July 25, 2018

The River Test, flows on – but does need water….

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by Aleksan

The River Test is an ancient waterway and the overall river management is coordinated by Natural England. The whole river system within the County of Hampshire is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI and strictly regulated. The are many ditches and sluices and the overall aim I understand is to flood the water meadows without flooding the villages along the length of the river. So all Landowners and Leaseholders by this river are obliged to fit in with an overall strategy to increase the environmental aspects of the River and its Valley while working together with Fishing, Farming and Recreational interests. But to flood the meadows we do need plenty of water stored in the Chalk Downlands, like sponges, each side of the Upper and Mid Test Valley – sponges that need rain to keep the river flowing….

Adapting to the heatwave

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:02 am by Aleksan

The heatwave grinds on all over the Northern Hemisphere with deaths in many countries, and major tragedies in Greece and Japan. We are to expect this trend to continue and worsen over the next few decades even if we all agree to slow down Global Warming and Climate Change. Us old people find it harder to personally adapt to continuous heat and there are increasing deaths. The garden and farm need a good dose of rain and here at Terstan we have been exploring drought resistant planting. My brother David and my sisters Isobel and Jane are growing long rooted grasses and Lucerne on the farm with some success – we will all have to adapt to survive, or become extinct a bit earlier than predicted

July 22, 2018

What do you mean by your “Inner Guides”?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:39 am by Aleksan

My Inner Guides

No simple answer to a complex question, but it is about intuition and connection to trans-rational aspects of existence. I have several inner guides that I can consult, and who can alert me. To understand what I am saying you need to open your mind to what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious and the Archetypes, like for instance the Animus, the male psychological part of a woman, or the Anima, the female aspect to male identity. There is also a Spiritual, as opposed to religious side to Inner Guides, who may be Ancestors, Animals, Trees, Stones, Dragons, Angels, Historical figures or Human entities operating across the boundaries of time and place. If that interests you read Jung’s book “Memories, Dreams and Reflections”. This is an impromptu response to your question I know, but hope you can understand what I am saying – many people are not experienced in or are frightened of the realm of the trans-rational, but you can develop this side of yourself though poetry, art, music, and visualisation meditation techniques. In my case I have always had innate ability in this area, but am enhancing this as I come to the last few years of my life here by studying Druidry and being part of this ancient tradition and making it central to my life.

July 4, 2018

Bert the Bogger – memories from 1958

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:00 am by Aleksan

The “sit down toilets” in Fort George, an ugly toilet block at my new boarding school, Kings College, Taunton, did not have doors….there was a long row of these facing a corridor and then a whitewashed wall. I was 13 and this was 1958 and for a shy boy like me this was to say the least anxiety making. However even more stressful, as one sat on ones throne, was to hear “Bert the Bogger” with his bucket and mop talking to boys also on their thrones down the row. As he and his clanking bucket got nearer panic set in, but there was no escape. There he was, brown coated, mop in hand, friendly and sociable as always, peering into my open doored closet discussing the weather or cricket! I can’t remember when they put doors in, but now there are girls as well as boys at the school I expect things have changed – or is there now a Fort Mandy and a lady Bogger with pink coat and who discusses Hockey as they sit on there thrones?