As the sun rose 30th June 2011, it sent shafts of light to puncture the darkness and bring colour to the heavens. The wind whipped around me and I clung to a post to steady myself – I wanted to see this final sunrise for June and the discomfort was not going to deter me. Out with the old, in with the new…..let’s see what the new month may bring…..
The leaf on my quince tree hangs on – just. Soon it will be gone. The month is almost at an end. Soon I will be gone. I planted this tree about three years ago, and watched it grow, and especially admired it’s autumn foliage. Hopefully it will continue to grow without my help, and maybe even give joy to another. Nothing in life stays the same. Nature is a wonderful teacher, giving lessons on letting go…..
Even though it is the season of winter – in many ways – there are days of sunshine. Today was such a day. Even though the sun was shining, the wind was very cold, so I sought out a sunny sheltered place to sit while watching over Sally’s roadside grazing. As you know, I try to learn from the examples set by the creatures of this Earth. In today’s case, my choice of location was confirmed in a most unexpected way. After sitting there for about half an hour, I became aware of an adult brown snake also sunning itself just a few feet away. To say I was surprised is an understatement! During summer I often see a snake in the area, but to see this in midwinter is most unusual. I was downwind from the creature, and it didn’t move while I packed up and moved further away. Later on however, when I stopped there on my way home, I was upwind of it, and as I moved closer to take photos, the snake moved back down into its hole again. Quietly I backed away and left it to its own devices.
Another sunny event today, was the news of the construction of two of the largest solar power stations in the world.
Solar Dawn will be a solar thermal/gas hybrid plant at Chinchilla in Queensland. It is expected to produce 250 mega watts of electricity.
The Moree Solar Farm will use traditional photo-voltaic technology to produce 150 mega watts. Together the plants will produce enough power for more than 115,000 Australian households.
Even though I believe that first and foremost we need to reduce our power consumption dramatically, at least this proposal appears to be a step in the right direction away from a dependence on fossil fuels.
Frankly, I’m horrified to find out what many people use electricity for. Can you imagine why, barring serious disability, a person requires electrical assistance to brush their teeth, open a can or juice an orange? It beats me! Consumerism gone crazy. It’s past time to return to a simpler way to live, and better to learn the skills now than later on when the whole system has collapsed.
Of course, I’ve still much to learn myself and much unlearning of my earlier lifestyle – although I never really got caught into the mainstream….maybe that’s why I flounder every now and then.
I hope to read of your travels soon Francis,
I received disturbing news today, about the continuing war on real milk by Monsanto. Remember the joy of drinking fresh milk, virtually straight from the cow, just as God made it? Sadly, many today have no idea of what real milk tastes like….. nor of the practices that take place in the production of milk. If only more consumers had an idea of the cruelty to the animals, I’m sure they’d make better choices…..wouldn’t they Francis? Sometimes I don’t have the faith in people’s goodness that you have…..Perhaps they need to know the real facts about milk, and instead of being scared of real fresh milk, they would know the dangers of corporate control of the dairy industry and the specific health concerns related to the use of antibiotics and rBGH in the production of milk.
Those who are concerned about food safety and rely on the FDA to guide them, are being deliberately misled – there is nothing independent about the FDA’s decisions! Because farmers have no recourse through access to federal courts as a result of S.510 (another “conspiracy theory” proven to be fact), the FDA is now allowed to act with total impunity. The fact that humans have a basic God-given right to eat the food of their choice does not apply here. Neither does the fact that humans have been eating small farm food and drinking raw milk for virtually all of recorded history.
I’m sorry the news isn’t better Francis, but Daisy and I wait for the time we can give you some more of her milk which is fresh and real and wonderful!
Just a few days ago, while I was sitting out with Sally, a bird came within a few feet of where I was sitting, and hovered, as it searched for food. I could have almost reached out and touched it but instead sat in rapt admiration of its beauty and power of flight.
While I know you loved all creatures as they loved you, my strongest memory of you, is of the wild birds perched on your outstretched arms. Perhaps this images stays with me because of all creatures, birds symbolise freedom. When there is freedom, there is choice. It is this lack of choice which grieves me much, since the Occupation. The Enemy is insidious, invading silently and stealthily to the extent that it’s impossible to evade their presence. Sadly, those afflicted with Greed, are oblivious to this, and continue with the Enemy’s work believing the False Promises.
There is a ray of hope however, with the formation of an Underground Resistance Movement called the Canary Club. Their meetings are ostensibly to discuss the keeping of these caged birds – a very clever ruse I’m sure you’ll agree! The membership is growing, as more begin to suffer from the effects of the Enemy, and then question why. After all, when there is no clean air left to breathe, what use are the fancy cars and houses?
I miss you and hope your travels bring you this way again.
A Eureka Gold strike that is…….another chapter in my article The not-so-golden fleece – shortly after this sheep was shorn and dosed with the organophosphate insecticide it lay suffering and by the following morning, this was the result. At least the poor animal is beyond suffering now…….
(Apologies for the poor quality of the image – but the best I could manage under the circumstances)
Further to my post on The not-so-golden fleece I’ve found a great article about organic wool on another WordPress blog. Read what the great ladies on O Ecotextiles have to say about it. In fact, read what they have to say on a variety of subjects!
It will provide you with excellent information so you can make more informed choices. Such as their article – What YOU can do . Happy reading!