These photos

These photos

Two posts for this month to make up for the fact that I did not post in February. Although some of you will have seen this post on facebook or Instagram as I spread my pictures and experiences across all three…

Femme de la fowl

Femme de la fowl

What a great name. Women of the fowls. French. In Italian it would translate to Le Donne del pollame. I really like the French version. Fiona and I met in Melbourne, at NAGA (The Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action). We…

Had I known

Had I known

I’m  so glad I didn’t know… about Mara & Mic,  Tammi and Stuart. About Rod, Alan, Maurice and Danny. I had not met Carol, Andy, Sammy and Sady, Peter and Claire. When we looked we looked for acreage, we looked…

Sixty nine acres

Sixty nine acres

Once a fortnight the butcher shop at Jonai farm is buzzing with youth. I ask the women I meet there if they ever imagined working in a butcher shop, they all say no. So why now I ask? But I…

Alison with one L

Alison with one L

I moved to Melbourne at 18. It was the very best thing to do. The diversity of people there meant that there was someone for everyone. The subcultures to be found in each suburb ensured that eventually I would find…

My Neighbour Totoro (Mara)

My Neighbour Totoro (Mara)

Unlike many other children’s films, the story Hayao tells, has a refreshing gentleness. A domestic family scene is the basis for unfolding adventures, which are rich in emotional colour but devoid of the intensity of many action packed children’s dramas….

Edible garden - Daylesford

Edible garden – Daylesford

Growing your own food makes for rich culture; it is rewarding, invigorating and full of new experiences. Each year seed sowing is an exercise in hope. You never know if the seeds will sprout, but you hope they will and…

Culture grow

Culture grow

We sometimes think of culture as belonging only to ethnicity. You have culture if you are from an exotic country other than your own. We can perhaps forget that we are all creating culture by our social practices and behaviour….

Gardens in the most unlikely of places

Gardens in the most unlikely of places

Everywhere I go I crave to see gardens…of any sort: vegetable, ornamental, succulent, shrubby, overhanging foliage and tendril-like branches. Roses or indigenous billowing spreads. My favourite gardens are usually sprawling, a little ethereal, wispy and I tend to favour repetition…

German Garden Allotment

German Garden Allotment

Ralf’s uncle has been tending a family garden allotment for 50 years. The garden is a 15 min walk from his home and is large enough to produce all of the families fresh vegetable needs. It is one of many…