In the video, you will see Tom sawing through several smaller logs at once. The stand provides a secure hold and ensures a safer process. A close-up of the stand is shown at the end of the video, if you do not wish to sit through too much chainsawing noise…
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.
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.
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 →
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.
Tom 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 →