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Food Forests Are Fun- And Good For You!

cartoon-bugFor those of us in the southern hemisphere who are experiencing winter, you might be feeling those bugs dancing around you, waiting for an opportunity to make you sick. I’ve gone for whole winters without getting sick but nothing wrong with a bit of a workout for the immune system every now and then. And when you do need a bit of extra help you may look no further than nature where all kinds of fruits abound.

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I am feeling particularly grateful to the citrus fruits at the moment, lemon and orange juice brewed up with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and ginger. Add a good helping of some fine single malt whiskey once you have taken your slowly simmered medicine off the stove and the alchemy is complete! That’s my recipe for a hot toddy, I don’t remember who I got it from but I do know that it is wonderful for colds and flu. And the fine brew we made came from fruit on the trees here at our latest house sit, abundance comes in many forms and this is certainly bounteous nature at her best!

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I’m not sure about some of the garlic but the ginger came from a lovely lady at my Sunday market who sells strawberries, avocados and other yummy things. The honey comes from my local co-op and is raw, so my medicine for my cough was made with very fine ingredients! And when I sent my Beloved out for the whiskey I was happy when he came back with a good bottle, nice and smooth. It’s a funny thing but the only time I ever really want whiskey is when I’m sick with a cold or bug of some description. For me it really is medicine, does a wonderful job of healing and in winter it’s nice to be so hot, but you wouldn’t want to be drinking it all the time.

winter fruit

So if you are in winter at the moment consider whether your immune system might need a boost, when there is a lot of fruit on the trees sometimes even organic can be quite cheap, certainly no more than the commercial fruit. In fact whatever season you are currently inhabiting may well be rich with all the nutrition you need. Nature does seem to balance supply and demand quite well if treated with respect, if you have the opportunity plant a food forest where you live!

I like the sound of that!

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The Importance Of Organic Food: Out Of The Mouths Of Babes.

spraying foodIt always seems so obvious to me that adding a whole lot of toxic chemicals to food that is intended to be consumed by living beings is actually pathological behaviour. Describe the process in clear rational terms and you would have a mental health diagnosis in a heart beat from a psychologist, yet it is seen as reasonable simply because it helps big corporations to become even richer. And ethics seem to fly out the window when there is money to be made, poisoning the populace is somehow the right thing to do.
So if you don’t already eat organic produce you might want to look at this clip of an eight year old girl describing her science experiment where she is attempting to grow a vine from a sweet potato. The non-organic potatoes are a complete non-event, no vines whatsoever even after three weeks of sitting in water, next she uses an organic potato from the same store and after three weeks there are some rather small and wimpy sprouts happening. When she goes to an organic market for her potato the result is very different, it begins to sprout in just a week and goes on to produce a healthy and vigorous vine. Out of the mouths of babes comes wisdom that many adults in this corporate world would do well to pay some attention to!
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And then there are eggs, here is a clip that compares industrial eggs to ones that are produced through permaculture, there is absolutely no contest when it comes to cost and efficiency, the permaculture egg wins hands down. For me the humane treatment of the chickens is probably even more important, hens in a factory never see the light of day and are crowded in together in an environment that no living creature should be forced to live in. No exciting visuals in this clip but worth watching for inspiration and a clear explanation of just why permaculture eggs are far better for us all.
So simple an eight year old child gets it, what will it take to change the way we produce food on this planet!

The Present Is A Gift So Be Here Now.

From "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass.

From “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass.

We live in tumultuous times and my chosen path is to navigate through shifting sands, while remaining fairly harmonious and doing the entire thing with a certain amount of ease and grace. Or  at least that’s the plan, I try not to get too far ahead with the details of what I’m creating, by the time I get there details will have quite likely changed, sometimes drastically so. It is the closest I can be to living in the moment, in that space a lot of the time but stuff does still get triggered, which will often bring up the past, and also fears around the future.

Am I house sitting, renting or living with my mother, the how, why and when of all this possibility continues to be perfectly fluid, I hold a piece of potential in my hand and look to the future. I can see how it might shape that landscape but in the next moment it might change completely. So I do my best to give myself to the moment that I am in, and what I find is that the present moment is usually pretty good, nothing to stress about.

I guess I’m challenging the part of me that worries about survival, roof over the head and food on the table kind of thing, we do live in uncertain times and faith is essential in order to be a calm space amidst the chaos that is modern life. The thing is I have never been in the position of not having somewhere to live, I’ve been living in some very nice places with my house sitting. And the food I eat is largely organic, and with very little in the way of processed products, as much a whole food diet as I can manage while listening to the body’s changing needs.

I am feeling a lot more trusting though, everybody is entitled to being a bit shaky from time to time, it’s called being a part of the human race! Most of the time I am very happy on my path, often intensely so, seems that the struggle has finally been let go of, as the  future opens up pregnant with possibilities.

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So be it, so be it, so be it……………