Tuesday, May 5, 2015

the life of a high grade hippy part 1

a dear friend, asked me yesterday if i had any intention of adding pictures to my blog, and although i hadnt thought about it previously, upon hearing her suggestion i immediately loved the idea :D (thanks shelby <3)  as such, i decided this blog will be a series of photos that offer a glimpse into the day to day workings of hippy living.

these photos come from a variety of times and places, and though each day is different, these images highlight some of the more common happenings of my everyday life.

before we get started, i feel called to mention that when i say "hippy" and choose to identify myself with that culture, i am referring to the root of it, being "hip" to what's going on. to me, a hippy is someone who knows, and notices aspects of life that other people are either oblivious to, or choose to ignore.

a hippy, recognizes first and foremost, that life is all about bringing more love, bliss, and abundance into the experience of all beings, everywhere. real hippies are constantly deepening their relationship with the natural world, and encouraging others to the same. real hippies are slow to judge, quick to forgive, and do their best to let everyone walk their path without shame, or guilt.

so lets see what a typical day looks like in my world....

(handcrafted crystal mala made by talia ramey, founder of love drops jewelry)

my first priority upon waking is always to give thanks for another day above ground, breathing, perceiving and interacting, sharing in love with all life...
my practice changes depending on the circumstances, but there is always self inquiry, some japa (repetition of a certain prayer/mantra), and kriya yoga.

 after my prayers, i get breakfast going, usually local eggs, mushrooms veggies, sunflower oil, (all from the lovely folks at chesapeake's bounty in st leonard md), some foraged wild greens or shoots (mainly devil's walking stick/aralia spinosa, this time of year) and some grocery store spices, maybe an onion and some seaweed flakes, or a bit of tamari. im working on creating more habitat for tumeric, cayenne, and ginger this year, so hopefully come fall i wont need the grocery store spices ;)

a really right on brother named will, has been hosting me at his house, and giving me some room to play with various garden experiments at his farmstand in calvert county, during the spring season. so, sometime around noon (rainbow noon lol) each day i head over to chesapeake's bounty to play around in the garden.

here's a prime example of one my experiments!! the small tubers in my hand are from oca (oxalis tuberosa) a south american staple food that is highly praised by gourmet chefs. to the right, planted in the raised bed is another andean staple food called yacon (smallanthus sonchifolius, formerly polymnia edulis), that is loosely related to the sunchoke (helianthus tuberosa) and reputed to be extremely productive. at the top, planted near the edge of the raised bed is one of my favorite foods of all time, chayote!!(sechium edule) a cucumber family member from the hills of mexico that is very productive, versatile, and delicious, plus it is super drought tolerant ;) all of these plants are perennial in zone 8 so we set them up in the greenhouse to see if they'll over winter with a simple high tunnel.

Chayote spiderweb trellis!! :D

the asparagus beetles have been feasting and laying eggs on the fresh asparagus shoots, so i have been harvesting every tip, everyday, to see if we can avoid more neem oil applications...

we're also experimenting (quite successfully i might add!!) with cultivation of stropharia rugosa annuata, aka wine cap mushrooms...we've got a 100 gallon batch of wood chips completely run through in 3 weeks. in fact, todays job will be to spread this first batch and get a second larger batch prepped for inoculation. the mushroom in this picture was taken last year from the mother patch that started the culture we're working with now.

gotta stay hydrated ;) i use an old greenman growler for my water, so i can carry up to a half gallon of water, without having plasticides end up in my drinking water (many of them are endocrine disruptors that have not been thoroughly studied so their long term side effects are still largely unkown).

blogger isnt letting me post anymore pictures :p i guess this will be a 2 part entry ;)

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