New Orleans to ? The Stan Tour 2017, as in, what’s the plan Stan?

I decided that waiting for the snow to fall at home was not on, so I decided to meet a fellow I did not know in New Orleans and head west, with the ultimate intention of cycling down the Baja Peninsula. Mike From Pueblo, Colorado, is embarking on a cycle touring adventure for the first time! So far, so good.

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Home again…

Taking the bus back to Launceston to fly out...the Westbury Newell's farm! It was weird to take the bus along roads I had cycled. See you next year Jeannette!

Taking the bus back to Launceston to fly out…the Westbury Newell’s farm! It was weird to take the bus along roads I had cycled. See you next year Jeannette!

My last day in Launceston and a beer with Steve, shoo I prefer to call Saint Steve.

My last day in Launceston and a beer with Steve, who I prefer to call Saint Steve.

Melbourne from the air

Melbourne from the air

Guangzhou, China and an 8 hour layover. They kindly gave us all a free hotel room and food voucher, but by the time we were all rounded up we had a whole 3 hours to enjoy the room and food.

Guangzhou, China and an 8 hour layover. They kindly gave us all a free hotel room and food voucher, but by the time we were all rounded up we had a whole 3 hours to enjoy the room and food. The city was filled with these buildings with no windows…

bikes in Guangzhou

bikes in Guangzhou

Nice clear air, welcome to China!

Nice clear air, welcome to China!

Guangzhou

Guangzhou

Vancouver sighting!

Vancouver sighting!

the road home

the road home

hardly any snow left, but the weather is doing it's usual schizophrenic spring activities....snow, rain, melt, snow...It is nice to be home and spend some time by myself. One thing about traveling alone is that one is rarely alone! Thank you Tasmania for your awesome hills, wonderful hospitality and great beer!

hardly any snow left, but the weather is doing it’s usual schizophrenic spring activities….snow, rain, melt, snow…It is nice to be home and spend some time by myself. One thing about traveling alone is that one is rarely alone! Thank you Tasmania for your awesome hills, wonderful hospitality and great beer!

So long, see you later!

Emma doing it again!

Emma doing it again!

Pomegranates in Penguin

Pomegranates in Penguin

us at Emma and Anthony's, a total treat to meet all these people, and I hope to see them again soon! My visa is good for a year, so....so long my friends!

us at Emma and Anthony’s, a total treat to meet all these people, and I hope to see them again soon! My visa is good for a year, so….so long my friends!

Charles 'carbon king', one of the most knowledgeable fellows in the permaculture world.

Charles ‘carbon king’, one of the most knowledgeable fellows in the permaculture world.

Charles's creations....carbon!

Charles’s creations….carbon!

Dinner prep

Dinner prep

Emma's ex- brother in law, fire soon to be master.

Emma’s ex- brother in law, fire soon to be master.

More permaculture passion…

I loved this! This is the crowd asking others to stop talking, and did it ever work!

I loved this! This is the crowd asking others to stop talking, and did it ever work!

Me and the troublemakers

Me and the troublemakers

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penguin community gardens at the Environment Centre....where I was lured by the troublemakers....every night...

penguin community gardens at the Environment Centre….where I was lured by the troublemakers….every night…

A bunch of perma gurus

A bunch of perma gurus

Kitchen at the convergence, she did very well.

Kitchen at the convergence, she did very well.

My other favourite

My other favourite

One of the best vines ever....

One of the best vines ever….

Next adventure!

A neat restaurant in Hobart

A neat restaurant in Hobart

A bunch of us camped the ReSeed centre, inn an orchard that was planted many years ago...there were nashi pears for the plucking and many varieties of apples, it was so great!!

A bunch of us camped the ReSeed centre, inn an orchard that was planted many years ago…there were nashi pears for the plucking and many varieties of apples, it was so great!!

Beach at Penguin. After the Intro to permaculture course was the 12th AustralAsian Permaculture Convergence which I volunteered at for 3 days for the ticket price. They fed us 200 folks breakfast, lunch and dinner and even had wine and beer for 'pleasant hour'. I saw loads of speakers and the ones standing out for me were David Holmgren, Nicole Foss and Stuart Hill. the topics were wide ranging and had a lot to do with the non-sustainability of our planet the ways things are going now. There were a lot of passionate people who have been at permaculture for 40 years.

Beach at Penguin. After the Intro to permaculture course was the 12th AustralAsian Permaculture Convergence which I volunteered at for 3 days for the ticket price. They fed us 200 folks breakfast, lunch and dinner and even had wine and beer for ‘pleasant hour’. I saw loads of speakers and the ones standing out for me were David Holmgren, Nicole Foss and Stuart Hill. the topics were wide ranging and had a lot to do with the non-sustainability of our planet the ways things are going now. There were a lot of passionate people who have been at permaculture for 40 years.

Beach at Penguin 2

Beach at Penguin 2

Look at the price of salmon! I ate lamb all the time...and wallaby and kangaroo...

Look at the price of salmon! I ate lamb all the time…and wallaby and kangaroo…

The introduction to permaculture cour was 2 days, this is the classroom. WordPress refuses to put the photos in the sequence I post them...I hope you can make some sense of what I am up to, and when.

The introduction to permaculture cour was 2 days, this is the classroom. WordPress refuses to put the photos in the sequence I post them…I hope you can make some sense of what I am up to, and when.

perma folks, David Holmgren on the left, he is one of the best speakers I have ever heard and his life philosophy is right in line with mine...I thanked him profusely for articulating it.

perma folks, David Holmgren on the left, he is one of the best speakers I have ever heard and his life philosophy is right in line with mine…I thanked him profusely for articulating it.

