Re-cycling our thoughts, to avoid a future ooze

Re-cycling our thoughts, to avoid a future oozeThis ‘Potting Shed’ at HoBB Real, was re-built from a coal store, which in part was once a pig sty, and then clad with ‘twin wall sheeting’ which once covered a bus shelter.

All shelving inside was originally Welsh Oak off-cuts sold as firewood, and the etched ‘vitruvian man picture window’ (by John Eley) is on loan from an exhibition entitled “The Water Palace”.

Re-cycling is not new. Non re-cycling is new.

Materials have always been re-used and it is natural to make the most of everything we have. Historically, the cost of a repair was cheaper than the cost of a new replacement but this rule is less so these days.

‘Wastefulness’ is being promoted

We should all refuse to accept the idea of refuse. Labelling things as ‘waste’ is rubbish if someone can think of a use for them.

Trashy goods are the real trash

“White Gloves” are on record as the first UK goods to be produced with inbuilt obsolescence and we handed this manufacturing disease onto the rest of the World. It is a disease and it does needs a cure.

The Obligation
Life on Earth, as we know it, is able to exist under only one set of environmental conditions, namely ‘in balance’. We will not get much further into our future by tipping this balance. If we are obstinate and continue to buy trashy goods to no avail, we will produce a future wasteland – ‘devoid of aesthetical, intellectual and spiritual richness’.

But ‘true recycling’ means re-thinking our production and consumption thoughts.

I feel it’s pointless for a species to outwear its only Earth home. We have come a long way from our primordial ooze and must all work to dissuade those amongst us from taking us closer to any future ooze.

Those who care, make waves ~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Indulging in the Cottage Garden Lifestyle whilst applying the Art of Paradise

Indulging in the Cottage Garden Lifestyle whilst applying the Art of ParadiseParadise for me has always been green.

I was given one acre of Beech Woodland in West Sussex when far too young to manage it, but it was then as it is now, the most leafy green paradise imaginable.

In summer, when the sunlight bounces around the coppery canopy and casts a painterly collection of shadowy shades on the pillows of cushion moss covering the forest floor – paradise found.

Within this sixty six acre West Sussex woodland, nature has been working out, and keeping things fit, undisturbed, for centuries.

Here at the HoBB, generations have worked at disturbing the land for centuries with plough and harrow always stretching it towards greater productivity. All land, around here exists regimented into blocks and allocated to farms. The grid of lanes and paths, which once served only for interchange between one farm and another is now a public element, colonised by brightly bedecked walkers sporting satellite guidance systems – paradise found by many.

I have read through many a report on rural growth. The argument for progressive development of rural economies is compelling but the standard method of achieving it for all is often flawed. If you construct a new road to access one mile of previously isolated sandy beach then place alongside it one mile of caravans, you may boost a rural economy, share a paradise, but you may lose a paradise. You may also be hiving off such a paradise into private ‘club’ use.

Shortly after buying the HoBB, we were given a wonderfully useful letter written by our talented next door neighbour; it was entitled “How to live semi-conveniently in Paradise” and split the benefits from the pitfalls of living in this rural community. As there are always two aspects to the concept of wholeness I was not surprised by the content of the letter.

The need for wholeness in a rural community is naturally vital. As in urban and city communities, sufficient activities and opportunities should be available to enable each person to pursue their own goals, and satisfy their own interests thus develop their full potential. If this structure is not in place, rural communities run at risk.

As we grow this ‘HoBB Virtual’ (site) alongside the ‘HoBB Real’ (site), I will risk reputation, risk being wrong or just not as right as I might wish because I believe in the well-being of all rural communities and economies.

The Art of having a paradise, developing, improving and sharing it, is something that the HoBB tries to master. If you are good at implementing a ‘good’ plan and are interested to discuss the development of rural areas, contact me about my planning and action process – conceived as continually fluid and responsive to feedback.
Waves from the Hills overlooking the Valleys ~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant