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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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Nothing wrong with being an idle parent ;-) I love your retort. I might borrow that next time. x
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Time to simply play at little eco footprints
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Sounds simply perfect Lisa. Its those kind of school holidays I remember most from my childhood. Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Time to simply play at little eco footprints
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What our busy over-scheduled kids need most is time to simply play. It seems counter-intuitive, but I find myself having to schedule and organise unstructured play. It's not a matter of simply ensuring my daughter has free time - because if she managed her free time she'd spend it sitting in front of a screen. Here are some of my favourite ways to encourage unstructured play: Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at little eco footprints
Hi Amy Well done on the bubbles. A healthy sourdough will have a strong yeasty smell. An alcohol smell may mean you are not feeding it enough. Maybe its ready. You could make a loaf and see how it goes. Once its ready it will need to be stored in the fridge to slow it down. Good luck. Tricia
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Thats a great way to use the old shelves Katie. I bet they are beautiful boards.
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Properly cared for timber chopping boards improve with age. Their well-worn surface has character and they are just as hygienic as new timber chopping boards. In contrast, plastic chopping boards become a haven for bacteria once marked with knife-cuts. Your wooden chopping board can last a lifetime (or two) if cared for properly. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Autumn is garlic planting time. It's easy to grow your own garlic. Here's some garlic growing tips. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Simple living inspiration - A Plain Buddhist Manifesto - upcoming public talks and tent village, Hunter Valley, Australia. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 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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