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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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TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Backyard Chickens Workshop

three inquisitive backyard chickens against a wooden fence

The best pets ever.

Ever dreamed about keeping chickens? This is the best time of year to get started so that come spring you’ll have happy, egg laying chooks to eat your scraps and fertilise your garden. Following our very successful previous chicken workshops, join us for our fourth workshop of 2015 to learn the basics of chicken keeping.

This workshop is primarily for beginners and people considering getting chooks but not sure yet. The workshop will be run by Kitchen Gardeners’ resident ‘chook lady’ and veternarian Barb Frey, who will cover the basics of set up including council rules, chicken care, and her new favourite hobby – natural chicken food! She’ll also cover how to rule out the risk of pesticide residue in your soil before you start. We’ll be at Flo’s house who has a very impressive chicken coop and run, some newly hatched chicks and is sure to inspire. 

Kids’ Club

Kids are welcome – we’ll have some supervised hands-on children’s activities happening in conjunction with the workshop if your child wishes to play. 

We like to share. Please bring:

  • Something from your garden/kitchen for the sharing table (eg. seedlings, fruit, herbs, eggs etc)
  • Something to share for afternoon tea.

Event details:

RSVP: We’ll be in a Guildford back yard. Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we can have an idea of how many people to expect.

Cost: Entry is by donation to cover basic costs – coffee and tea etc

Date: Sunday 19th July

Venue: It looks like it will be raining, so we’ll meet at the Mechanics Institute (20 Meadow street, Guildford). And try to visit Flo’s place round the corner if the weather permits.

Time: Join us from 1 pm until 3 pm

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Fairy doors bring a bit of magic to Guildford

Do your children love the magical world of fairies, elves and pixies? Would they like to create their very own fairy door for your front yard?

Transition Town Guildford (TTG) has won a grant to run fairy door making workshops for local children in Guildford and surrounds. The workshops will be held to celebrate National Families Week (15 to 21 May).

The 45 minute workshops will be hosted at Guildford Library. The workshops are aimed at children aged 3 to 8, but younger and older children are very welcome to participate.

In the workshop, children will be shown how to create a basic fairy door from balsa wood and pop sticks*. Once the fairy door has been put together, children can then build their own magical creations using selection of buttons, beads, glitter, paint, ribbons, string and many other items.

Once children have completed their fairy door, a photo will be taken of their creation and added to a display in the library. We then encourage you to take your door home and attach it to a tree on your verge or front yard, or your fence or that of a neighbour (with permission of course).

Then you and your children can hunt for fairy doors all around Guildford. Fairy door game sheets will be available from the library and we challenge you to see how many you can find!

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When: Saturday 16 May, 11am – 11.45am OR Monday 18 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Where: Guildford Library, 97 James Street, Guildford

Click here to book a place for your child at one of the above workshop.  Please book a place for each child who will be attending and advise of their name and age.

Children attending Storytime on Monday at the library will also have an opportunity to decorate a fairy door, however no bookings are required for this session.

If your children are not able to attend the workshop but would like to participate, please email lianda19@hotmail.com and we will send you an instruction sheet on how to create a fairy door; alternatively these will be available in the library during National Families Week.

* Please note that a low heat hot glue gun will be available to use at the workshop only under parental supervision. A parent or carer will need to remain in the library during the workshop.

Kindly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities