L 15036) and house is third on the left.
From Carrick on Shannon, travel on the R284 to Leitrim Village, approx 5km. In Leitrim Village go over bridge and take left road signposted Keadue. Travel for approx 6km and take left (L 15036) and house is third on the left.
Carrick on Shannon 11km
The festival of Lughnasa honours the Celtic god Lugh of the Tuatha de Danann.
Lugh was the god of arts and crafts among Celtic tribes and Lughnasa sat high in the Calendar of festivals.
Lughnasa ushered in the harvest season.
Lughnasa was a celebration of, and for, the Divine, for a successful harvest.
This ancient festival marks the first day of autumn in the Celtic Calendar, and thus the start of the harvest season.
In Britain Lughnasa is known as Lammas, from the Anglo-Saxon hlaef-mass meaning ‘loaf-mass’.
Here in Ireland the nearest Sunday to Lughnasa was known as Cally Sunday, the traditional day to lift the first new potatoes.
The man of the house would dig the first stalk, while the woman of the house would don a new white apron and cook them.
The floor would be spread with fresh, green rushes in their honour.
Lughnasa was celebrated on the hills and mountains as well as the valleys.
Climbing a hill or mountain and celebrating with lighting a bonfire was, and remains, a tradition.
In addition to climbing hills, Lughnasa was also a time for visiting holy wells.
Lughnasa falls on August the 1st and the evening before is usually when the celebrations begin…
I am hosting an “Open Weekend,” for anyone who wishes to visit the Permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.
This will be over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September and in aid of The Leitrim Animal Welfare Shelter, so there will be charge of ten euros per adult…and will include tea and home made cakes!
This wonderful animal sanctuary is where I have adopted two dogs from, including Jack!
If you would like to visit Bealtaine Cottage on this special open weekend, please let me know in advance, so I can make arrangements for cakes, teas and coffees to be available!
This is a link to a short film made by RTE TV all about this wonderful animal sanctuary!
Hopefully we can raise much needed funds for this cause so close to my heart!
Thanks to the following lovely people who have donated to the Leitrim Animal Sanctuary…
Carole (wspines) from Whispering Pines Farm