Human words from an animal heart

April 29, 2014





So the blogs up until now have been the ramblings, meanderings and leadings up to the farm.  Now there is space, house, garden and the beginnings of sustainable technologies going into place….but the capitalist need to stuff different fabrics of the farm into sweet wooden boxes is being slowly overthrown. The fabrics are being thrown out, messed up and sculpted into a spiral…


The texts here from now on will describe the baby steps, tantrums, sweats and joys of the spiral of gratitude that this space/life is becoming…



First, the balance between the Zone 0 idea of permaculture - eg - spend around 4 years on shelter and food - the needs of the pure self, and the emotional and service giving (and craving) to live with animals….apparently most women direct the mother energy towards human  babies. I get broody for goats and peas..


To give a better picture, here are some of the small soft bones that have to be slowly, lovingly connected together, giving space for their growth into proud strong spinal columns of the farm…


IN THE HOME…

Solar energy for light and powering basic items (can argue the word 'basic' ad nauseum - for me this means a computer and occasionally a blender)

A warm, low impact fire

Natural paints for warmth and colour

Art for art


IN THE GARDEN

Beds with happy, well fed soil

Plants! Now with salads, medicinals and aromatics (including flower of the dead),broad beans, potatoes (wide Oirish accent), chiles, chayote (mexican root veg), green tomatoes, peas and of course - beans of many varieties…

Animal forage

Composts of various types

Good natural fencing for wandering rogue chicken and turkey control

Designing of location and when to plant fruit trees - apple, pear, plums, cherries, peaches (the village as one of their whimsical but totally sensible points has a specific tree planting date - 21st June!)


GENERAL DESIGN

Compost Toilet - officially finished! earth, wood and straw roofed - all local, simple, natural. 

Grey water (was looking at various elaborate strategies then realised a bucket under my outdoor sink sporadically thrown onto the garden - simple works!)

Water outlets to comfortably reach both outdoor sink near house, future shower on other side, garden and future animal spaces


DREAMING OF GOAT BRAYS IN THE MORN…

Strong, goat proof (ie - bullet proof) fencing - where, what size, what height, what materials (as always - what materials there are - wood and maybe metal)

Small but well made and comfortable animal shelter - water source and well placed to transport food to and from 

Planting down more animal forage before the rains begin in July - alfalfa, amaranth, broad beans, quintile (wild amaranth of the mountains), oatstraw


Have animal infrastructure hopefully done before July to have all ready after rains for young animals…


The mind says start with chickens, but the heart says goats…


So with a full heart, slightly frazzled but excited mind…lets see how the spiral turns..



 

The Farm: Stage 1

January 10, 2014
So...a year of hard work, many lessons and many changes. This project has given me so many beautiful and difficult moments, and the process of learning is truly leading it down a sincere and honest path. What do you do when the professional work that you carry out isnt even recognised to start off with? Or when you try and comunicate healthcare information to someone who cant read or write and lives very far away?  These and many more challenges have really made me question the words 'impact'...
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smack in the face

February 15, 2013

Smack it hit me. In the face at about 4am as these things tend to do. I have wanted to be, strived for, trained to be and practised as a vet for 20 years of my life. A vet helps animals. A vet is The One who cares about upholding animal health and welfare.


As much as I still very respect the job, its place and how it helps in the world, my experiences up until now lead me to question - what is the bones of animal welfare? Is it anything that clinical treatment/standard veterinary work can re...


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The Value of something valuable

January 24, 2013
So, something of Values has been learnt in these past few months. What they are and how they differ. The region has taught me many things regards what it really means to develop a community led project. It is one thing to use the words, but to actually, truly get to know and respect a rural mountain community in Mexico is and has been a beautiful challenge. 

For a start I had it in my head that the ideal way forward (that there in the beginning 'ideal' was a mistake) was to start up a clinic t...

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<Doing The Dream> Take 1 - BRASS TACKS

November 4, 2012


When I was dreaming about Starting My Own Project I always looked at the huge international charities and thought - where did they start? There's always some romantic dream about innocent beginnings with a wooden shack and a three legged dog but how exactly do they reach any sort of successful level? The past few months for me have definitely been a series of wide eyed moments.  I have £2000 in savings, the beginnings of a project, great people, some skills in blowing up stuff to produce co...


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Cup of tea

October 26, 2012



So its all good talking about community led solutions and forming relations with people and their needs, but how do we actually do it?  Wandering on up and having a chat about somebody's livelihood may end up in a cup of tea or a whack to the face depending on your charm level.


So, obviously just like all community work, there is nothing set in stone, or one written code. In my experience the following works for me


- Spend real time chatting in general to the community. The gems of inform...


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AN IDEAL RACE

August 17, 2012



Why, as a race, are we so fond of putting things in neatly wrapped boxes?  Why are such massive concepts, such as 'civilisation', 'progress' and 'developed' thrown about in such a simplistic almost childlike way?


I was thinking about this recently with regards to indigenous peoples.  Now I am no anthropologist, but it is clear to me that, in the mainstream sense, they appear to be deified or vilified. Now it is clear and of value to note that indigenous peoples have a lot of ancient philos...


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Moving forward

July 23, 2012
I have to say, it is definitely true that positive energy comes back around. The past 3 months have been a whirlwind of funding interviews, funding proposals, mad vet work, more proposals, and finalmente....SUCCESS!

Animal Nature has officially achieved the following..
- Funding from Humane International and the Persula Fund for the general clinic, workshops and regular sterilsation programmes
- Collaboration and possible funding from the Donkey Sanctuary
- Volunteering offers from 3 vet nurses, ...
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1st world

May 9, 2012
So I am currently back the UK raising some funds for Animal Nature, aka - insane locum veterinary work, midnight scribblings of funding proposals with impossible formats and finding just about anything to make and sell (cosmetics, artwork, jewellery made from bits of computer and paper beads...). And here's the thing - its actually so much harder to work in the UK for me than out in Mexico. I would have never expected here, but as I see the 50th woman drag her 4 bored screaming children, scab...
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Animal Nature has a home!

January 31, 2012

Well, after much travelling and stumbled Spanish, Animal Nature has finally found a home in the beautiful San Sebastien Rio Hondo, Sierra Oaxaca, Mexico.  Here amongst mountains and pine trees I have found a region that is overflowing with native knowledge, practical skill, an open and warm people and many problems with animals and people without any health or social care.  I am working and living with an innovative ecoproject - www.ecovillananda.com, and together we are progressing towards a...


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