Monday, 26 November 2012
BACK TO BASICS
Broom in blossom. It is an imported weed here
Pacific Blue shrub
Exterior of Sam's shack
Woodland creek, cool when the heat is up
but solar-powered showers work in summer. A composting toilet, a two burner stove to do all cooking on, which was done in a corner of his cramped shack, under the light of candles. My accommodation was an old caravan sited on top of a hill with stunning views.
Creeks zig zag about. Willows have been planted to try to retain water and create local eco climates. When walking twigs and stones crackle because everything is so dry.
He has drying racks for herbs that are sold at the local markets, also he makes cider vinegar. When the sun sets the temperature plummets.
Interior of the shack
Sam is an expert on herbs and edible flowers. Most of my work was to help restore his herb garden and orchard, as it had overgrown owing to the fact he had just spent six months in Thailand looking for a potential female mate.
View from my caravan
He uses a system of growing called bio-dynamic (google it). I was most impressed with the range of herbs that can be used and how tasty they are. There can be as many as 20 herbs and wild foods in one of his salads.