Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 16

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 16

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 harvested delicious radishes as well as beautiful varied salads. Come and get your daily dose of vitamins! The delicious eggs from our hens are also waiting for you!

We worked a lot at Hei this week. We scratched and rolracked a part of the open big field before seeding carrots and planting leek according to the Gertrud-Frank method. We weeded the high beds and planted low beans, garlic and beetroots. We weeded the long low bed near the berries and planted potatoes there. On long low bed 3 we seeded beetroots. On long low bed 4, we seeded sunflowers with radish as marker. We scratched also the short low beds between the salad/onions/broad beans/peas. We hill-ded the leek that were planted before the winter to have a bigger white part. We cut the cereals below the fruit trees to give them more space.

We filled a trailer with compost from the Hei and took it back to the farm to fill pots for sowing. We seeded pumpkin, corn and zucchini.

We transplanted the young seedlings of flowers into larger pots.

We sowed a wide variety of different flowers in the left side of open tunnel 5, at the end of the right side of open tunnel 4 as well as along the palisade at the end of the closed tunnels.

We started the weeding of the food forest. The ducks and the chicken are already doing good maintenance work. However, the largest weeds need to be removed by hand before they go to seed.

We cut the lawn.

We continued the big cleanup of the workshop and repaired some europallets.

We met the group of people who are starting a food forest a little further down the street and invited them to share our meal. One of our values is the sharing of knowledge and tools. We look forward to this new collaboration.

Inspiring Movies

La Crise, un film de Coline Serreau (1992)


César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1992, The Crisis has remained one of Coline Serreau’s legendary films where the Lindo/Timsit duo manages to overcome the economic and social handicaps of the era of the time.

Brilliant Parisian lawyer, Victor wakes up one day to successively learn two bad news: his wife leaves him and his boss fires him. Totally upset, he seeks comfort from his friends, his family… The problem is that all these little people are far too immersed in their own problems to sympathize with Victor’s torments. Everyone except Michou, a penniless unemployed man, as endearing as he is unbearable, who becomes his companion in misfortune…

Romuald et Juliette (1989)


Romuald et Juliette is a French film directed by Coline Serreau, released in 1989. Juliette Bonaventure, from the West Indies, raises her five children alone in a housing estate and earns her living as a cleaning lady in the building housing the Blanlait dairy company. One day, by chance, she discovers that certain collaborators of Romuald Blindet – the CEO of the Blanlait company – are involved in a shady stock market affair that has led to the poisoning of yogurts…

With Romuald and Juliette, we find the key themes of capitalist enterprise and human and social differences. In this “working girl” version of Cinderella, it is Firmine Richard, the black princess-housekeeper who saves the white and blind business manager (Daniel Auteuil). A story more cruel than magical with absurd situations not so irrelevant as that, 25 years later!

Art of meeting, of putting social situations into perspective through cinema, the work of Coline Serreau is revealed a posteriori to be much finer than a simple comedy game. With humour, the director says important things about our societies. So important that despite digital revolutions and social transformations, what she points to has not gone from the fashion of the crisis of the 1980s to the doldrums of jaded expectation of today.

Inspiring Video

Irish hills, folk music and David Whyte’s poetry form a fleeting, meditative moment

I thank you … for the way my ears open even before my eyes, as if to remember the way everything began with an original, vibrant note.’

You could easily mistake David Whyte’s ‘Blessing’ poems for prayers. His words marvel at everyday sublimity and express gratitude to some unseen ‘you’…

Inspiring Book

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 helps to identify our personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release ourselves from the shame that binds us to our past failures.




The spiritual calling is the echo of the arrival

In the silence of my heart,

I am.

So there is Being.

I learn to quite my inner world.

I touch Being.

There is a deeper stillness.

And in the stillness of my heart,

I hear Thy Name.

I hear the deeper whisper

of my soul’s guidance.

Thomas Hübl

Inspiring Text

Grandma’s Wisdom

Grandma, how do you cope with pain?”

With your hands, honey.

If you do it with your mind instead of relieving the pain, it toughens even harder.”

With your hands grandma?”

Yes, our hands are the antennae of our soul.

If you move them; knitting, cooking, painting, playing or sinking them into the ground, you send care signs to the deepest part of you and your soul lights up because you’re paying attention to it.

Then signs of pain will no longer be necessary.”

Hands are really that important?”

Yes my daughter. Think of babies: they start to know the world through the touch of their hands.

If you look at the hands of old people, they tell you more about their life then any body part. Everything that is done by hand is said to be done with the heart.

Because it’s really like this: hands and heart are connected.

Masseurs know well: when they touch someone with their hands, they create a deep connection.

It is precisely from this connection that healing comes.

Think of lovers: when they touch their hands, they make love in a more sublime way.”

My hands grandma…. how long I haven’t used them like this!”

Move them, my love.

Begin to create with them and everything within you will begin to move.

The pain will not pass away.

And instead what you do with them will become the most beautiful masterpiece and it won’t hurt anymore.

Because you have been able to transform its essence..

Elena Bernabe

Inspiring Music

Jasmine Myra – ‘Horizons’

Gurdjieff And De Hartmann – Songs of Sayyids and Dervishes

Humor (?)



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