Working Bee

Working Bee

Euphoric and tired I was after our five day working bee. Our dear friends from Riverton, SA came, and friends from Warnanbool, Ballarat and Melbourne drifted in over the five days to lend a hand. Building light earth walls is…

Along Morgantis Rd

Along Morgantis Rd

On the way to our farm you will travel along Morgantis rd where the 1860s double storey brick home built by Maurizio Morganti takes you back to a time when Italians from all over Europe were migrating to Australia searching for a…

fine straw for wall rendering

fine straw for wall rendering

Ralf has been sifting straw. To finish rendering the light-earth walls, the very fine straw husks are chosen and added to a clay slurry to give a smooth and lightly textured finish.

In Daylesford we are...

In Daylesford we are…

We are building our home and planning our permaculture garden. A trip to Italy and Germany three years ago has been the inspiration for our build. Ralf and I visited Italian and German farms dating back to the 1400’s. One…

Sunset farm

Sunset farm

Temporary Internal Garden

Temporary Internal Garden

The straw walls are damp still, but slowly drying. In their damp state thy make great habitat for fungi and so at present we have beautiful mushrooms growing and a mini internal garden to admire. With the warmer weather all…

At dusk

At dusk

Light earth internal walls are being made and rendered. The tractor helps with heavy lifting. The wetland is filling from the winter rains. At dusk, the beauty, I can’t believe is ours to enjoy.  

The New Garden

The New Garden

To Daylesford we will move. Perhaps in January 2015, and there in our new home, a new garden will be made. The amount of space we have sometimes overwhelms me (15 acres) and at other times excites me. The choice…