A day in the life/back to the land/beginning the garden


“I tell you in very truth, Man is the Son of the Earthly Mother…I tell you truly you are one with the Earth Mother; she is in you and you are in her. Of her you were born, in her do you live and to her you shall return again.

Keep therefore her laws, for none can live long, neither be happy but he who honors the Earthly Mother and does her laws.”

-Essene Gospel of Peace


“The Earth will bring people from all walks of life together”

Jonathan Warm Day Coming, Taos Pueblo Artist

Yesterday I posted some photos of my greenhouse on Facebook. I don’t post much  anymore because it seems, at least to me, that Facebook is mostly about selfies, vacations, children and grandchildren etc…therefore I didn’t think anyone would be interested….but I was completely surprised by the number of people who responded to these photos…..pond indoor.jpgdill 2.jpgbig orange flowers:tomatos

The day before I had given a presentation at a women’s residential treatment center, “working with women to transition from correctional facilities back into the community.”


Sangre de Cristo House Pena Blanca, New Mexico

I gave the presentation with my friend Atocha who is a healer/an herbalist. Atocha gave a short talk to the women, mentioning that she had been a corrections officer and also married to a man who spent several years in prison but it was her work as a healer that the women seemed to respond to and she told me later that a couple of the women  had come to her to ask if she would do a cleansing for them. Again, I was surprised–these women have spent time in prison and most have been heavily addicted to meth, heroin etc.  An herbal cleansing seemed so far from their reality, from anything they would be interested in or so I thought.


“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.”
― Eileen Caddy

Last night I dreamed I was on the Titanic–the ship was beginning to sink and sounding the distress signal. I could hear people screaming loudly as the lifeboats were brought down and I remember wondering if I would survive. I don’t know if I did survive because I woke up but I know I had the dream because yesterday I came to the very frightening realization that after next month, I will no longer be able to afford to buy groceries…maybe some rice and a bag of beans..no more.   *This is not a joke or an exaggeration though some people treat it as such probably because they cannot conceive of that happening to them. Neither could I but now it has happened to me.

One of most favorite books is The Magic of Findhorn, written in 1975 by Paul Hawken. It’s the magical but absolutely true story of an upper middle class British couple, Peter and Eileen Caddy who having very suddenly lost their jobs, were forced to live in the one thing they owned, a 30 foot caravan/trailer. They lived with their 3 young boys and a friend in the only place available to them, a trailer park next to a garbage dump in northeastern Scotland.clunyThey had been managers of a large 4 star hotel called Cluny Hill and when they had taken guests to dinner, they had often laughed about the people living in the trailer park saying “Can you imagine living cheek by jowl in a dump like that?” And then they found themselves living in ‘a dump like that’. They lived there in their caravan for several years and because they were unable to get jobs, they started a small garden for a little bit of food: radishes, lettuce etc.caddy trailer That garden became world famous and grew into the Findhorn Community. “The eco-village at Findhorn is a tangible demonstration of the links between the spiritual, social and economic aspects of life and is a synthesis of the very best of current thinking on human habitats.”Findhorn-Foundation-and-Community

findhorn garden path

I read The Magic of Findhorn when it first came out and I think of it whenever I’m in a survival mode and in need of courage which has happened many times throughout my life.

magic of findhorn

So I decided that since I cannot BUY food anymore that we [me and the Brown Piglet], taking inspiration from the Findhorn garden, would grow our own fabulous garden.   We started yesterday…

garden progress.jpg

jody:garden 1rst day

It’s still early spring here in the mountains of northern New Mexico [it’s supposed to snow tonight]tulip emerginglilac buds

fish pond april 16

but it’s the time to prepare the garden GARDEN:2ND DAY ROCKS.jpgand we should be able to plant the vegetables May 15th. We have a very large pile of cow manure…cow manure.jpg left over from our beloved milk cow, Tilly who died a few months ago.garden mounds.jpgI will take photos and post them as the garden evolves. In the meantime, there’s chard chard 2.jpgand lettuce lettuce potted.jpgin the greenhouse and lots of tomatoes soon to ripen.

And I will look for hope and inspiration and COURAGE as I wonder what in the world am I supposed to do????

The Caddys followed Eileen’s daily guidance no matter what- there was never any reason given for why they lost their jobs overnight but they came to understand that it was time for them to take the next step and this could not happen where they were and without a dramatic life change.

I’m posting THE FINDHORN video below…it’s very beautiful and inspiring


and The Current Economy/Eckhart Tolle   also relevant!


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