Diane Greenwood

Thinking about…



On the weekend I met this guy that looked at opinions in a different way. People in fact are correct within themselves. Most of the time they believe what they are saying. In fact they go about trying to surround themselves with people who also think the same so that they feel better about their opinion and have some grounds to be more stubborn.

How is this going to benefit the world if we all surround ourselves with people who think the same? Will we end up with minority groups, racial districts, governments who are after one or two things and forget about the important parts of life?

If we only were able to all respect each other and understand that everyone is right in their own right. We would be a much better place that is able to grow in our differences instead of clashing them together.

Challenge your life with a little bit of difference and try to understand things you may not agree with. 

MPG09 … viva la revolution!

Paxis is a doing word!

So on the weekend it was MGP09, which for Russell and I only started on the Saturday morning.

We started the day off with a lovely breakfast and chat with people that were gathering. Meeting up with past praxerians was great! We rekindled connections from different parts of the praxis world. As they wondered out from their cabins and tents we gathered in our places with the anticipation of thinking, acting and reflecting.

Alt worship in the morning with Darren went over the peace motif (Alert but not Alarmed) and how we would express and decorate the missiles in our own backyard. It is from a book called:”Tales from Outer Suburbia” by Shaun Tan. All weekend we were surrounded by missiles that each of us decorated in our own ways, some were dismantled, some were painted with flowers, some even had party streamers inside waiting to surprise the curious.

Reflecting with Joan WH was really relaxing and refreshing. Sitting listening to the trees and the animals making thier bush calls was a reminder of God’s world. It was a perfect place to discuss spritual direction. We prayed, talked and explored together.

During the day we were all able to participate or hold lightning talks. This was a great time as people gathered in the dining area to spruke their gathering. It was a hard choice as each praxerian had a great presence and experience to combat the faint hearted. 

After dinner, Lin HD subdued people to light candles on our tables so that we could turn out those fluro’s! We moved into a time where Lin captured us all. She spoke on a personal level and used a Statement to the Nation from the UCA to demonstrate the values of the Uniting Church we are all apart of. There were items listed that confirmed the places that we all came from, all the actions that each praxerian stood for and the reason we still belonged. It was beautiful how she paused at each statement, letting it sink in and settle.

The weekend was touched by this sense of belonging, and each of us clinging to our own reasons for acceptance into this Church. There was a new hope for people who felt frustrated. If you felt frustrated enough not be connected to anything the Statement to the Nation from the UCA tore your attention back to the radical premise of the Uniting Church’s reason. There were things written in the Statement to the Nation from the UCA that I had never read before but knew and felt were within me in this Church.

What I got out of the weekend was a new found hope for being a part of this great Church. Although I may not be around compelling movements on an everyday basis, I know what the Uniting Church stood for and on what platform it was created. The platform of belief and understanding from the great people who wrote the Statement to the Nation from the UCA. I thought for a moment, where are those people now? I slowly realised that I spent the weekend with them! We are a part of a special God and a special movement. Let’s celebrate, let’s disturb the peace, let’s challenge the sticklers, let’s be who the Uniting Church set out to be, let’s be the revolution we want to see.

Viva la revolution!

Some have food,
Some have none,
God bless the revolution!


So last night I went to this talk at Kindness House in Brunswick Street. First of all a great place with lots of people in the one place that all do their own thing to save/help what/who they can.

Anyway onto the topic of the talk, it was about the new report and research that Greenpeace just released Working for the Climate. The talk was by Sven Teske, Greenpeace International’s Renewable Energy Campaign Director and it was so good to have someone disect the report before I read it.

I will write more about the parts that I particularly stood out to me, but for the time being:

  • Feed in tariffs
  • Industrial sector – market and demand
  • New technologies
  • The coal industry – it has only just made sense to me the coal debate and how much we rely on the industry and why they have such a hold on the market.

Will write more later, there are heaps of links an information if you want to do some more reading:

National feed-in tariff good for jobs and renewables

WCC-3: Working to make climate services available to all


I am just sitting down to a wonderful cup of chamomile tea and I thought … wouldn’t it be good if I could grow this. Is it as simple as just the flowers? cause that is all I am putting in my tea ball, isn’t it?

The trusting internet says this is how to make chamomile tea.

