Friday, October 24, 2014

solace...


 I've been creating a small something for


when I thought about what offered me solace

one word came to mind

family


so I started with something of familial significance:
the patched and very worn linen shirt
that belonged to my dear Nana T
(which I've been wearing for the past couple of decades but I finally
have to admit its so old and frayed now that its beyond my simple repairs)


I particularly love the frayed elbows

and I like to think about how both my nan and my elbows
have been pushing through the fabric over time...


I've reconfigured the sleeves by hand stitching



 

and I've roughly stitched a line from emily dickinson

on the newly made flag


(and the hole is honoured - as frayed holes should be)


I dipped the small flag in a pot of tea

(as tea was the beverage of choice from my Nana and Pop T)


and hung the small pennant of peace and solace out to dry


(before bundling it into an envelope bound for south australia)


xxx




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

getting creative with permaculture...


I've completed a small PDF booklet 

that's an introduction to a far more extensive project



 Getting Creative with Permaculture
 
is a distillation of things from my essay/ blog posting/ etc.

Permaculture in the Practice

and my presentation at the recent
 South East Permaculture Convergence

My mini booklet/presentation
is primarily aimed at folk who have completed a
PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate)

There are some terms and concepts that permaculture people
will recognise and understand implicitly
so I haven't elaborated on them,
but I think even those not overly familiar with
the permutations of permaculture
will be able to follow along easily
(oh and you can always have a read of that essay to flesh things out eh)

I'd love to hear your feedback
particularly any brave souls who would like to participate
in the next stage of the project

an idea shared is an idea expanded

(or at least I hope so)



**ps - if you click on the linked title you'll be magically transported to the google drive version of the booklet


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Friday, September 12, 2014

pruning and random rough weaving...

I'm late
 the season has turned
winter is giving way to spring blossoms

but still I haven't finished pruning my orchard!


I am working furiously to get all the trees lopped before everything is in blossom and leaf


 all the pruned bits piling up are giving me ideas...


(hmmmm I wonder how hard it is to weave rough hurdles 
with apple/plum/quince/peach prunings?)


I've found it's quite easy (and fun) to form rough wreaths
from gathered clematis prunings... 





and the kiwi vines come together nicely to form a rough bower...


although rather unwieldy 
I enjoyed creating a rough 'nest' from the pruned bits of grape vine


tiger was a great help with everything


(of course)



"if you build it - they will come"


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Monday, September 8, 2014

garden therapy...

 I spent the afternoon with my gorgeous mumma
(and the local garden club)
at a delish-ous garden
 




there is a gorgeous bamboo grove
with different varieties of cold-tolerant clumping bamboo


 I fell a little bit in love with the large tibetan prayer wheel...


and the various water containers scattered around the garden


 and structures made from harvested bamboo


 I made a new friend...


and got LOTS of ideas... 
 



(lots)

 

 and found some things to take home


there's something about gardens that makes my heart sing


and brings peace to the soul


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

knit one, save one

 all autumn and winter
sitting and watching beside hockey and soccer fields 
and athletics tracks and swimming pools
travelling with children on trains and ferries and buses
or worrying away on the hard seats of hospital waiting rooms

I've been knitting, knitting, knitting



and I've finally finished a lovely big, warm, woolly jumper for my farming man...


but its more than just a practical addition to his scant wardrobe

this project is a record of a cold season of parental duty
(of the heavy duty kind)

complete with obligatory wonky bits...


 ('perfect is overrated' is my new mantra!)


I trust it will keep the farmer twice as warm for twice as long
as it contains a whole lotta love in every knitted stitch

(that's the real magic of handmade things after all...)


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