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Another planter

It’s the depth of winter. Cold, dark and grey. But amidst the gloom, I have been busy expanding the Tejvan fruit, veg and flower empire. I have built another planter.  I was working so hard, I broke my spade, hence the humorous juxtaposition of spade and head. (bottom)

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New Planter in front garden

The greatest excitement of November 2020 is building a new planter for my front garden. I have spent most of 2020 looking out of front window so I got inspired to do something different. Out went the beautiful tree, in came this new planter.

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50th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy in Oxford

50 years ago. 19 November 1970, Sri Chinmoy visited Oxford for the first time. He gave a lecture at Keble College, entitled the Universe.

“The universe.

The universe is God’s creation and man’s realisation.

The universe is God’s Compassion and man’s emancipation.

The universe is God’s Concentration and man’s transformation.

The universe is God’s Meditation and man’s revelation.

The universe is God’s Contemplation and man’s manifestation.

The poet in me tells me that the universe is beautiful.

The singer in me tells me that the universe is enchanting.

The philosopher in me tells me that the universe is meaningful.

The Yogi in me tells me that the universe is soulful.

The God-lover in me tells me that the universe is fruitful.”

– Sri Chinmoy, My Rose Petals, part 1

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Two videos

This promo for 2020 national hill climb was shot last autumn by local film maker, Maciek Tomiczek. I feature going up Chinnor hill.

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I also fancied submitting a video to Gardener’s World viewers videos, so I made this video. But, I don’t think it is good enough. On the positive side it showed I needed to get the hair clippers out again and finish off the back of my head.

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Garden October 2019

leaves-garden

There is not too much left in the veg garden, apart from the last of the runner beans, courgettes, and tomatoes, but from lawn and borders, there are still quite a few leaves to make a salad.

Some greens still going.

  • Sorrel – a big leafed kind of herb. I thought I pulled it up last year, but it regrew in August, to my surprise. A neighbour gave it. I was pleased it grew back.
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach – a few slug holes
  • Lettuce – only one or two plants left, but get a few leaves
  • Flowers of Borage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Rocket

Other photos

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Inspired by 3100 Mile Race 2019

Every year, I follow the Sri Chinmoy 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race from a distance. This year seemed a particularly good edition. I know Nirbhasa (who finished in 2nd place) and so you can relate to the runners even more.

3100 Mile Race

This year the race also received excellent coverage on the BBC. A foreign friend said – look how spiritual Britain is to have an article like that on its main national newsite.

That made me laugh because when you look at the political situation of Britain, spiritual development isn’t the first thing that springs to mind!

Anyway, I wrote a short article here at 3100 Mile Race 2019

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