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Banana scramble

This is what my plate looked like this morning. Well, it was actually near noon, but it was my simple, healthy and delicious breakfast: banana scramble with frying pan crumble. I don’t eat this often, because banana has to come from far and I prefer to eat locally. But everyone in my family loves this and overripe bananas are otherwise thrown away, so sometimes we spoil ourselves. As we did today.

Today we ate banana scramble in combination with a crumble from the frying pan, strawberries and fresh whipped cream, the latter without sugar, of course. Click to read the recipe!

This is what my plate looked like this morning. Well, it was actually near noon, but it was my simple, healthy and delicious breakfast: banana scramble with frying pan crumble. I don't eat this often, because banana has to come from far and I prefer to eat locally. But everyone in my family loves this and overripe bananas are otherwise thrown away, so sometimes we spoil ourselves. As we did today. Today we ate banana scramble in combination with a crumble from the frying pan, strawberries and fresh whipped cream, the latter without sugar, of course. By the way, normally I would not recommend a dish with a lot of fruit early in the day for people with adrenal issues, but in this case it’s possible. Since you combine the fruit with other, savoury, ingredients and a healthy type of salt, your potassium-sodium balance should be in order.

Banana scramble (per person):

Break two eggs into a bowl. Mash a ripe banana thoroughly with a fork and add it to the eggs. Add a quarter teaspoon of fine Celtic sea salt. Beat everything into submission with a whisk and put it in a hot frying pan with a lump of butter. Turn the heat down to medium-high and stir-fry the scramble, stirring constantly.

Frying pan crumble:

Take an organic apple – I use half an apple per person – and remove the core. Cut the apple into very small pieces. Put a lot of butter in a frying pan. I use about 100 grams of butter for four people. Heat the butter and fry the apple pieces briefly over high heat. Add oat flakes (two handfuls per person) and some raisins. Turn the heat to low and fry, stirring frequently, until the flakes are golden brown. Serve the banana scramble with the crumble and fresh whipped cream or mascarpone or crème fraiche. You can also add other tasty things, such as some toasted walnuts or almonds and seasonal fruits.
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Feel the magic…

Somewhere in Kerry, Ireland…

There are places where it’s impossible not to feel the magic that’s in the earth. Where it’s easy to transcend this plane and travel elsewhere. This is one of these spots.

Sit with me for a while and see what I see.

Bumble bees and foxglove

Bumble bees love foxglove… It’s one of the reasons this plant is my garden. Want to know more about foxglove, Digitalis purpurea? In the blogs section you can read an article about it.

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Frogs

Mouse, beetles and flies

Nature’s cycles, the circle of life in action.

I came across this mouse today while walking in local woods. I filmed as it was being eaten by burying beetles (Nicrophorus vespilloides) and carrion flies. While around us everything is growing and coming to fruition, death is still also very much part of life.

Crow fledgling

Meet our guest for the last two days. This fledgling crow was in our care while waiting to be placed into a bird sanctuary.

He was found sitting on the ground near our field. Normally that wouldn’t have been cause for alarm. Crows, more often than not, leave the nest before they can fly. Their parents will keep feeding them on the ground until they’re ready to do it all on their own.

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Meet our guest for the last two days. This fledgling crow was in our care while waiting to be placed into a bird sanctuary. He was found sitting on the ground near our field. Normally that wouldn't have been cause for alarm. Crows, more often than not, leave the nest before they can fly. Their parents will keep feeding them on the ground until they're ready to do it all on their own. If you ever find a young crow it's therefore a good idea to just let him be. Most likely, his parents are close by, waiting for you to leave. And don't worry about him smelling of humans. It's an urban myth that that would cause birds to disown their offspring. Sometimes it's a good idea to have someone who knows about these birds to come have a look, though. Like in the case of this one. He was very malnourished, which shows in his feathers. He also was in a very unfortunate location. Between two primary schools, loads of cats and dogs, close to the road. In his case, taking him into care was called for. He definitely wouldn't have survived, so I'm glad we were asked to come take a look at him. As we speak, this little fellow is in a bird sanctuary. He'll stay there with fellow crows until he's ready to be released into the wild again.... 😍

HSP

HSP, or highly sensitive person, also know as a person with SPS, sensory perception sensitivity… that’s terminology I don’t have much use for. Even though one would probably include me in that group. I know that many people consider themselves HSPs and that for them everything fell into place when they first came across the term. But to me it’s just another label, invented to explain a normal reaction to an abnormal world.

