Cider Making Day in Mundaring

Cider Making Day was a blast.

Despite a pretty off-putting weather forecast, chilly morning temperatures etc., our intrepid cidermakers arrived in the early morning mists and rolled up their sleeves for apple action! It helped enormously that Mark & Jodie (our hosts) had a warm, welcoming fire going in the pizza oven. We all gathered around with hot drinks and listened to Peter Lewis-Affleck’s talk. Most of us were quite unaware of what an interesting history cider has. It was once used as currency – part of a worker’s wages no less! No wonder they could labour so hard & long! Today’s carbonated, commercial version is a pale imitation of the original cider. So we are looking forward to some interesting variety coming out of this cider harvest in a month or two, when hopefully we can get together to compare vintages. We’ve had some really positive feedback for Peter’s workshop and LOTS of request for another. Next harvest season maybe …
A huge thankyou to Peter, Mark & Jodie for volunteering their time and resources for a super community initiative. It was the best fun!! Just look at the evidence …

Mark & Jodies house small banner3 the apple bunch around Peter from Regina8 prepping apples 2 from Regina9 prepping apples 3 from Regina10 prepping apples from Regina11 apples ready for the smasher from Regina17 Presses20 Sampling the juice from Regina21 decanting juice 2 from Regina22 decanting juice 3 from Regina24 apple pomace from Regina25 apple juice ready to go from Regina

Visit Mike & Sally’s Garden in Sawyers

Sat 23 April, 10am

House backs on to Sawyers Valley Oval  (park at Oval)
Bring something tasty to share for morning tea.

Lots of good ideas here. Sally & Mike are both artists at heart: a potter and stonemason (he built the fab pizza oven at Glen Forrest Community Garden). This is Mike’s take on Permaculture author Linda Woodrow’s chicken dome tractor. The chooks do the pre-cultivation & fertilisation, then he plants vegies on the spot after the dome & chooks rotate on to the next quadrant. Works a charm! Also, their first edible garden enclosed by impressive rendered strawbale walls. 

Untitled design

Our 2nd 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk (local as!)

100 x 2 small

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for one last outdoor gathering in the Kinfolk Cafe Gardens.

February’s 100 Mile Meal was our first attempt to socialise and collect new ideas with catering. It worked! One exciting outcome was an offer by Vera Ross to run a workshop to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (booking details further down). Some people reportedly were disappointed there wasn’t more opportunity to mix & mingle so we’ve taken that feedback on board as well. Once again, $20 pp with meat or vegetarian options (and don’t forget, Kinfolk are always willing to cater for special dietary needs. Just contact them to make arrangements) BYO favourite drinks as well.

MENU  (coming soon)

Vegetarian OR Meat option (plus catering for special dietary needs by private arrangement)

BOOKINGS  (see Eventbrite RSVP link on right sidebar of page)

Natural Face Cream Workshops

Learn how to make quality natural skin creams. Our dear friend Vera Ross is an experienced Aromatherapist and has offered to guide some hands-on, natural skin cream making workshops.
Cost will be strictly to cover materials used, around $10 – $15 depending on the size jar you bring and oils you choose. The venue is Vera’s kitchen in Parkerville, with numbers limited to about 10. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR NEXT WORKSHOP.
Bookings & Enquiries:
Vera   0401 403 451     OR    vera4harmony@gmail.com

2

Knitting Nannas needed for crafty activism

Desperate times call for creative protests and it doesn’t get much more creative than knitting! Combine your craft and your passion against fracking, gas and greed (and get scones)

Anyone keen to be part of a Hills Loop? You don’t even need top be a Nanna – all ages can join the knit ins!

knitting nannas (1)

What: KNAG (Knitting Nannas Against Gas … or fracking)  Perth Loop Inaugural Meeting
When: Sat 12th March, 10 am
Where: Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth – easy stroll from CIty West train station and there should be enough free parking available.

What else:
Bring a Name Tag if you have one, otherwise we’ll sticker.
Do invite interested friends, neighbours, church and craft group members and family members to come along.
If the weather is fine I suggest we roll over to the little park across the street and sit by the waterfall. Bring camping chair for that occasion if you have. I’ll bring a few extra.
Plan for the morning:
* Have fun
* Get to know each other and the skeletal plan to ‘knit over Perth’, or crochet, or quilt or embroider.
* Plot out how to proceed – e.g. NOR group, SOR group, or Northern, Central, Southern groups? & How to set up for all hands on deck opportunities such as the big LNG conference coming up in April
* Bring nibbles / drinks / crafting as desired
We are also working with local people on (re)establishing groups in the South West and in the Cervantes -> Moora area, so spread the word in those directions too.
Exciting. Hope many of you can make it!

Free trees for the locals

The annual Tree Canopy and Understorey Program (TCUP) is part of the Shire of Mundaring’s commitment to provide habitat for native fauna as well as plants for residents to create waterwise, sustainable gardens. It’s a subject MiT think is pretty important too.

You can read all about it on the Shire’s webpage here

tcup

 

100 Mile Meal – a very mellow evening

The inaugural 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk was a brilliant, relaxed success!

Kinfolk best shot nice lanterns

Kinfolk early evening 2 cropped Kinfolk early evening cropped

Our very first free range gathering (ie. purely social, no agendas or even movies!!) It was a wonderful combination of great venue, great company, and a superb, balmy, summer evening. If there was a tiny agenda, it was to widen the conversation about what Hills people envision locally in the transition to a more sustainable, life-centred future. Big tick there!

So … lots of discussion and ideas for future local projects (and not too late to send in yours either).  Jenny invited people to join in the support team (along with 350.org) having initial dialogue with Mundaring Shire about Divestment of funds from fossil fuels; Vera offered to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (that one filled up fast!); Selene spoke about the gathering of Transition groups from around the Metro area; Amanda from Wasteless Pantry joined in and shared how much support locals have given to their bold packaging-free venture in Mundaring.

Possibly the best part of the evening: being able to come together to share ideas, good food, nice wine AND support businesses with similar values-based vision.

Especial Thanks to the amazing Kinfolk team JODIE, MARK & CHEF JIM who went above & beyond the original brief. Just look at all the amazing information they provided about the local food suppliers.

100 Mile Meal Kinfolks suppliers and ethos

1 2 3 6