cleaning off graffiti from around the town (that one of us thought was a good idea to do at the time),
building a new squat compost loo with SWAP, Isobel,
going for a little ride,
to spend the summer solstice at Melliodora with neo-peasant and permie mates,
advertising for our first SWAP-intern suitable to work with the whole family, particularly Zeph,
and carried on with forest work and play,
until the year was done and we gathered with various friends and other community groups to celebrate the new year.
Our little ensemble of community gardeners won best 'float', despite our on-foot-ness.
The next day, with our Milkwood mates, we were very floaty when we heard the news of our win ($500 to the community gardens to grow more free food).
This year we've been welcoming Connor into our family. Connor was chosen to be our first SWAP-intern. Within days it was like this remarkable young man has been with us for years.
And we've been blessed with more wonderful SWAPs coming to live and learn with us. Hello Anna!
And hello Marta!
We went out of town with our mate Pete to collect some locally grown and milled timber. We're going to build a number of things in the next few months.
With friends Mara, Kirsten and Kat we made a banner,
which will be used each year to mark January 26, terra nullius day at the Daylesford Town Hall.
We've been doing little fermenting experiments and loving the results.
Actually, Connor doesn't need elderflower cider to fool around in the gloaming.
Connor and Marta have been hanging out working together, riding the tandem and generally keeping the home fires burning.
Because it's a time of storing,
food forestry and many people staying,
pumpkins, citrus and kiwi fruiting,
keeping the mice numbers down,
and more storing.
Collecting materials from building sites, the tip, and having friends who gift large doors and windows (thanks Nicko and Elle), has enabled the planning of the north-facing greenhouse.
Our home is a busy mess of multiple projects, ferments and general productivity. We're using the excessive affluence of industrial civilisation to transition to low-money, low-carbon lifeways before inevitable decline or collapse.
Prepare now or struggle later is our motto, and what we've found in the meantime is a more joyous, meaningful form of life making.