This land is walking me . A song for the earth

This song has been  coming through me since a glorious walk on Southerdown beach in Wales  last spring. sharing it with my friends has been a wonderful  treat , to sing a simple folk song with  people who can harmonise is a real gift .So thank you Kirby , Chloe and rachel for singing  with me and feeling the walk and supporting it with you love  and presence. Rachel Rose  will be  leading ceremony at Stanton Drew and  Uffington White horse  and hopefully in Battersea park and  London Bridge .The Land Is walking me , a home spun recording please feel free to learn and sing this song . I see it as a folk song , one for the folk of the world.

The Land Is Walking me 

1) Today the land is walking me

And I’m ankle deep in the western sea

The Cliffs are stretching high and wide

And the seabirds soar on the low spring tide.

The sand is smooth as smooth can be

And Oh this land is walking me

Chorus

The Bible says , the Koran too.

The Hopi and the Dogon knew

They prophesy the end of times

Unless we choose to change our minds

And learn to live within our means

To keep the air and Oceans clean.

2) When sunlight glints upon the waves

For such a sight my spirit craves,

I long to walk this wide wild world

And watch the day , from dawn unfurl.

When the moon and stars the speak so free

Of How this land is walking me .

3) So listen when she talks to us

For we must know she ‘s precious

Full sixty years I’ve lived on her     (For millenia we’ ve lived on her

And to her ways I must defer         And to her ways I must defer) alt version

There is no truth at all but she

And oh this land she talks through me.

chorus

4) The scientists near all agree

On climate change and rising seas.

The free trade winds are blowing hard

Disaster looms in our own backyard.

We cannot Look we don’t want to see

That’s why this land is walking me

5) From Stanton Drew to London Bridge

We’ll walk along the ancient ridge

And if we have but half a chance

We’ll carry on to Paris France

To tell the UN Climate talks

To listen when the earth SHE talks

6) Without this world we cannot be

Without her air without her sea

If we take more than we give

How can our children’s children live?

From waste and greed we must awake

For every generations sake

Chorus

7) They say the meek inherit the earth

But not if we’ve destroyed it first

The future lies within our hands

We can decide to make good plans

Stop the damage that we cause

And live within mother natures laws

And so this land is walking me

And so this land is walking me

And so this land is walking me

Listen to the Land

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Listen to the land

1) Today the land is walking me

And I’m ankle deep in the western sea

The Cliffs are stretching high and wide

And the seabirds soar on the low spring tide.

The sand is smooth as smooth can be

And Oh this land is walking me

Chorus

The Bible says , the Koran too.

The Hopi and the Dogon knew.

They prophesy the end of times

Unless we choose to change our minds

And learn to live within our means

To keep the air and oceans clean.

2) When the sunlight glints upon the waves

For such a sight my spirit craves

I long to walk this wide, wild world

And watch the day , from dawn unfurl.

When the moon and stars they speak so free

Of How this land is walking me .

3) So listen when she talks to us

For we must know she ‘s precious

Full sixty years I’ve lived on her     (For millenia we’ ve lived on her

And to her ways I must defer         And to her ways we must defer) alt version

There is no truth at all but she,

And oh this land she talks through me

chorus4) The scientists near all agree

On climate change and rising seas

The free trade winds are blowing hard

Disaster looms in our own backyard

We cannot look, we don’t want to see

That’s why this land is walking me.

5) From Stanton Drew to London Bridge

We’ll walk along the ancient ridge.

And if we have but half a chance

We’ll carry on to Paris France.

To tell the UN Climate talks

To listen to the earth she walks

6) Without this world we cannot be

Without her air without her sea

If we take more than we give

How can our children’s children live?

From waste and greed we must awake

For every generations sake

Chorus

7) They say the meek inherit the earth

But not if we’ve destroyed it first

The future lies within our hands

We can decide to make good plans.

Stop the damage that we cause

And live within,mother natures laws.

And so this land is walking me

And so this land is walking me

And so this land is walking me

The way of the walk , a route .

dalai lama wordsmonday morning , 6 days to go, we’ve managed to finailse the route  and our trusty friend Kath is going to be our Sherpa in her little sleep in van . So three old hippy grannies ,who have lived in vans buses and middle of the fields  are setting off together . Heres  our route

Wake up Walk route

13th Sept Start 10-12 ceremony , mandala making, song. Sleep somewhere nr Timsbury 7 miles ish

monday14th sept Timsbury to Bradford On Avon   12 miles ish

sleep campsite (Merkin farm ?)

15th am spend some time in Bradford on Avon , make mandalas talk in the square with whoever wants to join us .

