10 Tips For Successful Home Cheese Making

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Who loves cheese?  Well I do, that is for sure, and I love making it and sharing it with family and friends.Having produced cheese as a hobby now almost weekly for more than 3 years, I thought it would be a great time to share with you some tips that I have learnt. Tip #1 - CleanlinessFirstly and most importantly is cleanliness.  The area that you intend on making your cheese, and   [Continue Reading …]

Our Tree Day

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"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." ~ Martin LutherOur tree day started at 10am this morning, when we arrived at the banks of Toolern Creek, that runs through our town.  I was greeted by enthusiastic members of the Friends of Toolern Creek, who were ready and waiting with masses of tree, shrub and native grass   [Continue Reading …]

Around The Garden In Winter

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It felt so good today, finally getting into the garden.  It must have been about two weeks since we have had a sunny day on a weekend, without rain to interrupt work.We had a fair bit of work to do, so we got cracking.Firstly it was a quick check on the broad beans (fava), and they seam to be growing fine.  There were a few weeds, which were a little hard to get to.   [Continue Reading …]

Consumerism Calamity

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Dear readers. You would not believe some of the emails that I receive in my inbox.  People ask me to promote all sorts of things, from chemical fertilizers to free trips to car shows in Sydney, to eco television sets, all with the offer of a free sample or perks.To put your mind at ease, I have never been tempted to take up any of these offers, because I hold true to my values, and   [Continue Reading …]

National Tree Day – Winner

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The winner of the competition is Brooke Gray from Seymour, Victoria.  Congratulations.  Please send through your details ASAP, so that we can send through your $100 Bunnings Warehouse voucher express post, kindly donated by Toyota Australia.SO... Catch! calls the Once-ler. He lets something fall. It's a Truffula Seed. It's the last one of all! You're in   [Continue Reading …]

National Tree Day Competition

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"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs--"... to join in and plant some native trees and shrubs on National Tree Day, because National Tree Day (Sunday, 29 July) and Schools Tree Day (Friday, 27 July) is fast approaching.  Ben and I will be out lending a hand in our local community and   [Continue Reading …]

The Seven Stages Of Change

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When openly embracing a sustainable lifestyle, you will inevitably have to make some changes to your current way of living.  How you deal with these changes will determine the success or failure of that change.There has been a lot of research regarding how humans cope with changes, so I will try to explain the different stages of change, and what to expect when embarking on your journey   [Continue Reading …]

You Are Not Alone

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We are different.  Yes, different, but not abnormal, and we are not alone in this difference!Slowly growing within the consumeristic core of western culture and society, there is a special kind of person that is different from the mainstream.  Sometimes they are hard to spot, but with a bit of careful observation you can pick them out from the crowd.You will see them shopping in   [Continue Reading …]

How To Remove Scaly Leg Mites

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Credit:  http://www.backyardchickens.comOur chickens are quite healthy girls, but one ailment that they catch on and off are scaly leg mites.  These little beasties burrow underneath the scales on the legs of the hens, which cause discomfort, irritation and some pain.  If left untreated for a long time, it can cause the chook to go lame.We find that it is best to treat all the hens   [Continue Reading …]

Dig For Victory

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One of my readers, Jessie had this to say about the Peter Cundall post;"He's my hero too!I too think the carbon tax is a good thing. And for those that complain about increased prices on things because the tax is applicable need to work out how to do without carbon causing things. Grow/raise your own, reduce reuse recycle and repurpose or do without. During WWII we faced rationing. If this is the   [Continue Reading …]

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

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"So sad that it should come to this", sung the dolphins as they left the Earth - Douglas AdamsYes it is a milestone today.  It is the day of the last post at the Simple Green Frugal Co-op.  My first post at the Co-op was on December 21st 2008, and I posted every single fortnight until today.  That is a lot of thought provoking posts, and writing some of the deeper ones helped   [Continue Reading …]

Blog Maintenance

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No, the site is not going down for maintenance, I just wanted to share a few bloggy things, which are not specifically green per se.Today the blog had a massive spike in traffic directed from Homestead Survival which linked to one of my clay oven posts at about 1am AEST today.  This site is quite unlike one I have ever seen before.  The posts consist of a link to a subject, then   [Continue Reading …]

Being Green

Just a simple song today.  One that I first heard when I was a small child from a fabric frog who lived on a magical street in TV land far, far, away.Oh, how those simple lyrics ring so true for me now.Sometimes it is not easy being on the green team, but as Kermit said;"When green is all there is to beIt could make you wonder why, but why wonder whyWonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's   [Continue Reading …]

A Poultry Story

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For the last two days, day and night, I have been banging at the keyboard, putting the finishing touches on my next eBook.  Thankfully the first draft manuscript is complete.The title of this eBook is "The Way Of The Chicken - A Poultry Story", and it documents our chicken journey, from the initial decision to get backyard chickens, through to the 2011 egg count.   [Continue Reading …]

Busting Myths About Wind Turbines

Yesterday we talked at depth about residential solar PV to help people better understand the different configurations in use today.  Hopefully it also busted a few myths. Whilst in a myth busting mood, today I have found a video about wind turbines, which are getting a fair bit of press, especially the opponents of local wind farms in our area.  It has been found that many of these so   [Continue Reading …]

Wise Words Wednesday – Solar Power

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It has been a while since I posted a question from a reader, so here goes.  Today's question(s) come from Natalie, with her permission, hailing from somewhere in Australia.Hi GavinMy husband and I have been discussing the installation of solar panels for our home, but have a few concerns about what the electricity companies are up to. I know you are a big supporter of solar generation in   [Continue Reading …]