The Man Who Made PEANUTS His Life Work


The Man Who Made PEANUTS His Life Work

By Kenneth Eden.

George Washington Carver. (Black Lives Contribution).

There is leadership that talks and there is leadership that works and in the halls of the popularity of black leaders over the decades, George Washington Carver was a leader that really functioned.

His leadership was not of the kind that tried to catch attention or make himself look wonderful, courting popularity for himself.

He didn’t try to accomplish or begin a movement to change the status quo via physical confrontation etc, although those things are in some cases required. He was too wise for that.

George Washington Carver showed leadership skills by making contributions to the welfare of individuals that would last a lifetime. George Washington Carver is most likely best recognized for his discoveries in the usage of the peanut.

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George Washington Carver genuinely took the hands of his individuals where they were at that moment and lead them forward to a better life. And also the black community in the 19th century was into farming. This was where black family members tried to find their food, and make their living as well as their opportunity to better themselves. : Which is what George Washington Carver enabled them to do.

He remained in every way a self-made man, setting out at a young age to obtain a much better education for himself than the norm.He established an example to all, that education and learning was the path to freedom for his people and for all individuals. He truly needed to struggle to achieve his success as he worked his way up through high institutions and afterwards at Simpson University in Iowa where he was the first and only black student, as well as, eventually on to Iowa Agricultural College.

His success at Iowa Agricultural College came from the (decision and his great capability) to use his natural genius to prosper against all odds. But his developments were absolutely nothing short of revolutionary, introducing such concepts as the rotation of crops.

By this time, Carver already had great successes in the laboratory and the community. He taught poor farmers that they could feed hogs acorns instead of commercial feed and enrich croplands with swamp muck instead of fertilizers.

His idea of crop rotation proved to be most valuable.   Through his work on soil chemistry, Carver learned that years of growing cotton had depleted the nutrients from the soil, resulting in low yields. But by growing nitrogen-fixing plants like peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, the soil could be restored, allowing yield to increase dramatically when the land was reverted to cotton use a few years later.  To further help farmers, he invented the Jessup wagon, a kind of mobile (horse-drawn) classroom and laboratory used to demonstrate soil chemistry.

Farmers, of course, loved the high yields of cotton they were now getting from Carver’s crop rotation technique. But the method had an unintended consequence: A surplus of peanuts and other non-cotton products.

Carver set to work on finding alternative uses for these products. For example, he invented numerous products from sweet potatoes, including edible products like flour and vinegar and non-food items such as stains, dyes, paints and writing ink.


In all,  George Washington Carver developed more than 300 food, industrial and commercial products from peanuts, including milk, Worcestershire sauce, punches, cooking oils and salad oil, paper, cosmetics, soaps and wood stains. He also experimented with peanut-based medicines, such as antiseptics, laxatives and goitre medications.

It should be noted, however, that many of these suggestions or discoveries remained curiosities and did not find widespread applications.

In 1921, Carver appeared before the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the peanut industry, which was seeking tariff protection. Though his testimony did not begin well, he described the wide range of products that could be made from peanuts, which not only earned him a standing ovation but also convinced the committee to approve a high protected tariff for the common legume.

He then became known as “The Peanut Man.”

In the last two decades of his life, Carver lived as a minor celebrity but his focus was always on helping people.

He travelled the South to promote racial harmony, and he travelled to India to discuss nutrition in developing nations with Mahatma Gandhi.

Carver died on January 5, 1943, at Tuskegee Institute after falling down the stairs of his home. He was 78 years old. Carver was buried next to Booker T. Washington on the Tuskegee Institute grounds.   Soon after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation for Carver to receive his own monument, an honour previously only granted to presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The George Washington Carver National Monument now stands in Diamond, Missouri. Carver was also posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Why I Am a Christian

Five Amazing Prophesies

We all know that if a person or a book could accurately predict the future and be correct every single time (not 50% not 75% but 100% of the time) then that person or that book would have to have divine help.

Is there a book that does accurately predict the future and get it right 100% of the time? Yes, there is. It’s called the Bible, and it contains scores of amazing prophecies that prove it to be from God. We’ll take a look at just five.

Why I Am a Christian

By Kenneth J Eden

Five Amazing Prophesies

We all know that if a person or a book could accurately predict the future and be correct every single time (not 50% not 75% but 100% of the time) then that person or that book would have to have divine help.

Is there a book that does accurately predict the future and get it right 100% of the time? Yes, there is. It’s called the Bible, and it contains scores of amazing prophecies that prove it to be from God. We’ll take a look at just five.

