Good Earth Uncut!
Introducing a Whole New World of Good Earth Writing with Twin Columns on Sustainable Family Food Gardening and on Family Flock Keeping Written Fresh, Each Week, and in that Week, for your Weekend Reading
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Well, it's happened, at last!
After many recent years of much forbearance, quiet patience and teeth gritting perseverance -for the sake of the many loyal “Good Earth” readers – all the while suffering the many “slings and arrows” of outrageous cuts, diminishing space allowance, and a graceless kind of shorter sound byte driven prose form censorship, your original Paul Healy “Good Earth” column is back, at last, freed from all the chains of creeping constraint which had come to cripple it's best potential, upon the printed page.
It's a beautiful feeling - to be able to work within a free and fully open space again, able to explore the full connected web of insights, interrelationships and wide ideas which help to enmesh us within the amazing frame of the natural realm.
It's even more delightful, to be free to follow fully the endlessly eclectic mix of many mind awaking paths and possibilities which working with the earth and waking with the cycle of the seasons discern to be discovered, on our journey through the years.
It is lovelier still, now, at last, to be able to write once more for the true believers in this life - for the column's core readership of those who love not just the way of a life that has been given to the land – but the way in which that story is told.
I have written this column not just for the gardeners, growers, poultry keepers farmers and other lovers of the earth who have come to follow its path across many years of weekly works and walks, and wanderings and ponderings, but also for those who have a love of the word itself, who have a love for the true poetry and music of language, of the lyric sound and fall of the line of in a well crafted prose.
So welcome back then “Good Earth” with all the former spaciousness of thought and multiple subject line, with that expansiveness of both subject and syntax which it first commanded, in the days of print media – now long gone - when the pen was left free to pursue its own individual pathways of style.
It's not for me to say it, but I am hoping that some of you who have stayed the journey across its full expanse of twenty two years of weekly wiring, may be thinking, soon, that:
“Paradise has not been lost, quite yet!”
I am hoping that a few of you who choose to follow this journey with me now through into its second chapter of life may soon be feeling not just that all of the former splendours of its time have now been recovered, but that – like the next generation of Partridge Barnevelders - a “brave new world” of Good Earth writing has just been reborn, rebuilt, coming back as something just a little bit better, brighter, and bolder in its weekly challenge to your weekend thought and working tasks.
So welcome back an old world voice: there are still just a few of us left, who will not be pushed aside.
The passage of the years may have slowed my body down – just a little – in active walk and in my physical work upon the farm and the land, but the little extra bit of time taken now, past fifty, to complete each task and to reach the end of every still working day of this life, gives us all just a little bit more time to pause to ponder and reflect upon the many connections to be found between the reasons of why it should be so.
We have more time to think now and to write, and the brain is running even faster, than ever before.
So the Universal Renaissance Man is now reborn, as a poet and poultry lover, organic farmer and gardener, stockbreeder, old world naturalist and “sixties” tree hugger, but above all – as a totally passionate lover of all things to be seen and felt within this wonderful and amazingly beautiful gift of life sustained and enfolded within the many splendours of the natural world.
Good Earth Uncut has become a set of twin columns which will be published week by week, every week, on this website.
Their titles are 'Good Earth Uncut: This Week In The Sustainable Family Food Garden' and 'Good Earth Uncut: This Week With The Family Flocks'.
Each column will be based around a discursive piece of lyric writing on a variety of subjects topical to the time and season.
The garden section will also include a week by week guide to what to sow and plant in the family food garden.
Each section of the column will include, as well, a week by week guide to important tasks in the garden as well as the poultry yards.
The change over deadline for each new set of weekly columns is 12am Friday night, in each successive week.
This means that your weekly feast of Good Earth Uncut reading will be up on the site ready for your Saturday morning breakfast!
A critical gain for this new arrangement for Good Earth Uncut is that I will now be able to write about the things you need to know in the same week that you will be reading. This means I will be better able to respond to the changing weather patterns as they develop in our ever shifting evolving climate.
So come on board, one and all, sit back and enjoy all kinds of thought and text, as well as some old fashioned, increasingly rare, discursive prose writing at its best: free flowing, original, and unfettered.
Enjoy – as well - the new visual content that will all be coming with it!
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