On the 27th of September it was time for a country-feel Blitz in Upwey. The sun was shining the hands were eager and the spirits were good. People knew they were up for something special.
Our host Tom doubled up as a designer to lead us through the day. Collective members Kat and Hermann helped out on the various projects on the day. The list was long. Tom wanted to establish Hügelkultur beds in the back of his house, convert the front garden bed into a home-made wicking bed, build a chook shed in the back from salvaged round timber and dig a pond.
More than 20 volunteers, among them many locals, showed up to make light work of the tasks that were planned for the day. The day progressed quickly with digging out the pond to solidify the Hügelbed and chopping new wood up for the other beds. In the front of the house eager volunteers prepared the ground for the wicking bed and dug out camellias that will join other gardens in the area.
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are hosted at rotating locations across the city and we have just one more before the end of the year!
We had a very interactive session this time round with Jo & Dylan from the Desert Echo bringing in paints, brushes and plenty of enthusiasm for a hands on tutorial in watercolour painting! What a great way to present your permaculture design!
We covered the basics and everyone had a chance for a dabble as we constructed simple plans that were turned into watercolour masterpieces. Jo and Dylan also shared some great photos from their recent permaculture related overseas travels with some insightful experiences and very interesting stories! A huge thanks to Jo and Dylan for sharing your experiences and skills with the group!
So that, along with heaps of networking and catching up with old and new friends, wrapped up the 4th Guild Session for 2014! Thanks for all those who made it, we hope you got a lot from it and really enjoyed yourselves. We have just one more planned for this year so if you have been meaning to get along and get involved but haven't had the chance, nows the time!
Permablitz Melbourne Collective
Our four-year-old still doesn't know what a Permablitz is, even though we have had one; Permablitz #163 in Flemington on August 17.
Click here to watch a fabulous timelapse of the Permablitz 157 in Northcote.
We are happy to report that we hosted another very successful Guild Session
last Wednesday the 23rd of July at the Richmond Community Learning Centre.
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share
skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are
hosted at rotating locations across the city and we'll have two more events
before year end.
We were lucky to have Dan Palmer, co-founder of permablitz Melbourne
present and discuss with us some of the thinking going into permaculture
design, the importance of reading the site at a micro and macro level and
having the letting the site revel itself through observation and making
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