I had to take the day off on Wednesday to take David2 to a seminar in Thornbury…miles away!!!!!… so I took the chance to visit Ceres. Ceres is located on the other side of the city so there’s that psychological barrier of just popping in, because it’s MILES away….
The most well-heeled inner-city hippies I’ve ever seen. My lunch cost $10. I was financially outraged.
However, I will state for the record that it was delicious, especially the caramelised onions. I didn’t buy any fruit and veggies but I bought some nettle tea, a handful of chickpeas to grow and a thornless blackberry, a Lemonade tree and a dwarf Valencia orange. I think I’ll plant the citrus in the chook pen, though at the moment they’re on my deck and I’m liking the look of it. Maybe I’ll buy a huge pot and leave the dwarf orange there instead?
I was there for a good three hours. After I finished knitting the fingerless glove for David2 I wandered around looking at all the allotments and the general garden beds. It was calm and peaceful, right in the heart of the city.
There were lots of preschool kids racing around but they were making happy noises, so it was ok. I saw three different school groups while I was there, learning about sustainable energy and how to grow things. It was nice.
(But charging $10 a dozen for organic eggs??? REALLY???)
Sorry. I approve of organic food, but I don’t like having to lean back and assume the position when I buy something. Anyway, moving on…
This family was picking weeds and poking them through the wire to feed the chickens, which was a great thrill for their little girl. The “chook barrier” at the trunk of the lemon tree was a great thrill for me…. I’m doing things right!!!
On the way out I passed through the nursery. That’s where I picked up the trees and the blackberry.
I had a beautiful few hours there. It was peaceful and serene; I could feel my brain waves unravelling and becoming ordered and calm. I kept looking at my watch and thinking, “I’d be in year 8 English now!” and giggling like a maniac. Even when I wouldn’t have been in the classroom I would have been at my desk, totally missing out on the brilliant winter sunshine. Ceres is a brilliant place. I just wish we had something like it on our side of the city.