Monday, February 22, 2010
monday's mountain musings
We got the first five beds worked up and ready for planting this week. Two of them are planted already. One has peas and one has onion sets. I planted 2 pounds of set which equals 170 plants total.. On our next town trip I will pick up another 2 pounds of seed and get them in the third bed next week. We use a lot of onions here as I use it in almost everything I cook. On top of these I will also do green onions, scallions, leeks and I am thinking I may even try a few shallots this season just for kicks. The two remaining worked beds will likely get greens of some sort planted in them. Next up for grooming and preparing will be the terraces on the hill from hell,the bed behind the gh and a bed up by the shack.
a little rant
I am a member, visitor, reader and contributor at quite a variety of different forums, websites and blogs. I do this because I enjoy seeing other peoples real life experiences, view points, ideas, thoughts and creative genius. I also do it so that I can help others that share a common vision with me and to help pass along traditions, skills and ways of life that seem to be bygone. I do it for the love of doing it and because I firmly believe that the old ways of life and getting back to the basics are the key to our future. The messages that we as a collective group of like minded (I know this is a huge spectrum) individuals send out needs to be one of decent standards, morals and ethics as well as one of sound mind , body and spirit. Our messages need to be ones of hope, helpfulness and humbleness and yet as of late it seems we as a collective group are losing this bond that ties us together because of greed and over inflated egos that our new found popularity seems to have brought on.
Lately, as I glance over the many places I visit and contribute I notice more and more paid advertisements, fees to see the materials that you yourself may have contributed too, VIP and other clubs, reputation systems and on the homestead level folks charging people to come work for them and pay them for the pleasure of working along side such esteemed people. I am finding this more and more disturbing as time goes by as to me it seems more like a game of genitalia measuring than anything else. Who can have the highest following, the biggest website, the most posts and the most sponsorship rather than doing what they set out to do which is to help others and spread our knowledge.
Folks, this is a time that we need to bond together, do what we do best and help others. Spread the knowledge, stop the stupid game playing and let the greed and ego go. We are at a pivotal point (at least to me) in not just our lives but our children and grandchildren's lives. It is a time we get back to the basics, back to our roots, morals, ethics and ideals. What is happening is not the way to go about it. By doing so we are feeding the same monster that has gotten us to this point. The insanity has to stop, we the people that have gotten this whole movement going, on its feet and into mainstream society are ruining it through our actions and behaviors.
As a result of this very game, I have recently stopped contributing, visiting and reading many sites that I would have once recommended folks to visit , join and learn from. I simply can not and will not contribute to the sites any longer that in my eyes have lost sight of their focus and vision. I will continue to do what I believe in and enjoy doing and if that means I do it only in my little blog world and on our little homestead with open doors then so be it.