Monday, June 10, 2013

Party like its 1492: Pirate garden day, with Le Pain Quotidian

Bellevue Hill Transition Town Garden Creation Party

How serendipitious is this.
On our  first Pirate Garden working party, a lady from the Carribean rocks up, full sail.
In a moving van, in fact. Yes, she moved in as my neighbor, this very day.
What's her job? 
How good is this: Teaching children how to cook from the edible school garden, around the corner. 

So from this I discover that
1. The power of themes: Just get clear about the DNA of your garden, the costume party you are creating, and it starts to just happen that way, creating itself.
2. Schoolteachers from the Carribean don't sound like Captian Jack Sparrow. 
They sound like Captian Clive Lloyd, exactly the summery-honeyed way I want to sound in my next reincarnation. 

Rose bay from Cecilia's balcony

Here's how the day went. 
I padded out to the stern in my pyjamas, to check on the wind and waves. 
So far, so good.

The pirate garden sponsors, Le Pain Quotidien

I strolled down to town to pick up the ransom from 'Le Pain Quotidien'. 
A box of the flakiest pasteries. To get a project like this actually working, massive amounts of flakiness is required.

I'm so glad to see the stylish Le Pain Quotidian turn up all the way down here in Sydney.
It brought back memories of my voyages to the wilds of Santa Barbara, that other sparking movie-star of a city.  I really did get my daily bread here. You really don't want to eat most American food, Le Pain Quotidian was the exception, organic, and delicate. 

Damian the Acupuncturist, making friends with the balloons

After our composting, digging, planning, and a bit of balcony-garden recycling, we partied. Like its 1492.  Damian made the hummus. That was the easiest lunch.
No. In spring it will be even easier, picking it from the garden.

We marauded the wizened poor pots that had been languishing on my current balcony garden, took all the soil from the Terra Nullis pots. 
Now they are truly empty, with a the Zen-like expectation of being filled with good things, and getting donated as a whole, lively balcony garden for someone who doesn't also have the miraculous luxury of a big, on-ground pirate garden
Never have plants captive and subject to the capricious whims of humans, when they can be having fun with their friends, in the ground where they belong. 
Unless you have a good reason.

The compacted barren soil is breathing a sigh of relief. Its mingling with the newly-turned compost in the temporary garden beds. 

What alliances are ahead? 

There is a very real chance that the Amazing Charles of Ecolicious Aquaponics might send his crew our way.
Charles does Clever and Beautiful Permaculture. Not many people do, yet. 
Beautiful Permaculture is about to come crashing into our city. 


Edible Aquaponics by Charlie of Ecolicous

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