Slash and mulch.

Slowly but bit by bit the restoration is proceeding.

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Sprinting into July with days when the sun actually stays shining. Harvesting the last of the prolific Yacon….8 kilos of tubers off one plant. yacon-harvest Reading Malka Marom……… in conversation with Joni Mitchell……… Titled…….. ‘IN HER OWN WORDS’…. Joni suffers from a very rare disease called Morgellons and when she talks about her illness she describes it…….. ‘ Morgellons is a body snatcher. The invasion of the body snatchers (she laughs). My body is like the earth. What we have done to the earth by overpopulating it, this disease has done the same to my body, by overpopulating it.’

They paved paradise And put up a parking lot   “Big Yellow Taxi”.

We are stardust, We are golden And we have got to get ourselves Back to the garden   “Woodstock”.

Joni recently suffered an aneurysm, press releases as to her condition are as varied and wide ranging as the many reviews she has had during her career as a composer, writer, poet, singer, dancer and artist.

We’re captive on the carousel of time

we can’t return,

we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and round and round In the circle game.

Thank-you Joni Mitchell. You’ve supported and comforted many of us during your fantastic contribution to humanity.

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Working Bee.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare, next working bee will be on Saturday, the 4th of July, from 9 am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk 150 m along the beach from the dog walking beach access track, heading South and turn west into the dunes. We will be there, doing Bitou Bush primary work.

Last working bee we have completed the follow up work on the whole area, 5 hectares, thanks to the hands of dedicated volunteers. From now, till the hot months of summer, we will be working on a quarter hectare of Bitou Bush Primary work, so come and join us for this exciting last bit, as it is not long now before Bitou Bush will be part of history on this site.

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Helen Clark.

Watched Obama and Attenborough’s interviewing each other last night and heard the first mention, publically, of over-population and our trashing of the planet.
Also aware of the conference in Auckland talking about the rise of the oceans and the resulting dislocation of Pacific Islanders. Listen and watch Helen Clark, one of NZ’s more realistic PM of late, talk about refugees and how most of our fore bears migrated due to poverty.

At last reason coming from the Supreme Court in the USA……..guaranteeing marriage equality in 50 states, Obama Care which gives health cover to low income citizens and a scrutiny of the death penalty.
Watch and listen…… to one of the finest eulogies ever given by a public figure.
Come on Australia, come on. Where are the leaders??????

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New Forest.

Nice to wake up to a dry day. Spent the morning spotting re growth in my first ever zone of regeneration, way back in 1994. This is the new canopy. 1994-cleared-of-lantana Busy week just past. Visitors and rain and cooking.

Rereading too, William Burrough’s “Junky”, insight into addiction and then of course my book of the year, Don Watson’s,  ‘The Bush’.  Today I learnt that the tributary of the Richmond River, named after the Duke of Richmond, was Wilson’s Creek, named after the first family that set up here, the matriarch arriving on a raft with a dairy cow and it is believed, the first Lantana plants which now cover thousands of hectares. rain-and-more-rain

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Winter Garden.

In-between showers, enjoying working in the gardens. Finding a lone avocado on the tree, then the lemons and limes and oranges with the last of the tamarillos. Yacons, sweet potato and yams plentiful. And the ginger, still flowering, plump and sweet.


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Harvesting the yacons. Still flowering too……. due to the continuing rain.

Great contributor to the diet. I cut into rings, pan fry in very little oil, to prevent sticking, until beautifully brown and serve.

Other use is in stir fry, chunks tossed through the onion and garlic stage , greens of choice, I use everything I can from the gardens, from mustard leaves to spinach and kale. Marinated in ginger and turmeric, cubes of tofu I add. The yacon provides a nutty sweet contrast with bite.

In a fruit mix with pineapple, tamarillo and yacon, topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.

Or just as it comes out of the ground, like a watery sweet apple, hints of other flavours, like celery. Refreshment in a tuber.




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