Let’s learn to grow things again…

Here are some compelling reasons for it:

 

 

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What do you want the future to look like? Eva: The future has to be a lot more local. We need to learn how to grow food, we need to learn how to produce most of what we need locally, & we need to consume a lot less. It requires a lot relearning skills that we used to have. We currently get everything done for us by people who are far away elsewhere, whose exploitation is part of the externalised costs of the life of the privileged that are hidden from us. We have to get out of this abusive situation where there are people on top who are exploiting everybody else, and there is nobody stopping them or calling them out. I’m really interested in how we collectively make decisions in a way that includes everybody. As climate change gets worse there will be real challenges that come with that. How well we weather those challenges depends on how quickly we can get our act together, because there is no doubt that people will be leaving their homes because they can’t live there any longer. If in five years’ time the whole of the Global North got itself together, and collectively chose regenerative agriculture, and the soil was sucking up carbon… actually, the future could be very different. We have to stop living like this: there is no choice, we can’t carry on like this. In citizens assemblies, people are trusted to make good decisions, and they completely rise to that trust, and are honest, dependable, think very carefully and collaboratively, and behave the way you would want them to. Justin: The diverse ways of being human are really extraordinary. We are fundamentally really creative. We can create heaven, and we can create hell. People realising that they have got that choice, taking that power back, being trusted with it, and trusting themselves. It’s about recovering who we are. [3/3} #humansofxrscotland πŸ“·@softlightselkie

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Carol annes poetry challenge from Bee, sorry its late this week…

Bee challenged me last week to the following poetry challenge, I said I’d do it, then time ran away with me, and I forgot! So I am late…but here it goes, I am going to try and give this a shot…

Her poetry challenge to me was…Eat it or beat it…

Yummy food
That I cooked
Lovingly
With my own hands
All made with care
And love…
I put my heart and soul into my creation
Sit down
Mindfully eat
Take stock
The taste, texture
Smell even
As I sit
Enjoy my creation
Eat it, or beat it
I tell myself
But nevermind the last part
There will be no beating it
Only eating it
And when I am finished
I will sink into a chair
Satisfied, and content again.
πŸ˜€

The Bee Shares Her World ~ January 8th, 2019

So this morning I saw Tom Kerridge on BBC Breakfast. He introduced his new show “Fresh Start” in which he is going to help families back into the habit of cooking from scratch. The reason I mention it is that the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I are talking about this continuously. We are quite militant when it comes to cooking and baking from scratch.

We both worked in a supermarket bakery and know what goes into the so-called bread in the supermarkets. They sell artisan bread which should not have a lot of yeast in it but many bakers put too much in, hygiene isn’t always fully adhered too unless they have a visit and there are so many ingredients to the bread that you don’t really need for baking. Bread is basically flour, water, salt and yeast. That’s it. No taste enhancer (that is why you let bread proof ~ it gives it taste) and nothing to keep it fresh longer. The reason shop bought bread needs these sort of chemicals is because they are using low-quality flour to get more profit.

It has become a huge pet peeve of ours and I wrote so often about what we are starting to make ourselves because let’s face it: You never know what supermarkets, industrial food producers and restaurants really put in the food that you buy. If you make it yourself you know more of what’s in it. Of course, the ingredients you buy might be contaminated with stuff but you can always go organic or even grow some of it yourself. As they say: if you really want it you find a way and if you don’t you find an excuse!

Funny that the Brexit slogan “getting power back” had that impact on us. Brexit means that we lose power in Europe. Britain was a powerful player in the EU and once we are out we have no say in it anymore but will have to abide by their rules if we want to trade with them. So the British won’t really gain any power. And the drama “Brexit – the Uncivil War” showed that this was just a slogan that worked into the fears and hopes of everyday people. It meant nothing but winning the game which it did.

An area where you really can gain power back is the food you put in your mouth. I know, it needs organising and maybe learning some new skills but Tom Kerridge mentioned it several times this morning that it saves you money, is an easy way to eat healthier and brings your family together and who doesn’t want that? But well, in the end, it is your decision where you want to gain your power back. We’ve taken ours and we are glad that Tom Kerridge makes a point and even a tv program of it.

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That was a long start to sparkly Melanie’s “Share your World”, wasn’t it? Well, I thought I might as well share a little more than just the answers to her questions. And that is what occupied me today. But what did Melanie ask? Find her questions and answers here and also how to take part.

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up? If so, what were you assigned to do?

Blimey, there was a lot when my mum got ill and later passed away. I did the shopping & cleaned my dad’s car to get pocket money. For a while, when my mum had passed away and my dad worked elsewhere I was responsible for the whole house including caring for my little brother so everything from gardening, shopping, getting us breakfast and dinner (we got lunch which is a hot meal in Germany either at my godmothers or volunteers who helped families in need), making sure we got to school in time, washing, ironing etc. That was at a time when my father had fallen out with my grandmother who was taking care of us before. Well, my life was a little complicated when I was young πŸ™‚ but I was prepared well for moving out πŸ˜‰

Have you ever researched your family tree? What do you know about your family’s roots?

No, I haven’t but want to sometime. My dad’s family comes from the East of Germany and the East that doesn’t belong to Germany anymore. My grandad on my father’s side grew up on a big German estate in an area that is now partly Russian partly Estonian at the Baltic Sea. His father was the estate manager. He talked about it often. My grandma on my father’s side grew up close to Dresden and her family was occupied with different ways of retail. I know not much of my mother’s side just that my grandparent’s who were very religious helped many refugees from Eastern Europe after the war. They were very revered in the village I grew up in. And it might be that Georg Elser is somehow related to us but I haven’t found any proof of that.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Holding your breath, while keeping your ears & nose closed and swallowing. It’s a bit of a feat because your hands need to stretch: I keep my nose closed with my little fingers and the ears with my thumbs and swallowing is rather difficult that way. But hey it works.

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it? Either figuratively or literally?

Taking ones’ power back, Brexit, Trump, climate change & Holocaust deniers…. the list is endless πŸ˜‰

Finally:

Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.

I am incredibly grateful for the more or less little things

~ I am living in an area that is still in peace

~ Roof over our head

~ Food on the table

~ Family

~ Friends

~ Creativity

~ Books

Thanks for stopping by and the curiosity to find out about my world!!!!!