We're delighted to bring you news from Sintra in Portugal. José Soutelinho writes:
We have so far organized 4 Permablitz. In the last months we are "hibernating" finding room for all that has to be done.
You can watch two videos (from the second and the third) in http://www.youtube.com/sintraemtransicao
And a lot of photos on this flickr channel http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocook/collections/72157612866464648/
But i leave you with group photos from the last 3 Permablitz.
If you want to contact Permablitz Sintra or other groups from around the country and the world, go to the Regional Groups page.
Check it out! New group and here's a video of their first blitz:
More info: permablitzhawaii.com
The hosts of #109, Isabell and Ben write:
It was an amazing day. We were a bit worried about the weather but in the end it was kind to us, and around 25 people helped to transform our garden. Steve, Paz and Kaz [the designers and facilitators] were great - and the permablitzers got through an amazing amount of work. We've helped out at quite a few blitzes, but you get a totally different perspective when it is your garden. Thanks so much to everyone! Thanks also to Isabell's mum for providing food with a Hungarian flourish.
More photos in the gallery.
Steve mentions there will be a "small followup blitz to tie up loose ends next Sunday" -- that's the 25th. If you'd like to go you can RSVP to Isabell on 0434 529 401.
Seila and Keith designed and facilitated a great blitz in Elwood at Jane and Claes's house on the weekend.
Jane writes: "I am still shocked and emotional at the people and their efforts to help our family build our garden beds... We are privileged to be part of this community!"
Our client, Jane, was nesting. Yes that's definitely what it was. With two young children and a third on the way, she and husband, Claes, are definitely on a mission to build some food security and resilience into their lives. As the designers, Seila and I were very pleased to impart some permanent-culture. Jane had a good idea what she wanted, having been to a couple of blitz's: wicking vegie beds, an area for chooks in the front yard, to remove some ornamental trees and plant fruit trees. And that is basically what we did this second Sunday of September 2011 in Elwood.
Before the day; meetings were held, a base plan and design was drawn up, materials specified, how the blitz would run was discussed. The day was upon us. "Oh no - it's going to rain"... but luckily it held off.
What I enjoy most about blitzes is the characters you meet. Young, old, male, female, Italian, Malaysian, Israeli, single, gay, married, divorced, tradies, professionals, retired, sad, happy, funny, peculiar, you name it. (I'm the sad peculiar one). We all had smiles the whole day - just look at the photos! And then there was Cathy, who kept saying "Here, I love digging holes...". When your back's starting to ache, that was music to my ears. Many hands make light work, as they say.
Lessons for next time? If we had pre-cut the timber for the wick beds, we may not have run over time. It's also wise not to use power tools on the day.
-- Keith Rhodes
More photos up in the gallery.
There was a wonderful blitz the Sunday before last at Gigi's and Avi's house in Coburg. We've finally got photos up in the gallery. Jo one of the designers and facilitators sends us this report:
Dylan and I arrived at Gigi’s at 8:30am, welcomed by concrete rubble and pavers erupting from the earth. The compost and mulch piles loomed ominously at the back gate, the stairs presenting a cheerful bottleneck for the wheelbarrows. The delivery men had meant to deliver half of the mountain to the front. But Dylan and I were naively unperturbed, despite or perhaps because of never attending a Permablitz before and finding ourselves in the driving seat. So I attribute the smoothness of the event to delicious beginner’s luck and the dedication of Adam Grubb of Very Edible Gardens and the lovely group of people who turned up to sweat it out digging holes and untangling the terrible mat of roots where the palm tree once stood.
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