Now

Now

These past few months we have been preserving, landscaping, installing subsurface irrigation, watering, and relocating our salvaged wood. I have been building relationships with nearby trees. Locating them, wishing them thanks as I harvest their fruit. In fact, I could…

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…

For Now

For Now

Our move to Daylesford was made in September last year. We nestled into our guest house accommodation and decorated its floors with boxes upon boxes full of our belongings. The shed too was filled with fridge and couch and bedding…

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…

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…

Design Garden

Design Garden

I have been thinking about our garden design for months. I studied Horticulture at Burnley and completed three wonderful subjects which opened my mind to a broader variety of plants. For a long time Indigenous plants had been my biggest…

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…