Water level demo....now some of you away be wondering, what about the bike tour?? The Brodie Brat (real name), was so knackered and worn out that I gave her away to Bike Kitchen in Hobart, where they will fix her while teaching people how to fix bikes, then she will go to a good home. I have been traveling by bus and car....

Water level demo….now some of you away be wondering, what about the bike tour?? The Brodie Brat (real name), was so knackered and worn out that I gave her away to Bike Kitchen in Hobart, where they will fix her while teaching people how to fix bikes, then she will go to a good home. I have been traveling by bus and car….

So after working on Tiger Hill Permaculture farm (a very new venture, not really a farm yet), and coming into contact with some gurus of the permaculture world, I decided to go to Penguin on the north coast and take an introduction to Permaculture course. here is my first day in Penguin, taken from the pub balcony where I had the great fortune of running into a table of folks I will call the 'troublemakers'....I hung out with them for days...enough said!

So after working on Tiger Hill Permaculture farm (a very new venture, not really a farm yet), and coming into contact with some gurus of the permaculture world, I decided to go to Penguin on the north coast and take an introduction to Permaculture course. here is my first day in Penguin, taken from the pub balcony where I had the great fortune of running into a table of folks I will call the ‘troublemakers’….I hung out with them for days…enough said!

Get a load of these prices! beer was outrageous, wine less so...

Get a load of these prices! beer was outrageous, wine less so…

More Tiger Hill

The dam being built, early morning rising for me!

The dam being built, early morning rising for me!

One of the students kindly took the Singaporeans and me to Hobart to drive up to the top of Mount Wellington

One of the students kindly took the Singaporeans and me to Hobart to drive up to the top of Mount Wellington

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Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington

On top of Mount Wellington

On top of Mount Wellington

The hotel in Richmond

The hotel in Richmond

One of the Students, Hayley, kindly took the Singaporeans and me to Hobart one day to go to the top of Mount Eellington. This is The town of Richmond on the way home, quaint and lovely.

One of the Students, Hayley, kindly took the Singaporeans and me to Hobart one day to go to the top of Mount Eellington. This is The town of Richmond on the way home, quaint and lovely.

Mediterranean lunch with some rare sunshine, kind of like Wells....if you do not like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it is sure to change!

Mediterranean lunch with some rare sunshine, kind of like Wells….if you do not like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it is sure to change!

I drove to Triabunna on my day off and found out these buildings were old guard barracks, the closest convicts were at Darlington on Maria Island, a short ferry ride from Triabunna.

I drove to Triabunna on my day off and found out these buildings were old guard barracks, the closest convicts were at Darlington on Maria Island, a short ferry ride from Triabunna.

I am in love with the pizza oven!

I am in love with the pizza oven!

Most of the volunteers and the last night of two of them...most of them were at the farm for 3 months.

Most of the volunteers and the last night of two of them…most of them were at the farm for 3 months.

On to the farm….

I decided to volunteer at Tiger Hill before I left home. I was told that 6 weeks in Tas was too long to cycle about, and it is all good, but my time here is not long enough!  it is very interesting to learn more about permaculture and Paul seems to have most of the literature on it. Bill Wollison, the fellow who coined the term permaculture ( from permanent culture and permanent agriculture), is from Tasmania. The course we are catering for is Earthworks and they are surveying the property and getting ready to build a proper dam to help with water catchment and flow.

I decided to volunteer at Tiger Hill before I left home. I was told that 6 weeks in Tas was too long to cycle about, and it is all good, but my time here is not long enough! it is very interesting to learn more about permaculture and Paul seems to have most of the literature on it. Bill Wollison, the fellow who coined the term permaculture ( from permanent culture and permanent agriculture), is from Tasmania. The course we are catering for is Earthworks and they are surveying the property and getting ready to build a proper dam to help with water catchment and flow.

Working kitchen 2 This will be my last post for awhile, the cel reception at the farm is lame and I am in town today, might be the last time until I get back on my bike on March 4th! Ciao!

Working kitchen 2
This will be my last post for awhile, the cel reception at the farm is lame and I am in town today, might be the last time until I get back on my bike on March 4th! Ciao!

The working kitchen

The working kitchen

Rocket stove in action

Rocket stove in action

Emma doing it!

Emma doing it!

2 kinds of wallaby stew...I like the way WordPress puts the photos in in the sequence I put them in....NOT

2 kinds of wallaby stew…I like the way WordPress puts the photos in in the sequence I put them in….NOT

Me successfully baking all sorts in the pizza oven

Me successfully baking all sorts in the pizza oven

Banded Galloway moomoos

Banded Galloway moomoos

madrigal greens, a perennial plant sort of like spinach, I am putting it in everything

madrigal greens, a perennial plant sort of like spinach, I am putting it in everything

Washroom with hot water from a rocket stove

Washroom with hot water from a rocket stove

Compost toilet encased in woodshed, beautiful, no?

Compost toilet encased in woodshed, beautiful, no?

Kitchen before Emma and I got a hold of it

Kitchen before Emma and I got a hold of it

Pizza oven

Pizza oven

Antoine, pizza chef supreme

Antoine, pizza chef supreme

My first night at Tiger Hill just happened to be pizza night! Paul on the right, and Francesca, his mainstay volunteer for the last 3 months, who takes care of the sourdough, kefia and kombucha, plus has an excellent attitude and kind demeanour.

My first night at Tiger Hill just happened to be pizza night! Paul on the right, and Francesca, his mainstay volunteer for the last 3 months, who takes care of the sourdough, kefia and kombucha, plus has an excellent attitude and kind demeanour.