Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Getting Smart With the Planet

Earth, Blue Planet, Globe, Planet, World
 Painting - Remembering Joy by Winsome Gunning

Remembering Joy

We only have one planet and we all share it so my new year's resolution is to get smart with the planet.

I have just returned from twelve special days in the South of New Zealand that small unspoiled country at the bottom of the world. At least it was.

Yes there are still areas of wilderness but the water in Christchurch where I was staying is no longer pure water from the ground.

Farmers around the city have gone for the quick money and turned what were mixed farms into cow factories.  The cow poo has got into the rivers and contaminated the water sources.



My memories are of drives in the country where my father who brought and sold crops from the mixed farms would comment on which grain was ready to harvest.

There was such a diversity of crops, we could swim in every river and water was drunk from anything that was running. nature felt balanced.

 Painting - Joy by Winsome Gunning

Joy



Now for the first time ever Christchurch water has had to be  chlorinated.

Enough chlorine to give me skin rashes, and it is recommended not to swim in what were three beautiful free flowing rivers surrounding the city.

The joy of a hot summer day in Christchurch was going to swim in the local river now you do so at your own risk as it is contaminated with bacteria found only in cow's intestinal tracts.

As we drove over one of these river beds I saw families were still camping there for their summer break and children were paddling in the water.

But now innocent enjoyable childhood treats come clouded with risks that would not be happening if farmers had not gone for the quick buck rather than honoring the land.


Yet this is what is happening everywhere,  so we all  need to get smart with our planet.
 Painting - Living Water by Winsome Gunning

Living Water


Do we need that extra car, do we need houses full of stuff or do we need a planet where people can run free and trust the land to provide good water and a fair living.


I want a new mindset where we put away the flash and start working together to heal our planet before it is too late.

Our governments do not seem to be doing this but together as individuals we can create change.

I want for everyone in the world to know what I experienced growing up, fresh, pure water you can drink with safety .  


Yes it is a dream but it is possible if  we wake up in time.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Is Glyphosate Affecting Your Health?


Jurors have just given a  $289 million settlement to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, and many more cases are to come.

But how you are asking does that affect me?

Well it does affect you, it affects us all and yes you can do something about it.

The man in the $289 settlement Dewayne Johnson had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which could be directly linked to glyphosate found in Roundup and many other weedkillers.

Glyphosate is not only linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but is an endocrine disruptor which disrupts our hormonal systems and creates many health issues  including testosterone processing, early menopause, cholesterol, obesity, onset of puberty, immune function, bone health and cardiac function and mental states.

 If you would like to understand more on the role of Roundup, and/or glyphosate and endocrine disruptors I would like to recommend the independent scientific studies of gmoseralini.org/en

The specific role of Endocrine Disruptors was something I felt was involved in my developing three separate breast cancer. Where I lived every public place and most designer gardens were obsessively sprayed with Roundup.




BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO???


1. STOP USING GLYPHOSATE

The first and most obvious thing is stop thinking you need Roundup or one of the other glyphosate infiltrated weedkillers to make your garden weed free.

Do not respond to the marketing hype. You don't need these weedkillers.

If you do need to spray something white vinegar or one of the many other natural homemade recipes on Google will do the job just as well.

Anything you use at your home adds to the glyphosate in our ground water and in the air we breath. With glyphosate now found in the urine of 93% of Americans tested the first step to stop this cancer causing build up in our bodies is to stop our personal use of products that include glyphosate.


2. EAT ORGANIC

Every time you buy organic you are supporting a farmer who is does not use glyphosate based products in the production of their crops. Sometimes this makes their food more expensive but there are always farmer's markets where you can buy directly from the farmer. 


Once you have eaten organic food other food will taste weak. There is nothing more special than the taste of a freshly picked organic tomato. 

 My local health food shop does not add profit on their organic vegetables. It makes their fresh produce on a par with the local supermarkets and supports these farmers and their efforts to create a healthier food system.

 If it is difficult to source organic food you can always grow your own.


3. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

Growing your own food may seem overwhelming at first but it can be done anywhere. There is an amazing collection of great articles on Google which show you how to grow food in even the smallest and darkest of apartments, and then there are community gardens. For city dwellers these are inspiring places where food growing ideas and new concepts on food are shared. I was lucky enough to have one starting nearby when I moved to my sustainable house. What a lot I have discovered about food growing at this garden.


