Well, I’m a bit late to this party, but this morning I am now officially up to date with Paul’s podcasts…..every last one of them. I got them at the start of August and have been punching through them since, in the car on the way to my day job and in the excavator on weekends.
What a wonderful resource, thankyou Paul for doing what you do, marvellous stuff!
What are the highlights for me?
1. Sepp’s book review – made me go back and read sections of it over and over again. Having Paul’s perspective on various things helped a lot in my understanding of Sepp’s work
2. Gaia’s Garden book review – same as above
3. The Reverence for Bee’s podcasts – I loved hearing from Jacqueline Freeman, her insights are exceptional and her energy and enthusiasm for all things permaculture is infectious (we don’t have bee’s yet, but I am confident we’ll be on the right path following her approach)
4. Podcast 260 (there might be 1-2 parts to this one) – Homestead Butchering with Brandon Sheard – excellent stuff, most interesting. Anyone wanting to raise meat needs to hear this
What could be done differently?
- I’m a kinda “get to the point” sort of guy and there is a lot of “banter” in the podcasts which at times I found annoying. But hey, if that’s a “cost” for the rest of the content so be it
- Each of the podcasts in isolation are ok, but when you listen to them ALL back to back there is a rather negative undertone relating to permaculture’s place in the world with respect to “the department of making you sad”, “dealing with the authorities”, and permaculture’s “purple” image. I found this rather distracting. I know we all have to deal with this stuff on a daily basis, but I don’t find dwelling on it overly constructive. I find it a waste of time/energy to bitch about it, better off just directing that energy to more constructive activities….as I say, in isolation each podcast is not too bad, but when heard as a whole, there is a heavy undertone
- I didn’t get much out of the “what’s happening at Wheaton Labs” podcasts. I suppose I’d rather see this content as video’s as it’d be exciting to see exactly what is going on
Anyway, enough from me, just wanted to write and say thanks for this vast depth of knowledge that has been graciously shared and I’d encourage others who have not heard them all to find the time. A worthwhile exercise in my opinion.
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