September 25, 2016

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concussion

We were on the farm on Fathers Day (September 4). I was attacking the blackberry with gusto. It’s my new favourite weed, having taken first place from something we call ‘wandering jew’. And I’ve discovered the joy of using a hoe. On this day, I pulled on a long tendril which had taken root, stepped back […]

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August 27, 2016

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blackberry and other weeds

Blackberry ! When we saw the property in May there were some sizeable areas of blackberry. When we settled the property in August the blackberry had doubled, at least. There has been so much rain the landscape is an iridescent green, which is unusual in Australia. Blackberry loves wet. It’s a shame that it’s been […]

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August 10, 2016

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exploring

We settled the bush property in early August. I took the boys out of school for a few days to go and do the pre-settlement inspection, and stay on the property once we got the keys. It was a big adventure. Two of the boys hadn’t seen the property. When we arrived there was an […]

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July 18, 2016

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how to grow a forest in your backyard

This is a lovely TED talk. The speaker changed his career from being an industrial engineer to a tiny jungle party organiser. . Mr Sharma is also speaking at the following link … http://www.ted.com/talks/shubhendu_sharma_how_to_grow_a_tiny_forest_anywhere . And following on from the above talks was a piece by Richard Preston about the redwood trees in the USA. […]

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July 8, 2016

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swales

My husband has been researching permaculture gardens for the property. He is being very thoughtful. He can see the problem with erosion and weeds, and managing different aspects of the land. For him, this project is all about stewardship. Me? I just want to go there and watch everything. I don’t want to do much work. […]

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June 13, 2016

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swimming pond

The contracts have been exchanged on the bush property, and we can’t move in until the 1st of September. We are in planning mode. Years ago, I wanted a swimming pool in our suburban backyard. The summers are getting hotter and longer. This year, our autumn didn’t start until 2 months after it officially started. But the […]

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May 19, 2016

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going bush

Ever since I was a kid I have wanted a bit of land that I could have for my very own. Land that I could look after. It has been a very strong longing. I turned 50 this year, and lately I’ve been thinking that if I don’t do this thing I will regret it. […]

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February 7, 2016

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whitewashed

I am mostly smiling on the outside. But I am screaming on the inside. I have learnt to listen to this scream. Finally. It has taken me 50 years to give ‘the scream’ its dues. I used to blame myself when I heard the scream. What is wrong with you? Why do some things have […]

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February 7, 2016

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becoming a chaplain

Last year I qualified as a Chaplain. It was a lot of hard work. I was the square peg in the round hole – Aboriginal, not overly religious, questioning. We had to do three-day intensives every few months. I became so overwhelmed on the first intensive, I cried a lot. Most of the fifty people who attended the […]

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January 2, 2016

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infinite worth

. I watched this video five times and got something different out of it each time. I had the good fortune to be in a training group conducted by Kent Hoffman about five years ago. What he fails to mention in this talk is that the work he has been doing for the past 20 […]

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