Permablitz #212 – Reservoir
In the spirit of the populist movement of our current political world climate I’ve decided to give a voice to the blitzer. Thus, I bring you the best quotes of the day followed by my explanatory comments if required.
Weather of the day of the blitz.
Such a typical Melbourne weather today.
A young family, Sarah and Cameron, and said baby, Elka.
Shhh, the baby is sleeping
For the uninitiated, Reservoir Heights is an up and coming suburb with a 10% annual house price growth* nestled among the most entertaining tram line, 86, and the second largest Kmart in the Southern Hemisphere**.
**Maureen is currently living under a false identity and in fear of persecution following an Edward Snowden like expose of the illegal late arvo after-school activities of the local high school students in the wide aisles of the store. Apparently, they are perfect for playing cricket. Not as good as Burwood though, the largest Kmart store in the Southern hemisphere.
Moving the biggest pile of soil and compost you ever did see (thanks to The Green Centre for the donation!), kitting out some wicking beds, planting out an urban orchard, setting us a chilled out seating space, planting out some herbs and veggies, and “the human water cup chain” – aka too many blitzers working one task at once. See the pictorial essay below.
The fashions of the day.
Among the gum boots Kim vibrantly demonstrated that style and gardening are not mutually exclusive. I think we should start ‘the most stylish blitzer’ award.
The legends of the day
Much has been written about Terry, the legend. Only in September last year he led his team to glorious victory with a Guinness World record for the largest hugelkultur in the Southern hemisphere. These days he does not need to aim for the records and awards. Even the simple task of drilling a hole draws a crowd. See another pictorial essay.
And that’s how you make a hole!
Farting around with spaces.
Creating problem and then fixing them.
Terry’s critique on the modern society that doubled as an explanation for the need for said hole.
Another legend of Permablitz Melbourne. He will answer any dirt, plant or fungus question before you can say ‘ok google!’
A legend in the making. Very pregnant, very easy to spot and very on the ball. I was initially sceptical about her ‘I’ll be back in six months’ comment. But I reckon she will be!
Magnolia leaves are edible. However, confirm with wiki.
Overheard on the construction site.
I hope it levelled.
Discussing raised wicking beds where it’s a fundamental aspect of the construction.
Soil, soil, more soil.
This resonates with anyone with even one blitz under their belt.
I think within the tolerance.
This off-hand comment sparked a profound discussion about the objective and subjective merits of tolerance.
Is it upside down?
Another rhetorical question.
What we waiting for?
Now, that one was just straight from ‘Waiting for Godot’ ***
***An impenetrable Irish literary classic.
In spirit for the current demand for fast news I tried collecting some real time reviews of the blitz.
Jai planned to come to me once he’d thought of one. Another blitzer planned to come back to me after a glass of wine.
Andrea, however, summed it up perfectly:
There is no better place to be on a Sunday afternoon.
The achievements of the day.
- Perfect garden beds (and levelled!!)
- An urban orchard
- Herb garden and sitting area
- Vege garden
Channelling Jerry Springer: “Final thought”.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
I’m going to ache tomorrow!
All in all, it was yet another perfect blitz. (I only wish I could stayed for longer).
My sincere apologies for misquoting anyone. You are all wonderful. Please refrain from commenting until I start getting paid for my write ups.
To see more of Eka’s photos, check out the gallery here!