Hexagon on Saturn; UK Tour; Western Australia trip continued; 
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A mysterious NASA video of Saturn reveals a large rotating hexagon-shaped cloud pattern larger than planet Earth and it is circling the north pole of Saturn. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft first noticed it in 2007.
 This giant hexagon of clouds is a massive 15,000 miles wide and 60 miles thick (deep). NASA claims it has no idea why or how it got there. Four earths can fit in it.
“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,”

Rudolf  Steiner mentions that this six-sided force can be found in the shapes of our muscles, but these shapes are not easily visible, however, inside our bones, the hexagonal shapes are easily to view. Engineers have only in the past fifty years begun to mimic bone structures by building extra strong structures of honeycombed metals. A living bone, with its low density and weight, is one of the strongest structural materials known. When we eat honey, we are ingesting a food infused with this hexagonal force, and it helps our bodies to grow stronger. Steiner was very aware of this force and its benefits. After childhood, we develop this force in ourselves naturally, but at times of weakened health or advanced age, its power may wane, and then honey is an enormous boon to health.
“That which we experience within ourselves only at a time when our hearts develop love is actually the very same thing that is present as a substance in the entire beehive. The whole beehive is permeated with life based on love. In many ways the bees renounce love, and thereby this love develops within the entire beehive. _ 

But the thing that a bee profits from the most is that it derives its sustenance from the very parts of a plant that are pervaded by the plant's love life. The bee sucks its nourishment, which it makes into honey, from the parts of a plant that are steeped in love life. And the bee, if you could express it this way, brings love life from the flowers into the beehive. So you'll come to the conclusion that you need to study the life of bees from the standpoint of the soul.”  
“The bee is formed by the same force that resides in the Earth and can construct a quartz crystal. It's the finely distributed silicic acid that has this effect. . . . In this process the honey, having been worked upon by the bee's body, has such an effect that it can create wax in just such a form that human beings can use, because all human beings need to have these six-sided spaces within themselves. Human beings need the same things that bees do . . . a form of nourishment that can carry over into our bodies . . . a force that produces a six-sided effect.” Rudolf  Steiner from Bee Lectures
Listen to these Lectures on Bees by Steiner here:
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Shabari and Hugh travel cross Australia. Here is part 2 of our adventure. 
 17th May Hugh and I departed on a 7,000 mile (12,000 km) adventure. Traveling from Collins Creek, New South Wales to Harvey, Western Australia and returning on 15th July by way of Melbourne, the Hunter Valley, and Coffs Harbour.

Here is the link to see Part 1
After Crossing the Nullabor which was almost three days of driving we arrived in Port Esperance in Western Australia. We love this port. As we ate breakfast at a restaurant looking out at the habor and port, we were so lucky to watch a huge grain ship be towed in by tugboats and to our great surprise in that tiny harbor, the tugs tuned the ship entirely around. The bow needed to be in position for boat to depart. The tons of grain that were onloaded over two days would have made it almost impossible to turn the ship. This grain was being shipped to India. 
Notice the pure white beach of Port Esperance. 
A photo of Shabari under a local tree in Esperance. 
While in Esperance  Hugh spent an evening on a conference call with the Standards Australia Biodynamic Committee to generate much need updating of the Australian  national Standards on Biodynamics.. 
This two month journey was precipitated by a January phone call from Lex Langridge of the the Torbay Catchment Landcare Group inviting Hugh to teach four days of workshops in Bornholm, WA.  


​​​​​​Landcare is a unique grass-roots movement that started in the 1980s through initiatives to tackle degradation of farmland, public land and waterways. The movement has expanded and evolved significantly since then, and is achieving results Australia-wide. Individuals and groups across Australia’s vast and varied landscape are focused on best-practice sustainable agriculture and expert management of natural assets such as soil, water and native vegetation. 

Caring for the land includes a range of activities such as:

  • sustainable farm practices
  • restoring native habitats and revegetation
  • controlling weeds and pests
  • developing and sharing local natural resource management skills and knowledge.

The movement includes Landcare groups, farming systems groups, ‘Friends of’ groups and Indigenous land management groups. It is estimated there are 6 000 groups and over 100 000 volunteers across Australia caring for the land. Many farmers and landholders also undertake this important work but are not always affiliated with a particular Landcare group.

