Thursday, December 27, 2007

What on EARTH is going on?

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Today we are constantly bombarded with predictions of doom causing feelings of gloom. Global warming causing ‘natural’ disasters. Depletion of minerals, plundering of the seas, genetic engineering and the upsetting of the balance of nature.

What will become of us? How will our species survive? WHEN WILL BEER RUN OUT?
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Lighten up folks! We have so much on this earth to celebrate!

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No matter what we do, night follows day, sunshine follows rain and Mother Nature provides us with hops to brew our frothing ale.

Plant a seed, a flower WILL bloom. Hang out the washing and rain WILL fall. Forget the condom, a new life WILL be created.


Earth continues to take our breath away each time we encounter a new thing of beauty. From the forests of Africa to the Arabian deserts. From the Mountains of Tibet to Shepherd Neame’s brewery in Kent.






Mother Nature, Father Time, laughing children, sluggy slime ( on second thoughts, not one of earths better features)





OK, so I have had daffodils in flower for three weeks now – two months early. Lambs are frollicking and yeast is multiplying in readiness for my Summer Ale.






It should be deepest winter now, but it’s 50F outside and I haven’t seen snow for yonks. And the trees are already showing shoots of green, and I stand a good chance of getting a reasonable tan by spring. Is it our fault? Are we altering the balance of nature? Or is Earth simply moving with the times and giving us what we want.

Years ago I built a model plane. I spent ages sticking together little bits of balsa wood and paper. I lacquered it, painted it, and perfected it. It took me seven days. I took to a field and launched into the air. Within minutes it crashed to the ground and smashed into a thousand pieces. Some believe that God created Earth in seven days. Millions of years later it’s still here. I rest my case.

14 comments:

  1. Very nicely done. You are so very right we do have a lot to be thankful for. Cheers!!!

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  2. Keith,

    We create our own demons and we believe them. The doomsday hearsays has been told many times in many generations and we are still here. As I've said, I think we should stop thinking too much, fearing our own thoughts, and creating havocs in our heads and just go out of our back yards and plant a tree instead. That way we may understand life and see the gifts of the earth clearly again.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

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  3. Here! Here! Think positive thoughts!

    But my daffodils won't be sprouting before May if I'm lucky, probably June..., as usual.

    I tip my coffee and send all my hops to you, Keith. May you use them wisely.

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  4. Bravo!!!!!!
    Words Of Wisdom!!!!!
    Simple abundance, it's the only way to live.And a grateful heart!!!!!!

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  5. Ah very nice...I was gonna go down the depressing route as well and then didnt feel up to it. Then decided to not do this at all, but your post is inspiring, maybe I will write something positive too.. whatever the case, here's wishing you a wonderful 2008, seems like such a small number compared to the number earth has been in existence huh!.

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  6. Wow Keith! I guess the UK is different. Daffodils in December is really strange, I think. Here in Oregon, they never bloom before March or April.

    -Will

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  7. Yes there is so much beauty out there, that doesn't mean there are no problems. I drink real ale too

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  8. Hey I love the new header.

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  9. Ale is a fine thing - daffodils can't come along too early, in my opinion, and I always hated it when my gliders crashed. Nice post!

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  10. good will accomplishes more good - fine post!

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  11. Oh I do hope the daffodils come back out at the end of February and the month of March. Gorgeous flowers so full of sunshine and hope and such durable little things coming out at the end of winters breath. Excellent post here Keith.

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  12. Love your post and the new look blog Keith. Happy New Year, please have an ale for me ;~)

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  13. It is minus 17 windchill here in Wisconsin, but a beer does sound good to warm me up from the inside!

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  14. Its a good thing you chose to lighten up the 'spirits'.. Happy New Year.
    Earth can offer so much and yes lets remember the good things...nice one Keith

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