Hiking the Bibbulmun

The forecast was rain, with possible hail and it was decidedly cold. I guess that was why there were only three of us heading up to Mundaring to hike the Bibbulmun track on the Guildford Outdoors excursion.  This is how it started…

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We crossed the weir and headed up the track. It began to rain lightly and so after a few minutes we put our rain jackets on. That caused it to stop immediately and we saw no more rain for the rest of the day. The bush was alive after the rain and the flowers are beginning to appear. The hovea’s bright purple and the hibbertia’s  bright yellow enlivened the bush.

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Morning tea was on a delightful granite outcrop, where we basked like lizards.

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We walked to the Hewitt’s Hill campsite where we ate our lunch and enjoyed the company of another walker.

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It was a pleasant walk back to Mundaring weir. We felt we’d exercised and rejuvenated our spirits with a few hours in nature. Wish you’d joined us?

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This was an excursion run as part of the Guildford Outdoors group within Transition Town Guildford. For details of our next event, check out the Transition Town Guildford Facebook page or sign up for our e-newsletter.

Ever considered walking the Bibbulmun track? Come learn about how you can walk sections of it at our next Bright Idea’s talk called “Walking the Bibbulmun Track”. To register, visit: www.walk-the-track.eventbrite.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

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Plastic Free July Long-Table Lunch

Join Transition Town Guildford for our first ever long-table lunch with a difference – it’s plastic free!

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Doors open at 11.30am. Lunch kicks off at 12.30pm!

Nibbles/hors d’oeuvres, tea/coffee and entertainment will be provided.

Cost: $10 for adults, Children are free.

Book your ticket here: https://ttg-long-table-lunch.eventbrite.com.au

Here’s what you need to do:

Make a dish to share (either savoury or sweet) and bring it along with your own plate, glass and cutlery to the Mechanics Hall in Guildford (next to the Post Office).

The challenge is to prepare a dish using ingredients that don’t come wrapped in single use disposable plastic. Also look for ways to transport your dish without using single use plastic like gladwrap and plastic bags.

Bring your Dilemma Bag

If you were unable to avoid any use of disposable packaging to make your dish, bring your items along to join the display of dilemma bags, so we can start up conversations and share ideas on how to reduce plastic/single use packaging use.

Please remember: This is not a competition! It’s just a simple exercise in recognising the pervasive nature of single-use packaging in modern life.

Special Guest Speakers at the Long-Table Lunch

While we enjoy our plastic free lunch, you will hear from inspirational Plastic Free Living experts on how they avoid single use disposable plastics in their own lives.  Our guest speakers will be Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, the creator of Plastic Free July Challenge and Jeannine from the Wasteless Pantry.

How to get to the Plastic Free July Long-Table Lunch?

The easiest way to get to the long-table lunch is via the train. The Mechanics Hall is only a short walk from the Guildford train station. Alternatively, there is limited parking at the venue and plenty of parking available at the train station (you can park there for free).

We encourage you to consider taking the train or car pool with friends to minimise your ecological impact! 

Sustainable Homes Group – House tour May 2016

The May event for the Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes action group will be another house tour and it’s an owner retrofitted house with a veggie garden.

This house has simple readily available design features. If you are looking to make your own older style home more sustainable check out this great little house for good practical ideas.

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 Sustainable refurbishment of a two bedroom duplex which demonstrates that it is possible to buy low cost housing and renovate on a small budget to create a living space that is comfortable and environmentally friendly.

They have kept most of the duplex intact, recognizing the importance of embodied energy in the existing structure.

The home is orientated to the NE using LowE glazing to maintain energy efficiency. Polished concrete floors next to the North facing windows absorb heat in the winter. External shading keeps sun off the NW windows. The home uses barred louvres to allow safe night time ventilation. The home also features SHW system, rainwater tank & re-use greywater. The home has natural lighting, due to a roof window, that is important to how the home functions.

Features include:

  • Passive solar heating in winter using polished concrete floor
  • Windows allow for cross-ventilation.
  • Wicking Bed.

Come join us for this tour taking about an hour followed by arvo tea & quick tour at Enviroment House just down the road (Enviroment House,125 King William St.)

Event Details

RSVP: Numbers are limited, so it’s essential to RSVP via Eventbrite

Location: The address will be sent in the confirmation email when you register

Date: Sunday 22nd May

Time: 2- 4 pm

Cost: By donation or bring a plate for afternoon tea

Look forward to seeing you there!