Aussies Living Simply

  • I think most people are busy living thier busy lives to take the time to notice or change. We (humans) have the capacity to completely ignore something or to put it down as rubbish until it becomes an obvious issue.

    It sad but society is designed to be busy so you don’t have the time to notice.

    I would not ‘put down’ anyone in your book,…[Read more]

  • Hi BlueWren,
    Rapadura sugar is dehydrated cane juice, it’s not processed and nothing has been extracted. It’s often organic and is supposed to be good for you.

    It’s actually something you could make at home if you had sugar cane or beets and couldn’t get sugar. Its a bit like palm sugar but instead of coming in a block it’s grated and looks a…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Mead in the forum Brewing and winemaking 10 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Sonya
    I made mead last year and we had to go away for a week before it was bottled and put in the fridge.

    It was simply honey and water and allowed to brew or ferment for a few days. Any way the result was a beautiful honey vinegar!

    Didn’t really know you could make honey vinegar, but it is really beautiful, and wonderful in salad…[Read more]

  • I loved the baker calling in with the van filled with freshly baked and often hot bread… just in time for afternoon tea with my grandmother!

    The milkman picked the milk from the farm without any processing! Imagine that 🙂 but that was before raw milk was bad for you! We saved the tin lids from the milk bottles to make christmas decorations.…[Read more]

  • Thanks for that.

    I did expect some taste difference but it overpowered the pineapple, which is a shame. I actually did this in case I am ever without the ability to buy white sugar and needed to make jam. It’s much better to make these mistakes now, I guess.

    Anyway the good news is the jam tastes a bit like Golden Syrup pudding when you spread…[Read more]

  • Hi dixiebelle, I get the newsletter updates from your blog so I was already on board. Even though I am quite prepared in some instances there is always more to do and it’s good to do a fresh inventory and get rid of some clutter.

    I also follow Sonya’s blog and she has been sending out info on preping your garden, building new beds and getting…[Read more]

  • It’s interesting that everything in the fresh food section at the local Foodworks and IGA is over $10 per kilo, some are pushing $20. We have seen more than 100% increase on most fruit and veg over the past 3 week. It started with apples and oranges at $12. A cabbage is $15!

    I won’t buy them at that price and can’t see why they needed to go so…[Read more]

  • Moby78 post=301487 wrote: Little off topic but what happens with the spread of GM crops in floods?

    And I wonder how people with organic certification will go? How long will this stuff persist in the soil?

    Since much of the flood water originated in the darling downs and some of this is wheat and cotton growing country, it is a question that…[Read more]

  • I am happy to send seeds whereever they are needed.

    I am sure there are ALS members that still cannot get online and perhaps not thinking of gardening just yet anyway.

    Do we know if there are any ALS members affected by the floods in any state?

  • I saw the sunrise report about them needing 50 truckloads for three houses. People just have too much stuff and have no respect for any of it. I wonder if those without insurance are tossing everything or if they are looking at saving some stuff.

    I have been in a few floods and cyclones and know that some things can’t be saved. Clothes often get…[Read more]

  • Hi everyone… I am in Far North Qld, and not flooded at the moment but have a lot of family in central Qld and SEQ who have been evecuated and left any food they had in the cupboards! But they are safe!

    Up here, we have been dealing with isolation on and off for over a month, so the shops are struggling to fill thier shelves with anything.…[Read more]

  • Hi weaver, How is the Alpaca going?

    I had a horse with a foot/hoof injury and read that comfrey heals too fast and on an open wound it would heal the skin while the internal injury may remain unhealed and damaged tissue remain below. No sure if this is true but it came from several sources and I do know comfrey is a good healer.

    The idea is to…[Read more]

  • I used bicarb and vinegar for most of the time I had a dishwasher (don’t have one now) but I found that I had to run it with a commercial product like Finish or something every so often to remove the buildup.

    I found the dishes came out great most of the time but when I noticed the glasses looking cloudy I would do a wash with a bought…[Read more]

  • Hi
    My grandfather used to graft eggplant onto Devils Fig. I think the idea is to use a perennial rootstock so the plant lasts longer as eggplant is an annual you normally have to replace the plants. Also using a weed, like devils fig, would give you a hardy plant.

    I don’t remember how successful the grafting was or even if the plants lasted a…[Read more]

  • Is shadowdancer the only one still waiting?

    I thought erthgirl was the last to get hers!

  • replied to the topic How safe is raw milk? in the forum Dairy products 10 years, 3 months ago

    I have been drinking raw milk on and off since I was a little girl. My father grew up on a dairy in the 40’s and 50’s. We have two house cows at the moment and I have also worked on dairy farms for many years.

    Sanitation use to be done with hot water only!

    If you are concerned about mastitis you just have to taste the milk, very early mastitis…[Read more]

  • I have been noticing a huge number of guests each time I log in… it might be ALS members but I can’t open any page as a guest! I always have to log in

    Site visitor numbers on websites usually have a refresh rate, where the visitors are recalculated every 3 minutes or whatever the setting says. If the refresh rate is set for longer then you…[Read more]

  • Thank you for letting me know, Aussie Post is a bit unrealiable, so I was starting to worry… 3 weeks is a bit long.

    Your description of my soap is wonderful, but you are right about the honey and oatmeal one, it is simply Divine! It took 4 hours to trace so there was a lot time to stir in the energy and positive intention.

    Enjoy the bubbly…[Read more]

  • I have a similar situation to you (distance from town, lack of shops, 4 Boys and a meat lovin hubby)and do many of the things mentioned here. It all helps but it takes a constant effort.

    One of the things that has helped recently was discovering other people in my community to swap and share with. I joined LETS so now the trading/bartering is…[Read more]

  • Cobram Estate and Red Island both have the triangle label.

    I switch between Aussie brands (to share the love) because I heard they were all struggling to stay in business and couldn’t compete with imports.

    Why buy rancid overseas oils when we have such a good product produced locally!

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