Friday, 18 October 2013

Peak Challenge - Now on Youtube!

I'd love to hear feedback! It's a 4 minute intro to a 30 minute animated movie about creating real action, real change, and providing a personalised plan to do just that. The movie is listed with Pozible for crowdfunding till 13 December - any help, small or large gratefully received. If you can help me out and spread the word I'd be much appreciative. Kind regards, Linda Cockburn

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Peak Challenge - Crowd funding Movie - LAUNCHED!

Hi All,

I have just launched my first ever crowd funding project, Peak Challenge. I've been working on it for a couple of months and have got to the stage of going public with what I've got. I'm asking for help to complete the remaining 26 minutes.

I'm asking you to take a look at the project and consider pledging some dollars, or if you're not able to help out financially, and you think the project is worthy, if you could help spread the word and share this with your friends on Facebook or other social media.

Basically the idea is to stop preaching just to the converted about our environmental woes, but to reach out to the people who know it's big, but feel reluctant to get involved, there are so many mind traps to fall into that stop people from being part of the change. The movie will explore these.

Plus it will provide a way to create real change, not just the change your light bulbs and grow your own carrots kind of change. But a personalised action plan for the kinds of change required to make a real difference.

I don't know about you but I've had enough of the woe, time for some action! 

Check out the first four minutes of movie (about 4MB)

Thanks for helping out.


Saturday, 12 October 2013


We weren't too sure about wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms). Would they stick to you like limpets and make it impossible to have a bit of your own space? Personal space is something Trev and I, hermits in training, are a bit precious about. Judging by Sarah and Hiroe, it's not the case. We've had a wonderful, wild, woolley and wet weathered week working together. Yes, the obvious next dubbya is 'weeding.'

The first thing we settled in to do together was weed the garlic, which was being encroached by comfrey. A lot of these we transplanted into pots for my goat larder garden, which is a fenced off feeding frenzy area for summer. When the grass starts to die back we'll let them in for short bursts of high protein lunches.

But our wwoofing week is marred by the weather. It rains in squalls, then the sun pops out, and so do we, only to scurry back inside as the next squall crosses over. If you don't like the weather in Tasmania - wait 5 minutes.  So there's been times where we've given in and retreat inside to read books and drink long cups of chai.

It hasn't stopped Sarah or Hiroe learning how to mud render straw bales. They've almost finished two sections of the front of the house. They tell me it's enjoyable. I find it hard to believe. Having completed the majority of the inside of the house, and the first layer of the outside and wrecking my shoulders in the process, I can think only unkind thoughts of mud.

My descriptions of the different layers mirrors my feelings on the subject, 'this layer is the consistency of diarrhea', this one like a 'soft stool'. It's all shit to me.  So my gratitude is immense. When they ask me, 'Would you like us to do more mudding?' I have to resist the temptation to drop to my knees raise my clasped hands in supplication and cry, 'Please! Please!'

It's been great to share meals with people who appreciate good food, and it's been interesting seeing things from their perspective. Milking goats, making cheese, using home made soap to wash the dishes, introducing them to the compost loo, all so same-same to us, but just a bit different for them.

And sharing our space? It's been easy. They're both lovely, gentle women willing to get their hands dirty (literally) and they've made it a positive first time wwoof hosting experience.