The fall of the city of Tyre in the year 597 BC

The prophet Ezekiel made a bold Proclamation against the city of Tyre. At the time, the City was one of the wealthiest and most secure cities in the entire world.

It had massive walls and an Island City that the inhabitants if they were attacked, could go out to that Island city, yet for all that Ezekiel predicted several things that would happen to tyre.

He said that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar would come up against the city, that he would build siege mounds against the wall, and the city’s walls would be broken down. He also predicted that many nations would come up against the city and the city would be scraped clean like a rock.

He predicted that it’s stones and it’s timber and its soil would be thrown into the sea. How are you going to get these stones and timber and soil of a huge city like Tyre thrown into the sea?

As we look at history, secular history, it provides the answer. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon did come up against the city of Tyre. He did exactly what Ezekiel predicted but it didn’t stop there because, after he built a siege mount against Tyre, the inhabitants moved out to the island city and he couldn’t attack it. Now, in about 330 BC a man by the name of Alexander the Great attacked tyre and the inhabitants did the same.

They went out to that Island City but Alexander wasn’t happy with a simple victory over the mainland city. He took the rocks the timbers and the soil and scraped them clean threw them into the sea, and made a causeway out to the island city. Now, how could Ezekiel have looked into the future more than two hundred and fifty years, and predicted what would have happened? It had to be God.

2) The fall of Babylon. (IRAQ)

Babylon was one of the richest cities in the world during the years of about 742 680 BC it had walls that were 75 feet thick. Its walls were 300 feet high and it was surrounded by the Euphrates River that created a moat around it, in some places 65 feet in other places 250 feet across, and yet the biblical prophets, Jeremiah and Isaiah, prophesied that God would call them to come up against Babylon. An assembly of great nations.

Jeremiah recorded that God had declared He would cause the sea to dry up and make her springs dry. The prophet also foretold that a drought would come against her waters, and they would be dried up, for the land is a land of carved images, and also the prophet promised that the Lord had spoken saying ” I will prepare a feast and I will make them drunk that they may rejoice and sleep a perpetual sleep “Interestingly secular history validates this prophecy. It shows us that the Euphrates River went under the city of Babylon and yet Cyrus the king of the Medes and the Persians redirected the river and caused it to go into a basin, and he marched his troops under the wall of Babylon and incidentally, the Babylonians were drunk and feasting.
When that happened, God dried up the waters of Babylon and they were drunk and slept a perpetual sleep.

Messianic prophecies.

You know there are hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament that talk about a coming Messiah, then talk about how that Messiah is going to live, where he will be born how he will die, how he will be buried and the things that he would do in his life like riding a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. Some of them were written a thousand years before Christ came, and yet in every single instance, Jesus Christ fulfilled those prophecies to the letter. In Luke 24: 27, Jesus taught his disciples beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

The fall of Jerusalem in Luke: 21v 20 Jesus said to his apostles “but when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies then know that it’s desolation is near”
in Matthew 24: 1- 2 ” then Jesus went out and departed from the temple and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple, and Jesus said to them ‘do you not see all these things assuredly I say to you not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down’

The Lord Jesus made these comments about AD. 30 or 33, and yet for another 40 years or so, nothing much happened to the city of Jerusalem but in AD 70, the Roman army under the command of Titus who later would become the Emperor, destroyed Jerusalem in an event that is marked as one of the most destructive events in all of ancient history. This all happened exactly as Jesus had predicted!

The reign of Cyrus

Isaiah wrote his prophesying about 720 BC.
In his book, he made a bold prediction that the great nation of Babylon would fall. He further specified that it would be destroyed by the Medes and the Persians.

Then he narrowed the target and predicted that a king named Cyrus would be the man to conquer the city in the nation. Now the interesting aspect of this prophecy, was that it occurred almost a hundred and fifty years before Cyrus even existed! Isaiah called him out by name.

Can you imagine finding a document that was almost as old as the United States of America that mentioned you would be born and be doing exactly what you are doing today and that’s amazing?
When we look at the Bible and see the amazing historically accurate prophesies, we’re forced to the conclusion that the Bible really is God’s Word.

Some Proof From The Bible re Salvation.

Romans 3:23 – Every person has sinned and is therefore separated from God.
Romans 6:23 – We have earned an eternal death penalty because of our sin.
John 3:16-18 – We were under condemnation, but because God loves us so much, He sent Jesus to provide a way of salvation.
Romans 5:8 – God showed His love for us by sending Jesus to die for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – Sinless Jesus, took our sin, so we could have His righteousness.
1 Peter 3:18 – Jesus, who was completely righteous, died for us, the unrighteous, so He could bring us to God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 – We cannot do anything to earn our salvation. God saves us by His grace through faith in Christ.
Romans 10:9-10 – We are saved through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
John 14:6 – Jesus is the way to God the Father.
Acts 4:12 – Jesus is the only name that can save us.


