The Ascot Vale Special School blitz went very nicely. About 15 blitzers turned up, most of them first timers with lots of enthusiasm and wonder. The first job was the retrofitting of nine corrugated iron beds into wicking beds, under the guidance of the Seila the wicking-man. All the pipes had been precut, and were ready to go, and with Seila's workshop it was a great success. It usually is with Seila the wicking-man.
As well as the wicking-beds, 80 % of the chook house was completed. Lunch was held in the students kitchen, and was a typical menu: the volunteers were pleased to be immersed in the school's programme.
In spite of the fact that, personally, this blitz was a blitz, with just three weeks of preparation at a very busy time of year, I'd love to host part two sometime soon. Maybe see you there...
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.
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.