Wake up, Freak Out

I came across this fantastic short film at Wake Up, Freak Out - Then Get a Grip.It is an animated clip about climate change that describes tipping points, which I was trying to explain in my post about Brightest before the Dark. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the film, because it has a lot to say.Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray.I hope the message came through loud and clear. We   [Continue Reading …]

Green Transport Makes Me Smile

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Sorry for yesterday's big dose of cynicism, and I promise I will up the mood today!Why is it that every time I see another Hybrid car on the road, I smile and have this overwhelming urge to wave at the other driver? Maybe it is because I think the other Hybrid driver represents an individual who cares about their driving needs and behaves like I do. I associate the mere fact that this other car   [Continue Reading …]

Brightest before the Dark

Whilst watching a video over at Cluttercut about James Lovelock and his latest book, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, one of the phrases he used struck a strong chord with me."Gaia is shining brightest before the dark". Now usually the saying is "It is always darkest before dawn", but the modification works for me. He went on to explain that the planetary systems were presenting   [Continue Reading …]

Home Made Camembert

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I once thought that making Camembert would be very difficult.  I didn't know how they got that soft, almost fuzzy rind around the cheese, and would not have imagined in my wildest dreams that one day I would make one.  Camembert cheese originate in the French village of the same name. It was discovered in 1791 by Marie Fontaine who got the recipe from a monk, and has become one of the most   [Continue Reading …]

Chicken Hygiene

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How do you keep your chicken run clean?  This chicken hygiene question gets asked all the time via email, or whenever I post a chicken story on my Facebook page. Even more surprising are things that people say to me when they visit and check out Cluckingham Palace.  Usually the first response is "Hey, it doesn't smell!"  Quite true, because I ensure that with regular animal husbandry, they keep   [Continue Reading …]

Good Feed-In Tariff News

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There are a couple of good news items today on the renewable energy front.Firstly, the Feed-in Tariff Petition for a national gross tariff of 17,000+ signatures was tabled in the Senate yesterday by Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne.Here is an extract from a press release I received from the petition organisers.Independent MP for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott, will also announce he will introduce   [Continue Reading …]

World’s Not Warming?

To set the scene, I will explain a little politics 101.  In Australia, we have a Federal Government that comprises of a Lower house of Parliament (House of Representatives) and an Upper house (Senate).  The Labor Party has the majority in the House of Reps and are currently in power.  However in the Senate, neither major party (Labor or Liberal) have the balance of power and rely on the vote of   [Continue Reading …]

Methane

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Hot off the tail of my Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome review, I have been giving the methane issue a lot of thought since the weekend.  As I have probably mentioned before, Methane (CH4) is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 25.  That means that it is 25 times more potent than Carbon dioxide (CO2) and is a massive contributor to climate change.Now, we humans use methane all the   [Continue Reading …]

Weekend Roundup

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As always, a full weekend has just been experienced on TGOG's suburban farm!Friday night is becoming well entrenched as Cheese making night, and I find that this regular routine not only helps me wind down after a long week at work, but is essential to building up the cheese stocks.  It is a very soothing therapy, and one that I look forward to by about Wednesday!  This Friday I made another wheel   [Continue Reading …]

Stilton or I Got The Stinky Blues!

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Today I attended my second cheese making course.  This one was for mould ripened cheeses.  I was very excited, and didn't sleep very much last night.The course was held at our local community house, and started at 10am.  A most civilised start time for a Sunday, I thought.  There were 8 people on the course, and I knew one gent called Kasper who I met during my first course.  He also has made many   [Continue Reading …]

Sustainably Living it Large

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Of late there has been lots of action at TGOG’s house.  Over the last week we have;Planted 4 dwarf fruit trees (2 apple, 2 pear) in the front orchard with ag-pipe buried in each hole to prepare for summer,Made Parmesan for the first time last Friday night, Made Yoghurt Cheese on Saturday,Made Goats milk Feta on Sunday (got the milk for $1.80 a litre, bargain!),Made 5 Jars of Orange & Lime   [Continue Reading …]

Kev’s Patch Update

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If you remember back a week you would have remembered that I mentioned that I joined the campaign to encourage the Prime Minister of Australia to plant an organic vegetable patch in the grounds of the lodge.  I called upon fellow citizens to send a message to the PM via his website asking him to give it a go.Well since then, things have gathered a bit of steam.  Another concerned blogger, Julie @   [Continue Reading …]

The Fog of Future Events

This morning was unusually foggy in Melton, and as I set off in my hybrid car to work, a chill shivered down my spine. It was a cold 4°C, and the fog was as thick as homemade pea soup. Visibility was down to 50 metres, so I knew that the 50 km drive was going to be a slow one. So I turned on my fog and headlights and proceeded off on my trip, albeit at a much reduced pace.As I made my way onto   [Continue Reading …]

Terraforming Planet Earth

I got the thread of this idea from a permablitz newsletter, and have expanded on it somewhat.  Just go with the flow, and no plagerism is intended.Wikipedia describes it as follows:Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") of a planet, moon, or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to those of Earth   [Continue Reading …]

Wensleydale Cheese Recipe and Method

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Over the last few weeks I have had four requests for the cheese recipe I use for Wensleydale. So here it is. Just make sure you have at least 9 hours up your sleeve and don't start making it at 7 pm and end up finishing at 3 am like I did a few weeks ago! Wensleydale Cheese. Ingredients Makes about 850 gm (2 pounds) 8 litres (2 gallons) whole milk 1 quarter teaspoon Direct set Mesophylic   [Continue Reading …]