On The Beauty Of Nature

I love Nature.
Well I am Nature, we all are Nature.

When I look at the World around me I see that in general, we humans see ourselves as separate from Nature. The truth is that nothing is separate from Nature.

I think I wrote something on that note a loooong time ago.

What I wanted to write shortly about is my love of taking photos of the elements of Nature and share a few them as well. I’m in no way professional (what can be seen when looking at the photos) and don’t even own the camera besides the one in my old Samsung Galaxy II smart?phone…

I used to go for a stroll with the phone listening to A.J Hickling hitting the right keys and observing… capturing…

It’s very relaxing to me…

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On Growing Food

When I was still renting a room in Midlands in 2016, I wanted to experience how it would be to grow some food. I always wanted to do it but somehow allowed myself to get distracted from it.

Ideally I would want to grow majority of my food, which would be possible on a piece of land since I don’t consume dead animals or any of their excretions.

But for now, since I didn’t even have a garden to myself, I wanted to plant some vegetables and see what can be done in a few pots and a growing bag.

On my previous visit to Poland I bought some seeds so they were ready to go. Next I needed the potting soil to raise my seedlings. I went for Canna Terra 50L Professional Soil Mix. It turned out to be really good soil and I highly recommend it. I ended up buying two more bags.

It was all an experiment… 😉

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A Tale Of A Silent Pilgrim

Few weeks ago I took the opportunity to take some time for myself and went for a few nights solo camping in Dartmoor.

The idea was to leave all the electronics, phones, books etc behind and just be with myself.
No distractions.
Well, the allowed item was an empty journal and a pen.
And a map.

Eventually I would want to do that without any food, which is sometimes referred to as a Vision Quest.

This time the challenge was to just go and be there with myself and check whether I can survive without distracting myself.

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Don’t Lose The Perspective

I sometimes find myself being anxious and in some discomfort. It’s often about the situation I’m in and the fact that it’s not perfect. Not as I would like it to be. I may be wanting more of the “good thing” or less of the “bad one”.
Simply I’m not accepting the Now.

If I allow myself to calm down (it might require help from the lovely Miss D), I realize that life is actually good.
That nothing is missing.
That I’m healthy.
That I’m surrounded by Nature,
I’ve got food on the table.
I’ve got roof over my head and…

All is actually well.

It’s like the mind is looking for something to complain about.

It is all about the perspective.
Rain is not good nor is it bad. Rain just is.
Farmer will be happy about the rain in a time of drought. Miserable person will just complain about it.

I want to be mindful, aware of what is happening within as well in our surroundings.
I want to appreciate what I have and be grateful for all the small things that make this life so beautiful.

It’s all about the perspective… 🙂

How High Heathercombe Centre Influenced My Life

I’ve mentioned the High Heathercombe Centre before here, then here and here too but I’ve never took the time to actually write about it.

In this post I want to share my experience of High Heathercombe, how it impacted my life and what an important place it is for building the future we all would like to live in.

How It All Started…

I first arrived to HH (High Heathercombe) in November 2016 to attend the Permaculture Design Course which runs twice a year, in November and March.

Permaculture Design Course is a 16 days residential course taught by very experienced teachers:

PDC is a truly amazing experience where people from around the World come to commune, educate themselves, grow. I highly recommend this course to anyone thinking that something needs to change in the way we live our lives.

Those of you that don’t know of Permaculture I send to Wikipedia.

Here’s the short description from Wikipedia:

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

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9 Attitudes To Cultivate In Life

Someone dear to my heart shared a video with me recently. It’s a video of Jon Kabat Zinn, speaking about the 9 attitudes that are very beneficial if one cultivates them in ones Life.

I find it to be very true as I go about my life trying to cultivate some if not all of them.

Mostly failing 🙂

The message totally resonates with me so I thought I’d share it…

A Very Inspiring Food Production Garden

I have been a fan of Charles Dowding for a while and been following his work at Homeacres with great interest.  He’s got a fantastic library of videos on his YouTube channel where he shares his wisdom and praises the NO DIG method (and rightfully so in my humble opinion).

If you’re new to “no dig” it’s basically a way of growing food without digging up or ploughing the soil, which by the way is a highly employed activity in agriculture, which greatly disturbs the soil, damages the life within it (like earthworms, mycelium, etc.) compacts it and brings all the weed seeds to the surface so they can germinate.

Homeacres

Homeacres is the name of Charles’s current where he’s been growing and selling produce for 5 years now using the “no dig” method all along while conducting many experiments to demonstrate how “no dig” compares to conventional, digging up the soil.

He does that by planting the same variety and quantity of plants in both dug and un-dug bed and compares the growth and finally the yield from both beds. I’ve seen the results of many different vegetables and “no dig” always seems to be giving better results.

Homeacres is also a great educational places where Charles teaches a number or courses.

Recently Charles uploaded one of his amazing videos giving a tour of his Homecres garden which is in its fifth season. I highly recommend watching it. It’s an amazing learning source and a great inspiration.

I hope you’ll enjoy it… (it’s a 24 mins long)

Canoe Trip with High Heathercombe Tribe in Photos

Recently I’ve been privileged to join the High Heathercombe tribe for a day trip, canoeing on the Dart river.

It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for it.

If I’m not mistaken there was around 23 people on the trip. A big happy bunch.

We all met at The Malsters Arms in Tuckenhay where we were awaited by our skippers Hugh and John and these two amazing 12 man canoes from Canoe Adventures:

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The Magic of Leewood Glamping

In my travels, I have been fortunate to visit my friend Nick, whom I first met at the Permaculture Design Course at High Heathercombe Centre last November.

Nick is an artist who, among many other things, runs a Glamping site, together with her partner Ryan, an artist and a photographer with a rather unique approach to photography.

But have you ever heard of Glamping?

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