Aussies Living Simply

  • Hi people, its been a long time since I spent most nights checking the happenings on ALS! Found the link when I was looking for something else so thought I’d pop in and say hi. Back then, I was just making the move from suburbia to 2 acres in a small town an hour from Adelaide. 8 lovely years there and we upsized to around 30 acres just out of…[Read more]

  • Thanks mulluk. I went to local nursery today and yes, the jury is out on almond v other stone fruit, but I’m still leaning towards an almond. Good point re the chill and being too protected. I’m near Willunga, south Australia, which is an almond growing region, we still have an annual almond blossom festival although more vines than almonds…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Sick chooks in the forum All things Chicken 6 years, 8 months ago

    Thankfully no more have become sick and I have moved them to a separate pen so will be able to keep them there for 6 months or so and give the other area a good clean out. Lesson learned – don’t spend money on chooks! In the past we have had fertile eggs from a friend who has a large mixed bunch of chooks, hatched either in Incubator or a…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Sick chooks in the forum All things Chicken 6 years, 8 months ago

    Well, both the sick chooks have died but, touch wood, all the others still seem happy and healthy so hopefully that’s the end of it for now. Its time to move them to their winter run anyway, so I can give the others a good clean out and disinfect and hopefully remove any lurking problems over the next few months.

    Neighbours have also had problems…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Rhubarb Views in the forum Property Tales 6 years, 8 months ago

    Looks great, enjoy making it yours!

  • I’m still finding my around, but would love to be able to go straight to the unread replies to a post, or to the end and then I can work back rather than it opening at the start of a thread. I think we used to be able to do that, maybe I’m just missing something?

  • I’m here too, after working out the password change – I was so sure I had the right one I kept persisting before thinking maybe I need to reset because of the changes :-/

  • Thanks Bel – great to know they grow well here in SA, think I will stick with them (but thanks for the other referral Nick!). they have been really helpful so far. I’ve never contemplated the fruit salad tree, a because we have so much space but also wonder how long it would take for 1-2 grafts to take over the 4 others people get on the same tree!!

  • I didn’t realise Jo was Bandicoot Valley! I was wondering how I had found her on FB, probably through a mention of her site somewhere on here. Anyway, I bought a male and female blue australorp from her on Saturday – they are beautiful birds and have settled in well! Not integrated with the rest of my motley crew yet, but will mix them in on…[Read more]

  • Joining the conversation late to say I can’t make – had a couple of things I had to wait to see on before I knew if I could make it or not, and having been ‘told off’ for saying maybe to a previous GTG (a long time ago) and then not being able to make it, I didn’t want to get in trouble again :laugh: :laugh:

    Hope you all have a great…[Read more]

  • Kasundi – this is hot and delicious, the kids ask for a jar just about every time they visit!

    90g black mustard seed
    250g fresh ginger
    500ml malt vinegar
    125g garlic
    60gm green chillies (red would be fine too)
    2 kg tomatoes
    250ml oil (sunflower or grapeseed was what he original recipe said)
    30g turmeric
    90g cummin
    60g chilli powder
    250g brown…[Read more]

  • That pear and ale chutney does sound good! Bel, was it you who recently-ish got a Thermomix – it is perfect for making quince paste, just set and forget and no lava splatters all over the stove and your arm!!

  • Thanks Snags, pretty sure its 2 seasons. I may have just been getting too impatient as it now looks like they won’t be too bad after all! Some are starting to change colour slightly and have gone soft, and are a bit juicier, expect they could do with some water next season but we will get some edible ones off of it :tup: Think I have to get…[Read more]

  • I found out the other week that through my library I can get some magazines through Zinio – including Gardening Australia, but not Organic Gardener. Perfect timing as my subs were about due and I was debating whether or not to go for another year. Now I can download it as soon as its available for free. I agree that it does seem to be the same…[Read more]

  • I agree with Earthwalker, get your broker to review and give you some options so you can decide whether or not it is worthwhile, without having to invest a lot of time in research yourself. If he’s doing a good job for you, he should be looking in to your options ahead of the current fixed term expiring anyway.

  • $3.50 -wow! The $7.00 I paid was the cheapest I have ever paid, I thought $10 was a bargain previously. Mind you, the petrol to get me to Gepps Cross would be way more than the price difference!!

  • I’ve got the basic electric Fowler unit – just fill with cold water and turn it on, turn it off in an hour – couldn’t be easier! You don’t have to use Fowler jars, you can reuse your ‘supermarket’ jars, you just might need to buy some new lids for them.

    For those down south, O’Halloran Hill Fruit Mart has 10kg boxes for only $7!! When…[Read more]

  • I was cutting back my roses the other day and one bush had some good looking rosehips which made me wonder if you can use hips from any bush, or do they need to be a particular type?

  • I’ve had mine about 2 years now and still love it! I just mastered yoghurt last week, make my own butter, ricotta cheese, coconut milk, bread, etc. Whenever I want to do anything, I just google and add “thermomix” at the end and a recipe will appear! A couple of salads have become my favorites – beetroot (I think in the EDC) and Moroccan Carrot…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Bellandarreh Farm in the forum Property Tales 7 years, 2 months ago

    wow, look at all your fruit! I think you’ll be busy preserving before too long!

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