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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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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 4 days ago at little eco footprints
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
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I like looking back at the end of each year to see which posts were most popular with readers. It gives me an idea of what you like, who you are, or who you aspire to be. It seems you are a barefoot, bee-lover who's happy to live simply. My top three posts for the year were: 1. Bee friendly to native bees: how to build a solitary bee hotel 2. Footloose and free: benefits of barefoot walking. 3. Simple living a selfish joy. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at little eco footprints
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Now is the perfect time to consider changing habits. For those of you who haven’t chosen a new year’s resolution – here’s a few for you to consider. These resolutions are not only good for you, they’re good for the planet. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at little eco footprints
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There are few opportunities to connect with neighbours these days. Children play in backyards or are busy with after-school activities. Families arrive and leave in cars, rarely bumping into their neighbours. But in Newcastle there are exceptions – they are called 'Transition Streets'. Neighbours in transition streets know each other. They work together to build their community and help each other make positive environmental change. Transition Newcastle are on the look-out for new transition streets for the 2015 program. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at little eco footprints
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Harvest season has begun for Australian garlic growers. Now is the ideal time to support our Australian garlic growers and buy a year’s supply of garlic. Here's some tips for where to buy your Australian garlic and how to store it properly. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I’d like to take my connection with nature to the next level and learn a few bush survival skills. So I was pleased to discover Wildcraft Australia – a Hunter based wilderness survival school. Guides Nikki and Sam deliver courses in bush craft, survival skills, wild craft for kids, weaving, bush food, knife making, cord making and more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at little eco footprints
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The festive season has evolved into a celebration of consumerism. Our household is trying to fight against the commercialisation of Christmas and downplay the tradition of gift-giving - but without being scrooges. One solution is to be more generous with our presence, rather than our presents. We've embraced traditions that help us connect instead of consume. My favourite festive season tradition is our creative countdown to Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at little eco footprints
Thats exciting Bek. What a wonderful Christmas gift for the girls. Enjoy.
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I cant wait Brydie. Its exciting watching the baby scoby form. I had a quick taste of the liquid the mother came in. It was very vinegary - so Im not sure what to expect.
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Good luck with your roosters Alisha. Hopefully youll have more courage than me ;-)
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Hi Jo. Thank you for your kind feedback. Sounds like your Clucker Tucker patch is ready to be refreshed. The perennials should last another season - but the annuals will be finishing. Id collect whatever seeds I could from the tall and brown plants. Pull out the dead plants and compost them. Let the chooks in to tidy up and then re-seed to fill the gaps. Or if theres not much worth saving - dig in whats left and add some manure - and then seed another batch. I hope that helps. Have fun.
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I imagine keeping it going over winter would be challenging Jane. It is such a summer drink. Im using loads of ginger in ours too. Delicious.
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I havnt tried kombucha yet Louise - so arent sure how they compare. I started my first batch of kombucha a few days ago - so Ill be able to compare soon. Let me know if you have any trouble finding grains locally. I can post you some dried grains if you dont have any luck. Although fresh grains are easiest.
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Hi Barry. Im not selling grains - but am happy to gift you some. If you cant find any fresh grains locally - I can post you some dried grains that can be easily rehydrated. If you forward me your postal address by responding to this email Ill pop some in the post. Tricia
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Is is the perfect summer drink Xan. Let me know if you have any trouble finding grains locally. Im going to try dehydrating some - and once dehydrated they are easy to post.
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I leave the fruit in and pop the bottle in the fridge as is. I simply strain off fruit when I pour, or leave it in and enjoy the chunks of fruit in my drink. If Im using dried ginger or cinnamon a layer settles on the bottom. Im careful not to disturb this layer when pouring. No need to drink on that day. It will keep in the fridge for weeks. Let me know if you cant find any grains locally, Im going to be drying some and am happy to post some. T
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Water kefir is a naturally fizzy fermented drink laden with probiotics. It is bubbly and refreshing like soft drink, but without the artificial ingredients and with far less sugar. The beneficial bacteria and yeast are an added bonus. Water kefir is easy to make. Here's a recipe. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at little eco footprints
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