our first year

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Panorama with The Pinnacle in view

In December last year, we had just arrived to live on the farm. We were excited about the change, but nervous about how we would cope with all we were about to face. We had the support of Rod & Tania, experienced organic farmers, yet still it felt like a huge leap into an unknown way of life. Would we cope with the physical labour 5 days a week? Would we make good farmers? Would we be able to establish deep and honest relationships with the others on the farm? Could we manage and enjoy life in a 16-foot caravan? What about the extremes of weather that we would experience out here, living so exposed to nature – would we survive those? Continue reading

Change of Season

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It’s been a full & productive time on the farm of late. We are slowly moving out of our busy season and into the slower Summer season. Many of the Winter staples have gone, such as European Spinach, English Spinach, Dill, Dandelion, Flat Leaf Parsley, Ginger, Tumeric, Sweet Potato and Celery. Others are on their last legs, like Coriander, Bok Choy and Silverbeet. Broccoli and Cauliflowers will be over shortly too!! It’s sad to see our winter veges go, but we are equally excited to see all the new fruits and veges growing away madly! I cannot wait to taste new season Pumpkin or Zucchini’s for example! Oh my God and Watermelon!! Crikey…
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falling off the earth

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Well, you just might have been wondering if we had dropped off the face of the earth…it’s been more than 3 months since our last post!! It’s been so long that I had to check our blog just to see what I had written last time I posted. It’s interesting to see that I was talking a lot about the ways we were falling out of touch with the world – how this in many ways has been the whole point of our adventure. And then bang! We dropped right off the planet! Nothing like going deeply into a process! And I have to say, I can highly recommend it.

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paradigmatic ponderings

A number of people have asked me if I miss my old career as a Psychologist – a career I held for exactly 20 years. The answer I give is simple ‘no’. That might make it sound as though I didn’t enjoy my work – when in fact I loved it. Working with people, sharing their stories, holding a space for them to explore and grow, being invited into the deepest thoughts and feelings of another human being – I will always consider these experiences to be remarkable and profound. I cherish the time I spent in this career and all of the people I met over those 20 years. Continue Reading

Newbie farmers

It has now been about 6 months since we chucked in our professional careers, and our comfortable beach-side lifestyle to move an hour inland and set up our lives on an operational organic farm, just outside a small rural village of barely 300 people. We officially arrived here on the 5th December last year. Continue Reading

The Great Compost Adventure

I don’t know why composting is so exciting but it is! We both absolutely love it. There is something magical, alchemical about turning so-called waste into mythical loam! It’s an incredibly satisfying process. I mean if you think about it – waste didn’t exist until we humans invented it. And now we have all these storage and pollution problems with our waste products. I don’t know the statistics but I reckon that 80% of the stuff we call waste can be easily composted or recycled. The rest – well we should stop making it or find a way to recycle it or make people pay to deal with it! Continue Reading