Aussies Living Simply

  • replied to the topic Goanna vs chooks in the forum All things Chicken 10 years, 5 months ago

    Yep the lie-down-if-one-comes-at-you is true, don’t think it’s an urban legend at all!!!

    Also, it was recently discovered that they are actually venomous, so if you (or a dog or chook) do happen to get bitten by one ensure you treat it appropriately and seek medical help if required. Note – they don’t have fangs as such, it’s a sac that releases…[Read more]

  • +1 on the oil cleansing method… only I use a 1:3 ratio as my skin is very dry. I found I broke out a bit worse at first but then everything cleared up and then some 🙂

    Water is the key. Drink lots of it, make it a lifestyle, it’s only the first few days that you feel you’re constantly on the loo.

    Also – fish oil. It conditions your skin by…[Read more]

  • Ggang post=299316 wrote: If the grab bag is mainly for fire evacuation are you sure food is absolutely necesary ?

    Yep. In the even of a bushfire our village is completely isolated, even though we’re just 8km from the Hume Hwy. Whatever we have on hand is what we have until Emergency Services can get through.

    Looking at the pics of what’s…[Read more]

  • I was also an exchange student when I was a teenager. I went to Switzerland for 11 months with AFS. It was the most extraordinary time of my life and I’m so fortunate that my families (the one here and the one in Switzerland) were so awesome. I still get home sickness for my Swiss family when I see pictures of the Matterhorn or similar on telly :(…[Read more]

  • I use the STAR method as opposed to CROWS:


    each STAR represents one paragraph. a few STARs per criteria and you’re sorted 🙂

  • TT

    Firstly, stop self-diagnosing on the Internet. I know you are 😉

    Remember that anxiety is due to physical changes to the hypothalamus in the brain, allowing a build-up of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. You are not crazy – your body is just not letting you function within a normal range at the moment. There are things you can do and it…[Read more]

  • I was a medical secretary in a former life (okay – while at uni) and the geriatrician I worked for said that it’s okay to let them talk about anything they like (even if they think it’s 1943 and you’re their daughter ;)). No point correcting them or ignoring them as it only confuses/hurts them and why do that?

    If it makes you feel uncomfortable…[Read more]

  • Hi Porgey

    I can only echo the comments above: you get what you pay for.

    DH and FIL are both trained in metals/wood, and they have made the mistake of buying cheap tools perhaps twice between them. Even the tools DH buys me are ‘best of the mid range’ but for my purposes they are fine (high-end Ryobi 18V hand tools).

    DH’s most recent purchases…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Multilingual children in the forum Home Schooling 11 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Matty Alan,

    I’m a teacher, am bilingual (through living overseas) and have bilingual teenage cousins (their Mum is of Italian descent).

    If you have the opportunity to teach your kids two languages from the get-go, do it! The brain is very malleable in the first two years and basically ALL our language is learnt during this time (not words…[Read more]

  • Comparison… can you tell which one is leaking and which one is not?

    Much more obvious to the naked eye, of course…

  • Okay another update…

    Highlands autumn weather is here. That means foggy mornings, bright sunny days and a big (16+ degrees) temperature drop as the sun sets. We have had a couple of light frosts (well, light in terms of what we can get).

    I have overhead-watered all boxes (with bore water) maybe twice a week if that since my last update except…[Read more]

  • I have/had chronic rhinitis since I was little. I’m not actually sure what it would feel like to have full use of both nostrils at the same time but I’m pretty sure I would totally freak out at the weird sensation.

    During peak hayfever times I get really bad. I have a neti pot and it is the only thing that will give me some relief when my face…[Read more]

  • Okay – interesting update.

    Seeds are starting to germinate – in each box I can see nearly half a dozen poking their heads out between the (very light) sugar cane mulch. Not long now!!!

    Didn’t try to fill the reservoirs – I’ve decided I’ll wait until the seedlings have long enough roots, are fairly vigorous, and then I’ll fill up and wait until…[Read more]

  • Okay so the weather here has been more typical of late April – cold as soon as the sun goes down but bright and sunny during the day.

    I haven’t overhead-watered them since my last post as I haven’t been home before dark since then and didn’t want to flood them. They got a sprinkle today.

    So today I re-filled. It seemed the two aggregates were…[Read more]

  • Day 2
    Wasn’t very hot today but it was sunny. Surface soil wasn’t as dry as I had anticipated. Light overhead watering just in case I forget tomorrow.

    Water level still visible in crushed brick box, approx 1/2″ below overflow. Other boxes not so lucky, I can’t see the level and couldn’t even detect a change in resistance despite poking the sides…[Read more]

  • Thanks Scarecrow :hug:

    We’re all abuzz with design ideas today. The next question will be answered through a controlled trial because neither I nor The Engineer can fathom how large diameter material (aggregate, scoria etc) can act as an appropriate reservoir medium.

    It’s made us wonder how the water can wick up into the soil once the water no…[Read more]

  • Heya Scarecrow

    Well my darling Engineer hubby has volunteered (Doc-style ;)) to build me permanent beds to replace my now crumbling strawbale beds. Wicking beds are the perfect option for us here, so I’ve read the thread (and every other bit of media I can get on wicking beds) back to front and inside out and upside down. Eighty mazillion times…[Read more]

  • *thread from the dead*

    I can vouch for making photobooks, too.

    I have made up books of photos from holidays where I have taken literally hundreds of photos. At first I looked into selecting my favourite 50 or so, getting them printed as 5x7s then buying an album, and that would’ve cost about as much as a photobook (I use snapfish as I like…[Read more]

  • Oh okay – not that close then!

    The area’s not fenced as it’s ‘temporary’ (3 years and counting :lol:) but you’ve made a good point – the wombies around here would have pulled the bed apart if it were them so it’s probably roos. Possibly rabbits actually, although I can’t see how they’d reach? Anyway, they seem to have had their fill.

    The…[Read more]

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