Aussies Living Simply

  • The Resilient Gardener is brilliant.

    But my favourite is Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway.

  • It’s hard to know where to start after so long and so many changes. We’ve had problems with predators which have twice managed to get in and kill all the pigeons. We’re going to build a more secure place for them and try again. The rabbits were all wiped out with disease caught from wild rabbits. Twice. Which was exactly what happened years…[Read more]

  • Aw guys – you were thinking of me! :hug:

    I’m crawling back, somewhat battered and shaken, after what were without doubt the hardest couple of years of my life. Anyone who hasn’t cared 24 hours for a bedridden, demanding relative while they are rapidly losing their marbles couldn’t possibly understand how exhausting it is. I won’t bore you…[Read more]

  • How does persuading a cat to use a flush toilet save money? Can’t it poop in earth? Or on paper, or sawdust or something? Seems like a terrific waste of water to me, or is water really cheap and plentiful in Oz?

  • The old guy *is* a bit of a gem! He was the first person to come round and welcome us when we bought the farm, and he was also the person who had ‘taken care’ of the farm for decades. The old man who sold the farm to us, now no longer with us, was born on the farm but left to work on the railway so when his parents got too old to work it he…[Read more]

  • Kerrieb – thanks, that sounds exactly right as we’ve just had our first hot dry spell. I won’t worry then, and just assume it’s normal and that my tree has just entered adulthood, or something.

    Bobbee – they aren’t actual strawberries, but the fruit of the strawberry tree is red and about the same size as a strawberry. I’m not terribly fond of…[Read more]

  • Sounds like the girth or saddle may be irritating her to me – if she’s stretching like the foal in the first picture then they sometimes do that to help them relieve irritation. Have a prod around the girth area and see if she responds in any way – it isn’t always obvious just by looking and feeling but if she’s edgy in any way when you feel…[Read more]

  • How exactly is she stretching?

    Like this?

    Or like this?

    Or like this?

  • In Portugal they *can* slow the power to a trickle. You pay a different rate according to the maximum power you can use at one time. Those who are happy to live on a trickle pay far less than those who want to be able to run washing machines and electric heater. There’s also a different rate for agricultural use, designed to be enough to run a…[Read more]

  • Do you mean cover material for the bucket? Or for the heap?

    I’ve used sawdust, wood shavings, bran and rice hulls for the bucket – just depends on what I can get at the time. Sawdust is my preferred. Mine is pine and it leaves a nice ‘hygeinic’ kind of smell. And it’s free when I can get it. Same for shavings, but they take longer to rot…[Read more]

  • I found this one a bit tricky as I ‘work’ at home as a carer, my ‘hours’ vary tremendously, and my ‘pay’ is what’s left over after spending whatever needs to be spent on my caree. I don’t have anything by way of expenses like special clothes or travel to work, but on the other hand I do occasionally have to spend a bit on things that help me…[Read more]

  • I just checked out the site and I’ve learned something already!

    When we were buying loads of fruit trees from a big garden centre last year, we wanted several of each type to give us a long growing season. The staff helped us choose suitable varieties of everything except apricots, as they all produce at the same time, or so they assured us.…[Read more]

  • OK – who’s gonna come clean and own up to their gazingus pins? For anyone who hasn’t come accross the concept before gazingus pins are any item that you just can’t pass by without buying so that you end up with a whole collection of them that never get used.

    I thought mine were books, but I’m not so sure now as apart from the odd one that turns…[Read more]

  • I never was one to be like anyone else, and I wasn’t sure what I’d discover by doing the steps, but what I did discover was quite interesting, and maybe inspiring so I’ll share it. I’ve never ever been able to hold down a job and spent years on welfare, but even so whenever I’ve been able to raise funds or landed any kind of windfall I’ve been…[Read more]

  • Bobbee wrote:

    I’ve never seen guinea fowl before, they sound interesting. Are they difficult to look after and breed etc? How about killing and dressing for the table, is that difficult or about the same as for chookens.

    So far they seem pretty easy to look after, but I’ve heard that they are experts at hiding their eggs so we might have to…[Read more]

  • My book’s just arrived!!! Haven’t started it yet, but I’m wondering now how much is going to apply to me as I’ve never really been well enough to hold down a ‘proper’ job and my earning potential has never really been great. I’ll read the chapter and see how I can make it apply though, and report back when I’ve got my head round it a bit.…[Read more]

  • Oh dear – it’s been *aaaaages* since I updated….

    We didn’t manage to keep the swarm of bees. They stayed there for a couple of days and then we had some strong wind and they decided that their new home wasn’t wind-proof enough and disappeared. :tdown: Oh well, try again with the next lot.

    We managed to successfully raise the hares and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for meat in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 8 months ago

    Ha ha – I bet it was to make them more fertile really!

    I used to have a book called ‘Rabbit-keeping on money making lines’, which was positively ancient but really useful, but I didn’t bring it with me when we moved. I just googled it and found that someone has scanned the entire text! Here’s a…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for meat in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 8 months ago

    Sorry guys, but I just *have* to share this…

    I was browsing on amazon looking for books on raising rabbits for the table and typed in ‘rabbit meat’ to see what came up. Lo and behold, a ‘fresh, whole rabbit’ turned up – but just read the reviews!!! I…[Read more]

  • Chezza wrote:
    It’ll be great to catch up more regularly with you as well, Burra!! :hug:

    I figured it’s time I joined in more! I’ve been stuck indoors sooooo much for the last six months on caring duties and become so tired and fat and withdrawn I didn’t really feel I had anything to share, but I’m going to pull myself together, join in this…[Read more]

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