The Human Scale

What is the basic unit that cities are developed for? Is it people? or is it cars? This is one of the central questions posed in a movie that I recently got to go and see called ‘The Human Scale’. The concept is fairly straightforward. The movie goes over how in the 50s and 60s…

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So Much To Share/Make/Mend!

Wow there’s a lot going on. Not quite sure how that makes sense, since it’s now dark, cold though sadly not wet! I guess when people would rather be inside they are more likely to plan things rather than just get out and do. Either way here’s a brief post with some ideas and events.…

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Stuff and Hard Rubbish

It’s been hard rubbish collection time around our place recently. For those of you who are unaware of the concept, this is where you chuck out all of the stuff that won’t normally fit in to a bin. In the old days this used to have a very different feel. First and foremost the entire…

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The Johnson Strip Seeks Approval

Turns out for all my dreams of anarchic planting I’m actually a goody two shoes, front of the permaculture, gold star for following the rules sheep. As such tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow is the day when the council comes to tell us whether we are allowed to do the nature strip planting that…

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Reclaiming ‘our’ curb

It’s been a busy weekend. Our nature strip has been sitting in partial completion for too long so this was the weekend to actually finish it. We got another load of wicking bed componentry except this time we have chosen to go for an aggregate (I believe they call it 1minus) rather than scoria. Partially…

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May update

It’s been a while since I’ve updated about things around the house so I thought the first of a new month fitting. Box building has continued unabated. I visited a local bulk pet food store around the corner and asked what they were planning on doing with the stack of pallets that they were loading…

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Food is Free

I normally try to avoid just re-posting from other places half because I think it’s a little lazy and half because I’m still not sure what blog etiquette is and I don’t like upsetting people. That said I think this needs to be posted as is (and my thanks to reclaim the curb for putting…

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The Guinxi of random conversations.

A strange thing has happened; an outcome of our reliance on public transport and the cargo bike that I can honestly say I never expected or thought about. I’ve never been accused of being the shy and quiet type and our kids follow suit, but a by-product of always being in a communal space, of…

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Stop Sign Flowers

The nature strip development is moving slowly but surely. I have some more box building to do (well actually a box and a barrel) and then we just need to scratch back the grass and mulch the whole lot. Further along the street the planning is beginning for two more nature strips so we are…

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