Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 36

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2021 – week 36

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

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.
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.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
If you want to volunteer at Plukrijp,
feel free to send your request to

This week @ Plukrijp

In memory of our friend Jos who went back to the Light
on September 7, 2021 at the age of 94.
Jos, we were so blessed to have you in our lives
We keep your memory alive in our hearts

A Gift of Thanks to Jos

written by Johannes


Jos was…

A man so wise and gentle and kind,

Of that make, so hard to find.

He came into our little lives,

Sharing his peace of mind.


Who were we to see, the blessing in disguise?

He came to us with the purest teachings of our kind,

Reminding us of what we still have yet to find.

His gifts crashed into us like waves upon a shore,

A door, some love, memories, friendship, and more.

Lest we forget, the days we sat, eating his chocolate and getting fat!


He was a man with open hands,

An open heart, for all to see.

With sparkling blue eyes and a piercing view

He saw the world for True.


And when the time has come for him to finally walk home

Let us remember him, for what he was.

A beautiful man, though what he had

Still spread the light and shone through it all.

We did:

Weed the open tunnels


Harvested the grapes from the tunnels and made grape juice for the winter


Harvested apples, many tomatoes, cucumbers, gerkins and melons


Harvested the corn. A meager harvest; the rats ate almost all of it!


Cleaned up the closed tunnels, cutting back the grapes


Weeded tunnel 5 and in between the closed tunnels


Did a big clean up on the first and second floor of the big house, taking out lots of furniture and beds and thoroughly cleaning


Repaired pallets for BioFresh


Created palloxes for the coming pumpkin harvest


Painted the garage door and created metal grating to protect the door windows. The door will be standing as a memorial to our recently departed beautiful friend, Jos, who put his whole heart into this final master piece. ‘In memoriam Jos de Rover, man, man, man.’


We sanded and painted Bram’s wooden caravans in the back. They were due for some tender love and care


Sorted the many, many books we received from many friendly supporters of our scholastic ambitions

Played the Plukrijp-word-game created by volunteers many years ago.

Anthony’s dream became reality!
Anthony did buy an adjoining piece of land which will double the area of Plukrijp.
We can start now with the design. So many possibilities offer themselves to us!
Interesting Movies & Documentaries

What Defines You?

Opening ourselves up and truly exposing who we are can be scary. We find it difficult to honestly express our insecurities and fears. We stuff our feelings deep down inside and wear a mask on our face that says to the world, ‘I’m fine.’


We live behind walls and avoid being vulnerable. But to fully feel love and connection, we need to be vulnerable. Vulnerability connects us. It is a great gift we give to another person, when we let them see all of who we are. And this opens the door for them to share all of themselves with us too.

‘Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness,

will we discover the infinite power of our light.’

Brene Brown

Medicine Man

While I worked with my elders they taught me

that you only take what you need.

You should leave something behind, like roots,

so that it can grow again.


The Little Prince 1974

Taming the fox:

We had a wonderful evening watching this old 1974 film. We were charmed by the lightness, the beauty, the splendor of the feelings and the truths expressed with ease in all simplicity  without special effects.

My Octopus Teacher

Oscar-Winner “My Octopus Teacher” Explores Unique Human-Octopus Friendship

A Coming Home – the man behind My Octopus Teacher

Inspiring Links

Notes on Giving
written by Alexandra Kudrzycka

What does it mean to Give?

What does it mean to be fully engaged with the world and to be of service to it?

This text is a reflection on some moments where I saw patterns in my own behavior and in that of other people. Through it, I hope to clarify what I have come to understand about a mechanism by which people (and living beings in general) either bring themselves and others deeper into reality or separate themselves from it.

The costs of going into extreme dependence or independence are high. A balance must be reached between giving and creating situations where others must give instead, feeling responsible and asking others to take up responsibility.

Reality is constantly inviting action. Will we take it?

Becoming an Adult

written by Johannes


This is a message, an invitation, to all people who feels as if they’ve seemed to pass by that stage in life where we integrate what we’ve learned, face the world steadily and humbly, all the while keeping our inner child alive.


Our day and age lacks any form of initiation into this natural phase of life in which we pass into ‘Adulthood.’ It is characterized by responsibility, self respect, and humility (amongst other things).


This creates a global culture of Man-boys and Woman-girls that never ‘grew into their boots’ and stay in a state of ignorance, decadence, and arrogance.


To approach this transition, we begin with humility. We see where we are at, we see who are for what we are, and we see what we can be if we just listen to what our ancestors, our community, and that deep feeling inside share with us.


