This blog is finally being updated with a whole lot of new photos that have been waiting on my computer for so very long now. Some of the photo's will be inserted into the timeline in which they belong .. some as far back as 2011 (!) I hope to breathe some new life back into this blog with some of the projects I am currently working on and also the things that continue to inspire me.
We had 3 chickens here for a while in our city garden - just to have a supply of fresh eggs and be self-sufficient in some small way. They were already 2 years old when we got them and so they did not produce enough eggs for our needs, even with abundant feeding. So I would go and sit in the garden just to watch them, thinking that its good to just have these feathered animals even if they don't lay eggs .. just for the pleasure of seeing them scratch around in the dirt. However after a few months of paying for both chicken feed from the farm shop and fresh eggs from the supermarket, the novelty of just watching them scratch around wore off and so they went to find a new home on a farm just oustside of this dutch city.
Its not easy to grow anything sustainably in the city in a small space with square concrete tiles as flooring. So early this spring I got a farmer to deliver some straw bales and I set about making a small, organic garden at the front of my house, much to the delight of the neighbours cat ..
Several weeks later it looked a little more inviting, with indian cress, salad and strawberry plants finding their respective homes in the 'conditioned' bales ..
My straw-bale garden was both a mystery and a delight to passers-by, especially children who could not understand where the animals were. Strawbales are for animal food and not for growing human food in their young eyes! I even had some extra straw-bales which I put in my tiled back-garden to plant courgette plants in later in the season ..
" This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a MIGHTY ONE ... BEING A FORCE OF NATURE instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances compaining that the world will not devote itself to make you happy .."
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” “I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the following moment.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”