Blas y Byd “Christmas around the world” family workshop

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Blas y Byd African Dance and Music Workshop

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All Year Round – Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos. . .
Join us at the next All Year Round for a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on All Souls Day – November the 1st from 2 – 5pm.
Day of the Dead crafts and face painting, Mexican food, altar making, and more! Come in your best Day of the Dead outfits!Day of the dead

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Blas y Byd China Workshop

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Family Woodland Craft and Play Days

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Mowing a Labyrinth

For the past couple of years I have mowed a labyrinth into the wild flower meadow in the Top Field as part of the All Year Round Summer Solstice celebration we hold here at the Trust. The children really enjoy it, and were determined there should be another one this year.

So, wielding the trusty Austrian Scythe, I went out in the drizzle on Saturday morning to mow. This years labyrinth is based on a simple Chartres design, as found at this informative website.

An attempt to photograph the labyrinth, balanced on top of a gate holding the camera in the air!

An attempt to photograph the labyrinth, balanced on top of a gate holding the camera in the air!

Once the inner circle was established, mowing progressed smoothly. I mowed a series of concentric circles but left stands of uncut grass at the four quarter points in each circle, leaning over the uncut grass to mow a space for my feet then jumping over to continue mowing beyond. Then I went back and linked up the segments in the correct order to create the winding path.

A willing volunteer spent the afternoon walking back and forth through the labyrinth, wheel-barrowing the cut grass out of the maze so that it could be spread and turned into hay. She celebrated the completion of this task by one last uninterrupted, wheel barrow free walk along the path!

The hay from the Labyrinth

The hay from the Labyrinth

If you live locally and would like to visit the Labyrinth, do get in touch. It should be there for a good few weeks yet, before the tide of hay making reaches it.

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Permaculture in Action

The next workday at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust (nr Newcastle Emlyn) will be on Sunday 10th May, 10.30 until 4-ish. May is a busy month, but if you find yourself free perhaps you would like to join us for some Permaculture in Action?

Planned activities include continuing the work begun by the SWWPN visit last year on the west boundary of the top hay meadow. We will be installing a new gateway, mainly using posts and material sourced from the land, ahead of moving the fence line to the hedge later in the year.

We will also be installing a second spring water storage tank on the Trust’s “off-grid” water system. The system is maturing now and includes a ram pump delivering spring water for drinking plus an extensive rain water harvesting and delivery system providing water for the gardens and animals. A tour of the system could be arranged if people were interested.

There is also some work to be done in the forest garden areas.

If you would like to come, please contact me to let me know. I can provide directions if needed. Please bring food to share for lunch. Workdays are usually held every second Sunday of the month throughout the year if you are interested in joining us another time.

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All Year Round – Candlemas

All Year Round’s Imbolc celebration will be on Sunday 1st of Feb at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.

There will be candle making (dipping this time) and hopefully incense making too. And the usual mix of cooking yummy things on the fire, stories, songs, copious cups of tea and children playing free.

We ask for £3-£6 per family to cover costs. If you need directions to find the Trust, please get in touch..

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January Volunteer Workday

If you feel like getting out into the fresh air and doing some work in good company after all the festive feasting, then maybe our first volunteer workday of 2015 is what you need!

This month’s workday will be on Sunday 11th January. We will be sorting the wood created by the coppicing / pollarding done late last year and starting work on the footings for the timber framed cow shed. We may also fit in a bit of hedge laying.

Work days start around 10.30am and include a bring and share lunch, so bring along something small to share. For more information about our monthly workdays see this page.

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All Year Round – Winter Solstice

The next All Year Round celebration will be on MONDAY 22nd December, 2pm until 5pm, at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.

We will be celebrating the short days with fire – making a fire sculpture, experimenting with a bit of chemistry magic to make coloured fire and using the fire and smoke to carry our wishes and dreams for the New Year. We may also find a bit of time for some festive singing.

There will be a bring and share afternoon tea of mince pies and mulled juice / cider, so please bring along a dish to share.

We ask for £3-£6 per family to cover costs. If you need directions to find the Trust, please get in touch.

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