This text, ‘Becoming an Adult,’ is a Plukrijp collaborative text approaching this transition with inspiration from beautiful minds, and beautiful hearts. We wish that you too, can see the beauty that hides within. It is there, though it may be veiled. In taking each veil off one by one, we get closer to the essence, and of becoming an adult.


We’ll see you there?

(temporarily) there is still education in the US

Emma Willard School:

If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail,

we would see that every instant is at once a giver and a plunderer.”

Gaston Bachelard

Inspiring Book

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.

There is always something to see, something to hear.

In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.


How can you wonder your travels do you no good,

when you carry yourself around with you?”


Inspiring Text

Words to a Young Man

by Charles Eisenstein

My son Philip is 16 years old. A few days ago we had a deep conversation about the future, about which he was feeling a persistent anxiety. Afterwards, I recorded some reflections on the conversation and put it on my sort-of-podcast called Charles Eisenstein Random, which is mostly excerpts from interviews and speeches. I’m sharing it more broadly because I think other young people, as well as those young at heart, share Philip’s anxiety and idealism. The recording is on this page.

Dropping in with Philip renews my optimism for this earth. When I was that age I had nothing remotely like his level of emotional intelligence, clarity, and sincerity of inquiry. I guess human consciousness is evolving after all! He isn’t the only young person who arouses that feeling, but he is the one I know best. The generation after mine seems to have been born into a consciousness that took my generation decades of struggle to barely achieve. For them it is second nature. When Philip says something like, “I’m trying to discern what is actually disrespectful behavior from what I’m projecting from my own resentment,” I’m like, wow, that thought literally did not exist in my peer group.

My older children (Jimi, 25, Matthew, 22) have been challenged to find their place in society. In darker moments I wonder if maybe I prepared them poorly for the real world. But I think the truth is that society doesn’t have a lot of ready-made places for the new generation, because existing institutions embody an old story, an old consciousness. So they have to create a new place for themselves, which often involves stretching or leaving the old structures. If the “real world” means a continuation of society as we have known it, then no, I don’t want to prepare them for it. I want to prepare them for the society that yet may be.


That society will only be, if we prepare for it.


Hey parents out there, let’s not try too hard to corral our children into the roles defined by the past. When they jump off the secure-future track, consider that there may be as much cause for celebration as for worry. When they spend their twenties living in our basements playing video games, let’s cheer their…. hold on, maybe I’m taking this too far. I’m not saying to retreat from the world, but to step into the new one that beckons. Maybe that does start by retreating, but that phase won’t last forever, because the life in us wants to live.


Philip’s anxiety wasn’t about how he is going to make a living. It was about whether there will be a future worthy of living in.

About Mind & Mental

The terms mind and mental are used in so many ways and have such a chequered history that they carry more baggage than meaning. Ideas of the mind and the mental are simultaneously ambiguous and misleading, especially in various important areas of science and medicine. When people talk of ‘the mind’ and ‘the mental’, the no-mind thesis doesn’t deny that they’re talking about something – on the contrary, they’re often talking about too many things at once. Sometimes, when speaking of ‘the mind’, people really mean agency; other times, cognition; still others, consciousness; some uses of ‘mental’ really mean psychiatric; others psychological; others still immaterial; and yet others, something else.

Joe Gough – a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Sussex in the UK.

Inspiring Music

Nina Simone ~ Who knows where the time goes

Sometime in your life, you will have occasion to say, “What is this thing called time?” What is that, the clock? You go to work by the clock, you get your martini in the afternoon by the clock and your coffee by the clock, and you have to get on the plane at a certain time, and arrive at a certain time. It goes on and on and on and on.

And time is a dictator, as we know it. Where does it go? What does it do? Most of all, is it alive? Is it a thing that we cannot touch and is it alive? And then, one day, you look in the mirror — you’re old — and you say, “Where does the time go?”




Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving

How can they know that it’s time to go?

Before the winter fire, I’ll still be dreaming

I do not count the time

Who knows where the time goes?

Who knows where the time goes?


Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving

Ah, but then you know that it’s time for them to go

But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving

For I do not count the time


Who knows where the time goes?

Who knows where the time goes?


But I am not alone as long as my love is near me

And I know it will be so till it’s time to go

All through the winter, until the birds return in spring again

I do not fear the time


Who knows where the time goes?

Who knows where the time goes?

Every lie eventually is found out
Humor (?)
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