Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Solstice Dinner

What a night we had at our dinner!

The musicians set the ambience for a celebratory evening that 60 of us contributed to in many different ways. Firstly by contributing things we had grown, preserved been gifted or created ourselves including even our drinks; elderberry wine, gorse flower and elderberry soda and elderberry cordial to mix with fresh mineral water collected on the day.

Gary Thomas came up with a brilliant menu that included a few unusual ingredients like acorn meal and flour, dandelion and chickweed for the nine main dishes and three sweets.

We were all rather surprised by the variety of fresh produce that we managed to come up with in mid winter and how creative people are in making things from nature's abundance.

An able handful of cook's assistants helped Gary to bring his menu to life.

The decorations for the room were created mostly for traditional European solstice greenery and many diners also made themselves laurels to wear for the evening.

A solstice ritual with candles gave thanks to the longest night of the year and then the returning light.

Some quirky stories of how particular ingredients of the dinner had been obtained were shared much to our amusement and Gary told of why he wanted to create a dinner of this kind.
 In keeping with the longest period of darkness of the year, the photos too are a little dark but really give you a feel for the evening.

Thanks to each and every one of you for making the evening such a a grand celebration!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Economics of Happiness

This has to be the icon film of HRN as it fully illustrates how going local really is a choice strategy in leading us all to a more fulfilling, gentler and just society.

Brought to us by Helena Norberg-Hodge whose previous film, Ancient Futures, was seen by many of you in 2008 at an HRN screening. Her ground-breaking work in the Himalayan region of Ladakh is internationally recognized, and earned her ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’

Screening at the Savoia Hotel in Hepburn Thursday July 14th at 7.30pm


Saturday, June 11, 2011

National Permaculture Day

National Permaculture Day in Daylesford on the 30th April was a joyous celebration of community spirit. Over 300 people attended the day's activities, workshops, open gardens, talks and meals, some of which you can see in this short film by Patrick Jones.