How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

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How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

<No…That’s not Me!

I am  in my 70’s as I write this: A marathon runner, author and nutritionist and keep fit enthusiast. Also, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been this way for the past nearly 30 years. I have endeavoured and continue to, extol the virtues of fitness and diet on every occasion. I have to add; as well as the weightier message of Christianity. I’m beginning to realise something; my regular message of BODY-SOUL -SPIRIT is coming under increasing attack. It’s a sign of the times I guess.

Yes, it seems this message is falling on deaf ears for the most part. Maybe it’s the society that we live in today. Pursuing the almighty dollar on an even greater scale than previous generations ever did seems to be the norm. The latest game in town. Perhaps this has triggered my cynical outlook. It’s more than grumpy-old-man syndrome methinks.
You see, the voice of the establishment has told us that on reaching the age of 65, we are set for a great new adventure; we can “retire”. We can relax, sleep- in when we feel like it, enjoy more time with our grand-children and basically flow in a delightful rosy-tinted comfy- cosy way of life. Oh yes, that’s good for the next 25+ years! “Take a holiday you deserve it. We’re paying you.!”

Today’s society seems to assume that we ‘old-timers’ are all homeowners, have paid off our death grip (French for a mortgage) and are heirs, to a nice pension for years ahead living the life of Riley. (who is this Riley guy?)
“They” also assume that we have ample funds and can look forward to a couple of decades or more playing bingo at the village hall as we sadly watch our ever-decreasing circle of friends fade off into the sunset. Possibly, we are having dinner from time to time at the Captain’s table on the Princess Cruise Liner, all dressed in our finery as we ogle the ever-changing sea views gorging ourselves on life’s finest cuisine! We should be so lucky. A bowl of soup and a bag of chips would be more like it.

Perhaps they think we are blowing our cash and trying to impress for a quick adrenaline thrill at the onboard casinos? just before we stagger to our first-class cabin to sleep it all off. What a life… How blessed we are!
Okay - - that was a little over the top perhaps. The “stuff that dreams are made of “as a certain William would say, but I think you get my point. If you are retired you will certainly get it. Yet there are those in society today truly believe the above picture is the norm and not for the very few.

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The truth is, many of us have not been able to buy a home, pay off the loan, and save a large chunk of cash. Why? Because years ago we believed the lie that we could really have a 25 or more year holiday paid for in our declining years through our pensions. That is the promise made by the state which we swallowed hook line and sinker much like the youngsters today really believe they’ll never have to pay off that massive student loan. It’s all fabrication. Funny they are falling for the same line that we did.


Truth is, our society has never been sicker or more underfunded in real terms than it is today. The divide in society has never been more stark- Christian values never more undermined. The outlook for our kids and grandkids is looking very dark. Thanks are to God through (the being that they rarely believe in) there is a ray of light in that darkness. It’s a cry, maybe ever so faint but it’s there - a cry of FREEDOM. A loosing of the shackles - a new dawn.

Society’s reliance on the 9-to-5 routine… The two-week holiday… The nose to the grindstone… The working for “the man” for a relative pittance until we croak, is coming to an end. Glory hallelujah! - As someone once famously said, “I have a vision…” As in ancient times, men and women will work for themselves and their families, they will be based mostly at home, and rarely having to commute to an office. I see millions across the globe.
Through nutrition and proper exercise, they will live long- in good robust health.

With the ultra-fast Internet, they will access a raft of businesses bringing in several streams of income monthly via the web.
Everything will be mostly automated. This new man will prosper independently of government assistance. The NHS will have little trouble dealing with the sick in society because all will be on a prevention rather than cure program which will save billions of public funding. Folks…this is all beginning to happen.

So what began as a negative and cynical message perhaps, in actual fact is simply a voice - the voice of one crying in the wilderness… Can YOU hear it? What do you think? Drop me a line.                Countryside Life Lifestyle England Uk Website GIF


The #1 reason evolution is Ray Comfort

The #1 reason evolution is impossible

Although our site is focussed on living and working in the countryside of Englands West Country, we, at this online magazine are open to all and any interesting topics that affect the lives of our readers. So, having said that this writer admits to being a trifle biased. As a Christian, my life has been greatly enhanced by Ray Comfort and his Way of the Master website. The amazing video posted here may well open your eyes and bless you as it has me. You’ll get food for thought at the very least, and life-changing experience if you’re open-minded. So, go ahead and watch the destruction of one of mankind’s pet theories that are presented as unassailable truth!