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HSP, or highly sensitive person, also know as a person with SPS, sensory perception sensitivity... that's terminology I don't have much use for. Even though one would probably include me in that group. I know that many people consider themselves HSPs and that for them everything fell into place when they first came across the term. But to me it's just another label, invented to explain a normal reaction to an abnormal world. It is not the so-called highly sensitive person who deviates, but all those other people do. It is downright peculiar that they can function in a society as bizarre and chock full of stimuli as ours. We are definitely not made for a world like this. We are made to be alert, aware of our surroundings. To pick up on sounds, images and other impressions with our feelers and to interpret them quickly. Deep hums or high-pitched sounds that resemble screams—or are screams—should immediately alert us. People who qualify as HSPs aren't more highly perceptive. All those others are less alert. They are dulled by the tsunami of daily stimuli washing over us. That may seem like an advantage, but it isn't. Alarm bells may no longer be going of consciously, but they're still there. And that consumes a lot of energy. At least I know what drains my energy. At least I can try to act on it.

Abseiling geometer caterpillar

Caterpillars who seem to be dancing… they’re all over the forest at the moment. They’re not dancing, though. It’s more like a sort of abseiling.

These caterpillars will be geometer moths one day. These moths lay their eggs high up the tree when winter approached. When these trees start growing leaves again in spring, the caterpillars emerge and start feasting on the young leaves.

As soon as they’ve had enough to eat they lower themselves to the ground dangling from a silk thread. Once on the ground, they weave a cocoon in which they lie low until autumn arrives.

That’s when their beautiful moth selves emerges to find a mate and restart the cycle….

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Walk with me (Oranjewoud)

Whenever disconnectedness looms (see yesterday’s nugget) there’s always the forest. I try to go there every day, just to wind down from all society’s madness. It never fails to keep me firmly rooted in what I know matters most…

I often have the most wonderful encounters, like the one with herd of deer the other day. Or the jays who had a message for me over the last month or so. Or the caterpillar that I’ll be sure to share with you soon ❤️

Connection

A wise woman knows she’s connected to every being on earth. She feels it in the marrow of her bones. It’s where she draws her power from.

I’m convinced that the main source of our problems – whether they express themselves in disease, depression or a just a vague sense of discontent – is the disconnectedness that comes with being a part of our society. From buying into the stories we are being told and tell ourselves.

That’s why I’m fine with always being a bit of an outsider. It keeps me sane, able to see through the fiction and in touch with the rest of the earth.

How long has it been since you’ve felt true connection to your fellow creatures? Felt like one of them?

A wise woman knows she's connected to every being on earth. She feels it in the marrow of her bones. It's where she draws her power from. I'm convinced that the main source of our problems - whether they express themselves in disease, depression or a just a vague sense of discontent - is the disconnectedness that comes with being a part of our society. From buying into the stories we are being told and tell ourselves. That's why I'm fine with always being a bit of an outsider. It keeps me sane, able to see through the fiction and in touch with the rest of the earth. How long has it been since you've felt true connection to your fellow creatures? Felt like one of them?

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Unlikeable

There seems to be an implicit agreement that we can talk about things that aren’t okay, as long as we frame it positively. So we can talk about what we humans do to the earth, as long as we put a optimistic spin to it. As long as we say that everything will be all right in the end, so sleep tight.

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There seems to be an implicit agreement that we can talk about things that aren't okay, as long as we frame it positively. So we can talk about what we humans do to the earth, as long as we put a optimistic spin to it. As long as we say that everything will be all right in the end, so sleep tight. To be honest, I have a hard time doing that. When I look around me, I see a lot of things that I don't think are okay... at all. People consuming unscrupulously. It seems to be all about me, me, me and the gimme gimme. And there is no excuse, because anyone who reads newspapers, watches the news, or otherwise keeps his or her eyes even slightly open, knows what's going on. As I write this, I notice that I have the tendency to immediately add: 'Fortunately, there are also people who try to do things differently.' Although that's true, it's also beside the point. It's about The Herd. The people queuing in front of shops selling all the junk we don't need; the people who definitely don't want to know how their pork chops lived and died. Apparently the soft, positive approach doesn't reach them. If I want to be able to say what needs to be said, I have to first accept that people may think I'm unsympathetic because of it. Unlikeable even. For me that's hard. I am a bit of a wimp and actually pretty sweet. That's why I have to give myself permission to be considered unlikeable. Consider it done, Emma. You have my permission to be okay with not everyone liking you. Now please go ahead and say what's on your mind before you go mental...

Yellow archangel

Look what I found along the side of a forest path: lots of yellow archangel, Lamiastrum or Lamium galeobdolon! Most of you probably know the purple and white relatives of this plant, but you’ll see this one a little less often around here. So I was pretty exited about that, especially since the yellow archangel is even better tasting than either white or purple dead-nettles.

