Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 42

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2021 – week 42

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
We did:

Create new raised beds in closed tunnel 1 & 3 and dug out the concrete poles from tunnel 4. Deconstructing, digging trenches, placing poles and plates & replacing the compost.


We harvested the last tomatoes in the closed tunnels. We cut the plants instead of pulling them up to increase soil fertility for next season.


We harvested courgette from Hei.


We did clean-up in the plastic house and in front of it, taking away many boxes of plastic pots and big bags filled with a variety of plastic. Many carts were disassembled and brought to the storage place at Hei.


We cleaned the gutters.


We repaired the damaged doors of the closed tunnels.

Bram brought us several old, unused bikes and we fixed them.


We cut the lemon tagetes and hung them from the ceiling for drying.

René (Joshka’s father) donated all the books he edited during his career to the Plukrijp library. A big thank-you!

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

The Snow Child – Full film by Nicolas Vanier

Weeks of horseback riding in the vastness of the Canadian countryside. Then a long halt in the middle of the woods, in autumn, at the edge of a lake. The construction of a cabin. Passionate observation of the wild world. Hunting and fishing. Wintering. Finally, when the extreme cold (down to -50 °) froze lakes and rivers, a two-month journey on ice and snow, in dog sled. In total more than 2000 km away from any civilization … Montaine, Nicolas Vanier’s daughter, was only 2 years old when he decided with his wife to try this adventure. A unique and unforgettable experience, which the explorer shares with us with passion …

Joni Mitchell Woman of Heart and Mind

Oh Dear-isms [2009] Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis – “Oh dear”-ism II and Non-Linear War

HyperNormalisation explained by Adam Curtis

Edited from a 72 minute conversation between Adam Curtis and Russell Brand to exclude pauses, umm-ing, etc… and (with apologies) Russell Brand. “Because that’s efficient.”

Here Curtis explains HyperNormalisation and some of his ideas about individualism, power and ‘real change’.

BBC: The Trap – Part 3 of 3: We will force you to be free

The final part focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill one’s potential.

Joan Baez portrait


Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves

Planet Ocean – Yann Arthus-Bertrand & Michael Pitiot

A 90-minute film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot.

Can we imagine a film that would change the way men look at the ocean? Can we simply tell everyone the greatest natural mystery of our planet? Can we finally help our children to believe in a better and sustainable world of tomorrow?

This is the triple challenge of this new cinematographic adventure signed Yann Arthus-Bertrand whose editor-in-chief is Michael Pitiot, which brings in its wake the scientific missions of TARA, a unique pool of researchers, oceanographers and biologists from several countries.

Thanks to a breathtaking photography, this film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey to the heart of the most unknown regions of our planet.

This film tells the most wonderful as well as the most terrifying human experiences of our time. Shot in the four corners of an extreme geography, it tells the modern odyssey of men to discover their blue planet.

This film is also a plea for respect for the world in which we live.

Inspiring Links

Water, the next global current

The Coming Economic Connections

Rebuilding the Ancient Silk Road

China has taken the lead towards integrating Eurasia through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The scheme seeks to reconstruct the ancient “Silk Road” network of land and sea routes that promoted the flow of goods from China to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Data re imminent societal collapse

Please connect these data to “Peak Everything”:

Inspiring Books

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

The Western narrative of world history largely omits a whole civilization. Destiny Disrupted tells the history of the world from the Islamic point of view, and restores the centrality of the Muslim perspective, ignored for a thousand years.

In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as it looks from a new perspective: with the evolution of the Muslim community at the center. His story moves from the lifetime of Mohammed through a succession of far-flung empires, to the tangle of modern conflicts that culminated in the events of 9/11. He introduces the key people, events, ideas, legends, religious disputes, and turning points of world history, imparting not only what happened but how it is understood from the Muslim perspective.


He clarifies why two great civilizations-Western and Muslim-grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe-a place it long perceived as primitive-had somehow hijacked destiny.

With storytelling brio, humor, and evenhanded sympathy to all sides of the story, Ansary illuminates a fascinating parallel to the world narrative usually heard in the West. Destiny Disrupted offers a vital perspective on world conflicts many now find so puzzling.

Destiny Disrupted – it’s a fantastic book – the history of the world told from the Islamic perspective, and when you read it, it just makes you look at the world differently, and that’s what we don’t do these days. It’s a fantastic book, because it makes you pull back and look at the world differently. We just don’t do that these days!
– Adam Curtis

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007)

The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, the impact of humans on the environment increased dramatically.