Transcript segment;
“First a video. This is a scrambled egg going back into its shell it’s an illustration as to how the universe works no egg ever goes back to being scrambled back into its shell and so it is with the entire universe it is slowly degenerating it’s going from order to chaos we can see that everywhere but listen closely as this speaker slips in the words general tendency and the white have separated and now they’re going to be poured back into the egg and we all know in our heart of hearts that this is not the way the universe works and we know in our heart of hearts that the universe does not travel from mush to complexity in fact this gut instinct is reflected in one of the most fundamental laws of physics the second law of thermodynamics or the law of entropy what that says basically is that the general tendency of the universe is to move from order and structure to lack of order lack of structure in fact to mush it’s not a general tendency it’s an unbending law everything is turning to disorder it’s becoming dust everything without exception and yet look around us what we see around us is staggering complexity so here’s a great puzzle…

… in a universe ruled by the second law of thermodynamics how is it possible to generate the sort of complexity I’ve described the answer is that it’s not possible it never happens but listen to his response …” Continue    >

The Treehouse Festival …a Documentary.


found this fascinating video online, and declared “we need This in  Somerset/Devon/Exmoor”! Any takers?

You can discover more info about Treehouse Festival at:

A 30 minute documentary about the Treehouse Festival – an arts and community event in the heart of rural Norfolk.

There is eco-building, cooking, craft workshops, speakers on sustainability and green issues, wide games and the occasional beach trip.

This documentary covers an introduction to building an iron age roundhouse, the activities during the week of the festival and the big party night on the last night.

Edited By Adam Jackson, (

Filmed by Adam Jackson and Matthew Rootham

More info about Treehouse Festival at:


Hello and welcome to the treehouse festival. This is a little video we’re going to put together about all the stuff that goes on.

It all started a few years ago when a group of friends and I left University and wanted to carry on the building because we used to build at University. And our objective was after hearing one of the guys in our group, his adventures when he was younger.

Building tree houses we said: well, let’s give that a go and we carried on our tradition of what we called scavenging, where we go and speak to the local businesses and people who had skipped and throwing stuff away and said, could we have the stuff that you’re Throwing away and then we’d get that bring it back, and then she built this giant treehouse out of it, which would all built and recycled materials and without using any electricity, and it was a quite grand structure at double glazed windows. It had carpets spiral, staircase and a balcony two floors and was right in the middle of remote Norfolk countryside. You couldn’t see it from anywhere, which is great and a few years down the line I’m and halfway through building it.

We came up to some opposition to the local council, who asked us to get it to get planning permission for it which we applied for and then after a massive battle with lots of media attention and lots of debate and appeals and letters And stuff, we eventually had to lay the treehouse down.

Sadly, but because of that, a lot of people had got on board and they said well. This is really great we’re doing so. They say they wanted to get involved each year, so we said well, let’s do it a bit bigger and have something called the treehouse festival, which is where we are up to now.


Our next project, now is, is the right house which you can see behind me. We’Re quite a big bit of what we’re doing is it’s building the roundhouse. It’s a really good focus of community we’re actually cooking inside it, even though the roof isn’t finished up there and yeah and loads of different people of all different skill levels. People from the city, people from the country, people have never been and done anything like this before having a go at patching and doing crafts that sometimes haven’t been done in the way that we’re doing them for hundreds of years.

through he on the inside yeah there we go around the back through again, so this is a stand. This is the the basics of what it is to thatch them. Is it to hold it all together, yeah I’m doing the interior needlework. So I’m talking it out around the interior pole and the reason is trusting.

There was an exterior one goes around both their binds them together like a sandwich and squeezes the Thatcher’s, the sale of the savage opportunity. Then you do it on multiple layers of each bit of that should hopefully be held in by two. Maybe three really hey Rob? What you’re doing well yeah we sort of caught some lasting the facts. Basically, what it is is when the fat goes on here. You see it goes in bundles, all the same height and supposed to be a smooth progression. So these are all been where you molested already, and these ones need to get rid of all at the end so blend this in you push the top ones up to them about a foot away from the next, but battle kind of blend in it is invisible In one seamless kind of hill of thatch, what’s like minutes, that’s right! It takes a long time and it hurt your arm because you don’t know that o course here, pretty cool um.

You can see it. i’m waking up cuz the Augmented of clashing of evolved as we went along so first we’re just grabbing the stuff and quitting straight up on the roof. We weren’t even trying to get it all the right way round, etc soon realized that wasn’t good. So we started putting like we round them, who discovers that all the leaves made funds. It wasn’t tight enough, so had to take it off a couple of bits of it on we strip all the leaves with massively labour-intensive.

