Monday, 5 July 2010

Building communities

What a wonderful day I had a couple of weeks ago
A new resident in town, has blown in and bought with her a change, it may be wintertime down here but she has bought warmth, friendship and inspirational personality, (and that is only through reading her blog and a couple of emails) before we actually met, all this had me a little in awe.  (the awe inspiring kind!)

After receiving an email inviting me to a Home Gardeners Group, I went to Kate's   There were quite a few women and we sat around Kate's kitchen table and chatted sharing such warm, and amazing conversation.  A eclectic group we were but all have in common a love for our gardens, and desire to be more self sufficient and less dependent on oil.  In the process reforming the traditional sense of community.  Mind you we traveled to be together, and we will meet up once a month. Car pooling as we can.  Meeting sharing food, seeds, plants, knowledge, support, books, recipes, ideas and friendship.

Community what does that mean to you?  For some community is family, with a few friends.  The interesting thing we found in our discussion and sharing yesterday is that most of us had moved to the region recently. (12 years me)  other 3months.  Only one person had grown up in Tasmania, and after many years away had returned.  When I first moved here to Tasmania, I found it hard to meet people, especially since I had no children. Children open more doors in new places. 
The locals  were friendly very friendly but invitations to people(Tasmanians) homes never came. Of course this could be more about me than the   All my friends seem to be like myself migrants from the main island north or from overseas.  This situation repeated itself with the group yesterday.   In our discussion we discussed how it is more that locals have family, friendships already established, lives that need no one new necessarily to be included.  They are warm friendly and established.

My chooky girls Lovely Barnevelders

 This is my hen with the green blue eye

This is one of the other 3 all who have orange eyes.

So newcomers may find it hard and why newbies meet with other migrants.  Not always but often.  It may have more to do with Tasmania being an island, a biggish island but still an island with a small population. 
In saying all this.  I love Tasmania.  You can tell that because I was not born here but chose to move here, and have chosen to remain here!  (okay local people love the place too I know.)

When one looks at my library of self sufficiency books, vegie gardening, poultry you would imagine that I had the most amazing vegetable gardens.  They are a work in progress more in my head at present but the concept is being established.  Fruit trees, nut trees, chickens and some vegies are all here.
Extra water tank is here.  I may not be the most successful vegie grower but things are happening and I am willing to give it a try and try again.

One is led to believe Winter,  is a quite time in the garden.  It seems a tad deceptive to me, mine is a  very busy time when establishing one or maintaining one.  Planting, pruning, building, creating, and so very tiring all the planning.  I have paths to re-establish, holes still to be dug.  The ground is a little hard still recent rains will help.  Plants to move, and dreams to dream.

A photo of our cat he is normally very hard to get a full face shot, he is not happy~!

Worm wee to make my vegies grow 
as you can see they need all the help they can

But why are my raspberries now flowering?  I know we are past the winter solistice here but it seems a bit too early or late whichever way you look at it.


JOC said...

So glad you got to Kates! I had to pick up M from the airport so couldn't go but I'm hoping to get to the next meeting.
It will be a bit of a trek for me but worthwhile I think.
I find winter a bit hard to get outside as my joints don't like the cold but I do try. Planning is so important in a garden, I found out the hard way! But raspberries flowering! Mine still look like sticks and I have to admit I haven't even cared for them yet e.g. sorting the dead wood etc. sigh....
Community is live and well in Tassie, that's for sure.

greenfumb said...

Glad to hear you are finding some like minded souls to get together with. I live in a very middle class suburban area and not many people are interested in sustainability.

Very quiet in the garden here, I had a tidy up yesterday but really there isn't much else I can do.

Frogdancer said...

Love the chooks!

BubzRugz said...

It is so great that we can even have likeminded cyber friends isn't it? I too am a migrant making new friends, I had chooks but need a decent bedroom for them (in the planning stage) and make my own worm wee and grow veges when we have enough water. I think community can have so many angles, I go to a number of different groups and think of all of these as little communities.
I like your chats of Tas - Hubz and I want to visit one day (also in the planning stage!) Good thoughts to you..........

Aussiemade said...

Thanks for dropping bye everyone would be lovely to be able to offer you tea and biscuits..hmm maybe next time.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

What a great group of people! That must be fun to meet once a month!

It´s very much the same here where i live. I lived here for thirteen years, but only socialise with others that has moved in here too. All locals that has grown up here are much like You describe tne Tasmanians, nice and friendly in all possible ways. But we don´t mix with eachother.
Have a great day now!

Jan said...

Just found your blog and have added it to my favourites. Good work going on here.

Chookyblue...... said...

every place is what you make it........
I grew up and still live in small towns.......the smaller the town the more community feel you have in the towns......

Kate said...

My laptop has been out of order for nearly a week but now it is fixed and it is great to be back online again.

Thank you so much for your kind words, Aussiemade. It's been great to meet you and please feel free to come up my driveway anytime.

Apple Island Wife said...

Aha, you have Barnevelders. We aim to get those next time, having seen them on the Gourmet Farmer's program, only too late. We have common-as-muck red jobs, can't eat them but they're good layers. We even manage to sell some of their eggs to friends and their deep yellow yolks are much admired. Contented too - I noticed one of them hanging around outside the coop the other day even though the others were pecking happily at the scraps I'd just thrown. It was too fat to get through the door. I had to shove gently from behind.