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Around and about (VII)

I haven’t checked in with the Combe Haven Defenders for a while, but received an email from them about their latest campaign in the world of peaceful protest: searching for the secret HS2 documents.

Photo credit Combe Haven Defenders

Photo credit Combe Haven Defenders

Appearing in the above photo are Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Poirot, Kojak and Miss Marple, uniquely united in their mission to unearth the secret documents, combining their detective energy and investigation skills for the greater good and their quest for transparency in government.

Photo credit Combe Haven Defenders

Photo credit Combe Haven Defenders

I am grateful for the existence, enthusiasm, inspiration and initiative of groups such as these – peacefully raising awareness of certain issues and investing their energy into a desire to know what’s going on behind the scenes in the decision makers’ worlds.

Link to more information on the detectives’ search here.… and while you’re there, you can check out some of the other posts. Interesting reading. 

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Here’s something a friend sent me recently, with a pertinent message, I’d like to share.



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I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has so far participated in the Elephant For Elephant project, launched by Thom Kofoed and I a few weeks ago. The response has been so unbelievably heart-warming and touching, with people sending us pieces of elephant inspired creativity from locally and around the world .

Elephants by Cathy Simpson

Elephants by Cathy Simpson

This one is from HOT’s Cathy Simpson – adding twelve elephants to our Elephant Counter!

We currently have 150 Elephants – and local artist, Alex Leadbeater, has generously offered to run two Jumbo Jambo workshops at her studio in the next few days – one this Saturday morning for families and an adults only one on Wednesday evening.

You can check out the amazing contributions we’ve received here. Please keep the elephant creations coming: it is truly uplifting and love-inducing to receive them, each and every one.

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Photo of Speckled Wood by ZR

Photo of Speckled Wood by ZR

Last week, I wrote about the current threat of development to Speckled Wood in Ore – and will be doing some more investigating into what’s happening in the coming weeks.

The trees are our planet’s natural lungs, so in my mind, we need to hang on to them – plus the non human residents need a safe place to live and exist in the mainly urban environment of Ore.

Although similarly, so many of the local human residents no longer have a garden or private outside space – and therefore, it is even more important for them to have access to a public one. Somewhere to go, to be away from the rush and stress, push and pressure of our way of life – and escape to somewhere where things move a lot slower peace and our personal energy tank can be topped up. One lady I spoke to said she’d move if the wood was lost to developers, so important is it to her sense of well-being.

Maybe the decision makers don’t understand this, as they maybe have access to private green spaces – and aren’t aware of their vital importance to urban communities?

Til next time, love to you and yours – and beyond!


Posted 09:58 Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 In: Around and about

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