15th Pm head to Devizes along the canal path sleep at Sells green campsite 9 miles

16th head into Devizes council session , mandala making , sing etc

16th pm head out to white horse sleep in carpark nr woods

17th am to West Kennet Long Barrow , Silbury Hill Avebury   for lunch

sleep near East Kennet Nr the sanctuary

18th morning ceremony at The sanctuary rest etc

19th set off on the ridgeway to Hack Pen hill and Barbary castle , sleep on Smeathers ridge up to 12 miles

Sunday 20th Smeathers ridge to Uffington white horse (3000 yrs BC) via Waylands Smithy

21st Equinox celebration Uffington white horse ceremony (14 miles)

22-23 d Uffington to Goring carpark on ridgeway nr Strealey, poss sleep point stop in Goring ? for mandala talks etc ? (18 miles)

24th /25th Goring to Henley On thames via chiltern way. stop in Henley on Thames for mandala and talks  (16 miles)

26th Henley to Bourne End (11 miles along the path –)

sunday 27 Bourne end to Windsor and Runnymead  to Egham where Jo has a friend stop in Runnymead , ceremony ? mandala  talks

28thth rest

29 Egham to Hampton court 12 miles

30th Hampton court to Richmond park

1st rest

oct 2nd Richmond to Battersea park via wetlands centre

peace pagoda in batersea park

3rd battersea park –

Sunday 4th Battersea park to london bridge . ceremony mandala making , at Dianas Temple nr St Pauls

if you are reading this and want to join us in any way  call 07089619580  and  check in .  much love and a peaceful future

musings a week before we set off

The tension between wanting a better life and wanting to keep the planet as a place for all to live better is constant  to us all . We  wake to the news of a slowing down of the Chinese economy, I think a few less emmissions, good, but this also means someone suffers somewhere. Is this becuase we have a crazy system of survival that is linked to constant growth which is impossible and havent taken the opportunity to develop social systems that encourage us  to take more care of each other and to live within the limitations of nature ?

I argue with my daughters partner, he thinks the economy in this country is doing well because of the Tory policies, but he also agrees that the planet is finite and therefore we cant just consume forests , fill the sea with plastic and heat it so life as we know is has to change and expect things to just carry on.

I wonder why it is judged so foolish to think that societies which look after its members is idealistic or boring, can we not have dynamic and exciting lives and live within our means on the planet ?

our beautiful world

Hello world!

Hello world, here i sit, early morning, August 13th, one month away from starting a walk to London with my friend Jo Elliott, fellow artist and granny.

Back in the late spring,we both had a vision at separate times but with the same content. We were worried, as most granparents are , if they think about it at all, about the future we are bequeathing to our grandchildren and everyone else’s grandchildren on the planet.

We shared this vision on a walk in Avebury Stone circle, built by our ancestors thousands of years ago,what would we leave that would last this long?

Over history, the power of walking to change the future,has been harnessed.The Suffragists walked from Cornwall to London, spreading the word on the right of women to vote, Satish Kumar walked from India to the UK, Native American Indians are walking now to raise awareness of the gas pipeline that will severly affect their lands.

What, we wondered, can we do to raise awareness of the need for change in our ways regarding the atmosphere and climate change. Silence seems to have fallen in the past months, no mention about climate change was made in the recent UK election campaigns, not even by the Green Party.

Had climate change gone away, or had our desire to focus on it gone away? Do we have a 10 year window to make the changes necessary or not ? Most scientists agree that we need to limit the amount of carbon and methane we pump into the atmosphere and yet the silence around in the public sphere is deadly.

Can individuals make a difference? Can we two grannies make a difference. Well, we thought, we can at least try and this is our way.

We love our world, we love nature and life and this love is woven into how we live our lives. Walking across our ancient landscape brings into focus the relationship we all have with the natural  world. Our dependance on our atmospehere and bio diversity is incontrovertable, we must protect what we have , we must support what efforts our campaigners  make to innitiate serious change .The UN Copehagen Climate Change talks were deeply disappointing, what will happen in the Paris talks this winter? Does anyone even know they are happening outside of the campaign groups and the politicians? Our future is at risk and we are gaily going along as if nothing was happening .This is what motivated us to decide that we had to do something, and that walking from our Bristol city to London was at least something peacefull and beautiful that we could do.

Thus in the stone circle of Avebury with its 5000 year legacy , we planned our journey to at least try to leave a legacy. We decided to start from Stanton Drew stone circle just outside Bristol, a circle said to rival the size and importance of Stonehenge and head towards London. We would walk alone or with others if they cared to join us, we would  walk  with love and gratitude for nature, we would walk with a sense of prayer.

We would walk to share our intentions and draw attention to the need for action supporting those in the Paris climate change talks to take the actions needed to protect the future of all on the planet.

Wake up Walk was born and now we start the 30 day countdown . Jo is in Oxford with her daughter  about to give birth to her second grandchild, I am in Bristol about to go off to Wales for a week in my truck, before I go to Shambala festival to make a cosmic chaos mandala.

We have set up a facebook page and a crowdfunder site on Idiegogo

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/wake-up-walk-13th-sept-13-oct-2015/embedded/4711001

If you believe something should be done  and want to support us , spread the word, join us on any part of the walk, contribute to our fund, support  campaigns that want to make a difference to limit the amounts of carbon and methane pumped into our atmosphere.

I will post the route  tomorrow .

Deasy