Aussies Living Simply

  • We don’t have hard waste collection here 🙁 but I remember it in the city! We do have a ‘dump store’ at our landfill though! And several good op shops in town that deal with furniture.

    We have so much ‘stuff’ here that ‘could be handy one day’ that I’m seriously considering calling in the scrap metal guy to help pay for stuff we DO need right…[Read more]

  • Bron post=353944 wrote:

    Anyone got any ideas on what I can use the inside of my front loader for? It has sheltered chooks in the rain (and if this forecast doozy flood hits us, it will do so again), but one day the floods must stop so rather than throwing the whole machine, I’d like to pull it apart, use the outside for a bench but if I could…

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  • replied to the topic Pig pens in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    I’m back to using rough hewn wood as my pen material…Hubby says the pigs are clever and will spit water at the mud bricks to make mud (because what pig doesn’t love mud?) and with all the work involved in making bricks I think I’d cry if the pigs did that so I’m not taking the chance!!

    I’ll be following hubby when he’s out cutting wood and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Pig pens in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks Trandto…we’re all above board here and are very careful about what goes to the animals. All non-usable waste goes on to the compost (of which we have an EMORMOUS pile going on!!)

    We have been in contact with the DPI and have been assessed as sorting the food appropriately and feed only vegetable produce, the bakery and meat waste goes…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Pig pens in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    We take in food refuse from a major supermarket in our area, sort it and feed it to the animals. We are thinking of making a raised shed (mainly for our comfort and protection from the elements) but we unload the bins off our trailer onto a ramp (basically a retaining wall made of clay) and then hoist the bins onto a sorting table with a winch…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Pig pens in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    Mud bricks! Now they require clay and straw and water yeah? If you made them big enough they’d stand the test of time and the pigs I bet! Maybe a combination of the two?? Wood pens and Mud brick housing?? I’ll have a think on that and google mud bricks. Thanks!

  • replied to the topic Pig pens in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    Cool idea. I’ll share more on my whole idea later but this idea may be too flimsy for my lot 🙂 I’ll post some photos…

  • Thank you!!!

    This is just the sort of advice I was after! Oh well, looks like I will have to put up with the guard being strange colours for another year. Don’t have the cash to afford powder coating right now (nor the cash for primers it seems!)

  • We have had many piglet litters and I would say your sow’s behaviour to be normal for first time mothering. Pigs are such bad mother’s it’s a wonder the piglets survive and a natural survival trait that they have so many in my opinion.

    The only thing I would suggest is not peeking so much next time…Sow’s get grumpy when there are onlookers and…[Read more]

  • Well the parts arrived, can’t say I’m 100% happy but we’ve gone on our merry way anyway…

    The oven is in as well as the water jacket, welded some parts for the flue opener/closer bit and ready to put the remaining firebricks in.

    All in all, coming along nicely 🙂

    Have grouted the tiles for the hearth and the wall behind the stove and the top…[Read more]

  • OK. I have ordered the parts and Charles was extremely helpful. I ordered both the books available on the stove. Here’s hoping for a quick and painless project! 😆

  • Wow, I can see both sides to this discussion!

    I am a mother of seven and I had my kids young, most not by choice :whistle:

    I agree that they are worth having, sometimes giving you hope AND despair but I can also see that I wish for other things now they are growing up (the youngest is 4 and the oldest nearly 19.)

    I’m kinda on the side where…[Read more]

  • Hi Jarn,

    We have found another alternative. An older farmer had a large paddock full of large gum trees. He was planning on ripping them out to plant a crop and hubby convinced him that he had a solution that could work for him (farmer), us AND the trees. The paddock was named the ‘koala paddock’ for it’s abundant wildlife and we had been in…[Read more]

  • Hi there and welcome!!

    We do our own sheep and pigs. We live in northern victoria and have animals to slaughter soon if you want to travel to learn??

    I agree with above – we too have a butcher slaughter any cattle (none at the moment – our heifer died 🙁 ) they are too large. Hubby did one in the paddock with an old butcher, they tied it up to…[Read more]

  • Yes! I too have found Charles (sorry, didn’t catch his name on the phone) to be much cheaper than anywhere else, even in my own state after freight!

    Have read nothing but good feedback about him on forums and after I give the agent for Scandia in our town an opportunity to quote, I’m likely to go with Woodstoves. Don’t think we’ll be asking him…[Read more]

  • Thank you Misty, a very kind offer but I googled Nanango and the logistics are not favourable 🙁

    Have tried Ebay, where I found the second one – just have to find new parts and a manual now…the water jackets are usually rusted out by the time they are being done up – we have found the enamaled oven assembly on both were worn where the shelves…[Read more]

  • Thanks all,

    We have a few parts to buy – would like a shaker grate IF we can find one but I don’t think it’ll be a problem.

    I have tried link above before. Think we’re going to go with him but a bit scared of the cost of freight from WA. Gonna get a quote anyway – will call him tomorrow.

  • Yay :woohoo: I love Spring with all the new babies!! We have a new calf and piglets so far!!
    Well done and enjoy time just watching them!! :tup:

  • darls post=321516 wrote: Living out here I’ve learnt to be more blind to the mess, dirty parts and unkempt gardens/lawn… I’ve had to – not enough time or wo/manpower to do everything and keep everything clean enough for a queen’s visit!

    Thank you for this darls. I sometimes wonder how I will ever keep it all together and have noticd of late -…[Read more]

  • I agree with you all, there was a time when I looked at grand houses and admired them but now I am wiser and know that the people in these type of houses have to be out (both of them) working to afford this ‘keeping up with the Joneses’types style of living. people with real wealth have gardens, and gardeners to keep them because having a garden…[Read more]

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