You know each individual bit has to be effective individually strict cuts and length and then put up in bundles. So what have you so? i’m currently waking up all the stuff that’s been stripped off, which is a never-ending task, because I paint in the fourth which, as soon as you wake up one area. Yes, they like kind of go back and like it up again, because it’s the back again. 50 million pounds, no, you gotta show for it is throughout the week we’re doing different stuff, I’m having three. This morning, we just had it. We had a talk from Greenpeace who came in and talked about the stuff they’re doing. We had an acoustic night were, where people from around come and do little bits of their talents, hey we got beach trips, we had a paintballing adventure the other day and generally a really good time. What is your involvement in the Cherry Festival? Communal work? Don’T enjoy myself, yes being nosy yeah, making every smile. You have any fantastic time the other evening, the rain we come here before. I have been here for several times and have a very good time.

Every year, by every year Thursday, it’s good without fail. Yeah without fail doesn’t even matter if anybody on the toronto show i’m just here ya: pilgrim is every year hey Dom. Basically this is the door. What we’re gon na do is we’re going to get them willow and we, these back in on themselves, to get the door frame off with a and do that all the way around, with a curved top to match the archway of the Roundhouse and then we’re going To support it across and excited to us with, when I week though, so it’s got some kind of sturdiness laughs very delicate in that we’ve got plans right, ok, but we’ve got it. Then we got to make a carpet. Out of this. Is nice and toasty around watch me work hard, we’re gonna make a shoe rack. How I got my country back in strips. Yes, we’ve done on themselves with the logs for DHS high ground beautiful on the beginning. In the beginning, there was tense and then there was drinking and campfires and then think there wasn’t much else to be given, and then there was nothing to do for a bit. So he built, we started building a treehouse and I think I put the first bit of wood in the treehouse. I nailed it to the tree

So, despite the hype that we didn’t put in out in the tree, I first he did put some nails, but then we started doing it properly without nails in the tree, and then we built the treehouse and then it was great and that get this busy for Awhile and then someone, then the council took it down, may just take it down, so we then within that the treehouse anymore, so we decided to build around the house which this is. This is the second attempt to around now it’s the first one blew down. Fortunately, because we didn’t win every way to search it and we didn’t really make it very well, then yeah. So then we started the roundhouse doing a building partly in and it kind developed at the treehouse festival. And now we just have a simple building part. Is a year and that’s what I come to some of them at all. I come this week because it’s good! No! I want to get the touch finish, which it won’t and never seem to finish. It just keeps going up and up and never-ending. This is a teepee we quite crudely made a friend and I drove down to London and got some really cheap old canvas, Ramona canvas, marquee and then cut it up and got some plans of the Internet. We went down the road to a friend of ours who let us cut down some coffees and maple caucus and that’s pretty much it tied around 12 of these poles. And then you got a teepee. What type of people comes three out of it? Yeah and people who, like a community you want to get to lower them like doing interesting things, yeah hanging out really and enjoying the outdoors hey pretty much. Every evening people throw the big fire normally strong men, you can chop wood and Botros in the life go too far that goes on until vendors, the bed. I normally gate a little bit seen us at about one o’clock. Now people generally chat with no organized game.

Play lots of guitar sing, some song, its best kind of time to get to chat people young. Yes, they can say there’s been a few time to see who have deeper meaning to people. The great thing about the house. First of me is, as always, a mix of people I do know when people I don’t know, because she before and lots people haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there’s been one year. I’ve went where I haven’t come away with quite a few people who I then two and then on good friends and long-term friends who had never met before that week. There’S always a fire every night and always some point during the night there’s going to be a guitar around and he gets passed around. Anyone can have a play. Everyone has a singsong people, accounting who we can’t sing well same time really, and it’s really cool people like to improvise. You like to play the song to know like funny songs. Some people have two teachers on guitar roots. It’S just good that, wherever you are around five, wherever you are at the treehouse, you’re always in hearing distance, someone car someone singing people dancing the news music everywhere rly the community is the key thing really there’s a big group, and everyone is on good terms.

