I'm a 37 year old Australian man living in the Southeast corner of the state of sunny Queensland, Australia. I own a 23 acre forest I'm developing into an off grid, sustainable farm using permaculture principles with avocados, fruittrees, bee hives, lakes and vegetable gardens. I'm surrounded by Red Deer, birdlife, Koalas, lakes to fish in, big state forests and National Parks comprising of remnant rainforest.
I have a whole lot of interests including learning about ecology/plants/animals/history, building stuff, beekeeping, motorbikes, film photography, playing guitar and finding wild places to swim.
I enjoy Yoga and last year I rode a motorbike 2000km solo from Rishikesh the home of Yoga, to the headwaters of the Ganges, then onward to Leh Ladakh via Manali.
I love to travel and appreciate other cultures, customs and languages and am an Australian with UK citizenship.
I am an ex Australian Army veteran of the Iraq Oil Wars, fitter machinist, blacksmith and diesel fitter, but believe understanding, enriching and protecting nature is the ultimate vocation we should all dedicate our lives to.
Looking for a lady for friendship, exploring, hiking, going to the beach and general enjoyment/exploration in life and if we are both mutually and respectfully inclined, possibly romance.
For photos I have instagram- aspacetocreate24 and this is a blog of mine- dinosaurtree.blogspot.com which is about some ancient dinosaur trees(Araucaria) that are a real passion.
Respect, peace and power, Richard
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Earth care, People care, Fair share! The word of Mollison is the holy gospel!
Just stumbled across this site and your post which is a pleasant surprise, thought it was mainly American based. Looks like you have a terrible spot up there I love what you are doing and creating, sounds like true bliss! (you had me at Off Grid, hehe!)
I discovered my tribe in permaculture about a year and a half ago down here in Melbourne, did my PDC which was partly taught by the man David H himself (not to name drop but since then have got to know him and his fam a bit seeing they are based in VIC) then dived straight in and attended the International Permaculture Conference in India straight after that which was incredible to say the least. I then volunteered at the APC in Canberra earlier last year which was great, and have been involving myself further here and there. I got interested in the sociological aspect of environmental and social issues after studying that field for a bit, then combined this with the holistic approach of Permaculture and the light bulb moment struck. Was already growing some of my own stuff in a very small space, compared to yours, and am consciously moving rapidly towards a zero waste lifestyle, with the view to one day having my own slice of low/minimal impact paradise somewhere, ideally shared with someone with the same or similar values
Recently I got involved with the Bob Brown foundation and spent some time down in the insanely beautiful (and endangered by bloody logging) Tarkine Forest with a bunch of amazing scientists and experts offering up their immense knowledge of this ancient and important area. SO brilliant and frustratingly threatened.
Aside from that my trade is Graphic Designer with a side passion for photographing all the wonders of nature and general life goodness (working on a website and terrible with Insta). I'm also an avid traveller, especially with sustainable awareness somewhere in there, and have lived OS a few times. I totally agree it is vital to experience and gain awareness of all cultures and the wonder of other lands, as well as our own amazing country. I'm a nut for exploring the natural wonders this planet has to offer!
Anywho would be cool to hear more about what you've got coming up next and I like your smiley disposition!
(feels slightly odd posting a response to you that can be seen by all and sundry...)
I guess I was pleasantly surprised by your message. You have a really interesting life! : )
Well, here's my public message to your thoughtful and very interesting hello(I'll PM you later either here).
As far as the property here goes, it's a real joy and also a real work in progress(like everyone else's I imagine!). I'm getting through the jobs and have some raised vegetable beds, currently putting in more conventional terraced beds and still developing the orchard. The big issue here is the European Red Deer which are here in their thousands and the swamp wallabies. The wallabies are natural browsers, and because they're a key part of this place, we have to find ways to live with them. Deer fencing is the only option, but I've been putting it off a little as it's a big job haha.
It's fantastic that you're getting involved in the whole Permaculture community. David H is a fantastic person and I saw his speech on Permaculture at the Woodford Planting a few years ago. He and Bill/Mollo have given us the greatest gift I think...a coherent, logical plan and synergy for a better future, where we have everything we need and can protect/provide for existing wild animals, plant diversity and preserve/enrich ecosystems.
I love travel, in particular India, although I've been there only once(I'll be back!). Going the the IPC there would have been great I bet. The fact the country is the largest secular nation in the world with myriad beliefs and ethnicities(eg harbours a great fellow like the Dalai Lama), has hostile nations on 2(or more) borders and still exists is a real feat in itself. Sadhus and Seiks, Business people and Bollywood.
It's terrible what they're doing in the Tarkine. One of my best friends I met in the Army owns 40 acres which he's turning into a perennial/permaculture farm near Mt Field National Park. He had mentioned to me how the old growth timber from the Tarkine gets pulped in Tasmania and sent back to us as junk mail..by a Norwegian owned paper mill conglomerate!
Coincidentally, he lives in the Yarra Valley with his partner, and is also the designer, implementor and manager of a 150 acre Permaculture farm in the Don Valley. The plantings there are to such a huge scale that they're almost beyond comprehension. Just about every nut and berry you can think of, Parana Pine, Black Locust...the mind boggles!
Great that you have a skill like that(Graphic Designer) that can earn you an income when needed. In one of David talks, he mentions that being a jack of all trades and 'master of one' is something to aim for(in his opinion)...is there anything that bloke says that doesn't make any sense lol.
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You have a fantastic smile too ; )
Have a great day in sunny Melbourne and I hope to catch up soon, Richard