Autumn of course

Autumn of course

At this time of the year there are many foods to forage, but with summer ending I began to think about my native trees again and how I should get out on the farm to plant more of them. We…

elder young

elder young

You don’t need to be old to share your skills and knowledge, nor old to be ‘elder’ like. In some cultures it takes a lifetimes work to become an elder in others maybe a little less: a body of knowledge…

after dinner

after dinner

After dinner I was full. Very full. So after dinner I went for a walk. A little walk. After dinner the air was cool but not hard. Not very hard. After dinner the sun was saturated. Very saturated. After dinner…

Wetland Detail

Wetland Detail

There has been rain and heavy during the night. It has made a real difference to the depth of our wetland. Plants on the edge only a few days ago are now submerged. Brilliant, fantastic and lucky!

Cinderella dams: biodiverse wetlands

Cinderella dams: biodiverse wetlands

In our mid 20’s Ralf and I worked for a revegetation company that specialised in revegetating wetlands both remnant and newly constructed. We established a close friendship¬†with two beautiful passionate young men who wanted to increase and protect habitat biodiversity…

Worms rise to the surface

Worms rise to the surface

Our recent farm visit gave me time to observe: The wetland. The new road topping. Worms long, enveloped by nutrient rich soil that have surfaced due to straw bale protection. Rounded newly plastered corners of each window. The tracks left…

December Garden

December Garden

 

Possum magic

Possum magic

It’s getting a little strange in the garden. More and more of the garden is looking white instead of green. I am having to cover all my crops with bird netting; the cherry tree, plum tree, raspberry and boysenberry plants,…

Possum magic

Possum magic

This summers challenge is well and truly focused on managing possum magic. One day I am admiring the beautiful new shoots and small young leaves forming on the plum tree, the climbing rose and the pomegranate, the next day…voila! possum…

Complete rose

Complete rose

Axillary bud forming. After three weeks growth, the stem had lengthened and a small rose flower was forming.