The whole of the peninsula of northeast Australia runs right up into the tropics, it’s called Cape York. When we first got photographs of it, it was solid rain forest. In Sydney, though, we’re noticing little holes appearing in the rain forest all along the coast and in the end, they turned into quite large holes with buildings in them. So, they went to have a look, and the hippies were escaping the city by going to Cape York, finding a nice waterfall ten yards from a beach, cutting themselves a clearing, putting in a garden and building a house and then getting a bigger house and asking their friends to come. So the hippies were actually eating the rain forest. And they’re the very people who turn up in thousands to stop all forests being cut anywhere. But they themselves, at home, were the main cause of the disappearance of a very uncommon tropical rain forest because they like to live in a beautiful place. What they don’t like to do is build a beautiful place to go and live in. They like to go to a place that is already very beautiful. That’s very typical of rich people and hippies. You’ll hear hundreds of hippies say, “Oh, I’ve found this marvelous place. It’s got a waterfall; it’s got beautiful trees. It’s got thousands of birds, you know. I’m gonna build there.” It’s right in a national park! You’ll hear that a million times, right? And I think, “You stupid bastard. You’re a type one error yourself!”(laughs) The hippy should go somewhere where there’s no forest, like I did, where there’s just cattle-trodden grasslands and build that beautiful place, which I did. I put lots of lakes in it with 50 good dams, so everywhere there’s water, and I created paradise. It created itself even more than I did; I gave it a three-year start. It built itself amazingly fast.
Miles Flansburg wrote:Shelly, There are folks practicing permaculture techiques in all parts of the US and the world. A large percentage of them would and could, argue that their little slice of permies heaven is the best.
In fact I think my spot in Wyoming is the best !
I have known many folks who wouldn't even think of setting foot in Wyoming. I would never live in a place that gets too hot.( I get heat exhaustion very easily.) Even if it was the garden of eden.
So for me it is up to the individual and what they are looking for.
It seems like the beauty of permaculture is that it can be applied to every setting on earth.
So what is it that you are looking for in a place to live?
Miles Flansburg wrote:Shelly, have you heard about WOOFERing?
There are lots of permie folks all over the country and the world who need help with their projects. You could sign up, drive the RV to a farm, spend time learning and sharing and get to travel at the same time.
Check out some of the posts here...
Shelly Stern wrote:Jennifer...I am starting to agree, rather than just have paradise handed to you, I agree it would be better to accept the challenge of creating it where it didn't exist before, that would be an awesome feeling! I just wish I was younger, being in my 40's makes me feel rushed, especially since I have no one to help me. I feel like even if I started now, I wouldn't even have my homestead set up for 5-10 years at the least (since I can't quit my job yet and I have little to no free time right now).