Published on Monday, 02 January 2012 01:55
Written by Isobel (facilitator)
Elizabeth and Rodney's blitz in Preston was a great success. We started by preparing cardboard for sheet mulching while getting aquainted and then had our morning circle with introductions, some health and safety, and some info about Elizabeth and Rodney's inspiring new energy efficient house. Then we got stuck into it with some extensive sheet mulching, a quick workshop on good tree planting practice, and some heavy duty concete stump removal (which was very successful). Paths and irrigation went into the front and then it was time for a wonderful lunch lovingly prepared by Elizabeth and her mother. After a good yarn, and lots of blue cheese, half of the group departed for a tour around the 9 star energy rating house, which has just won a design award! The rest of us got on with the irrigation and paths in the back.
It was a very kid friendly blitz and we had heaps of little ones helping with sawdust spreading and generally having a ball. The day came to a triumphant end when all the work was done and seedlings planted. We finished with a big congratulations and thanks followed by a special circle of joined hands and mutual appreciation was. Some well earned cider and even more blue cheese topped off a great day for all.
Published on Monday, 02 January 2012 01:11
Written by Thomas
Back in November, a small band of mostly female volunteers came together for Damien's second blitz, in Reservoir (Blitz 117). The first was in May, 2010 (Blitz 89 - photos of the blitz, and the follow up, and are in the gallery), and since then Damien has been back out in the permablitz world helping other's set up their food gardens. This time, the blitz was to build up the back yard with soil and compost, and to build a fox-proof chook house and chook run.
The chookhouse and run were designed by Nick, who put a lot of time and effort into matching the design with the available space. The chookhouse fitted under the back stairs and deck, and the run included space underneath the house, and around some fruit trees. It was all made fox proof by digging the fencing into the ground, and making sure that there were no holes for the cunning little devils to get in through. It was a big job, and with the tight space we didn't manage to complete it all, even with Nick and Bill staying back to try and finish off.
Kate designed the back yard food garden, along the available narrow strip. There was plenty of soil to move, and space was tight. In spite of the difficulities the job was finished on time, thanks to everyone's (pretty much non stop) hard work.