There are two plants known as chamomile: the more popular German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Although they belong to different species, they are used to treat similar conditions. Both are used to calm frayed nerves, to treat various digestive disorders, to relieve muscle spasms, and to treat a range of skin conditions and mild infections.


I think I will try and grow some German Chamomile sometime.

Permablitz – Hawthorn

So I went to the permablitz and it was fantastic. There were about 15 people. This is how the day planned out:

  • We arrived and had a cuppa together – chatted a bit and got to know each other.
  • As a group Adam and Rick took us through the design and we all introduced ourselves.
  • Went on our tasks; sorting worm castings, putting up mesh on the bricks, brought in haybales, started to cut timber for the rest of the garden beds, spread worm castings, watered beds, soaked hay to lay.
  • Had a quick lesson on pruning trees.
  • All got together to learn about the drip irrigation system, we installed the first bed of drip irrigation together. Then the second one.
  • Lunch was called – and was an amazing spread!
  • We had another little lesson about the earth and the layers of earth and soil in Melbournes west. Where it came from and the characteristics of the land.
  • Went for a walk to see how different this street was, as it had different classifications of the soil on the same street.

Major things I learnt that I don’t want to forget:

  1. The obvious solar orientation of the block is so important. I knew this earlier, but seriously coupled with the choice of plants this can make or break the site/design and the growth of the plants. So plants like grape vines are good in summer cause they provide shading, and in winter they loose their leaves so that they let the light in. This particular site has a west facing front yard and so there were already some stone fruit trees (nectarine and a plum) in the front of the property so that when they grow they will provide shade for the other veggies to grow under. 
  2. Hardy vegetables. During summer this year most of the plants were beaten by the sun. My tomatoes cooked on the bush, not much survived. Items such as capsicums, pumpkin, zucchini, eggplants all grow well in full sun. Any of the leafy veggies, like lettuce and beans, are not great for these locations.
  3. Chickens. A good idea is to have chicken loose under fruit trees as when the fruit falls the chickens scratch and feed on the fruit and the insects that come to eat the fruit. Then added fertiliser when they poo back on the ground. 
  4. Ground mulch. In this particular garden we were using hay to mulch the areas. There was some talk about the levels of carbon provided in hay and provided in timber wood chips. The fruit trees prefer wood chips because they are high in carbon, where as the vegetables prefer the hay as it is lower in carbon. Tip: if it is very windy, soak the hay in a green wheelie bin before laying it out.
  5. Worm castings. If you don’t have a tiered worm system and have a home made one, it is easy to separate worms from their castings by getting a large piece of ply and putting the worm castings in the center in a big pile. Separate the pile into smaller piles and remove the castings from the top. Then separate them again, and remove more and more castings while the worms make their way to the bottom away from the light.
  6. Drip irrigation systems. Usually fed from a mains water system or a water tank it will need a flow meter between the source and the system. The main pipe to get to the garden are as wide as possible to allow the flow of the water to get there (usually 19mm diameter). The drip irrigation pipping is then attached through T-intersections and connections (it is usually 13mm) therefore you will need connections and clamps for the above sized pipes. When placing it out in the garden it is good to have pegs to place it out before you put it under the soil and mulch. It is good to have them at 20-30cm spacings between the drip lines.

In all the day was filled with amazing things to learn, great conversations, good food and I can’t wait till my next one. 

If you want to see more photos have a look here.


So I am thinking about going to this tomorrow. I just replied, and I am assuming that Russell will be busy working away at home.

Not many other plans for the weekend, but looking forward to starting to enhance my understanding of permaculture, gardening and living together.

Books and Film

I am thinking about going through my book collection and making a list of ones that I have on my book shelf but have not read. Pretty much like a similar list like Kim. Great idea … and it might motivate me to actually get onto reading them.

So, I should start with my first one:

- Transformation Architecture – Reshaping Our Lives as Narrative – Rom Martoia

Or maybe I should take that one away with me when I go to Africa, hmmm I will put it on the list and then see how it goes.


Over to the right there is a link to my etsy store. Have a look and see if you like anything.

Yoshitomo Nara

A while ago one of my friends from work told me that she looked like the characters from Yoshitomo’s drawings. I looked them up on the internet and to my surprise he was the same illustrator of a book that one of my other friends had bought a couple of weekends ago. It was a clash of worlds around Yoshitomo.

Another one of Yoshitomo’s drawings that I like.