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Look what I found along the side of a forest path: lots of yellow archangel, Lamiastrum or Lamium galeobdolon! Most of you probably know the purple and white relatives of this plant, but you'll see this one a little less often around here. So I was pretty exited about that, especially since the yellow archangel is even better tasting than either white or purple dead-nettles. You can eat dead-nettle in the same ways as the stinging nettle, but without the inconveniences caused by the stinging hairs when picking them. So you can eat the leaves both raw and cooked. Dead nettle sports delicious flowers as a the bonus. Sweet in taste and that certainly applies to the yellow variety. It is the sweetest of all. They're like candy to me. Dead nettle is rich in minerals and therefore very healthy to eat. The medicinal properties are somewhat comparable to the stinging nettle, although the dead nettle is less powerful. That's why I mostly enjoy the culinary pleasures that this plant offers ...

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If you can’t say ‘yes’ wholeheartedly, there’s always ‘no’. ‘No’ is an answer too. In fact, sometimes it’s the only possible answer.

Many of us, especially women, have been taught never to say no. Learning to say no is often an important step towards healing, physically and mentally and spiritually. If you can’t say ‘yes’ wholeheartedly, just say no for a change.

Emma, hagetisse
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Stories

People love stories. It’s the one quality that sets us apart from other animals, if you ask me, the ability to make up stories. We are capable of creating fiction, concoctions, of air mongering, and so on. In short, we can imagine things that have nothing to do with the truth. We can fantasise.

So far everyone will be able to agree, I’d say. What many people don’t realise is that we also fantasise our daily life. Our whole life, our entire society, is one giant work of fiction.

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Rooks nesting

Animist

If you insist on putting me into a spiritual box – and that’s something I can do without – then perhaps animist would be the most appropriate label. Everything around me is spirited to me. What’s more, everything around me has just as much right to life as I have. That this is not self-evident for many people is clear from the way we, as a species, treat the earth.

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If you insist on putting me into a spiritual box - and that's something I can do without - then perhaps animist would be the most appropriate label. Everything around me is spirited to me. What's more, everything around me has just as much right to life as I have. That this is not self-evident for many people is clear from the way we, as a species, treat the earth. I only buy things that I really need, preferably second-hand. Everything I eat, drink, use ... I do with care and respect for the lifeform that loses its life for me. I realise that my survival automatically entails other life forms dying. Just like I accept that my existence may end because another life form continues. This realisation is necessary to turn the tide of decline on Earth. As long as homo sapiens acts as if the rest of the earth doesn't matter, it's not going to end well. The fact that nowhere people dare suggest at national level that we should stop consuming just because we can, makes me fear the worst. I know no one wants to hear statements like this, but it has to be said.

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Rain

I love the rain … I can see it drench the earth and disappear where it is supposed to be. When it rains after a hot day I can practically hear the plants cheering. Today it sounds more like a satisfied humming.
I get sad when I see that, in many places, the rain is streaming straight into the gutter from the tiles, pavers and asphalt. Did you know that 39.8% of the surface of the average Dutch garden is paved?

Toxic positivity

I’m a pretty positive person. Without a positive and optimistic outlook on life I would never have dived into all those adventures which I’ve had in my life. I know from experience that everything passes and that most challenges, in retrospect, turned out to be blessings in disguise. They always bring me a little further along the path that I’m supposed to walk. I trust that.

That doesn’t mean that life can’t be just downright sucky every now and then. That sometimes you can’t yet see the silver lining when you’re in the midst of shit going down.  And that it can help to talk about your negative emotions when that happens. Negative emotions can be useful too.

Our relationship with nature

At Being Well Academy – the course platform I’m involved in – they are convinced that most of our health problems, be they of a physical, mental or existential nature, are the result of us viewing ourselves as being separate from the earth around as. We’ve chosen this video, made by the BBC in association with Dr. Eleni Dimou, to illustrate what we’re talking about.

To improve our quality of living and sense of well-being we will have not only ‘repair’ every aspect of ourselves, but also reconnect ourselves to nature. That’s the only way in which we will becoming our magical best selves and get to live a fulfilling live.

At Being Well Academy - the course platform I'm involved in - they are convinced that most of our health problems, be they of a physical, mental or existential nature, are the result of us viewing ourselves as being separate from the earth around as. We’ve chosen this video, made by the BBC in association with Dr. Eleni Dimou, to illustrate what we’re talking about. To improve our quality of living and sense of well-being we will have not only ‘repair’ every aspect of ourselves, but also reconnect ourselves to nature. That’s the only way in which we will becoming our magical best selves and get to live a fulfilling live. That’s what the curriculum at the Being Well Academy is dedicated to: helping people heal themselves, completely. The verb in this sentence was chosen purposefully. We are helpers. We give you the tools to do it yourself. We empower. Cos ultimately… you will have to want to change. You will have to be willing to take full responsibility for your life and your actions. There’s no other way. No hiding behind labels, events and other people. Just you and your will to change.
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