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Catching Up with Work

Forgive me for it has been nearly two weeks since my last post, and I find myself with very little exciting Smallholding stuff to update you on, but quite a bit of the more mundane work. For much of the past week I have been distracted from the real work that needs to be done, by family matters, and Transition Town Horncastle work.

We had visitors for the whole weekend, from Friday through to Monday, and I was not able to do as much work as I needed to. On Sunday, I spent all of the morning feeding the flames for my Pizza oven, followed by eating and drinking for the rest of the day. Great fun, with my two daughters, along with husbands, eight Grandchildren, a sister in law, and a mother in law. We made pizza, bread, and rhubarb crumble. The oven needs more insulation, but this will have to wait a few weeks.

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Memories

Perhaps it was echoes of my last post, or meeting somebody at a gig just now, who lives where I grew up, but memories of my childhood keep bubbling up. What’s interesting for me is the way that these memories keep linking in with the now.

When I was kid we were pretty poor. My parents didn’t own a car, so my grandparents used to drive over, and take us out for trips, six of us in a little Ford van, the little one that was the size of a small car, but with no back windows.  One of the things that I remember is the number of bugs that used to get hit, and ended up flattened against the window, and the front of the van. Loads of gooey mess. Now I can drive hundreds of miles and barely see a bug, let alone hit one. Our industrial farming has killed them all. Billions of little living things, no longer living, and feeding other living things. Watching ‘A farm for the Future’, the sheer noise and number of insects at Fordhall Farm  reminded me of what a day in the country used to be like. Full of the sight and sound of life. I’ve included a link to their site Fordhall Farm.  Walking out today, the countryside is as empty as most peoples’ lives.  A real reflection of what our current society is like, and the strongest reason for the need to change that I can imagine. That’s why I’m involved with Transition Horncastle. I want to help create a world, and a society that is full of life, interconnected, not stuck away inside  boxes, watching boxes, and communicating with other people only through a machine.

The gig that I went to was a result of an e mail from a new friend in Transition Louth. Her band was playing, along with two others. All three were great, but I was blown away by ‘This is the Kit’. I bought a CD, and it’s playing in the background while I’m typing. Their site is here, and I’m really enjoying it.   Itried to add atrack to this post, but my computer wouldn’t allow it. Sorry.    http://www.thisisthekit.co.uk/

At the gig I met friends from Transition Horncastle, Louth, and Lincoln. Chatting during the evening, I was struck by how many really good people I’ve got to know over the last few years, and how I seem to be meeting more than ever. Many people are frightened, and think that the world is full of badness, yet my experience is completely the opposite. Again I’m reminded of childhood car trips, where we amused our selves with watching for things, like looking for different makes/colour of car. Until you start to play, the other traffic is just ‘white noise’, surface clutter, but once you play the game, you see blue cars everywhere, hundreds of them. Where are they all coming from? Are there more blue cars than all of the other colours? I guess that the people that we don’t know yet are like the motorway traffic, and we only see what we’re looking for. If all we think about is the bad in the world, that’s what we will see, and that’s how we will experience the world. The world is the same, but we will perceive it that way. I see good people all around me, so my world is full of good people. I live in the same world as somebody who only sees the bad, but our experience of it is different. Of the two, I know which experience I prefer.

Time for bed

Deano

P.S. I filed this post under ‘uncategorised’, because when I started it, I couldn’t see how it fitted in with Sustainability, but in reality the change in the world that we want to see, has to begin with a change in ourselves. So as well as learning new skills, we have to learn  new ways of thinking, and all of a sudden the post was relevant.

Transition Training 2

Hi All

Sorry about the lack of originality in the title, but it’s late, has been a long weekend, and if BBC iplayer had been working well, I would have been watching the Rugby.

I spent this weekend in Lincoln, doing the official Transition Town Training, provided by the Transition Town Network. The training was organised by Transition Lincoln, and was conducted by two trainers from Mid Wales. 22 of us attended, the majority of whom were from Lincolnshire, but with 2 from Ireland, and Brazil, joining us.

