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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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All is good thankyou Jaymie. Just focusing on living rather than writing for a while. Ill be back in this space soon (ish). Ta for checking in. T
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I had a bag of unshelled nuts in the fridge for a couple of months - and they were still fine. But Im not sure how long they would last if they were just stored in a bucket. If they are shriveled - then perhaps they might not taste very nice. Their fresh almost crunchy texture is part of their appeal. Sorry i cant be more helpful Gail.
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Were in the southern hemisphere - so northerly aspects are typically preferred by the bees.
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Hi Kim. When I strain the grains to make a new batch - the egg shells usually sit lower in the strainer than the grains - so its easy to tip out grains and leave most of the egg shells behind. They also slowly dissolve. T
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Hi Jill. Yes - Heather is still selling solar ovens. Looks like her new web page address for the solar ovens is: http://www.sunkettle.com/product/suncook-solar-oven. Shes overseas at moment, but due back soon.
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Hi Gail. They should be producing fruit by their second year. Its important to maintain only three stems. One large one. And then a medium sized one. And then a small pup. Otherwise your plant will put all its energy into growing stems rather than fruit. Cut away all other stems with a pruning saw. If you chop prunings into chunks you can put them into a worm farm - worms love banana stem. Once your main stem has finished fruiting - then cut it down. And your second biggest stem should flower soon after. Good luck. Plus banana likes loads of water. I hope that helps. Tricia
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Hi Fran. I laughed at your mention of Triciaisms. Thank you :-) Your 5 days without power seems like a simply perfect way to celebrate the festive season. Enjoy making those sand castles xx
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It's a good time to slow down and step away from the online world - so that you can start the new year with a calm mind and a clear vision. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Erica. I cook in the soaking water. It helps to create creamy porridge. T
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Hi Zena, I like how youve intentionally scheduled time for yourself into your day. Inspiring. x
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Thank you Shea x
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Thank you Krista. fulfilled is a good word for it. By noticing and enjoying the free time I actually feel like Ive had a break. Rather than feel guilty about wasting time.
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The countdown to Christmas has become a festival of chaos and consumption. If you prefer to roll into the festive season feeling calm and connected – rather than overwhelmed and broke – now is a good time to prepare your plan of attack. Here are my three favourite tips for avoiding the chaos and consumerism of Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at little eco footprints
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White space is a wonderful thing to have in your life. But it isn't easy to find. You have to create it. And work hard to keep it. Here are some of the tools I use to craft white space into my days. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at little eco footprints
Thank you Fran. Im pleased this post got you thinking. You are so right about white space allowing action. When Im overwhelmed and too busy actually acting on ideas feels impossible. T
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Butterflies are worth encouraging into your garden. There's a range of plants you can grow to attract beneficial butterflies. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Rachel. I love that you and your kids got out in the garden with a magnifying glass. What fun! Enjoy distinguishing the good bugs from the bad. Tricia
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Hi Christina. They are a Spring and Summer plant. But they can live inside in a jar of water indefinitely (or a pot of soil) - until you are ready to plant them out. They will survive outside all year round in places that dont get frost. Good luck. Im certain the kids will love it. Tricia
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Im the same - valuing the bone broth more than the meat now. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Sarah. Im guessing most people, like you, would eat far less chicken if they had to grow and process it themselves. Tricia
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They LOVE cucumbers. Good luck x
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One of the benefits of simplifying is that my life now has white space. Pockets of time where nothing is scheduled. In graphic design, fail to leave sufficient white space and a worthwhile message can be lost among the clutter. Empty space is equally important in our day-to-day lives. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at little eco footprints
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The majority of Australian ladybirds are beneficial. But there’s a handful of ladybird species that are far from helpful. It’s important to be able to distinguish the good guys from the bad – because you don’t want to accidentally squish one of your garden helpers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at little eco footprints
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The mosquito season is about to begin – so I'm preparing our natural mosquito control arsenal. Mosquito coils aren't part of our mozzie control kit. Popping a mosquito coil by your table while enjoying a barbecue is as hazardous as having a chain smoker sit at your table. Instead we're welcoming microbats into our backyard. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Neil. Our main pen is the chicken castle royale. We have a smaller royale run deluxe for when we want to separate some girls for any reason. The girls are happier in the castle - i think because of the extra height. And yes - we do use the royal rooster feeder and waterers. Very handy. I dont put the pens over the hay edging because we need to fox and dog proof our pens by placing mesh around edges. The hay would make this difficult. Ive always put ours on bare ground - or when we were in the city my tractor sat on hardwood garden edging. I had 6 beds made exact size as tractor. Was a great small space system. Hope that helps, Tricia
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Our children need to get up and close and personal with wildlife in order to care for their environment. They are not going to care about nature unless they know nature. We recently visited Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens and came away with an increased awareness of how we can help conserve our marine environment. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at little eco footprints