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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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Chickens naturally stop laying in winter. But we've passed the winter solstice and it's time for my girls to get back on the lay. Here's some natural tips for encouraging hens to lay. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at little eco footprints
Hi kim. Ive been super pleased with the hay bale edging. So worth trying - especially if you have some spoilt hay only good for mulching. T x
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Lucky goats Linda. Its a useful plant that tagasaste. Unfortunately from what i can tell it doesnt do that well in my climate. Im having fun making a list of native fodder trees at the moment.
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You shouldnt feel guilty at all Bron. I do appreciate your perspective. You reminded me how important the blog is to me - and helped me realise that giving it a little focused love every now and then is something i want to aim for. I do feel like instagram has made me less likely to share the personal insights on this space. ...as i seem to do most of that over on IG these days. xx
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Thank you Rachel. So true - my life is what inspires my writing. It wouldnt be very sensible to live less just so that I can write more. Hopefully (after continuing to simplify and declutter my schedule) Ill find spare time :-)
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Congratulations on your retirement Rainer. Im certain you will be missed after such a worthwhile career. But Im also certain you will find plenty of important things to do. Lovely to hear from you. Cheers, Tricia
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Time is precious. It’s a limited resource and I'm guessing most of us feel like we don’t have enough of it. One of the techniques I use to save time is function stacking – a permaculture concept that can save time and resources in the garden and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Ho to make sweet-smelling natural citrus and beeswax fire starters. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Tricia, tamara (fotopixie@me.com) has left you a comment: Wonderful post and striking timing as I sit down at my computer to weed through things I no longer want to see/do/read/spend time with. Thanks for that. :) Status: Published Options: Unpublish
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Im glad you liked it Jayne. Wishing you a weekend full of important things to do :-) T
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Thank you Kate. Im so pleased you enjoyed it. Im guessing that mapping out your ideal day and clarifing what you want your legacy to be well help you stop worrying about how others perceive you. I found that once I recognised what was truly important to me - other peoples perception of my actions/decisions became irrelevant. This makes learning how to say no easier. Enjoy and take your time. And dont feel guilty about devoting hours to mapping out your ideas on paper. It will be worth it.
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I've banned myself from using the word "busy". I no longer respond to the question "How are you?" with an automatic "busy". My to-do list is still long, but the sense of busyness is almost gone. The main change is that I'm getting better at distinguishing between what is important and what's urgent. Important tasks take priority these days. And I try to steer clear of urgent tasks that are really not that important in the scheme of things. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Our farm kids are lucky arent they Liz. Thats amazing you have had other mothers scold you. I had a similar experience. Little eco was happily jumping in puddles as we walked along the street. Another kid saw her and smiled - and decided to join in. She jumped in a puddle with a face full of delight. Then her dad slapped her across the head and yelled get the F@# out of there. I was horrified.
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Hi Glori. Nettle tea can help improve kidney function and and can also help minimize bone loss due to osteoporosis - so Im assuming it would be beneficial for your health. It would be wise to drink it in moderation (eg one cup a day) and check with a trained Herbalist if you had any concerns or questions. Nettle season is about to start in my area. I cant wait. Warm wishes, Tricia
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Joining your boys in the mud is a great idea Kariane. And Im guessing the would think it is hilarious :-)
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I've fallen in love with the idea of building a home from hemp. Growing hemp is a great way to sequester carbon and restore farmland. And hemp homes are comfortable to live in. Hemp walls are highly insulative and behave similar to materials with high thermal mass. The breathable walls also manage humidity efficiently and provide excellent indoor air quality. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at little eco footprints
Isn't finding the meaning in our food wonderful. I'd love a cow one day too. Having a beautiful jersey cow is on my bucket list :-)
Toggle Commented May 22, 2015 on Pass The Butter Knife at Life With The Crew
Hi Katie. Having a pet dog while pregnant or while an infant is one of the factors that has been found to reduce allergies and asthma - so your house full of pets is good for the kids :-) She jumped in that puddle without any prompting from me. I couldnt believe it when i turned around and saw her lying in it. Made me very happy that she was comfortable to do that :-)
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We evolved with microbes. And it’s starting to look like we don’t function properly without them. Here's 5 tips to boost your good microbes. 1 Play in the dirt. 2 Grow your own food organically. 3 Buy fruit and vegetables that have been grown on small organic or family farms. 4. Enjoy fermented foods. 5. Repeat. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at little eco footprints
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There's plenty of opportunities to learn skills for sustainable living in the Hunter Valley this month. There's courses in wildcraft, hemp masonry, biodynamics, medicinal herbs, grass identification, and making goats milk soap. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at little eco footprints
They are such handy foods to have in the fridge arent they Fiona. Im yet to try Kimichi. Its next on my list. Tricia Hogbin http://www.littleecofootprints.com/ mob. 0403462543
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Id love to hear how it goes moomoo. Enjoy. T
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My pleasure Pretzel. Enjoy those fermented oats :-)
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Fermented foods are gaining popularity - and rightly so. Laden with probiotics, beneficial enzymes and vitamins - they are great for our digestion and health. They are also easy to make and extremely frugal. Here's how to make simple sauerkraut. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Bec. Finding that balance between bills and generosity can be tricky. For now, our household is taking the approach of my husband earning the money, and I focus on the areas of our life that dont make money. We fortunately each have the role we prefer. Switching to a single-income family has been a challenge, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. The moment you describe was one of my favorite moments in the movie. Priceless. Imagine if more of us were that generous and grateful. Everyone would know that no matter what - there would always be someone to help. It is such a beautiful movie. T
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