4. SAY NO TO GMO

High levels of glyphosate can be ingested when you eat GMO food. Over eighty per cent of Genetically Modified Crops are engineered specifically so they can be sprayed with glyphosate based herbicides and these crops use amazing amounts of glyphosate. These foods are  saturated with Roundup Residues.

In America more than ninety per cent of all soybean, and corn acreage is genetically modified. Canola is another common GMO crop.

Personally I don't eat soy, or corn and definitely do not use Canola Oil, but I would suggest you check that foods are labelled GMO free before you purchase. Restaurants of course are difficult because you do not know what you are getting, although I have a selection of eat out venues where I live that do not use GMO food and I stick with these.


5. AVOID WHEAT

You don't  need to be gluten intolerant to avoid wheat. It is now a common practice for nonorganic farmers to spray their wheat with glyphosate just days before harvest to dry off the crop for processing. The use of these pesticides so close to harvesting makes their presence in your wheat products stronger. Wheat products today are not the foods that were eaten by our parents or grandparents.


6, CREATE HEALTHY SOIL

Learning about healthy soil was one of the first lessons taught at my community garden. When the soil is strong and healthy the brix index in the plants is high and they are able to withstand predators.

Building healthy soil is a sustainable solution to eradicating weed killers such as Roundup. With strong food grown in healthy soils you do not need to use the quick fix spray and strong food builds strong bodies.


7. BE PROACTIVE

The more individuals stand up against the use of unnecessary and life threatening chemicals such as glyphosate the sooner they will be eliminated.

Petition your local school or council against the use of glyphosate.  We now know it is not safe in our environment.  

No one wants someone to have to fight a tough court battle while they are dying but what a courageous man to fight for a ruling that will alleviate the suffering of so many.

As I said before where I live the council is contracted to spray all public spaces with Roundup. Someone is making money from the suffering of others. Young men are still out there spraying without protection, people are still wondering why they are suffering from cancer.

This special court ruling is raising voices against this situation. I hope it will end soon.


8.  BECOME FURTHER INFORMED

I hope the concepts mentioned here are starting points for you gaining further knowledge on how to eliminate glyphosate from your life and the lives of those around you.

 This product  has already caused pain and suffering for too many people around the world. It is now time to look at new ways to farm living, healthy food.





Long-time Reuters journalist Carey Gillam’s new book about Monsanto’s deception about the safety of its Roundup weedkiller, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, goes to the heart of the debate over the use of toxic chemicals in our foods.

 


Friday, November 16, 2018

Ten Plus Special Ways to Bring My Garden To You

My organic food garden has brought such joy into my life that I decided to share it with you. 

From a series of carefully selected images here are 11 special throw cushions sharing different corners of my garden. 

Lavender Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Lavender Moment by Winsome Gunning
Lavender Moment Throw Pillow


The first is from the lavender I have grown from cuttings

It now abounds around my garden in large strong bushes which stand up to drought and heat.

The flowers not only give joy to friends but attract bees to pollinate my fruit trees.

I especially love taking bunches of lavender when I visit friends.

A few bunches close by calm the spirit.

Garden Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Garden Flavor by Winsome Gunning
Garden Flavor Throw Pillow
Orange Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Hidden Gems by Winsome Gunning
Hidden Gems Throw Pillow
Flowers Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Garden Love by Winsome Gunning
Garden Love Throw Pillow

                                       

Nasturtiums abound throughout my garden.


I love the the intensity of their color and somehow they always make me smile they are so cheerful.

As well as their wonderful color they also are used in my garden to attract the bees.

Their leaves and flowers also add a spicy bit to a salad as well as an inviting look.

The seed pods can also be pickled and make a great substitute for capers.

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Mulberry Moment Throw Pillow
 

Garden Throw Pillow featuring the digital art The New Mulberries by Winsome Gunning
The New Mulberries Throw Pillow
Mulberries are another favorite in my garden.

So many sweet and juicy fruits.

Both the birds and I love these so it is first in best served.


Cuttings from this plant have created several more mulberry bushes in my own garden and the gardens of friends.

Mulberries are certainly the fruit that keeps on giving.



Rose Apple Throw Pillow featuring the digital art The Rose Apple by Winsome Gunning
The Rose Apple Throw Pillow

This Rose Apple image is special as it is the first rose apple ever on this tree.


This was the first tree planted in my garden and it was given to me by the local council.

I dug a hole where I wanted it to grow and watered it regularly but it began to die.

I really thought the tree's life was over but I dug it out and placed it at the very bottom of my garden.

