As I drove out of the city towards the omnipresent misty Dandenongs last Sunday, I couldn’t help but have the feeling that this was not going to be a run of the mill garden working bee/permablitz… boy oh boy was I RIGHT!
As any family would do when faced with news of this category, it seems from the outside looking in that although it is devastating and overwhelming, their response has been one to immediately look at all of their options, become pillars of strength for Joshua and each other and give Joshua every possibility of a recovery. The entire day ran without a hitch due to wonderful organisation and preparation. Not only did each area to be built have a specified team leader to oversee the day, but also incorporated workshops on no dig beds/sheet mulching and Hugelkultur, plus an amazing array of homemade foods.
Fancy being a Permablitz documentor?
If you enjoy taking photos and can string together a sentence or two, we'd love to hear from you!
We try to document every blitz for posterity and so that you can all can check out the action here on our website.
Once a blitz is announced, we put a call out to our handy documentors to see who can head along and record the day by snapping some photos and writing up a couple of paragraphs on what went down.
It's a fun and easy job—we even have a proper guide on how to report on a permablitz (here). Plus it's a crafty way of ensuring you get into booked out blitzes, as we always need a documentor in attendance.
An unusual one plus one blitz plus return out in Warrandyte, after the designers (VEG) and many of the participants expressed a desire at the end of the first day to come back for more! That's just precisely how much fun permablitzes are...
Around 30 people attended part one on May 26. The day was cool but dry and the workers were soon removing their jumpers as they warmed up. Dan and Simon from VEG provided instruction on wicking beds, chook house and strawyard, chook free run fencing and perennial bed as people went to work on the project they were interested in.
Thornbury: A boutique blitz in the Northern suburbs, was an absolute cracker. The host, Sheryl, had quite a bit to say about it all...
As the blitz approached, 25 people had booked in after starting with a limit of 8; it got away from me a bit! Come Sunday though I was able to offer those on the waiting list a spot and most came. Tom Danby offered to help at 7.15am so I asked him to be a facilitator as it was Elias' first blitz!
The morning frost melted as the sun poured over the West Brunswick Food Forest, resulting in a spectacularly sunny winter's day. Volunteers from both the Permablitz network and friends of the Food Forest joined forces in what was a productive and fun day.
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