Aussies Living Simply

  • The UK has an estimated 250,000 allotments. The waiting time to get one is 7 to 10 years. Makes one grateful to have a backyard in which to grow food.

  • Thanks for all the good wishes. I’m having a ball with the new lady in my life who lives in London. London is a fascinating place. I just enjoy wandering around the city and soaking up the history, of which there is plenty. This morning I found myself in St. James Park quite by accident and to my great surprise I came across a healthy looking…[Read more]

  • OMG Bullseye. Now you’ve got me completely freaked out about conspiracy theories and the like. The thought of Dan, Geoff, Doc, and Lady B with “nuclear football” briefcases chained to their wrists is just too much to contemplate. I’m out of here! See ya! Edited to say I laughed myself silly at what you wrote. Well done mate! Boy, is this thread…[Read more]

  • I know how you oldies hate change.

    Heck! And I thought migrating from Windows 3 to windows 95 was the highlight of my computing experience. Yet, I’m running windows XP on this PC and Windows 7 on the laptop, but I’m blowed if I can see a huge improvement in the OS. Although the internet speed has improved by light years.

  • Hi Dan. Lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for creating this wonderful website. But, hang on. You say:

    Myself and the other Admin nerds (Namely Geoff and Dave ) are now just about to embark on yet another major upgrade of the site, which will probably see a bit of a look and feel change, and it should be a lot faster and easier to…

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  • For people living in an area where a good, reliable digital television signal cannot be provided terrestrially, the government provides a free-to-air satellite service called VAST. This provides all the free-to-air digital channels plus a dedicated local news channel for your area.There is a satellite subsidy scheme for eligible households, but…[Read more]

  • This article about enjoying both your cat and wildlife is a balanced presentation and I think should be a must read for cat owners.

  • Porgey wrote: How many indigenous skinks, lizards, smaller birds etc are taken I don’t know.

    The cat population has been estimated at approximately 3 million as pets and another 12 million feral. Between them they are estimated to eat 40-60 million native animals every day (and this estimate may be conservative). From stomach analysis, cats have…[Read more]

  • Good luck with the project, but I find it ironic that you’re proposing to build “a living Antiquity-style city” with “nothing, in fact, which the Ancients did not have”, but using that most modern of technologies to publicise it – the Internet.

  • Porgey, if God had intended us to dig ponds by hand he wouldn’t have endowed us with the intellect to invent Dingo Diggers. The epitome of simple living is relaxing on the verandah with an ice cold beer watching the operator of one of these fabulous little machines construct a pond in minutes.

  • replied to the topic Making & BAKING a clay pond. in the forum Backyard projects 8 years ago

    Porgey, you could try sealing the pond with Bentonite. This is a naturally occurring clay that swells up to about 20 times its volume in the presence of water. It costs around $1 per kg, or a little less. You would need 5-10 kg per square metre, depending on the soil type.

  • replied to the topic Sustainability revolution needed in the forum Life Changes 8 years ago

    We need to bring back the love – love for each other and the Earth, and all the flora and fauna that live on her. If you truly love someone or something, you don’t abuse and set out to destroy it. If the catch cry of the 60s was “all you need is love” it seems the slogan of the 21st century is “all you need is hate”. We are seeing death threats to…[Read more]

  • Australians don’t care where their food comes from, as long as it’s cheap. Newspoll Online Omnibus – involving more than 1,000 grocery shoppers – found 47% don’t care where their food comes from, with 80% rating price as, or more, important than the food’s origin.

  • replied to the topic English in the forum General chat and catching up 8 years, 1 month ago

    What I want to know is where is this country called Austraya that I keep hearing about? Also, there is apparently a city in north Queensland called Cans, but I can’t find it on the map. Then there was Julia Gillard on the ABC’s 7:30 program telling Chris Uhlmann that she’d leave the “hyperbowl” to him. Is that an upgraded version of the U.S. NFL…[Read more]

  • The original question posed in the OP is indicative of most people’s view of food – it’s all about economics and cost. Their food comes from far away and is grown by people they don’t know, using methods they know nothing about. They are happy to eat food that is grown by impersonal agribusiness and sold just as impersonally as any other c…[Read more]

  • Since retiring from full-time work a few years ago, I have worked part-time from home. It’s great that modern technology enables this. I have discovered that being self-employed at home requires discipline, self-control, attention to detail and good time-management skills. Unfortunately I possess none of these attributes. With no boss watching…[Read more]

  • I once had the opposite problem – trying to establish duckweed in a large pond to cut down the light to reduce algae problems. It would get started, but mysteriously disappear. I sat by this pond for many hours and never saw the goldfish feeding on it. A pair of resident wood ducks visited the pond regularly and although I never saw them eating it…[Read more]

  • Mistyhollows. I reckon the burnpile is a sacrosanct part of living on acreage, and a fast disappearing aspect of our Aussie heritage. I applaud your efforts to keep the local bureaucracy satisfied. But, as you’ve found out, it’s a useless exercise. I’ve tried often to do the right thing, but can’t find anyone to contact, and phone messages aren’t…[Read more]

  • So, do I refuse to help a friend or neighbour in need in case I might be sued? Sorry, but it’s not the way it works out here. But good luck to you and the lawyers in the city.

  • Not really sure on the time. It was around 3-4 stubbies I’d say, or about 45 minutes by the clock, and was slightly overdone, but still delicious. I bartered half of it for a piece of Jade Perch fresh from the river.

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