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Winter solstice update

Hello freezing cold weather. It’s 7˚C at the moment but the sun is shining and we’re happy to be busy outside.
Today Mitch pruned the feijoas, while also contemplating pruning his bushman’s beard.
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Looks like he’s decided to keep it, to keep his face warm while he works outside. Good idea!
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He then chipped his prunings and fed them back to the feijoas for arvo tea.
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We were visited last week by Daniel BeeShepherd who cycled over from Castlemaine. (Did you notice that he even has a jar of honey in his drink-bottle holder?)
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Here is another great photo of Daniel. As he says: “I’m very keen on human-powered transport and don’t own a car. I usually get around using a pushbike and trailer, including when I service the bees. Permaculture has been a big influencing factor for me and I try to incorporate its principles into every aspect of my life.”
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We have been falling in love with fungi, as we do every year at this time. Here is a spore print of a field blewit (Lepista spp.) we found down towards the gully.
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We have been preparing for Kirsten, Nick and Ashar to come and live here.
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And we have been taking advantage of the colder weather to go through old things and unearthed this photo of Su from the late 80s. What a glamorous permie babe!
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We are helping organise a course at Fryers Forest. If you’d like to learn more about natural building and low impact construction, please come along. Bookings essential.
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Richard Telford took the following photo of David, Terry White, Ian Lillington and Carol McDonough at the Permaculture Australia AGM in Castlemaine over the weekend.
The award is not for the best hat, but the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award given to Castlemaine for being the Community of the Year in 2008. Carol accepted it on behalf of the town in 2008 and has been looking after it ever since. On the weekend she handed it on and presented it to Terry as the most worthy person to be custodian of it. As part of his acceptance speech, Terry gave a talk about the origins of the permaculture journal and permaculture association that he started in Maryborough in 1978, that were the precursor of Permaculture Australia, the only national permaculture body in Australia.
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That’s it from us for now. Just a reminder that there are just over three weeks before submissions close for the Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize.
Happy Hibernal Solstice to you all!

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