Monthly Archives: May 2012

DaNcInG WoRdS….Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Yesterday my lovely friend Chants directed me over to this beautiful blog post by Sarah Bessey: 

http://sarahbessey.com/in-which-its-simple-beautiful/

She talks about taking care of the soul.  In me I recognise, that soul shrinking, and how often a poem has caused my soul to swell.  For those of you who might also be in need of some words to help you come alive, this new little feature is born,  Someone once said that poetry is to prose, what dancing is to walking. Enjoy the dance!

For the first in this little series, I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite poems, by Wendell Berry, a brilliant farmer/conservationist, writer/teacher.  As you will recognise, this poem was the inspiration for our little blog title, may the words, move, inspire, challenge and comfort you in the way they have me:

“Manifesto:
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

*sarah*

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Dress up: Scrub-a-dab

After spending the weekend lazing in the sun (and not doing any of the things I was planning on getting done) my skin felt a bit fried and dull. Exfoliation was needed desperado! However, as per usual when you need something, I was greeted by an empty exfoliator tube.

Desperate times calls desperate measures – I decided to make my own! After a bit of quality internet research and a good look in our kitchen cupboards (some of them call for the most obscure ingredients – No, we do not have Japanese rice flour lying around!) I was ready to give it a go!

So this ‘recipe’ is adapted/put together from various ones found in the magical land of the interweb. It’s really simple and takes approx. 3 minutes to make.

Exfoliator extraordinaire:

1 tbsp Honey

1/2 tbsp Olive oil

1 tsp Milk (you can just skip this if you want it to last a bit longer)

3-4 tbsp Sugar (if you want a gentler face scrub use caster sugar or for bit more heavy duty body exfoliator you could use granulated sugar- or simply whatever you got!)

Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a runny paste (adding more sugar/ oil or milk if needed).

Then just scrub your worries away! I purposefully made a small amount but if you still have some left over pop it in the fridge (just make sure you notify your housemates/family about this random jar) and use within a week.

I was so surprised that my face (and hands) felt super soft after using this concoction (much more so than some of the store bought ones I’ve used)! It’s cheep, cheerful and completely natural. No nasties in this one.

Happy showering!

-Hanna

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Come Home to Me: Sophie’s

Us foxes have the good fortune of knowing some incredibly stylish, lovely and clever people. Though most of us don’t  own our own place we like to make the best of what we’ve got! Here are a few ideas of things you could do to turn your humble abode into a cosy sanctuary that feels just like you!

I have an exceedingly beautiful friend called Sophie, her flat is one of my favourites in the world because it just super glam, homely and vintage. She is a bit of a goddess! Here are some corners of her lounge room.

I am green with envy!

Beautiful collection of different frames.

You can see her gorgeous vintage wallpaper in the reflection of her laptop!

Routers are ugly  but stick them on a tray with candles, a lamp and an old phone and they’re not so bad!

Sophie loves her Wandering Dew/Jew she made a shelf especially for it.

Her uekelele (uh spelling?!) has it’s very own snazzy chair!

I’ve got quite the crush on her collection of antique mirrors.

Vintage music box, greenery and cd boxes.

Another gorgeous antique mirror.

I love this vintage, geometric wallpaper.

I have found similar ones on ebay when I searched ‘vintage wallpaper.’

We had a night of doing our nails, hence the nailpolish.

Hope you feel inspired and not just envious!

Have a play with your space and send us pictures?

- Celeste

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Our sunny, glorious weekend in pictures…

Our weekend in pictures…

We BBQ’d together, the ‘foxes’ and friends!

We used ‘Gord’s Cowboy Rub’ on our chicken! Get the recipe here

We smoked some vanilla cigars and drank some beer out of some brand new charity shop horse glasses!

Horses aren’t my favourite but these glasses sure are!!

Egg and soldiers in the sun for breakie!

A successful trip to charity shops  in Welwyn Garden City and Harpenden.

I found my perfect shop, Thorns in Harpenden, candy and cigars… Heaven!

Let’s hope this is the first of many sunny and glorious weekends this summer!

- Hanna, Sarah and Celeste

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Friday Finds

Here are a few Friday Finds for you this sunny weekend!

I was listening to a band that a boy I know from Australia posted on his facebook. They make me feel sun shiney!

http://wizardoz.bandcamp.com/

I love that you can get it on a tape too!

There is this amazing recipe by ‘Always with Butter’ that I desperately want to try! Get in my tummy and make me glad!!

Banana, Nutella Cream Cheese Cake. If that was a man I would kiss him on the face!

The people at boat magazine made this gorgeous video called ‘The Tale of Two Craftsmen’, a little treat for your eyes.

Enjoy the weekend and put suncream on!

- Sarah, Hanna and Celeste

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Penny for your thoughts: Where they stood..

So after I posted last week with some pictures from Where I Stood a few friends have sent us some pictures of where they stood…

Sam and his socks.

Emma and her slippers.

We’d love to see more pictures from Where You Stood!

- Celeste x

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Days like these: When the sun’s shining down on you…

The sun has finally appeared for us in the UK. Shorts and flip flops are out – hopefully for a long, long time! Here’s a few suggestions on how to spend these lovely sunny days…

Do:

Lie in the hammock

Grow strawberries (they are literally impossible to kill off…)

Go to the woods, pick some pretty leaves and put them in vases at home.

Find a beach, any beach.

Get a group together and play cricket or rounders in the park.

Listen:

BBC Radio 6 – always the best and randomest summer tunes (+amazing festival coverage when it all kicks off!)

Donovan Frankenreiter = summmmeeer!

The Thrills – mind as well embrace your inner rock chick!

Watch:

It’s sunny – no point wasting it by watching telly. Instead people watch in your local pub’s beer garden, nice coffee shop or the park.

Watch… The blue sky! It doesn’t happen often in this country.

Consume:

Champagne (just because…)

BBQ anything. It’s always a winner. Unless it’s pink.

Pimms. One of the best summer drinks ever. Cucumber optional.

Suntan lotion. Those pasty legs have not seen the sun in many months.

Whatever you get up to enjoy the rays while they last!

- Hanna

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