 Lex and Karen Langridge and niece Jessie were our hosts for ten days during our stay in Western Australia. Nearly every morsel we were served was from veggies and animals raised on their farm including the milk, cream, butter, yogurt, eggs, lamb, beef,pork, potatoes, pumpkins, passion fruit, garden veggies. Karanda Farm
Farm name: KARANDA Farm combined names Karen and Alexander
Operator's names: Lex & Karen Langridge
Location: Bornholm half way between Albany and Denmark off the Lower Denmark rd
Production: Beef ,sheep meat & starting to grow a range of fruit & vegetables; eggs; butter and yogurt
Livestock: Cattle and sheep and soon pork
Breeds:  Cattle Piedmontese stud & sell 2nd cross Steers. Sheep A2 Jerseys & Dorper
Feed: They only produce grass fed stock on mainly kikuyu & clover pastures
Annual production: Cattle - 12 pure bred females & 40 crossbred females;  & 50 sheep
Size of the farm: 170 acres
Vegetation/landscape: Peaty sand which is green all year. 
Lex has been farming for over 40 years
We celebrate to have made such beautiful friendships with this lovely family. 

Bunn  Wine
Irene and Richard Bunn planted wine grape varieties to suit the local cool climate of the Great Southern wine growing region, located south of Mount Barker in Western Australia. In 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon was planted followed in 1998 by Shiraz vines. Seeking to produce iconic wines, the expertise of talented winemaker David McNamara was engaged to produce preservative free, natural wines from biodynamic  grown fruit. 
Hugh has been Richard's soil and biodynamic consultant for over four years. I am so grateful to become friends with Irene and visit with their family in their home. 
Albany, Western Australia

Albany is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. At the 2011 Census, Albany's population was 30,656, making it the state's sixth-largest population centre.
The city centre is at the northern edge of Princess Royal Harbour, which is a part of King George Sound. The central business district is bounded by Mount Clarence to the east and Mount Melville to the west. The city is in the local government area of the City of Albany.
Albany was founded on 26 December 1826 as a military outpost of New South Wales as part of a plan to forestall French ambitions in the region.
During the last decade of the 19th century the town served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields. For many years, it was the colony's only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. 

The Western Power Wind Farm is located at Sand Patch, to the west of Albany. The wind farm, originally commissioned in 2001 with 12 turbines, now has 18 turbines, driven by strong southerly winds, and generates up to 80%[ of the city's electricity usage.

Denmark, WA is one of the most adorable village towns in Australia.With a thriving Waldorf School, organic produce shop and lovely friends like Deanna Foster who hosted us for a lunch with salad from her beautiful herb garden. Look at that beach.
Next Stop was Fair Harvest Permaculture Center near Margaret River.  Fair Harvest and Biodynamic Agriculture Australia sponsored a two day workshop on Advanced Biodynamics. This lovely center is a vibrant home to permaculture, local agriculture, seed swaps and excellent music events. Shabari was invited to teach an advanced fermentation workshop.   Staying in the Margaret River area brought us many surprises. Please view photos below. 

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For ten days we were hosted in Gracetown, one of the original surfing villages. Driving through the night past farms and vineyards, we were delighted to come down a hill to see twinking lights next to the Indian Ocean. Thanks to Syd and Pam for sharing their hillside getaway which looks down at the farmous surfing beaches. I felt like I was back in a Greek island fishing village. What a blessing for us. We were able to cook, walk, vist famous surfing sites and vineyards and rest from a month of traveling. The town is well known for its many surfing spots. North Point is a powerful break that provides good tube rides for surfers. South Point is popular because it works well when the breeze is onshore and Huzzas, in the middle of the bay, is a less powerful wave that is popular whenever it breaks. The main beach area, located in the bay, is an easily accessible swimming beach suitable for families with small children. Close to Gracetown are several other excellent surfing locations

Margaret River Free Range Eggs 

Kym Harwood, Delightful friend and Quantum Agriculture graduate. 

After years of research and experimenting Kim designed the B.E.S.T. (Barn Extension using Sustainable Technology) Free Range Egg System .

This system has many features but its sustainability comes from the supportive and integrated working of all elements. For instance, two long verandas (or extensions) that run down the north and south sides of the hen’s housing form not only the basis of the solar passive heating and cooling systems, but also provide a structure for the mesh feet cleaners and drinking water platforms, and work better because they are on a raised surface.

