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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 19

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

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.

What you can harvest now:

rhubarb, sweet peas, pakchoy, salads, celery, chards, chives, rucola, summer purslane, spinach, fresh herbs for taste & medicine. Next week: the first cucumbers!

This week @ Plukrijp
A turning point week? Between the warm days & the ever-cold nights, all our plants, especially those from Mediterranean origin, are calling out to us: "ENOUGH". The threat of (again, no!!!) night frosts on soil level keeps the leaves from taking in the beautiful sunlight, from transforming it into strong chlorophyll-green leaves.

As we have written many times these last 5 years, we bemoan the loss of the Gulf stream bringing us humid but sweet springs, we wonder how gardeners are supposed to grow organic-permaculture veggies ready for harvest for the months May/June/July in the open field as "late" & "super-late" & "unpredictably late" night frosts keep threatening during April & (particularly) May. Must we all embrace chemical agriculture, where water-soluble minerals speed up leaf production? Must we accept unripe but seemingly juicy products filled with at least 30% too much water, tasteless, ...? Are we condemned to watering excessively every spring crop we want to grow? No more dry farming? Wasting the last drops of valuable aquifer sweet water? Will organic veggie growing in our o-so-subtly (but irrevocably?) changed local climate reduce itself to 1 harvest a year, in autumn/winter? Plukrijp is reluctantly opting for more hardy vegetables to be kept in silos or fridges to keep us "fed" from March, when most veggies from last year inevitably start seeding, till July/August ? Where have the delicious spring crops gone?  Green onions, strawberries, bushel carrots, fresh red beets, ...all gone? Only stupid radishes left?
We did, though:
Create potsoil carpets with the 14 pallets of "useless" plants we received from Van Engeland, as a welcome extra layer of compost/groundcover. A mosaic of fresh salads if rain comes, a cover against dry soil if no rain comes, ...a courageous bet. Composting the stuff supposes mixing it with 1/33 of horse manure. See the pics of both "original" solutions we try out this year. We plan to plant our delicious mini-tomato plants & fancy basilicums through this layer in the tunnels.
Finally plant 1,5 line of fancy basilicums in tunnel 1. A symphony of smells now & in the future.
Harvest sweet peas every other day in the tunnels. Enormous quantities from painstakingly patient "picking". We are lucky to have so many neighbors who come & pick also. The people driving by on their bicycles are finding Plukrijp, finally. And they all appreciate that they can decide for themselves how to apply the safety advice tsunami they are subjected to daily via the media. Adult humans can live consciously & resent being treated as if they were unreliable children.
We seeded 4 lines of red beet at Hei, hoping for a humid summer&autumn.
The soil looks great after the rye-greencover.

The middle lines of the closed tunnels are now filled with a mix of tomato plants: some from our own 2009 seedsaving (though it froze over unexpectedly), some from Van Engeland (beefhearts!!), some from our friends Hugo & Lieven, some spontaneous ones,... It is a surprise to harvest & not know what will be on the next plant.
Harvest the chervil from 2019 & let it dry on wheelbarrows & knocked off the soil from the roots. Permaculture seed saving teaches us that plants do not die when we pull them up. The ripening of the seeds continues. The only "problem" is that one wants to avoid mixing earth with the seeds eventually. Hence the days we let it dry & knock off the earth before hanging them on our extensive seed racks (see pics).

Because the box-wall we constructed around our improvised extra-compost heap was collapsing, we brought a good quantity of pots in a closed tunnel & covered it with good compost. Raising the level inside the tunnels avoids unwanted flooding when (if???) it rains a lot. Frank still remembers the time in the '70s when this was the home-meadow for the cows in winter, so long ago it seems unreal now.

Anthony installed a new watering line in (open) tunnel 5, an admission of defeat in the sense that we are losing trust in the water falling from the sky regularly. A rare phenomenon nowadays called "rain".
We shared:

London Real interview with David Icke. Strong stuff from a clearly motivated & well informed journalist.

Donella Meadows on sustainable system design. When she was talking about her life-plan in a 22 people-many hectare-state of the art commune, it brought us very close, heart to heart. One could nearly feel the life-force streaming from this woman, academic career & woman of the new earth at the same time. Her ideas were central to Gregory Bateson's inspiring "steps to an ecology of mind" book that brought Frank the intellectual underpinning of permaculture design.

We listened to a podcast from Bernard Guenther on Sri Aurobindo, with clarifying comments from Neeleh Marik. Aline had brought us a treasury trove of books straight from Auroville, the same day. A co-incidence or does this not exist? Thanks Aline & Valentin for this god-gift. People often ask us if we do not miss "traveling around the world" as we have so many dear friends on so many continents. Do we? NO, because the world comes to Plukrijp, daily & abundantly, in unforeseen forms, always welcome, always inspiring us to share

We continued our group-search for "feeling". How & why we keep ourselves from it. The innumerable stories our clever minds throw up just before we would start feeling the others, our bodies, nature, our kids, ... It is turning into a group-expedition in unknown territory, a bit like Stanley looking for Livingstone in Congo


Interesting Movies & Documentaries
David Icke BANNED Interview on London Real
Dana (Donella) Meadows Lecture: Sustainable Systems

Presented at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Really interesting!
Sri Aurobindo: The Last Avatar 

Neelesh Marik joins Bernhard Guenther to talk about Sri Aurobindo and the Integral Yoga on this episode of the Cosmic Matrix Podcast. Neelesh shares about the concept of the “avatar”, the life and different phases of Sir Aurobindo’s ascension journey, the intensifying battle of dark and light during the Kali Yuga, the different stages of spiritual evolution, the trap of the over-riding mental guard/skeptic, the animal nature and the divine nature within human beings, the resistance of humanity and the refusal to rise to become “spiritualized”, the gnostic being of the future, and more.