Now it is a mighty tree. It finally found its special place.

And that little apple really did smell like roses. 


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Flower Gems Throw Pillow
Flowers Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Frangipani Moment by Winsome Gunning
Frangipani Moment Throw Pillow

Frangipani are another favorite in my garden.


It would never be summer without their sweet scent and lush colors.

They also seem to always be full of lively energy.

I love these special flowers.
Frangipani Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Gardren Joy by Winsome Gunning
Garden Joy Throw Pillow

Garden Throw Pillow featuring the digital art Perilla Beauty by Winsome Gunning
Perilla Beauty Throw Pillow

Perilla it a wonderful herb with a unique flavor much loved in Japanese cooking.


It also abounds in my garden and self seeds itself each year.

Love its delicate colors and could not resist adding it to the images I selected for my throw pillows.


There are further throw pillows from my garden and artworks at https://winsome-gunning.pixels.com/shop/throw+pillows


I do hope you enjoy my products and that they add to your home and that of your friends. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Unique Earth Inspired Gift Ideas from Original Artworks

Nature Canvas Print featuring the painting Oranges Song by Winsome Gunning Oranges Song Canvas Print
Garden Carry-all Pouch featuring the painting Garden Of Joy by Winsome Gunning
Garden of Joy Carry-all Pouch

There is nothing better than to share joy with a well chosen gift.

 

Flowers Galaxy S8 Case featuring the painting The Three Daisies by Winsome Gunning
The Three Daisies Galaxy S8 Case
My Art Site at Fine Art America offers a wide  range of top quality products from my original artworks which I hope you will consider for gifts for yourself or someone special.

So far all purchasers from my site have expressed how pleased they are with the quality of the items and the top service they received.

I am proud to continue having my products with Fine Art America after discovering how professional they are in all aspects of their production.

 

They also offer such a contemporary and diverse range of products.




At my site with Fine Art America you will find a range of images each of which will allow you to enter a collection of my themed artworks.
Flowers Duvet Cover featuring the painting Spring Blossom by Winsome Gunning Spring Blossom Duvet Cover

Clicking each  artwork will introduce you to the full range of products available for that image.

You will be able to select not only a variety of sizes and materials but also how you want the image placed on your selected item.

Moon Throw Pillow featuring the painting Clay Moon by Winsome Gunning
Clay Moon Throw Cushion

 

To introduce you to the variety of items available on my site I have given you a collection of links directly to product items available on the site.


The art images on my site are all inspired by my own journey in and towards sustainable living.

Dune Fleece Blanket featuring the painting The Living Dunes by Winsome Gunning
The Living Dunes Fleece Blanket
Many painted prior to getting my own land express my deep longing to reconnect with the beauty and power that is part of connecting to our living earth.
Tree Canvas Print featuring the painting The Tree by Winsome Gunning
The Tree Canvas Print

I feel so strongly the need for us all to work together to renew our planet. 


Beaches Yoga Mat featuring the painting Water And Earth by Winsome Gunning
Water and Earth Yoga Mat
I do hope you enjoy my images and that some of them will be something to wish to enjoy or share.


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Creating Viable Urban Food Systems


Creating viable urban food systems is part of creating a healthy planet.

By using sustainable organic methods to renew soil and grow healthy food we can all be part of healing our planet.


One way to do this is at a community garden where people work together to grow healthy food.

There are so many levels individuals people can contribute to such a garden and each garden will have its own structure.


But in short community gardens which now exist in most cities introduce  the joy of growing food.

Knowledge of gardening is shared with members often from many different cultures and this diversity creates friendships as well as a wealth of food and production methods.



I was a founding member of my local community garden and all the photos in this post are from this garden.

In this garden members can have their own plots or help out in other capacities. Some more time strapped just bring in their food scraps to add to the compost.  

Members at this garden have a range of gardening styles from the more traditional to permaculture methods, but individuality is encouraged as long as members follow strictly organic methods and consider the needs of their neighbours.

We are all working together to create food and  we are learning from others round us as we develop our own gardening style. 


Knowledge and seeds are shared and each of us becomes enriched in the process.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Climate Change and My Organic Food Garden

`We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN'

`Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC'



With headlines like the above in my head I head out to my block of land and put my heart and soul into creating good soil and an abundance of food plants.

We all have to do our bit and I see this as a way I can contribute.


 My journey towards living sustainably began to become healthy after a third breast cancer but now I see what I had to do to heal myself from a way of life my body could not sustain has also shown me what can contribute to a healthier planet.


