Aussies Living Simply

  • Two household items which can help make this process easier:

    Wood Fire; I usually throw all of my cooked bones into the fireplace. Once i’ve sifted the ash from the charcoal (which also contains the bone remnants), I bash up all of the charcoal/bones before adding it to my soil/potting mix. Soaking it in fish emulsion before adding to the soil…[Read more]

  • I’m also a big advocate of the raw food diet; Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst is a useful read and highlights the important parts of both dog and cat digestive systems.

    In short, cats are primarily carnivores so should be fed accordingly; and RAW is Best. Our adopted ‘barn’ cat has only ever received raw meaty bones from us. In the…[Read more]

  • how about last night’s episode…….

    The Poms have “Wicking Fields” for growing their lettuce!!!!
    This is the second time in a week that I’ve seen watering saving systems/devices in use/developed by the Brits; and they have a lot more rainfall than us.

    Tell me again why we still use overhead irrigation to grow crops??

    I also liked the section…[Read more]

  • Garganis Brothers at Hindmarsh… I was in there 2 weeks ago and they have lentils and flours in 20kg sacks (also in smaller 1 kg packs in you prefer), along with all sorts of other goodies in bulk.

    For my whole grains, i bought some of those plastic dust bins from Big W……. they just hold a 25kg sack of wheat. Food grade buckets would be…[Read more]

  • Great for a herbal tea on these cold days (thyme has a warming affect, and the lemon taste is more pleasant than plain thyme).

  • No preservatives in my household:

    Raw chicken bones (fresh and slightly on the nose), offal, vegetable peelings(stolen from the chickens), plate/saucepan cleanings (aptly named “The Pre-wash”), dirt, grass, fruit…anything and everything that would represent the ‘wild’ animal’s diet.

    The 2 dogs are more omnivores and eat everything on that…[Read more]

  • MACs Aquariums post=317157 wrote: It will not lead to any reduction and for mine it will crucify the Labor Party at the next election. IMO it’s a blatant attempt at redistributing wealth, nothing more nothing less.

    When you pay out, as a Labor Government, billions to all and sundry, when reality sets in you somehow have to get it back. They’d…

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  • I use the Magic Bullet for my chappattis.

    I usually grind up a cupful at a time, and just pass it through a kitchen sieve; shake the sieve for fine flour, and push it through if you dont mind a few course bits.

    Any old food processor would do the same thing (and much quicker…. the magic bullet is small but the only food processor that i have…[Read more]

  • My suggestion….. if you are young, then DOUBLE-DIG. Do not underestimate the stubborn-ness of clay to take all of your mulch/compost material one year, and still be solid and impermeable the next.

    I recently made over two new areas to grow garlic. Removed the top 4″ and then double-dug the clay layers beneath, adding plenty of gypsum, crushed…[Read more]

  • I’m in a similar position with my Solarhart mounted on the roof…. date stamped 1988. I suspect that it spends more time boosting during offpeak times than it does solar heating during the day (so in essence i have an electric water heater).

    Not sure what path I would take, come the time to replace this unit. As we are soley on tank water, a…[Read more]

  • Thats a good angle Gremmbles, I’ll give that a try before i get too carried away in the kitchen.

    The only restriction to the home-milled grains that i can see if how well you sieve them. Cakes & bread generally require a finer grade of flour. I’ve only run mine through a course kitchen sieve, which yields a near identical ‘store bought…[Read more]

  • Well the babies are now just over 2 weeks old; sadly there are only 3 remaining [but very strong and vibrant….. no insect in the yard is safe!!]:

    2 were squashed (1 by my daughter i suspect; akin to Lenny from Of Mice & Men), and I suspect the other was nabbed by the cat [who is now on house arrest].

    I’m almost yearning for this predicted…[Read more]

  • If you’re a hungry Muscovy, locusts would be more fun to catch after they’ve hatched.

  • replied to the topic pigs, sheep, alpacas? in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years ago

    Would ducks make a mention on this list??

    I’ve got a flock of 7 Muscovies on my 1/2 acre block and they certainly do a good job of keeping the grass down, bug control & are great time wasters.

    They are pretty self sufficent, don’t need a body of water (just regular amounts for bathing) and would really only require a sturdy shed to sleep in at…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Possum Living in the forum Living within your means 11 years ago

    I was astounded to hear that she “home-schooled” herself for her HSC and went on to become a rocket scientist for NASA

    What a luxury time is.

  • replied to the topic Climbing Ducks in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 1 month ago

    I’m fast running out of leafy greens. They strip everything! Even some plants that i never would have thought would be edible.

    My late variety tomato plants look like topiary….. just a trunk up to about 0.5m in height then a bushy tomato plant above this.

    I’ve had to build a fortress around my comfrey; it gets eaten as fast as it grows. I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Climbing Ducks in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 1 month ago


    They are about 6 months and constantly hungry.
    Hence the need to get their ‘crap’ off my back step.

  • replied to the topic Climbing Ducks in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 1 month ago

    The majority perimeter fence is leaning inwards slightly at the top, which is certainly a hindrance to them. But an area that we have partitioned for the chooks doesnt have the same treatment. so they bust through the barricade and then climb the chooks fence (after eating all of the chook scraps of course).

  • If we started on the big stuff first and worked down from there….

    Hot water heater:

    Check whether it heats during off-peak times and whether your electricity meter has the offpeak function. and/or

    See if you can lower the heating temperature and/or

    Conduct an experiment to determine how many days you can turn it off before the water is…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Shampoo Recipe in the forum Soaps and soapmaking 11 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks for the welcome mat Andre. I’ve been a long time lurker, occasional poster.

    I’ve just ordered a shampoo bar from Beauty & the Bees (and a nice little skin tonic for my dear wife), so will be keen to try out some of your suggestions regarding vinegar rinses. The cinamon/clove one especially……. arent those aromas supposed to be an…[Read more]

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