Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tenderbreak Permaculture Tours

Monthly tours of Tenderbreak Permaculture Farm will continue for the rest of the year.

Bookings are required and tours will be held on:-
Tour 1 Sunday, October 18th
Tour 2 Sunday, November 8th
Tour 3 Sunday, December 6th
Tours run 1:30pm to 4:30pm and include afternoon tea.

In the past 12 months over 1000 people have attended one of our events (Some have even been twice.) Our tours are suitable for anyone with an interest in permaculture, organic gardening, passive solar house design, tank water, mudbrick building, property design and layout, chooks and ducks, solar power, grey water systems and sustainable living. In fact our tours are a bit like doing a mini Introduction to Permaculture Course.

Part of the tour looks at defensive strategies against bushfires. The fires of Black Saturday burnt most of our 96 acres, but we were able to save our house and most of our infrastructure. We can now give an account of what aspects of our fire plan worked well and what needs to be improved.

Although our property is a large bush block, we provide information and ideas that are suitable for both rural and suburban dwellers. The size of the groups is limited to ensure there is plenty of scope for questions and discussion. Other dates are available for group bookings.
Contact us for more details or for bookings at

Friday, September 25, 2009


The wonderful Yarra Valley Open Studio inaugural weekend event has now come and gone. Considering it was the first time, it all went very well and smoothly. Although Sally’s Gallery was one of the more distant of the galleries we still enjoyed visits by dozens of people who were exploring the work of artists in this region. The many enthusiastic and supportive comments, made all the work and preparation worthwhile. The positive reaction has inspired Sally to keep the gallery open for a while longer. At present Sally has decided to open the gallery on the following Sundays (and other days by appointment).

Mustang Sal Nature Photography Studio will be open from 10am to 5pm:-
Sunday October 25th
Sunday November 1st

If you are up this way on the above dates you are welcome to drop in and enjoy Sal’s photograhic display of over 50 framed photos plus hundreds of photocards. We’ll have the kettle on and you can also join us for a hot cuppa, and if you are interested have a wander around our permaculture garden. If you have the time, you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the peace and tranquility down by our dam.

We are located at Dixon’s Creek, in the beautiful Yarra Valley (about 60 km from Melbourne GPO). Email us for a map and directions if you need it. If you know of anyone else who might be interested please pass this information, (or our blog address) on to them.
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