Everyone out, someone talked to everyone else. There are smaller groups within that person who spend more time with certain people, some people they know and even and people they don’t know, but they’re so flexible its members, everyone flips between an enemy, so everyone get some variables over. There’S no one you can sit down next to expect everybody there’s no one serious conversation when you need one way, the most runs a new piece of ridiculousness. If I’m not, that kind of fluid between talk to you, what do you like about the chairs festival and the people? Mostly, you can rent, lovely and inclusive, and I like being outside. I, like waking up and being outside and living outside at fire and set me on fire. Took these people and making thing the festival is quite unique because it’s actually free to come. But we all we ask for is, as you contribute towards your food, which we do for a phenomenally cheap price, which is great because that means anyone can come and contribute to the toilet. So it works out as just a few pounds for for a week’s food and everything else and and it’s a really great place, camping and a really remote area of rural Norfolk and there’s not alert else in the East. So so it’s a nice little thing to come, see hi details, Xena, yes, oh boy, Lord, my lovely wife, Emily and in charge of cooking and what we do is food for everyone. Basically, all vegetarian food, and this time we went to a wholesaler. It was very kind and give us a really good deal and lots of good food. We also went to Oakland door slamming shut.

He made it every night who is an organic farmer. He got some beautiful garlic, other vegetables Chaucer again and basically, and we get a whole team of people to chop vegetables – do all the prep stuff. Often generally I myself for everything oversee a meal, yeah, it’s excellent fun and by well. You know I wouldn’t like to hang my own chain rattling like that great this year it’s been a roughly 40 odds, people who every died somewhere between 30 and 40, but mostly more so, we’ve been Patera preparing fairly large scale coming and we have kind of a Washing up thing where people everyone chips, it a little bit washing out, so what type of meals usually cook generally they’re sort of estimate 1.1 was really so that would be your curry, your chilli, you know your swing and sweet potato. Curry did one day we get a noodle dish, so mostly it’s non-English stuff. Rarely we did a pastor. There won’t be anything we’ve done, conditioning bacon, garlic, managed to assume we’ve been kind of camping down here in one form or another. Since, since I was about 17 and some of the people who were there on that original camp down here down the field in one of the horse’s fields, they still come to the treehouse festival now nearly 10 years later, which is great and when we First did it, we, we dug a little fire pit and had a fire down here now, the campfire, and then each year it’s grown and expanded. That we’re now on fire number 4 mark, for which we want to just have a look down here, is that we turn this one into a clay oven so which we’ve tried to worm yeah. It’S not 100 % yet because we just need to sort and the way this extremely works but and the fire bit on top is used to pretty much constantly it’s not on right now but sir, but yeah great little fire I mean. There’S no doubt there’ll be many more marks, but it’s now, instead of being right at the edge of the little campsite. But it’s now right in the dead centre and it’s grown a lot so um so yeah. Why don’t I pros ebony, our eta phi kappa had a good time trialling? So today is Saturday and on the chairs festival, that’s quite a big deal. What we do on Saturday, basically, the whole week is kind of leading up to it and the people who’ve been staying here. It’S been about 30 people living here for a week in community with each other and then the last day we set up the bet. The best party, probably in Norfolk today and write you’ve only got three bands, that’s cool. We only need about. We set up a big party on the last night where people come from outside this little community and we just have a big pile and we have a bar which runs on an on a non-current currency system and yeah and fans.

Come from around the UK and perform and we have a big lighting and sound system and so yeah, it’s a brilliant day and they’ll probably be about two or three hundred people here tonight, hopefully, and so in it yeah, and they get to see the stuff that We’Ve been doing throughout the week, so Paul hello um. What what are you doing here? I’m here at the treehouse, party festival come event and having a good time, even though I’m we’ve just got the trampoline yeah, the phantom old Buzzard smells and a bunch of rusty Springs and a bit of materialism. Looking too good together and we’re going to make sure we jump up and down on it, people are going to wander around doing different stuff. So we bands and drinks and we’re just like this point for a place to sit and also people like to jump and the more they drink, the more they like to jump.




Wild Exmoor Ponies …Right on our doorstep!

One of the joys of the west country lifestyle for my wife Paula and I is the close proximity we have to the wildlife like these wonderful wild Exmoor ponies in our special feature article today. Watch the amazing roundup and the “Black Beauty” soundtrack that accompanies. ENJOY!

Ken Eden.

This short film shows the August 2015 gathering of the world’s largest herd of free-living wild Exmoor ponies from one of Exmoor National Park’s largest and wildest moorland areas – Brendon Common and the surrounding enclosures. This took place during Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival week, which enabled many other Exmoor pony enthusiasts and visitors to Exmoor to watch this amazing sight – especially the awesome spectacle of the herd crossing at Lancombe!

The Tippbarlake Herd 387 ponies are owned by the Floyd family. You’ll see the ponies gathered from across this vast area, spanning some 8,000 acres, brought together and then back to the home farm at Brendon Barton. The herd has been brought in so the foals can have DNA samples taken to verify their parentage (which is a passport requirement for pedigree Exmoor ponies) and microchips inserted. They are then returned to the moor until the next gathering in late Oct/Nov when they are weaned and some will be looking for good homes, particularly colt foals who cannot remain on the moor.

