Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 12

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 12

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

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 did the big spring cleaning and brought out the ornamental plants that add beauty around the buildings. This directly changes the energy of the place.

Plukrijp is ready for your visits! Come and harvest your delicious mixed salads: purslane, corn salad, spinach, mustard leaves, Chinese chives, celery, chervil. Purslane and chervil are also wonderful for soups. Don’t forget to take along our potatoes (which are particularly tasty this year), pumpkins (orange and green), Jerusalem artichokes, red beets and ramenas that are in the storage.

In the closed tunnels, we planted kohlrabi, cauliflower and different salads. We gave them some water to help them settle. To prevent slugs from devouring these delicacies, we surrounded all these young plants with lava rock and circles of copper pipes. Lieven David who honored us with his visit inspired us to also use wood ashes. Interesting to know, wood ashes should not be used for potatoes.

In the Food Forest, Jojo and Niels have sown different plants so that they can later feed our chickens: corn, sunflower, peas, cereals and amaranth. They also built protections for some plants that we don’t want to lose with low wire netting.

In the greenhouse that we use as a nursery, we have continued to take good care of our seedlings by watering them regularly. We also planted different kind of salads there.

In the open tunnels, we planted onions.

At Hei, we continued to dig the paths, putting the marvelous compost on the long beds. We waited for a sunny moment to even out the beds with the rolhak. We did also put some straw between the short beds. Since cold nights are still expected, we have covered the flowering strawberries with a light blanket that allows water to pass through.

In the workshop, we fixed a few tools that needed a bit of attention. Jojo has also highlighted the most used tools to make them easier to access.

We prepared a delicious dish with mustard leaves. It’s an Indian recipe that Pawan and Marloes taught us when they visited us. If anyone is interested, we’ll be happy to share the recipe.

We have placed the arrows on the farm so that our visitors can more easily find their way to the different cultivation units.

To make our life easier, we decided to cover the large open field at Hei for a few weeks. In this way, the weeds will be killed before they can gain ground.

There’s a leak in the water lines to the greenhouse. Since Frank was the only person who knew how and where all the pipes were installed, we have to search and hope to quickly find out where the break is. I take this opportunity to warmly thank the magnificent volunteers who surround me and accompany me in all these adventures.

Lucky, a friend of Jojo’s from India, came to visit us and treated us to a dish from his country. A true delight!

Inspiring Movie

De Acht Bergen


Deze verfilming van Paolo Cognetti’s roman is het regiedebuut van Charlotte Vandermeersch die de regiestoel deelt met haar partner Felix Van Groeningen. Dat hij weet hoe je een hartveroverende film draait, bewees hij natuurlijk al met ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ en ‘Beautiful Boy’.

Pietro en Bruno, een jongen uit de stad en één uit de bergen, sluiten vriendschap wanneer ze elf zijn, met een vergeten stukje Alpen als koninkrijk. De kinderen worden mannen, hun levens strekken zich uit. Ze verliezen elkaar en vinden elkaar terug. Terwijl Bruno trouw blijft aan zijn berg, zwerft Pietro door de wereld. Een tocht door liefde en eenzaamheid, langs afkomst en bestemming, over vriendschap, leven en dood heen.

De acht bergen is een film om te koesteren. Een verhaal over vrienden, geliefden, vaders en ouders, dat nog lang in het diepste binnenste van je hoofd en hart blijft nasmeulen. De melancholische muziek van de Zweedse singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren is als een warm deken tegen de ijzige bergwind.
― De Morgen

Inspiring Videos

RUNNING from PAIN – And when we stop, we find peace.

We are adept at the avoidance of pain and suffering – we push it away, we pretend it’s not there. And we keep ourselves busy so that we don’t have time to sit and reflect – when bored, we surf social media – when we feel down, we go shopping or watch TV. But running keeps us stuck in spiraling patterns of despair and hopelessness.

And while we may not be responsible for causing the pain, we can be responsible for ending it. And to admit to that and own up to that is a humbling thing to do. You create an opportunity for growth and expansion in your life by taking accountability. You let go of your ego’s dominance over your actions and decisions, and start listening more carefully to that intuitive voice inside.

To run from pain is to run from life itself. Because by embracing difficulty and the challenges it presents, is how we grow and improve as humans. So let’s learn to accept it as a part of life. It’s this that will make us whole again.

Man on a chair

An animated figure’s world grows enigmatic when he begins to doubt reality.

For some, the existential heebie-jeebies creep in only during small, idle moments – perhaps when you’re awake in bed, or prompted by a mind-bending book or film. Or maybe you find the mysteries of the Universe an endless source of wonder and even joy. But for others, the strangeness of existence, and the reality it rests upon, can be a haunting prospect.

Inspiring Link

Finding Your Community | On-demand Course

There are many types of intentional communities, such as senior, spiritual/religious, commune (or income sharing), cohousing, ecovillage, and tiny home villages. In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of many of your community options as well as get a strong sense of if you want to join a community and how you might fit in.

Having visited well over 100 communities, Cynthia will guide you through how to find intentional communities, how to assess them, how to contact your ideal communities, how to prepare for visiting a community, and ultimately how to join your ideal community. You’ll also be introduced to different community structures including community decision-making, economic systems and membership structures.

Website Foundation For Intentional Community

Inspiring Book

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction and drive to superachieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.

This is not just a recovery book. Among other things, it is a classic book on identifying and working through unresolved family issues. Includes affirmations, visualizations, inner voice and feeling exercises. Strong supporting studies make this a popular book with counselors and other professionals. Completely updated and revised


Borobudur Temple seen from above (Indonesia)



I have no hope of getting out of my solitude by myself.
Stones have no hope of being anything more than stones.
However, through collaboration they get themselves
together and become a Temple.’

– Antoine de Saint-Exubéry (author of Le petit prince)

Inspiring Text

In the Jungian world we have an understanding of a collective unconscious, that we are actually linked in some way that we can’t totally understand because it’s not entirely visible and tangible.

Trust that you came into this world with something to do here.

Trust that it matters.

Trust that there is an invisible world that supports you.

In a liminal time, what we do here matters.

We can make a difference on the world, in our families

and become true to ourselves in the doing of it.

And when you are true to yourself, there is something about becoming who you were meant to be.

From inside out, over and over again, you say yes from inside.

There are three questions:

Will it be meaningful?

Will it be fun?

Is it motivated by love?

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Inspiring Music

Rita Payés – Nunca vas a comprender

La Mòssa | Territoires

Humor (?)



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