Twenty-four yards extend from the hens’ house which have narrow fenced hedges between them. The yards are seeded and reticulated. Herbs and shrubs that are medicinal or attract insects grow in the hedges.

The hens are rotated daily through the yards on a computer run system to maintain the pasture and prevent the build up of disease causing pathogens and to maintain the pasture. There is lots to do in the hen house but our girls love it outside.

Winegrowing began on the Cullen property in Margaret River over 40 years ago. Studies in the early 1960’s showed that Margaret River had some very special qualities. The climate was particularly suited to growing Bordelais varieties and in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Vanya Cullen has transformed her family firm from one of Margaret River’s best into one of the country’s premium boutique wineries. Cullen Wines while remaining family owned has since evolved making quality wine from a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate.  
Cullen Estate Biodynamic Manager, Jamie Ott (originally  from South Africa) attended Hugh’s Fair Harvest workshop and then hosted us for lunch and tour at the Vineyard. His enthusiasm for the Biodynamic method has inspired the biodynamic herb gardens, the walking Biodynamic tour, and careful storage of the Biodynamic preps. We are grateful to Jamie and Vanya Cullen for their devotion to Biodynamic growing. 


Kym Walker, healer extraordinare attended Hugh's workshop at Fair Harvest. I so needed a healer and Kym offered her services. She is the best I have met in my life.  Her Jin Shin Jyutsu Touch for Health, Nurturing talk and meditation, and trauma release were exactly what I needed. Kym can be contacted at 61-0416-405-997.

We traveled from Margaret River/Gracetown to Donnybrook to meet up and consult for Brett Kirkpatrick. Brett is one of the most switched on Biodynamic growers in Australia. He is the cheif source of Biodynamic education in WA. 

When first entering their farm, one immediately perceives a difference. The Biodynamic difference. Experiencing that vital life force was a priviledged. 
The farm story: Brett and Leonie came to farming after studying Naturopathy and doing a thesis on biodynamics.  They run the farm on a sustainable philosophy and environmental theme (they run a stand alone power system).  They are also using Holistic Farm management techniques to support their desire to keep nutrient and fertility on farm with as little external input as possible.  Their belief is that the  farm should not only be a place of work but a source of pleasure and recreation, that has been their goal.
Products:  Biodynamically grown seasonal vegetables, beef and biodynamic preparations.
Livestock: Cattle
Breeds: mixed breed of cows from Angus to Murray Grey and Angus and Limousine bulls
Feed: Grass fed grazing with hay harvested from those fields to feed out over late summer and into winter. Second butternuts, cauliflowers, cabbage etc.
Annual production: run off around 30-40 yearlings a year
Size of the farm: 65 ha plus another 20 ha leased biodynamically run land next door
Vegetation/landscape: Jarrah/Marri mainly with many more mixed exotic trees planted since they  have been on the farm. Loamy clay soils and rolling hills - gorgeous
Farming background: Brett is a fourth generation farmer on this land, runs Biodynamic workshops and makes all the preparations on farm. He has also been involved in 2 Biodynamic spraying studies done in the Southwest of WA. Leonie is from a dairy farm background.
Organic or Biodynamic: Biodynamic, certified with Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Other activities: Brett does some biodynamic spraying on other farms, and subcontracts building and farming skills. Leonie works as a nurse in Donnybrook. They will be opening a cottage later in the year for short stays on the farm.


