A time of transitions: a focus on farming

I’ve been part of and listened to many conversations, discussions and presentations about farming and landscapes in the UK over the last 3 months or so. If you’re not already aware, there’s about to be a monumental transition for agriculture due to the UK’s withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is created andContinue reading “A time of transitions: a focus on farming”

Degrowth Vienna Conference 2020

So much is happening in the onlineverse/onlinesphere that it becomes tricky to choose what to attend and when you’ve had too much screen time. I chose to sign up to the online Degrowth Vienna 2020 conference (29/05-01/06) as I’d hoped to attend the Manchester conference in-person but this has been postponed until 2021. This conferenceContinue reading “Degrowth Vienna Conference 2020”

Wabi-sabi

I came across the Japanese philsophy of wabi-sabi a while back now. You can distill into 3 simple words: impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. Wabi-sabi philosophy values the process and the journey rather than some end-point or goal. Are there actually any endings or just constant becomings? Having a vision to move towards is a usefulContinue reading “Wabi-sabi”

Dandelion dreams

Dandelions are beautiful and they are the first food for the bees. Their bright yellow flowers are a welcome burst of colour after the winter and early spring. The flowers are followed by heads of fairy-like floaty seeds, which create a sphere of softness and potential. My friend recently compared creating a PhD to aContinue reading “Dandelion dreams”

Blue for bluebells

Starting our walk with Nova, the collie-dog, we turned out of our gate and on to the lane to be met with faded, dying bluebells. Not the “oh the bluebells are finished”-type dying, rather the dried-out, dehydrated-type dying. We haven’t had proper Cumbrian rain for over 8 weeks now. Maybe the shallower soil and moreContinue reading “Blue for bluebells”

Viral commonality

This situation we find ourselves in is effecting everyone in multiple, multifaceted, good, bad, in-between and unknown ways. Everyone reacts within their own context of course or is maybe forced into certain ways by systemic controls. Any which way we are generally reacting to this situation not to just protect ourselves and our own, butContinue reading “Viral commonality”

The Unknown

We met without planningduring our everyday.Everyday for a while before.And then you made me pause.Pausing for breath,distanced from beings,yet closer to our commonness. And here you are.Flexing and broadening,opening and closinglike a black hole.Inside and outside my being.Of me you were born,and yet unfamiliar.Making the familiar strange. The unknown stopped me in my tracks,letting theContinue reading “The Unknown”

Reflection

It feels good to reflect on the last 6 months. 6 months ago I’d started on my PhD journey after a whirlwind of a year, becoming familiar in my new job role at Forestry England whilst completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Ecosystem Services Evaluation. I landed in the PhD position with but a brief pause.Continue reading “Reflection”