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From the start
I just wanted to say a huge thank you! I recently subscribed and I have learnt so much already from one issue. The articles are written in a way that are easy to read and understand – particularly for those, like myself, who are at the beginning of their permaculture journey. I found there was just so much information online that it became overwhelming finding what were good starting points. Your magazine gives clarity and easy steps to make humbling progress. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait for the next issue.
Hi Kassandra, I’m so glad to hear that the articles are easy to read and understand. That has been an aim of mine from the beginning. I want Pip to be accessible to all, no matter where they are on their journey.
Happy reading. Robyn
Now and then
I’m a first-time Pip reader having borrowed a copy from a friend to help mitigate Covid-lockdown doom scrolling. The copy I’m reading is Issue 18, I am enjoying the articles and have some feedback about the quandong native food article over pages 16–17.
I notice that you refer to the use of the fruit by Indigenous Australians in the past tense. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are still here and their cultures are alive. I’m sure the fruit is still being used and enjoyed by them. While it’s a small thing, referring to these living cultural practices in this way perpetuates the myth of Aboriginal culture as having disappeared – a hangover from the devastation of the genocidal assimilation era.
A very good point, Nina, and something we were made aware of after we published it. That was an extract from a book we quoted directly from. We recognise and respect the ongoing practise of Indigenous culture and and are trying to learn from this ourselves. In our quest to share Indigenous knowledge we may make mistakes, but we are constantly trying to honour the traditional custodians of the land and welcome any feedback of how we might do it better. Robyn
Thanks for the idea of how to make your own laundry powder. Our kids Matilda and Banjo helped to make it and I thought that I would share a picture with you. So much fun and the laundry turned out so clean!
I’m writing to tell you how thrilled I am to discover Pip magazine. I was recently gifted a copy of your 20th anniversary edition – alf mabrook/a thousand congratulations on that achievement! I was delighted to see such inclusivity. Rarely in sustainability/ gardening/permaculture communities and publications do I see any representation of people of colour, so much acknowledgment of First Nations communities and knowledge – controversy regarding Bruce Pascoe notwithstanding – or inclusion of people with bigger bodies. Sometimes eco-friendly circles seem exclusively filled with white, thin, able-bodied, cishet folk which, of course, is clearly not the reality.
As an Arab-Australian, fat-bodied, chronically-ill, homebased, newbie-permaculturalist, solo mama of two small humans, with a longstanding deep connection to mother earth, I am heartened to see such diversity and inspiration in your magazine when I feel unrepresented and excluded from so many other publications and communities. Additionally, it’s a bloody great magazine – beautiful, resourceful, informative and inspiring. Shukran kteer/many thanks. A deep deep bow of gratitude for your work.
Wow, Nokomi. Your words really moved me. I am so glad you feel represented and included. Our world is a diverse and colourful place and I really hope we share that. What ecosystem ever survived without diversity? I am actually writing this in my garden right now and the diversity of what is in front of me is what makes it so beautiful and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing. Robyn
Regarding Bec Hudson’s letter (Pip, Issue 21), we live on the north-east coast of Tasmania and had a lot of trouble with rodents, possums and wallabies attacking our vegetables when we first started our garden three years ago.
Luckily, we have two small Cairn Terriers who love to sleep outside at night. Our boys keep all unwanted creatures out of our gardens with not one fatality in the three years – they’re all bark and no bite.
It’s great exercise for them and I don’t need to spread anything toxic around, which means all our native animals are safe and happy. Good luck.
I’m loving your latest magazine (Pip, Issue 21), especially International Projects and Auntie Miriam Rose’s article on Dadirri – wow! This Dadirri affirmation helps us to remember: Let tiny drops of stillness fall gently through my day… and I’m only on page 20, so many more yummy pages to enjoy! Thank you, I’m loving the anticipation of turning the pages.
It fills my heart to hear you say that. I am so glad you find the content interesting and thought-provoking. On page 78 there is a Dadirri practice you can try for yourself, helping you connect to nature and be still in the landscape. I hope this issue brings you as much joy. Robyn
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We’ve just moved into our first house and there’s no garden to speak of. My partner and I sit in our new sunroom for hours making plans for how we will set up our food forest and what additives the soil needs for our area.
I’m reading Pip in that sunroom, about Didirri and contemplating the inner peace our First Nations people practised in this land, when a knock on our door sounds. It’s a book I ordered through an Instagram artist in our local area. She’s my retired ex-principal-turned-book-binder. @boundbysally has made me a special request, a bound art journal to watercolour my plans in, and one for my best friend (@katiesleapcreates) who paints imaginary worlds of wonder. And I’m struck by how sustainable and beautiful it is, to have a book locally bound and delivered, covered in art locally created using ecodyes and local Wyrrabalong leaves.
I thought you guys might like to see the effects your stories have on our lives. Thank you for enlightening me in so many ways.