Bunya nut pancakes, avocado chocolate mousse, raw cream and a little dollop of yakon & passionfruit jam

Bunya nuts for Saturday morning breakfast

Saturday is a special day for us: it is our only day off in the week and we like it being a family day. That is why I like making a nice pancake breakfast on Saturdays.

Last Saturday we had a feast of mainly homegrown yummies on the table: Bunya nut pancakes, Yakon and Passionfruit jam, raw cream, avocado chocolate mousse and bananas.

Bunya nut pancakes, avocado chocolate mousse, raw cream and a little dollop of yakon & passionfruit jam

Bunya nut pancakes, avocado chocolate mousse, raw cream and a little dollop of yakon & passionfruit jam

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Pigmelon and Pademelon, natures solution to severely deteriorated soil; soil at the point of collapse.

Pending collapse of WA’s breadbasket?

We recently went to WA to see Tom’s family. Tom hasn’t lived in WA for 10 years now, and he was shocked by the severe degradation seen driving South from Perth.

Bare Paddock in WA, with some rocks and Pademelons visible

There was evidence of overgrazing (mainly sheep in that area) and excessive chemical use. The overgrazing has compacted the earth, there is no organic material left and when it rains the ground cannot absorb any water. There were some puddles in places on the side of the road, there seemed to have been a reasonable amount of precipitation over the summer. The average rainfall in that area is 500mm per year.  Continue reading

Tom Kendall on the cherry picker, doing a job for more than one purpose

Every job more than one purpose…

Tom in the cherry picker, workshop roof in the bottom right corner

We have temporarily put our solar panels on the roof of the workshop, because the building we eventually want to put it on is not there yet. However, there was an issue with some trees blocking the sun in the early morning from autumn equinox to spring equinox; the panels were only registering a charge of 1.5 Amps that time of the day. The trees were also invading the space allocated for a woodshed and a carport, which cannot be built there unless the trees were removed.

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Tom Kendall of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast.

Introduction to Permaculture Course, Easter Monday in Norseman WA

Introduction to Permaculture courseTom will teach an Introduction to Permaculture course in Norseman, Western Australia (click here for map), on Easter Monday, 9 April. It will be a full day course going into the evening, since he will try to cover as much information as possible in a day. The Introduction to Permaculture will delve into the principles of Permaculture and explain true sustainability. This course is ideal for people interested in Permaculture but who do not know where to start, people dabbling in Permaculture and wanting to take it a bit further and anyone interested in taking part in creating a more sustainable lifestyle and future. Continue reading