Quick Links 26th December 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


It’s been an odd week and very busy with family stuff. I can’t believe that when you read this Christmas will be over. Our celebrations have obviously been different this year, and we’re didn’t go overboard, just having a simple meal. I think I actually much prefer this, as I think the real meaning of this time of year has been lost amongst the commercial aspects; trying to spend more than we have, and eat until we burst.

I hope everyone had a peaceful and restful Christmas

Conspiracy Theory 

The Guardian published this article, laying out all the conspiracy theories of 2016. You know, like Russian Hackers trying to influence the outcome of an election?

Currently Reading

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Wastelands (Dark Tower III) by Stephen King [GoodReads], ongoing read for an online disucssion group.

Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler [GoodReads]

A Week In Wildlife – In Pictures (love the Waxwings)

Living Primitively

I look forward to seeing how this works out. I’m not sure I could go to such an extreme, but I certainly enjoy time away from my computer, and I regularly turn my phone to totally silent.

Wildlife Gardening

This just goes to prove that your garden doesn’t need to be a massive nature reserve to attract wildlife.

3 thoughts on “Quick Links 26th December 2016

  1. Hi, Alan. Although it’s been a quieter Christmas for you this year, it seems like it was a restful one for you. And yes, I agree, the message of this holiday has been forgotten by many people today.

    This is one of the reasons Janice and I have chosen this new lifestyle of ours; not just for making our Christmases more meaningful, but for our day-to-day lives, as well. The world, and it’s establishment, has been working very hard at getting people to forget not just the meaning of Christmas, but the true meaning of our existence, in general. The only way to get back on the right track is to do what you can to separate yourself from the world in all the ways that you can.

    We were kindly invited over to one of our neighbours for Christmas dinner, yesterday, and we were very happy to attend. They are a younger couple, in there mid-thirties, and they were going on and on about a television program that they really enjoyed, and happened to be playing back-to-back episodes on the television, while we were there. Now, this is the first time Janice and I watched any sort of broadcast T.V. since our last visit with them (which I believe was last Christmas). Not to insult our neighbours, but it was truly sad to see what they considered to be entertaining. We gave up watching T.V. for about seven to eight years now, and we’ve noticed that every year since, the entertainment people watch has been degenerating each and every year. Have you ever watched the movie “Idiocracy”? Sad to say, we’re seeing this happen in real time.

    The only way you’re going to see the forest is by getting yourself out from amongst the trees.

    Blessings to you, and Merry Christmas!

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