Monday, October 28, 2019

Wild cultures

November Culture Club

This is a watch and learn workshop. No need to RSVP, just rock up.

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Daylesford XR FLASH MOB

Every day we all act for the world, now it's time to sing for the climate!

Make a joyful noise for the planet! (Non-disruptive action.)

Melbourne Cup Weekend

Friday 1st November 4pm & 5pm


Sunday 3rd November 10.30am & 11am

Learn the song at home:

If you are reading this in your inbox, you can see the film here.

The FLASH MOB will be on both the Friday & Sunday.

Meet in the Coles Breezeway between Vincent St and Coles.

Wear brightly coloured clothing!

Make a sign with your climate action message!

Bring 5 friends!

Bring a musical instrument if you can!

More info here.

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Hepburn Seed Savers

Do you wonder how seed lovers spend their nights?

The Hepburn Seed Savers' Brenna Fletcher says, "This is what my nights have been looking like. I feel so lucky to be doing this work of sharing and loving seeds. Seed savers bank will be in the library on Tuesday (October 29) this week!! So much excitement."

Soooo wonderful, Brenna! We can't wait to start borrowing seeds to grow and return.

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Upcoming dates
Community Garden Working Bee - Saturday November 9, 10am - 12pm, Library Garden.
November Wild Fennel - Saturday November 16, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Senior Citizen's Hall.
November Repair Café - Sunday November 17, 1pm - 4pm, Victoria Park Pavilion.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The beauty of what you love

Rumi writes 'Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.'

And look at the beauty local artist Kristeena Saville created! 

And here it is flying proudly over Canberra:

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Happy birthday Daylesford Repair Café!!

This coming Sunday October 20th our local Repair Café is turning one!

Repairs will take place from 1pm - 3pm, followed by a birthday celebration from 3pm - 4pm, and then an evaluation and planning session will be held to reflect on what the repair café has achieved and what could be improved, and to make plans for the coming year. So if you've been along and had something repaired over the last 12 months, come and help celebrate, and bring your feedback in lieu of a gift.

RSVP here.

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October Wild Fennel

Come plantfolks, herbellies, curious cats and wanderers. We are gathering again for another morning of herbal tidbits and community connections.

We will revisit the foundational actions and plants as teachers before honing in on bitters, with the help of plants in the community garden, to help us get our creative spring juices flowing.

Saturday October 19
9.30am - 12.30pm
Skate Park Community Garden
Corner of Duke St and Stanbridge st, Daylesford

We'll be outside, so you might like to bring:
  • something to sit on (rug or chair) in case the ground is still wet.
  • Sun hat
  • Notebook
  • Any herbs, plants, seeds or homemade remedies you would like to share or trade at the end of the talk
  • Something to nibble on; bitters stimulate digestion and you might need something to tide you over until lunch
  • a cup
  • a thermos of tea or hot water to share

This is a free gathering and everyone is welcome to attend.

Each month we will look at different aspects of herbal medicine and focus on a particular plant, with the intention of reclaiming herbal medicine as an accessible mode of healthcare for ourselves and our community and bringing us into closer connection with the land and plants where we live.

RSVP here.

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Extinction Rebellion Daylesford 

Hook into action on climate by joining the Daylesford XR facebook group or by visiting Extinction Rebellion Australia.

Spring Rebellion in Melbourne was energetic and disruptive. Some folk from Daylesford went down to take part in bringing the issue of climate crisis to the front page and nightly news.

Daylesford's next action will be to raise awareness in our local community through a FLASH MOB. There will be singing, dancing and music. 

Wanna join our CLIMATE FLASH MOB? Simply learn this song at home. 

We need everyone! There are roles for singers, dancers and musos too.

You can watch the clip here: 
(If you are reading this in your inbox you'll need to click through to the blog to see the clip.)

Lyrics are here.

Sheet music here.

Stay tuned for the next rehearsal. FLASHMOB date to be announced soon. It will be a weekend in the next few weeks.

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Hepburn Seed Savers

Here we go! The seed donation box and a few reference books have been officially installed at the Daylesford book library! The seed library is not far away now, but in the meantime please bring your seeds - they will be gratefully received, admired and then dispersed.

An article on the Hepburn Seed Savers was featured in The Courier on September 28. Congrats to Brenna Fletcher and all involved!

Photo: Adam Trafford

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Castlemaine Weekly Farmers Market

Castlemaine is about to launch a weekly farmers market on Wednesday afternoons. Focussing on fresh produce, the aim is to move people's weekly shopping habits away from supermarkets while offering an avenue for small local producers to sell their wares.

You are invited to a fundraiser at Castlemaine's historic Theatre Royal on Sunday November 3 at 2.30pm - 5pm to celebrate the launch of the new weekly market. The fundraiser is a screening of In Our Hands - a film about food, agricultural systems and food sovereignty. 
Tickets available here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Beeswax wrap making workshops

Wrap sandwiches, half an avo, fresh bread, fruit, veggies or cheese. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your kids' lunch boxes.

Beeswax wraps are easy to make, washable, reusable and even compostable.

Plastic? No thanks!

Whether you'd like to ditch the glad wrap and start using wax wraps instead, or you already use them, please join us for this very exciting hands on sleeves rolled up workshop.

Tutor Dora Berenyi will be teaching us how to make the beeswax wraps, and to accomodate more people is presenting the same workshop twice:

Saturday November 30th
Workshop One 1pm - 2pm 
Workshop Two 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Senior Citizen's Hall (rear Daylesford Town Hall)

The cost is $30pp. You need to BYO fabric + scissors but everything is will be provided.

Places are limited to 8 people per workshop. Bookings are essential!

When you email to book your place please write in the subject line whether you'd like to come along to the first or second workshop. Once Dora has received your email she will send you her bank details.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Creating culture, taking action and building resilience

October Culture Club

This is a watch and learn workshop.
No bookings required - just rock up on the day.
This is a free event - everyone is welcome.
See you there!

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Want to save the planet but don't want to go it alone?

Hook in with local climate action group - Extinction Rebellion Daylesford

Their aims are to raise awareness in our local community as well as participate in non-violent direct action locally and in Melbourne.

Calling all musos. dancers, singers, performers and everyone for a FLASH MOB style action coming soon!

Non-violent direct action workshop

Saturday October 5
1pm – 3pm
Senior Citizen's Hall (rear Daylesford Town Hall)

Run by Extinction Rebellion Daylesford.

For those interested in participating in the week of action planned in Melbourne from October 7 or other future events.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.
RSVP on the FB event, or just come along.

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Facing Fire

Now that spring has sprung, it's time to start thinking about how you are going to prepare for the bushfire season ahead. HRN has some fire rakes and other tools available to borrow for free. Perhaps you might like to organise a working bee in your street or in a nearby gully with some friends or family? Please email us for more details about the tools.

HRN has a dedicated page on bushfire info, which you can find here.

Hepburn's own David Holmgren was recently interviewed for a Canadian film about bushfire resilience and understanding fire (as opposed to fighting fire), which you can watch below. (If you are reading this in your inbox you will have to click through to the blog to watch it.)

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Some reminders re upcoming events:

Saturday Oct 5: Daylesford Culture Club - Spring clean your gut
Saturday Oct 5: Non-Violent Direct Action Training with XR Daylesford 
Saturday Oct 12: Daylesford Community Food Gardens monthly working bee
Saturday Oct 19: Wild Fennel
Sunday Oct 20: Daylesford Repair Café