Contact details: 08-9731-8308


Jarvis & Jarvis - Generations of farmers 
Our farm is situated approx 5km South of Donnybrook
in the Upper Capel valley at the far the end of
Goldfields Road.
Set on 300 acres and built in 1939, the original farmhouse was constructed of timber from two small mill cottages for Jim & Bernice Jarvis and their six children.
The family first established a small dairy and piggery on the site,
these timber buildings are still standing among a mix of large
established Morton Bay Figs, Plane and Eucalyptus trees. The
Homestead garden features some of the original fruit trees in the surrounding yard that still produce fruit today. 
We farm here while raising the 4th generation, with 200 ha of grazing
pastures for beef cattle. As a family we maintain a 30ha commercial orchard in the valley with fruit packing facilities. All surrounded by 70ha of native bush with an abundance of birds and wildlife.
Jason's mother Joy manages the Packhouse where all our fruit & eggs are graded for quality and different markets. The colour grader removes any low colour fruit from the grade one line. In the past we have been heavily involved in exporting of fruit overseas. Joy's late husband Henry took the first Pink Lady apples to be launched in the United Kingdom along with the then Minister for Agriculture Ernie Bridge. He was also involved with the launch of Pink Lady apples in Taiwan.  He spent many years representing the Apple Industry and his work is now continued on by his son Jason, who is a Director on the board of Apple & Pear Australia Ltd.
We grow many different varieties from Granny Smith apples to a wide range of stone fruit, pears & nashi.
In 2007, Jason was awarded the Nuffield Scholarship, His Sholarship report Maximising Profitability When Going Organic. We were hosted by Joy Jarvis and her Olympic champion equestrian Sharon. We feel great fondness for Jason and his wife Fiona. They are Radionic practicioners and Naturopaths. Blessings upon them.

Greg and Sandy Sudholz are certified Biodynamic veggie growers who are keen to bring their soil to increasing sustainability.  They kindly hosted us when we visited Harvey, WA.
Greg worked a wheat belt farm with his father then worked for Alcoa as a heavy duty plant mechanic for 30 years. At the same time owned 116 hectares at Lake Clifton, Waroona breeding beef cattle and Arab horses. Sold Lake Clifton property in 2006 and purchased current property in Wokalup then retired from Alcoa 2008.
Contact details: PO Box 522, Harvey WA 6220 phone: (08) 97293934

TAKING An ETHER BATH at Dynamic Farm in Harvey

Ray Simpson left the mines determined to return the earth to beauty and fertility. He invested his earnings into a farm in Harvey, Western Australia. The farm is mostly rich loam and has 20%+ organic matter. We are constantly improving our soil by growing mixed green crops cutting them and gently incorporating the mostly legumous ‘green manure’ crops into the soil with a rehabilitator plough which does not turn the soil but rather lifts and incorporates the ‘green manure’ as we call it.  He and his brother are certified Biodynamic Growers and the farm demonstrates the best of Biodynamics.
An example of this was as we were leaving from the day long consultation with Hugh Lovel, Ray asked one final question: Since we started growing bio dynamically, we notice that every morning and evening flocks of birds do beautiful swooping patterns over the fields. Never eating the crops just gracefully swooping, Hugh what is going on???  Hugh’s answer: The Birds are taking Ether Baths. The energy of the farm from the diligent use of biodynamics has generated a precious energy field which enhances the life of the birds as well as the crops.


Hugh and I visited Richard Davy as we started our return trip east. Richard is a one of a kind farmer/grazier. He is a Fieldbroadcaster owner, radionics farmer, a homeopath, a great cook, world traveler and poet. I read from his poetry book daily and am always inspired. 

The foreword of THE SYMPATHETIC COW MURDERER provides some insight to the treat that awaits the reader. This is no ordinary farmer: Richard Davy’s words and pictorials take us city folk on a journey into the wonderland that is the farmer's lot. Drought, frustration, rebirth and relationships are all poignantly laid bear with words and photographs from a tender-souled artist.                                                                      
Many books have been written in verse and prose about life on the farm but most are mere observances. The Sympathetic Cow Murderer throws the reader into the maelstrom and forces us to taste it, feel it and become part of it. Davy grieves for what has become of the land but at the same time shares some hope for its survival.
What starts out as a semi-biographical taste of life on the land later evolves into revelations on trips up north and abroad by a young man discovering himself and his place in the world.                                          
The Sympathetic Cow Murderer would hold its own on any bookshelf or coffee table alongside other books of poetry or photographs. The difference is that each time you take a dip into Davy's work you'll emerge in some way enlightened. 

Hugh’s final Western Australian Farm Consultation was with David and Linda Campbell who farm 30,000 acres of wheat, barley, alfalfa, beans, sheep and cattle. They make commercial compost and are blessed to have both sons farming with them. The family turned to organic and biodynamic growing methods after Linda was diagnosed with cancer.  We feel blessed to spend a lovely day and evening with them. It is rare to find farmers whose sons choose to continue the family tradition. The family is dedicated to using sustainable and organic methods to support the future generations of the farm. 


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