Aussies Living Simply

  • I wondered about the bicarb too!!

  • Definately a Currawong…not a Chough! There are three Australian Currawongs…Pied, Grey and Black…the Black is only found in Tassie, the Pied most of the Eastern States(excepting Tassie)and the Grey in Vic, SA and the bottom of WA and Tas.

  • We bought ex egg farm chooks…ours came from a supposedly RSPCA approved ‘free range’ farm but the person who picked them up for me said the conditions were appalling…filthy, dark & overcrowded, anyway our girls were very tatty, hardly any feathers on their backs, tails etc, toenails encrusted with rock hard balls of dried mud & poo & one had…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Hi Tassie mob in the forum Introduce yourself 8 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Tania..another Tassie member here…we are in the midlands near Ross…

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for Meat in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks for the ‘dropbox’ info…hubby is very interested and is going to give it a go….
    And Andre I’m definately not getting into a debate on the pros and cons of vegetarianism…it seems to inspire as much heated argument as politics & religion…!

  • Tough if the public system is the only option…..as it must be for many Australians..

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for Meat in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks to everyone for the input…I agree PeterD that wild rabbit tastes best and we did look into the gun licence…my husband did a lot of shooting but gave it up when we left Tassie…we did look into it when we came back but the combination of the expense and the hassle decided it wasn’t worth it…we buy Kangaroo & Wallaby meat which is…[Read more]

  • We don’t have private health cover…not even an option as we couldn’t afford it….we are also in Tassie and I was in hospital for 10 days with pnuemonia at the end of last year & I can honestly say I don’t think I would have had any better care as a private patient, all completely free…there was another patient in the same 4 bed ward who had…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for Meat in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years, 3 months ago

    Thankyou Ruthy and garyhoddinott…I’m starting to think it might be more trouble than it’s worth…the rabbit disease problem worries me the most as I would envisage having some sort of outdoor set up and would like them to eat natural forage (which we have in spades..especially during Spring & Summer) supplemented with a good quality grain &…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for Meat in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years, 3 months ago

    How would it be best to start off kajanrabbits? A pregnant doe or a young doe & buck? Or buy a few youngsters and keep the best for breeding?

  • replied to the topic Rabbits for Meat in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years, 3 months ago

    I know 🙁 …I’m a terrible hypocrite..I eat meat but don’t think I could kill anything but my husband says he could…he grew up in a huntin’, fishin’ and shootin’ family! I feel bad on the rare occasions that I catch a fish 🙂 there are wild rabbits around here but it’s such a palaver getting a gun licence and we can’t have any ‘traditional’…[Read more]

  • Hi Chareaves….potatoes are not necessarily ‘easy’ to grow…just like any other plant if the conditions are right then chances are they will grow well…if on the other hand you are battling with incorrect growing conditions it will also be difficult, you don’t say where you are…maybe the climate is not potato friendly where you are?
    I’ve…[Read more]

  • On the tyre question-I wouldn’t grow in tyres…I haven’t any conclusive evidence that they leak toxins but I’m not willing to chance it…after all there is no real benefit in using tyres (apart from the recycling angle I guess)so why do it?
    We grow potatoes the traditional way with no problems…and we’ve grown a small amount by ‘no dig’ methods…[Read more]

  • Hi MrGnome…thanks for your reply…I have done a bit of research and found one report on the river our water is drawn from-the samples were taken from different points, including this very property…a lot of it is too hard for a layman to understand and unfortunately the report was done in 1995-I haven’t been able to find anything dated after…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Ginger beer in the forum Brewing and winemaking 8 years, 4 months ago

    I found this recipe in a Caribbean cookbook recently-I haven’t tried it yet so don’t know if it would be alcoholic or not…it certainly would be if you chucked in some Rum when serving, as they suggest 🙂 , it sounds worth a try…I’ve had mixed results with traditional Ginger Beer recipes.
    4 litres water
    500 grams fresh ginger peeled
    zest of 1…[Read more]

  • Hi Imarni, afraid I’m no help either…we rented a house in NQ that had carpet bugs…they were gradually munching their way into the center, I used to joke that all we’d be left with was a rug! They were wool carpets, it didn’t bother me to any great extent as it was a glorious house which made up for it’s foibles…after we left I believe they…[Read more]

  • The Book Depository is, I find, one of the best online book stores, they have a huge range…as a bonus postage is always free.
    I’d put up a link but I’m pretty hopeless with technology…much to the despair of my children!

  • replied to the topic Possum Pest. what to do ? in the forum Vegetables 8 years, 4 months ago

    Thanks purplehat…all’s well that ends well, eh? 🙂

  • replied to the topic Possum Pest. what to do ? in the forum Vegetables 8 years, 4 months ago

    Quite frankly purplehat I take umbrage at being labelled a Troll simply because I don’t agree with you…I didn’t ask advice on dealing with possums…that was the original poster, I was just sharing my experience…isn’t that the whole idea of forums?

    If attracting possums works for you then that’s great, but it doesn’t work for me…nor am I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Tasmania Dreaming in the forum Introduce yourself 8 years, 4 months ago

    I guess if you like the cold Karty you’ll be fine…I reckon my optimum temperature is about 30 C :laugh: I often joke that I haven’t been warm since I set foot here…a bit of an exaggeration, we try to keep the living areas of the house at 20 C…I still rug up at that temp! I’m very thankful I don’t have to pay for heating tho’…
    There are…[Read more]

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