Welcome to simonthescribe
Hi, I’m simonthescribe – a creator, author and ‘free scribe‘. I love making things and writing about them. I live a joyous life in tune with our beautiful planet, in tune with nature, as much as I can! I enjoy gardening, writing, music and creativity, especially making things from found, recycled or upcycled materials. Then I write about it.
In this website, in my books, stories, articles and blogs, you will find hundreds of tips and hacks to help you ‘detach yourself from the matrix’ and live a simple and creative life in tune with nature.
Here – just for you – are all of my BOOKS – COURSES – ART – MUSIC made especially to bring more love, joy, truth, fun and beauty into the world. To find out more, just click the index or the links underneath the brief descriptions below – some of them are FREE !
The Valley Trilogy: Set in the valley of the River Fowey in Cornwall UK
Book 1: Fintan’s Tale. Two thousand years ago young Fintan, a tanner’s boy, is given a gift by a passing stranger. The strange flower, a Lily from the Holy Land gives him the ability to heal other beings through the manipulation of light energy. This first novel in a trilogy tells of Fintan’s life as an apprentice and forager with the local herbalist. He lives at Castle D’Or at the fort of Chieftan Lugh overlooking the river and its important trade route for gold.
Book 2: Lostgwdeyel. Skipping 2000 years we find the town of Lostwithiel has grown on the site of Fintan’s home. He is a ghost, tied to the valley of his birth. He meets a teacher called Andrew, who writes down his story. Fintan has a message and a tale to tell. Andrew is asked to mend the ancient Dragon Line, where the Michael and Mary Lines cross at the church font. Andrew loses his career, finds love in a tantric liaison and a Goddess is missing.
Book 3: Facing the Font. [coming soon] Fintan bounces through time, inhabiting the minds of several people in the Fowey Valley throughout its history. He picks up clues regarding the vandalisation of the famous font and the spoiling of the energy lines. Andrew employs a tutor to help with understanding the dimension of energy work and finally enters the church in his quest to fix the Dragon Line and restore balance to the Earth matrix.
Why Parliament Must Die. Worldwide our systems of government are in urgent need of replacing. We are all in peril from parliament. This free book from simonthescribe explores how to detach your life from their growing control and find a human purpose beyond the ‘slavery in chaos’ to which centralised government is leading us all. It shows why we should abandon ‘representative democracy’ at a parliamentary level and replace it with ‘participatory democracy’ before it is too late.
Create by simonthescribe. When widespread changes are affecting all of our lives, creativity is the single most important human trait helping us to face uncertainty. It can turn threats into opportunities and negativity into positive hope. It gives us an edge in facing changes, even those thrust upon us. It can produce astounding resilience in the face of difficulty and chaos. Access your inner genius using the many ideas and exercises in this user’s guide to creative thinking.
The DIY Geodesic Growdome by simonthescribe. Make your own food grow dome from the plans in this book. The materials cost just £150 when I built it 10 years ago and it is still useful [although it has a few repairs now]! This book contains detailed information on how to make 3 experimental growdomes, with miniature models provided for each. It also has a special tribute to Buckminster Fuller, the 20th Century genius who was central to their origination.
Lost in the Woods – the Adventure of Arthur. Arthur is guided on a vision quest by woodland animals. He sees how mankind has become separated from nature in this ‘green adventure’ and is resolved to do something about it. This story is based on a real walk though Haldon Woods near Exeter, UK called Beginner’s Way, that was built in the 1980’s. The book contains hand drawn images of Arthur’s adventure along with the text. Ideal for younger readers who like a nature story.
Earth Keeper by simonthescribe. Following on from ‘Lost in the Woods‘ this illustrated story is for slightly older pre-teens. The boy is selected for a magical task by the King Oak. He is asked rescue plants at risk wherever he finds them. He is given a key to a walled garden out of time and in another dimension, where he grows the plants he chooses, preserving them from planetary devastation. After filling the garden and learning so much from nature, he finds out he is not alone…
Simon’s Simples. From a long time working and living with nature, Simon has come to use food, foraged and grown, as medicine to keep healthy. He grows a garden full of plants useful to mankind in many ways and integrates them into his life. He makes all sorts of things from plants to enhance his quality of life and health. Simon’s Simples is a record of many of these experiences which put interaction with nature at the very heart of life.
Adventures in Loom Knitting from simonthescribe. This is a lighthearted book about a blokes first experiences with loom knitting. Only two really simple and fast-to-make weaves are used, and no complicated knitting patterns. There are 25 unusual and easy projects to knit with over 80 photos of items made. Not only is it great fun making clothes and things for yourself, loom knitting is a craft made for sharing. Easy-peasy loom knitting in a book of woolly fun!
