An Update

Yikes. I have been a bit neglectful of late, haven’t I? I’ve had a lot on my plate. A health scare – all good, things are now fine. Lots of work – the day job, the business, and Pip Magazine. I have tried to spend a bit more time outdoors on the bike and in the hills. Socialising fits in there somewhere. And, unfortunately, the blog has been the thing to give. No matter, it’s back in mind so I shall try and write more regularly. In fact, I have a lot coming up to write about. I am making a trip out to the block in the next week or two – over one of the long weekends – to do some work and camp a couple of nights. On my list of things to do:

– Build soil;
– Lay some temporary irrigation;
– Plant some fruit and nut trees;
– Perform an inventory on the scrap materials laying around the block; and
– Observe and interact some more.

In other news, I signed up to the Geoff Lawton Online PDC. I know, I know, now is probably not the right time to be taking something else on, but hey, it’s a once a year intake and seemed like good value for money. I have watched a lot of Geoff’s videos in the past and enjoyed them.

I am two weeks into the course and I am looking at pulling out. Thankfully they offer a full refund should you withdraw for any reason within the first 30 days. Reason being, I haven’t really got the time for it, and the course content so far hasn’t been enjoyable. Geoff, standing next to a whiteboard, marker in hand, looking like he is ready to write something on the board. Oh, the anticipation. But he doesn’t. He just drawls on and on, in broad terms, with few examples. Not my style at all. I love a good example, as he has given in many of his free videos; where he has performed case studies on permaculture designs in action. Explaining them thoroughly and in everyday language. I wished for more of that – and it may come later in the course – but I am not hopefully, and don’t want to miss out on the refund.

Anyways, that’s enough from me for now. I am working on a post about running a business following Holmgren’s permaculture principles that I shall post sometime over the next week. Until then, share the surplus.

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4 thoughts on “An Update

  1. Good for you for taking it on, there probably will never be a better time. I found the same with my PDC, lots of fantastic conceptual ideas but I kept needing something I could use. I loved the course and came out a different person, but there is still such a long way to go for me. Keep it up yr doing a fantastic job.

  2. I’m sorry to hear the Lawton course isn’t working for you. I’ve not done it but have of course heard all good things about it (admittedly from Camp Lawton) but I guess nothing fits everyone. 🙂 I was blessed to be given a book the other day called “Earth users guide to Permaculture” by Rosemary Morrow and so far I’ve been very impressed with it. I’m feeling far more prepared to address our block and I’m only up to chapter 5. 🙂

    I’m also sorry to hear you’ve had a health scare but glad things are back on track for you. Life does seem to collate all the busyness and stress all at once doesn’t it?

    I too have been doing some soil building and I’ve been lucky to find a relatively local source of free ameliorants. The Ballarat Sale Yards pile up the manure for whomever can haul it away and not 1km away from there the dredgings of Lake Wendouree are left on the side of the road, free to all. It’s all pond weed, much like seaweed but sans the salt and you can choose your level of rot down which is great. Sadly it’s all 30 mins drive from my place but if I’m in the area I intend to take the trailer every time. 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing more about your block after your next visit. 🙂

  3. I did exactly the same thing with the Geoff Lawton course; his short clips are so inspiring but the first lessons are just plain distracting, and I feel the same; that I have too much on at present.
    I am looking forward to your post on running a business using permaculture principles.

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