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Reisverslag Goodbye Ragmans
20 september 2014
My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. I will miss this place for sure. Yesterday was my last working day and it was very hard for me to say goodbye to everybody. I’ve learned so many new things about farming, about myself and my interests, and I’m privileged I had the change to meet many inspiring people. It’s all been an amazing and wonderful time here and I’ll be back soon I’m afraid.
Last Thursday and Wednesday we welcomed a group of 9 educational centres at Ragmans and organised a gathering with different sessions talking about our experiences, ups and downs, and maybe future possibilities. Organising this event was part of my placement and it was lovely to do. As an outsider, I had the chance to meet amazing interesting centres such as Hawkwood College, Embercombe, and the Sustainability Centre. All well-known and offering interesting courses about sustainability and low-impact living skills. It was wonderful to see how these people all share their ability to make the world a little bit more bright, colourful, and sustainable. My tasks besides helping to organise it was to arrange everything before the gathering such as shopping, preparing the delicious food with, and hosting during the event. It was so great to see the difference between the first day people meeting, not knowing each other and the second day, saying goodbye and noticing growing relationships. In just a day!
The juicing season is starting of more slowly than expected since apples are still not all ripe and harvest is more worse compared to last year. Yesterday we pressed some pears for cider and the day before I harvested many squashes and tomatoes with my lovely friends at the Market Garden. Afterwards we had a delicious dinner and I received a beautiful garden shovel with my name engraved and some organic flower seeds from Nat. I will miss them a lot. We decided not to say goodbye but will see each other soon. That made me feel a bit better.
I also received two very interesting books about people and permaculture written by a lady who also attended the gathering and another book from Freya about ‘how to be a women’ , about feminism and women empowerment. She invited me last night at her house and we had some great fish and chips, and found out we are both very interested in this subject.
I don’t even know where to start writing down the things I’ve learned last weeks. The list is just endless. I feel I need to let it all sink down a bit and I’m definitely sure it will be more than I even realise right now. I will go to Bristol today and stay another night in a B&B close to the airport before I’m heading off to Amsterdam tomorrow.
My head is far too overloaded with information at the moment. I’m just so blessed and thankful for everybody I’ve met and had great conversations with. Thanks Ragmans for the wonderful time here, it’s really a special place and I would recommend everybody to visit it at least once. Anyway, I will be back one day (maybe for a permaculture course …) because that is what happens to people after visiting this farm. They all come back!
Lots of love and hugs, Yanthe
20 september 2014 21:45 | Door: Janna
Zit het er al weer op joh. Geniet rustig na! zo'n vol hoofd zal nog wel even blijven. Misschien is je lijf straks al wel weer thuis, je ziel komt ter paard er nog achteraan....
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