Crafty Devils has parted ways with Transition Town Guildford and will have a new format for 2014.
To save the expense and insurance requirements of hiring Guildford Mechanics Institute, we will now be meeting at people’s houses. Our next meeting will be in the new year, probably February.
Please check out our Facebook page if you would like to keep in touch with us.
Thanks TTG and all the best!
Are you feeling festive? Or do you need some inspiration to get into the holiday spirit? Then wander down to the Crafty Devils Christmas Special on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Guildford Mechanics Hall to join in the fun.
Even if the mainstream “silly season” traditions aren’t your style, there is certainly opportunity to learn new ways of promoting low-impact gift giving (for any time of year), unique “upcycled” craft or present ideas, and just a lovely chance to meet and chat with some other local creative people.
Men and women of all ages and creative disciplines are welcome, but please leave the babies/kids/pets at home. (bring your friends & neighbours too!) There will be a festive holiday tea, and if anyone would like to contribute their own trademark treat that would also be lovely.
Ho-ho-hope to see you there!
Following our very successful workshop on ‘The Economics of Happiness’ we held a debriefing workshop on the movie ‘Chasing Ice’.
Chasing Ice graphically but beautifully presents us with the chilling reality of climate change by showing heart-rending footage of rapidly retreating glaciers. It makes it very hard to ignore or deny what is happening to our planet. See this short video for an amusing and heart-warming testimonial from a new convert!
We used the time to share our personal reactions to the movie, our thoughts and feelings about its messages, the state of our climate and its implications for our future. We got to express and release some of the feelings that make it hard for us to face the scary possibilities the movie presents.
Then we got to think about what to do about the things we had learned, about the climate and about ourselves. One member suggested that we can’t truly do transition without doing internal transition!
It was a powerful session and we have decided to meet monthly from now on – our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th Janurary, 7 pm at my home in Guildford. Please email me at email@example.com for the address.
There were lots of us who wanted to talk about bees at the November Kitchen Gardeners’ Society meet. And it is a fascinating subject.
Penny and Shane invited us all to their lovely, shiny new house where they have put in enormous amounts of work in establishing a garden before summer proper hits. They have wonderful plans for bees and chooks and already have their fruit trees in. It’s going to be a gorgeous, edible, shady and fragrant garden.
Rob, who first appeared at the August meet, and who is a man of many talents, offered to take us through setting up a bee hive in suburbia. Which we did, but with many digressions and whimsical meanderings of conversation.
We were all so entranced that no-one remembered to take photographs. Sorry about that.
However, here’s what you need to know:
- Bee keeping starts off expensively – a hive, bees, bee suits, smoker and assorted paraphernalia will set you back in the order of $600, but this stuff lasts a long, long time and the benefits do outweigh the costs.
- A jar of honey goes a long way to mollifying a sceptical neighbour.
- The American hive tool is rubbish, make sure you get an Australian one.
- You must harvest your honey (or, as Rob says: rob the hive) or the bees will seriously consider decamping and there’s not much you can do once they’ve gone.
- Your veg patch will thank you, although the bees won’t make much different to your tomato pollination – this you can achieve by a vigorous watering or a gentle shake.
- Suburban honey is really interesting as the bees range up to five kilometres and collect from whatever is flowering.
- Conventional wisdom has it that paler bees are less aggressive than darker bees, but this is not necessarily the case. Be careful around bees.
We”ll probably run another bee workshop next year. December’s workshop will be on summerproofing your garden, and it’s at Dave and Joan’s place. Watch your email for the address, and if you’re not on our mailing list, you’ll miss out!
Innovative research in 2009 by climate scientists asked the question, ‘How much carbon can we still burn and have a reasonable chance of staying below 2 degrees?’. The answer was, not much more.
And further work has calculated there are already enough fossil fuel reserves identified to cook the planet 5 times over! So the concept of unburnable carbon and fossil fuel divestment was born. As Bill McKibben says
“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then surely it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage”
So we’re co-hosting a Divestment forum to ask – What can Divestment offer our Climate, Communities and Economy?
Please join us on Friday the 6th of December to hear from a diverse range of speakers on what divestment is, why we need it and how you can take part.
RSVP via http://www.guildforddivestmentforum.eventbrite.com.au/
Friday, 6th of December, 6- 8 pm.
Guildford Town Hall, Lot 188 James Street Guildford (there is limited parking available, so we encourage people to walk, ride or catch the train. It’s only 5 mins from Guildford station).
Entry by donation, light refreshments provided.
This event is co-hosted with the Hills Sustainability Group and 350.org Perth.
Join us next week for the December movie night. We’ll be showing the recently released ‘Chasing Ice’, which follows National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Please join us for food and drinks at the Stirling Arms Hotel from 6 pm. Film screening at 7 pm, followed by more time to socialise and chat.
Entry by donation.
Note: Compared to our usual 2nd Tuesday, November is the 3rd Tuesday of the Month (19th November).
You can view the trailer here
Hearts and Minds Group – “after-Chasing Ice” gathering
We plan to get together on the Saturday just after “Chasing Ice” to fully process its implications and work through the challenges it poses. This is an important part of the “internal transition” so necessary for the overall transition our society has to go through.
We will meet at the Garrick Theatre from 2 – 4.30 on Saturday 23rd November.
A cuppa will be available
For more information contact Rod on 0427 428009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more about Hearts and Minds see the sub group tab
How many Crafty Devils does it take to thread a needle? Each and every one! Sewing isn’t just for nonnas. (though nonnas are certainly welcome) It can be either a creative outlet or a practical pursuit, or even both at once. Learning to sew can be empowering, allowing the sewist to customise or repair their wardrobe or create personalised gifts or money-saving household goods. It can be relaxing, envigourating, therapeutic, entertaining, and addictive. There are no fancy qualifications required for operating a sewing machine—it can be as straightforward as driving a car or running a jigsaw. The theme for the next craft lab is all about sewing, from sharing basic skills and knowledge to discussing interesting projects to build confidence and ability. There will be a few machines available for practicing or participants may bring their own. These will also be an optional mini-project of making an upcycled carry bag from cast-off clothing (jeans, tees, buttoned shirts, or dresses work very well) or a pillow slip/old bedsheet. (please bring your own item & a sharp pair of scissors) Open crafting is also welcome, with project or medium of choice (byo supplies, of course!) Thinking about getting your stitch on? Then check out Crafty Devils at the Guildford Mechanics Institute, 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is just $5 and includes afternoon tea. Bring a friend and we’ll see you there!
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