Wellies, yarn and shampoo…

Looby’s blog

I’m rather spoiled for choice about what to post today, but since it has just appeared, I’m going to direct you to a guest post that I wrote a few weeks ago for another blog. It’s entitled Wellies, yarn and shampoo – my diploma journey with Looby and it’s about my experiences of studying for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. Although much of what I have written about here as The Snail of Happiness has been inspired by my diploma, I haven’t gone into details of the process and so if you are interested, follow the link and you’ll get a taste of what I’ve been up to over the past two and a half years.

Looby was my tutor and when I finished my diploma we agreed that we would each write a guest post for the other’s blog. You’ll have to wait until the new year to hear from Looby here, but if you are interested in permaculture, you should enjoy browsing her blog.

Receiving my award

Receiving my diploma from Looby in September

The Masterpiece Displayed

So, Saturday was the day when the masterpiece blanket finally got to be a very public manifestation of my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. All those squares from across Britain and all over the world were on show at Gilwell Park in Epping Forest, London as I gave my final presentation before receiving my diploma at the UK Permaculture Convergence. Whilst other people choose to use Powerpoint or Prezi on a computer, or have a slide show, I decided to be low tech, but high impact and take my blanket. The main question was how to display it.

When I discovered that I was to give my talk in a marquee, I knew that my initial idea would work, namely to hang it from a washing line so it was easy for everyone to see. The joy of a marquee is that there are lots of struts to fasten your washing line to, allowing perfect positioning. Two very kind people – Katie and Nigel – actually put the line up for me, helped adjust it, and then ran around finding some yarn so that we could tie the bottom to a couple of chairs to ensure it was all visible and didn’t flap about. The result wasn’t bad considering the Heath-Robinson nature of the endeavour:

The Masterpiece in all its glory (picture: Alan Charlton)

The Masterpiece in all its glory (picture: Alan Charlton)

The feedback I received about my talk was that it went well and that the audience enjoyed it – there were lots of questions and a great deal of interest afterwards. My dear friend Alan Charlton kindly took some lovely photographs and you can see that I got quite animated:

So, all-in-all a real success, culminating in me receiving my diploma certificate from my tutor Looby Macnamara:

Receiving my award

Receiving my award (picture: Katie Shepherd)

Especial thanks to all of you out there who contributed… a role of honour to follow later.

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