Author: simonthescribe
simonthescribe writes and publishes articles, books and websites themed around living a sustainable life in tune with nature.

Hemp Balls

With 60% of our wildlife in the UK destroyed since the 1970’s it is important to take action in the countryside. The planet is in ecological crisis, we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet

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The Sacred Power of Menstrual Blood

Originally Posted by Goddess of Sacred Sex in The Goddess Blog Menstrual Blood used to be the most Sacred substance on Earth, and now science is discovering its incredible healing powers… (This post adapted from information provided by Seren Swannesha

Permaculture and Bill Gates

Permaculture and Bill Gates I recently read ‘How Soon is Now’ by Daniel Pinchbeck, a true thinker who eschews traditional narratives []. In this book he explains that “The fastest way for change to occur would be for the wealthy

Tin Can Heater

Once I found out that owning a dog is the carbon count equivalent to taking an aeroplane flight every year, I resolved to think what I could do to up-cycle my tin cans, rather than just recycle. So I started

New Rules

Imagine my delight when I heard that a musician called ‘Dua Lipa’ had a top-selling chart hit called ‘New Rules’. At last, I thought the young generation are taking their eyes off their mobile phones for a moment. They are

Levels of denial

There are different forms of denial that prevent people from recognising the negative effects of our stories in the Western world, such as the myth of ‘Economic Growth’. Some of these are: I don’t think that these effects are really

What is this site about?

As far as I can, I have opted out of a system – ‘the machine’ – a leviathan that trundles us all towards slavery, environmental degradation and social breakdown. I will simply not be a part of it. I do

In Support of Anarchy

I was talking with an elderly lady recently and I said “I think there should be more anarchy in this country”. She replied “That’s a bad thing isn’t it?” “What do you think it is?” I asked. “I don’t know,

Positive Poems

Positive Poems: Below is my Christmas 2016 Gift to a World that Needs It ! Please feel free to copy this ebook and send it to anyone who you think might enjoy it. To copy, right click on the poems

Mass-media wants you powerless

‘Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control‘ – Telegraph. ‘Earth Is Now ‘In The Red’ – We Used Up This Year’s Resources Yesterday‘ – Yahoo News. ‘Human Beings ‘Could Die Out’

Thoughts about Aluna the Movie

Stroking my Sugui – Thoughts around Aluna the Movie I am fascinated by what is happening on this earth at the moment with indigenous peoples. Possibly they are the only civilised races living on the planet but are being hounded

Creative choices

A hundred thousand million haikus All of our communication as humans mirrors the creative act. For example every time we speak we engage in a creative act. The communication starts out as a feeling, turns into a thought and forms

Seedbomb Christmas

When it came to making Christmas presents this year with the resources I had on hand – I found I had the stuff to make and package some rather nice Seed Bombs. Here they are drying out for packaging as

A Philosophy to Live By

David Holmgren’s underlying permaculture / philosophy ‘ code to live by’: summarised by David Macleod most recently in ‘Oil vs Money – Battle for Control of the World’ (2009) reduce, reuse, recycle (in that order) grow a garden and eat

My loom knitting

I just wanted to keep a record of my loom knitting projects here. I took up knitting in December 2013, on discovering looms and proceeded to make some useful, some stupid and some amazing bits of knitting with the various

Free Energy from Scrap

It always amazes me how much free energy is around if you can access it, especially when the predominant ideology seems about scarcity and expense. Cornwall, where I live, is particularly well-endowed with wind, which many people are rushing to

Wild Hazelnut Truffles

Autumn is just that time of year when there is lots of foraging about. This is one of my favourite recipes ever because, although it involves a bit of foraging it is also a completely luxurious and hedonistic treat. This

Revolution or Evolution?

Not enough people are going to change their ways in time to avert environmental disaster of catastrophic proportions. According to Thomas Berry, “the glory of the human has become the devastation of the earth.” The values of humankind are incompatible

The Evolution of Revolution

In the 1960’s the mantra was ‘Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out’ a counterculture phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1967. The post-war baby boomers discovered pot and acid and embraced cultural change through detaching from prevalent conventions and hierarchies

This Product Kills Bees

Free ‘This Product Kills Bees’ Stickers With the long, cold winter in the UK this year, on top of a summer last year which was pretty hard on wildlife, bees are having a difficult time and populations are dropping severely.

Book Review: Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Manifesto

One of my favourite optimistic, life-enhancing quotes is from Arundhati Roy, an Indian authoress and political activist, perhaps best known for winning the 1998 Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘The God of Small Things’ in 1997: “Another world is

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Make a Bee Hotel from Rubbish

Inspired by a talk from Brigit Strawbridge I decided to make bee hotels for the garden. We already have a couple of ceramic ones which we were given for Christmas two years ago. I thought I might make some as

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Cooking Fires

I enjoy experimenting with different types of camp and cooking fires. When I make a bonfire in the garden after it has destroyed my garden rubbish that isn’t compostable, I will often use it to cook or host a gathering

