Anyone said ‘bloody hot isn’t it’ lately?
When heatwaves sweep across Australia with the temperature climbing above forty degrees outside, we feel so fortunate to be working inside a well designed house where the temperature stays around 25. Without air-con, of course. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate and understand the principles behind the well designed passive solar house.
Why don’t you join us inside the Melliodora house for the tour on Feb 2 to feel for yourself, and to learn the principles, so that you too can have a cool house in summer (which is also warm in winter)? During the morning, your hosts, permaculture co-founder David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how it can be done.
Not just a cool house, they will show you the way the house operates and functions to support the home-based lifestyle and economy. You will see the design principles as well as practical applications at work, including the cool cupboard and simple compost toilet. Ask them about cooking and preserving too. If you are interested in resilient local and household economies, they will show you how it really works. If you are interested in fermented food, they will tell you how they make their own yoghurt, miso and other fermented food. Interested locavour diet and foraging? They can show you how. Concerned about the bushfire threat? They will explain how to make the house less vulnerable against devastating fire.
And in the afternoon, on the second tour, the garden tour, David will take you around the Melliodora garden farm system from which most of their food comes. You will see the garden bearing abundant fruits and vegetables, while the chooks and goats do their stuff.
What better place to see, feel, touch and experience all aspects of permaculture at work than the world renowned Melliodora? Join us on Feb 2 on the Melliodora tours. See more details in the Events. For booking, simply go to our online shop.
You too can stay cool, if you design right.
Bushfire has been a recurring theme in my work over nearly four decades and a central concern for anyone involved in permaculture design, teaching and practice in rural Australia, especially the south east of the continent, which has the dubious title of being the most bushfire prone region in the world.