In the second hour, Neelesh shares the key principles of Integral Yoga, the process of Involution and Evolution, the emergence of the psychic being within, the difference and interrelationship between Soul (Purusha) and Nature (Prakriti), and the necessity to establish the inner witness. Furthermore, Neelesh talks about the difference between rejection and suppression/repression, Sri Aurobindo’s concept of “aspiration, rejection, & surrender”, the difference between the forces of nature, the occult adverse forces, and the occult hostile forces and how they show up in our lives and in the collective (along with their teaching function), the concept of the warrior from the Integral Yoga perspective during this time of upheaval, spiritual activism, and much more.

The Matrix of Control Beyond its 3D Manifestation
By Bernhard Guenther & Victor Fontane


This video gives an overview of the hyperdimensional matrix, occult forces, and what it takes to transcend the matrix on the path towards Awakening. [12 min]
The Ostrich politic - Animation Short Film 2018 - GOBELINS
The pitch

Ostriches carry on their daily activities burying their heads, believing It’s an Instinctive behavior. However, one day a research by phylogeneticist Dr. Kays proves otherwise

Do you know how ostriches bury their heads when in fear?

Inspired by this myth, HouHou created a satirical short film that reflects our tendency to privilege typical misconceptions over facts in order to preserve an illusion of well-being. With a humoristic and absurd delivery, he addresses several societal and political issues such as freedom of conscience, false knowledge and scientific truth, using the metaphor of the Ostrich. In an era of information overload, where fake news is invading social platforms, HouHou reminds us that our worlds remain fragile…

An incredible storytelling

Saluted for his incredible storytelling, its original writing from a poem by the author himself, the Ostrich Politic challenges us. « From a creative point of view, writing the script was very difficult. I worked a lot to find a balance between narration and images », says HouHou. « Upon writing the script, poetry began to just flow. Afterwards I felt it pushed the overall absurd humor in the film. An Ostrich, who is a Scientist, delivering a Poem! This helped me introduce symbolic representations ».

Fot the full text of the poem:
Dr. Judy Mikovits (American Researcher) on Coronavirus
The Locked Up


Being locked up in a closed center is already unacceptable, but in a period of confinement, it becomes illegal! People detained in the centers testify.
Inspiring Book
The Self-Sufficient Backyard by Ron & Johanna
Take Advantage of Our 40 Years Experience Living Off The Grid and Turn Your Home Into a Self-Sufficient Homestead
Anyone with some intelligence and power of observation
who lives more in an inward consciousness
can see the play of forces at every step
which act on men and bring about events
without their knowing about the instrumentation.
The difference created by yoga or by an inner consciousness
- for there are people like Socrates who develop or have some inner consciousness without yoga -
is that one becomes conscious of these invisible forces
and can also consciously profit by them
or use and direct them.
That is all.
- Sri Aurobindo, The Hidden Forces of Life
Humor (?)
Despite all our medical advances,’ my friend Jason used to quip, ‘the mortality rate has remained constant – one per person.’
No comment ...

Numbers don't lie: Fuel consumption

How efficient was a car with a combustion engine when you consider the entire chain (that is, from oil extraction to the trip to the supermarket)? Co van Liere (former director of research and development at KEMA) and Arnorld Heertje (economist) figured it out and came to a shocking conclusion: the chain return for transporting a car around the turn of the millennium was ... 1 percent!

Flaring (-10 units)
For the sake of convenience, we assume 100 units of energy, for example in the form of petroleum. Immediately when pumping it up, things went wrong: many oil companies flared off the methane gas that was released. They literally went up in smoke for 10 energy units.

Transport and distillation (-10 units)
transporting the crude oil to a refinery in, for example, Antwerp or Rotterdam cost 2 units of energy. The distillation process itself, in which petroleum is made of petrol, among other things, took 6 units. The finished product then had to be transported to the pump; that took another 2 energy units

Efficiency for the motor (-70 units)
believe it or not, even the most modern internal combustion engine had an efficiency of only 30 percent. Add to that the idling of the engine (for example for a red traffic light) and the transmission losses in the gearbox and before you knew it you just lost 70 units of energy.

Building, driving and demolition (-10 units)
Of the original 100 energy units, only 10 remained. They were for driving. Although...
Of course, a car also had to be built and (subsequently) demolished. That took 3 units. Putting an average 1000kg passenger car in motion and overcoming the air and rolling resistance required another 6 units of energy. So in the end only 1 energy unit transported you from A to B.

The other newspaper: FREEDOM

The Other Newspaper will release a new edition on May 5 called: FREEDOM.
The articles in this newspaper give a different view of the situation we are in now than the "regular" newspapers. It is important at this time to also spread "the other sound". The newspaper is meant to encourage people to think for themselves :)

Full version (for Dutch speaking people):
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