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Mary Moody's Blog
Tours: ADVENTURES for 2013
I have two amazing tours planned for the first half of this year. In April I am teaming up with local yoga teacher Jan Green of Pranayoga to lead a 14 day yoga trek in India. We land in Kolkata and make our way to the hillsides of beautiful Darjeeling where we acclimatise to the altitude and hang out doing yoga, visiting local villages and monasteries and soaking up the colour and culture of this glorious region of India. Then we head for the hills, trekking in the Himalayas of the province of Sikkim, walking through the extraordinary rhododendron forests. It's an unforgettable and life-changing experience for everyone. Find out more by visiting the World Expeditions website or by clicking on this link:

2013-02-13 (Blog Id: 36)

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General: Come to my Creative Writing Workshop
Writing from the Heart is the name of the one-day intensive creative writing workshop that I am giving for the NSW Writers Centre on November 10. I first gave this workshop to an enthusiastic group at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival and it was great fun - we had fantastic feedback from all the participants. Many of us have a burning desire to write our story; to document the chapters and events of our lives both as a personal record and as a gift to family and friends. The tradition of oral storytelling, of passing family sagas from one generation to another, is gradually diminishing. So writing from the heart; telling the stories of a life; is a great legacy for future generations. We know there are so many wonderful and inspiring stories out there to be told! Here is the link to the NSW Writer's Centre if you are interested in finding out more about this great day:

2012-09-27 (Blog Id: 35)

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Farm: More Babies Due
The arrival of four kids and two lambs in the spring was the cause of great excitement, but there is now some competition on the way in the Poultry Department. First Mrs Duck (a placid white muscovy) started disappearing for hours at a time, signalling she was laying in a secret location where her eggs could not be pinched for the making of creamy custard. After eight days she vanished completely, except for a brief cameo appearance each evening to fill her crop with corn and have a quick dip in the pond with Mr Duck. If a drake can look hangdog, that's his demeanour during the day as he paces the fence and waits for her to disengage from her duties. He's become very protective, and even lunged at my hand with his beak while I was topping up their feeder bowl. We are expecting eight or nine ducklings next Tuesday (the 22nd).

2011-11-16 (Blog Id: 34)

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Farm: Gardener of the future
This is Aaron - he was one of the keenest kids at the garden workshops and knew all the answers when I asked questions and potted up his herbs and seeds like a true professional. His Mum sent this photograph and wrote that on they way home they stopped at a nursery and bought bamboo poles which he subsequently painted bright red and set up as a tower for growing climbing beans. He was also setting up a compost heap, just the way I taught them. Good on you Aaron, and I hope you can came back again next time I have a workshop.

2011-11-11 (Blog Id: 33)

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Farm: Garden workshops
In spite of torrential rain in the morning we had more than 500 people visit the garden and thirty children doing the workshops. The children were fantastic and we toured the farm to learn the difference between a tree, a shrub, a perennial and an annual. They identified nine different types of manure (stumbled on the alpaca pooh) and made manure soup and a compost heap. Then they potted up some Basil and planted tomatoes and potatoes in the new patch of ground that had been turned over by the tractor the day before. It was great fun although I almost lost my voice by the end of the day.

2011-11-01 (Blog Id: 28)

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Farm: Spring has Sprung
Who knows for how long? The warm weather is with us and the potager garden is suddenly springing into life, although I still need to cover the tender plants at night with a blanket. Everything is growing at such a rate, including the lambs and kids. I wonder how long I will be able to pick them up like this? Soon this little sweetie will turn into a rampaging goat and I will be cursing the way he peels the bark from the trees and tries to knock the fences down. But for now he is still adorable. If you still haven't booked your children into the garden workshops on the 29th and 30th, do so quickly. You can contact me through this site!

2011-10-27 (Blog Id: 27)

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Farm: French Potager
Here's an overview of the newly planted potager garden. The wall of the old corrugated iron shed at the back of the garden has been painted to match the gate (or visa versa). The word potager is French for 'edible, vegetable' and is commonly used to describe a family vegetable garden. Flowers are part of the mix, so it's not just straight lines of vegetables in rows, it's lots of colour and diversity. I believe people should grow gardens like this in front of their houses - instead of boring old lawn and shrubs. It takes a bit of work (great exercise) and the bonus is you can EAT your garden, it's organic and it's constantly changing - growing and being harvested. Imagine the fun of working in your garden and chatting to people passing by, who are wondering what on earth you are doing. We have had to use old windows to protect the tender plants from overnight temperatures - I also 'wrap' the garden in wool blankets before the sun sets. Crazy stuff - yes, but definitely worth it.

2011-10-25 (Blog Id: 26)

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Farm: Open Garden
Agreeing to open your garden to the public is a risky (maybe crazy) business. There the weather, fighting the weeds and the lack of time to get it looking 'up to scratch'. However, once you have said yes, it's relentless work to reach the deadline. By serendipity I had an email from a delightful young woman - Nicolle Clout - who is a landscape designer living in Bathurst. She wanted 'to help' so I suggested she design an ornamental potager. A tarted up version of the good old vegie patch. Crazy, really, because I don't usually start my vegetable garden until late November due to the cold weather in spring here in Yetholme. Nicolle came up with a great design, helped me shop for the plants, weed the garden, do the planting, the mulching and then paint the garden fence and walls in some wild colours. It may not be fully grown by the time visitors arrive on October 29, but it will certainly give them something to talk about. Here's Nicolle attacking the garden gate with a paintbrush

2011-10-21 (Blog Id: 25)

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Farm: Baby Time
It's that time of year. We have two gorgeous sets of goat twins and, only yesterday, an unexpected lamb arrived on the scene at breakfast time. It was hard to see the ewe was pregnant because of her luxuriant coat. We have called a shearer for her, the ram and the two alpacas. There is so much to be done for the gardening opening (Oct 29/30). Weeding, mulching,planting etc. I should have done more in the autumn. Yetholme has a challenging climate and that really limits gardening time. We are doing our best!

2011-10-12 (Blog Id: 17)

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Books: My Gorgeous New Gardening Book
I love the cover of this book - it's so bright and beautiful. Inside there are a multitude of great ideas to inspire children to get involved in the love of gardening. Beautiful photographs, and plenty of step-by-step instructions to make it easy. Bring your kids to my farm at Yetholme, near Bathurst, over the last weekend in October. I am giving six garden workshops JUST FOR KIDS and they will get a chance to pot up some herbs and help me plant my summer crops of tomatoes and potatoes. Email me at for more details....... My grandkids love digging up potatoes most of all - it's a lucky dip each time they slide the fork into the soil. Some of the spuds are enormous, and I am sure they are visualising crispy roast potatoes while they are harvesting. Their next favourite is picking the sweet corn. It's a bit of a game - I put a pot of water on to boil and they have to find the ripe cobs, strip them of the foliage and silks and run like mad back to the kitchen so they can be cooked while the sugars are at max! A bad of butter, and we are all in heaven

2011-10-11 (Blog Id: 8)


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