I moved away from a designer apartment to find a simple home on land and then proceeded to create healthy organic soil and plant, plant, plant.

And when I look back I can't
believe how ignorant I was of what was required.



I had no idea of what soil was about or how to get plants to grow.


But doors opened as I find they do when you are following a true path.

When I brought my land a community garden started at exactly the same time and had ongoing talks on how to enrich and create organic soil.

From the community garden I met permaculture followers and they started a new center in my town and had weekly information sessions.

I met exciting and passionate people who understood the world needed to change and who were all doing their bit to create healthy soil and grow healthy food.

It was an exciting time and I learned so much from all these special people.

The physicality of putting this knowledge into action was another story but plant by plant, wheel barrow by wheel barrow I was able to achieve change and as I went about creating my garden my own body grew stronger.


All gardening takes time and this year many of my trees are fruiting for the first time. That is exciting.

But the biggest joy of all is being able to share what you are creating with others and knowing you are being part of making this world a better place.

The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Five Special Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for Your Favorite People

Nothing says gift like something unique and personal, and now can you buy such goods and still be eco friendly.

To make your  gift shopping easier this year I have done the research and found you five special gift ideas that are also friendly to our planet.

With the IPCC CH report on Global Warming  of 1.5°C being one of the most important climate change reports ever published we are all being asked to change our ways. Every half a degree of warming matters if we are to have a livable world.

 

`We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN' 

 

`Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC'

 With headlines like the above in my head I have been searching for gift ideas that use sustainable materials and are not throw away items.


They are each something your favorite person could love while at the same time starting to look at new planet friendly ways of doing things.

The first is this wonderful durable, handmade watch. The wood for each watch is carefully hand-selected, hand sanded and polished to a smooth, durable finish that will not deteriorate due to daily wear. 

This is a natural product that will last the test of time and make the wearer feel connected to nature.






Men's wooden watch made of Real Natural Wood,Retro Style Lightweight Eco-friendly Handmade Ebony Wood Wrist Watches Fit For Gift Black Sandal Isabella's Clearly Oral Care 4-Piece Kit -wood
2PCS Eco-Friendly Bamboo Back Body Massager Stick with Rollers

The second gift idea is these great Eco-Friendly Bamboo Back Body Massager Stick with Rollers. 

They are made of  eco friendly bamboo material, safe and harmless to the skin plus their long handles and smooth texture so easy to grip and operate.

Isabella's Clearly Oral Care 4-Piece Kit
And here is an eco friendly gift idea to keep  teeth and mouths clean and healthy.

Isabella's Clearly Oral Care 4-Piece Kit - comes with GLOW Teeth Whitening Activated Charcoal, a  BAMBOO Soft Toothbrush with Charcoal Infused Bristles , a COPPER Tongue Scraper and a  Reusable Eco-Friendly Gift Bag. Natural, Food-Grade, Non-GMO, BPA Free. 

A great way to create a healthy eco friendly smile while enjoying the holiday season.

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Shopping Tote Bag, Natural and Eggplant Damask, Set of 3


This set of three trendy and versatile bags with solid natural, solid eggplant(purple) and eggplant damask pattern design is also a useful gift now we no longer get our supply of plastic carrier bags from shopping outlets.

Not only are these bags attractive but also have QUALITY ASSURANCE for SOLID CONSTRUCTION: 

They are made of 100% sturdy machine washable cotton canvas able to hold up to 30 lbs. 


A beautiful gift that will see multiple uses.




Boar Bristle Hair Brush for Natural Hair Conditioning, Wooden Comb for Hair Detangling, Set Makes Hair Shiny and Silky

This used to be the way people kept their hair shiny and healthy before so many chemical products replaced all natural hair grooming sets. 


This brush has 100% boar bristles which.carry hair's own scalp sebum to be distributed to the hairs' ends, resulting in healthy hair with lots of volume.

The brush works with all sorts of hair and has a durable, eco friendly bamboo handle.

You also get a wide tooth wooden comb and a cleaning tool.

Good to see these great products returning.


I do hope these five ideas have set you thinking about ways you can be generous at Christmas while also exploring planet friendly ideas.

Without each changing our ways we simply will not have a world we can enjoy.

I have given up on our politicians. They seem to want to put their heads in the sand.

The scientists are giving us the facts. I trust them.

We all need to start breaking down old walls that have divided us and begin working together to find ways of creating a planet livable for all.