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26-01-2011, 01:15 PM
Hi, my name is Brigitte and I currently live in Ballarat, Victoria. My partner Anthony and I moved here last year from Brunswick, Melbourne, to be closer to our 4 acres in Happy Valley. :)
Anthony is currently at Zaytuna Farm doing the 10 week Permacuture internship.
I hope to find some comfort here with like minded people, while I'm hoping the next 9 weeks will hurry up as I miss him dearly. =(
We have a quaker parrot called Sparky, who misses him too and will call out for him at times, which is very funny.
26-01-2011, 02:38 PM
Welcome Brigitte - there seem to be many new members from Victoria.
Anthony is in good hands at Zaytuna and it is a wonderful opportunity for him.
Tell us about your avatar - it looks great and tell us about "Happy Valley" too. It sounds like mushrooms grow well there.
26-01-2011, 02:49 PM
26-01-2011, 02:56 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. My avatar is the sign "om" and as I'm right in to yoga at the moment I went to look for a picture. I found this one and it looks like a flower too, so my 2 favorite things in life combined: yoga and permaculture.
Happy Valley is a little place, half an hour drive from Ballarat. In the Gold rush days it was a very thriving little township, but as the gold went, so did the township. We've got just over a 4 acre block, mainly clear land with in the middle some very big cyprus pine trees, some young fruit trees ( apricot, almond and olive ) and some very old apple trees and a pear tree that are still producing fruit.
No house yet, but a very old caravan we inherited from some friends. We bought the land in September 2009 and Anthony was supposed to start his PDC in April 2010. Due to a new job, this got postponed twice and he finally took his PDC in September 2010. I was hoping he'd gained enough knowledge to get started in Happy Valley, but it turned out he wanted to learn more, before starting. So hence why he's doing the internship.
26-01-2011, 08:54 PM
I think the flower is actually a sun symbol. I am sure i've seen the sun done like that before but you could also see it as a sunflower.
Sounds like you need a project to help you get through the 10 weeks. You could start a linda woodrow style mandala garden in that time. Have you ever seen her book Permaculture for the HOme Garden. Or another thing you could do is get some chickens and ducks going. Build a house for them and get the fertiliser thing happening.
27-01-2011, 12:04 AM
G'day Brigitte,Anthony left his towel here...see ya soon.
27-01-2011, 07:47 AM
G'day Brigitte (and Anthony)
Welcome to the PRI Forum.
Nice part of the planet you are living on. Lots of community, permie-esque things happening in your area:
Golden Plains Arts Trail (http://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=449#e322)
Golden Plains Farmers' Market (http://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=608)
Warrambeen Film Festival (http://www.warrambeenfilmfestival.com.au/)
Golden Plains Music Festival (http://2011.goldenplains.com.au/)
Linton and District Community Website (http://www.lintoncommunity.com/)
27-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Sunburn: Linda's book was the first permaculture book I read and absolutely loved it. Where I am living at the moment is not very suitable to start rearing chicks or ducklings and Happy Valley is half an hour drive from where I am and I'm without a car as Anthony has taken it to NSW.
Finding this forum is helpig a lot at the moment.
Glenn: We know! And will be picking it up on the way home. Just booked my flight to the Gold Coast yesterday so we'll be driving home together and stopping at your place for a visit. :)
Markos: we both love the climate here and where we are is so peaceful. Thanks for the info!
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