Living Smarties Preserving Night February Meeting

By Shani | February 17, 2010 |

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 |

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…

Living Smarties Bee Night November Meeting

By Shani | November 17, 2009 |

Wow! A small but inspired group of people enjoyed extracting their own honey after hearing from Peter about bees. Everyone enjoyed hearing the wide range of information that Peter shared with us, and he was able to answer all sorts of questions – discussions ranged from the similarities between bees and human gender politics and…

Living Smarties Chook Night October 2009

By Shani | November 3, 2009 |

Our chook night, held on Wednesday October 14th was another great night of sharing – thanks to Ian and Sandy who presented and shared their love of all things chicken, those who sat on the panel and especially Nadia, our special guest. Nadia is a 14 year old chicken who still occasionally lays an egg!…

Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta – The Final Report

By Shani | November 3, 2009 |

In 2008 Tim Darby and Shani Graham from The Painted Fish hosted the first Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta. The Fiesta featured the opening of The Painted Fish South Beach Eco Village with the Australian Open Garden Scheme, in conjunction with a series of stalls, demonstrations and activities with a sustainable focus, flavoured with food and…

Chicken Soup – and no shops!

By Shani | August 21, 2009 |

We live in a fairly high density street in South Freo WA. For the last two mornings we have been hearing a rooster at dawn. We lay in bed talking about how nice it was, hoped no one complained to the council (we all have chooks!), wondered where it was, if we could borrow it…

Busy Bee makes for a hive of activity

By Shani | August 19, 2009 |

(written by Tim Darby) When you were a kid did your dad ever take you to a busy bee? I love ‘em.   When confronted with an insurmountable task, someone puts out the word, a whole bunch of people arrive and start running around (seemingly at random) and then, by beer o’clock, the wall has…

Guerilla Gardening – Beg For Forgiveness

By Shani | August 18, 2009 |

Once upon a time I used to be a school principal. I first became a principal in an era of devolved responsibility to schools, and my favourite boss used to constantly say “You know what needs to be done – just do it. Beg me for forgiveness later, don’t waste your time with permission now”. Later I worked…

Youth Tree Day at the Painted Fish – August 22nd

By Shani | August 11, 2009 |

Hey Chidlers You’re invited to a rather awesome hands-on sustainability experience put together by sustainability-gurus-but-not-hippies Tim Darby and Shani Graham of The Painted Fish Eco B&B in South Fremantle. It’s the perfect learning experience for anyone interested in starting a veggie garden, living more sustainably and meeting like minded people. Check out the program below…

Growing Community – Hulbert Street Gets Ready For the Fiesta September 19 and 20th

By Shani | August 11, 2009 |

Last weekend saw neighbour helping neighbour as residents of Hulbert Street spent the morning readying their verges for the annual Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, before a shared lunch right out of the street Living Smart garden!   This year the Fiesta theme is “Growing Community” and there is a great deal of evidence of growing…