The Corporate Christmas is well under way, de-humanizing society and sterilizing traditions and beliefs.
Human Resources is the new term for people who are employed.
This is how the Corporation views you…as a receptacle for stuff…So much stuff!
Who owns the stuff?
Do you own it or does it own you?
You insure it!
You clean it!
You watch it.
You worry about it!
It does not care for you.
You die, the stuff remains!
Keep acquiring the stuff.
Send some of your stuff to the landfill dump.
There is nowhere for the stuff to go…there is no away…stuff rules!
The precious life you have is dominated by stuff that doesn’t care.
Every last bit of that stuff has been excavated or tortured from Mother Earth.
Forests have been ripped from her for the creation of stuff.
Trees are cut down to create elaborated hardwood boxes to inter the dead…impregnated with chemicals before being buried in the earth…decades of pollution for the Great Mother to have to deal with!
The Great Mother…perhaps if we had more understanding of the Mother Goddess and less of the patriarchal dominant society that is predicated on universal abuse, we would be living more harmoniously on this Sacred Earth today!
I’m off to clear out more stuff for the Charity Shop and simple gifting to others!
However, Teddy stays!
Thanks for your support in sustaining and developing this site.
Autumn is a good time to let the girls out to roam freely all over the smallholding…and roam they do!
And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.” ~Art Buchwald, 1970
Beech planted with Bamboo.
Close planting is one of the ways to keep unwanted weeds at bay!
If you look closely you can see Cotoneaster planted to the right.
It is easier to thin plants out than wait for them to grow!
In the true style of the Economic Terrorist I grew all these trees from seed.
That’s what I love about growing and gardens and Nature…there is no consumerism and everything continues to grow.
The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied… but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. ~John Berger
Testament to Dad…
My father died in April of last year.
Dad loved this smallholding and bought me a sack full of bare-rooted saplings to plant here.
All the Beech trees, including this Purple Beech are a testament to his love for Nature and the environment we make within.
As these trees turn marvellous shades of reds and browns, I smile and remember my father…
Forethought and temperance are the virtues which produced thrift, and with thrift the economic progress of society. And those are the virtues which today are gravely compromised. ~Adriano Tilgher
Tea after Enniskillen and a shopping expedition for another camera.
Recycled of course!
A great book shop up there also and by the looks of the cars in the car park, most of the population of North Roscommon and Leitrim were shopping there too!
What a relief! It rained yesterday and rained really heavily overnight. All the water butts are spilling over and the tunnel has had an early morning drink…6am! I love the way that the rainwater is held in jewel-like drops on the Ladys Mantle!
A tiny Oak seedling being nurtured in the tunnel. This will be ready to plant out next year. It will be potted on once more before then.
Pumpkins continue to set in the tunnel and around the garden.
These have been late this year, but hopefully there will be an Indian summer and easy ripening.
Pumpkins I grew last year stored really well and I was able to use them right up until just recently!
Another bumper harvest at Bealtaine Cottage, Ballyfermoyle!
Successive harvests this year have been excellent!
Earlier there was a great crop of Blackcurrants and before that, Rhubarb, as well as the other crops in between.
It’s a shame that so very few people in North West Ireland bother to grow food.
Much of the complaint is that the land is not good enough for that purpose…well, it would appear to be far from that, don’t you think?
It is a fact that if the supermarkets closed their doors tomorrow, people living in the countryside in Ireland, would be very hungry indeed, so little food is grown here!
Eggs, jams, chutneys, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and all other home grown and home made produce has given way to poor quality supermarket food.
Country gardens in this area and beyond consist mainly of suburban type lawns, prolific use of weed-killer and a few chosen plants.
This is normally put into place, at huge expense, by the local garden centre.
The disconnect with the land is a sad reflection of today’s society.