I am not so strong.

I am not as strong as people think.

Life can be complicated.
I want to see in black and white.
But all I see are shades of grey.


Alan Watts – we are all connected…

We are all connected.

We are not separate from nature, we are nature.

The universe and the individual are inseparable.

The flowers cannot survive without the bees, and the bees cannot survive without the flowers. So they are one organism. We are part of a tremendous brain which we cannot understand, because the part cannot comprehend the whole.

Part One

Part Two

I was particularly interested in his comments on how the natural world is presented in ‘squiggles’ or wavy lines, whereas most of what modern ‘man’ produces is straight lines. Like Alan Watts, I find that the natural world’s aesthetic forms appeal to me more than the aesthetic forms that men produce.

Turn the TV off


I have a problem with a neighbour. She can be very nice, although she is also drunk most of the time.

You might think that I should be helping her, but she has a very nasty streak to her, which we are aware of, and has managed to alienate most of her family and friends.

Anyway, the main problem is that she puts the TV so loud, we can hear it down the bottom on our garden. You can’t talk to her about it because she can’t see the problem.

But now, I have a kit called TB-B-Gone that claims to turn off virtually any TV from quite a distance.

I can see myself having some fun this year….

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture porchAny financial system that is based on debt is doomed to failure.

A good analogy is to look at one’s own household.

Do you consume more than you produce?

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensKeep borrowing and eventually the crunch will come…payback time, with nothing in reserve to pay what’s owed.

Many people refer to this as, living beyond one’s means.

If this is what you are doing, then it’s time to take control of your own micro economy.

Bealtaine Cottage... Flo, aka Mrs MouseLeave your government to continue paying bankers grossly inflated sums of money and try to re-calibrate your own finances.

I was enjoying a long conversation with my mother on Monday.

mum, aged 80, at Bealtaine CottageGrowing up through WW2 was the greatest lesson in personal finance for her. (This is her, aged 80, at Bealtaine Cottage).

If one did not have money, one could not buy goods or services.

That proved to be enormously enabling for that generation…one of the healthiest…

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Chasing Ice – largest glacier calving ever filmed

Amazing and frightening footage of a glacier calving event.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

From 1900 to 2000, the glacier retreated 8 miles. From 2000 to 2010, it retreated 9 miles – that’s over 10 times faster.

That’s not ‘normal’.

“Elämän-Puu” – tiny cob & straw bale house

“Elämän-Puu” – tiny cob & straw bale house

Heidi Vilkman lives in the North East of England, but is from Finland. Over 3 months in the summer of 2012, she built a tiny house made from cob and straw bale in southern Finland.

Heidi is a brilliant multi-disciplined artist and produces paintings, drawings, jewellery, cards, paper-cut art and much, much more. Her talents have clearly been poured into her beloved tiny house which features sculpted interior and exterior detail.

Elämän Puu - by Heidi Vilkman

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