A day in the life of Tom Kendall

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    A faulty tap to fix
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    The garden needed watering (gravity fed down from a dam water tank)
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    Water needed pumping up, to empty the water catching tanks some more and filling up the top tank for gravity feeding down.
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    A nice box full
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    Sifting the compost for adding to the seedlings
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    Society garlic broken up for planting out
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    In the mean time the Urban Permaculture course is conducted on site by Anne Gibson
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    And the other goats!
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    The chooks love the arrowroot too
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    She needs that bit extra, feeding herself plus the twins...
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    Marigold enjoys some arrowroot
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    Close to the end of the day, forage is required for the animals
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    Electric fence required for the cows for the next day
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    Checking the worm farm and getting the worm juice to water in seedlings
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    More compost required
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    Spreading out compost to create another garden bed
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    Checking the large compost
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    And fed, with chooks pinching some too! After feeding the cows are untied and can roam in the yard overnight, so their manure can be harvested the next day!
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    There they are all tied up
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    And the two cows are led to the yard
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    And a rub
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    Another cuddle
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    And tied up in the yard for feeding time
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    Leading the bull first
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    De-ticking whilst giving them a rub and tying them up before being led to the yard
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    Toffee wants a cuddle with Tom too!
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    Calling the cows, they come running to the gate
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    Come on, let's have a cuddle!
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    First mummy goat, then the other goats further up the hill
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    Time to make up food for the animals
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    Showing the planting of seedlings
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    Instructing the wwoofers on jobs to do
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    Wwoofer Lucia sorting the potatoes in the root cellar
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    Showing Noosa Permaculture group seed savers the large numbers of seeds available
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    Finishing off
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    Attaching the fixed tap
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    Tom emptying and washing out the scrap bins
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    This speaks for itself...
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    And mummy goat gets reunited with her kids
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    After breakfast the cows get taken out into the paddock
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    Watering the seedlings in the poly tunnel
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    Onto feeding the chooks
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    Then the geese get fed
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    Tom milks the goat whilst she is eating breakfast
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    The cows getting fed in the morning, after Tom has collected their manure (see wheel barrow on right)
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    The list of chickens and what they get fed in the feed shed.
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    Herb Robert seeds
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    A big potato harvest
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    Conducting a 1 1/2 hour farm tour
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    Planting bean seedlings
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    Seedlings and buckets for soil taken to the garden
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    Potting seeds and looking after seedlings in the polytunnel, and getting some seedlings for planting
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    More greens picked to make space for seedlings
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    And giving weeds and greens to the garden chooks
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    Tom tidying up the garden
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    Wwoofer Andrew unloads the trailer with mulch into the mulch bins in the garden
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    Making the dog food
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    Loading up the trailer
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    Getting mulch from the nature strip cut the day before
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    An old fridge converted...
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    Prompted the need for a root cellar
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    More planting
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    And collecting the eggs

Zaia Kendall

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles and records and edits videos. She assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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10 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    What a beautiful representation! Great photos! And an interesting lifestyle.

  2. Thanks Maria! These photos were taken on a day when Tom was not teaching in the classroom, and there were no projects being done at the time. The lifestyle is wonderful, keeping things simple is very enjoyable, and the connection with the land, the animals and the food you eat is extremely fulfilling!

  3. Awesome photo’s… see you this weekend (it’s massage week at High Spirits for me!) xx

  4. Hey there! I understand this is kind of
    off-topic but I had to ask. Does building a well-established blog such as
    yours require a large amount of work? I’m brand new to operating a blog but I do write in
    my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily
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    • Zaia says:

      If you are already writing a journal it won’t take much more time to write a blog. Simply setup your blog and share your thoughts online rather than just on paper!
      Other than that, there is some work involved in getting people to visit your site, but there are plenty of resources online which will share with you how to increase traffic on your site. Good luck!

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  6. Exhausted ex-WOOFer says:

    Truly idyllic. What happened to all the WWOOFers?

    • Zaia says:

      Wwoofers and volunteers still play an important part in our day to day operation. And we are very grateful for all our helpers, past, present and future! We now have more longer term volunteers, who learn a lot whilst they are with us.

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