For those of you who know nothing about The Transition Town movement, the following links will provide the best sources of Information.

The Transition Town Wiki  http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionInitiativeis probably the most comprehensive source of information about the movement.

It also lists all of the initiatives that are going on around the world.

Global Public media http://globalpublicmedia.com/ contains lots of articles on Peak Oil, for those of you who are not fully up to speed on the dangers that we face.

There are some great articles published on the oildrum.http://www.theoildrum.com/

In outline, Transition Towns are a ‘bottom up’ response to the threats of Climate Change, and Peak Oil, that realise that we cannot wait for politicians to take action, and recognise that we need to lead them, and not the other way around. We need to find a way to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels, and come up with alternatives that are sustainable, physically, mentally, and emotionally. What attracts me the most, is that instead of telling us all that we’re doomed unless we do something, but failing to offer an alternative, Transition Towns challenge us to decide for ourselves what type of world we want to create. It is then up to us to come up with our own plans to make our visions real, at a local level. Please take the time to look into the implications of Peak Oil, and Climate Change, and ask yourself is this the type of world that you want to live in?

I saw this little clip from youtube, and thought that it was amusing. there are plenty of clips about Peak Oil there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulxe1ie-vEY

This clip explains what Peak Oil is.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uYmZmWAaxk

Can you tell that I’ve just learnt how to create a video link?

Back to the Training. I found the training more useful than I expected it to be. There was a lot about forming groups, and awareness raising, which was to be expected. There was also quite a lot about ways to conduct meetings, or ‘doings’, in order to get the most out of people. What was really inspiring was sitting in a room with 23 other people who had all decided that they were going to do something to change the way that we’re all heading. Closer to home, there were five of us from my own area, who are now going to look at how we can make Transition Horncastle a reality. Probably the most moving thing was to visualise for myself what I hoped that the world would be like in thirty years time, and discovering that everybody in the room had a similar vision. Perhaps deep down we are all longing for something similar, a sort of collective ideal that we don’t always understand, or express, but which is sitting there dormant, waiting for the opportunity to grow into something beautiful.

Is the world that you live in the one that you dream of?

Deano

Transition Training

This weekend I am away in Lincoln doing the official Transition Training. I became involved with Transition Lincoln by accident. I went along to a meeting of the Lincoln Urban PIGS (Pemaculture Interest Group), as I’m involved with Permaculture, and they were in the process of morphing into Transition Lincoln. I decided to get involved, even though I live 26 miles from Lincoln. In reality, I should be involved with Transition Horncastle, but they don’t exist yet. There are four of us from the Horncastle area scheduled to do the training, but only one of the four lives in the town itself. Perhaps we’re a few months away from forming a group, but it is something to aim for. Local solutions for local people. Perhaps my own village will, take up the challenge? Maybe not. The Burghers were outraged when we tried to get some affordable housing built. ” We don’t want poor people in the village” was the mood of the minority, and was actually said to me. The selfish way that we lead our lives has to change.

I intend to lend my support to Age of Stupid, by watching it again on Saturday. Hopefully, enough people will attend to convince the cinemas to show it more widely. Even though the film doesn’t offer any positive message, or solutions, I still think that we will turn things around. I don’t believe that it’s too late to change, and that it is imperative that we do so.

I will reply to any comments next week.

Have a productive weekend.

Deano

Age Of Stupid Premieres on Sunday

The Documentary film “Age of Stupid” premieres on Sunday, in London. The film deals with the issue of climate change, and the premiere is to be shown at Odeon cinemas around the country, by Satellite Link.

I will be watching the film in Lincoln, on Sunday, along with other members of Transition Lincoln> I will write a critique on Monday.

If you want to find out more about the film, you can go to the following website:

http://www.ageofstupid.net/

Deano