The Exmoor pony is an endangered ancient British native breed, with the free-living moor bred ponies of Exmoor National Park especially rare – and important. Living wild & free on Exmoor helps to preserve their natural behaviours & characteristics – and safeguard their True Moorland Type. Free-living family Exmoor pony herds like the Tippbarlake herd are vitally important to Exmoor pony gene pool.

You will also see four Fell mares running with the herd, who belong to another commons grazier. These mares are also part of the permitted moorland grazing scheme and preserving the hardiness and ‘wildness’ of Fell ponies is an important conservation issue. We continue to encourage graziers to help preserve and protect Exmoor ponies by selecting this indigenous breed to run on the moorland areas. It is very important that the graziers are motivated to continue to do so through the provision of an efficient, straightforward and cost-effective Exmoor pony registration system that will help them maximise opportunities to safeguard and maintain the wellbeing of the ponies. Much work continues to achieve that important objective on Exmoor. COUNTRY LIFESTYLE WEST


Filmed by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Nigel Floyd & Miss Jessica Floyd – owners of the Tippbarlake Herd, Exmoor National Park

A film by Dawn Westcott. Photos from Helen Disberry and Julie Cope. Aerial clips from a spectator and from Sian Boakes.

Music: Our grateful thanks to Iron Maiden ‘Phantom of the Opera’
and Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra ‘Theme from Black Beauty’ (iTunes) both of which gave a perfect tempo for the pace of the ponies!

This short film is a bit of fun and ‘not-for-profit’ with no fees charged. It has not been ‘monetised’ to benefit from advertising revenues. It is aimed at promoting awareness of the endangered Moorand Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park.

Intrigued By The Cornish Language

Intrigued By The Cornish Language                                                      Countryside Life Lifestyle England Uk Website GIF               


Good evening, I’m Elizabeth and I live in Cornwall I’m Cornish and I speak the Cornish language. I’m a Cornish speaker.

So, I began to learn Cornish. When I was, My mother was learning Cornish too at evening classes and she came home and taught me and my brother to speak the language. Then my father learnt it too. And we all spoke the language together at home when we were eating together and so on, ‘pass me the salt’ etc. And we went to lots of events together, like Cornish Language Weekends These events were for people who wanted to learn Cornish and I remember going there with my brother and playing with all the other children who were learning Cornish. There was a large group of us in those days, and all those children have now grown up, like me and some of them are having children of their own now so that’s the next generation of people learning Cornish as children from their childhood.


So that’s very good. The language did die out, about two hundred years ago, but after a hundred years of nobody speaking it as a community language people began to revive it and over the last century, more and more people have learnt it. well, I wanted to return to Cornwall and do something, I didn’t know what but I was in the right place at the right time and in 2002 Cornish was recognised as an official language under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and for the first time ever there was funding, some money for the language.

And because of that, there were some new jobs, to do things with the language, and I was the second person to get a job developing the language. So I was a language officer. But now, well, I live in Truro, here. I don’t work with the language any more I don’t earn my living from it, but I still do things like this. (2.46) Tonight I am leading a Yeth a Werin (conversation group) with some people who are learning Cornish and some who are more fluent. Sometimes there are lots of us, other times there aren’t so many, but people come every fortnight to chat together. So I lead this. And also I present a radio programme, ‘The News’ on BBC Radio Cornwall, It’s the only programme in Cornish on an official radio station.

There’s another programme but that’s only available online. Besides that, well, I work at Truro Cathedral and I have a cat. My cat is called Ted. And I have a partner called Ross. So yeah, that’s all from me, I think. I can’t remember, I can’t think of what else to say. So yeah, that’s all. Goodbye!.

Above is an approximate translation. Thank you to Elizabeth, as lovely as her language!  If you enjoyed, please pass this post on.


Who Do We Think We Are ?

A very English Sport
David Jakab at Pexels

According to Wikipedia, English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speaks the English language the English identity as of early medieval origin when they were known in Old English as the angel’ s’en family of the angles their ethnonym –is derived from the angles one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the fifth century AD

England, as one of the countries of the United Kingdom and the majority of people living there are British citizens the English largely descend from two main historical population groups the earlier Celtic Britons or Bry Shawne’s and the Germanic tribes who settled in Britain following the withdrawal of the Romans the Angles Saxons Jutes and Friesians collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons they founded what was to become the kingdom of England from the Old English England by the early 10th century in response to the invasion and minor settlement of Danes beginning in the late 9th century this was followed by the Norman conquest and limited settlement of Anglo-Normans in England in the latter 11th century in the acts of Union 1707 the kingdom of England was succeeded by the Kingdom of Great Britain over the years English customs and identity have become fairly closely aligned with British customs and identity in general today many English people have recent forebears from other parts of the United Kingdom while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.


