Time for The Village Continuum has come around again. I can’t believe the year has already come close to finishing! You may remember last year I journeyed to Hollyburton, a permaculture farm just past Riddell’s Creek in Victoria to attend a weekend long workshop when old world skills and village living are the order of the day. This year it was a long weekends worth and the extra day was such a wonderful bonus.
Allegra opted to come with me this year and she had a ball running around with all the kids, climbing trees, making damper and learning Fox Walking. I don’t know much about it but I can imagine somewhat. Allegra was most pleasantly surprised to learn that a workshop is not just WORK as the name implies. 🙂
We had the new car packed (Mitsubishi Triton dual cab ute – needed for farm work and a second car) and ready to go Friday morning. Both of us have been looking forward to going for weeks. The alarm went off at 4am which saw me up and caffeinated before waking Allegra at 5 and hopping straight into the car, squeezing in around homemade shoes, archery gear and clothes. A quick kiss goodbye to troop leader Martin and off we went.
Arriving at a farm at 6:15 with sunrise and fog is a magical start to the day and by 10:30 we were settled into our tiny home, fed with a delicious breakfast and working hard on crafts and making friends. At about 12pm I glanced at my phone to see a message from Martin that Orik was unwell and on his way to Ballarat hospital for further checks and tests. A brief word of explanation and we were in the car, heading back to Bacchus Marsh to pick up Jasper.
Orik was discharged from emergency an hour or so later, given the all clear on his health so Allegra and I headed back to the Village. The community there was just what was needed to sooth ragged nerves and creating something is always a good thing. Unfortunately, the primary reason I had wanted to attend this year was to learn how to mow using a scythe. The workshop that was on whilst I dashed back home was Speedy’s scything workshop. A quick word of explanation gained me a short impromptu lesson though and I am now the proud owner of my own snath and blade. I can’t wait to peen up my blade and start making hay at our farm! Thanks Speedy. 🙂
The rest of the weekend was filled with cheesemaking, tiny house tours, milking my first cow (harder than it looks and murder on arthritic hands), great conversations and superb food. The whole weekend is chef catered and although the vegetarian food was missing one of my favourite ingredients, I enjoyed every mouthful. Breakfast eggs were supplied by Madelaine from Madelaine’s eggs, another wonderful part of Hollyburton.
We packed up the car on Monday morning and attended our last workshops Monday afternoon. I have now learned natural dyeing, basket making, cheese making, tiny home tours, scything, felt slipper making and how to navigate climbing to the top bunk of a tiny home under the influence of gin and cider. That last one might have been more an object lesson on why not to mix drinks! 😉
This year I even remembered to pack my camera but with soapy wet hands for slipper making I couldn’t take any photos, then I ended up so engrossed in the workshops I forgot to take any other photos with it. Yep, a whole 3 days away and not a single good photo. I must apologise profusely but I have 3 to share from my camera phone. That’s it.
Early early bird tickets were on sale during the weekend and I signed up for TVC 2017. I am already counting down!
I’m glad your little one, ended up recovering. It’s scary when those little episodes happen, no matter how short they’re around for.
I have a couple of informative Youtube videos on how to construct and use your scythe. It’s from the Natural farmer, and his first video is about constructing your scythe and basics on how to use it. And the second one is an update on how he’s found using the scythe.
Just in case you would like some extra info. Glad you had a good time away in the end.
Thank you for the videos Chris! Speedy told me the names of several scythers (mowers? ) to look up for hints and tips so you’ve saved me the effort! 😉
Little ones and hospitals are never fun but he was in the best hands with Daddy, which is why I could head back with no qualms. 🙂
Make sure you request a bottom bunk for next year! 🙂 I love the sound of this.
The irony is that there was a bottom bunk but Allegra wanted to sleep up top and at over 6ft with no side rail I had to be the side rail. Not such a good idea to play that game on a squiffy mind. 😦
It was good to see you again at the festival and meet your gorgeous Allegra! Had a ball hanging at the fire and dye pots chatting with you. Pleased to hear that Orik was okay. Can’t wait for next year either! Hopefully I’ll get to see your Viking dress (great shoes btw).
Hey Indrani, was great to see you again too. You started a real addiction for me with shoe making. Look what I’m into now! 😉 And Allegra was just as chuffed to meet you.
Orik was fine thankfully although we all got quite a fright.
I’ve already bought my ticket for the TVC 2017. I can’t wait to see what’s on offer! 😀
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Any minute now im going to turn on Foxtel and find you and your family having a stay from Ben Fogel filming “Where all the wild men are”. YouTube.