What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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Morning greetings

I so enjoy my morning greetings each day.

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Collaboration!

Taking advantage of a rainy day to plan 2018’s Permaculture Design Courses here at Casalinho. We’re excited to be working with Social Landscapes this year to present two courses certified by the UK Permaculture Association.

Watch this space, dates and details shortly!

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Busy Day

Busy day, and soon a freezer full of meat. So many thanks to friends who helped.

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Happy discovery

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This morning’s happy discovery – three wee bantam chicks.

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Pied-Piper of Casalinho

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Anyone would think there were treats in that bucket! Ah! There are :)

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Persuasive

Should I let him in, or not?

I probably would, if I could stop laughing :)

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Sheep

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything happy, so here’s a photo of the sheep enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. Lambert is far happier, as expected, since he’s had some company.

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Numbers increased so rapidly that I found myself having to find extra equipment. What do you think of my ‘make do’ hay rack (and old cot) and seed bowl (the door of a washing machine)?

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Making do is great but, proud as I am of my old washing machine door and other old bowls, I am in need of a decent grain feeder for the sheep. If you know anyone who has one for sale at a reasonable second hand price, let me know.

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Officially summer!

With the help of fab volunteers Maria, Madalena and João, the Casalinho natural bathing pool is now full and ready to receive hot and grateful visitors.

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First clearing the winter’s growth of vegetation and the ever present brambles.

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Working by the dam to clear rocks washed into the gate over winter and ensuring it’s clear

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A job well done. Ready to fill.

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Now doesn’t that look inviting?

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Well earned relaxing time!

Come and experience Casalinho for yourself. We’ve still places on our Permaculture Design Course beginning 18th August and for volunteers able to commit to July and August.

 

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Making Memories

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This is what memories are made of. Volunteer Maria helps me by holding Ziggy the Piggy whilst we syringe feed her.

Sadly Ziggy didn’t make it, despite our best efforts. We think it’s likely that the move was too much stress for such young piglets. Reg and Geraldine and settling in well though, and perhaps one day will have piglets again.

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Handsome

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Lambert is SUCH a handsome chap. And he knows it!

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