While the concept of the weekend is very man-made and imperfect in many ways, we’re enjoying having some.
Last weekend we overcame the howling wind and rain and went to our mate’s birthday party in a paddock and little house. Despite the chill, it was heartwarming. Taking time is always heartwarming and when done with loved ones, it’s even better. People care is never time wasted.
Sam, his very large bonfire and some casual archery happening over to the left. A typical Tassie gathering.
Our very ace friend, Grace ran a spoon making workshop on the porch of her little paddock shack.
Image by Grace
We cut the young, weedy poplar trees down, split them with an axe and Grace shared her super sharp whittling tools with us which make whittling incredibly dreamy and easy.
Image by Grace
I made a funny little “paddle” spoon (the white one below) to add to our existing collection of hand made spoons and butter knife at home.
Not as snazzy as Grace’s spoon collection, but still has the beauty that can only come with hand made.
Image by Grace
We really enjoy our talented, creative friends. Whether it’s spoon carving, lighting *really* large bonfires or building their own little paddock shack (as Grace has below) – they’re a talented bunch. Hanging out with them reminds me of the important things in life – good connections and good times.
You can follow Grace and her spoon adventures over at Heartspoons.
We’re gradually adding a range of case studies to our website so you can have a little look at what permaculture design can look like in drastically different contexts.
Fat Pig Farm
You might know Fat Pig Farm through Matthew Evans and his TV show, The Gourmet Farmer. As well as being a bit famous, Matthew and Sadie Chrestman happen to be very fabulous – pouring their hearts into their farm and work. They’ve managed to recruit some of the most talented and loveliest people to work on their farm and restaurant – we love working (and eating) there.
We’ve done a range of design work for this wonderful farm, including this most recent design that focuses on wind break design to protect their pumping market garden.
Exposed to some vicious south and westerly winds, this market garden is getting a multilayered windbreak to help it thrive.
Grow Community Garden
Initiated by the community and supported by Mission Australia, this community garden is particularly unique. Surrounded by a school and the local Child and Family Centre, it oozes “community” and is an exciting place to visit – great things will happen here, in and out of the ground. Check it out.
A pizza oven with steel pergola over it. Two grape vines are planted at its base and will eventually grow up and over the pergola to create seasonal shade, beauty and food.
A dry-stone bridge providing all-inclusion access throughout the garden and looking darn pretty in the process.
Bream Creek Community Market Garden
This motivated bunch of people have borrowed a patch of land from a local farmer and breathed new life into it to create a community market garden. Driven by volunteers, it’s an inspiring model and what getting organised can do for a rural region. We love this project.
Their farm stand shop selling seasonal produce direct from the garden.
It is such a joy to work with people to (a) create a property design that suits their needs, and (b) watch them turn it into a reality! You can explore more of our case studies and our design services here.
- FYI, we usually have at least a one month waiting period for designs, so book in sooner rather than later if you’re keen.
- If you’d like to learn how to get started in creating a permaculture design for your own place, check out our summer Permaculture Design Course.