Old Grizzly sings it true, and we are seeing the seasons shift at long last to a cooler climate, after seeing it even stay warm enough to ring in late autumn watermelons and rockmelons (global warming doubt anyone?!).
Autumn is returning with its familiar shifts and senescences. Pumpkins which have grown as big as our heads and then some, and other cuties that sit about handful sized in sweet shapes and colours. The ones on the vines are waiting as the plants channel their last growth into their babes.
The others sitting happily ripening up on our rooftop in the warm sun, still 25 degrees most days apart from a few rare freezers here and there.
The new seasons plantings have begun and are starting to thrive and the bounty of summer is being turned into our compost and back into the ground and the food that we grow and love.
We also have a big shift in our household, with our housemates Tom and Nina, and dog Nettle moving out, and an opening to someone else to take their space.
Although this has come with a start and a bit of a shock, this move has potential to help consolidate what we are trying to do here at the farm.
Live simply, grow our food, practice self sufficiency and also share an intentional community which represents and feeds the values that we honour, like living considerately, honestly and with integrity in relationship with others.
Reaching the one year anniversary of our farm sharing experiment, we have had an amazing ride so far, with the few obligatory ups and downs one might expect, and the satisfaction of producing over 50 square metres of our own veggies, chickens and raising our own beef cattle, and sharing some absolutely magic times (including the fantastic anniversary Coq au Vin we ate last night!). We are a bit apprehensive but also excited about who might soon come to join our changing house.
So, if you are keen on a permacultural weekender, or a permanent space to practice growing food and living simply in peace on the Sydney fringe, we have a room in our beautiful farm up for rent to a thoughtful, mature community minded single or couple.
The room is reasonably sized and part of a four bedroom homestead located in Mount Hunter, 15 minutes from Camden, 1 hour 15 from Wollongong, and 1 hour 20 from the Sydney CBD.
For more info pop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 4654 5694.