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Persimmons, pumpkins and permie dancing

With the corn we harvested and shucked in March, we cooked up a delicious feast of tortillas.

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and relocated naughty runaway artichokes.

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We exhaled deep sighs of relief with the coming of the rain,

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and we farewelled Lori, who returned to the US. Lori, pictured here with this season’s latest fashion, the scarf biologique, is our last MIAOW (Melliodora Interns and Other Workers) for a while. Ordinarily we don’t take MIAOWs over the winter, though we do start booking people in to come and stay from September onward. This year we are taking an extended break from our usual MIAOW scheduling as we look forward to settling the Milkwood crew in to their new digs in early July.

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We heartily welcomed these gorgeous visitors with their generous box of shroomy delights. Thanks Tess and Oliver!

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Last month, the R/1 students from the Yorketown Area School in South Australia created a book of drawings for Charlie Mgee after listening to his music during their Science, Literacy and Music lessons. Charlie received this book at the Food Forest in SA where David was teaching at this year’s PDC.

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As we hung up the last of our tomato vines to ripen

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we welcomed the onset of citrus season and look forward to rereading Morag Gamble’s great post on Ways to Use Abundant Mandarins (fruit & peel).

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Autumn really is the season of giving thanks. Here is Su with the gorgeous Kat Lavers exchanging persimmons for pumpkins. Thanks Kat! You made Su sooooooo happy.

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We had another visitor join us here in Hepburn. Woody from Artist as Family came and spent the day being the apprentice’s apprentice. Your care and gentleness was much appreciated, Mitch,

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Thanks too for taking this photo of this morning’s frost, the first big one for the season.

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Thanks to Hamish and Christian, too, for their work building the stone wall on the east side of the house. It’s looking so good!

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OK. That’s enough chit chat. It’s been fun and all but we’d better get back to work. Hope you are working hard and dreaming big, filling your barrows with pleasures accumulated and shared.

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If you are considering writing a poem for the Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize, our inbox still has plenty of room. Entries close July 15 so there’s still lots of time.

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Build it, chop it, grow it, pick it, preserve it

It’s not much to look at, we know, but we wanted to start this post with a blank canvas: the exciting possibility of the empty page, a timely reminder to observe

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and interact:

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There has been much observing these last few weeks, looking around to see what we could use for a retaining wall. Hello willow. Thanks so much to Mitch, the current Melliodora apprentice, for this fantastic series of photos:

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This week we welcomed Lori who will be MIAOWing with us for three weeks. Lori did her PDC at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead in Orcas Island, Washington and has been an active member of the Seattle Permaculture Guild. Lori says that her vision for the future is to infiltrate the mainstream education system and inject it with permaculture. “My goal is to bring this message to young people in a way that inspires them to perpetuate it.” We hope you reach your goal Lori!

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With Lori’s help we picked olives

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cut and dehydrated feijoas, and scooped out their sherbety flesh to freeze them.

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We made kraut,

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and fresh goats cheese.

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And we looked up. We gave thanks for the rain, the falling leaf mulch, and the kiwi chandeliers.

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Melliodora meanderings

We woke to the possibilities of a brand new day.

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We repaired the small jetty to inspire the rain gods.

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We shared food with loved ones.

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We cleaned windows.

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We harvested amaranth.

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We marvelled at the colour and tenacity of self-sown seeds.

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We welcomed three new MIAOWs (Melliodora Interns and Other Workers). This is James. James completed a permaculture course at Ceres in Melbourne and says he is passionate about nature, organic/bio-dynamic agriculture and working in harmony with the land.

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This is Thierry. Thierry is a Canadian WWOOFing around Australia. He did his PDC at the Noosa Forest Retreat with Geoff Lawton. ‘Lately,’ he says, ‘I have been very interested in landscape designing, like the keyline system. This has brought an increased interest on my part in permaculture and the practices and methods used in this type of agriculture.’

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And this is Michele. Michele is from Italy and did his PDC with Saviana Parodi in a lovely Italian eco-village.

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We admired the abundance of life and death and how they cohabitate so beautifully this time of year.

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We had a PDC teacher training get together with Dave Jacke.

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We finished rebuilding the little jetty.

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And we cleared our schedule for this Thursday to make room for an exciting day of events:

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