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2022 – week 37

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:

We harvested basil, augurken, tomatoes, melons, chard, salad, rucola, mustard, peppers, sweet corn which we presented on tables on the side of the street in order to continue to inspire and invite local people to come and harvest in our beautiful garden.

We cleaned up the closed tunnels & seeded them with mustard & endive & chervil. We also planted salads in the 3 tunnels and onions in closed tunnel 2. We decided to flood the tunnels one last time before a first potential early frost.

We repaired the plastic on the close-able windows in the closed tunnels 1 & 2 to keep the warmth inside for fall/winter.

We collected chard seed & seeded it in the glasshouse.

We removed the corn stalks from the central field at Hei & put compost on it.

We pruned the berry bushes at Hei.

We seeded & scratched in Rye at the entrance of the Hei.

We continued planting leek, slowly covering the left side of the central field at Hei for winter.

We harvested pears & apples from the foodforest.

We harvested salad seed for next year.

We thanked the rain for finally deeply soaking the soil and made the first fire of the year inside the main house. The cold & wet end of summer calls for a nice evening around the fire to warm up on the inside.

Jojo came back from the permaculture festival in the UK and brought back some very beautiful books to enrich our beautiful library.

Plukrijp has been enriched with a superb harmonium that we were able to buy second-hand. All that remains is for Jojo to learn how to play it!

We made mint tea bags we harvested & dried last year to give away next Wednesday at the event “Planeet Heist”.

We fixed a few more europallets. The ones we cannot repair properly are stocked in order to have enough of them to be able to repair the long beds at Hei.

Interesting Movies

The Tiger and the Snow (2005)


The Tiger and the Snow (Italian: La tigre e la neve) is a 2005 Italian comedy-drama film starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. Inspired by the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, the film is set in Rome and Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and follows the protagonist Attilio as he desperately journeys to Baghdad to save the love of his life, Vittoria, from her impending death.

Inspiring Videos

Don’t Force It – How to Find the Place Where You Belong

300 Days Alone

In 2008, Swiss adventurer Xavier Rosset spent ten months in solitude on an uninhabited Tonganese island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. “300 Days Alone” follows his extraordinary adventure living on Tofua with nothing but the clothes off his back, a Swiss knife and machete, a medical kit, a satellite phone, and solar panels to charge his camera equipment.

What soon becomes clear to both him and us viewers is that Xavier adjusts very well to the physical hardships and discomfort of being stranded – despite suffering some harmful infections due to cuts on his hand from all the woodwork. But the tedium of doing nothing, feelings of having no purpose and the solitude prey on his mind. He struggles with being alone, having no one to talk to or bounce off ideas with.

Despite the struggles, it is a joyous movie to watch. At the end of his adventure, Xavier reflects on how living on an isolated island has made him appreciate everything life offers.

Inspiring Testimonial

“My stay at Plukrijp, and the community there, has given me a lot. The community was the reason that I live now on the countryside and am creating a new life in line with my values, nature and healing. Also they supported me to continuing my own business as an HolsitcBodyworker and gave me a lot of Inspiration. I can recommend people to visit here, because this place is an authentic, open, mindful, rooted spiritual place witch structure. „

Olivier Kohs (Germany)

Inspiring Books

Precious Planet : A User’s Manual for Curious Earthlings

Discover the essential ways that we are connected to the earth in Precious Planet, and learn what you can do to take care of our planet. How amazing is the home we all share, planet Earth! It’s home to millions and billions of animals and plants, but have you ever wondered how everything is connected? In Precious Planet, learn all about our home that was formed almost 4.6 billion years ago–the earth’s crust, the continents we live on, and the oceans in between–and dive into the planet’s fascinating geography. One of the most important parts of living in a home that you love is taking care of it. Precious Planet shows how we can work together to take care of this magnificent place–from saving water and trees, to looking out for each other. Precious Planet uses eye-popping illustrations to explain the world’s natural phenomena, while opening children’s eyes to the importance of sustainability and conservation in a fun and engaging way.

The Mother Nature Guidebook by Looby Macnamara

This collection of 42 principles will nourish and empower you on your journey through motherhood. They are affirmations helping you to be present, aware and reflective. This guidebook can be daily inspiration, support in difficult moments and a tool for bonding with other women. The aim is to use these principles to emerge regenerative cultures as mothers, where you value your gifts, reframe challenges and connect with nature and other mothers.

Each principle is accompanied by a beautiful image, inspiring text, reflective questions and activity, to support you in understanding and embodying it. They are elixirs, a-ha moments, distillations of the joys, struggles, challenges and learnings. The principles were evolved from a co-creative process involving the first hand experience and collective wisdom of the Mother Nature team and hundreds of mothers across Europe.

Included is guidance for running Mother Nature circles, to enable you to create your own circle of support and connection with other women.

This guidebook is in gratitude for mothers everywhere as creators, teachers, nurturers, leaders.

May the power of the Mother Nature principles guide you on your path.

Inspiring Text

Will you… Hold my hand for a little while?

~Zoe Johansen

I don’t need you to save me

No need for you to fix anything

No need for you to hold my pain

But will you simply hold my hand?

I do not need your words

Your thoughts

Nor your shoulders to carry me

But will you sit here for a while with me?

Whilst my tears they stream

Whilst my heart it shatters

Whilst my mind plays tricks on me

Will you with your presence let me know that I am not alone, whilst I wander into my inner unknown?

For my darkness is mine to face

My pain is mine to feel

And my wounds are mine to heal

But will you sit with me here, while I courageously show up for it all my dear?

For I am bright because of my darkness

Beautiful because of my brokenness

And strong due to my tender heart

But will you take my hand lovingly, when I sometimes journey into the dark?

I don’t ask for you to take my darkness away

I don’t expect for you to brighten my day

And I don’t believe that you can mend my pain

But I would surely love if you could sit for a while and hold my hand, until I find my way out of my shadowland!

So will you… Hold my hand until I return again?”

Inspiring Music

The traditional music group Amorroma, the historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and jazz saxophone player and flute player Philippe Laloy (Traces, Tricycle) meet in a programme imbued by the spirit of Catharism.


For the mediaeval “Cathares” AMOR (love) was a positive word and ROMA (Rome) as a symbol for power and oppression a negative one. Putting these words into one these musicians want to create a tension between good and bad, happy and sad, longing and content, progressive and conservative, peaceful and vehement,… It’s in all these interactions that they situate their music.

Zefiro Torna

The Flemish vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna was founded in 1996. Zefiro Torna consists of musicians who have won their spurs in ensembles such as the Huelgas ensemble, Collegium Vocale, Capilla Flamenca en Het Muziek Lod. Zefiro Torna brings the cultural heritage to life in a unique fashion, departing from a deep respect for the past. Authenticity is combined with creativity. They incorporate literature, theatre and contemporary or ethnic music in their productions. These are at times thematic, at other times strongly conceptual or experimental, always showing a strong sense of inspiration.


Since 2001 Traces is experimenting with fusioning jazz, classical and world music. The repertoire of the group balances between own compositions and new arrangements of European traditionals. Free interpretation and improvisation, essential elements of jazz, play an important role. Oriental influences lead us into a musical universe with strong melodies and enchanting rhythms.

Inspiring Image

Ipswich, England, a miracle created by nature!

Humor (?)
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