Holiday Garden

It's time to take our garden boots of for a couple of weeks and head to the beach. Our lovely neighbours are keeping an eye on our place and coming over to take care of the chickens. The guinea pigs have gone on holidays though - to the children's friends who will love and cuddle them well. We have some friends coming by to stay in our cabin, but didn't want to load them up with lots of jobs, so in preparation for going away here's what I've been doing:

Over the last two nights we have finally had some nice rain so I feel happier that the garden will thrive while I'm not here.  This rain has come at a perfect time to give all my new plants a good soak and to penetrate more deeply into the freshly opened soil.

I am looking forward to a simple holiday - some cycling, sailing, paddling, swimming, beach combing, cubby making, and peach picking over the next two weeks with my parents.  My dad has a lovely little orchard full of stone fruit which we just cannot grow here - I can't wait!

When we get back we will be launching straight into our 2016 series of educational programs from:

I'll post a full list of programs here soon.

We also will start welcoming our 2016 WWOOF guests. We regularly host people here in our garden as WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) - an international network where people come to work for 4-6 hours per day in exchange for food and accommodation.  We have hosted people from around Australia, Uruguay, Chile, Columbia, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, China, Japan, Korea, and beyond.  We have bookings until the end of February, but if you know someone who'd like to express interest in WWOOFing with us, please do encourage them to contact us.

We love the help of WWOOFers and their interesting stories. The kids love learning about other cultures, languages and having extra people around to play with and chat to.  Ever since he was about 3, Hugh in particular has loved to get out and help them in the garden.

Hugh helping to prepare for a Hugelkultur workshop

Spanish WWOOFers get ready for the Hugelkultur workshop with a bit of help from Maia and Hugh.

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