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  • Having to buy things is the price we pay for living the way we do (small groups of individuals, on private property). The only way to completely live within the means of the planet is to live a nomadic life, as the Aboriginals lived. Each step towards “being civilized” necessitates the purchase or trade of goods of increasingly complicated…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Opportunity to reassess in the forum This Simple Life 8 years ago

    Sorry, I meant trandto, not you BlueWren :blush:

    And that’s the thing, yes, if cycling, photography and IT things are important to trandto, then I think he should buy the best quality of those things and keep them a long time. Being non-consumeristic shouldn’t mean being a martyr for the utilitarian life. Not unless you want that anyway. And…[Read more]

  • My loaf was tasty but didn’t rise much at all. I don’t think the starter is quite there yet. I’ve bought some bakers yeast to supplement the process until my sourdough is very active. In the meantime I can also use the starter for pancakes.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info re sitting on eggs. I went back out again and she had just laid hers amongst the duck eggs and then left. Two of my chickens do that. I don’t think they sit for more than 30-60 minutes so should hopefully be ok.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 8 years ago

    I just put a few kg of grains in a bucket and then filled the bucket with water. Each day I scoop some out. The chickens go crazy for it, and I feel good in knowing that there shouldn’t be much phytic acid left, therefore more minerals in our eggs.

    As for the kefir, it’s not necessary but I make it for myself every day anyway. Anything that can…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Opportunity to reassess in the forum This Simple Life 8 years ago

    Incidentally, I do actually make up my own paint for my painted furniture to some degree…

    50% of the paint is actually the remaining liquid plaster unused from plastering walls. I just use a sample pot of paint to tint the plaster, and then I hand make my own furniture wax from beeswax and food oil.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 8 years ago

    Firstly, I am so sorry about the chookie coming to such a tragic end 🙁

    I have an issue. I have discovered one of my chooks is sporadically sitting on the fertilized duck eggs, whereas the ducks haven’t finished laying so haven’t started to sit yet.

    Are those eggs all ruined?

    Btw soaking all my grains before giving them to chooks is working…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Opportunity to reassess in the forum This Simple Life 8 years ago

    I think you’re missing something…

    I hand paint pieces of furniture that were bought secondhand and I plan to keep them. They would have no trouble being sold secondhand if I wished.

    I did this instead of buying a new piece of furniture from ikea (which would have had as many, if not more chemicals than the paint). If the piece of ikea…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Opportunity to reassess in the forum This Simple Life 8 years ago

    I wrote a long post in response to your post about my art being consumption, but I accidentally deleted it at the time. Since the thread is back I’ll add something brief.

    I don’t think my art is consumption. It does something to my being and makes me a happier person. When I am happier I have a full cup and have more to give.

    It costs money to…[Read more]

  • I’m making my first loaf and I have no idea what I’m doing, lol.

    It was rather wet and sticky and the yeast is still sluggish so I added some more flour and kneaded it and I’m letting it rise again. Its rising…. Slowly. It is 50% rye though and apparently it is supposed to be a bit sticky and not rise much, so that’s probably ok.

    I don’t know…[Read more]

  • ChIna sees Australian farming land as a good investment at a time where if there is an economic crunch there will be food shortages. They need to increase land and Australian land just looks cheap. Especially in Tasmania.

    Unfortunately if farm land is allowed to be bought and sold internationally it will be priced out of our own profit margins…[Read more]

  • I’m going to have to learn the ‘by feel’ method…. My starter is a little bit of this and a little bit of that whenever I have a bit of spare flour kind of deal. There’s no way I’m going to get my starter to the same consistency for each loaf.

    I started my first loaf today, it’s looking a little heavy though. I didn’t sieve the flour very finely…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Raw Milk in South Australia in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years ago

    You’d have to go to a different delivery point, but it looks like they might be getting a new delivery point at Pooraka. If so, I will get 2 or 3 shares. I love raw milk kefir and fresh kefir quark.

  • replied to the topic Raw Milk in South Australia in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years ago

    I’ve enquired with Moo View on Friday but as I live in Salisbury I don’t know how the delivery will work out.

  • replied to the topic Gotu Kola in the forum Herbs 8 years ago

    I planted gotu kola over winter but it has no new growth yet. I’m wondering if it will spring into life before the heat of summer.

  • replied to the topic Raw Milk in South Australia in the forum Backyard livestock 8 years ago

    Wilson’s organics sells Cleopatra’s Bath Milk and the organic shop on St Bernards Rd (Magill I think) sells Hahndorf Real Milk. For external use only of course.

    At least they both did a year ago, I only just got my kefir grains out of storage again and am looking for the best deal on raw milk.

  • replied to the topic Chook Chat Part 2 in the forum All things Chicken 8 years ago

    I’ve been learning more about phytic acid in grains for the purposes of improving our family nutrition. Phytic acid (phytate) is an anti nutrient in grains, seeds, nuts and tubers that prevents absorption of minerals.

    Phytic acid is reduced by soaking in an acid medium, lactofermentation, sprouting and to a limited degree by roasting and cooking.…[Read more]

  • Wow that looks lovely! :tup:

    My starter suddenly erupted into yeastiness yesterday so I’ve started the daily feedings now. First batch of bread in a few days time. It’s amazing how it smells kind of sick and then all of a sudden the yeast proliferates and the smell completely changes.

    I’m going to start adding it to my buckwheat pancakes as I…[Read more]

  • I am so fortunate that the vet I have been going to seems to be a good one. It’s stories like this that are so sad. No doubt not all vets are like this, but the way money is so tight for everyone, money starts to be put first and it should never be like that for medical things.

    In USA where health is privatized people have to sell their houses to…[Read more]

  • All good ideas, thanks everyone :hug:

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