Cheat at Salsa by simonthescribe. My shortcut to great partner dancing. This dance shorthand is relevant for all dance styles where there are named moves. A good lead dancer needs to signal their dance intentions to their partner. if they don’t how else can the partner know what they are doing? If you have a number of named dance moves this book will help you string them together in different ways. You will both appear to dance like the wild wind on a summer’s day.
Herbal DIY, a First Aid Kit by simonthescribe. Find a pharmacopoeia of first-aid in your kitchen. Herbs and spices along with a clever use of food can help you to tune your already adaptive body to a maximum state of health. Keep your immunity high and help it adapt to changing circumstances and the increasing dangers of pollution. Natural solutions for simple self-care and basic remedies for a healthy body. Collect these easily-available items and learn how to use them to treat more than 40 common dis-eases.
Making Community Work by simonthescribe. Here is a personal record of 25 years of voluntary intervention in local government by myself. This free .pdf book covers some of my social experiments from 1983 up until 2004. From designing a local currency to national networking there are many eye-opening innovations to be seen. I was brave and naive but learned such a lot along the way. Our society, economic systems and the ways we relate to each other are desperately in need of upgrading, they are literally costing the earth, some of the answers are here.
ReWild Yourself: 20 missions from simonthescribe. An exciting new course that gives you 20 missions to build interaction with nature into your life. You can find more contact even if you are a city or urban dweller. There are even ways for you to find the nature in yourself. Some of these missions involve trips out and some are more reflective. Try these entertaining, informative and fun missions to increase your contact with the natural world, because nature needs you back!
a little book of nature’s power poems by simonthescribe. I wrote these when I was younger and more rhapsodic ! Mostly they came out of being at Dartington College of Arts, a magical time for me. They were written in the flush of twenty-something. For me much of the value of poetry/songwriting is found in the process of making. You will enjoy these delightful little poems/song lyrics about nature. Download for free in a ready-to-print format [as a booklet]. Makes a super-thoughtful last minute gift for people who like lyrics about nature!
Positive Poems and Pictures compiled and illustrated by simonthescribe. This send-by-email ebook is an animation of popular poems with some of my tiny watercolours. It contains 15 short poems by famous writers that have inspired art and wonder for me. Sent this ebook to someone by email to cheer them up. It starts automatically and allows time to read each poem. Inspiration via the cosmic scribe.
The Fourfold Vision by F. Sherwood Taylor. A friend of mine, Cornish Bard Rachel John asked me to republish this book from her personal library as it was out of print but highly relevant today. Originally published in 1945 at the end of World War II, The Fourfold Vision makes a welcome return. F. Sherwood Taylor was the first editor of ‘Ambix’ magazine and was Director at the Museum of History of Science in Oxford. Join him here on a classic journey from the centre of Science and Philosophy to the heart of Art and Nature.
Ways of Confucius and of Christ by Dom Pierre Celestin / Lou Tseng Tsiang. This is an autobiographical account of a Chinese diplomat who abandons his career to enter a religious community. In this meeting of East and West, Dom Lou shows us that just as the natural order of things precedes and leads to the supernatural, so he has been led from the Ways of Confucius to those of Christianity and finally to the Catholic Church and monastic life. This book, originally written in French, was banned by the Gestapo. A fascinating insight into a crossover between two cultures.
Flatpack Yurt by simonthescribe [blog format]. I wanted to make a space for an art studio in my garden and decided to use as many recycled and upcycled elements as possible to build one. The completed yurt is incredibly warm and waterproof due to passive-solar, self-heating walls. It also has an integral woodburner with a heat recapture system which makes it warm even in snow. It is offgrid with power and uses a single solar panel to feed a 12v car battery, with both 12 volt and 5 volt power systems. It has turned out to be a really useful addition to the house and even gives somewhere for visitors to stay.
Watercolour Art from simonthescribe. For many years now I have painted in watercolour and enjoy the processes as a gardener of a paint-growth process using salt washes. I have worked commercially as an architectural artist, drawing or painting portraits of buildings and their interaction with nature. I love painting flowers and have amassed quite a portfolio of work over the years, although I don’t paint commercially. Take a look if you like.
Music from simonthescribe. It’s a discussion point about quite how musical some of this is. I tend to like comedy punk songs. Endless experiment with music and its various forms and instruments is an important part of my creative life as an energy being. The universe is made of vibration and I think that making music in any form I choose finds me at my happiest. Sometimes I will share various musical pieces and you can hear of them online but mainly it has been quite a personal process.
Flutes from simonthescribe. A couple of years ago I was moved to start playing, making and purchasing North American Indian style flutes as part of a personal healing journey. I love the way that these resonate and find an affinity with the pentatonic scale of a traditionally tuned North American Indian flute. The earliest flute on record was made some 50,000 years ago out of animal bone. Human beings have been playing flutes 30,000 years longer than they have been wearing trousers – how’s that for a traditional instrument?
I am making some for sale once I get good enough. until then I enjoy demonstrating this very special instrument using the media of YouTube videos, right here on this site!