Newsletter Week 49

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2020 – week 49

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Plukrijp, YOUR open permaculture garden
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available now on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
Building communities of trust is fundamental to healing our collective wound. At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity. The community allows people to encounter each other in truth and so develop trust.
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Indian summer continued, but the nights&mornings got a bit colder, but still way below average. The “climate deniers” are having a hard time, as usual at the end of each year, to negate the ever rising median temperatures worldwide&locally.

We did:

Cut back the grape & kiwi plant in the veranda & made the (last?) grape juice of 2020. Delicious ! The kiwi plant produced its first 3 mini fruits after 10 years of patience. May he/she continue on this path&offer us a yearly kiwi harvest also. The grape harvests are considerable in quantity&taste the last years thanks to the work we spend in cutting them back&guiding them (shade!!).

Continue harvesting delicious greenery from the open fields. Even the spinach/garlic combination we created month too late(normal climate) is getting ready to give us fresh, delicious, deep green spinach leaves without any excess nitrogen content ( When we use nitrogen-poor compost on the basis of Rik Dedapper’s formula: each unit of nitrogen has to be bound to at least 33 units of carbon&we add the Plukrijp formula of mixing it (i.e.covering the compost heap with a thick layer of good soil), we get a slow but constant fertility level where even in winter (less sunlight, so less photosynthesis). Leafy winter vegetables from industrial chemical&even organic agriculture tend to stock this nitrogen they can not convert in their leaves. Nitrates turning into nitrites from cooking or reheating or from industrial cooking of baby-food&poisoning babies (the “blue death”) are the result of our over-fertilization&our impatience with nature. In nature time certainly is NOT money (real value versus short term monetary gain)

Install a new saw for wood (see pics!). We want to thank our 93-year old friend Jos for the connection&help in getting this 3.2m long&wide professional tool into our workshop. Hopefully many planks&beams will be transformed with it into benches, boxes, tables&etc. Wood workers in search of creativity, feel invited. But do not forget that Plukrijp functions on situational authority. For us, teaching new people crafts&responsibilities is more important than eventual material value creation. Every volunteer or intern that learns a new craft in a responsible setting is a force for the good in these mono-obsessed times. We want to thank our other 78-year old friend Antonio, together with his namesake for the electrical connection&the placing of this +500kg tool.

Anthony&Yana were astounded by the enormous variety of paints&chemical stuff we carefully (in a room of its own!) keep&use when needed. Chemistry is not the enemy, but must be approached cautiously, preferable with the help of someone who knows how to apply it. Inside infos: do not rely on what is written on the label only because many chemical compounds are way more dangerous in use&application than the producer wants to admit

We kept on putting order in the library. As a tool for consciousness expansion. The fact that nowadays EVERY Plukrijper is reading a book&discussing with others&sharing what he/she learned is such a contrast with the fake-book/dumb-phone nonsense most young people are stuck in. We are not really happy with the results of the hate-polarization going on in the media&even in so-called alternative circles. We do, though, understand that many young people who have tried to awaken to reality but find themselves blocked in their development by economic or psychological “scarcity” lose the courage to go on&fall prey to the many pitfalls of organized (&sponsored) hatred. Hating the “other”, be it color of skin or gender on whatever weak excuse seems to be more pleasant than finding out for oneself.

As the Beatles sang so long ago:

I’ve got a word or two
To say about the things that you do
You’re telling all those lies

About the good things that we can have
If we close our eyes

Do what you want to do
And go where you’re going to
Think for yourself

‘Cause I won’t be there with you

I left you far behind
The ruins of the life that you have in mind
And though you still can’t see

I know your mind’s made up
You’re gonna cause more misery

Do what you want to do
And go where you’re going to
Think for yourself

‘Cause I won’t be there with you

Although your mind’s opaque
Try thinking more if just for your own sake

The future still looks good
And you’ve got time to rectify
All the things that you should

Do what you want to do
And go where you’re going to
Think for yourself
‘Cause I won’t be there with you
Do what you want to do
And go where you’re going to
Think for yourself

‘Cause I won’t be there with you

Think for yourself
‘Cause I won’t be there with you


We also started putting order in the nail/screw/bolt etc extravaganza in the workshop. Pleasant work near the 10-ton wood stove for these dark days before the re-awakening of spring. May 2021 be a year of much building&repairing&²sharing with other perma projects!

We shared/watched:

A very beautiful documentary on Pete Seeger

An evening on tantra

A documentary on the pyramids

Familie Vanderploeg, our model family, inspiration for generations to come?

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

Pete Seeger. The Power of Song (2007) by PBS American Masters

Why are Billions of Dollars Worth of Ships Being Intentionally Destroyed?

How The Dutch Economy Shows We Can’t Reduce Wealth Inequality With Taxes

The Movie Great Pyramid K 2019 – Director Fehmi Krasniqi

The construction of the Great Pyramid and the True History of Humanity revealed.


Inspiring Book

Extract P.101


Elke verschijningsvorm op aarde is een gelijkenis, en elke gelijkenis is een open deur waardoor de ziel, indien zij bereid is, toegang kan verkrijgen tot ‘s wereld innerlijk waar jij en ik, dag en nacht allemaal eender zijn. Ieder mens vindt in zijn leven deze open deur wel eens op zijn weg, iedereen wordt op een gegeven moment bevlogen door de gedachte dat al het zichtbare een gelijkenis is, en dat achter deze gelijkenis de geest en het eewig leven schuilgaan. Doch slechts weinigen gaan door de deur naar binnen om de schone schijn op te geven voor de vagelijk bevroede werkelijkheid van het innerlijk.


Englisch version:


Every appearance on earth is a likeness, and every likeness is an open door through which the soul, if willing, can gain access to the world within where you and I are all alike day and night. Every person in his life finds this open door sometimes on his way, at some point everyone is inspired by the idea that everything visible is a parable, and that behind this parable lies the spirit and eternal life. Yet few enter through the door to give up appearances for the vaguely imagined reality of the inner self.

Freedom comes from self-love
and self-acceptance.
Let me remind you,
Love is not something to be earned.
It cannot be judged,
meted out, or taken away.
Love is something that you are.
In the miracle of the perfect Love that You are,
there is no duality. There is no “other”.
There is only You and your compassion,
your Divine intent.
Such a Love cannot be understood by the mind,
because mind lives within the world of illusion.
You do not.
– Emmanuel
Humor (?)


Inspiring Song

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (Live)

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