The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines, in a number of crucial parameters: Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction Yearly grain harvests Climate stability Population Economic growth Fresh water Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum


To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations.


Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.


A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we might make the transition from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policymakers who are serious about effecting real change.

Inspiring Text
Six rules practicing the Art of Listening Erich Fromm


  1. The basic rule for practicing this art is the complete concentration of the listener.

  2. Nothing of importance must be on his mind, he must be optimally free from anxiety as well as from greed.

  3. He must possess a freely-working imagination which is sufficiently concrete to be expressed in words.

  4. He must be endowed with a capacity for empathy with another person and strong enough to feel the experience of the other as if it were his own.

  5. The condition for such empathy is a crucial facet of the capacity for love. To understand another means to love him — not in the erotic sense but in the sense of reaching out to him and of overcoming the fear of losing oneself.

  6. Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.

Understanding and loving are inseparable.

If they are separate, it is a cerebral process

and the door to essential understanding remains closed.”

The return of the lost sheep?

– Grazing in the Netherlands.

Written by Amanda.


After having given myself a hard time for a few months on Plukrijp by constantly going into discussion in my head and overthinking every little detail, I decided – with the help of the people around me – it was time to pay a visit to the Netherlands.


There was a gigantic resistance and a fear I wouldn’t be able to keep the value I discovered on Plukrijp and wouldn’t be able to stay up right. Yet it became clear to me I was making a big drama over the whole trip.


The idea was simple. I would go there, get my administration settled, talk a little to some friends and family, and come back. It wouldn’t take long. But I ended up staying for nearly 3 weeks.


The first two days were spend with grandparents. After a little prodding, beautiful conversations arose about norms and values in the family, about where patterns I had recognized in myself and my mother came from, how they had brought up the children, secrets in the family and generally, telling each other the truth. This was the first time I was actually able to experience some real and honest reactions from the two of them. It also cleared up a lot of unanswered questions and deepened our bond.


Then I spend a day with friends, who also knew my parents.

Here some interesting stories also came to light, where I got an insight of how my parents had reacted on my absence. This gave a lot of clarification as well. Hearing similar stories from observations of people outside Plukrijp about my parents really made me realize I had made the right decision in taking a big step back from them. I got those stories from both the grandparents as those friends and they also individually confirmed I had made the right choices.


With support of the people of plukrijp and the people I had talked to in the last few days, my fear of meeting my parents had subsided. We met at their home on the exact moment they came back from vacation. This meant they were very calm and relaxed. It created the perfect opportunity for a long and deep conversation about what had happened in the last year, new insights I had gotten, childhood, victim-hood and more. The conversations lasted until deep in the night.

The following days I spend taking care of unfinished business as administration, the cleaning up of my room, talking a lot to my parents and visiting friends. Most of the stuff from my room got divided under those friends as well.


There were moments where it was very difficult and I saw myself falling back on old patterns. But with all the lessons and support of Plukrijp and the book of Radical Honesty, I found ways of staying up right and to continue to challenge myself. It was time to be honest with my parents and to really talk everything out.


The last day my mother even came up to me with one of the physical things of mine she had been holding onto for a long time. My first baby hairs. With the three of us we went to the forest nearby, where we let go of the hairs.

My parents told me they would let me go even if it was difficult for them. I told them it was the best gift any parent could give to a child. Then I told them I would let them go as well and not to try and save them or worry about where they would end up. We told each other how grateful we were for being in each others lives and for all the lessons we had given each other. Later that day my father brought me home, back to Plukrijp.


Even though the weeks were very tiring, I found a lot of energy in cleaning up both physically and mentally. I have the feeling a big weight fell off my shoulders and there is a lot of clarity and energy to spend. The situation had clearly been made way bigger from both sides then it turned out to be. It was honesty which eventually opened the way to a relative understanding. Even though we do not agree on a lot of things, we can now see that is okay. A deep rest and trust has returned within me and my constant worrying has calmed.


Sharing the truth, speaking in clarity and awareness really have been the key in order to take the next step. And it will continue to be so.

Inspiring Music

Old Irish Drinking Song – The Farmer’s Toast

Classical music from Mali – Mamadou Diabaté

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)

Why Michelangelo Didn’t Paint the Last Supper

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