Aussies Living Simply

  • You don’t need the 800 grams all at once. The first day I only put a cup of flour, the next I add another cup, then 2 cups and the last day another 2 or 3 cups so it’s spread over 4 or 5 days. Of course, you can make 800 grams at once but it tends to be boring and tiring.

    BTW, my bread always ends up soggy on the inside and not too “fluffy” – any…[Read more]

  • I ended up with one from Amazon (link) – somewhat smaller than what I had in mind, but works pretty well if you don’t want more than, say, half a kilo of flour at a time. Which works fine for me, because with sourdough bread you add the flour gradually over three or four days.

  • hillbilly girl post=340174 wrote: If she can spare the time to take a book over and sit reading for a while so he can approach her, rather than the other way around, things might ease up a bit.

    We went away for 5 days last year, and we had a friend come every day and check on the cat. This is what she did – just sat on the patio reading until he…[Read more]

  • We get raw milk through HerdShare / Foodconnect. You buy a share, become a shareholder and technically you do not “buy” the milk, but “get it from your own cows”, or at least that’s the legal theory behind the scheme. It’s delivered once a week in some member’s driveway, where you go and get it.

  • 1. Military – no, it’s only a town not a country 🙂 Local police though – yes.

    2. Local taxes, yes (e.g. just ordinary council rates).

    3. Education… I have this vision of a new (or rather – old :-)) type of school, with teachers etc. but no computers, where children have to do their own stuff instead of getting computers to do it for…[Read more]

  • Actually, I find Linux a lot easier to use than Windows. What you say *used to* be true some time ago – it did require a learning curve, you did need to know how to go “under the hood” etc. This hasn’t been the case in the last couple of years though. Fedora, Ubuntu and most other distro’s have a desktop interface you are familiar with (icons on a…[Read more]

  • I haven’t touched Windows or any other commercial software for something like 6 or 7 years now. I’m a web programmer and PhD student, so I spend most of my time online and I have to say I haven’t felt in any way limited by the software – anything I want to do, I can do with it… (with the notable exception of filing my tax return, for which I had…[Read more]

  • You might also check out the Eco Village in Currumbin –

  • Hi Andre,

    please feel invited to the project, it’s people like you that I came here to look for 🙂

    To answer your questions (or observations) one by one:

    “the majority of the public (excluding us of course) don’t think for a moment we took a wrong turn” – many don’t think at all… The project is not for the majority but for a small…[Read more]

  • Yes, it is ironic to use the internet… However, modern communications have made all other methods of communications extinct, so I can’t employ a “town crier” to shout out the idea at a public gathering where it will be heard.

    Another part of my rant is the death of normal communication… People used to write letters to each other before. Long,…[Read more]