I would like to know how you get your 17 yr olds to work!
I have one who has just left school for good, having failed his last year through sheer lack of motivation. It appears at this stage that he will be sitting on his bum in his room for the rest of his life playing computer games.
Ok, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but right now, it sure…[Read more]
We have had our evacuated tube system in place for a little over 2 years now. Earlier this year we had the first ever issue with it – it stopped working.
When the guy came out, it turns out the water we have here had corroded it’s way both through the back-up heating element in our stainless steel tank and the impeller for the pump had corroded…[Read more]
replied to the topic Canning/Bottling with methods other than Fowlers-Vacola in the forum Home Preserving, Food Storage and Stockpiling 8 years, 7 months ago
Easily done – re-use pasta sauce jars/jam jars etc. It is recommended that you purchase new lids for them (the sealing compund can get damaged and create an issue with the seal forming correctly, which can mean you lose all your hard work).
Lids can be bought at http://www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au if they are still selling them, which I hope they…[Read more]
Apologies again for not being able to make it yesterday! Construction certainly takes a lot longer than we had originally planned for.
We still haven’t concreted anything in yet but it all looks stable enough to hold out til next weekend – as long as the borrowed concrete mixer is still here by then we should get there.
I am sorry that I missed…[Read more]
Dont think the 16 yr old is coming now, his grandparents appear to have adopted him for the long weekend.
Also not sure if I’m going to make it! We are going to attempt to start putting up my studio.
Attempt, because neither of us have done this before AND there’s only two of us who can lift the heavy stuff AND we’ve never made concrete for the…[Read more]
I’ve lost a whole bunch of weight in the last few weeks and it’s been surprisingly easy. I don’t have a lot of time to excercise and sticking to a set diet has always been hard for me due to my odd working hours, so I just made a couple of simple changes.
Firstly, I stopped eating products with wheat/gluten. We already have one person in the…[Read more]
oh so glad i logged in, that’s one catch-up that I may even be able to make! *bounce*
I’m not working this easter long weekend for the first time in… um… 4 years? So all I really have to do in convince DH!
He might take some convincing – but then, I don’t suppose he really needs to come along, does he?
So it will either be myself and 2 small…[Read more]
when i do my preserving I ignore the Fowler’s directions because I don’t think they are right.
I will always preserve my high acid produce such as fruits for 20 minutes at a rolling boil, with water at least one inch OVER the height of the lids of the jars.
That info comes from the USDA recommendations for home preserving.
I generally have hot…[Read more]
i do have a barnevelder who holds up no dramas in the heat. Having said that she doesn’t lay an egg a day or anything either. But she is beautiful. She’s just heading into moult now so not looking her best.
There is a company in WA who make an olive-oil based floor sealer for concrete floors. It is non toxic, doesn’t off-gas and is applied with a mop and bucket. It’s very simple to use and the upkeep is equally simple – use a small percentage of the solution in your floor-washing water every so often.
The only drawback is that it does require the…[Read more]
My biggest hint for bolognese with meat in it is to brown the mince really well first – and try and pour off/soak up as much fat as you can. The fat left in the sauce will rise to the top of the jar in the canner and can cause the seal to not work properly. So as little fat as possible in the meat is the best plan!
Also, use the recommended head…[Read more]
Did I hear someone say my name???
Yay! for canners! I have the presto too. I loves it. I use Fowlers Jars in it all the time. One layer only though. And the other thing I have found with pressure canner with Fowlers jars is that the rings will be totally unusable after (if you are one to re-use rings, which isn’t recommended but I know…[Read more]
Do you want the bad news, or the bad news??
Firstly – there USED to be a place. The CSIRO ran a small-scale scouring plant in Victoria. They closed it. Rumour has it that someone in South Australia bought the equipment, but they haven’t started using it.
Here in SA there is a lady who imported some equipment to mill alpaca fleece into yarn. But…[Read more]
I don’t usually get back that way in time although it is on my way home from work.
I think i might put my stockpiling plans on hold for now – once my new craft shed is built there will be plenty of good dry places to store things that hubby will never ever see. Best of both worlds there!
I’m wondering if I should put a bed out…[Read more]
Kathy pretty much has it covered. Without carding, your wool will be hard to get to an even thickness, and will be hard to clean / clear.
Carding not only separates and tidies up the fibres, it also helps lots of dirt and grass seeds and short cuts and other bits get out of the fleece. These are things you don’t want in your felt.
if only it were that easy. I work til 9pm most nights, and all day saturdays. And there’s no Aldi or Costco or any other bulk food discount place in this state (except cash and carry, which is miles from here and only open regular retail hours – when I’m at work!)
Nothing is impossible however, so I will have to try and sneak it all in somehow.…[Read more]
i am in such a totally different position with all this preparedness than i was only 6 months ago.
6 months ago i has a reasonable thing going where i would always buy a little bit extra each shopping trip and put it away.
Then DH lost his job, and we had no income. We ate the stockpile. Pretty much all of it – while the money i was bringing in…[Read more]
There’s an excellent tutorial on youtube somewhere for how to make a very simple and effective drop spindle from an old cd and a pencil or a biro.
Other than that – well, mostly bits of dowel with something vaguely symmetrical on the top will work LOL
replied to the topic Ali_celt & Kaff's *pics!* venture – Craftalive, Bendigo in the forum General chat and catching up 9 years, 8 months ago
Well I was supposed to be topping up this thread with photos – but alas, the car is now FULL of all the goodies – so the photos will have to wait until we unpack in Bendigo tomorrow!
Hope to see you all there!
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