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Make a Kayapo Headress

I am right miffed at the way that the exigencies of ‘economy’ continue to treat the indigenous peoples of this planet. The Masai in Africa, a spectacularly beautiful people who are being driven off their ancestral lands to benefit game

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The Solar Powered Tent

I had thought about going to the Sunrise Offgrid festival for three years and this year was the one I finally picked up my bed and walked, using public transport to get from North-Cornwall to North-Somerset. Actually, I was amazed

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How to make Dandelion Coffee

How to make Dandelion Coffee Dandelion is such a useful plant. This year I have made a delicious wine from the flowers and eaten the leaves in salads, firstly blanching them under pots. I noticed that there were some extremely

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“Dare to be naïve” – Buckminster Fuller Talk

This text was presented as a talk at the Sunrise Offgrid Festival August 2012: I offered to give a talk on Buckminster Fuller after Dan, an organiser for the festival, made an invitation on Facebook. Buckminster Fuller has certainly had

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Why I dislike the Olympics

What a great excuse for a celebration. Every team in the Olympics has a women team member, a mere 84 years after the Representation of the People Act of 1928 gave women over the age of 21 the vote in

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Keeping Blackbirds off your Strawberries

How to keep blackbirds off strawberries Come the start of summer there is no higher reward for the hard-working gardener than plates of fresh strawberries from the garden. [Fun with strawberries here ]However it isn’t always straightforward as, in additions

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Deep Ecology and Sadness

The other day I met someone who thought that all environmentalists are sad. They thought that people who want change can never feel ‘complete’ or ‘happy’ because ‘I can’t be happy until …’ – such and such happens – insert

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Watercolour Salt Wash

Watercolour salt wash I want to demonstrate a watercolour technique which combines science, art and nature, repeating themes of these pages at This is the effect of salt on a watercolour wash. This effect creates a stunning texture which

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Tea Tree and MRSA

Margaret Chan is the Director General of the World Health Organisation. She anticipates ‘the end of modern medicine’ because the WHO has finally admitted that antibiotics had been so over-used that they’re now almost completely useless against ‘super strains’ of

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Tyndall Flowers

There is not much about Tyndall Flowers on the Internet but its one of those things that just caught my attention. Firstly it sounds like somebody’s name: Tyndall Flowers, Private Detective: I can imagine that on a door somewhere. Then

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Ten Canoes: Film Review

Ten Canoes was released in 2007 and is a beautiful film. It reminded me of Avatar but in the real, happening right now. The Aboriginal director, Peter Djigirr tells he made this film because the Balanda (that’s us white folks)

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News Values in mainstream media

‘News values’ make up the criteria that decides the ‘news’ we see in mainstream media. It is very much a part of our Western Democratic way. Our cultural norms have dictated the view of the world we expect and this

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Permaculture Andorra

In January this year (2011), I got a bout of sciatica as a result of lifting weights that I shouldn’t have been. It knocked me off my feet for a month and I still had dizzy spells in March from

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What is Chakra Meditation?

Chakra meditation presupposes that there are energy systems at work in the body not yet recognised by Western philosophies, especially of medicine. Nowhere is the gap between traditional Chinese and Western medicine clearer in terms of basic philosophy, than in

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The End of Economics?

There is a morbid fascination in watching the collapse of ‘the economy’ going on around us. The old guard cling even more tightly to their fictions of ‘growth at any cost’ and those deeply embedded in the world of money

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The Future of Herbs and Tinctures

The introduction of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicines Directive in April 2011 is set to change the future of herbs and tinctures. It will remove many of the herbal products we have grown used to from shop shelves. Under the

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DIY Greenhouse Growdome

Ever since I learned about Buckminster Fuller at art college, I have wanted to experiment with making human-scale geodesics. So, as part of a new project – a book on DIY greenhouses on a budget, I constructed a surprisingly large

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Living without Money

More people are exploring the potential of living without money as they realise that it is the systems surrounding money itself that may be at the root of many problems in our culture. From the ‘60’s ‘turn on, tune, in

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Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Recipes I look forwards to that strawberry time of year and want to share some of my favourite strawberry recipes with you here. Now I have good nets to keep the blackbirds off and there are fewer slugs and

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Make a Rocket Stove

It took me about 30 minutes to make this rocket stove from materials lying around the place. These were: An old chimney pot I had been using to bring on the rhubarb Some chimney liner left over from putting in

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My First Roadkill Dinner

As someone who was a vegetarian by choice at the tender age of 10, it seemed unlikely that I would be picking up dead pheasants from the road and eating them. However I am in my 50’s now and not

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A truth about being Green

When you look around, it seems that ‘green’ is just another colour of consumer capitalism. Often it is the more expensive option in a choice to buy goods. Somewhere along the line corporate consumerism has already hi-jacked many of the

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Green Hedonism

In reality I view my values as a green person as relatively meaningless in the scheme of things. I know that at a global level for everyone of me, a person who makes careful choices about what they consume and

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12 Ways to Transcend a stressful lifestyle

I want to make some positive suggestions on how to transcend and alleviate the stress of cultural self destruct by enjoying the moment. There are probably infinite ways to transcend a stressful lifestyle but here are some suggestions that I

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