Meditations - First wednesday of every month at 2pm at Jane's (Millegens) - with cake and tea afterwards

 

We met on the 7th November (10+ of us). This was the blessing for Earth Healers read out before the meditation

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Blessing for Earth-Healers
We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and large. Blessings on the composters, the gardners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes other have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.

May all the healers of the earth find their own healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honour their grief and not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth’s voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the Earth.

Download the blessing

Blessings_for_Earth-Healers.pdf

Here are the latest books obtained for the Little Library:

The Song of the Earth by Maddy Harland & William Keepin - A synthesis of the scientific & spirtual worldviews.

People & Permaculture by Looby Macnamara - Caring and designing for ourselves, each other and the planet.

Active Hope - How to face the mess we are in without going crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.

Architecture Scarcity by various authors.  Architecture in an age of depleting resources.

The Case Against the Global Economy and for a Turn Toward the Local by Jerry Mander & Edward Goldsmith.

The Secret Life of Stuff by Julie Hill.

Weather


The Good Lord is not to blame

For the rain and the wet

If we care about the bear

And the loss of the bees

The floods and hurricanes

The death of trees

We would wake up and know

That we are the ones who make it so

 

The good Lord is not to blame

For the change in the weather

Olympic Games won't make it better

The loss of the birds and butterflies too

When will we wake up and know

That we are the ones who make it so

 

Ice caps are melting

Fires are burning

Floods cover the land

Here at home it's business as usual

As we hide our heads in the sand

 Seaford

Here is a very well writtten blog by Charles Eisenstein on the contradiction that is inherent in sustainable growth.

 

http://charleseisenstein.net/category/news/

 

ps this site has a free download for his super book Sacred Economics

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So many good articles in this month's issue.

What I like is the free resouces on the web - eg the documentatry made by Postive Money called 97% which looks at the crazy money system that we have.

http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/97percent-owned-documentary/

 

Also Global Transition to the New Economy at

http://www.gtne.org/

There is a  map showing initiatives around the world.

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Fracking is coming to Sussex. Together we can stop it.

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After watching the Gaslands film last year, I was stunned that the USA had allowed such a destructive system to be used on their water systems and enivioronment. But I never thought that it would come to our beautiful part of the world.

 

The situation is that   Cuadrilla Resources has obtained planning permission to drill for shale gas at a site near Balcombe in West Sussex. They say this is just an exploratory drill. Maybe if they dont discover shale gas then they will go away - but maybe not. We need to get together to object to any planning applications.

A usefull site for info is http://frack-off.org.uk/bad-guys/locations/

And on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/NO-Fracking-in-Sussex/269121553136944

 

 

 

 

 

LITLINGTON LITTLE LIBRARY 

We are very happy to have compiled a library of "Transition" related books. These are now available to those living nearby. Come and call, borrow a book and have a cuppa.

The books are regularly updated.  We value your comments and any ideas for new books.

When you click on Library, you will see a list of books available.

 

 

April has passed, the hottest, driest on record.  The grass is turning brown and the vegetables need constant watering.  Worms are scarse for the poor Blackbird on her second brood.  The chickens eat the currants first.

We are grateful for our 5000 litre water tank, installed 5 years back.  This collects much needed rainwater from the roof. The bees are drinking constantly from the birdbath.  I always keep this full.

Our large wych elm is shedding millions of seeds each day, making us marvel at natures ability to reproduce.

Needing to learn much about Permaculture, I've been engrossed in Patrick Crawfords wonderful book on Creating a Forest garden.

Daily we have been experimenting with unexplored food on our doorstep.  I never knew that young sedum leaves were edible or that the buds of day lillies were delicious.  That young solomans seal shoots cut at 8-12 inches(discarding top leaf clustre) have a wonderful sweet flavour, when cooked. I never knew that hosta shoots were edible....If the slugs don't get there first.  I've been learning about natural dyes, plants for soap and fine twine from vinca. There is such a lot to learn and so much we have all forgotten or taken for granted in our easy, food accessible, consumer ridden lives. This is all so exciting and fills me with hope for the future.

 

 



The first full year of the generous feedin tariff ended on Mar 31st.

Our 16 x 215W Sanyo panels generated 3650kWh in the year - worth £1496 at 41p, plus £54 of 'deemed export' at 1.5p. The commissioning certificate estimates the annual output at 2867kWh, so maybe 2010 was a good year. Incidently, the PV cells are rated at 3440W but the maximum output from the inverter is limited to about 2700W.

We actually consumed 3717kWh at normal rate and 10922kWh at the low rate (the latter figure is almost entirely the consumption of our electric Aga). So our carbon footprint, in respect of electricity consumption, is reduced by about a quarter.

However, the revenue look as though it will just about cover our electricity bill from Ecotricity. This is because the feedin tariff is so much greater than the purchase price.

The installation was made by Southern Solar Ltd and cost £22K. If we get £1500 back annually for 20 years, the investment doesn't look too bad - but we need to reduce that carbon footprint further!

It's time for a fresh, spring blog.  This blogger has had “Blogstipation” for a while, but now is the time for a new look and fresh news with Bits and Pieces from CVT.

We started our year with a very inspirational AGM.  Who would imagine an AGM could be inspirational?   We called it our “Animated Glorious Mixing!” Many came, bearing food and we had a party whilst we elected new members and discussed future events.

Our exciting March event is a visit by Matt Harvey  (Totnes's Transition poet in residence) who will stir us up and make us laugh and think with his wit and wisdom. As you will note from the calender, he is coming to Alfriston at the end of this month

Next, we have the imminent arrival of spring.  The Forsthyia is in bloom and daffodills are coming up.  The Bluetits are already inspecting their nest box, and the Hellebores are looking beautiful. Dusty pinks, wine red, cream and green.  The honey bees  love them and are out for a visit despite the bitter wind.

We are due a cheque from Ecotricity for £1303, for electricity generated by our PV cells installed last February.  This amount covers the period from April to November.  Our new windows, installed last summer have made a huge difference to the temperature of the house this winter......pictures below.

Chickens are giving us two eggs a day.  Only two chickens now.  Sadly one down to Mr Fox on Christmas eve.  Another blog soon.

hellebores

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  • Blessing for Earth-Healers Blessing for Earth-Healers
    Meditations - First wednesday of every month at 2pm at Jane's (Millegens) - with cake and tea afterwards   We met on the 7th November (10+ of us). This was the blessing for Earth Healers read out before...
    Bob Hodgson
    10 November 2012
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  • New Books for Book List
    Here are the latest books obtained for the Little Library: The Song of the Earth by Maddy Harland & William Keepin - A synthesis of the scientific & spirtual worldviews. People & Permaculture by Looby...
    Super User
    04 September 2012
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    The Good Lord is not to blame For the rain and the wet If we care about the bear And the loss of the bees The floods and hurricanes The death of trees We would wake up and know That...
    Super User
    24 August 2012
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  • Sustainable Growth Sustainable Growth
    Here is a very well writtten blog by Charles Eisenstein on the contradiction that is inherent in sustainable growth.   http://charleseisenstein.net/category/news/   ps...
    Bob Hodgson
    27 June 2012
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  • Positive News June 2012 Positive News June 2012
    So many good articles in this month's issue. What I like is the free resouces on the web - eg the documentatry made by Postive Money called 97% which looks at the crazy money system that we have. http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/97percent-owned-documentary/   Also...
    Bob Hodgson
    02 June 2012
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