The English people are the source of the English language the Westminster system the common law system and numerous major sports such as cricket football rugby union rugby league and tennis. These and other English cultural characteristics have spread worldwide in part as a result of the former British Empire topic English nationality the concept of an English nation as opposed to a British one has become increasingly popular after the devolution process in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland resulted in the Four Nations having semi-independent political and legal systems although England itself has no devolved government the 1990s witnessed a rise in English self-consciousness this is linked to the expressions of national self-awareness of the other British nations of Wales in Scotland which take their most solid form in the new devolved political arrangements within the United Kingdom and the waning of a shared British national identity with the growing distance between the end of the British Empire and the present.

Many recent immigrants to England have assumed a solely British identity while others have developed dual or mixed identities use of the word English to describe Britons from ethnic minorities in England is complicated by most non-white people in England identifying as British rather than English in their 2004 annual population survey the Office for National Statistics compared the ethnic identities of British people with their perceived national identity they found that while 58 per cent of white people in England described their nationality as English the vast majority of non-white people called themselves British….

Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.









The Jewel in Great Torringtons’ Crown


Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area digital multimedia art project.

In this short video, we talk to members of the Great Torrington Commons Conservators to find out what their local landscape means to them.

The Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA) is a pioneering project covering the greater part of the Torridge River catchment. The project works with landowners and local communities to help support, protect and connect wildlife habitats and enhance recognition that our natural heritage underpins all our lives. A healthy network of wildflower grasslands, broadleaved woodlands and clean rivers isn’t just good for wildlife. They provide food and fuel, help improve water quality, reduce flooding and offer special places for healthy outdoor recreation where human spirits are uplifted and inspired.

In addition to the more traditional work with landowners, schools programme and community work, the Nature Improvement Area Project partner Devon Wildlife Trust worked with local communities on a multi-media art project.

The resulting short films are based on “My living landscape” – a creative expression of what the local landscape, associated wildlife & understanding of ecosystem services means to each group.

Find out more about the Northern Devon NIA on their website

Film produced by Amanda McCormack, North Devon Moving Image

Beginning Acrylics Painting


“I’d like to welcome you to this absolute beginners, acrylic painting course. Do you ever dream of becoming an artist, but you often put it off until you’ve got more time.

Sometimes the thought of a blank canvas staring back at you can put you in a real state of paralysis, and you can never even get started on your creative journey with painting.”

You can quickly find yourself as an art minor rather than an art creator and the longer it goes on and the longer you put it off the more it can get you down and you’ll find yourself with your paints in the paint box, rather than actually putting Your brush to canvas procrastination can really hold you back and I should know I’m world-class at it.

Often my planning and my research can go on for weeks if not months and my deadlines only just get met so for this absolute beginner, acrylic painting cause. I want to help out other aspiring artists to make that step, to stop putting it off anymore and to get paint on canvas and start their creative journey. This course is aimed as if you’re completely new, to painting using acrylics is the simplest, most effective way for an absolute beginner to learn how to paint successfully critics dry quickly. They diluted with water and throughout this course, you’ll see me constantly keeping my brush moist and adding water to the mix. I also demonstrate using a stay, wet palette, to keep your acrylics wet over a longer period of time, so you can keep on coming back to your mixes to create lovely, smooth blends.


It goes through everything steps by step. I introduce each new technique slowly and in an illogical, progressive sequence. The course is split into seven lessons that could be tackled daily perfect if you want to paint in a week – or you can study each lesson every weekend to give yourself a continuity in your painting practice. We’Ll cover materials and setup, colour, mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and pallet knife techniques and gels and mediums then we’ll get painting using methods that achieve great results.

Even if you’ve got no artistic training, we’ll cover a wide range of techniques, from classical realism to a more modern abstract approach. Looking at underpainting and glazing to scumbling and impasto textural effects, given an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

By the end of the course, you would have created three different painting studies and each one looking at a different style of painting. You have a really good, solid foundation of how acrylics work and then you’ll be able to build on that to develop all the paintings you’ve ever dreamt about. So why don’t you grab a brew, maybe a couple of biscuits and join me on its beginner’s course? So you can unleash your inner artist and put painter canvas”

Let me know if you enjoyed this article/video, and we will add more from this brilliant artist. His site.




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