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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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Simple living inspiration - A Plain Buddhist Manifesto - upcoming public talks and tent village, Hunter Valley, Australia. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at little eco footprints
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This Friday, March 20, is International Day of Happiness. I was disappointed to discover websites promoting the day suggest I celebrate in front of a screen. This is where we're least likely to find happiness. So instead - I'm celebrating by switching of screens for a week.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Sounds worth a sneaky collecting adventure Jane :-)
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Thanks Sophie. I have months worth of inspiring reads that Id like to add (just need to find some free time). Im aiming to add a few more soon.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on Inspiring reads at little eco footprints
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I dont lauren - only because I usually use olive or almond oil, honey or oats (depending on how my skin feels) as a body wash. I have dry skin - and love how these cleanse and moiturise. But Im guessing it could be a great body wash.
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The waiting almost adds to the appeal doesnt it :-)
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Bunya nuts would have to be one of the most under-appreciated Australian bush foods. I’ve been enjoying an abundance of bunya nuts and have been surprised by how delicious and versatile this bush tucker is. Here's some tips for processing and cooking bunya nuts. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Indoor plants can improve our mood, purify the air and even nurture our creativity. But to enjoy the benefits of indoor plants, it’s important to keep them healthy. A wilting, brown plant is not going to be very effective at improving mood or air quality. Indoor plants only need a little love and attention to thrive. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Commercial liquid hand soap was the first product I ditched when I started simplifying our household’s personal care products. I now make a simple foaming handwash using only two ingredients: water and castile soap. By switching to a simple homemade handwash, you can reduce exposure to unnecessary chemicals, minimise waste and save money. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Foraging is more than simply gathering free food. It can fulfil an innate urge to collect and is surprisingly rewarding. But it can take a while to get used to the unusual and variable flavours. I've found that prickles, patience and practice are part of the process when learning how to forage food. Learning how to forage Prickly Pear provides the perfect example. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at little eco footprints
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I’ve been watching with interest the progress of a proposed rural land sharing community here in the Hunter Valley. The Shepherds Ground Village and Farm is forging ahead and provides an inspiring model for how communities can live and produce food sustainably. Port Stephens Council has granted development consent and almost half of the 29 memberships have already sold Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at little eco footprints
Thank you Emily :-)
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It's easy to not appreciate the true cost of our food when it’s so cheap. The full ethical and environmental costs aren’t included in the "Cheap, cheap. Down, down" prices you’ll find at the supermarket or fast food outlet. Thankfully, once you become more connected to your food, cheap undervalued food becomes easier to resist. I recently processed one of our roosters - and the value of chicken meat in my mind has increased exponentially. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi lisa. Your childhood sounds ideal. It is sad that many childen today are missing out on that kind of wild time. Thank you for sharing. Tricia
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Your local co-op sounds so lovely Cyrene. Thank you for sharing your shopping style. Its inspiring. I agree - if there is a will, there is a way. Tricia
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Hi Jess. Im the same with our farmers markets and greengrocers Jess. I love both - and find it easy to spread my shopping been both. Well done for skipping the big supermarkets. Tricia
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Inspiring Meg. I like the sound of your greengrocer and butcher. Fingers crossed they get the support they deserve. Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.
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Thank you Jane for sharing your shopping style. You make it sound like its something anyone can manage. And Im guessing all this mindful shopping is adding meaning to your life. Have a lovely weekend.
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Lucky you for being able to meet Quentin Bryce. Im suspecting that in the coming months as your new bub arrives her advice is going to seem more sensible than ever. Just think - well have plenty of time and wisdom for out-of-home worthwhile careers in our 50s ;-)
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Your idea of standing outside the supermarket made me smile Zena. Im sure your local bakery would appreciate it ;-)
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Shopping can be a bothersome chore. Or it can be a way to contribute to your community. It’s your choice. You can pop into the supermarket, check out via an automatic teller and support a large national company more interested in profit than people. Or you can wander into your local greengrocer, butcher or independent baker and chat to a familiar face and contribute to the viability of small business in your community. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Thats a relief Sarah. Its such a worthwhile project - it would be a shame to see it dissapear. T
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Our children don't get enough wild time. Their missing out on opportunities to boost their confidence, resilience and creativity. But what can we do? School holidays provide a chance to catch up on wild time. There’s plenty of nature-based adventure playgrounds and school-holiday programs. Little Eco and I recently tried two of them: Treetops Adventure Park and Wildcraft Australia's Kids Camp. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Rainwater barrels and water tanks are probably what most people think of when wanting to catch and store rainwater for their garden. But there are other easier and far less expensive options. Permaculture practitioner and educator Mark Brown from Purple Pear Farm recently shared a few water collecting ideas with me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Decluttering possessions can be hard, but as I’ve discovered, it is nothing compared to decluttering your dreams. Our hopes and goals are such a large part of who we are. But they evolve and change. Just like our homes, our goals can become cluttered. We need to let go of old goals to make space for new dreams to flourish. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at little eco footprints