Always a great event and fun was had by all! At 10am when we opened the gates it was 10.5 degrees Celsius, and bucketing down with rain. I just could not believe how cold it was for Spring, so cold that it hailed the day before. It stopped raining at 11am and the sun came out of hiding.
|Hail, yesterday afternoon
However the cold and wet weather that did not deter people from visiting though. We had so many people through in the morning it was keeping all the volunteers busy as bees. It died down in the afternoon, with only dribs and drabs coming through. The Football finals must have been on? The grand total for the day was;
54 Guests and 11 Volunteers = 65 Visitors for the day.
The inside of the house was off limits, as our privacy is important to us, but the gardens were open slather with many people going around twice just in case they missed something. We had so many people that interested in all the low tech stuff we had done, in fact quite a few had visited other sustainable homes and mentioned that they were all too high tech, and just looking for something that they could do to their own homes. The overwhelming majority of comments based on feedback from the volunteer guides during the day, was that people felt inspired that they could do some of the things around their own homes and reuse things that they also had laying around.
Anyway, here are some photos of the event.
Here is Amy, my daughter and expert with sponsor pencils by the looks of it. She was the greeter for the day.
Here is one of the displays, with pickles, jams, fruit, and soap. We printed up an information sheet for each guest to explain a little about each area around the garden and some of the inside features.
Our display board was fully stacked with pictures. These belong to the Melton Sustainable Living Group, which we use for displaying sustainable living information at events around town.
You may have seen this likely looking character before. I was waiting to take the next group of guests around, when Kim caught me un-awares!
The main vegetable, herb and citrus garden. People loved the greenhouse and the recycled poles I used to run the peas up.
Past the Solar PV, the compost bins, and the car into the pool area. We cordoned this area off, and had a safety number posted. I will be planting the grape vines soon (in the next few weeks) to grow up the arbor! Two Merlot, one white table and one red table grape vines. Looking forward to tracking their progress over summer.
We repotted lots of Yuccas yesterday, and trimmed off any side shoots and repotted them as well.
Kim painted this sign late yesterday, totally exhausted! Mind your step now.
A quick right turn to Cluckingham palace, which everyone loved,
Then down past the cob oven to the wicking bed,
Still alive and well watered salad greens. So many loved the simplicity of the wicking bed.
Past the garlic bed to the front yard.
A stroll around the 13 fruit trees, and then a hearty hand shake and thanks for the visit.
This is the view as the guest walked back to their vehicles. We are totally whacked, and are now having a well deserved rest. A big thanks goes out to the 9 helpers from the Melton Sustainable Living group, without who the day would not have gone so smoothly. Hazaar!
And a special big kiss goes out to Kim, my darling wife, who puts up with all my crazy green projects and ideas but loves showing people around. xox
Until next year, signing off from Sustainable House Day 2011 in Melton West, Victoria!