February sees summer holiday for me ended, and my remaining Tafe NSW Permaculture studies started… I submitted an assignment on water observations which I did some work on during my summer break, following it now with site assessment and creating base map and overlays of my property as it is, in preparation for creating a permaculture design. Lucky for me, there are beautiful & useful map and design resources available online from Milkwood and Goodlife Permaculture, and many others via a quick Google search. My Tafe Ed Support Officer sent me an interesting article, Design the regenerative city: zones and sector.
“I was fencing out a revegetation area, up the gully, one day. It was steep country and hot. I stopped for a breather and looked across the gully. There, about 30m away was an echidna fossicking around some old logs and rocks, looking for a feed. I thought to myself, “Do I own that echidna?”, of course not! Then I pondered whether I owned the ants the echidna was harvesting, or the rock around where it was walking. I concluded that I owned nothing. It was a revelation and has influenced my property management and design even more, ever since. We are not owners. We are simply elements within the ecosystem that we inhabit. That is to say, we are higher order predators and, as such, our ecological niche includes the responsibility and obligation to maintain and regenerate the system around us.” Source: https://eaglerisefarm.com.au/eaglerise-farm/
Reading Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe. Halfway through, it’s one of those books I already recognise as life changing.
Retrosuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to resilient future, David Holmgren.
A Good Home Forever, Rosemary Morrow. Companion book for the video clip of the same name (see below).
The Maverick Soul, Miv Watts (author) and Hugh Stewart (photographer). “Inside the Lives and Homes of Eccentric, Eclectic & Free-spirited Bohemians”. Beautiful writing, stunning images.
Watching Jojo Rabbit, film directed by Taika Waititi who also adroitly portrays Adolf. “A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.” The Guardian’s review. It was screened right time right place while I was waiting out one of Sydney’s wettest days in quite some time, before my flight. But I enjoyed it… clever and humorous.
Gardening Australia’s tours of David Holmgren and Su Dennett’s permaculture property Melliodora from 2019 and 1999.
A Good Home Forever, Rosemary Morrow, permaculture teacher and designer, shares the processes she employed when she decided to downsize and choose a new home to move into.
The Garden at the End of the World, Rosemary Morrow & Gary Caganoff ” ‘The Garden at the end of the World’ is a film that is both a documentary and a travelogue of a journey through a ruined land. It is stark in its contrasts of the impacts of war with the everyday lives of people trying to create new lives, of ruined city and the bare beauty of the mountains, of the conditions in the country and the efforts of one woman small of stature but big of goodness in doing her small part to put things right.” (Russ Grayson – Journalist)
Shared on Facebook A cheery and helpful guide: How to be happy … “Every day in every way work ceaselessly to dismantle white supremacist patriarchal capitalism and support your comrades in the struggle.” … is my favourite. Make life about time rather than money. First Dog on the Moon suggests others worthy to choose from or you can create your own, and share them, of course.
We’re going! Burlesque For the Bushfires Fundraiser. “Gathering together some of the finest burlesque performers Australia has to offer, as well as local talents, Northern Rivers Burlesque brings you Burlesque For The Bushfires – a fundraiser! ALL funds raised will be given to Rotary for bushfire relief. Performers include: MC Sofonda Blackmen, AUSLAN interpreter Mama La Roux, Raine Ingmenn, Calamity James,Veronica Valentine, Turquoise Delite, Bette von Bombe, Wolfire Pole, with the Northern Rivers very own Burlesque Starlet EVA DEVORE.”
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*Note: February 2020 round-up begins at 30 January ‘cos that Insta post didn’t make it to January 2020 round-up.
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live the life you love.”
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10 thoughts on “February 2020 round-up”
Great post, what a lot of work you’ve put into it. Good to see the three of you yesterday. J’s still talking about that cake…. Must check out what you’ve been up to in the back yard when I see you on Tuesday.
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The cake was good but temptation for further indulgence forestalled… we gave all 4 extra pieces to the MiL. It was great to have you in our neighbourhood and catch up yesterday, a good market… your finds were fabulous. I wish I’d bought more seedlings 😁
There was a very good plant selection, wasn’t there? I had a bit of a poke around, but no point in my buying anything, getting it home would be such a nightmare.
Fantastic pics, Dale, but it was this that really resonates with me:
‘We are not owners. We are simply elements within the ecosystem that we inhabit. ‘
Trying to leave this bush block in better shape than when I arrived.
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It resonated with me too. Gerard has a 3000 year plan for his property.
Omg…I didn’t think even trees lived that long!?!
According to Gerard… “I was watching a documentary and listened as Professor Brian Cox talked about the 2000-year-old olive trees. I thought to myself, “I’ve got olive trees!” That blew out my vision to 2000 years. I’ve since read about 3000 and 4000-year-old olives!!!!”
Bloody hell. That is…I really can’t get my head around that. A Methuselah tree? And it’s an /olive/???
A great round-up, Dale. You always inspire me to potter around my garden….at the moment I am trying to revive my sagging mojo by doing a little at a time. I am helped that the tomatoes are finally ripening. Good to see that some rain came your way, and that you and Kate and the blokes (2 and 4 footed!) were able to catch up.
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Any day I can get into the garden is a good day. Two, as has just occurred, is a miracle. What differwnt seasons we have, I’m happy you are getting tomatoes, what we got of summer tomatoes -too dry, too wet- is past, looking forward hopefully to at least a few for autumn but more to some leafy greens. It was lovely to do a catch up with Kate & co, so nice they love to visit this area.
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