Aussies Living Simply

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    ClarafloClaraflo
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    I just had a thought about this. Could this technology be used to say, provide more hours of sunlight to a naturally shady spot in a garden? For example one half of my balcony is shadier than the other owing to the position of the eaves of the building. So I get 6hrs on the right and only 3hrs on the left. Could I string up a bottle light like this suspended where there is light for the most hours and have it illuminate my whole balcony? Must give this a try…. 😉

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    ClarafloClaraflo
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    What a lovely surprise for you! I’m inclined to say just let them go as well. They hatched in the garden, they are probably safe. Enjoy your new chicks.

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    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Embarassingly, I make the worst possible tourist by going somewhere fabulous and leaving the camera at home…. :blush: One thing I noticed about the Thai’s is that they are very enterprising. Neccessity gives them the ability to make money out of just about anything. I’ve never seen so many roadside and frontyard restaurants in my life. Everywhere you go you can buy fresh local food for nothing.

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    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Thanks for that article Mudhen, and thanks for the welcome mumof6.

    #477566
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Well there are good reasons for not having cats too, but I do. I just settle myself to being a good cat owner instead of an irresponsible one.

    #477564
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    I’m loving your bird feeders BlueWren. They are gorgeously rustic and I wish, wish I could get King Parrots to hang around my place. I actually had a pretty sweet place in Concord West a few years ago that was frequented by 15 or so rainbow lorikeets. They would all sit on my balcony rail and squawk to be fed.

    #519484
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    I must admit, the only times I’ve missed my car has been when thinking about gardening supplies. Sure I can work around it, but it’s not as convenient as nipping down to the local nursery and buying bags of mulch, compost and manure. 🙁

    #519439
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Hi Lyndylou, thanks for the welcome

    #512178
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Antidote for the bottled water craze…

    $6 at Aldi currently, if your employer didn’t give you one for xmas.

    +

    About $100 these days and will last a 2 person household a year.

    :whistle:

    There is however no antidote for my coffee habit… :blush:

    #519437
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Thanks Aurora. :wave: I hope it will be so. We can only hope I’ll benefit from beginners luck….. :laugh:

    #446754
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Yes, aside from my rent it costs me about $150 a week to live, for all the other expenses. Two people could do it quite easily. Even buying food it doesn’t cost $200 or $300 per week to feed both. More like $150 for two because you are sharing the cost of some expensive items like salad dressings and condiments.

    Most people chew through their money with mobile phone plans, buying the latest gadgets and eating on the run instead of real meals. If you don’t do those things you’ll have more $$$ than you can poke a stick at. I earn only a modest salary but I save about 30% of my after tax salary a year without breaking a sweat. My coworkers however all complain they are constantly broke. :whistle:

    #514930
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Hmmm…I’m not sure it’s necessary to brand modern life as a wrong turn. I for one am very thankful for the facility of a hot shower in my own home everyday. And by the smell of some people on public transport in summer I’m very thankful they have that facility too…

    In any case good luck with your project I hope you can find enough closet Roman’s to set up shop with you.

    #337463
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    An old rotting log, with moss and lots of water in the hopes you’ll get fungi. :woohoo:

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    ClarafloClaraflo
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    Ashfield, in Sydney’s inner west.

    #505989
    ClarafloClaraflo
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    The cob oven, my mother and I built about 5yrs ago still stands in her front yard today. We made it in 2 days from reclaimed materials and it cost a whopping $35 to build. We went for the simple and traditional igloo type with hand sculpted door. First we built a foundation from found concrete blocks in the backyard about 2ft high. We built a circular and hollow foundation then filled the middle up with rubble also from the backyard. A layer of beach sand was laid down to create a smooth and flat surface. We then laid kiln bricks on top of the sand, its important to use this brick type on the inside as the temperatures can get pretty high.

    Beach sand was then piled up on top and sculpted into a beautiful high dome. The concrete mixer came out, in went straw, clay dug up out of the garden and some sand. We then placed handfuls of our cob all over the sand dome until it was about 6-10 inches thick all over. A round opening was left in the front for the door. Our door size was sheer dumb luck correct but we later found out it needs to be about 30% of the height and width of the dome for the oven to work correctly. We got a little artistic and then sculpted a fish on top of the base oven, with the door as its mouth and a tail and fins running down the sides of the foundation. The oven was left to dry and the sand dug out. A low fire was then lit and tended for many hours to help dry out in the inside. A street party was held to

    christen the oven and it cooked wonderful, pizza’s, roasts and other goodies all night.

    Its a very simple project anyone without skills can make. And it’s easy to make it aesthetically pleasing as well.

    When I buy my land a cob oven is the very first thing I will build on it, even before a house.

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