Plukrijp Newsletter – 2022 week 32 vzw – Zetel: Trommelstraat 24 – B 2223 Schriek
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2022 – week 32

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” :
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Weed all of Hei including the beatroot/carrot/salad lines which had the most weeds. The berry bushes at Hei next to the willows were overgrown with mile-a-minute. We took out the mile-a-minute and gave it to our chickens who were very happy to receive greenery!

Harvested lots and lots of beautiful & tasty green beans with visitors volunteers and family. We were able to get our members excited to get some to put in the freezer for the winter, which makes us happy!

Took out the first generation of beans on the raised beds at Hei to make room for our preseeded cabbages and the strawberry plants of next year

Trim the melons everywhere and the pickles in open tunnel 5

Cleared the paths in the closed tunnels a bit more for visitors to pass easily

Gave a bit of water to the plants at Hei, especially the cabbages to absorb the shock of consistent 30°C all week.

Jumped in the pool a lot to cool off between the different tasks on the fields & in the tunnels

Bart taught us how to make our own bread which only takes 10 minutes to prepare (cooking time not included). We discovered that a bread made with wheat semolina is absolutely delicious!

We picked apples from a neighbor of Harry’s that Miriam was kind enough to sort for us. Thank you very much for this beautiful gift!

Christina, Dirk, Walter & Hilde joined us on Saturday evening to prepare & eat a delicious meal together

Thanks to Rene, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ now has beautiful nature decor also on the side of the caravan

Repaired some more pallets. Some day the heap will dissappear…

Interesting Videos

Change is like a river: nothing stays the same, because life as we know it can change in an instant. We never know what’s around the bend and we can’t control everything in life. As much as you prepare and plan, some things still won’t go your way. So why do we keep expecting them to?

When you learn how to embrace change, you’ll find that the uncertainty of life feels a little less scary. Live in the moment, cherish the people we love, and appreciate what’s happening right now. And when we do that, life becomes an unexpected adventure, filled with unimaginable joy.

Free Will by Christopher Wallis

Links (three parts):


Wallis invites us to dive deeply into the nature of reality and to understand one of its fundemental mechanisms and explains beautifully how this can help in reducing human suffering by a huge chunk. One to contemplate and rewatch!

How the first woman of colour to be elected to the US Congress remade education

Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927-2002) isn’t a household name in the history of US politics. The short documentary Mink! (2022), which offers an entertaining and inspiring brief history of her life, makes a powerful argument that she ought to be. Combining archival footage and the loving narration of her daughter Wendy Mink, the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot traces how the Hawaiian-born Mink beat the odds to become the first-ever woman of colour elected to the US Congress, and how her legacy of fighting for equality lives on in Title IX – a law that ushered in a revolution in women’s collegiate sports.

Inspiring Links

A beautiful example of what authenticity means

Inspiring Books

The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir

or How to Keep Life from Becoming a Parody of Itself: Simone de Beauvoir on the Art of Growing Older

We live in a culture that dreads the entropic inevitability of growing older, treats it like a disease to be cured with potions and regimens, anesthetizes it with botox and silence, somehow forgetting that to grow old at all is a tremendous privilege — one withheld from the vast majority of humans populating the history.

To become a person worthy of old age is the triumph of life. Henry Miller, in his reflection upon turning eighty, located the triumph in remaining able to “fall in love again and again… forgive as well as forget… keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical.” Grace Paley instructed in what remains the finest advice on the art of growing older: “The main thing is this — when you get up in the morning you must take your heart in your two hands. You must do this every morning.”

Life is largely a matter of how we hold ourselves — our hearts, our fears, our forgivenesses — along the procession of the years.

The vast majority of mankind look upon the coming of old age with sorrow and rebellion. It fills them with more aversion than death itself. And indeed, it is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life’s parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension.

Only one thing can keep the final chapter of life from becoming a parody of itself. Growing old, she cautions, is not a project — not something one can endeavor to do industriously, to ace. It is a fact — something to be met on its own terms, something for which we spend our whole lives practicing as we learn to control for surrender.

She writes: “Growing, ripening, aging, dying — the passing of time is predestined, inevitable. There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning — devotion to individuals, to groups or to causes, social, political, intellectual or creative work… In old age we should wish still to have passions strong enough to prevent us turning in on ourselves. One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, compassion.”

Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human

by Carl R. Rogers

Hi everyone!

Niels and I are reading this book. I’m only halfway. Partly it is about honoring people as they are and restoring them to their own authority (free from internalized voices of society). Fun and engaging read!



The Frogs (Author unknown)

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, “Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story holds two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.

The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

Inspiring Text

17 Camels. An ancient Sufi story.

This is an ancient Sufi story that I enjoy very much showing us the Way of the Sufi, the path of bringing harmony if possible to every situation we encounter.

A Bedouin had three sons. When his time came, he sent for them and said, “Children, I’d like to bequeath you my 17 camels! But I insist on the following distribution: you, my eldest, should receive half, you, my second, should receive one third and you, my youngest, one ninth.

The father passed away and the sons could not fathom how they should proceed. No matter which way they looked at it, it seemed impossible. Should they sacrifice one camel and distribute it? Should they distribute a few of them?

Suddenly, they noticed an old Sufi man taking a rest with his camel under a palm. They went to him and asked him for advice. “Take my camel, then you’ll have eighteen camels!” And so it was.

The eldest son received half (nine camels), the middle a third (six camels) and the youngest one ninth (two camels). Once the distribution was complete, one camel remained. The old Sufi man took his camel and went on his way, smiling.

Inspiring Music

Big Thief – Change

Beautiful lyrics – Thanks to Miriam who send me this song on an evening when I needed it


[Verse 1]

Change like the wind

Like the water, like skin

Change like the sky

Like the leaves, like a butterfly

[Chorus 1]

Would you live forever, never die

While everything around passes?

Would you smile forever, never cry

While everything you know passes?

[Verse 2]

Death’s like a door

To a place we’ve never been before

Death, like space

The deep sea, a suitcase

[Chorus 2]

Would you stare forever at the sun

And never watch the moon rising?

Would you walk forever in the light

To never learn the secret of the quiet night?

[Verse 3]

Still like a stone

Like a hill, like home

Still, what I find

Is you are always on my mind

[Chorus 3]

Could I feel happy for you

When I hear you talk with her like we used to?

Could I set everything free

When I watch you holding her the way you once held me?

[Verse 4]

Change like the sky

Like the leaves, like a butterfly

Death, like a door

To a place we’ve never been before

[Chorus 4]

Would you live forever, never die

While everything around passes?

Would you smile forever, never cry?

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)

A souvenir for many of you who have visited Plukrijp…

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