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    daviesgang
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    We enquired as to whether or not we could actualy physically disconnect our house from the power grid and the law actually states that if the power runs past your house you must be connected to it. Alternatively if you are connected already you cannot disconnect. We live on a main road, 11 kms out of the Perth CBD so we can’t say it doesn’t run past us unfortunately and we are already connected.

    We are currently looking into wind power rather than solar.

    #393331
    daviesgang
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    Weeds!!:(

    I am talking about 10 wheelbarrow loads of weeds and grass and we haven’t finished yet either:blush: We didn’t do our normal planting for this time of year and we let the garden go a bit because we were due to go back to Canada in October to see my family again but then a friend got very ill and we cancelled our trip to be with her. Our minds have been far from the garden and we finally woke up out of our haze and realised we needed to get on with it and get planting again….we just had to find the garden again first:pinch:

    We think one more day and we will have completely clear beds again in both the front and back yards and then we are off and running again.

    #480557
    daviesgang
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    I bought a new one two months ago and no one likes any of the flavours that come with it so we just either have fizzy water or a splash of cordial in it. I am so happy because my two younger boys now drink a minimum of 3 litres of water a day whereas before i got the soda stream I was struggling to get them to drink a litre. Hubby likes the gingerbeer cordial/syrup stuff in his that I get in Woolworths. I can never remember the name of the stuff though.:blush:

    The only thing that bothers me is the price of the bottles. We got two or 3 with it and I bought another 3 pack because there are six of us in the family and the 3 pack was $15 on special down from $21:ohmy: The kids have been threatened with slow painful deaths if they don’t look after the bottles.:whistle:

    #484736
    daviesgang
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    I have well over 500 ebooks now and I have thousands of real books too…hence the conversion to ebooks…there is no room in my house!!:blush: LOL. I get my ebooks in PDF format and I read them on my computer. My hubby even bought me a little Acer Netbook for my birthday in October so i am no longer tied to my computer if I am reading a book. It was cheaper to buy the netbook than to buy a good quality Ebook reader.

    I was going to get a Kindle or something similar but then I borrowed one from a friend for a week and I found the writing (eInk) hard to read for some reason. I am not saying that would be the case with you but that was the problem I had so i thought I would mention it. Also the reader wasn’t backlit so I had to have a light on to read it. The little netbook I have is an LED LCD screen and it awesome for reading. I don’t get the sore dry eyes I was getting from reading on my desktop PC anymore. If you know anyone who has an eReader i would see if you could borrow it for a couple of days and see if you like it before going out and buying one yourself.

    Don’t get me wrong…they are great…but nowdays a little netbook can be purchased for a similar price (mine was cheaper to be honest) and you have the bonus that you still have internet etc. I don’t know for sure but I have heard that some of the Kindles and the like are kind of locked to certain places (for example Amazon.com) when it comes to buying books. I am sure other people know more about that and could give you more details than I could as it is only what I have heard or read in reviews. Also if you have a certain eReader in mind…Google the name of it and read the reviews.

    #484727
    daviesgang
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    My first attempt at growing sweet potato a few years ago yielded over 14kgs of potatoes. I just cut then end of a sweet potato and put it in a chinese take away container half full of water on the kitchen windowsill and I just kept the water up constantly and it went beserk. Once the shoots were about 5-6 inches or 13-16 cms long I went and planted it out the back in an area of grey sand that is about 12 foot by 4 foot. I planted the end of the potato and the shoots and I only left about a centimetre of the shoot sticking out of the ground. That was all I planted and when I dug up the area about 9 months later to plant something else in there, I discovered tonnes of potatoes…well 14 kgs worth anyway. I felt like a right twit too because I thought it had all died as the greenery had all died off so I figured I’d screwed it up. I had to dig down almost a metre to get it all out as well. I have to admit i was pretty patchy with the watering too after the first couple of weeks. They didn’t get watered for about a week once as the retic had a hernia and I refused to use the tap water on the garden. So in my case treating them mean kept them keen….not sure it would work every time though. Good luck.

    #479882
    daviesgang
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    Oh Herby sweetheart I am so sorry:(:hug: I know how much you love your ex wife. You can’t just switch that off unfortunately for your heart:|. You are a strong person and you can get through this … you know you can. :kiss::hug::hug: The fact that this is a mutual decision and amicable means that at the end of all this you have a chance of still being friends.:tup:

    I know it sounds like a well worn line but everything does happen for a reason. You found each other and shared your love and your lives for the last however many years and now you will both move on and be richer for the experience , even if that is difficult to see right now. You will have both learned from the rights and wrongs that happened during your time together and hopefully that means the rights will be repeated and the wrongs wont.

    I wish you the very best herby, you are a wonderful, lovely person and one day you will find whatever it is you are searching for and you will finally be at peace with yourself. Hopefully along the way you will find the person that you get to spend the rest of your life with and you will be blissfully content and happy. Blessed be my friend.:kiss:

    #474063
    daviesgang
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    I haven’t been on in ages and I just saw this. I am so sorry that you had to let Sam go. It is never an easy decision to make. I have only had to do it once and it ripped my heart out of my chest. RIP beautiful Sam. I will put a passage at the bottom of this post for you to read. It always makes me cry to read it but I really hope it is true because when I had to get my precious Basil put to sleep in 2003 I thought my world was never going to be the same. He was just another one of my kids. It didn’t matter that he was a Russian Blue cat. He was my second son. He was my soulmate in cat form and I still mourn him and think of him at least once everyday.

    Onto something a little more uplifting….

    I noticed you said you are going to Canada in October to visit your sister. That is amazing because my hubby and I are going to Canada in October to see my family as well. We are landing in Vancouver and staying for a couple of days and looking around and then flying to Trail, British Columbia where my family live. We are staying just short of a month. Hope you have a great time and find your time away healing.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

    #461328
    daviesgang
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    Sorry it has taken so long to get back. From what I have been reading they are now pretty sure it is a pinched/trapped nerve and the horse is being treated. Thanks for the replies everyone.:tup:

    #461324
    daviesgang
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    I should also point out that they are going to get her rechecked with a vet. They suspect she might have a pinched or trapped nerve, going by replies they have received.

    #461323
    daviesgang
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    The horse isn’t hers Cindy. It is owned by someone she knows.

    #461322
    daviesgang
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    Ok from the other forum I finally got a reply and it was this.

    Trail rides are pretty intermittent… sometimes she won’t be ridden for a week, sometimes a couple of times a week. She might only two 2 or 4 20-25 minute rides (walking) in a day, with ample rest in between (and a feed at lunch). I don’t think it’s tying up, she moves freely when she’s moving, she just fidgets (swishes her tail, minor stomping with hind legs (but no actual kicking at the belly), and tries to walk around) and stretches at the end of the day. But she has been know to cross her legs excessively whilst going up hill.

    #461313
    daviesgang
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    Yeah I have just noticed that. I will see if I can find out how many rides a day the horse does.

    #461276
    daviesgang
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    That is absolutely stunning. If I had the money it would be a done deal. I can’t believe you can bear to leave there to be honest but we all have to follow our dreams. Good luck selling it.:tup:

    #458555
    daviesgang
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    That is great news. We are finding that 2010 is our year of positive change too. :clap::hug:

    #458432
    daviesgang
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    Oh what a shame….:|. It is my youngest son’s birthday tomorrow and we have all the family stuff happening so wont be able to make it. I would have loved to have gone to that and had a good look around. Not to mentionbeing able to put my name down to have a chance at winning the solar system too. Isn’t it always the way.:shrug:

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