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HAPPY POPPY TIME

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Jun 1. 2 Replies

Each morning I try to count the poppy blooms. I made it 74 today. They are not so easy to count.…Continue

FLOWERS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Carol English May 28. 4 Replies

Mid-March and we might still have frosts to come. Apart from the proud daffodils this is the season of tiny flowers. Can somebody identify these little wonders for me? We have millions of them...…Continue

THE TURNING YEAR: MID-MAY

Started by David Brazier May 13. 0 Replies

The may flowering is now almost over so that everywhere one looks the woods are a tide of young green. This is the season of maximum new growth. One can almost see the grass rising and, first thing in the morning, in the patches of longer stems, the…Continue

THE LAND WHERE THE MAY TREE BLOOMS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Carol English May 6. 9 Replies

The two most common trees at Eleusis are oak and may (hawthorne). At this time of year the white may flowers stand out against the background of fresh sprouting oak leaves.…Continue

ROCKS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Carol English Mar 18. 1 Reply

La Ville au Roi stands upon a low hill. The hill is made of limestone. The buildings are made from it. The soil, such as it is, sits upon it. When you dig you run into it. It is useful - if you can get it out. Mostly, fortunately, it is in flat…Continue

SOME THINGS WE HAVE DONE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Mar 6. 1 Reply

We laid paving and erected an 18 sq metre wooden storage shed.…Continue

AN ARTEMISIAN VISION FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AT ELEUSIS

Started by Tam Dec 17, 2015. 0 Replies

My morning meditation sparked thoughts of Eleusis and the conversation I had with Dharmavidya last week about some of the wildlife at Eleusis. This progressed to me pondering what I would do if I was custodian of a piece of land, and the first thing…Continue

Tags: conservation, Wildlife

Conversion Scheme

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Dec 23, 2012. 9 Replies

Here we can post ideas relevant to the planning and building work necessary to convert the large barn.Continue

Before

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Dec 21, 2012. 5 Replies

This is a record of some of the spaces that we intend to convert. It will be interesting at a later date to compare the finished results as they arrive. It will probably take a good length of time, but if we proceed steadily all can be done. The…Continue

Are you experienced?

Started by Michael Brazier. Last reply by Mirjam Hartkamp Dec 1, 2012. 3 Replies

Please can people write here any specialist skills/strengths they feel they have that may or may not be relevant as we progress through the barn conversion?. Robert has already mentioned that hes built a mud hut and does massage. Both of which have…Continue

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Comment by David Brazier on February 13, 2015 at 10:53

Work on the big barn has proceeded very slowly, but it is satisfying work when one can get to it. All the planning and ideas have been formative, but most formative is working with the physicality of the building. it somehow tells one as one goes along what it wants to be. This is not at all the regular way of planning and then constructing - it is more of an evolving relationship. New possibilities emerge as we go along.

Comment by Jnanamati on November 25, 2012 at 9:20

I am really interested to learn about these ancient ways Michael, and to see them employed on the buildings at Eleusis. Certainly in terms of ecology and sustainability such ideas fit very well with the ethos. I hope there will be an opportunity to work with you then at some point in the future. And great to learn of your fathers enthusiasm for the project Alex, it sounds that we will soon have a good size team together. Alas I won't myself be around until the spring after I return from India. I think the idea of some sort of calendar is a good one - maybe a Google one, or there is an application that you can use via Facebook called Doodle (I think). I'll have a look and let people know.

Comment by Michael Brazier on November 25, 2012 at 8:32

By the way would be great to see your dad down there Alex, I think anyone making a journey of that distance to work has proved by their actions that they have an interest in the project.

Comment by Michael Brazier on November 25, 2012 at 8:30

This week I will be learning how to quarry lime, burn it and slake it into a putty from a master bricklayer. The lime pit would have been a part of every building site at one point and Im hoping to create one at Eleusis. The repointing and repairs to the stonework can then be done using a mortar made from the very rock on which the building stands. The lime cycle is an ancient process and also a rather volatile and dangerous one. Watch your eyes!

Comment by David Brazier on November 24, 2012 at 19:50

So is your Dad free to travel and come and do things? Would he be at all interested in this project?  Looks like we might need to set some times when we get several people together.

Comment by David Brazier on November 24, 2012 at 7:59

Wonderful. This is all very exciting. I hope we can work as a good team.

Comment by Mirjam Hartkamp on November 23, 2012 at 21:39

Hi Michael,

Thank you for your comment. It would be  very helpful to have such a document!

Comment by Michael Brazier on November 23, 2012 at 20:45

Hi Mirjam, Im going to measure up the barn in a couple of weeks time and from this we can draw up a plan and start sharing ideas.

 

Comment by Mirjam Hartkamp on November 21, 2012 at 0:20

Hi David,

Thank you for the invitation. I hope you are doing well. As to developping ideas it might be helpfull to have an insight in the map/plan (i dont know what it is called) groundmap and the measurements. Would you be able to upload such a document?

gracias mil! un abrazo fuerte

 

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

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Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

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THE RUBICON

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 5, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

i have been attending a parent and toddler group at the Steiner school in Kings Langley for a little while. I first started going there with Selena and then started taking Dorian there in September. It’s a lovely place with a different outlook and philosophy, and where I have learned about the Rubicon stage, but unfortunately the regulatory body Ofsted had rated it badly and so it had to introduce radical measures in order to stay open. 

But these changes have made things worse for…

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By sheer power of aspiration

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 3, 2017 at 22:30 4 Comments

Ever since my ordination back in Dec 2003 I have always loved being involved in or being a witness to someone taking a step onto the Buddhist path. The aspirant or candidate taking on the Amida precepts always appears solemn, and sincere, and as I listen to the vows and see how willing they are to aspire to live an ideal life they become even bigger with a certain amount of gravitas and I find myself shrinking and becoming less Significant. It is a wonderfully moving experience and so I always… Continue

letter to Father Christmas

Posted by Susthama Kim on December 2, 2017 at 22:36 6 Comments

Dear Father Christmas,



Please can I have a light up Christmas tree and the prettiest baubles in your workshop. Love Selena



My daughter is 5 and loves decorations. She would love to have a garden with lots of flowers and fruit trees and plants but we live in a flat with a balcony so she spends time enjoying other people’s garden whenever she can. So maybe this Christmas we will try and create a mini Pureland garden on our balcony.



This Bodhi retreat she and her… Continue

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