RIP dear Polly 😞 You will be sorely missed, and celebrated for a long time to come. Thank you for everything you have done for the life on this planet. Your Mission Lifeforce work to end Ecocide has laid the foundations for many others, and you remain an inspiration and beacon of hope for myself and all of humanity. Rest well now, sweet soul. Love ❤️
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My sister, @ionie_london, collaborating with me in my new doodling book, which she calls scritching. As you can probably tell by her comic between the ‘archegonium sisters’, this is art at its most fun for us, in a form we wouldn’t have thought to call therapy, but it is highly therapeutic. Maybe because it allows us to focus on one thing for an extended period, with less logical cognition than is required by reading, and so it gives the brain and eyes a break from rational thinking and from “concept shifting” while being awake, which I’ve found to fatigue ...
Do you sometimes feel like the emotional membrane between you and the rest of the world has become too porous? That you aren’t able to discern what is yours and what is not? That you can feel the pain of other beings, and of what is wrong in the world, all too viscerally? And that the pain, the anger, the grief, especially the ecological grief, overwhelms you so much that you cannot escape it, cannot breathe, and you feel stretched thin as parchment, ready to tear at any instant, or dissolve and blow into the wind? And at the ...
Breamore Miz Maze, one of the last surviving medieval turf labyrinths in England. Monks used to follow the maze on their knees, now it is fenced off to protect the turf from the many shoed people who want to visit it. My visit to this place was barefoot. An impressively contorted yew is portrayed in the second pic, with Breamore house in the background. The walk from the church next to Breamore house (nearest parking to the maze) is gorgeous, going through a blue-bell and beech-rich forest and a field on a hill with breathtaking views, just before the ...
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Bumblebee pollinating a rare and completely parasitic toothwort (Larathaea squamaria), which has no chlorophyll or leaves of its own, and so obtains all of its nutrients from its host! This was captured today in Spong Wood, east Kent, UK. It’s also commonly known as cuckoo-flower in Hampshire or corpse-flower in Yorkshire. Both not very flattering names, but it is parasitic on woody plants, after all, and does look pretty unusual...
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Playing as a way of learning to handle one’s own body and build strength - something children are very good at and something many adults (including myself) often forget. When you manage to do an inversion on a swing that you haven’t tried to do in years, that feels like real accomplishment! This was over New Years at Wild Spirit Backpackers in Nature’s Valley, South Africa. What a cool eco-backpackers and festival venue!
I like @willwalking’s notion that holy places, including churches, each have different plant allies. This 12th century St Mary’s church in Stelling Minnis, east Kent, has sweet violets (my first time seeing them), daffodils, a young willow growing on its roof, a 1500 year old yew (no photo I took did justice to portraying this being) and other beautiful plants whose buds I haven’t yet identified. If one thinks of plants as wisdom keepers and spiritual allies, as plant biologist Dr Monica Gagliano does and I do, then what could one learn from them in these specific places? How ...
Received my copy of Star & Furrow, featuring my article on intuitive farming! Grateful that I get to write for this amazing magazine on biodynamic farming, focused on its practice in the UK. I also LOVE the articles by Patrick Holden, @SusFoodTrust, and by Dr Julia Wright, chair of @BiodynamicUK & my collaborator at Coventry Uni. Excited for the Nature Spirits Conference also advertised in this issue!
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Horses featured strongly in a dream I had last night, and I realised how much horses have featured in my waking life thus far, from chance meetings with stolen kisses and nose boops, to horse trekking outrides on holidays in Scotland and Argentina, to leasing a sweet-natured Friesan for 6 months (Annabel, bottom left). I’ve learned a lot from these patient and graceful creatures, even though I’ve only ever done classical horse-riding (saddle, bit and reins). I desire much more horse energy in my life going forward, and I‘m keen to learn more intuitive ways of working and being with ...
It’s lovely to see these gorgeous flowers on the train platforms at Ashford International station. Thanks you @cotcharity, for the blooms and for the work you do for those who need it!
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This equinox, I’m taking stock of my accomplishments so far... And I’m not yet satisfied with what I’ve built up in my life. I aim to achieve such a feeling of satisfaction in the coming years, that I can look at all of my work the way I look at this landart cairn I helped build, in Sesriem Canyon, Namibia, April 2014.
I used this photo in a magazine article that I wrote for Farmer’s Weekly in 2015, and was asked if it was real. I can see how it looks photoshopped! It was taken on a dairy farm in the Netherlands in June 2014 when I was interviewing intuitive farmers. This family farm, @remekerkaas, was the first in the Netherlands to stop using antibiotics & vaccines in 2004, and now have a highly successful and healthy farm that is mostly run using intuitive decision-making and intuitive communication with the life on the farm. And the award-winning cheese they make is ...
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My first time seeing willow catkins! An internet search revealed that these are the flowers of the pussy willow, and flower essences made of them are used to bring more balance, flexibility, intuition, patience, kindness, grace and creativity into a life or situation that has been more concerned with doing than being. A gorgeous reminder to stay in flow!
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Foraging for wild garlic... Oh, the treasures we found today in Spong Wood! 🌱 Thank you, @willwalking, for making this delightful little film to record the experience 💚
Today I spotted my first bluebell flowers for this year, fully popped from its bud and dangling down, with @willwalking in Spong Wood, east Kent! Spring is officially here :) Also spotted rare toothwort, and jelly fungus, in the other photos!
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Reflective moment at the water feature in Salisbury Cathedral. I like visiting holy places, but I would love to be with the original holy well in or near this cathedral - I imagine that every cathedral in the UK has one, somewhere, since many churches and cathedrals are built on what were originally native British pagan worship sites, before the Celts, Romans and many subsequent cultures took them over, who also considered springs and wells to be holy.
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These three gentlemen are volunteers in the woodworkers shack on Manor Farm in Botley, Hampshire, UK. They are authentic, a pleasure to engage with, and have a wealth of wisdom about endangered woodworking skills that they are keen to share with younger generations. However, they are not allowed to, because of health & safety concerns. @hampshire_county_council, PLEASE give these volunteers more credit, and allow them to help rescue the extinction of experience!
My article on intuitive farming as an emerging research field in the German biodynamic farming magazine ‘Lebendige Erde’ (meaning Living Earth) is finally out! It’s a great magazine, and they did a fantastic job editing the article after my father translated it into German for me. So grateful for the opportunity to publish on mg work in popular magazines in other countries!