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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Shani’s First Ever Cauliflower!

There is great excitement for dinner tonight! As I headed up to the guerilla garden vege patch for snow peas and bok choy for tea, I thought I would just have a check of what I thought was some rather large cabbage. Imagine my delight to find a fully grown and healthy cauliflower (you do […]

Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta Fremantle 2009 Growing Community

  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 […]