2017- Philosophy year


I’m just going to go ahead and call 2017 the ‘Philosophy’ year.

Oh dear. Oh dear indeed, and then some.

We are seven months in, believe it or not.

I don’t know how to even move forward. Where do I even begin. Where did the year even begin?

Reality check:
I do remember how it began, and I really wish that I wasn’t one of those people who takes the whole ‘start the year as you mean to go on!’, cheers, thing, so literally. 

But that’s not the point. I haven’t been able to write anything on here for ages, let alone keep up to date with planting anything and/or and digging for victory. Which is a depressing reality, which for now, I can’t pretend is not the case.

Writing nothing doesn’t work- I only find myself farther and farther away from the person I want to return to- myself (believe it or not!), and having accumulated 11 drafts, but no actual published posts, over the last couple of months, I can see how it’s starting to get a bit silly, now.

I stopped writing for a while, because it suddenly dawned upon me, that maybe i’m just ‘making myself look like more of a nutcase’ (through writing about what it feels like to have a mind, like many other humans), or ‘being too political and not professional’, when it comes to the question of having to be a ‘real’ professional, behind the uniform, not just some kind of pretend one.

Each of us are personal and professional by nature. *

*The above was yesterday. It is now a new day.

2nd year uni bedroom with picture of ban asleep on sofa on wall haha
My wallpaper from student days. Serves as a reminder, daily, still!

Today it is a Friday. It is pissing it down with rain in Sheffield, I am sat here, feeling ridiculous, looking ridiculous, and failing to get my bloody arse in gear again. I ought to be out there throwing flower grenades at all the young, ‘free’ and wonderful hooligans. Oh, except there don’t appear to be any, because they’re all inside, sat behind their computer screens.

Never mind, perhaps tomorrow President Donald Trump will reveal his ‘true gender’, and enlist to serve in the US Military.

One week-  Just 1 more week to go, until the court date. Only seven more days of not knowing whether he will walk free or see justice, or maybe just get the help he needs so badly.

One wish-  
Today I wish for the best of luck to Kev, who is a close family member to a close friend of mine. He begins Radiotherapy this week, I believe. My thoughts are, predominantly, with you and your loves, my friend.

Here is a Sunflower from the allotment, for you 🙂





This is the sound you may well hear from a hospital ward.

Rest assured.

In England, there will be a nurse.

We have an NHS. A National Health Service.


I have a confession. I cannot stop. It isn’t what you’d expect, from a ‘Confession’, at least I don’t imagine. I cannot stop caring for the world and the people within it.

There, I said it.

I, Ellie Neves, confess to be addicted to helping people. Help, in this sense, meaning that where there is another person, creature, plant or sound wave in need of a representative, a call to action, a PQRST.

Above: (PQRST- Rhythmic squiggles) I have tried to draw for another purpose, but relevant here as ever.

Pee. Ker You. Arghhh. Esssss. Tea.
For the purpose of phonetics.


Again, to soothe is something which just happens to come naturally to me. By what cause? I ask even myself. Is it being a ‘female’, a ‘woman’, a ‘wanting mother’,

No; wait a second, it is human. HUman.

You can spell that out however you like it, in terms of Pro. Noun see ache tea eye O en.

Nurses are champions.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re left, right, circle of life, black/gay/transgender/homo-


Remember that bit- Homo. Do you know what that actually means!?


The oh! The Mow! Do you read me? 

Homo is the human. Genus. It really is, here, look:

Wikipedia even spells it out for you, to be human!


The Sapien bit!?

Sapiens is the only SURVIVING species, ‘of the species of the genus Homo.’

(Look down) Continue reading Nurse

Top tips for people in dips

Dealing with Crisis when alone… Never ideal, but sometimes, roughing it alone is an unavoidable reality, we cannot simply ignore! Comments and ideas most welcome!!


This post will constantly be subject to additional tips, as they are acquirred through the process of living, and learning new survival mechanisms. Please feel free to add any of your own tips in the comments box!

Mental health- it is completely synonymous with physical health. The mental is the physical, and the physical is also mental. So just to get this straight, everyone alive has mental health. Therefore, everyone alive exists in a constant flux of good health, poor health, and the bits in between. Mental illness can happen to anybody. Just as illnesses like Flu, or Tonsillitis, impact on our livelihoods, due to a dip in ‘good health’, so too do Mental Health afflictions affect us. Some perhaps, more than others, but all the same, any stigma needs to be stamped out, before anyone can engage with this post meaningfully, and benefit from it.

Crisis- how to save…

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Call for Submissions + Giveaway

What a brilliant way to get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week, for the whole of May, and of course really, the rest…

I’m personally going to give this #PERSONIFYME project a go, and hopefully by sharing it, some others might be intruiged to explore it too.


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I ‘m happy to announce that the blog is teaming up with Dre from  Things Dre Makes for the whole of May, which is not uncoincidently Mental Health Awareness month. Dre is a fabulous illustrator and artist, and we both wanted to mark this month with something artistic.

Enter #PersonifyME.

Pixar Disney had their turn depicting emotions and the struggles within the mind when they released Inside Out. Not to diminish their efforts, winning an Oscar isn’t too bad, but we want more. Funny cartoons are nice but real struggles of real people should be talked about and shared. No one – as of yet – can look into your mind and see exactly what is going on. So now is an opportunity for you to show everyone.

