• Autumn hues

    April 19, 2018

    No long stories today – just a photo essay of our goings-ons as we go through the brief patch of autumn between our long summer and long winter. We are still having nice [...]
  • What you got that I don’t know? The contents of commercially available potting and seedling mixes include wetting agents, slow release fertilisers, growth stimulants and [...]
  • Some problems we seem to solve relatively quickly, once we observe them, research some solutions and usually put in a bit of effort. But some challenges, on the other hand, [...]
  • Bush tucker frenzy

    March 22, 2018

    I think it’s important to incorporate some local fruits and other edibles, as well as other beneficial local plants in the garden. Some of these produce some really [...]
  • If you have been following our blog for a while, you will realise that composting is a bit of a challenge at Homeland, especially during our super-dry summer, with the [...]
  • You would think the first project after completing my PDC would be to implement some new concept I learnt about, like a jet stove, a wicking bed for those thirsty blue [...]
  • No long essays today… While I’m away doing a course in Tasmania – much more about that in a subsequent post! – here’s a short photo essay about [...]
  • Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2018

    Happy New Year! May your fruits and vegetables grow abundantly, may your soil be healthy, may you have good rains, may the pests be few and most of all, may you be blessed [...]
  • The net effect

    December 19, 2017

    Last year we were keeping a keen eye on the first few bunches of grapes forming on our newly planted vines as they were slowly ripening. Great was our dismay when a small [...]
  • Ballambar – Early Summer

    December 11, 2017

    Ever since I read about the six Nyoongar seasons on the Petit Paradise blog, I’ve been mindful of the not-so-subtle changes of the seasons in our area too. Sure, we’ve [...]


  • I had a large bunch of delicate tea tree tube stock waiting to be planted, the kids were having a student free day where we could do fun stuff together and Patricia was [...]
  • Introducing some silver

    March 8, 2018

    About this time last year, when we started articulating our goals for Dreamland, we already said that in 2018 we were going to introduce more beneficial animals into our [...]
  • Somehow all our raised beds at Homeland are full. Not 100% productively full – some straggly tomatoes are not quite finished yet, some pumpkins and squash are still bearing [...]
  • Boon companions

    February 19, 2018

    A boon companion is one’s close or closest friend, especially someone with whom one enjoys spending time or sharing activities. This post is a brief photo essay how some [...]
  • During the first week of the Permaculture Design course  from Good Life Permaculture, we had amazing summer weather, a very interesting day of site visits, followed by a [...]
  • Towards the end of the first week of our Permaculture Design course in Tasmania, we had a day trip where we visited three very different sites to study where permaculture [...]
  • After a lot of introspection and some forward planning, we made the decision that it would be good for me to do a Permaculture Design Certificate course. Not only will it [...]
  • Finding the net

    January 15, 2018

    My wife is funny – in a special way… We both agreed that, although practical, the nets at Homeland aren’t the most pleasing on the eye. At Dreamland we wanted to [...]
  • The gift of running water

    December 23, 2017

    Those of you that have been following this story closely will know we’ve had some “interesting times” with the duck pond pump. To the extent that the third replacement [...]
  • Dreaming of water

    December 7, 2017

    Water is one of the most common and powerful dream symbols, and it’s no wonder – water is all around us in our daily lives and it is essential to life. Water is [...]


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