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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

FLOWERS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Mar 11. 3 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

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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Message from Geeta

Posted by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

I (Geeta) can offer up to 3 people a lift from Surrey to Eleusis, leaving at 5 am on 1st June and/or returning to England about 5 pm on 4th June. I can offer one person (or a couple) accommodation on the night before we travel and the night that we return.

Thank you Geeta - nice offer.

COLOURFUL RITES

Posted by David Brazier on May 22, 2017 at 21:09 0 Comments

The Russian Orthodox certainly know how to do pomp and ceremony

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40002536/russian-faithful-flock-to-st-nicholas-relics

Self Power/Other Power

Posted by Adam Dunsby on May 21, 2017 at 22:35 1 Comment

Sangharakshita on Self Power/Other Power: …

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The Omelette Sutra

Posted by Geeta Chari on May 20, 2017 at 14:00 1 Comment

I find Elizabeth David's classic book, 'French Provincial Cooking', to be replete with advice for the Pureland Sangha.

"As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own. Reasonably enough; a successful dish is often achieved by quite different methods from those advised in cookery books or by the professional chefs, but over this question of omelette making professional and amateur cooks alike are particularly unyielding. Argument has never…

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