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Living Smarties Bee Night November Meeting

By Shani | November 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

(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 | 5 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 1 Comment

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…

Living Smarties Body Care Night August 2009

By Shani | August 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

Although Bea , our expert home soap maker was not able to make it, sisters Steph and Maritza did a great job, and inspired many in attendance. A list of people interested in learning more about soap making has been taken, and it is hoped that Bea will run a “hands on” session soon at…

Fiesta Update #1

By Shani | July 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta September 19 and 20th 2009 Growing Community The Fiesta planning is going well. Although the Council was not forthcoming with money for our community application, the Sustainability Officer has assisted us so after a budget prune, we are hoping we will not be too out of pocket. The street is planning…