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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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Preloved furniture appeals to me far more than the mass-produced furniture typically found in stores today. Favouring second hand is the easiest way to reduce the environmental impact of your furniture. There are no new resources used and no waste going into landfill. You get a perfectly good piece of furniture without having to wear the environmental costs. I'm sharing tips for buying preloved furniture. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at little eco footprints
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We’re bombarded with the message that the more we have, the happier we will be. However, numerous studies have revealed that that as soon as your basic needs are met, the benefits of ‘more’ plateaus. As you add more material possessions, wellbeing actually decreases. I'm sharing my favourite reasons why less is more. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I recently stumbled across an idea that really appeals to me – resetting to zero. Once a week, author and blogger Colin Wright resets his home, work and life to zero. He tidies his home until every surface is clear of clutter. He empties his inbox - every message is either deleted or acted upon and archived. His to-do list is emptied of urgent items. Each and every week Colin enjoys a moment when his mind and environment is clear of clutter. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at little eco footprints
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One of the most valuable sustainable living skills you can master is the ability to change your habits. Until behaviour change becomes a habit, it can be challenging. Even little changes, like remembering to pack a reusable shopping bag, can be a hassle in the beginning. Thankfully, we’re creatures of habit and as soon as a change becomes a habit, it becomes automatic and easy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at little eco footprints
I know it can be done P Hare - but I think its more complicated than using spores from old mushrooms and involves culturing spores.Although you can buy mushroom spores online.I keep on getting new compost because itsavailable cheaply locally - and I use the compost on my garden (the mushrooms are really just a bonus).
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Wouldnt it be cool if more people envied less :-)
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So true Lilian. Its surprising how little we need to be happy. T
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Thank you for your support Mel. You are right - the comfort most of us live in today is a very recent development. My grandparents lived in a shed while they built their home - like many of their neighbors did. Its good to be reminded every now and then just how little we need to be comfortable. T
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Please do let me know Tracey - I love apple cider ;-)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2014 on Berry Delicious Pickings at little eco footprints
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Yes - now that we are settled we can see that it probably was a blessing Zena. It is nice to be able to have a shower and not have to carry buckets of water to do the dishes ;-)
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Hi Emily. Just asking is probably your best bet. Some mushroom farms spray their used mushroom compost with fungicide to kill the mushrooms before selling the compost. Hopefully yours doesnt do that. We pay $2 a bag and they keep on producing for another month or so. Good luck. T
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Thank you for your support Belinda :-) Weve settled in nicely into our rental property - so no petition needed ;-)
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Thank you for your support Raylene. Our shed home could have impacted on the environment - if we didnt manage it properly. For example, with no plumbing there was no grey water or sewerage treatment. But we had a carefully managed compost toilet and only created a teeny amount of grey water - which went straight in the veggie garden. But you are right - there is an awful lot ofbureaucratic bulldust ;-)
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I know I've missed the competition - but still wanted to pop in and say happy birthday. I hope you had a beautiful day. That peg doll is absolutely gorgeous.
We were initially worried about how living in a shed would impact on her - so asked her often where she would rather be - in the shed or back in our comfy home. She always chose the shed. The pony helped ;-) How crazy not being allowed to have chickens. Sad!
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It was surprisingly comfy. 14 years on a sailboat - what an amazing experience for you and your children. I imagine our daughter will look back on our time in the shed with similar nostalgia.
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A smoke ceremony and a straw bale school hall - sounds like you are part of a beautiful school. Enjoy the hall. x
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2014 on {this moment} at Obaitori
You describe one of the reasons I like camping so much Anne-Maree. I like that when camping life becomes simple - and theres little to think about other than what to eat and how to relax. Perfect. Thank you for sharing.
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Hi Tracey. Im not aware of anywhere to pick apples in the Hunter Valley - unfortunately because I particularly love apples. The climate probably isnt great for apples. Bilpin is the closest place im aware of where you can pick apples. Tricia
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2014 on Berry Delicious Pickings at little eco footprints
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For the past year my family and I have been quietly conducting a rather large experiment in voluntary simplicity. We've been living in a shed. Living in a small uninsulated shed without internal plumbing definitely had its challenges – but I also learnt that small living has big benefits. Here's what living in a shed for a year taught me about simple living... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at little eco footprints
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When everything else in my garden is suffering from the heat, the weed Purslane is thriving. Rather than pull it out and complain, I’m grateful for this hardy heat-tolerant plant because it is delicious and highly nutritious. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I’m embracing a well-known money saving tip – shop from your pantry. I’m forcing myself to be creative and resourceful with the food we already have. I’m guessing that I’m not the only one ducking off to the shop when there’s perfectly good food in the pantry, so I thought I’d share some pantry shopping tips. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I’m learning to let the garden dictate what we eat and when. It’s a matter of use it, or lose it. Lately, we've been eating and preserving tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes. I'm sharing tips for making an easy tomato paste and also share how to sun-dry tomatoes on your car dashboard. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at little eco footprints
Hi Isis. Lovely to hear from you. I somehow stumbled across that you have moved on from The Milkbar. Im looking forward to finding out what your next creative adventure is. Ive asked myself that very same question numerous times and the answer is always the same (so far) - Im comfortable with someone else killing the meat I eat. We all have different strengths. I like the idea of collaborative living where we embrace our strengths and skills and share the outcomes. I prefer to be the berry picker and forager ;-)
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Love Love Love this. So pleased that so much good stuff is happening. x