The Task

Well, it is rather simple. #PersonifyME is about personifying an emotion in your…

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I have recalled an old thought, from a year ago today….

Since studies of the effects of LSD on the brain show that: “There is a natural segregation between high-level (abstract) cognitive areas and low-level (concrete) perceptual areas, most notably the visual cortex. These distinctions are thought to be an essential design feature of a functional human brain.

The impact of LSD was to diminish connections within each of these networks, relaxing the bonds that kept them intact and distinct, while increasing the cross-talk among them. In other words, the normal etiquette of the brain requires segregation among networks that have different functions, and that etiquette was blown to bits.” (Source:http://www.theguardian.com/…/lsd-research-brain-neuroscienc…)

Then I wonder if LSD could provide an effective rehabilitative remedy for victims of Stroke!?

Surprise Frost!

Oh well for god’s sake!

The last time I checked, it was April, and according to the little birds who tell us things, it’s soon to be May. May is the planting out month! At least, it is the month when you can seed your flowerbeds with a sprinkle of poppies, cabbages and tomatoes…

May should be the month you can plant out the seedlings which you planted indoors, in anticipation of the heavily desired ‘hello’ from Spring and sunshine, who have heard rumours about Summer, who might be planning to return soon.

But ‘NO!’, said England. ‘I know how much you love icicles, and were hoping for some Winter this year. I decided to surprise you by making it come in April, instead! Ta-da! Aren’t you happy!?’. Typically, English, of course.

So last night, when it suddenly started to snow, I had to do a mad ‘save the sunflowers dash’. Re: sudden snow blizzard announces self! Bought the pots inside, but I’m going to need a bigger greenhouse it seems , cheers to a four month late winter frost… If ever anyone thought I wasn’t the world’s best shining example of punctuality, then kindly have a re-think. I’ve just been out-‘lated’…

So my advice?

For now, i’d just go grab some nice compost, and sow the carrots, squashes, sunflowers, brassicas, indoors. In their own small seedling trays or small plantpots. Then stick them on your windowsill.

Let them grow, keep them watered, in the safety of the shelter, until further notice from Spring!


windowsill sunflower

#103 Fraud – ‘Where Has All The Depression Gone?’

There will always be someone, and something, to write about, to write for, and as long as there are readers, and listeners, and minds. Pretty much as long as there are humans, there is always a reason to read, and a reason to write.


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K, this is starting to feel awkward. Like a religious cult leader who convinces everyone the end of the world is nigh. The room is packed, the grand speech is done and it is coming! The end of the world is about to happen. All you’ve got to do now is wait. And then wait, and wait a bit more… then wait some more. You eventually just get to the point where theres only a couple of miniature pretzels and a broken party ring left in the plastic compartment platter. Drama and suspense checked out a while ago, and everyone is now staring into the middle distance wondering whether they can speculate on what will happen in the next episode of The Wire, without appearing too optimistic about their chances to see it.

I feel like I’m in that phase, I’ve…

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Digging for Victory

The Revolution will be Grown.Walls of Woven Ivy Climb, Seed and Soil accosted; Replaced our captive ‘City’s’ Grey. A Greener Tomorrow, a brighter today!


  • To salvage spaces, renew and revive for greener, cleaner and happier places 
  • To grow our own food and produce more locally grown edibles
  • To master the full potential of our Sheffield Allotment, let the land teach us how and where to develop
  • Combine creativity, resources and climate to find new and innovative ways to expand growing spaces upwards, downwards, left right and centre.
  • Bring the garden to the people, enable others to share the joy of gardening, planting new life, reconnecting with the outdoors and the pleasures of engaging with their natural environment
  • To establish roots within the local community, collaborate with social enterprising networks, and help to unify  resources, ideas, and manpower for other similar projects which aspire to improve access to green spaces, and opportunities to start planning new growth
  • To regenerate- Disused spaces and derelict infrastructure, could be revived and given a new lease of life with fresh purpose. Temporary pop up gardens, could be just one aspect of this!

Sheffield is a great city for green spaces, housing an eco-conscious community which fosters the creative and artistic. The social co-operative hubs and independent businesses which are budding and flourishing in the city are also very promising and positive in terms of forecasting the shape of the future to follow for Sheffield.

Sheffield would be the perfect candidate for showcasing the incredible benefits of an edible city, which encourages and nurtures urban food growing and sustainable spaces. Lets get onto this and pull our ideas together as a community to make it happen!

Upcycle– Old Doccers make for very jazzy new plantpots for the growth of Tulips, and many other things!

upcycle the red doccers into plantpots for the holland tulips

Take a look at some of the things we’ve achieved so far, and what we believe to be an assortment of treasures worth digging for…


Soul Seaching

Psychology. Counselling. Mental Health. Inspiration


life, the universe and crafty goodness


Growing and harvesting a bounty of blessings in my potager.


New Perspective on Life

Hope Faculty

Hope Faculty Network


Humour - Mental Health - Creativity

Milly Schmidt

The Cat's Write

Dreamwalker's Garden

Growing Your Own Produce and Remedies

Nic Dempsey

bits of my life...

Cultural Values of Digging

A project about digging. Part of the AHRC Cultural Value project.

Inside Vial

Stories and testimonials from a Greek refugee hotspot

Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.


John Self's Shelves

The Misfortune Of Knowing

Books, Writing, & the Law

Dysfunctional Literacy

Just because you CAN read Moby Dick doesn't mean you should.

The Goat Farm

Be the goat.

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