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Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta 2010

By Shani | November 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

By Tim Darby How do you feel about sequels?  As an avid reader, when I find that a book I’ve enjoyed has a second book to follow, I get really excited. I start day dreaming about long winter evenings reading, wrapped in a cocoon of warm fluffy doonas and steamy hot chocolate being transported to…

Hammer and Nails by Tim Darby

By Shani | August 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

I generally admire people who manage to be punctual but when I got the call telling me that the sales rep would be late it didn’t actually bother me at all, in fact it actually put a smile on my dial. You see I didn’t want to see a sales rep at all. I don’t…

What did you expect?

By Shani | August 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

What did you expect?  or Despair , Transformation and Creativity in an Age of Environmental Collapse By Tim Darby  OK. I admit it. For most of the last month I’ve been feeling really miserable. What do you expect? I’m working on a community based program (Living Smart) getting  people to think about the environmental impact…

Economic Development and Your Speedos

By Shani | July 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

Flicking through a local paper a while ago I came across an ad calling for five community representatives to be involved in an economic development working group to “deliver an economic development strategy … to grow Fremantle’s economy with a focus on increasing employment … and the number of businesses in Fremantle.” After due consideration I don’t think I…

Finding the right holiday accommodation for you

By Shani | July 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Finding the Right Holiday Accommodation for You ( Or Always Brush Your Teeth After Eating Wasabi)  So let me ask you a personal question.  Do you like wasabi?  No, seriously, tell me the truth – I can take it.  I won’t judge you as a wasabi wuss if you don’t.  Personally, I can’t stand it. …

The Painted Fish A Guest Review – A Delight for all the senses!

By Shani | March 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

(We got this email from a guest who has come to stay with us a few times. I thought I would share it) My husband and I have stayed at the Painted Fish many times before, in all of the accommodation options: the Carriage, the Cottage and the Studio.  I can’t decide which one I…

Living Smarties Sustainable Clothing Session

By Shani | March 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

Join us in a mass pledge to recycle refashion and upcycle your clothes! Twenty plus Living Smarties had a hoot Wednesday night at the Sustainable Clothing session presented by Lesley Thomas and Kerri Barrie. There was a lively trade in clothes and fabrics to swap and lots of discussion about what we could do to take…

A Painted Fish Wedding

By Shani | February 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

Date:                     A Sunday afternoon in May 2009 Place:                    A couch in a house in the Kimberley Desert She said:              Will you marry me? He said:                Yes. She said:              Where? He said:                The Painted Fish? She said:              Yeah! Six months later, after a move to East Timor and some long-distance planning with Tim & Shani…  Date:                     28…

Living Smarties Preserving Night February Meeting

By Shani | February 17, 2010 | 1 Comment

A report on the last Living Smartie night – Vacola preserving, freezing, jams and drying Written by Susie and Jess (and a big thanks to them from Shani!) Amy the happy pearl stringed house-wife, shared her inspiring experience and extensive knowledge of Vacola preserving. She talked about  why she preserved. –   Because she gardens, economics, creative satisfaction,…

From one of our overseas guests . . .

By Shani | February 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Veronique and Carel are a couple of our European visitors who have stayed at the Painted Fish twice – and we have loved having them! We thought other visitors might enjoy their reflections on staying with us – The first time we stayed in the Painted Fish was almost exactly two years ago. We’d planned…