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Hammer and Nails by Tim Darby

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…

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Chicken Soup – and no shops!

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…

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Busy Bee makes for a hive of activity

(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…

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Guerilla Gardening – Beg For Forgiveness

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…

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Youth Tree Day at the Painted Fish – August 22nd

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…

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Living Smarties Body Care Night August 2009

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…

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Fiesta Update #1

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…

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Beetroot and tomato soup

Neither Tim nor I are really into cooking, but having your own produce in the garden does seem to make you more creative. I find I will often head out for a “shop” (a harvest) and will come back and google the ingredients I have found to find a new recipe idea. The other night…

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Hulbert Street Verge Planting Day

Hulbert Street Verge Planting Day And shared lunch afterwards!  Sunday August 2nd 2009 In the morning we will dig and weed and plant and mulch and  . . .  . . then enjoy lunch together! Ken and Kate will be making some raised beds. Let Tim know if you want to join in (we have…

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